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Top 10 Most Baffling Lady Gaga Getups

Lady Gaga is the Queen of creative fashion, and one of the few people who can make a dress made out of raw meat look good. Every once in a while, however, she comes out with a creation so confusing that it’s difficult to see where she got her inspiration from. The following examples are wardrobe choices that I can only guess were channeling certain birds, foods, and family members.

Chicken Nugget

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This might not even be Lady Gaga. It could be an extremely committed McDonald’s employee. Assuming it is Gaga, it wouldn’t surprise me that she’s the type to interpret a late-night craving as divine intervention from the style gods.

Creepy Female Tweedle-Dee

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The dress is cute. The hair looks great. And yet, how does this getup manage to be so terrifying? Her pale makeup with rosy cheeks leaves her looking like a ghastly child, and her bare feet certainly add to the illusion. I imagine her approaching random fans, humming a lullaby quietly under her breath while she stares into their souls.

 Leech-Infested Prince

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This oddly-balanced outfit piles layers and layers of material on the top half of her body and leaves the rest of her body lacking. That’s not very prince-like! As for the spots, that is obviously not a leopard print. The irregular shape and placement of the marks clearly imply an intended leech infestation. Which makes the whole outfit more confusing.

Victorian Beekeeper

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While the lacy white outfit could have been very elegant, the pitch-black frosting on the cake tastes pretty funky. The strange black veil looks more like a strongly-worded warning against bees than a delicate veil.For someone who has gone through stretch mark removal procedures (or was just born that way!), she sure likes to cover her skin up a lot.

Satellite Bird

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This makes me think that Gaga was preparing for her debut space-performing career earlier than we thought. While obviously channeling a flamboyant bird of some kind, she also seems to be trying to channel HBO and Starz.

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For this one, I can only make far-off stabs at what kind of creature she was imitating. Maybe a blob of frosting? Perhaps she was just having one of those wrong-side-of-the-bed mornings and put some lace on her face to cover it up.

Spaghetti Fountain

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No one has ever succeeded in so clearly stating their intention to solve world hunger than Gaga in this getup. Without saying anything at all, she screams her promise to the world that no country will ever go without spaghetti again if she can help it.

Cheese Wheel

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Gaga looked in the mirror this night, and probably felt a bit disappointed at how normal she looked in her elegant white pantsuit. Then she decided to channel cheese. Because, when all else fails, that works.

Peacock Snuggie

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Uncle Joe

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Meet Gaga’s uncle Joe! This was probably the one and only time I ever saw a picture of Gaga and thought “This has to be at a Halloween Party.” This was actually at the YouTube Music Awards. I can only assume that Gaga really wanted her uncle to be there. And why wouldn’t she, with that smile?

While Gaga is absolutely fabulous with her artistic expression through clothing, sometimes her imagination goes above and beyond what has ever been normal in the world of wardrobe. But she’s always fun to keep up with, and we can all learn a thing or two about fashion from her crazy choices! What is your favorite Lady Gaga getup?

Victoria Ramos studied business and now blogs about developments in the field, as well as her other interests. She loves shopping, socializing, hosting parties, decorating, and writing. She also is an advocate for great beauty companies, and loves Riiviva micro-dermabrasion products.

 

3 Reasons Meetings Are A Waste Of Time

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Almost everyone who has attended meetings has complained about their time being wasted. Managers are trained in the “secret tips” of leading successful meetings, yet meetings are still frequently ineffective and poorly managed.

It’s difficult to have effective meeting patterns simply because meetings are not just a part of business processes; there is an inherently social aspect to them, which is embedded in the culture of the company. Whoever is running the meeting has to take into consideration many non-rational factors that aren’t covered in the “secret tips” meeting management training.  There are three issues that may have not been considered before:

1. The Perspective Problem

When people attend meetings, they all have a different perception about that meeting. It doesn’t matter how clear the meeting’s purpose was made. There are people who will only show up because they have to, and others will think it’s incredibly important.

There are the people who will have prepared in advance, bringing a notepad full of ideas to contribute and others will just show up barely on time. And then there are those people who will have strong opinions and those who will do whatever everyone else decides to do.

A successful meeting’s leader will understand where all participants are coming from. If it’s not possible to only invite people who want to attend and have ideas to contribute, it is a good idea to at least not waste time trying to get everyone to speak up or share, when there are only a handful of people who are invested enough to have an opinion.

2. The Personal Agenda

Most people have an often unconscious personal agenda that can influence the nature of the meeting. Being part of a meeting might be a status symbol of importance, so some people might just keep showing up and participating in meetings on projects they actually have very little to contribute to.

Meetings may also serve as social gatherings, which is not constructive to the meeting’s initial purpose. This is particularly a problem in companies where people are widely distributes, or are frequently on the road.

