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Month: February 2017

Teaching Fitness Boxing – 5 Simple Technique Cues for Personal Trainers, Coaches and Boxing Trainers

Cues are simple, memorable and colorful words or expressions to help you teach proper technique for your boxing workouts. For example, Float Like a Butterfly. Cues are much better than technical jargon because they get the point across, on the fly. These cues will work for personal trainers and group trainers teaching boxing. They will also work for anyone holding punch mitts (focus pads) for their partner.

I – Float Like a Butterfly

What it means – For Ali, I think it meant to dance around the ring, which he did very well. However, for Fitness Boxing, it means to get up on the balls of the feet and move – whenever they are not punching.

When and Why to say itFloat like a butterfly helps students get up on their toes, burn more calories and work their legs. Tell students to do this between punches and combinations – not at the same time.

2. Put Out the Cigarette

What it means – This cue means to twist the ball of the foot, so the toe points towards the target, resulting in more hip and leg drive, and more powerful punches.

When and Why to say it – A good punch uses the core. By twisting the foot, like you are putting out a cigarette on the ground, the boxer / student will engage the Abs and core muscles. This cue works very well for the right cross punch.

3. Over the Brick Wall

What it means s – This cue helps students keep their elbow nice and high for the left or right hook punch. They imagine there is a chest-high brick wall in front of them. The hook goes over the brick wall.

When and Why to say it – Say the cue as just before or even as they throw the hook. A high elbow helps prevent a wild swinging on the hook punch.

4. Eye of the Tiger

What it means – We've all heard the song, but to me eye of the tiger means to focus. A tiger keeps her eye on her prey, never looking away.

When and Why to say this – Students will look away or flinch at the moment they punch. Also, in real boxing they will look away when under attack. That is not the time to look away!

5. Corkscrew the Fist

What it means – This means twisting the fist , so it faces the ground, enabling the student to strike with the front two knuckles.

When and Why to say it – This cue works very well for both the left jab and right cross (or right jab and left cross for left handers). Tell them to twist their fist just before the moment of impact, and right through the punch mitt.

Try these 5 cues as you teach your boxing sessions. They will help your students remember and perform the technique tips that result in great punching and great fitness. …

The Essentials of Customer Service Skills in Today's Business Environment

Every thriving business today requires good customer service skills. It is important to keep existing customers as well as creating new ones. Customer service is the heart of the customers buying experience and businesses that provide great service to customers distinguishing them among the rest in this very competitive world.

This is the main reason why many successful companies make this an important element in their agenda. Many businesses go out of their way way and hire professionals with outstanding service oriented attitude to provide excellent customer service.

"What is a good customer service and why is it important?"

Firstly, let us go over the main qualities of a good customer service to help recognize the importance of these qualities.

Primarily, good customer service skills include sound knowledge of the product and company, a very good understanding of the spoken and written language, ability to listen to and understand a customer's request, problem solving skills, flexibility and professionalism.

  1. An effective way to provide good customer service satisfaction is a good sound knowledge of the company, its products and services. In order to effectively address customer needs, customer service people must know what they are talking about.
  2. Good communication skill is the lifeblood of the service industry. Responses whenever spoken or written should be free from any grammatical errors. A positive and upbeat tone is always helpful especially during first encounters with customers; This shows enthusiasm and confidence that a positive outcome will be expected in the end.
  3. Listening skills should be excellent for this will determine ones ability to provide the right response to client requests or query. Good listening skills helps in understanding the specifics of the problem and effectively gives the customer the feeling of being valued.
  4. Problem solving skills should be on top at all times during a customer client encounter. Customers seek customer service because they have a need that the company can provide and in order to keep the customer satisfied, being able to resolve their problems right away by asking the right questions is a sure-fire way to provide a solution.
  5. Flexibility means ability to adjust to situations. Each customer has different needs and flexibility skills means being able to address effectively the dynamics of every customer encounter.
  6. Professionalism shows when all these qualities are combined plus the right attitude and confidence to represent the company. Being courteous, respectful and friendly at all times whatever the situation is. Professionalism should be displayed not only towards customer but also towards team members, company and competitors.

