Thursday, August 15, 2019

Keep Your Gear Safe & Sound With these Products





We just love sharing tips for a better life with our readers. Recently, we’ve come across a really cool item – and we don’t know how we’ve lived without it for this long! The camera backpack is our newest summer obsession. For those of you who are into nature, especially those of you who enjoy meditating and reflecting – or getting some great shots of your favorite natural wonders – we highly recommend this indispensable accessory.

Two of our favorites by Besnfoto make your outdoor adventures even better than before. The first model is a light and easy bag that is perfect to keep your camera protected, and all the pieces easily accessible. The arc shaped design of this bag helps to keep your specialty lenses safe and sound. We also love the handy strap on this bag; it’s adjustable to be worn in so many ways. The great vintage green color and waterproof feature make it a perfect addition to your next adventure.

If you’re looking for something more heavy duty, this vintage style camera backpack fits the bill perfectly. With its many compartments and large Amounts of storage space, you can fit all your gear plus certain laptop models and even a yoga mat for those outdoor exercise sessions! The magnetic buckle is also perfect for quick access when you’re surprised by the perfect picture taking opportunity.

The style and quality of this gear is fantastic, but the current promotional price is even better! Check out the deal Besnfoto is offering on Amazon, here and here, and stock up to make the most of your adventures in the wild!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

These Easy, Meaningful Feng Shui Home Tips Can Instantly Attract Positivity Into Your Life

Feng Shui is the practice of bringing great fortune by achieving balance between all of the elements. More Americans are getting interested in Feng Shui, and are now consulting with experts in how to use these practices at home. In order to learn from what professional practitioners say, you must educate yourself on Feng Shui areas that require your attention so you will be able to use your decor appropriately.

First, draw a layout of your living space. Be sure to notate the directions (north, south, east, and west) as this becomes important in Feng Shui later.

Ideal Feng Shui dictates that the front and back doors should never align with each other. This is because Feng Shui energy that goes in one door, will simply dissipate through the other without any benefit to the home’s residents. If this is true of your living space, decorate with a plant or some other large decor object to block the direct path of doors. Add a throw rug with angles to help dictate the direction of the Feng Shui energy.

To bring more positivity into the living space, add some light! Open the curtains and let the sunshine illuminate your rooms. Add green plants, as they’re cheery and natural; green is also a powerful color in Feng Shui, bringing happiness and joy into your life. You can try other bright colors too, as well as mirrors and chimes with a pleasing tone.

A water fountain inside the home refreshes everyone’s Chi as it flows here and there. It’s also really fascinating to watch as you meditate. If you’re able to add some goldfish into the fountain, even better! Gold colored things, especially goldfish, enhance attraction to wealth as they remind us of gold coins in the fountain!
The color red is significant in Feng Shui because it’s a “hot” color, full of decadence, passion, and creative energy. Use it sparingly. If you’re considering it for furniture, such as a red couch or other sitting areas, use caution. It may bring its user overstimulation which leads to restless feelings and possibly worsen their temper. It’s fine for small details, but not as a main color in a common area of the home. 

Now we’ll talk a little about directions. The northern point of your home should be noted, and coordinated with other areas. Now look at your most southwestern area; this spot is where relationship energy is contained, so do what you can to create harmony. Declutter often, and decorate with love and friendship themes. Some red is a plus here, but avoid greens and too much wood or you’ll find your relationships changing with the seasons!

Get a round table for your dining room, since the shape is lucky and signals the heavens for miracles. Make sure chairs are even in number — in pairs — and comfortable for sitting and socializing as they eat. Use simple decor, though. Make the meals and each other the focal points.

Feng shui is a lot of fun, and can actually make for some beautiful and interesting decor ideas whether you reveal the basis of your decorating choices or not. However, a home that’s subtly decorated to attract positive Feng Shui does make a fascinating and hip conversation piece as well!

Relaxed Fashion Trends for the 2020s: Get Gorgeous with Loose & Comfy!

Say goodbye to the tired old trends of the 2010s, and get ready to embrace the new decade with a fresh, fun, and "comfy" new spring in your step.

After years of pouring ourselves into the overly clingy bodycon styles of the past decade, it's a joy to announce that the fashion world is moving forward -- by going back to basics. Pieces with fluid movement and inviting wearability are coming back in a big way! Who wouldn't want to incorporate such an easy, elegant trend into their fashion repertoire?


