January 28th, 2013

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A to Z of good words ... Q is for .. [Mike "Freddie" Gordon]


Quaerito™ .. to search diligently for solutions. Shameless plug as this precisely describes my business .. and my lifestyle wink

Quintessentially .. good word .. great business (IMHO)

Quid pro quo … another lilting Latin link which really has no satisfactory translation in English

And finally .. Queen .. obviously wink No not that Queen .. THE Queen .. our favourite Bond Girl ♥♦♥

Fear: where is it coming from? (This includes stress too) [Damian Mark Smyth]


It looks like it's coming from the outside in, but it isn't...


OK, so if I showed you a spider right now, and you were scared of spiders, chances are that you would get a feeling of fear. It would be really really easy to assign that feeling of fear to either the spider or me, right? Wrong! What if there were four other people with you. One was an Arachnologist, one was a small baby, another was blind and the last one was a meditating monk.

How to Become a Better Writer [Eddington Pindura]


If you want to become a better writer, there's some great news - the more you write the better you will become, so just keep writing. Of course, there are always things you can do to improve your writing. Letís have a look at some ways to do that.

1. Become a blogger - Blogging is an easy way to become better at what you do and gain more experience, while for the most part working in a relatively relaxed writing environment. Besides, blogging is also a great way to make a living if you become good at it.

2. Limit your words - Writers tend to ramble on. The best way to keep your writing clear and concise is to simply limit how many words your content will hold. By doing so you force yourself to think about what you are writing.

3. Outline - When you are writing an e-book, print book, report, or an academic paper, creating an outline is a good place to start. By creating an outline, you can create your structure for your writing.

Models Direct Reviews Benetton's Campaign Featuring Transgender & Disabled Model [Suzy "find a model


Models Direct reviews products, celebrity style and/or advertising campaigns every week and today we're bringing a global campaign featuring a brilliantly diverse range of models to your attention.

Benetton are known for creating controversial advertisements - back in November the fashion brand raised eyebrows with an image of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a senior Egyptian imam on the lips before they were forced to withdraw it. However, their latest campaign is more thought-provoking than shocking and has certainly proved a winner in the MD offices.

Tax-Saving ideas to beat the end of tax year [Marcin Zientek]


Now is the time you should be reviewing your financial affairs

With the end of the tax year rapidly approaching on 5 April, now is the time to focus on ways to mitigate any tax liability. To make the most of the opportunities available, if you've not already done so, you should start putting plans in place now. Here we look at some of the areas you may need to consider to minimise a potential tax liability.

If your partner pays a lower rate of tax than you, you could consider transferring assets into their name. This makes particular sense if one of you is a non-taxpayer, as your taxable income will be lower than your tax allowances, which means you won't have to pay any tax on savings interest. Interest on savings accounts is usually paid after 20 per cent has been deducted by the provider. Higher rate tax payers pay 40 per cent interest.

Do you Hobnob? [Rod Sloane]


Now, I am not talking about dunking one of McVitie's finest products. Nor am I talking about taking a gift round for Granny.

I am referring to where your sales and marketing teams sit in the office.
Do they sit together, mix and chat?

Do they share.... biscuits?

Do they hobnob?

Simply getting your sale and marketing teams together will help company culture, improve communication and respect and yes generate more revenue. Listen to Tom Stroud , MD of Tazio, explain this concept on the Sales and Marketing Alignment Podcast.

Your Business Team: Use the TED 8 Success Factors with High Red / Yellow / Blue or Green profiles ?


Dear SunZuers,

New platform, same old me, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this:

Many here have gone through the process of understanding their own business approach better, by trying to see if they are a High Red, Blue, Green or Yellow.

In my experience this can work: High Reds often have an awesome Focus, which other colours may find a challenge.

But when thinking about the TED 8 success factors, Focus and Challenge are key success factors we so often strive to meet in our daily business lives.

So in building our business team, do we need to collect others with different profiles to build a rounded team who can contribute to our business ? Might it look a little like this ?


New business opportunity..... [Ian Calvert]


So, are you working for yourself? Do you have spare time and want to add another income stream?

Do you want to be be your own? Have you been made redundant? Are you looking to take voluntary redunancy and become your own boss?

Do you want your own business that you do yourself? Or do want to build a team of people working for you?

Or would you like to be a business partner in this new opportunity? As we are looking for both business partners and leaders to help get this business flying........

We will be launching a great opportunity to develop your own business within our business model that can help you really prove that being local does mean being local and help regenerate your local business community

What were you doing in 1966? And what do you think I remember that has anything to do with business


I was aged five for the majority of 1966. Many things happened in 1966: England beat Germany in the World Cup Final, Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) defeated Henry Cooper in two title fights and Harold Wilson with the Labour party won the British General Election. However none of that was significant to me as a five year old. The following year when I was six, my enduring memory of 1966 was that I'd given my brother more sweets than he'd given me. It wasn't fair. How I'd come to this conclusion I don't know; I doubt it was based on detailed empirical data - I just remember thinking it's not fair.

Smarties in a sweet jar

Losing Data or other Assets when Merging . . . OEM* [Andreas Wiedow]


. . . There goes a saying in IT along the line . . . You either have lost data or you will.

