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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:47

Slacking is good for business

Written by Deb Neuman

I read a Facebook post from a business owner who said he and his family were about to end their 'stay-cation' and gear their business back up for the new year. He further reflected on feeling burned out after a hectic holiday season and how they needed a break. I can relate. I too have taken a January break from my business, and now I'm feeling ready to fire it up for the new year.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:14

Own it

Written by Deb Neuman

The Lance Armstrong fiasco has me thinking about credibility and protecting your reputation and 'brand.' Although you may not be a star athlete concerned about resurrecting your broken reputation or protecting yourself from lawsuits, your credibility and character can make or break your business and professional success. Here are some ways to protect and preserve that credibility.

Avoid doing anything stupid. We're human, and humans make mistakes. You will make your share of yours. That said, try to avoid doing anything illegal or harmful to others.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:47

It's nap time

Written by Deb Neuman

I got in my car after leaving the store and couldn't find my sunglasses. So I went back inside and asked several of the employees working behind the counter if they had seen them, describing them in great detail. One of them replied, 'Do they by any chance look like the ones on top of your head?' I thanked her and walked out with my sunglasses on my head and my tail between my legs. Then I went home and took a nap.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:39

A bumpy ride

Written by Deb Neuman

I was braced for impact. My left arm was pushing against the seat back in front of me while my right hand cradled my face as I closed my eyes and did my best to imagine I was someplace else anywhere else! 'Please let this be over,' I thought. Every few seconds I would open my eyes to look around to see if the other passengers were as freaked out as I was. I looked to the flight attendant who was strapped into his seat to assess his facial expressions to determine whether or not I should start praying. This was the worst turbulence I had ever experienced. It wasn't just bumpy it was like a bad amusement park ride. We were shaken and tossed sideways, up and down. I wanted off this ride! This was just too much to take, but take it I did. What choice did I have? If this was to be the 'end' - then so be it. So I gritted my teeth, held my head down, cranked up my iTunes and rode it out with sweaty palms.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 18:47

Best toys ever

Written by Deb Neuman

I bought my 10-year-old nephew Twister for Christmas. Remember Twister? A game that includes a mat with circles of bright colors? Your spin determines on which circle you need to put your hands, feet whatever you can. The last person standing wins! Playing this with my niece and nephew has been a blast and a reminder of the best toys of days gone by. Twister was introduced in the late '60s and became a popular party game. It was the first game that made the players the actual game pieces. Sixty-five million of us have bent our bodies in unusual ways on Twister mats!

Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:06

Tips to start the New Year on the right business foot!

Written by Deb Neuman

This is peak time for many small businesses trying to meet the demands of the holiday season. I'm hopeful that this season turns out to be one of your best. I'm also hopeful that you'll get the chance to rest, relax, celebrate and spend time with those dearest to you very soon.

I also hope you get some time to step back from your business to reflect and plan for the coming year. The end of December into the New Year is the very best time to do that. A business owner recently shared with me that you need to be organized form the beginning because once you get busy, there is no time to back track to set things up right!

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:56

Deb's 12 days of BizMas (sing along)

Written by Deb Neuman

On the first day of Christmas my business gave to me

A season of profitability

On the second day of Christmas my business gave to me

Two new ideas

and a season of profitability

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:24

Til death do us part

Written by Deb Neuman

Lately I've heard stories from various people who came close to death. That experience shaped the people they are today.

One person was featured in a TED talk about being on board the plane that Captain Sully safely landed in the Hudson. In those moments before that landing and subsequent rescue, he stared down death. That experience changed his life.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 23:31

How much to tip this season?

Written by Deb Neuman

Tipping is a way we can reward good service, whether it be for one meal at a favorite restaurant or for a year of service from one of your regular service providers. If you're wondering what is the right amount to tip, here are some guidelines.

Experts suggest that 20 percent of the total bill is the going rate for tipping for great service at establishments you frequent often restaurants, bars, salons, etc. However, there is nothing wrong with tipping more for great service or less for not-so great service. I posted this question to Facebook and responses were consistent with the notion that when it comes to rewarding good or great service, 20 percent is the going rate - with a few exceptions. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:53

Tis the season to spend it at home!

Written by Deb Neuman

Here we are again heading into the peak holiday retail season. Many retailers small and large are depending on these next few weeks to end the year on a positive note. For some, these next weeks will mean the difference between staying in business in the new year or hanging out the 'closed for business' sign.

As you make your shopping list, please do your part to support our small businesses and wherever possible keep it local. Small Business Saturday will be celebrated nationwide this weekend. It's essential to the fabric of our communities to support our small businesses any time of year but this time of year especially.

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