Although it’s good that coworkers get along well enough to want to socialize, it can impede the progress of a meeting. For this type of problem, it might be a good idea to schedule a long lunch meeting, which allows for a greater amount of time without cutting in to so much of the work day.

3. The Leadership Problem

Different people react differently to being led in a meeting. Many participants might be comfortable with someone else taking charge of the meeting, while others may actively sabotage the meeting leader or become passive-aggressive.

In a similar way, many people are not good meeting leaders. Some will take control of the situation, while other will be hesitant to show any exertion of power or take control of the meeting back from the participants trying to take over. While leading a meeting, people need to be aware of their leadership skills and confidence level. It’s particularly difficult for many people to lead meetings when they don’t normally hold very powerful positions.

If possible, it may be a good idea to limit the attendees for the first few meetings lead by a more timid individual. He may have greater success holding his ground and keeping the meeting on track with fewer personalities in the room. He might even want to pay attention to how other coworkers run their meetings, also noting who has a lot to say, but little to contribute, since those are the people he may have to watch out for during his meetings.

Donna Lee is running her business DearJane with high degree of success. She has found meetings are a necessary evil that is often required and yet found them to be always of very low relative value.

Top 5 Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires

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Becoming a millionaire isn’t something that you sit, relax and wait for; it is something that those who work long and hard find themselves achieving. You must be someone that knows what they want, an individual with their eye on the prize and their mind set on attaining all of the goals required to be one of the fortunate people making the million- dollar mark.

It is imperative that you have goals and dreams as well as motivation in order to conquer these achievements. Of course, it never hurts to have a few secrets from those who have been able to achieve such astronomical phenomenon with their business.

We are here to share with you 5 of the top secrets that self-made millionaires have used to produce their wealth. You can easily use all of these tips to help yourself rise to the top of the ladder and attain the income level that you may have once thought only saw in your dreams.

Know Yourself

Sounds simple enough, right? Although it may sound simple, businesses oftentimes fail because they are unable to understand who they are as an individual and as a business owner. You need to build personal relationships with clients and customers and reach out to them. You must understand what you really want in your business, which includes your income expectations and more.

All things are Possible

Anyone who wants it bad enough can attain it. There is not a question one that this statement is true. If you believe in yourself and take all of the necessary steps to achieve greatness this is all that you will find coming your way in the end. It may take time, it may take a lot of hard work and even failed attempts, but all things are possible if you are willing to work for them.

Make Decisions for Yourself

Sure, it is always helpful to have the insights of consultants and like-minded professionals on the job but when it all comes down to it the decision is yours to make alone. Those who are able to attain millionaire status are those who are able to make decisions for themselves based on analysis from the experts. While you should certainly value their insight and information, do not allow yourself to go astray from what you feel is the right move.

Market Research is Imperative

You might be surprised to learn how many businesses fail simply because they do not perform market research as it should be performed. You must understand the analytics and ensure that you are doing all that you can to help promote, and market your business while also researching the competition.

Make Your Voice Heard

In order to become successful it is imperative that you make sure that your voice is heard. You need to promote and market your business as much as you possibly can and you also need to ensure that people are aware of your brand. You need to showcase the talents of your company so people can understand why you are their best choice. You must take it into your own hands to deliver results and gather the attention that is needed to reach millionaire status.

No one can say truthfully that becoming a millionaire is not something they would love to do. Is this possible for each and every individual can do? Of course it is…however, it is only those who are willing to go above and beyond the ordinary who will find that kind of money rolling into the bank.

With these insider secrets learning how to become a millionaire is no longer something that you will dream of doing. Do not allow this useful information to go to waste and begin taking action right away. You will not regret it.

This article is contributed by Pritam Nagrale who is a blogger & internet marketer. He writes on make money tips on his blog Jobs8Home. You can follow him on Google+.

 

Does The Media Destroy Women’s Self Esteem?

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By Oliver J R Cooper

When it comes to what the media focuses on, there are many things that are positive and constructive and then there are also numerous things that are negative and destructive. This is to be expected, as there are pros and cons to most things in this world.

And with that in mind, it is essential that one has the ability to question what they see and hear. Just as one would look at a menu in a restaurant and decide what they wanted and didn’t want; every item on the list would not be selected.

One would use discernment to avoid what was not healthy or the foods they did not enjoy. This filter that one uses when looking at the menu is normal for most people. It doesn’t take much effort and can take place without one needing to be too aware.

However, when it comes to the media, this discernment is not always in place and this means that one can accept and internalize everything they see or hear in the media. And this is not something that one should blame themselves for or come to the conclusion that there is something wrong with them.

Part Of Life

This is because the media is part of life and something that can’t be avoided. What one can do is develop their critical abilities and create strong intellectual boundaries. To live without these things is to be completely vulnerable to everything and anything the media comes up with.

And as a result of the media being part of life, it means that its effects are often invisible and go on unnoticed. Here, one’s self esteem and emotional state can be directly influenced by the media.