Employees must understand that customers are the one bringing business into the company. They must understand that providing service does not only mean meeting the needs of the customers, but going over and above customer satisfaction. Going an extra-mile to provide excellent service will keep customers coming back.

Companies should provide excellent training consistently to their employees so they are up-to-date with modern work place practices to consistently deliver great customer service. Customer service skill-training methods ensure employees have proper …

The Strategies, Goal & Objectives of Business Conference Organisers

With a simple ‘click of a button’ you will have access to a large number of professional websites of Business Conference Organisers. Unlike a couple of decades ago, where you had to depend on telephones and ‘snail mail’ to find the right organiser for your event, today technology has brought this facility right up to your home or office. You have the opportunity to just sit by your PC and study all the features, rates, services etc. that these organisers offer, before deciding with whom you plan to hand over your assignment.

Most of the leading organisers of trade and consumer events excel in creating high profile, highly targeted business and consumer events which help to establish and maintain good business relationships and also generate new business avenues.

Some of the leading Business Conference Organisers handle events internationally – they conduct events in a number of leading countries, bringing great numbers of active event participants of the consumer world, together. These international organisations have their network of offices in many countries, and are every effective in handling any type of trade and consumer events of the business industry. They are also renowned in delivering and bringing together a large number of business contacts to these events which is a valuable feature in the world of consumerism.

Majority of the present day business conferences are combined with exhibitions. Exhibitions are influential, flexible and are a highly cost-effective business tool. They can be considered as a significant wealth generator in their own way. In established economies, exhibitions are a vital part of the marketing mix, alongside with direct selling, advertising, direct mail and the Internet. Business Conference Organisers recommend the combination of exhibitions as they are a major stimulus in the new and emerging markets for industrial and commercial development. Given below are a few reasons:

– Driving industrial development and technology transfer

– Boosting regional and national industry

– To motivate and improve foreign investment in industry and infrastructure

An exhibition will also have a major impact on local and national economies:

– It generates direct spending on local hotels, restaurants, transport etc.

– Creates employment opportunities – directly in convention centres, hotels, restaurants etc. and indirectly assists in the development of small and medium enterprises

– It help increase the city/regional profile

Business Conference Organisers feel that exhibitions are one of the most effective mediums to establish and maintain customer relations.

Here are some common reasons for attending exhibitions:

  • To consolidate business relationships
  • To solve specific problems
  • To find new markets
  • To appoint agents/seek principals
  • To discuss specific terms/conditions/pricing
  • To obtain technical knowledge
  • To discuss business needs in an unbiased environment

These renowned conference organisers tend to project their objectives beyond the organisation of trade shows and conferences. Their role is more likely to a relationship broker – identifying, targeting, attracting and matching the needs of buyers and suppliers. The main objective of Business Conference Organisers is to maximise business and networking opportunities through the organisation of conferences and events.…

Backseat Drivers Cause Distractions, Accidents!

According to a recent survey by an independent insurance company, 66 percent of motorists, as a result of unwelcome attention from back seat drivers, have been involved in traffic collisions. This type of distraction is quite common and has led to car accidents for nearly 25 percent of drivers – which ultimately drives up auto insurance costs.

The survey indicated that more than two-thirds of women and 70 percent of drivers over the age of 55 have been involved in a collision due to distractions attributed to passengers within their vehicles.

Teachers ranked high among preferred passengers

Teachers have been named among the most patient of passengers. Most drivers surveyed said that they prefer to drive with work colleagues rather than parents or domestic partners who tend to be the more disruptive among back seat passengers.

The research highlights that having passengers in the car can distract drivers from the road and lead to road traffic accidents, which in turn have an effect on car insurance policies and can result in personal injury compensation claims being made. This generally results in a rise in premium costs as well.

