Canceled Contracts Are Becoming More Prevalent

By Bryan Caplovitz

We've received several reports from the SpeakerMatchcommunity about contracts being canceled by meeting planners. Whether theconference itself gets canceled or the speaker budget gets cut, it's often thespeaker who gets a raw deal. Be sure you have a contract which addresses thispossibility!Make sure that you have a solid, signed contract backing upthe deal before you agree to fi

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Creating New Business Ideas

By Julie Austin

Its been shown that people who like what they do tend to come up with more ideas.  Nobel prize winner, Linus Pauling says The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.We all have the ability to create ideas, but most people dont know how to tap into them.  Creativity is based on cognitive processes we all share.Creativity is usually equated with poetry, pa

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5 Excuses for Not Starting a Business & How to Overcome Them

By Julie Austin

Not everyone could or should be a business owner, but dont let the fear of the unknown stop you from becoming an entrepreneur when it can be avoided. Most people have a list of excuses that stop them from ever taking the first step. Here are a few of them.Its Too RiskyYes, it can be risky to start a business. Risk comes with the job of being an entrepreneur, but so does reward. And t

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Write First, Then Do Your Research

By John C. Drew, Ph.D.

Every once in a while, I'm surprised at the power of my own techniques.  Recently, I was putting a document together for a new client with a new potential funder.  Following my usual strategy, I started writing the application without doing any research - except interviewing a staff member and a Board member.  As I wrote the application, I quickly figured out that it was a much

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Get Your Files and Piles Under Control

By Stacey Anderson

The beginning of the year is the best time to clean out your files and have a clean slate for the upcoming year- but it is never too late.  No more battle of the bulge when it comes to trying to file something.  Here are some simple, easy to follow tips to get started on the right track.Start with just one file.  Go through the entire file and decide what you need to keep and what y

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6 Myths of Organiztion

By Stacey Anderson

Myth #1- Only Touchit OnceIn reality that is impossible.  But the goal is to handle your papers, emailsand other items as few times as possible. Create a system that you trust and know will work.  Myth #2- BeingOrganized Means Loss of Creativity You can still be creative by using colorful folders andorganizing products, using mind mapping instead of

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6 Points for Meeting Planners That Can Promise a Picture-Perfect Event

By Patricia Fripp

You are planning your company's next meeting and you want everything to be just right. You've got a location, theme and date. The only thing left is to hire the speaker. Where do you turn? And how do you know what kind of speaker is best for your meeting? Follow these six simple steps to make your next event picture-perfect.1. Do your homework. Many organizations and associations keep a database o

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Learn, Lurk and Link Strategy Maximizes the Power of Social Media in Generating Speaking Leads

By Vickie Sullivan

A recent survey cited that 35 percent of associations have custom-built social network systems, and when you own the structure of social interactions, you own the community. And that's a target-rich environment for experts looking for speaking leads within a particular industry.How to start from a position of power? My best clients use the learn, lurk, and link strategy. Here's how it works:Learn:

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Release Your Mystical Powers to Get Rich in "Un-Rich" Times

By Dan S. Kennedy

Creatinga million dollar business model is really all about the basics. Doing the rightthing coupled with In the Renegade Millionaire System, I dispense this advice:#1: BE the Wizard.#2: BEWARE the Wizard.Wizards are very powerful, so its better to be one than to be influenced byone.Everybody welcomes the convincing Mystic. People so desperately wish to believeth

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Time Management Boot Camp: Using the Four Ds to Take Control

By David Sanders

Canyou spare a moment to read an article on time management? Maybe you donthave time, but for those hearty souls wholl grab Father Time by the arm andslow him down, this could be the moment youve been waiting for.  Afterall, isnt life the management of one moment after another? Weve allexperienced days when time seemed to drag on forever, or when time flew and

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