When one watches the news, it is inevitably going to have an impact on how they feel. But before long, they are likely to settle back down and return to their normal state of being. Then there can be other times when one is still being affected by the media; even after they have placed their attention elsewhere.

Identity

The above relates to how the media can shape ones emotional state in regards to the daily events in the world that they chose to focus on. This is just one consequence of the media and another thing the media has the potential to do, is to define how one perceives themselves.

And this covers a whole range of different aspects of the self. If one feels good or bad, if they feel worthy or unworthy and if they are physically attractive or not, will then be defined by the media. So it won’t be up to oneself to define these things, it will be based on the media granting them permission.

It therefore doesn’t take much reflection to see that this is a very precarious position to be in. And yet if one has lived this way for most of their life, it is not going to be changed overnight. One might not even realize that what the media says is not the truth.

Ideas And Reality

Although what the media sells can appear to be the truth, it is often far from what actually exists in reality. But just because something is an idea and has very little to do with reality itself, it doesn’t mean that this will be realized.

So the media programs peoples mind to see in a certain way. And as the mind only sees what it has been programmed to see and filters everything else out; even though what the media is saying is not always accurate, it no longer matters.

Women

The pressure women face through the media is far worse than what men have to deal with. In recent years, a new market has opened up to make money from men by getting them into products that were only used by women in the past. Such as: moisturizers and grooming products.

But when it comes to women, every part of them is constantly scrutinized and measured up to some ideal that they have invented. And these ideals are in a constant state of flux and so having inner stability is impossible.

Lose Or Lose

So if a woman has what the media has idealized, then they could feel fine. But before long this ideal will change and then they could sink right down, emotionally speaking. It is then not a win win situation or even win lose, it is simply lose or lose.

And while this is going to have a massive impact on a woman’s self esteem and self worth, it can also shape the kind of career they think they can have and the kind of relationships they deserve to experience.

This is not something they need another human being to validate; the fact the media has conditioned them to believe it is often the only thing that is required. Reality then takes second place and what take first place are the ideas that the media has created in one’s mind.

Contrast

As the media creates images and ideals that are prefect and don’t reflect human imperfection, they are impossible to live up to. In some cases they are images that have been created by a computer. So through not matching up to these false ideals, one is going to end up feeling less than.

And if perfection is the only thing that is good enough, then being a perfectly imperfect human being is never going to be enough. The contrast can keep one in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction and despair.

Inner Worth

To want to look good and to grow is healthy and far from dysfunctional. What leads to problems is when one becomes completely consumed by how they look and neglects what is taking place within them. While the media can lower peoples self esteem, they also prey on people with low self esteem.

And what the media can’t sell is what one has within them. This is not something one can buy and it is not something that can be taken from them. Inherently one is perfect as they are; with it being a case of letting go and not gaining anything.

The challenge is that it takes work for one to realize their inner worth. And as the media is so strong and life offers so many enticing distractions, it can easily be overlooked and neglected.

Prolific writer, thought leader and coach, Oliver JR Cooper hails from the United Kingdom. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation; love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With several hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behavior, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice. Current projects include “A Dialogue With The Heart” and “Communication Made Easy.”

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What Are The Benefits Of Being Your Own Boss?

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Many people reading this will be dreaming of being their own boss and I can assure you, it is something that I recommend highly. There are so many people out there who absolutely hate their boss and the way they are treated by them, being your own boss removes that problem straight away.

Another great thing about working for yourself is that fact that you get to keep the money you make and through a job life freelancing for example there are hardly any start-up costs.

It is important that you weigh up the pros and cons and speak to as many people as possible about the area you are looking to start up in. the better informed you are the better chance you stand of being successful and obviously this is the ultimate goal of any business venture.

There are too many people who work for themselves that get stuck in a rut and getting out can often prove to be difficult and stressful. You have got to be forward thinking and ambitious if you want to be your own boss and the level of success is often determined by how much you want that success.

Freedom

There are so many people out there who dream about being their own boss and the main reason for that is the freedom that comes with it. If you are in control of your own destiny then you have nobody to blame and the possibilities are endless and the profit that can be made is the same.

We live in a world that rewards entrepreneurship and if you have something innovative and unique and desire to sell that for yourself you really can make a lot of money. It is sad but making money turns into your main priority once education is finished with and therefore it is important to maximize your potential for profit and often working alone is the best way to go about that.

Spend some time refining your business plan and business projections and ensure what you offer is honed to a level that nobody else can compete with. It is the best way to ensure profit and long term prosperity.

Personal Project

Being your own boss can give you the freedom to focus on things you enjoy. There are many different professions out there and so many people make a great living from freelancing. Setting up an Enthuse online profile is a brilliant way to showcase what you can offer online.

There are a lot of people who freelance nowadays and it is important that you can offer something that little bit different. We live in a very competitive world but if you are good then there is a great chance you can make good money as a freelancer online.