The findings suggests that as many as one million accidents and near misses have occurred when a passenger makes unsolicited suggestions or gives unwanted advice. In not keeping their opinions to themselves, passengers are also instigating a large number of drivers (nearly 1.7 million) to engage in reckless behavior, including:

1. Speeding

2. Switching lanes suddenly and

3. Braking unnecessarily

Research also found that 60 percent of backseat drivers genuinely believe they are being helpful when they offer instructions, while almost a fifth claim they only speak up because they fear for their own safety.

The most common backseat driver behaviors include: volunteering unwanted directions, inopportune panicked gasping, and constantly checking the speedometer.

Aside from a lack of concentration that drivers suffer from when provoked, almost a third of motorists get stressed and annoyed by their passengers who generally are attempting to be helpful. Women, generally more easily irritated, will often actually stop the vehicle after becoming upset from backseat criticisms.

Domestic partners top list of driving irritants

Domestic partners take the blame for being the worst culprits, criticizing from the backseat or passenger seat, with over half of those questioned describing their other halves as ‘backseat drivers.’ Unsurprisingly, more than half of all motorists think they are a better driver when they are alone in the car as they are able to give driving their full attention.…

USANA MLM Business – Opportunity Or Scam?

Usana Health Sciences has become a very large and well-known health and wellness network marketing company They offer a variety of healthy self-care and home-care products, as well as an income opportunity if a person becomes a distributor and sells their products.

However, there are some very real concerns and issues about starting or participating in a Usana business. In this article, I will provide and unbiased review of the pros and cons of developing a Usana business, and see if we can find out whether Usana is a great opportunity – or a great scam.

  • Usana – The Good
  • Usana was founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, a microbiologist and immunologist. Dr. Wentz began Gull Laboratories in 1974, and built it from a one-man operation to a leading provider of viral diagnostic tools. In 1992, Wentz sold his stake in Gull Labs and began Usana with the hope of preventing disease, not just treating disease. Today they offer a line of high-quality supplements and personal care items.

    For distributors, Usana pays out with a binary compensation plan, where a representative builds a left-side and a right-side simultaneously. One of the good things about their compensation plan is the fact there is no monthly group volume requirements. Commissions are earned based on group sale volume (GSV).

    Another big pro about beginning a Usana business is the need – currently, the demand for products that might help in the prevention of disease is huge. With the current marketing trends being what they are, you can sell just about anything that has “anti-oxidant” written on it.

  • Usana – The Bad
  • Usana is a network marketin company, which simply means that a distributor can go join and build a downline, and grow a distribution channel. The first flag that we noted was that Usana encourages their distributors to purchase business opportunity leads (or bizop leads) to grow your organization. The problem with opportunity-seeking leads is that nine times out of ten, they are not really looking for an opportunity. In fact, the way that many opportunity leads are gathered is rather misleading. The process works like this: you are out surfing the web, looking at different sites, and you suddenly see a pop-up ad to win a free toaster if you take a quick survey. If you take that survey, you will be asked to submit your name and phone number to get your free toaster. The minute you fill out that form, you actually become an opportunity-seeking lead.

    For people that have used opportunity leads before, this would explain why so many times when they contact the lead, they have no idea how they got put on an opportunity-seeking list. Also, these types of lead lists are sold and re-sold multiple times, so that when you get around to contacting the lead, they have already talked to eight different people with a “huge business opportunity”.

  • Usana – The Ugly
  • The reason that so many network marketing businesses have such a bad reputation is …

    Seven Major Differences Between Chinese and American Business Cultures

    Understanding cultural difference is the key in building lasting relationships with your business partners abroad. China has a long and rich history and culture that has built a business environment that is markedly different than U.S. business culture:

    1. Relationship-based versus transaction-based

    Relationships come before economics in China whereas in the U.S. economics generally take a front row seat to relationships. Chinese people do business with people they know and trust.

