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How to Become More Innovative

Can you be more innovative? To be honest, I don’t know. I think 40 percent of the population can never be good at innovating, regardless what they do. The 10% population are born to innovate. They always knew what they want to do and how they can achieve it.

The rest of 50 percent could learn to be good at innovating if they can persuade their brain to ignite their light in the dark, rather than waiting to be rescued by others.

Innovation is not only about technology. You can innovate in any field of work or every aspect of your lifestyle. For example, Facebook and Google treat their employees better than any other company. Management invented a unique way to motivate employees.

So how to become more innovative – Here is how

Observe and ask questions

Make this a habit. Whenever you discover something new, observe and answer three questions.

  • Why would anybody use or buy this service/product?
  • Would you ever purchase this service/product? And why
  • How can improve it?

By answering these questions, you are developing your mind to be more innovative. Don’t be afraid to sound stupid when you answer. You will learn along the way.

Be critical when answering these.

Aim to solve problems

The invention is useless if it cannot solve problems. Every invention in history had a purpose, a way to solve problems.

How to find problems?

  • Talk to people
  • Think about different ways to make life easier
  • Research failed projects and the intention behind it

Once your mind is set to solve problems then you will start generating quality and new ideas. This exercise will make you more innovative.

Think about problems you tackle every day.

List 10 ideas every day

I list ten ideas every morning because that’s when my brain can unleash its full power. You should do it at the time best suits you.

Here is a trick: Don’t think you can’t do it, Just do it. Grab a pen and paper, and start writing your ideas.

It can be anything you like or want to change such as:

  • How to make life easier
  • How to sell more products
  • How to improve business contacts
  • How to improve SMEs profit
  • How to improve health with little spending on personal coaching

List all the ideas you can think of even it has been invented. You might want to improve on an exciting idea.

Let’s do the maths ten ideas a day for the whole year

10×365 = 3,650 ideas a year

If you have over 3,000 bad ideas, 500 ideas are already out there you still have over 100 ideas to choose from.

You only need one idea to take you where you want to be.

Change your attitude

If you want to become an innovator you need to change your attitude.

STOP saying you “can’t”

START saying “can if”

These words should eliminate from your brain if you want to think and become an innovator.

  • “I can’t do it”
  • “It won’t work”
  • “I am not sure”
  • “He/She can do better than me”

When you have a problem or can’t understand things then it is easier to walk. Next when you have a problem or can’t understand do things differently.

  • Start mind mapping on how to solve
  • Learn in a different way
  • Ask for help

From today start to sentences like “I can if… ” rather “I can’t because… “

Take action

You can read thousands of articles, read many books, ask for advice but it will not happen until you take an action.

How many time have you decided to lose weight, read articles about losing weight, asked for advice, and joined the gym.

After one month you did not lose any weight, why? Because you had the knowledge but you never put into action.

Once you have decided it do something, even if you die doing it, it should be fine with you.

Innovators take action. They are committed to their work, ideas, and will stand by it even if they die.

Simply because they believe they can do it.

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” By Napoleon Hill.

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Top 10 Best-Selling Motorcycle Brands

In addition to the Japanese Big Four (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha), the list of top-selling motorcycle manufacturers includes companies based in Italy, the U.S., Austria, and the UK.

Honda

Honda’s motorcycle division sells more than 15 million motorcycles annually, which makes it world’s leading manufacturer. One of the factors driving the company’s sales is its popularity in Asian markets. Yet Honda also dominates in North America.

Ducati

The Italian brand headquartered in Bologna manufactures motorcycles since 1935. Ducati is known for its powerful sport bikes. The company has a long and successful racing history, which started in 1951. Today it spends over 7% of its revenues on racing business. The brand belongs to Audi through its subsidiary Lamborghini.

Harley-Davidson

Great 20th-21st century history and exhilarating riding experience give Harley-Davidson the status of the legend bike company. This brand is familiar almost to everybody, even those who have never ridden a bike in their lives.

Yamaha

Yamaha bikes are known for excellent performance, ride quality and comparatively easy handling. Yamaha is almost as successful as another famous Japanese manufacturer, Honda. Moreover, the number of dirt bikes it sells exceeds Honda and Yamaha combined.