A Chance to Shine

Working for yourself is a great way to showcase what you can offer. There are no boundaries as to what you can make and that in itself is so different compared to an ordinary job. Spend some time researching the market and see where that goes.

Josh is a writer with wide ranging experience. He loves to write about a variety of subjects and has a lot of practical industry knowledge that has spanned over 15 years.

6 Reasons Why You Should Take The Leap And Move Abroad

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Everyone’s dreamed about packing up their lives and emigrating to sunnier lands, but few of us actually take the leap and sign on for the experience. Whilst living overseas might seem unachievable to most, relocating can easily become a reality rather than a fantasy. Assess your assets, start job hunting and give living in an exciting new environment a try. In need of a bit of convincing? Here are six reasons why you should take the leap and move abroad-

All the Great New Experiences

Packing up and moving to a different country is a completely new adventure, wherever your new location. Along with all the cultural differences that you will love experiencing, there is also a completely new environment that is waiting to be explored. Different cultures are wonderful things to explore, and many who spend time living outside of their own country will quickly develop a long lasting affinity with their second home. Although it may seem daunting moving to a country where you know no one, remember that language and culture barriers can be overcome, but good experiences will never be forgotten.

Better Weather

There is no guarantee, but moving overseas might mean that your new life is filled with warm sunny days, or even beautiful snowy landscapes rather than the in-between drizzly greyness that the UK regularly experiences meaning that you can fully experience the brilliance of the great outdoors. A warmer climate is shown to make individuals happier, so watch your smile grow as you spend more time in the sun.

You Might Get a Better Job

Aside from retiring, or taking an extended holiday, surely one of the main reasons for overseas relocation is the prospect of a better job? Although you may not be fully competent with a new language, when immersed you will quickly pick it up and being bi-lingual is incredibly beneficial and attractive to employers meaning that your linguistic skills may bring you a better paying job.

The World is Getting Smaller

It’s true what they say, the world is getting smaller. From cheaper flights, to increased internet speeds, you don’t have to leave loved ones behind when you move overseas. As long as you get the time difference right, you can easily keep in contact with friends and family using webcams and camera phones to see and hear each other. With the increase in international flights, and reduction in cost, you an easily host guests from your home country, or have much welcomed holidays in your native land.

The Move Can Be Easy

So an international move is obviously going to need more planning, and be more hectic, than if you were relocating within the same town or city, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t be relatively easy. As long as you do your research, that is. Assuming that you already have some kind of accommodation sorted, and a job lined up, a move overseas can be easily achieved providing that you seek help and advice from experienced professionals. By having a professional company assist you with your move, you can ensure that your move meets all legal requirements meaning that your concerns can be elsewhere.

Nothing is Set in Stone

This is possibly the most important reason why you should give living in another country a go. The fact is, is that if you move and only end up staying there for 6 months to a year and then find that for whatever reason you want to move back home, then you can. Nothing is set in stone, and, although you might feel a financial strain upon return, at least you will have had the amazing experience!

Beth Stubbings often dreams of moving overseas, but has yet to take that leap! She would recommend Intransit for those looking for help with their overseas move.

 

How To Explore The World Cheaply

We live on such an incredible planet that it makes me sad to think so many people out there have no desire to explore it. If I had my time again I would spend every extra penny I have traveling and seeing those places of the world our parents could only have dreamed about.Explore the world

Things are so accessible nowadays and there are many interesting and innovative ways that you can travel without spending much money at all.

We live in such an advanced world that it has led to a rise in new and exciting initiatives that offer people the chance to explore.

This article will highlight interesting ways to explore the world without much cost to you personally. I believe travel is one of the best forms of true enlightenment and can provide the brain with stimulation never experienced before.

So many people get stuck in their local areas with no desire to move and explore, my advice is don’t let that happen to you, get out and experience life.

 Settlement Quote

This is a brilliant way to get the best deal possible from your claim. Many people who claim receive their money incrementally each month and this can often prove to be extremely restrictive and frustrating. Most people think to themselves “I wish I had all of the cash” well this can happen with Structured Settlement-Quote.

How this works is simple, this or any company takes over your incremental payment plan and gives you a lump sum instead and they take payment in kind by giving you a reduce amount of money compared to what you would normally receive if you completed the plan.

It just comes down to personal preference, if you feel that taking a loss on the overall sum won’t be a major problem then by all means you should go for it but if the loss will be too much to bare then give it a miss. My argument is that having access to a lump sum of money that you wouldn’t normally have access to it is better than receiving monthly.

I appreciate the monthly payments are probably safer and advisable but why not take a risk now and then.

Frugal

You don’t have to splash out that much money when you are travelling. There are some really nice hostels nowadays that cost much less than hotels and in addition to this there are many different companies that offer student rates and large party discounts. Just do your research and find out what offers are available for you.

