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Saturday, March 31, 2007

 

Bootstrap business: Building a debt free company



Bootstrapping a business from the ground up has a long history. Entrepreneurs have been creating companies based on little or no debt, and paying as they go, for as long as there has been a capitalist economy. As a business building strategy, bootstrapping will succeed in any kind of economic climate. With increasing talk of an economic downturn in the air, developing a debt free company may be just the right idea for the times.

During boom times, it's often tempting to plunge heavily into debt to start a new business. The budding entrepreneur, often lured by easy credit, may overextend the budget and be unable to repay the debt. While that scenario may be scoffed at by many business people, all too often a bad business plan, or even none at all, can spell finacial disaster. A new business person, with stars in their eyes, will mortgage a home to begin a company. All too often, bad things happen, and those bright stars, the company, and the house are gone.



Without the overhead of a business loan, a bootstrapping entrepreneur can ride out that often difficult and trying startup period. During a recession, that low debt level may be a company saver. In more prosperous times, the debt free company can grow even more without the need for constant debt servicing from day one. There are always plenty of opportunities to take on debt later, when the business is better established in the marketplace. In the startup phase, however, a more prudent course of action is to keep any debt load away from the organization.

Financing a new business from the ground up is not easy, but it will place the new company on a firm financial foundation. Start small. Don't think that you have to be the industry leader overnight. The overwhelming majority of your competitors took years to grow to their current size. Your business needs time to put down its roots, and grow organically. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is your company. Patience and faith in your product and service, combined with free or minimal cost guerilla marketing techniques, will create natural business growth.



Use the cash flow from the business itself to finance further growth. Don't extract cash from the company for personal use. Instead, employ that revenue to build the organization. If you retained your curent job, while establishing the startup company, this should be easy to accomplish. When the business becomes self sustaining, and when it can also generate an income for you and your family, that is the moment to leave your job. At the same time, your new and growing business will be debt free and a real hard asset.

Think in terms of a debt free bootstapped business and you will succeed in any economy. In good times or in recessions, your lack of debt and high overhead will keep your company afloat and sailing toward even greater success.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

 

Recession management: Personnel relations



Bearish financial news is appearing in droves these days as the mainstream media focusses on gloomy market outlooks. The bears are beginning to growl especially in the wake of housing price declines and rising homes for sale inventories. At the same time, consumers who are the driving force of the economy, are maxed out on credit and are moving into repayment mode.

Should a recession be in the cards, as happens in capitalist economies, then it's time for your business to consider a possible economic downturn. Your company must survive the storms of the economic hurricane, and part of that survival involves your staff. A recessionary environment usually coincides with massive layoffs, downsizing, and higher levels of unemployment. The normal and expected response is to lay off employees. That is the usual technique for recession survival, but it's not the best one.

For your business, a more creative approach than simply cutting staff, will help your company weather a recession. Indeed, your organization may even thrive during an economic downturn, and emerge stronger than ever before in your company history. At the same time, keeping your staff employed sets you apart as an entrepreneur who cares about people. Not only your workers will notice that aspect, but so will your customers. As an organization that values staff and clientele, your public image will receive a powerful boost.



The question then becomes one of how to achieve this wonderful status, of a caring company, in the face of potential financial disaster. As a contrarian, you will have the field mostly to yourself so the competition to be a people oriented business is lowered dramatically. All by itself, maintaining and even increasing staffing levels will set you apart from the run of the mill organization. Be sure to contact the media with your story of enhanced personnel management. The free publicity will definitely work in your favour.

If you were careful with your hiring practices in the past, you already have a strong employee pool in the company. By selecting quality people, and by providing solid training and opportunity, you have already laid the groundwork for harder times. Your people will be the key to success, and not a drain on your resources. In fact, an entire attitude change on everyone's part is in order. Instead of seeing the bad times, think in terms of the opportunities presented by lowered competition.



You often hear the old cliche from companies who say "their strength is in their people", or something along similar lines. Tough times are where the rubber really meets the road for that kind of cliche. Here is where you can walk the talk.