Kawasaki

The Motorcycle & Engine division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries gained recognition as a manufacturer of a wide range of bikes, from very small to sport ones. These motorcycles are loved all over the world for their powerful and reliable engines, capable of developing great speed. There are production sites in Japan, North America, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Suzuki

One more representative of the Japanese Big Four. The GSXR 750 and the DR 400 are among the most popular Suzuki motorcycles. The company has over 35 production facilities in more than 20 countries.

KTM

During its first years the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer specialized in 2-stroke and 4-stroke off-road motorcycles, but in the course of time its product range grew wider. In addition to dirt bikes, it now includes street motorcycles and sports cars. The brand belongs to CROSS Industries AG and Bajaj Auto Limited.

BMW Motorrad

BMW is one of the oldest motorcycles manufacturers. The company’s first bike was made in 1923. BMW Motorrad is famous for its road bikes, sports-touring bikes and sport bikes. Some of the most well-known models are the GS Adventure, the S 1000 REFRIGERATORS, and the K1600.

Triumph

The largest motorcycle maker in the UK, Triumph specializes in road bikes that belong to the cruiser, naked, and sport classes. The Triumph brand is owned by BMW.

Victory

Victory is a comparatively new brand, it started production of motorcycles in 1998. Its large-displacement cruisers are famous all over the world. The company based in the U.S. has its final assembly facility in Iowa.

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Safe Keeping Receipt (SKR) – Collateral For Alternative Financing

Safe Keeping Receipt’s, or SKR’s, are bank instruments that are on the rise as collateral for alternative financing. A SKR is a financial instrument that is issued by a safe keeping facility, bank or storage house. In storage, assets or other valuables are in a safe, secured and protected area. The issuer of the SKR takes the responsibility of being the legally responsible custodian. Check with your institution or safe keeping storage facility as some require fees for these services.

Examples of asset skr’s that can be monetized:

• Fur SKR

• Collectible Art SKR

• Gold SKR

• Above Ground Assets SKR

• Commercial Property SKR

• Antiques SKR

• Valuable Documents SKR

• Precious Metals or Gems SKR

The issuer of the SKR is not the legal owner and therefore, must return the asset to the owner upon request. Who can obtain an SKR? Individuals, corporations, companies, organizations and trusts to name a few. The owner of an SKR may monetize this instrument much like an SBLC, LC, Bond or BG and use these funds as an alternative funding source for projects. Most issued SKR are capable of SWIFT transfers however, some may require an additional MT 760 simultaneous to the transfer of funds in the transaction.

Monetizing and SKR is the process of converting the financial instrument into a legal tender transaction. Depending upon the monetizing bank, certain additional conditions may apply. For instance, is the asset free and clear, meaning; is the title free and clear listed on the SKR? Aside from the validity of the SKR, free title is the single most important aspect of monetizing. The next important aspect is the capability of a SWIFT MT 760. Once monetized usually for a term of 1 year and 1 day unless otherwise agreed upon, the safe keeping receipt is then completed to the originating issuer.

With these very crucial points in place, monetizing your safe keeping receipt can be a safe transaction because in most circumstances, you don’t move your asset or give up control. Any fees associated with monetizing your SKR should be paid out of proceeds and not upfront. For many reasons, you should never make arrangement to SWIFT or transfer your SKR to any one or company without first having a contract in place or knowing the company you are dealing with. Monetizing your SKR can be a solution to alternative conventional financing.

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Nine Things You Did Not Know About Night Life In Mauritius

Mauritius is a country controlled by regulations especially when it comes to night escapades. Designated night places especially clubs occasioned by tourist have a bit more relaxed regulations, therefore, one can still enjoy his outing. Here are nine things you may not have known about night life in Mauritius. These will help in your decision to spend a Mauritius Holiday with your family and friends.

