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In business, videos are used for marketing, education and even entertainment. They are powerful tools that can be used for a multitude of purposes. For these chief reasons, competitive companies allocate a sizeable portion of their operational budget to corporate video production. This has become an effective tool for business growth.

Indeed, a lot of experts say that videos are very effective in building brand awareness. In fact, marketing studies prove that businesses that have video content in their website get visitors to stay longer than business websites that don’t use videos.

In addition to that, people generally prefer marketing content in a visual format, and this is the reason why online content views average 50 billion each month. Your business can attract even more people online, or even on TV, if you present your brand and its value through videos.

And when it comes to setting a good impression, videos also work extremely well on target audiences. Businesses can really make a mark and appeal powerfully to the aesthetic sensibilities of many people. Corporate film production, expert marketers say, is one of the best ways to tell the beautiful story of the business so it can become more relatable to a lot of people. It’s one obvious demonstration of competitiveness because everybody knows how big a budget is allocated for video production, as well as how much work is involved in order to achieve the best final output.

People have this idea that if you’re doing the same thing as the big players are, then perhaps you’re an important player as well. It can be educational, as well as an effective means for businesses to expedite their processes. Many large companies actually use corporate videos in order to clearly demonstrate to their clients or customers how to complete certain processes without the assistance of support personnel.

Lastly, the videos can simplify and speed up operations by going beyond the usual hassles and mistakes of day-to-day business activities. A video can provide a fresh perspective of the business, generate more interest, appear more approachable, and perhaps, lock in more clients so that business income is increased.

Video production actually has many other benefits for business because creativity with videos depends greatly on the nature of an enterprise’s operations. So all in all, if you wish to boost your business’s performance and ensure your competitive advantage, it’s imperative to opt for corporate video production.…

There’s nothing better as a 14 year old walking around with your own wad of cash. When you can stop begging your parents for a few bucks to buy video games or to just go out and have fun this summer, kids can have a level of freedom they never had before.

Making money when your a teenager can be tough. There’s not a lot of places you can get hired at this age, and the jobs that are available don’t pay all that well. Teenagers are stuck with dirty, messy jobs that no one else wants to do, and all for minimum wage.

That means you have to put in a lot of hours to make enough money to even be worth it.

But there’s a secret to making a ton of cash that most kids don’t even know about. There are companies online that will pay people to give their opinion. Just by filling out some information on either a movie trailer, your experience the last time you went to Best Buy, and what you think of the Nike brand, you can earn $50 or more a day.

The best part is that you don’t even have to go anywhere or write anything out. You can give your opinion online and get paid right away. All you need is a PayPal account, which is free. Then you head over to sign up for the company that will pay you for giving your opinion. That’s also free. You can fill out as many surveys as you like, which means you can make as much money as you like!…

You know, there’s much more to playing music than learning scales and chops. There’s a whole other side to playing music that’s in your mind and your heart. As a musician, if you create your own personal development plans and follow them, you’ll be able to do much more than you every believed you could.

Setting Goals

This is first and foremost. You probably don’t remember, but one year ago today, you didn’t play nearly as well as you do now. You also hadn’t heard some of the music that’s influenced your playing. There were ideas out there in the universe that you couldn’t have even imagined one year ago today.

So, where would you like to be next year on this day? Nobody ever gets anywhere without setting goals. Decide what it is you’d like to achieve in the next year, and then take the steps you need to achieve it.

But, don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself. This is a real confidence killer. “I want to become proficient in six more orchestral instruments in the next year.” Whoah, put on the breaks a minute! Think about what you realistically can do; take steps toward your goal, and each step along the way will be joyous and inspiring. You can do what you want, but some things take longer than others.

Keep An Open Mind

Every musician has a subconscious checklist. This checklist says, “I am this” and “I am that.” It also says, “I can do this” and “I can’t do that.”

Everybody can benefit from exploration. Get out and check out new music you’ve never heard before. If you’re a jazz player, get some hip hop records. What do you like and what don’t you like about them? What is similar and what is different? You’d be surprised how different styles of music mesh together into something else. Don’t restrict yourself.

If you’re a classical musician, go the library and check out some CDs of music from some other part of the world. If at first it sounds jarring, give it a good listen. Maybe you can bring something unique to your music from a faraway place.

Turn Mistakes Into Learning Opportunities

One thing that holds everybody back, musician or otherwise, is focusing on failure. Regret is a terrible thing. When you make a mistake, reflect on it. Think about what went wrong and how you can make it go better next time.