The Internet

We live in the internet age and it is a brilliant way to find out what is available, there are so many beautiful places to visit and if this is what you want to do with your time and money ensure you consult the internet before booking.

If you are hoping to tour the world on a budget you just have to sacrifice the creature comforts, tents are an option and hostels are certainly top of the list.

 

Andrew is an author with over 10 years industry experience. He feels a combination of technology and natural energy can help prevent further damage to the environment

 

How to Plan Your Financial Future in Your 30s and 40s

40Different times in our life call for different actions. Planning for your retirement is not something most people look forward to. Let’s face it, financial responsibility is not exactly the same kind of joy as going to the carnival or your favorite rock concert. Adulthood is tough and financial responsibility is a burden that must be met head on. Adults in their twenties and thirties may not be ready to plan for retirement and may lack the proper knowledge to meet stable financial goals. Meanwhile, those in their forties may be planning or under-planning, learning the extreme importance of financial stability in the longer term while addressing the complex number of investments best suited to their potential. Lessons are to be learned on both sides of the spectrum and certain things  can be considered in order to ensure you operate in a fiscally sound present and future.

Younger adults may not have a retirement plan. Do not fret. Worrying can only cause a negative response. Action is the only thing that can fix your financial situation. Begin to start setting small goals for yourself. These can be simple. No need to set your sights on that cruise ship just yet. Becoming goal oriented is a great way to get yourself out of debt and begin to see your financial responsibility flourish. Don’t look too far into the future, consider what needs to happen in the next year or two and then make that happen. This will more than likely require discipline and cutting back a little on the funds. So be it. Give yourself the freedom and liberation from your debts that you deserve. You may not be able to live a luxurious lifestyle, but you will feel better on the inside knowing that you are more economically stable.

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 Once you are able to get things in order then maybe you can begin to consider how to allocate your funds into retirement. Find out what you need to know about your company’s 401(k). Some companies will match you dollar for dollar. By the time you reach your forties, you should be putting in as much as your company will match. Be aware and informed. Speak with someone in your company who can give you professional advice and knowledge that you need to know. If you have time, something like a checkbook IRA could be a good option. Checkbook IRAs allow you to direct your investments without a custodial service; essentially you can actually write checks out of this account, using your checkbook IRA as its own bank account. You are free to use the account under certain restrictions for the appropriate investments. For example, you cannot just start spending the money on groceries or a new four-wheeler. A lot can be earned and saved in this method.

Whether you are just starting out, working out some of the details, or looking for new ways to beef up your retirement investments, it’s clear that retirement can be a fruitful time if planned correctly. Don’t work yourself up over the details. Work on the smaller goals, focus on what needs to be done and soon enough you will reach what can be done.

The author, Joshua Liddel has worked in the family financial services for over 17 years and still offers advice to friends and family, and occasionally shares his knowledge through his blogs. For more info on financial advice or IRA’s check out: http://www.checkbookira.com.

Halt The Increase In Annoying Phone Calls

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Nowadays we get more annoying nuisance phone calls than ever before.  We get abandoned calls, silent calls, calls from tele-sales agents, calls from providers of our services, and even calls that are quite aggressive in their approach.

The Telephone Preference Service

It’s possible to prevent some nuisance calls by registering with the Telephone Preference List (TPL), which is a list of numbers that do not want tele-sales calls.  All companies selling to the UK market, whether based in the UK or internationally, are supposed to check their list of telesales targets against the TPL before they begin making calls.

Going Ex-Directory

Even if you go ex-directory you’ll end up being left from time to time asking “who calls me”.  Many of the companies that call us these days get our details from marketing partners or organizations with which we interact, and we need to be very mindful of who we give permission to share our data, and with whom.

Phone Options

There are now phones that can be purchased that provide the capacity to block certain numbers, even those from overseas and withheld numbers.  There is even a BT phone out at the moment, available through many online sources, that will provide you with this functionality.

It’s even possible to forward calls from unknown numbers and from certain specific numbers to answer phone so that you don’t miss calls but you don’t have to take them live either.

New Technology

There’s new technology coming in all the time.  We now have a lot of communication through VoIP.  And this affords the opportunity to have a clearer picture of the calls we receive, and therefore we can judge exactly who calls us, when they call us, and how often.  These technologies, passed through broadband, provide the opportunity to make a clear case against providers that are spamming us with telephone calls.

Checking Numbers

If you want to check a number to find out who is behind it, there are a number of sources online through which you can run a check.  Normally this is called reverse phone look up or something of the sort.  It will enable you to read what people are saying about different numbers.  Many of the UK services are forum based where people ask the question “who is calling me?” and then people respond with the answer, and normally you can get the definitive answer by the end of the thread.  This can be really useful when it comes to blocking phone providers who are trying to sell you their packages, whether it is on your broadband phone or your land line phone.