  1. Casinos are very active at night. Even if one may not be a gambler, it offers something entertaining to everyone. An example of a popular casino is Trou Aux Biches casino and Caudans casino. People will gamble their hearts out at such places.
  2. Sega nights is a popular local dance place where one can enjoy dancing. Many clubs will treat the tourists to a taste of local dances. Sega is the Mauritian identity dances. The theme is mainly the traditions and the struggle for identity of Mauritians. It is normally mixed with other flavors like local jazz, pop, rock and rhythm artist and other concerts.
  3. Tipping your attendant is considered a virtue. As you go for your night outings you will find that the people who tip their service providers are accorded much attention.
  4. A tourist needs to be careful at night. One should avoid visiting isolated places or accepting lifts especially when they are alone. Although the level of criminal activity is fairly low, one is advised not to take chances. It is always wise for people to guard against instances that may lead them to the hands of a criminal at night.
  5. Tourists need to know about strict dressing code at night. To discourage prostitution tendencies, walking around in hotels in surfer shorts or bathing suits is normally discouraged. Pornography and casual sex is regarded as a taboo. Do not expect the locals to act openly towards the tourists. They face serious restrictions and tourists need to be aware of it.
  6. For those who smoke one has to carry enough cigarettes while clubbing at night. Most night clubs do not sell the stuff. You may get a rude awakening when you decide to have a puff only to be turned back. The clubs which stock them will sell to you at a very expensive price.
  7. Zanzibar night club is a place where many tourists seeking to enjoy music and shake off some stress. One needs to brace himself for a crowded dance floor. There is a balcony where clients can watch people having fun. There is another floor for people who choose to engage in dancing and there is an open space where people enjoy when taking a break.
  8. Weekends are full of night actions in clubs like Grand Baie. It is a time when the locals have time to visit and a mixture of folklore converge at the club anyone to enjoy. One can be entertained with a lot of drinking till the wee morning hours the following day. Many of these clubs will offer free entrance and those that charge just charge a few amounts.
  9. There are other clubs where one can enjoy sports. A club like Patch and Parrot will provide people with an opportunity to either play or watch sports action. There are still some mild dancing that takes place in such clubs to keep everyone entertained.

The discussed things may be obvious but many a tourist may not be getting all the details about them. They can guide one to having a fun time and remain safe when on a Mauritius holiday.

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Can We Afford to Miss Customer Experience?

Organizations today seem partly unable to overcome their hesitation to adοpt a CX strategy, stating they cannot afford CX.

We experience a most technologically evolving environment where the balance between digital and physical services tend to change constantly. Google brings to the discussion the so called life moments instead of the classic definition of needs as we traditionally know them. Disney Institute offers creative solutions on delivering exceptional customer experiences based on storytelling. Most of the things we have been taught about marketing or management have been shaped into a different form.

Everything can be easily replicated. A thousand times we saw brand new products or services introduced to the market from an organization and right after from another. What it’s proved to be hardly replicable is the entire experience a customer has from an organization. And what is the entire experience? It is the sum of interactions between customer and business through all available channels (digital/physical). This is one of the reasons why Omni channel and seamless transition is so much talked about between UX experts.

The truth is that adapting such a strategy would mean a radical change inside the organization or even disrupt industry. It means change mind set, adapt technologies and methodologies like Agile and Lean and of course User Experience which could really work as pillars to customer experience edifice.

But there are alternatives and examples to confirm that you can start the implementation in stages.

As people make the difference, organizations can begin with them. Key skills for people working in Customer Experience is creativity and storytelling. Those people need space and authority to act as ambassadors, to work with teams and start spreading the “virus” of customer experience, because this is what it is. Once you are “infected” you cannot be healed. When you learn how to take a mile in your customer shoes you cannot go back and even further when you start seeing results.

Of course the journey of customer experience doesn’t end there. There are efforts to be put on IT and new methodologies but… it’s just a start in an endless learning process. A process that will make each one of the participants much more rich in experiences and feelings that inevitably will change their point of view.

Instead of asking: “Can we afford Customer Experience?” maybe we should be asking “Can we afford to miss Customer Experience?”

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Is Your Heart Committed? Is His?

Women, in particular, are looking for commitment. Hollywood, the media, and dating websites all focus on getting a marriage proposal. The art of seduction pre-dates expert Cleopatra. Dozens of books have been written about getting an unavailable man to say, "I do." For six years, Carrie Bradshaw of "Sex in the City" tried to get Mr. Big to commit.