So whenever a merger of any kind happens, be that surreal, unreal or IRL . . . something or someone is most likely to . . . 'disappear'.

As reaction on my last week mail shot to 70k+ members of ecademy Europe and a couple of unsubscribes, lost accounts and all that I got a reply today from a fellow German member asking . . .

Start of Email conversation:

G: Is ecademy being sold ?

I: It is already sold.

G: Aha, what does that mean (in laymen terms) ?

I: Your data will be automatically transferred to SunZu.com - you don't need to do anything. All happens tomorrow.

G: Aha smile

End of conversation. . . . How cool is that ?

Last week also happened . . .

Michael Bloomberg Pledges 0 Million To Johns Hopkins University

There is No Time Clock in Sales [Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training]


What My Clients Say About Me

I'm feeling awfully pious and self-righteous. I have done my prospecting calls and secured 4 new business meetings today. I have done a couple of coaching sessions and now I am heading home to spend the early evening with my wife and kids.

I do rather like working for myself and knowing I have done what I had to do and can go home with no pangs of lingering guilt that I should be working longer or harder.

Job done. Tickle time awaits!

Do what you need to do then GO HOME!

Would the last person in Ecademy tonight please turn out the lights?!

Best wishes for the launch tomorrow team SunZu.


Marcus Cauchi
Managing Director

Who's going to be the first blogger on SunZu? [Iain McGuigan]


Quite likely Lyndon.

But I mean of the members who will be quickest off the mark?

Will it be SunZu related? I hope not!

Will it be thought provoking? I hope so!

Will it be humorous and light hearted?

Whether you are first or not have you thought about what your first blog on SunZu is going to be about?

Of course we may not be able to tell. That would be a shame however!

Start of a new site allbeit with lots of old content.

Good luck for tomorrow Lyndon and team.

Kind regards

Crowdfunding do you partake ? [Laurence Finn]


Do you like to gamble, or is it more of an educated risk ?

Hello Everyone,
Let me start by saying, I totally (100%) believe in Crowdfunding. I love the concept, I love the ability to take a small risk for relatively great reward. Over the years I have invested in sixteen ventures (all relatively small numbers).

Four failed, eight of them have returned me healthy returns, one returned excellent returns and the other three are still being rolled out.

All in all, taking my losses into account I have a 480% return on investment.

So I love it, and I love hearing about opportunity........

What are your thoughts ?


Your first business tax return [Joseph L. Rosenberg]


For those of you who started in business in 2012, you will need to file your first business tax return this tax season. Many of the basics appear in an article I wrote a few years ago at http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/a/firsttaxreturn.htm

Business and taxes constantly change, so you will need to keep up to date on the current tax laws both on the federal level, as well as in your state and even locally. Due to last minute changes in federal tax laws, many of the tax forms needed to prepare your tax returns are not ready and will be phased in during the next month, so check with your CPA to know when all the forms will available to file.

What do you need to do to get ready? Make sure your books and records are in order, and can be easily reviewed to that the correct numbers can be transferred to the tax returns. Some accounting software will transfer directly the figures to the tax return.

Goodbye Ecademy Thank You - SunZu Live Instructions [Lyndon Wood]


SunZu Live - Current Ecademy Members Only - Public Live Date to be Announced Shortly

The time has come and SunZu will go live from 12pm tomorrow. Here are some instructions for you.

The site will be down from 7am to 12pm whilst we populate the servers.

1. You will be guided to a SunZu login page especially for Ecademy current members

2. Your marketplace listing are in Companies I recommend you review them and use the tools to present them better now. They reflect on you as the expert and we have developed the tools for you to easily format them

3. Your blogs and comments are all in Social please edit them and re categorise the business ones into Articles

3. This is a beta site so feel free to log any issues you come across into the assist then support button on your left menu

Mean what you say [Carolyn Williams]


As ecademy becomes SunZu live in a few hours, I wanted to explore this subject:
"A strong personal brand has a reputation of meaning what they say!" seen on Sunil Bali's post.
I want to ask you this open question on this, my first post on SunZu:

Do we get our message right?

When we feel stale and reach a plateau, it generally means we have arrived at a natural place in our brand cycle. I thought I'd explore this phase and list some positive triggers to help move things to another level:

1. Sift through time wasters, energy drainer's contacts and circles. Make a choice to limit non-supportive interactions that don't energize you.

2. Integrate activities. Socialise with connections that are like-minded. Find people in your company who share common interests and develop your career around the people and activities you love.

SunZu welcome [PaTrisha-Anne Todd BookLadyEntrepreneur]


Recnetly I upgraded my membership to a business social network and found to my delight a brand new leader, a vison bigger than before and an exciting future. I like the prospect of a bigger, bold and stunning goal.

I've been in business some time and for much longer on this planet, I even own a bus pass! but apart from all the personal stuff, I'm delighted times are moving forward and inovation has taken hold, a fresh thinking is upon us and the possibility of a brighter future is alive and well. Welcome SunZu.

I look forward to an exciting future and another quarter century and beyond of business growth, social contact and education.

Good luck and here's to the future...

PaTrisha-Anne Todd
'The Book Lady Entrepreneur' ask me how...
Coaching Leads To Success

Moving Forward...PaTrisha-Anne Todd
'The Book Lady Entrepreneur'