This is especially important with your performances. When you have a bad show, you just want to go somewhere alone and stew about it. You might want to give the whole thing up and get an office job. But, it’s really important not to think about it that way.

Whether you have a good performance or a bad performance, reflect. Think about what went well, and what went badly. What got the most audience response, and what could you maybe skip next time. This is all part of honing our performance skills.

Relax And …

During my 9 year career as in house HR, the term "business acumen" was typically applied to HR in the following ways: "Our HR department needs more business acumen" or "HR has a lack of business acumen". Inevitably, these statements would come from the company's business leaders and would there ruffle the feathers of the HR leadership team. As a result, there would be "business acumen" teachable moments in our HR all hands and often times "business acumen" would land as an HR strategic priority. The problem with trying to strengthen business acumen with these tactics is there was very little context given to the HR organization. Most comments would be centered on business acumen as being an important skill set for the HR team but no context for what it was, how to build it, or what the impact of it was. By giving the HR employees concepts with no definition or concrete frame, some individuals often struggle to pull out the pertinent pieces of information from these business acumen lessons and rarely knew how to use the information in a strategic way. To help in understanding what it is and what to do with it once you have it, read on.

To begin we must first define the concept of business acumen. Raj Charan, once said that business acumen is "… linking an insightful assessment of the external business landscape with the keen awareness of how money can be made – and then implementing the strategy to deliver the desired results". In essence, business acumen is the triangulation between, external pressures, internal strategy and commerce. Therefore, to ask the human resources professional to have more business acumen is really about understanding where the company is going given the external market conditions and the overall company strategy and then linking this knowledge to the impact it will have on the people component of the organization . By understanding where the company is going based on these business components, human resources can impact how quickly the organization remains ahead of the curve.

For example, we often talk about the impact of emerging competitors, but what does that mean for HR. It means being attuned to the impact this will have on the recruiting base, how we retain and compensate current employees, who in the organization might be affected, etc. In addition to being attuned, a strategy needs to emerge to address these issues quickly and effectively. What this assumes is, not only do you need to know where the overall organization is going, but also have an understanding of how it impacts the organizational structure, leadership needs, retention, staffing, etc. And then make recommendations or changes based on all this information. To start, all HR professionals need to understand and internalize their businesses and driving business needs. Below are some tips on how to gain more business acumen within your organization.

4 Steps to Improving your Business Acumen:

  • Understand your company's business model, structure, products and services. This means talking

If you’ve made a mistake in your business, a verbal apology is much more difficult than a written one. In a written apology, time can be taken to chose and pick words appropriate for the situation. A written apology gives time to the recipient as well to think about the situation and respond accordingly.

If the business relationship is intimate, the approach has to be more romantic. References to the good times spent working or venturing in a project together may be included to suggest that it would be very foolish to terminate a relationship that both parties cherish.

“I am sorry” letter in business preferably should be written by the owner of the company and best accompanied by small gifts. Even if the letter is a brief one, it must specify what the apology is for. The feeling of regret and repentance must be put across very clearly.

Handwritten letters are said to work wonders in such cases. At times apologies need to be put across in a customer relationship as well. A grave mistake may be been made to a loyal customer. A smart business owner should recognize this situation and quickly write an apology letter to the customer. Failing to do so, you may not see the said customer ever again.

How about writing an apology letter for your own employee? In such cases the tone of the letter must be sympathetic as “I am sorry” might be used to communicate a termination, or rejection of a business proposal or failure to deliver a promotion.

In such cases the cause of the action has to be clearly defined to the recipient. The extent, to which letters would be effective entirely depends on the extent to which the damage has been caused. However, a note of sorry definitely reduces the discomfort caused by some offending act or behavior.…

What’s it all about?

What is teamwork? Why is it that a team of people can achieve greater success than an individual working alone? I’d like to try and answer those questions with reference to my own personal experience.

Teamwork is obviously a subject about which many people seek to know more. If you search the Internet for teamwork related resources and a plethora of information turns up for free. Team building activities, teamwork games, team work articles and motivational teamwork quotes being just a few of the resources readily available to the researcher.

To gather my own thoughts I’ve looked back over my own experiences and thought about the best team I’ve ever worked with, I’ve contemplated what made that team great and asked myself the questions: Why did we we all work so well together? Why were we able to achieve greater than the sum of our individual achievements?

It’s made me think about what stops teams from working well too, what prevents them from being a team?

What is it that make a team great?