Fabulous relaxed dusty pink sweeping tunic with cap sleeves, polka dot trim, and the most darling little pocket. Designed by Loose N’ Comfy, this piece is gorgeous and oh so comfortable.

These days it's all about stylish pieces that flow and flatter. The warm, inviting designs of Loose N' Comfy aren't just easy to wear, they're very on-trend. (Our pick: this sweeping rose-pink tunic with cap sleeves, fun polka dot trim, and beautifully feminine ruffled pocket.) The designer is a creative spirit and truly talented artisan. Her designs are unique -- each handmade piece is envisioned to embody comfort as well as style, and made in-house at the L&C studio with tender loving care.

And if you do decide not to ditch your body con style leggings or favorite skinny jeans, we wouldn't blame you... Loose N' Comfy pieces instantly elevate all of the pieces in any ensemble to a higher level. Enjoy this iconic style that makes all body types look and feel fabulous!  Check out their website today!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ashley Cole is a Blogger to Watch!

Ashley Cole bravely takes risks to
entertain and teach his readers. 
On any typical Monday morning, the average citizen of the world rolls out of bed and prepares for another boring start to a run-of-the-mill week. A quick glance at any news headlines will show a lot of the same happenings, only with different headlines designed to capture each reader’s attention. Regardless of the news source, each and everyone of these people have something in common: they are overwhelmed. Bad news seems to be the most sensational topic on any newspaper page in modern times.

Blogger Ashley Cole is on a one-man mission to change that boring narrative. He takes risks with his writing, and it shows. Armed with a sharp wit, a light heart, and a sparkling sense of humor, Ashley is taking the blogging world by storm. His articles are amusing, but always filled with interesting insights about the human condition, and how we can all enjoy life to the fullest as we strive to be our best selves.

Ashley uses intelligence and humor to motivate his readers while educating them as well. His articles aren’t just catchy headlines; there’s a heart of gold in every one. “They’re fun, light reads with hidden life lessons and inspiration,” he explains of his articles.

With the launch of Ashley’s new project, website ItsAshleyCole.com, he’s passing his wisdom and wit along to all readers who are interested in coming along for the ride. Check out his website, but be warned, your laughter may cause a distraction for those around you. Enjoy it responsibly!

Monday, July 15, 2019

More Business Strategies = More Profits?

As sales guru Mike Bosworth says, don't tell them your offering IS the solution. You're a sales "guy" and they won't believe you. Instead, ask them if your possible solution might help them. If they believe it does, they have accepted your solution as truth. Then get them to tell you, in real dollar terms, what fixing that problem is worth.

3. Increase Sales Training. Use the 10% solution.

But don't expect any one salesperson -- even your superstars -- to be 100% at every part of your sales process. They almost never are. But there is a way you can raise the level of every person in your sales organization -- immediately.

Use this process adopted from W. Edwards Demming's principle of optimization. Break your sales process into as many discrete -- but meaningful -- steps as you can.. Cold calling. Letter writing. Setting appointments. Identifying pain. Writing proposals. Presenting. And so on. Find out who in your organization excels at each step, and have those reps explain their methods and mindset to the rest of your sales force. Do all the steps at once in a marathon session, or one step at a time. Either way, the results will be amazing.

4. Use the 80/20 Rule. And get rid of the bottom 20.

There's no room in today's world for mediocre producers. Hold each member of your team accountable for reaching two kinds of performance benchmarks: results measurements, which include not only revenue, but perhaps new accounts and repeat business, and action measurements, which might include prospecting calls, appointments, and new contacts.

Not every sales person will be a superstar, but every one should pay their own way -- and then some. Salespeople who aren't producing not only cost you money, they drag down the performance of your whole organization. You may not pay them very much, but why pay them anything? I suggest you do both yourself and them a favor, and let them go. Don't worry about having an empty desk: that warm chair was an expense your company doesn't need.

If you feel it isn't fair to "dump" them, or if your sales cycle is too long to measure short-term revenue results, give the problem reps a 30-day plan to increase their level of activity in specific ways. That's long enough to see an improvement if there's going to be one.

5. Track your results and work harder

Most entrepreneurial sales organizations fail to analyze their efforts. They have no idea how much effort -- or money -- it takes to create a new customer. The only indication they have of whether salespeople are "doing enough" is based on the revenue numbers. The answer? Track both activity and results, and use the statistics your garner to quickly raise performance. Break your sales process into a series of meaningful steps, counting each time a rep completes one. Calculate averages and set a benchmark. And while you're at it, analyze the percentage of deals that close whenever you complete that step. That knowledge can dramatically improve your sales forecasts.