    Rather than getting into business discussion immediately once you meet, take time and get to know your potential partners abroad; invest now for payoff later. Once trust has been built, Chinese business people will gladly share their thoughts with you and will give you honest feedback. One way to build the trust and rapport is to hang out outside the office hour, for instance, invite them to lunch or dinner.

    2. Face to face interactions versus doing business without meeting in person

    Most of Chinese business activities and deals are made through face-to-face interactions. To successfully launch in China, you will need to visit China and build relationships with your partners through frequent face-to-face interactions. To accommodate Chinese business culture norms, many American companies have opened offices and hired locals in China to facilitate business in this foreign market. Other American companies form partnerships with local companies to bypass the need to establish a branch or office abroad.

    3. Negotiations: prepare to haggle

    There is a huge difference in the way negotiations take place in the U.S versus China. Chinese people tend to haggle and to believe that there is room for negotiation on every deal. U.S companies need to make a padded proposal. Always start with a reasonable proposal regardless and expect multiple rounds of negotiations.

    4. Entertaining is a part of business

    In China, entertaining (hosting) is an integral part of the business culture. In most instances, inviting potential partners or employees to dinner is appropriate and considered an informal meeting. A dinner with potential business partners may be used as a way to build trust and deepen a relationship. It may be used as a way to solicit feedback that you may be unable to obtain during the standard workday or in the typical work setting. A dinner or other social outing is also an appropriate way to follow up with deals informally agreed upon.

    5. Communication style

    Chinese people tend to be quiet and reserved in business settings while Americans tend to be outspoken and eloquent. This cultural difference may make it challenging for U.S. companies to obtain the information they seek such as concerns, feedback, outright rejections, etc. Many times it may take a series of formal and informal meetings to reach your desired goal.

    6. Closing a deal

    Unlike in the U.S., in China the signing of a contract does not mean immediate business. After a contract is signed, understand that this is the beginning of the arrangement; follow up with your new partner and look for actions. Actions taken on the Chinese …

    6G Welding: What Is It? It Is The Highest Paying Of All Welding Positions – Make $100K A Year!

    What Kind of welding job pays that kind of money? About 5{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} of welders are certified 6G code welders. 6G is pipe welding – in fact it is the test for: “All-position pipe welding.” The skill test is to weld two pieces of pipe together which are mounted in a fixed position, at 45 degrees. Because you are welding a round object set at 45 degrees, you are proving your ability in every conceivable position. The weld quality must be very high, because replacing poorly welded pipe joints in a power plant (for example) is very expensive.

    How much CAN a 6G Pipe Welder make?

    Wages have gone down during the slow down. Not that long ago a “rig welder” (a welder with a welding machine on a truck) in Alberta, Canada would average $330,000 a year, but times are hard, so it is roughly half that much now. Off-shore oil rigs employing 6G welders are paying about $100k a year right now.

    There are very few trades in life which are purely “skill based. In other words, the possessor of the skill is highly paid simply because they can perform the skill (think of a tight-rope walker in a circus). Most high paying trades or skills require specific schooling, plus proof that you can actually “do the skill”, and rarely will the skill require hand-eye-brain coordination to the degree of a tight-rope walker. 6G pipe welding IS a skill like tight rope walking – it requires dedicated, correct practice. Like tight-rope walking, 6G pipe welding also does not require any specific education or graduation certificate in the USA. No one cares where you went to school, or IF you went to school, as long as you show up and you really can weld that pipe joint like walking a tight rope! If you are good at this ONE position, you’ll be put to work. No one CARES where or how you learned the skill and no one cares if you don’t know another thing in this world!