Here’s a few dictionary definitions:

Team – “two or more persons working together”

Teamwork – “combined action of a team, especially when effective and efficient”.

In my analysis the key words are “working together” and “when effective and efficient”.

You see those two short phrases describe to me exactly what a great team is all about. I’ll give another dictionary definition before I go on:

Team-spirit – the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed

I agree wholeheartedly with that definition, there’s nothing quite like being a member of a great team, where everyone is working together in harmony, their individual abilities all harnessed into a single focused effort. It’s genuinely very effective, it makes you feel that together you could achieve anything. You probably could too!!

Why can a team be more effective than one person?

Physical laws would tend to suggest that the overall ability of a group can be no more than the sum of the individual team member’s abilities, and could be slightly reduced due to inefficiencies within the grouping. Sadly this is often true for many so called teams, because in truth they are just a group of people suffering from a lack of motivation and individual selfishness, not what I would define as a team. True teams are empowered by team-spirit, the willingness to act as a member of the group rather than as an individual. Individuals empowered by team-spirit benefit from much greater motivation and therefore achieve greater success than they would acting alone. It follows then that a whole group of people empowered by team-spirit will achieve greater things than all of its individuals would alone.

What motivates people to work as a team?

I’ll never forget my first experience of working with a really inspired team , it was awesome! You could actually feel the energy it generated! I was one member of a great team of …

Most people reach out to their insurance brokers or underwriters when there is a significant event in their lives that necessitates new or revised risk coverage – perhaps when they purchase a new home or it’s time to trade-in the old car. However, far fewer remember to review their insurance at regular intervals or when more subtle changes to their coverage requirements occur.

Reviewing your insurance regularly helps ensure your coverage is what you expect it to be in the unfortunate circumstance that you need to file a claim. It also aids in making informed decisions regarding coverage and being proactive about minimizing your insurance costs.

There are many different circumstances that could possibly change your coverage requirements and prompt a call to an insurance professional for a review. The examples below identify some of the instances in which you might want to review your coverage:

  • Renovations – If you perform renovations to your house, it is likely that you are also increasing its value. Whether it’s a new kitchen, bathroom, pool, or even expensive landscaping, remember to check your policy limits to ensure they remain adequate in case of an insured loss. If you’ve recently renovated your basement, also note it is quite likely that your water damage insurance needs to be reviewed.
  • You’ve been accumulating possessions – Have you done a home inventory lately? Most people have more personal possessions than they think. Estimating the total value of your contents is vital to helping ensure your limits are adequate.
  • You’ve purchased a high value item – Remember that some of your personal possessions have to be scheduled to be properly covered. Jewellery, antiques, collectibles, wine collections, and art are a few examples of pieces that may require additional coverage.
  • New coverages have become available – The insurance industry frequently adapts to changing market conditions and offers coverage in areas that it has not in the past. For homeowners, insurance for overland water damage and home repair issues (such as broken furnaces) have recently become available from some insurers, in some areas. In addition, legal expense insurance, travel insurance, and pet insurance are available from brokers looking to cover more of your risk and insurance needs.
  • Laws changing to give you more or less choice – Changes to automobile accident benefits mean you should review your choices.
  • You become eligible for additional discounts – Changes in your personal circumstances may affect your eligibility for policy discounts. For example, if you install an alarm system you are likely eligible for a discount on your homeowner policy. If you use snow tires on your vehicle, many insurers offer a discount on your car insurance policy. If you pass the age of 50-55, you may become eligible for mature driver discounts.
  • If you change jobs and have a shorter commute – You should report this to your insurance broker as driving less typically correlates to lower risk and less expensive premiums. If you have a certain job occupation, you may also be

According to sources, there are around 28 million small business owners in the United States. From small retail shops to well established businesses. No matter what type of business it is and how well established it is, all types of businesses can suffer losses which is why they require protection. Perhaps, this is the main reason as to why so many business owners are found asking questions about business insurance.

Here are some of the top most Googled questions about business insurance which can help you understand it properly.

1. What Exactly is Business Insurance?

Business insurance is basically coverage and compensation that is provided to business owners to protect them from financial risks or losses. From your smallest to your biggest business assets, you can get all your business properties insured. Some coverage consists of errors and omission insurance policy, worker’s compensation insurance policy, property insurance policy, commercial auto insurance and much more.