Once you establish benchmarks -- this one's a no-brainer -- RAISE THE BAR. Yes, that's right, because the fact is, revenue isn't coming in fast enough. Do everything discussed above to improve your sales effectiveness -- then do more of it. Just working smarter isn't going to cut it. You're going to have to work harder as well. And anyone who doesn't want to? See number 4 above.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

New Business Strategies, New Profits

Last week, one of my clients -- we'll call him Rick -- had a demo scheduled with a prospect. The standard "show up and throw up" they typically did early in the sales cycle.

Trying to shorten the sales cycle, I asked naively, "Why does the customer want to buy? What are they trying to accomplish?" Rick couldn't tell me. I asked if he thought the salespeople knew. He said no. I gave him an assignment: he had to find out "Why," "Why now," and "What's it worth." Otherwise no demo.

In other words, no compelling reason to buy... No demo.

So Rick took a risk, and is rapidly moving to a fully-paid trial implementation.

Sure, long-term objectives and plans still matter, but I've been getting more and more inquiries focused on "what to do now." Entrepreneurs and executives alike are demanding help on how to improve revenues and profits right away.

How do you make the quickest difference? Focus the bulk of your energy on revenue generation. In other words, sales! And don't do it the same old way either, because  --  as you may have noticed  --  it isn't working that well.

Here are five ways for your sales force to bring in more business in short order. There are no magic bullets, but just last week I taught one of these techniques to a client (#2) and he used it to close a deal the following day! Use one or use them all. Each technique will have its own effect, and each will multiply the power of the others.

1. Sell return on investment, and sell it to the CFO.

Sales people are complaining that while the pipeline may be full, the deals are taking too long to close. Perhaps that's why the pipe is so full! What are the reasons for this? Companies have money, and in many cases they have needs. But many people are so scared THEIR customers aren't going to buy THEIR wares, they are loath to spend any money themselves. The result? They are only willing to spend money when they absolutely see near-term financial payback, and the CFO is killing many deals.

The solution? Sell the return on investment. Sell the payback. And sell it to the CFO. Arm your salespeople with two things: A series of case studies that document the returns from using your product, and a well-defined ROI process worksheet. Work with the CFO to build the ROI case so that he or she owns it. This is the only way they come to believe it. Make it their idea and instead of killing your deal, they will help you close it.

2. Forget USP. Determine your Usage Cases

Instead of focusing on why your product is the latest and greatest, clarify the ways in which potential customers will use your product to solve specific problems and produce tangible results. Then, instead of touting the "benefits" of your product -- which often fall on deaf ears, anyway -- engage your prospects in conversations about what costly and quantifiable problems they now have, and how they might use your product or service to alleviate those.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Crystal Healing for Energy Addicts


Crystals and other gemstones have been used since ancient times.  We can use them to improve our physical health, our wealth, our emotional stabilities, and our surroundings.  In order to find the right crystal for the job, focus on the issues you're experiencing, and let your intuition guide you toward the right crystal.  If you are choosing a crystal for somebody else, simply focus on them, try to feel their energies, and select the one that seems to be the right fit.  You'll know when you get the right crystal: maybe you'll feel that special "spark"... it will feel right.  Just use your instincts and you can't go wrong.

After you have first acquired your crystal, you will need to program and consecrate the crystals before using them.  Begin by cleansing the crystal.  After that, it is time to consecrate the crystal.  Envision it being surrounded by a bright light in your personal power color (or white, if you're unsure which color to use, as it's a good all-purpose cleansing color).  It's also a good idea to voice the dedication out loud; it helps to ground you and underscores your purpose.  Your statement doesn't need to be fancy; it can be something simple like "I dedicate my crystal to good work, positivity, and healing.  May this crystal be used with love and peace."  That's all you really need to dedicate the crystal.  When you program the crystal, it is time to specify what you'd like.  Holding it in your hands, say "I now program this crystal for..." and state the purpose of your crystal.  Program the crystal for anything you want, such as physical healing of a specific health condition, relationship help, reducing stress of anxiety -- by all means, voice them as specifically and with as much detail as you like.  This is an important step; the crystal needs to "know" what you want it to do, after all!  You can repeat the programming as many times as you need.

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