Annoy THEM

The companies that make all these calls employ people who make 20 calls at a time. They only speak to the first person who picks up the phone and leave the other 19. This is why you get so many silent calls. What’s the answer? Don’t rush to the phone, then you get a silent call instead of an annoying salesman. If you do get the sales patter then you have two or three options:

  • The whistle – just whistle down the phone. If you cannot whistle then blow a whistle
  • Leave the phone – Just put the phone down and leave the salesperson talking to himself
  • Put the phone next to the TV and let the sales rep listen to your favorite program.

Phil Turner is always being asked by his elderly mother, “Who calls me at 9 o’ clock every night?” He bought her a new phone that sends all non-family calls straight to answer machine without the phone even ringing.

5 Ways To Market Your Small Business

Marketing for small businesses isn’t an easy thing to do and due to the limited resources available you need to be very creative with the way you market. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable options that can help you promote your business and help your business expand.

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1. Guerrilla Campaign

A really cool way to market your business is to run a guerrilla campaign around town. This means that you use material cleverly and in places where it looks like your posters, for instance, have taken over or shouldn’t really even be there in the first place.

You can look for great tips from some successful guerrilla marketing campaigns at the Tweak Your Biz website. The best ideas are the most outrageous ones and you should really be creative with your business name and the field it operates in.

2. Social Media SEO

SEO (search engine optimization) is a very cost effective way to market and you should definitely utilize it on your business’ website if you haven’t already. But you should also make sure all of your social media platforms are taking full advantage of SEO as well.

Look up some clever tips on how to best utilize it and use it efficiently to market your business. The great thing about using social media SEO to market your business is the way it allows you to reach a wide audience without costing a fortune.

3. Give Out Vouchers

People are very mindful about their spending these days and with a voucher campaign you can attract a lot of new customers to your business. There are two ways you can go about with vouchers.

You can add your business to local voucher magazines that are mostly available in many different locations. Or you can use the voucher programs provided by different online listings. For instance, with Google Places listing it is possible to add a coupon system for your business to use.

4. Make A Promotional Video

One nice way of marketing your business is to make a promotional video. You can then use this video on your website and different listings online. For example, Google Places allows you to add video content to your profile and actually ranks profiles with varied uses of video and image a lot higher in the rankings.

It is also a nice way to promote your business during the networking events or workshops and can let people know what your business is all about in an effective and quick way. You can find examples of corporate promotional videos at the corporate.videojug.com.

5. Organize A Workshop

If you really want to get people excited and talking about your business you need to organize a workshop. Use it to highlight your expertise and the areas that your business can really help people solve everyday issues.

If your business is all about a product then use this product in the workshop in creative ways to get people interested. The key thing is to teach people something during the workshop and not just promote your services and products.

David loves the marketing industry and is always trying to think new ways businesses and freelancers can use marketing to their advantage. He is also a big fan of magic and loves to try and figure out the secrets behind magic tricks.

 

5 Unhealthy Drinks That You Wouldn’t Suspect

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We all have a favorite beverage.  That one drink that we look forward to for refreshment.  Although we may find these drinks to be a guilty pleasure, often times we are aware of the need to stray away from regular indulging.  Most of us have common ones that are known to be bad in large quantities: coffee, coca-cola, alcohol.  However sometimes it’s the drinks you least expect to be the ones that will double cross you when it comes to staying healthy. Here are 5 drinks that you might have known were bad for you:

1. Soy Milk

You hear the word used over and over again by your health-nut friends, “Is this soy based?”, “Do you have a soy alternative?”, and of course “Do you have soy milk?”.  It’s because of this constant soy plug that we’re conditioned to the stigma that soy milk is actually better for us and indulging in normal dairy milk is just perpetuating our body’s decline.  However this is not entirely the case.  Soy milk is actually proven to help cancerous cells spread in events of hormonally driven cases.  Things like breast and prostate cancer have cells that feed off the phytoestrogen in Soy Milk.  As a result of the milk being allergen free, it also loses it’s defenses against things like antibodies found in rapidly hormone-induced cancerous cells.  Although this doesn’t mean that soy milk will come right out and cause cancer, it is definitely something to consider when pouring a glass at any age.

2. Diet Soda

Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re doing your bodies any favors with that ‘diet’ soda.  Being told that there are fewer calories and less sugar is just a ploy to cover up the other consequences of drinking diet colas.  In fact studies show that your risk of kidney failure nearly doubles in cases of people who frequently indulge in diet sodas.  It is suspected that the diet sweeteners make it difficult for your kidneys to filter them out, thus overbearing your kidneys with work.  Another big issue is high levels of acidic proteins in the drinks.  Most diet cokes, especially diet cola, have increased amounts of acid.  These can aid in the rapid breakdown of the enamel on your teeth while feeding the bacteria that may currently live in the crevices of your mouth.  Overall, just two diet sodas a week could greatly increase the change of your teeth rotting out.  Be careful next time you crack that can top.