Go to your staff and announce there will be no layoffs during the recession. Be sure to prevent any sense of complancency, however, by emphasising that non-performers will not be given a free ride. They will get the hint. Point out that further training opportunities will be made available for staff members, and that positive results will be rewarded.

Now may be the ideal time to add some powerful incentive programs to the compensation package. Encourage staff to go beyond their current levels of performance and provide tangible rewards for strong achievement. At the same time, provide incentives for money saving ideas. Expenditure reductions, that do no harm to business efficiency or customer service, are powerful recession fighters. Your staff will know many ways to conserve cash, and their contribution to the bottom line should be acknowledged.



Create an entirely new and powerful customer service program. Utilize the crisis to develop a renewed emphasis on improving service to the clientele. Since it costs nothing to smile and be helpful and courteous, especially when so many long faces are everywhere, your organization will stand out from the gloomy crowd. As always, create fun incentives for the entire company to participate. Emphasise that everyone in the organization is part of the company image, and to share in the renewed customer service committment.

With other companies conducting layoffs, some very talented people will become available. Since your goal is to not only survive the recession, but to emerge even stronger than ever, a few strategic hirings might be in order. Think of the positive mood you can create as you add staff, instead of removing people.

Instead of everyone keeping their heads down, covering their backs, and avoiding mistakes, you will enhance employee morale. Happy people are productive people. Staffers frightened that their next stop is the unemployment line are much less likely to be in top form. Add staff as required, while maintaining your own quality people.

During an economic downturn, most companies reduce their employment levels. Go against the conventional wisdom, and emerge from the recession as an industry leader. Being a driving force in your industry is so much more exciting and profitable than being a me too follower.

Your positive personnel management practices will put your company on top.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Carnival of Entrepreneurs 16 at Working Solo



The Carnival of Entrepreneurs is open for business as it travels to Australia to vist Leah MacLean's informative entrepreneurial blog known as Working Solo. The Carnival is in its sixteenth edition with this latest entry into the business blog carnival cavalcade.

The entries include posts from leading business bloggers on topics relating to entrepreneurship and operating your own independent business.



I have an entry in this edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs as well.

My post is titled "Politeness: Respect for others pays" where I discuss how being a polite and courteous person makes one a rare individual in today's world. Politeness, and a genuine concern for the rights and feelings of others in our society seems to have slammed the door in our faces. A culture of rudeness has become a feature of modern society. Whether it's loud cellphone conversations, line cutting, or terrible customer service by staff people, finding politeness in the world is on the decline.

Thanks to Leah MacLean for making this entry a feature post in the Carnival.



The preferred participation option is to simply enter your best entrepreneurship post at Blog Carnival.

As always, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Next week's edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs returns to Ben Yoskovitz's carnival home blog Startup Spark.

In the meantime, head on over to the Working Solo hosting of Carnival of Entrepreneurs and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting indeprendent business and entrepreneurial blogs.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 

Carnival of the Vanities 236 at Silflay Hraka



The 236th edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities continues at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

The carnival, and indeed the entire blog carnival idea, was born over four years ago at Bigwig's Silflay Hraka blog. It is now back home to Silflay Hraka, as Bigwig's brother Kehaar has assumed the reins with great results.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, religion, humour, and business.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My post is titled "Politeness: Respect for others pays" where I discuss how you can very easily find people who view politeness and good manners as weakness and as character flaws to be overcome. They argue that rudeness succeeds and common courtesy is a mark of failure. They view rudeness to others as a sign of their superiority as people, and a badge of their status. They couldn't be more wrong. Politeness and common courtesy are more likely to achieve success, in business and in life, than a selfish, bullying attitude.