    Can imagine this? Imagine a room of 100 of the most highly skilled structural welders (typically union iron workers, working on large building frames) and 100 CWI Welding Inspectors (the best of the welding inspectors, with vast welding book knowledge) and ONE uneducated, illiterate but certified and very capable 6G pipe welder… And there is an urgent need for someone to weld a high pressure pipe joint on a 6″ schedule 40 carbon steel pipe – guess who would be the ONLY person in a room of 201 people who could do it? That’s right, the pipe welder, even though the pipe welder can’t READ!

    Anything worth having requires focused work. What do you think a heart surgeon concentrated on learning while in school? That’s right, heart surgery. Focus on the one thing that will make you money and burn it up like a laser beam! OTS! “Own The Skill!” Be careful NOT to waste time, money and effort on …

    A Credit Tenant Lease (CTL) or Conventional (Bank) Loan – Which Is Best for My NNN Deal?

    Many good quality, single tenant, net leased properties qualify for both credit tenant lease (CTL) financing and conventional commercial mortgage lending. Net lease property investors should consider the pros and cons of each before deciding which type of loan to commit to.

    CTL lending is generally best for the long term income investor who wants permanent, high leverage, fixed rate, fully amortized financing and desires speed and certainty of execution. Bank lending has a lower initial (but not overall) cost and can offer a larger variety of terms and conditions. Banks are best for investors who need options, don’t need maximum leverage (have large down-payment available), and who are not sure if they will hold a property for the long run.

    The Difference

    CTL lending combines aspects of commercial mortgage lending with specialized investment banking in-order-to close deals. A CTL banker issues and sells private placement corporate bonds that are secured by the lease on the real estate. The proceeds of the bond sales are used to fund a commercial mortgage loan for the borrower. The loan is administered by a third party Trustee throughout the life of the deal.

    Traditional commercial mortgages are standard loans secured by mortgage liens against the real estate, the income the property produces and the credit of the borrower. Banking institutions originate a loan and fund the deal either by selling the loan to an investor (private or Government) or by lending its own funds and holding the loan in its portfolio.

    Leverage

    The ongoing credit crunch has forced banks to tighten up their lending criteria. It is highly unlikely that a commercial bank will offer any more than 75{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} loan-to-value (LTV) on any deal today. Banks have no incentive to take unnecessary risk; they can borrow money from the Fed (Federal Reserve Bank) at 0{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} percent and buy 10 year Treasury Bonds at 2{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} earning 2 points risk free. They will pass on high leverage loans and only lend where they have large amounts of protective equity.

    CTL lenders will lend up to 100{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} LTV (lease fee valuation) on a non-recourse basis. They are in the business of loaning the full, current cash value of a lease (against the guaranteed future income). CTL bankers, without question, make the highest loan offers in the commercial real estate finance industry.

    Speed and Certainty of Execution

    CTL loans can close in about 1/3rd of the time it takes to close a conventional commercial mortgage. CTL deals have been known to be completed, from-start-to-finish, in as-little-as 45 days (unheard of in the world of commercial banking) but generally take 60.

    Bank loans take at least 60 days, sometimes 180 or more. Also, because CTL deals either qualify or doesn’t, a banker can give a borrower a solid yes or no very quickly. There are a thousand ways a bank loan can fall through but, once a CTL banker commits to a deal and a borrower signs off, there is a near 100{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} certainty of execution.

    Recourse

    CTL …

    Tubal Reversal Insurance Coverage

    A tubal reversal or tubal ligation is a procedure that surgically corrects and reconstructs the fallopian tubes of the female reproductive system for purpose of conceiving. The procedure is performed by a credentialed surgeon who is considered an accomplished specialist in his or her field with proficiency to restore functional capacity of fertility. There are basically three standard operations utilized in the medical community to accomplish this reconstruction which are displayed prominently in media including implantation, anastomosis, and a salpingostomy. All variations of correcting the problem are operationally invasive, inherent in risk, relatively expensive, and elective thus not usually covered under normal circumstance by health insurance, or is it?

    Why Is Tubal Reversal Usually Or Normally Not Covered By Insurance?