3. Sports Drinks

Although it is understandable why you would want the electrolytes and other benefits of a sports drink in a physically demanding, these drinks are often overused in the wrong context and can have serious health effects.  While playing sports and exerting energy, recouping your chemical losses through a sports or energy drink can help you last the duration of the game because of the calories still to burn.  However, when drinking sports drinks without being active your body will definitely see issues with the amount of sugar you take in.  The drinks will fill your body with a high level of carbs and sugars that your body doesn’t have a plan for.  As a result, they will turn into fat deposits and cause more harm than good.  Bogging your body down with unwarranted intakes of potassium and electrolytes will only cause problems for your muscles which regulate the use of these proteins to stay healthy.  Next time you think about twisting off a gatorade top on a hot day, it might be smart to rethink your decision and reach for a bottle of water.

4. Fruit Juices

As a food item, many health conscious consumers reach for grapes, apples, and oranges.  Their anti-oxidants and vitamins are great for your body.  However even in fruit form there is such thing as too much fruit because of the natural sugar they possess.  When it comes to fruit juices though, sometimes there is a misconception in the connection between fruit and health.  This is because most fruit juices pulled straight from their sources are bitter, tart, and not plentiful.  As a result, many additives are used to create larger quantities.  When you add more water to add more volume, you will lose the sweet draw of said fruit juice unless you add the one thing that will restore the sweetness; sugar.  Even worse is that most fruit juices aren’t made with cane sugar.  Most are blended with forms of sucrose and corn-syrup to attain that rich and delicious sweet draw to what is anticipated to be ‘healthy’.  It should also be noted that the pasteurization process of these fruit juices means that many of the nutrients that reside in the pulp are destroyed, leaving nothing but a faint flavor and large amounts of sugar.

5.  Coconut Water

Have you ever had coconut milk straight from the fruit?  Not the best thing.  So how do you think they make coconut water taste so good?  You guessed it; sugar.  Additives to coconut water mass amounts of sugar for flavor and can lead to poor health effects on your teeth and kidneys.  Another misunderstand of coconut water is the amount of fiber it provides.  The pasteurization of the water kills off a lot of the natural fibers which help your body’s digestive system.  With the lack of the good, an increased amount of the bad, and a package that suggests differently, it is a pretty scary thought at how many people buy into the coconut derived product campaign.

The health craze that tends to take over groups of people can often times be mislead.  It is understandable what their intentions are because it is important for everyone to think twice before they eat or drink something in regards to their health.  Being more fit and active, eating properly, and practicing good oral and bodily hygiene methods, can all lead to a better and healthier life.  However this doesn’t mean you should blindly be fooled by the ‘health products’ available.  Make sure you consider these tips next time you reach for a healthy refreshment.

Zach C. writes for Lifetime Smiles, an Austin dental office. Zach enjoys a good coconut water.

How Important is Marketing for Independent Artists?

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Making art for art’s sake is a nice theory, but unless they are independently wealthy, most artists would like to be paid for their work. Every so often there will be a story about an artist who was discovered out of the blue with apparently no effort, but this is a rare, if even true, event. Most independent artists have to put effort into marketing themselves.

Marketing is the act of promoting or selling a product, in this case the artist or their art. Personal branding is one type of marketing. Famous artists are known by their names and sometimes even by their personal style—think Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol. Getting this information into people’s minds is part of marketing.

Traditional Marketing Methods

Traditionally, artists would market themselves through agents, galleries, or open competitions. These are still good venues for artists to look into today. The more an artist’s name is out there, the more people will check out their art. It will take some research to find which of these markets will be the best for a particular artist’s work.

Competitions

Competitions are a popular way for independent artists to promote themselves. Some competitions cost money, so entering one should be carefully considered. Will this competition help to reach the artist’s target audience? Entering an unknown competition can be a waste of time and money, so an artist’s efforts should be targeted.

Social Media

One of the most popular mediums for artistic promotion today is social media, and it is available to any artist no matter how big or small. Social media has changed how trends start and popularity grows. Gaining a following as an artist, whether you are a musician, an actor, or a sidewalk muralist, requires getting people to care about your art.

It does not cost that much money to market art on the Internet. Most social media sites are free to join. An artist’s page should be like a business page, with the focus on the artist and their art. While sharing some personal information can draw followers closer to the artist, too much, especially if it is negative, can push them away.

Websites

It does cost to have a website, but this cost is small and necessary. Art, in a sense, markets itself when it is seen in the largest possible venue. A website has the artist’s work up for viewing or listening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Paying for a good web designer to create a website will also ensure that the site is user-friendly.

There are websites that focus specifically on discovering new artists. This does not happen by chance, artists regularly submit their work to these businesses in hopes of being discovered. An artist who wants to be successful should research websites to submit their work.

Musicians especially can benefit from a strong Internet presence. Many people now discover new music through social media. A friend likes a band or a musician and recommends them to all their online followers. Sometimes a song or a video will even go viral and catapult the artist into instant fame.