The host says the preferred participation option is to simply enter at Blog Carnival.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

When you send an entry to Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the many internet blog Carnivals, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Show the Carnival some linky love.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities appears once again at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

In the meantime, head on over to the Silflay Hraka hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting blogs.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

 

Mandie Crawford: Women and Technology - Blog Business Success Radio

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Entrepreneur, author, technology and marketing expert Mandie Crawford (photo left) of Roaring Women, and host of the popular Business Women Roar on Blog Talk Radio, shares ideas about women and technology, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, March 29, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Mandie Crawford talks women and technology, and the importance of women understanding the impact of technology, on their workplace and daily lives. You will learn:

* The vital importance of understanding and using technology

* How to encourage and integrate technology into the workplace

* The importance of training women in the use of technology

* Internet techologies that are transforming business women's lives



Mandie Crawford (photo left), is an energetic entrepreneur with a passion for women in business. A former Police Officer and mother of four has an adventurous spirit and a willingness to risk all for projects she believes in. Her voracious appetite for new information, statistics and trends has kept her on the leading edge of a minority of trend spotters. Her ability to turn that information to the benefit of business and consumer helps her to provide unique win-win situations for both.

Mandie’s gutsy approach to business includes issuing of press releases speaking to many areas of business including integrity in business, business women and risk, and marketing strategies. In addition to speaking at her own events she also speaks at trade shows and for organizations such as Chambers of Commerce and Business Enterprise Centers.

She is an outspoken business owner advocating entrepreneurialism and following ones dreams as well as insisting on marketing research and business plans. Mandie has self published two business books and is currently working on a third.

Mandie Crawford is also a Certified Behaviour Specialist, and trains companies and organizations on understanding their own personalities and motivations and then applies this information to understanding and communicating with potential clients and customers.

In addition to this she founded and runs www.RoaringWomen.com, a national e-business and networking organization to help promote women in business.

Mandie Crawford has been twice nominated for the women’s leadership award, Athena™ and has recently been nominated by Women’s Entrepreneurial Network as “Top 100 most powerful women in Canada” and the Royal Bank’s Entrepreneur of the year.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.



If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

Let's talk with Mandie Crawford, and learn how women can embrace technology to take their businesses and careers to the next level of success, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Carnival of the Capitalists at Political Calculations



This week sees a political economy approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives at Ironman's political and economics blog known as Political Calculations.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and small business.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

My post is titled "Fear of loss: Fear strikes out" where I discuss how fear is usually considered an irrational emotion, and with good reason. When people are frightened, they often make rash decisions that turn out very badly. The perceived danger may even be less harmful than the fear motivated action taken to counter what may be only a mirage. Business people acting out of fear of loss often pose a great danger to their own organizations. Fear can cause a good company to strike out, on a very bad pitch, well outside of the strike zone.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

bizosphere -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at CotC co-founder Rob May's essential entrepreneurship and business blog known as Business Pundit.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Political Calculations hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and get into business for yourself.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

 

Nut's and BlogBolts Copywriting special successful

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Blog Talk Radio hosted a 90 minute special roundtable discussion on copywriting, with leading members in the blogosphere on Sunday, March 25 at 8:30 pm Eastern; 5:30 pm Pacific time.

The Nut's and BlogBolts discussion for Sunday, March 25 was Copywriting For Online and Offline Business Success. The expert panel lineup included Roberta Rosenberg of The Copywriting Maven, Tom Chandler of The Copywriter Underground, Michel Fortin of Success Doctor, Ryan Healy of On Copywriting, and Mike Sansone of ConverStations, who also co-hosted this panel along with yours truly Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World.

Copywriting roundtable discussion topics included:

* Copywriting techniques to enhance your online and offline marketing success

* How good copywriting will boost your site's search engine rankings

* Mistakes to avoid, when writing copy, that can hurt your marketing success

* How to test different versions of copywriting to increase sales

* And many, many more insights into the world of copywriting

The conversation was lively, spontaneous, and very informative. The panel of experts are all well known thought leaders in business circles for their expertise on copywriting. Their knowledge was on full display as they shared their thoughts and insights on copywriting and how business people can improve their online and offline copywriting to boost their business to even greater success.

If you missed this very informative special show presentation, it is available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other special rountable events, go to the Nut's and BlogBolts Host Page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

Politeness: Respect for others pays



Being a polite and courteous person makes one a rare individual in today's world. Politeness, and a genuine concern for the rights and feelings of others in our society seems to have slammed the door in our faces. A culture of rudeness has become a feature of modern society. Whether it's loud cellphone conversations, line cutting, or terrible customer service by staff people, finding politeness in the world is on the decline.

