To say that the first presidential debate was fascinating would be to give fascinating a bad name. It was that, along with combative, engaging, interesting and at times surreal. That said, it also did its job; the debate definitely gave us a better glimpse into the psyches, demeanors, beliefs, abilities, and policies of the two candidates, and that really is what you want from a debate.
Let's say that you go into the office one day, turn on your computer and up pops a warning informing you that your computer has been locked and hijacked by ransomware. It goes on to say that all of your data has been encrypted, and unless you pay a hefty ransom within three days, it will all be deleted.
Distractions are everywhere in our fast-paced, digital world. If you have just checked your social media accounts for the 15th time today - even though your "to-do" list is nowhere near complete - you should try the following tips to keep yourself focused and distraction free. Source: OnStride Financial
For some entrepreneurs, proposals are the bread and butter of their business. They know that a great proposal makes for a great first impression. Other small business people create proposals only occasionally. Whatever the case, one thing that is equally true is that good proposals have a few things in common, as do bad proposals.
In recent blogs, I looked at various ways to overcome business challenges - from getting the help you need to having the right frame of mind. One thing we haven't looked at yet is what to do if you are new to business and find the whole thing a bit overwhelming, expensive, confusing, etc.
Author Gideon Hodge loves his home, loves his life, and really loves the book he has been writing. In fact, he loves the book so much that he recently risked his life to save it. A New Orleans based writer, Hodge has been working diligently on the first book of a planned seven-book series in the fantasy/magic genre.
I want to suggest that there might be a source of help around the corner that you may have overlooked: Your local chamber of commerce. Chambers of commerce can be one of the best friends your business can have. Think about it: What is one of the main problems you encounter as a self-employed businessperson?
Q: Hey, Steve - I have started three businesses and one big difference between the two good ones and one bad one had to do with visibility and branding. I have to admit that my bad business really did not stick out from the crowd but the good ones do.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".