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Do you see the need for a writing coach?

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Does presenting ever get easier?

Yes, if you are prepared and you know your topic, it can get easier. In saying that presenting... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
thanks for the nice short and sweet tips :D
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Networking, the forgotten marketing tool

As a follow-up on the article from our CEO, Maria Bellissimo-Magrin on what to prioritise when... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great article Leanne, it's definitely an oldie but a goodie :D
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Do you take time off from your business to "sharpen the saw"?

In Stephen R Covey's book "7 habits of highly effective people", the final habit is  Habit 7:... read more

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Selina ShaplandOwner at Selina Shapland
I take time out to do art and create jewellery which helps me build my creativity and problem solving skills.  I listen to a lot of audio training and philosophy when I am drawing to increase my personal and professional development.  And... I am getting back into regular exercise.  I guess that's the one area I need to sharpen the saw the most!  Thanks for the great question.  I think that this is an important aspect of creating success in all areas of our lives and we do need to take time out to recharge, learn and grow.  S
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How do you celebrate your wins?

One thing that I have always found a little depressing about being the boss man is that celebrating... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
I verbally celebrate it with the team :)!! In my old workplace we used to have a small and a big gong and we used to gong every little win! Also writing down the little milestones helps too :)!
John BelchamberOwner & Senior Consultant at Invoke Results
As someone who works from home on his own, a good Daddy Dance in front of the mirror often does it for me ;)
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Top 6 time saving tips for business owners

It is a common problem for many business owners; you have to get the job done.  Here is a list of... read more

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Michelle TupyBlog and Epublishing Manager at Clever Streak
Thanks Anne - sounds like 2014 will be your year for awesome note taking!
Anne MaybusWriter at Clever Streak
Great article, Michelle. Love your tips and I confess that note taking is an area I need to improve in.
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6 simple steps to live a life you love

I know what it’s like to think that the lifestyle you want is out of each.  I used to lie on my... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Wish you the best for achieving your dream board :)!
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Business networking for profit

The problem is, many of us can’t stand the idea of business networking. It feels fake and... read more

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Steven AbrahamOwner at Evolved Sound
It's all about hanging out with your tribe, do it regularly and very focused. You need to know exactly what you (and your business stands for), why it's special and convey that well as you meet new people.
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How to avoid entrepreneurial overload

As an entrepreneur, you are probably slightly frazzled, mildly frayed or full-on exhausted. I... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great timing, I've been pondering these questions for this year!
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What I know for sure

With Christmas over and 2013 ends, I have spent the last week reflecting on the goals I set for... read more

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Thanks Wendy :)
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great reminders to start the new year Marika :D!!
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The Highest Paid TV Actresses Of 2013

The 20 top paid TV actresses and reality stars of 2013 earned a combined $183 million in the last...read more

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What to look out for before applying for a car loan

It is everyone's dream to own a car. This makes people to take loans in order to be able to buy the... read more

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Putting The 'I' In Conflict Resolution

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John BelchamberOwner & Senior Consultant at Invoke Results
Hi Wendy, thanks for the great comment - you always add value with them. Overcoming the fight or flight reflex is important (or at least being aware of its impact on one's behaviour) although i wouldn't want to remove it completely in case I needed it some day. The key to I statements is that you are not projecting your thoughts/opinions/feelings onto the other person (and thereby 'blaming' them), but taking responsibility for them yourself. Taking responsibility/accountability for one's emotions/actions is an important skill methinks. As for your question, I believe each gender can benefit from thinking about and developing their emotional intelligence ;)
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Very great article John :)!! I've been reading this awesome book called you are not as smart as you think you are, and it's got some great concepts. We as humans are wired to jump to an emotional response vs. a logical response because that's how we saved ourselves when we hunt and gathered and we still carry those habits today, even though sometimes it's not particularly useful in modern life. Taking a big breath or moving the conversation to a later date will kick back your emotional responses and calm them down while you make logical decision - easier said then done, I will take more breaths :) Also do you find this habit more common in a particular gender? I'm curious :D
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How many Brisbane based businesses are there on SavvySME?

How many Brisbane based businesses there are on Savvy SME? Please say hello if you're... read more

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Neil StoreyOwner at Books Are Gone
New member to SavvySme here, and based in Brisbane North. Books are Gone is a faith based business that provides a professional  bookkeeping service to small business in the Pine Rivers district and beyond.  As a professional bookkeeping practice our goal is to enable you to spend more time growing your business and cash flow by removing the burdens associated with bookkeeping. I would always take figures produced by the ABS as a starting point and then do your own research.  I know from previous experience that the figures given to the ABS are not reliable, making their summary of them also unreliable.  But as John has indicated it is a good resource if you use it appropraitely. Love to gettogether with other SAVVYsme's in Brisbane  
This may be a bit off topic but The Australian Bureau of Statistics used to publish (in 2006) a breakdown of SME's by postcode. In my line of business as a Jim's Bookkeeping Franchisor it is important to be able to provide as accurate a picture of business concentrations by location as possible and the following is the most current information I could get. You may have to copy into an Excel worksheet and do a Filter on location but having access to this sort of data is very handy. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/8165.0Jun%202008%20to%20Jun%202012?OpenDocument
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Savvy Business Don'ts #3: Loud music

There is always that one person in the office that plays their music too loud, and even if they are... read more

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Savvy Business Don'ts #2: The distractor

There's always that one work mate that interrupts your work to talk about their weekend. Don't be... read more

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Savvy Business Don'ts #1: The sickie

We all hate getting the fake sickie phone calls so Don't do it. There is a real cost to the... read more

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A modern take on human evolution

Human evolution has always been about survival of the fittest, traditionally it used to be purely... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
I miss those woolly Mammoths Tim :)!! You're right maybe we need extra thumbs to survive in this environment. Great comments guy's it's really made me think more about this topic :D Melanie, it's true we've become more sharing-centric and I'm excited to see how that goes :) John, actually now that you mention it it's so true, it has always been about how smart you are as well :)!
Tim GreigOwner at Green Galah Pty Ltd
Interesting article Wendy,thanks. Of course, fitness is really 'fitness for purpose'. Some people are fit to run a marathon, however they are not fit to run to the top of the Eureka tower (in Melbourne). So in business survival of the fittest is all about the ability to adapt to change, and all the things you mentioned. Really, even 50,000 years ago the ability to survive was more than just physical strength it was the ability of our brain to harness that strength. In truth, nothing much has changed except the arena, and the adaptations our brain has performed. Oh, and Woolly Mammoths have gone...for now.
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Networking or Inspiring?

More than 9 months ago, I started on my own new career journey. While the nature and timing was... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
What an inspiring article, Sam. It just goes to show how much others we are blessed with in our lives can really influence and encourage us into the right path. Thanks for sharing! :)
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A Comprehensive Guide to London

  Tourists from all around the world visit London each year to experience all of the wonderful... read more

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Eric PhuahOwner at Hystericalz Pty Ltd
Awesome article Anna, I've always wanted to visit but I've never had a chance. This will definitely help when I go and motivate me to plan that trip :)