You can very easily find people who view politeness and good manners as weakness and as character flaws to be overcome. They argue that rudeness succeeds and common courtesy is a mark of failure. They view rudeness to others as a sign of their superiority as people, and a badge of their status. They couldn't be more wrong. Politeness and common courtesy are more likely to achieve success, in business and in life, than a selfish, bullying attitude.

Whether in your personal relationships with others, or in your company, being polite and well mannered pays off in many ways. In your personal life, remembering special days, holding doors, and displaying good manners in general shows respect for the other person. That respect will almost always be reciprocated by the other person.



Anyone who doesn't recognize good manners and polite behaviour may not be worth your time anyway. Becoming known as a polite and well mannered individual doesn't mean that you are some sort of push over or doormat. Instead, you are displaying respect for yourself and those people with whom you interact on a daily basis.

In business, politeness and good manners will enhance and strengthen your entire organization. Staff, customers, vendors, and anyone doing business with your company will appreciate your courtesy. Instead of missing appointments, failing to live up to your promises and obligations, and engaging in generally rude behaviour, you show respect for the other person and their time.

In a very real sense, good customer service is all about good manners and politeness, and really listening to what people have to day about your products and services. The feedback provided will not only prevent client defection in the here and now, but could also improve current products or help develop new ones.




Word of your genuine concern, for treating others fairly and with respect, will improve your company's public image dramatically. Customers and clients will refer your business to their friends and family, resulting in even more personal referrals. Good old fashioned word of mouth advertising, through testimonials from satisfied customers is a powerful marketing tool. Everyone wants to be treated with respect, and in the modern decline of manners, your business politeness will shine like a beacon in the darkness.

Contrary to the criticism that good manners are a display of weakness, polite and respectful actions are a sign of self confidence. They are also recognition that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity. Instead of taking their money and running, missing their appointments, or barging past them in lineups, you are showing you value their time and rights, as well your own.

In a world where good manners are in steep decline, your polite actions will help you to stand out. You definitely won't be seen as a doormat. There is a huge difference between providing service and being subservient. Service implies an equal respect for yourself and others. Being subservient is based on a lack of self respect, and has nothing to do with being polite.

Show your respect for yourself and others. Display your good manners today.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

 

Nut's and BlogBolts A Conversation on Copywriting

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Sunday, March 25: at 8:30 pm Eastern; 5:30 pm Pacific

Blog Talk Radio hosts a 90 minute special roundtable discussion on copywriting, with leading members in the blogosphere.

The Nut's and BlogBolts for Sunday, March 25 will be on Copywriting For Online and Offline Business Success. The expert panel lineup includes Roberta Rosenberg of The Copywriting Maven, Tom Chandler of The Copywriter Underground, Michel Fortin of Success Doctor, Ryan Healy of On Copywriting, and Mike Sansone of ConverStations, who will also co-host this panel along with yours truly Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World.

You will learn:

* Copywriting techniques to enhance your online and offline marketing success

* How good copywriting will boost your site's search engine rankings

* Writing mistakes to avoid that can hurt your marketing success

* How to test different versions of copywriting to increase sales

Listeners can dial into (646) 652-4643 to ask questions, and join in the discussion; as well as being able to listen right from your own computer.

If you miss this very informative special show presentation, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other special rountable events, go to the Nut's and BlogBolts Host Page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

 

Carnival of the Vanities 235 at Silflay Hraka



The 235th edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities continues at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

The carnival, and indeed the entire blog carnival idea, was born over four years ago at Bigwig's Silflay Hraka blog. It is now back home to Silflay Hraka, as Bigwig's brother Kehaar has assumed the reins with great results.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.



This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, religion, humour, and business.