2. How will you know if you Need it?

As a business owner, you will find a need for it in most instances. While you may be thinking that your business does not require insurance policies and does not have enough assets to be sued, you will still need to get your business insured. Risks and threats are involved in any business, either directly or indirectly. That is why in order to secure your business venture from potential risks, you should better shield your business from them. It is simple; if you have assets, even some of them, you would require business insurance. Obviously, if you have a small business, you would be scared to lose even one of your assets.

3. Who will be Responsible to Guide you Through the Process?

An Insurance Agent or Broker will guide you throughout the process of getting an insurance policy for your business. They are just like trusted business advisors who will meet you face-to-face and will help you in understanding the business insurance policies by explaining you each and everything in detail. Also, they will come up with the best suitable plan to help you provide the adequate coverage.

4. What are the Types of Business Insurance Policies?

Your broker will help you review each of them in detail. However, since this is one of the most important things which is searched most on Google, here’s what comes under it;

• Casualty Insurance: This is the liability compensation which is for the premises of your business and the products that are manufactured on the jobsite.

• Property Insurance: This is the liability coverage that covers physical location, which is either owned or rented, by the business.

• Commercial Auto Insurance: This is the type of insurance that provides coverage for the loss or damage to business vehicles in the business’ use.

• Worker’s Compensation: This is the liability coverage that provides compensation in the event that an employee gets injured on the job.…

I'm pretty sure that at one moment in your life, especially when you're fresh into this working world, you would find yourself with this question: do you work for money or for interest?

Surely everyone has their own childhood aspirations, be it a firefighter, doctor or even a software developer; But does this ambition really apply once we're working adults?

I had a friend who has always wanted to become a firefighter. You'll hear him mention from time to time that all he wants to do is to save lives. I have to admit that it's a very noble ambition. Years of hard work finally paid off, and this friend of mine is now a firefighter.

As a kid, he only saw the bravery the firefighters have shown in their countless rescue missions, but never the fear each firefighter has to face. Now, as a firefighter, the interest is still there, but due to the extreme and dangerous demands of the nature of his work, his interest in his job has something dwindled.

In reality, no matter which job we choose for ourselves, the first factor in our decision has to be our interest. How else would you expect to remain in that job if not for the driving force of interest itself? Through the course of time, our interest might change once we've had an overdose of the interest. That is when we find ourselves in the mercy of the all powerful money.

Which is more powerful between interest and money? You're the one who'll be able to balance these two powers in your life. …

Have you ever wondered about some of the more general questions to ask a psychic when in consultation with an intuitive? If you are new to psychic readings and would like a bit of a heads up on some questions that may benefit you during a psychic consultation session then we’ve come up with a good general list for you here.

Feel free to modify these questions with words appropriate to your own personal situation, make them your own as they are just samples of general questions you may wish to utilize at some point. Sometimes it is a good idea to ensure your question is specific enough so that the psychic can tune in more deeply for you, the more specific a question often the more specific the answers that come through from the psychic can be.

You should have your list of questions handy during your psychic reading, it doesn’t matter if you are having a phone, email or face-to-face reading, have your list of questions handy on a piece of paper if you need to, just in case you think you may forget any of them. Remember you are only going to have a specific amount of time with the psychic, so prioritize your questions in order of what’s most important to you at the time too. There’s nothing worse than forgetting your most valuable question/s during a reading and discovering afterwards that you missed it out. This can happen due to the fact that one can get caught up in the excitement of the moment in a reading.

General Questions for Psychic Readings

  • I feel lost and confused, Who am I?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • I’m not happy. Why? How can I become happy?
  • What are other people’s opinion of me? 
  • Why do I act the way I do?
  • Why do I always find myself in the repetitive situations – over and over again?

Relationship related questions for Psychic Readings

  • Tell me about my future in regards to relationships in general.
  • Tell me about my future with regards to my current romantic relationship.
  • I have met someone that I really like. Do you have any guidance about this?
  • Will I meet someone that I click with fully? When? Tell me about this person if possible.
  • I really like someone. What are their feelings towards me?
  • Someone has recently left me. Can you give me better understanding on this situation?
  • I feel my partner is unhappy in our relationship, Why?
  • I’m unhappy in our relationship, can you help me understand better?

Finance related questions for Psychic Readings 

  • Tell me about my future with regards to finance in general.
  • My financial situation is difficult at the moment. Is this going to change?
  • My financial situation is good at the moment. Is this likely to continue?
  • How can I improve my financial situation for the better?
  • I am thinking of making a major purchase. Any guidance on what will happen here?
  • I am thinking of making a