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Which is better to attend in developing your business skills; attending physical events or attending online events?

Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
I firmly believe a mix of both is best. If you're targeting businesses in your local area, then local physical related events would rate higher, particularly when starting out.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Lindsy,My answer for you is contingent on 3 main factors:What style of learning is most effective for you (reading, watching, hearing, interacting, practice, practical application)?What is your level of comfort (large class, small class, group project, 1 on 1)? What is your ideal pace of learning (multiple week class, 3-5 day workshop, 1 day crash course, self-paced on demand)?Being able to understand your needs for these three questions above will help guide you toward the type of events to attend. To retain information you need to be comfortable.
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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Well written article. I agree that custom content is more meaningful. Many times generic content is the equivalent of an unbelievable stock photo passing as "natural". Employees are smart, generic content says "I'm about to waste your time and mine".
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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great questions Lina, Creativity may be something that many companies "aspire" to, however, they put little to know effort behind their words. Without action nothing will change.One great way is to create incentives for getting employees to submit ideas (could be small recognition, a $5 gift card or something much larger depending on the submitted idea and the money available). Also you could make idea submission a larger part of the company. On the company's intranet create a space that shows submitted ideas, the ability to comment on them and vote on them. The top voted ideas could then be reviewed for further business value (obviously, limit voting so employees cannot game the system to ensure fairness). Another approach would be to have an internal board that reviews ideas (think like an internal Shark Tank or Dragon's Den). This panel could then weigh the ideas and select which should move on. The ideas that are approved could be given a pot of money (perhaps $1000 or $5000 to further develop the idea). This would be a perfect point for the person working on the idea to have access to internal (and maybe even external) mentors such as C-level or VPs guide them to the next phase. Even though I could continue elaborating on this process, I'll end with, regardless of the project or idea being a success reward and recognize the individual who put in the effort to try to better the company. Ensure that the entire company knows that this recognition will happen regardless of success or failure. Why? You don't want your employees to have ideas but be too scared of failing to even submit the idea. Keep moving forward and curiosity and creativity will combine to reveal small and large innovations to approach.
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Foster creativity is a very tricky one, don't you think? It something so many companies aspires to but it seems very hard to actually make it happen. What would you recommend to liven up a workplace/situation/person where creativity is dwindling?
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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Great article, some interesting ideas on how you might keep training days dynamic rather dull. It seems they can have a tendency to be somewhat perfunctory instead of being fun, and I think as you suggested, you probably have to invest a little bit in them for it to be worthwhile. My question to you is, how do you recommend dealing with people who aren't particularly outgoing? If you're in a group environment and some people aren't really joining in/contributing, how would you address it?
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Kate BrownOwner at Raise the Bar- HR
Sounds like a great book Michelle with a lot of insights on managing all the challenges with building a team. We have used DiSC profiling with a great deal of success in selecting the right team and building the right culture and undertanding within the team
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This article is very insightful and well written. I don't often go this far, but I feel like this article is worth bookmarking for easy revisiting.
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Tom PotterOwner at pottercorp
the idea came from a real challenge placed to us by the board challenging us to find a sustainable point of difference it had to be a major shift in what was traditionally offered in the market its too hard to answer here and now but the full details are in my book
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Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown
Implementation is the most important component of any coaching program, but usually the most challenging. Usually the owners agree with the actions in the program, but constraints of time, discipline and money can so easily get in the way. To overcome this problem, I am very proactive, help them out when needed and keep the projects short and very specific.It can't be overlooked, one of the biggest challenges working with small businesses is getting paid!
Hi Jef, A great question. Most business owners who come to see me for coaching are ready to change. The already have awareness that what they are currently doing is not working or they could be doing it even better.With marketing clients, at times, yes changing the way they see the way marketing works is often an initial (but small) hurdle. Seeing marketing as an investment rather than a cost once they understand their customers lifetime value is often a first step.My style is very 'educational' so while I may be pointing out a new way of doing things, I am also explaining the logic of it. This takes away a lot of the fear around change.Cheers, Lisa
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Thank you so much for your comment and rating the article. I truly do appreciate your feedback. Yes, if we do not put writing first, who will? S
Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Great motivational article Selina! That's right, In times of procrastination I always tell myself, if you're not going to write today, who will?
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Can you recommend some good online business educational videos?

I would start following what MOZ come out with and watching Whiteboard Friday videos. I will also +1 Udemy and Lynda.com also has a lot of videos worth watching. Another great educational source is Coursera.
Ben HobanOwner at Brown Paper eCommerce
Hey Rebecca,  I'm a massive fan of Neil Patel's online marketing videos, so much free value http://www.quicksprout.com/university/  if you are looking for online business advice. (advice for online-businesses) 
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Which do you prefer: videos or podcast?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think the first decision needs to be based on what type of learner you are. Do you learn best with visuals, text, audio or a combination? Answering that should help guide your initial direction.As Steven mentioned above, they both have their place. Both lend themselves to letting you engage with the content on your terms and consuming as much or as little as desired. Podcasts are great when you are engaged in other tasks, however, be aware that if you are multitasking while listening you may not fully comprehend or process the material. I believe that Videos have an edge with trust development. You can see who is explaining the content and any other visuals or resources they feel are necessary to understanding the material. In the case of platforms such as Coursera, there are sometimes even quizzes mixed into the content to test your comprehension.Also if you want to really comprehend a subject, look for interactive and engaging ways to learn about the topic, such as live streaming video events (similar to webinars perhaps). When an educated host is not only covering the material but interacting with live questions and comments it promotes diverse perspectives. Again, tailor your content to your learning approach and remember to focus on the content while you are consuming it. Your concentration is required in retaining the knowledge whether from audio, video or text. Also, don't be afraid to revisit content from time to time as a refresher or to see if you missed any interesting details.
I prefer webinars, as these can be converted in videos, podcasts and text for different platforms.
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Thanks for these timely reminders... I think I'd rather encourage written notes, so the people dont get distracted though!
Maria Bellissimo-MagrinOwner at Belgrin
Thanks for your comment Wendy, visual cues really are the underdog of presentations!
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