The host says the preferred participation option is to simply enter at Blog Carnival.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

When you send an entry to Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the many internet blog Carnivals, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Show the Carnival some linky love.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities appears once again at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

In the meantime, head on over to the Silflay Hraka hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting blogs.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

 

Carnival of Entrepreneurs 15 at Startup Spark



The Carnival of Entrepreneurs is open for business as it returns to Ben Yoskovitz's carnival home blog Startup Spark. The Carnival is in its fifteenth edition with this latest entry into the business blog carnival cavalcade.

The entries include posts from leading business bloggers on topics relating to entrepreneurship and operating your own independent business.



I have an entry in this edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs as well.

My post is titled "Empowerment through entrepreneurship" where I discuss how feeling empowered personally is important to everyone. No one wants to think their opinions, ideas, and contributions have little value to their employer. Unfortunately, too many people feel their workplace doesn't provide them with recognition or sufficient opportunities for personal growth. Too many employees sense they lack empowerment on the job.




The preferred participation option is to simply enter your best entrepreneurship post at Blog Carnival.

As always, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Next week's edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs travels to Australia to vist Leah MacLean's informative entrepreneurial blog known as Working Solo.

In the meantime, head on over to the Startup Spark hosting of Carnival of Entrepreneurs and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting indeprendent business and entrepreneurial blogs.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

 

Judith "JudiM" Weigle: My Office is a 3-Ring Circus - Blog Business Success Radio

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Author and marketing expert Judith "JudiM" Wieigle of JudiM Marketing, and author of My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus: Must I Take Orders From Clowns, shares marketing, empowerment, and career ideas gleaned from years marketing, promoting, and performing with a circus, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, March 22, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.


With a lavish sprinkling of humour tossed into the mix, Judith Weigle discusses career building ideas, and demostrates how to boost your personal empowerment level. You will learn:

* How to not fear consequences for doing the right thing in your job

* How to assert yourself in the face of office politics and personal power plays

* How to create your own personal safety net in case you lose your highwire balance

* How to not let your job demands stand in the way of your personal happiness



Entrepreneur, speaker, publicist, entertainment producer, marketing expert, Dancing Bear…lots of different hats have been worn by Judith Weigle over the course of her career.

Judith earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, plus minors in music, journalism, communications, education, and philosophy. Amazingly, she has used all of these combined skills in all parts of her working life. Most importantly, Judith has lived in accordance with her workstyle goals, a concept she explores in greater scope in her seminars and her book.

The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus provided her with the most developed and sophisticated marketing skills that enabled Judith to blueprint onto any event and business.



“I had the best training course in marketing, publicity, and promotion, along with people skills, sales skills, and life skills, in the six years I spent with the circus, roughly spanning 1980-1987,” Weigle explains. “The stories I have to tell, about my learning experiences within the business of marketing and promoting the circus, and performing with it too, are much the same as most people’s experiences on their jobs. Mine just happened with clowns and animals. So they sound funny, while the learning lesson is something all of us experience.”

Judith says that her resume reads like that of a cartoon character: manager, Pink Poodle Jazz Café; marketing director, tour booking agent, and Dancing Bear with Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus; promotion manager with Sarasota Children’s Opera Company; group sales with the Chicago Lyric Opera; public relations with the North American Bear Company; publicist for Equal to the Challenge by Diane Lewis; sales & marketing for West Coast Music; president of Corporate Concerts, Inc.; and author of My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus: Must I Take Orders From Clowns.

My book review of Judith Weigle's book My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus: Must I Take Orders From Clowns.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.



If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

Let's talk with Judit Weigle, and learn how to apply the lessons learned from the circus to take your career to the next level of success, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Dispatches From Blogblivion



This week sees a small business approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives at Jay and Deb Solo's hightly eclectic Dispatches from Blogblivion.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and small business.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

My post is titled "Recession management: Contrarian thinking" where I discuss how talk of possible economic recession is appearing in the mainstream media. Recessions are part of a modern economy. They appear from time to time as a correction on previous excesses. As a result of an economic downturn, the economy can reset itself with much of the fat removed from the system. The issue for any entrepreneur, however, is how to make certain their own company survives the recession in one piece.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

bizosphere -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at Ironman's political and economics blog known as Political Calculations.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Dispatches from Blogblivion hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and get into business for yourself.