    A medically underwritten plan for an individual would require an exclusionary benefit period for a prolonged duration of time while reinvesting the monthly premium at regular intervals to earn sufficient return on invested capital hence funding the operation. The median average claim expenditure for Tubal Reversal Ligation surgery can run anywhere from $4,500.00 to $10,000.00 depending on several factors such as history of female complications, age, height, or weight and with just one person to pool this risk the cost of covering exceeds the insurers return on investment by a wide margin. The second reason is the fact that very speculative complications can occur during the course of operating such as excessive bleeding, infection, anesthetic casualty, damage to nearby organs, and risk of ectopic pregnancy all which would only exacerbate the claim cost expenditures and cause negative asymmetries in the medical loss ratio costing a fortune for the insurance company.

    Exceptions To The Rule.

    Group insurance benefits are unsurpassed in the arena of coverage and most often commercial insurance carriers write experienced rated policies instead of medically underwritten benefits to cover these procedures which are offset by factoring the premiums of the business enterprise as a whole. Simply put, with many employees paying monthly premiums there is financial leverage to provide this as a covered expense. Some states are required by federal mandated law to honor payment for Tubal Reversal Ligation if they do in fact cover maternity regardless of the provisions stipulated within its contractual arrangements with the insured. As a matter of fact, The National Infertility Association has addressed them by state including Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Texas. The caveat is there are certain loopholes in regards to evading or meeting such requirements such as not all carriers being required to offer maternity related coverage’s.

    Applying for Tubal Reversal Insurance.

    Our company Health Insurance Buyer will assist you in locating such coverage from carriers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and Aetna to name a few insurance companies as well as help you locate reputable providers that perform the aforementioned services such as Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center, Center for Fertility and Gynecology, or Atchafalaya Obstetrics and Gynecology as an example. Once our …

    Printable Day Planners Save Time and Money

    Paper-based day planners are still very popular professionals and busy families. However, when you run out of preprinted pages from the manufacturer, your careful planning comes to a halt until you can obtain refills.

    Refills of dated pages, blank planner pages, calendars, to-do lists and address book pages for three-ring datebooks of various sizes are available from stationery stores and via mail order, but they can be pricey and hard to find.

    One convenient option is to locate, download and print planner pages from online sources. In some cases, the printable refills are free. You should be able to find pages designed to fit common commercial datebooks such as the Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Covey and other systems.

    If you have some ink in your printer and a few minutes to trim pages and punch holes, you can have your favorite day planner back in business from the comfort of your own home.

    If you decide to go the printable refill route, the first step is to determine what size organizer you are using. Here are the most common planner sizes: executive (8.5 "x11"), desktop (5.5 "x8.5"), travel (4.25 "x6.75"), personal (3.75 "x6.75"), pocket (3.5 " X6 "), hipster (3" x5 "-index card size) and mini (2.75" x5 ").

    Executive and desktop size planners are commonly referred to in an office setting. Travel, personal and pocket versions are made to bring along in a purse or briefcase and use on the go. The smallest planners, the mini and increasingly popular hipster size, are designed to fit in a pocket.

    Some people use only paper planners, while others rely on them to supplement computer-based organizing tools.

    Reference the pages that came with your datebook, or simply measure the pages, to figure out what size you need. Also decide if you want to view the pages in landscape or portrait orientation.

    Select dated or undated calendar pages (daily or weekly), monthly calendars, to-do lists, address and phone pages, graph paper, lined pages and any other variations you expect to use.

    Typically, free printable planner refills can be downloaded in PDF form, which can be easily opened, viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat's free Reader. To save ink, consider printing the pages using only your printer's black ink cartridge.

    Once the pages are printed, you'll need to trim them down (except they are executive size). Some planner refills come with handy guides for trimming as well as placement circles to aid in hole punching.

    Then, pop them in your planner and you're ready to rule the world, even more organized than before!

    Copyright 2009 by Kevin Savetz …