While an artist might not want to be involved in the marketing side of their business, success requires some self promotion. There are a lot of inexpensive ways to create a following and be successful as an artist.

This article was provided by Josh Stevenson, current business student and marketing intern. If you’re a small, independent artist looking for more exposure, Josh recommends Power PR.

 

5 Tasks To Outsource To A Virtual Assistant

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Over the past decade, a growing number of busy professionals have decided to make use of virtual assistant services. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to get done each day, week and month, you may be thinking of tapping into these services yourself. Most assistants who work virtually or online, are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home. They work on a variety of tasks for their clients which are quite similar in nature to what executive assistants or secretaries do.

If you are unsure as to what tasks you could assign to the assistant you hire, here are five tasks which you probably need done regularly and which you could ask your assistant to handle.

General Bookkeeping

If you struggle to keep tabs on your bills, invoices and finances, you should try to find a virtual assistant who has some experience in bookkeeping. Of course, if you choose to outsource these tasks, you’ll have to give your assistant access to your passwords. This means you need to thoroughly screen everyone who applies for your open position of assistant as you need to be sure you can completely trust the person you hand this important info over to.

Researching

Do you regularly spend a lot of time conducting research online? Then why not free up your schedule a bit by having your assistant do the researching for you? It’s important that the assistant you hire has strong researching skills so be sure to ask any applicants what research projects they’ve worked on in the past.

PowerPoint or Slideshow Presentations

Having your virtual assistant handle the creation of your PowerPoint or slides how presentations can be a huge time-saver when getting ready for meetings, conferences and other presentations you’ll be conducting. There are plenty of virtual assistants on internet job boards who are very gifted in creating presentations using PowerPoint and other software so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a talented person to hire.

Responding to Your Emails

If you’re like the average business person, you probably struggle to keep up with all those emails you get. You could ask your assistant to manage your business email account so that he or she can filter out what’s important and what’s not. It wouldn’t take too much time for you to teach your virtual assistant what emails to respond to and once he/she manages your email for a few weeks, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without help.

Finding Leads

If your business depends on lead generation in order to grow as most businesses do, you could have your assistant take charge of finding good leads for you. This may be as simple as visiting websites of prospective clients and sending out emails. Or, it could consist of doing some cold-calling wherein your assistant would do a sales pitch for your business over the telephone or Skype in order to bring in new customers or clients.

Anna Novak is a freelance writer. She writes about business services and e-commerce.

Top Story: 3 Places To Find Free Books Online

Are you keen on reading, but have neither time to attend a public library nor resources to buy every book you would like to read? There is a great way out for you! Online libraries and various online resources that offer miscellaneous literature of every genre and every field of human’s activity will be of great help. A lot of well-known books have an expired copyright. They are digitized i.e. turned into digital media equivalents and are called e-books. The latter are now available in an electronic format for download free-of-charge and are meant exclusively for one’s personal enjoyment only. Here are three places on the Internet where you can find any books online for free.

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1. FreeBooksBay

FreeBooksBay is a helpful search engine that doesn’t store any e-book files on its server. It finds the necessary book at other sites. Just enter the author’s name and/or the title into the Search and instantly get the list of hits from other sites. Select the site you prefer and get the PDF file ready for your download. There are also sections Popular eBooks, and Now looking. Registration is not required.

2. PDFbooks

This site is a public library that provides about 4,700 downloadable e-books. It has two sections: Open Literature and Unpublished Work. Open Literature Section provides you with the search either by the author or by the title. Unpublished Work Section is for evolving writers to have a chance to expose their work. You can succor them with your friendly comments. In this section there is a list of titles and authors. Registration is not necessary. You can download the needed book in two formats: PDF document and mobile PDF document. Each book receives the user rating. You can also post your own evaluation. On Home page there are random articles and highest rated content to save your time if you are not looking for a particular book. There are also links to AdvancedWriters and Writeforce which are professional custom writing services.

3. Witguides

This is an online library offering a wide range of completely free e-books. You do not need to register. Each PDF book submitted to to the library is tested for spam and viruses. You can search for the book you need with the help of either a common search browser or in 12 categories: Arts and Humanities, Games and Fun, Internet and Computers, Religion and Culture, Business, Health, Novels and Stories, Sports, Education, House and Garden, Pets and Animals, World and Travel. There is a Popular e-books section with the number of downloads and a New e-books section according to the most recent date. Books are available in the PDF and zipped formats.

There are many more other sites offering free and partially free e-books. There are sites with fiction, specialized literature and those where you can read and download magazines. You can also submit your own e-books to some resources. Some online libraries require registration, others – don’t. Usually registration is free.

Thanks for reading this article. My name is Robert. I’m a blogger, bookworm and traveler. With my website YourTechLib.com I’m trying to cover the most interesting technology-related news. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via my social accounts.

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