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Fear of loss: Fear strikes out



Fear is usually considered an irrational emotion, and with good reason. When people are frightened, they often make rash decisions that turn out very badly. The perceived danger may even be less harmful than the fear motivated action taken to counter what may be only a mirage. Business people acting out of fear of loss often pose a great danger to their own organizations. Fear can cause a good company to strike out, on a very bad pitch, well outside of the strike zone.

Fear of loss appears in several forms. Some versions of the phenomenon are very overt and high profile in nature. Other varieties are more insidious and affect decision making in more subtle, and often very deady ways. In any case, business people motivated by fear of loss, and very often without any positive plan of action, can doom their company to failure. The resulting loss is precisely the one that was feared the most.



Overt fear of loss appears most often during times of crisis, or more importantly, during times of imagined crisis. For the business person who fears loss, potential threats appear seemingly from everywhere at once. The perceived threats may not be substantial at all, but to the business owner operating in fear crisis mode, the scenarios can seem very real indeed. Even worse, the entrepreneur on high false fear alert is very likely to ignore more rational advice from business associates, bankers, employees, and other advisors. The irrational response will be that no one understands, and the fear driven person may shut off all other input entirely.

In those isolated circumstances, the fear driven person is likely to make decisions, and hand down orders, that make little sense to the staff. Fear begins to grip the entire organization, as employees keep their heads down and avoid making any mistakes. In irrational times, anyone could be dismissed for any reason, including making the right decision that would benefit the business and its customers. When bogeymen are seen lurking everywhere, good ideas and good people are all too often the acrificial lambs.



A more insidious version of fear of loss works like an invisible hand in every decision made by the business person. Decision making becomes very centralized, as no one else can be trusted to make any choices, or present any ideas. After all, to the loss fearing individual, everything and everyone can be an agent of loss. Delegation of responsibility becomes only a pipedream as no one can be trusted to do the job properly. Instead of letting staff members handle routine tasks, and provide input for business direction, employees are seen as untrustworthy. No one can do the job like the owner becomes the norm.

Good people soon discover their opportunities in such organizations are clearly curtailed, and other employment is sought. Customers and clients feel their concerns and needs are not being met, and vote with their feet and wallets to a competitor. The business enters a death spiral and the fear of loss becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

Don't let fear of loss cause you to make irrational decions, and to fail to follow a solid business plan. There will be rough patches in any business, but they are succeeded by growth and prosperity. Trusting your staff and advisors will prevent that loss fear from gripping your company by the throat.

Fear of loss simply results in failure, which was allegedly what was being avoided at all costs. Don't let it happen to your business.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

 

Empowerment through entrepreneurship



Feeling empowered personally is important to everyone. No one wants to think their opinions, ideas, and contributions have little value to their employer. Unfortunately, too many people feel their workplace doesn't provide them with recognition or sufficient opportunities for personal growth. Too many employees sense they lack empowerment on the job.

The good news for the underappreciated staffer is there is a powerful option for personal empowerment. That choice is a future in entrepreneurship. Considering self employment is very often heavily motivated by the thoughts gaining personal empowerment. Becoming your own boss lets you make the decisions, right or wrong, that determine the direction of your own company. The entire concept of entrepreneurship is drenched in your personal empowerment.



For the unempowered individual, entrepreneurship represents real freedom. In fact, for someone who has spent their entire working life in creativity stifling workplaces, self employment may be the only route to true self actualization possible. That self reliance and personal fulfilment is why entrepreneurship is so empowering. You can follow your dreams and standard of ethics, and not be subservient to someone else's vision; or lack thereof.

Not all employers are bad by any means. In fact, most are quite good, and provide fulfilling and financially rewarding careers for their staff. The point for the person with an entrepreneurial personality, however, is that self employment is the only possible route to their own personal empowerment. For them, there simply is no other option than working for themselves. Self determination is a passion for the entrepreneurial individual.



Entrepreneurs are driven by passion to succeed in their business or profession. To reap the rewards of their own efforts and ideas is secondary to following the dream wherever it may lead. For some people, the opportunity to operate a company their own way far out balances any perceived financial security available through employement. Indeed, many entrepreneurs either don't fit well in an employee enviroment or have no faith in the future of employment as a career option. Instead, the dream of taking the risks, testing their own ideas, and charting their own course in life is the overarching entrepreneurial imperative.

That passion to build a company is also a source of strength from which the business owner can draw. Whether times are good or bad for the company, the self employed person can dip into that pool of passion and refesh the dream.

Combining passion with good business planning, and mixing in a strong sense of ethics, creates a powerful entrepreneurial elixer. With that formula in hand, the business owner can live the dream. The heady drink of personal empowerment is an intoxicating brew.

Entrepreneurship is truly empowering for many people. Living the dream of owning their own business is their passion. Independent business is also the backbone of the economy. As a result, the dream of self employment for many, is beneficial to all.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

 

My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus by Judith "JudiM" Weigle - Book Review



My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus

Must I Take Orders From Clowns


Author: Judith "JudiM" Weigle

Published: Jun 1, 2005

164 pp (Paperback)

ISBN: 13-978-0-595-35185-5

Publisher: iUniverse Inc.




Many people describe their office as being a three ring circus because of the crazy practices and ideas operating in their workplace. Judith "JudiM" Weigle, in her enlightening book My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus: Must I Take Orders From Clowns, uses her experiences from working at a real life circus to enhance the reader's business and career success.

With a combination of humor, and savvy advice gleaned from under the big top, Judith Weigle tells it like it is in the highly competitive world of the circus. Her anecdotes ranging from working with less than courteous clowns, to juggling her new marriage with the demands of her career, are supplemented with practical ideas that can be applied to any business or employment situation.

Far from being all clowns, elephants, and trapeze artists, a circus is a tightly run business. Moving a circus from venue to venue requires the removal of an entire small town, and rebuilding it in an identical format at the next location. As the author explains, that efficient transition is no small feat. For Judith, working with the circus was a dream job that had powerful lessons for employees in any industry.



Judith "JudiM" Weigle (shown left)

As with any workplace, the circus has its share of personal disputes, changes of personnel and business direction, and the occasional financial crisis. Judith Weigle (photo left) uses her real life experiences, in each of these disparate cases, to illustrate how the situation was handled. The crises are presented with lighthearted touch, but provide very solid ideas for protecting yourself in similar circumstances. At the same time, Judith describes how the circus business was also improved from the actions.

For me, the power of the book is in its enjoyable, easy to read style and presentation. Anecdotes are blended with the concept being discussed with a natural flowing technique. The usually humorous story demonstrates the career and business success idea for each chapter and book section. She shows how change in the workplace and personal self assertion can boost your career opportunities, while maintaining your personal ethics and integrity.

I recommend My Office Is A 3-Ring Circus: Must I Take Orders From Clowns by Judith "JudiM" Weigle for anyone who takes their career seriously enough to laugh about it, while learning some crucial lessons. As an added bonus, the book arrives in a midway concessions popcorn bag, along with your very own red clown nose. You never know when the red nose might be handy at work.

Read the book and you will never again have to take orders from a clown.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

 

Carnival of the Vanities 234 at Silflay Hraka



The 234th edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities continues at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

The carnival, and indeed the entire blog carnival idea, was born over four years ago at Bigwig's Silflay Hraka blog. It is now back home to Silflay Hraka, as Bigwig's brother Kehaar has assumed the reins with great results.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, religion, humour, and business.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My post is titled "Business ideas: Understanding wisdom" where I discuss how when a person is ready to truly hear wisdom, it will arrive right on schedule. The ideas are also very likely to be heard, and best understood just as they are needed most. Of course, that wisdom was always readily available. The person simply wasn't always prepared to listen.



The host says the preferred participation option is to simply enter at Blog Carnival.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

When you send an entry to Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the many internet blog Carnivals, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Show the Carnival some linky love.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities appears once again at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

In the meantime, head on over to the Silflay Hraka hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting blogs.

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