But is there a commitment of the heart? It's one thing to get married, it's another to have a deep emotional connection. Both men and women often create obstacles to getting the love they want. They may avoid inconvenience with time spent at work, watching television, engaging in hobbies or sports. Addiction by either spouse blocks intimacy. Women complain their husbands spend too much time on the computer or watching sports. Yet, women may spend time cleaning, volunteering, or criticizing their husbands or boyfriends or be over-emotionally involved with their children. To be clear, I'm not talking about the demands of raising young children or the necessity of working two jobs to pay the bills. Stress makes intimate harder, but does not need to eliminate it, unless it's an excuse.

Fear of discomfort may show up in the bedroom. One man complained about his wife's coldness. He had an affair, only to discover that he was now impotent with his new lover. As walls build, the lack of communication usually will ever affect sexual intrusion.

Not infrequently, one spouse is unconsciously married to someone else. In one marriage, the husband's heart was still committed to his late wife. It was as if her ghost slept between them. In another, the husband cheated, but it was not the lovers who had stolen his heart – it was his mother! In another case, the husband was unfaithful, but the real cause of their marital problems lay in the wife's emotional marriage to her older brother, who died when she was a child. It sometimes happens with twins who are so close that no one else can share that intimate. It also can be a problem in step-families. One single mom found fault with every boyfriend, but she was not ready for romance. She did not realize her overly-involvement with her son was the problem. Similarly, in a marriage one parent may avoid intimacy by using a child of the opposite sex as an emotional surrogate. In these cases the unavailable partner is unconscious of their contribution to the very maritime problem about which they complain and think it's their mate's fault. Frequently, they must grieve and let go before they can open to their spouse.

People rarely believe that getting the love that they seek might be a problem. Connie finally overcame her pattern of loving abusers, and found Mark, a kind and gentle man. Being loved proved to be more terrifying to Connie than the familiar abuse. Her entire life and personality had been built around the belief that she was unlovable. She was sure that Mark would leave when he discovered the "truth" about her that she imagined was bad. Mark had his own self-esteem issues, and before Connie, he had always dated overweight women, in whom he ever lost sexual interest. He worried Connie would leave. Sharing their fears, not only helped them to heal their wounds, but moved them closer to a commitment of the heart.

What makes intimate so difficult? It requires vulnerability – risking openness. Everyone's been hurt before, and I mean everyone. From childhood onwards, people get hurt even by well-intentioned parents, by friends, teachers, and lovers, and by losses due to death, illness, rejection, and divorce. Animals, including humans, are programmed to avoid pain. It's hard-wired into your brain in order to survive. It requires awareness, intention, and courage to feel everything that may arise once the heart is open. If it's been wounded before, no one wants to re-open an old wound. Opening your heart to love will open those wounds. But it's also an an opportunity to heal, rather than seal them it over.

Copyright © Darlene Lancer 2010

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The Signage Evolution

Do you may remember the classic porcelain service station signs illuminated with high-watt light bulbs, like “Texaco” and “Skelly” (which are now highly valued collector items)?

Then came the vacuum-formed, plastic-faced signs that were backlit with fluorescent lamps and used a marquis with changeable plastic “Wagner” or “ZIP” letters for specials and fuel pricing.

Yes, the sign industry has evolved over the past few decades. Today, large LED displays offer high impact, animated message systems that employ a marketing strategy.

One of the latest contributions to the signage evolution is interior digital video signage. More and more restaurants, retailers, service locations and medical offices are using these displays for various content to engage their customers.

“Video enhances the customer experience: People like videos and have come to expect them. And often videos are the best way to impart the information. Video boosts customer service by increasing customer engagement, leading to higher customer satisfaction.” – Right Answers Inc.

The days of the static white board food menu are being replaced with high definition product photographs and videos with brief descriptions and pricing. Digital menu boards help customers make decisions faster and more accurately, while reducing order and wait times. CarterEnergy customer, Sugarfoot C-Store & BBQ, experienced this first-hand when they made the decision to go with digital menu boards for their BBQ and their new Fresh Burrito Bar in their C-Store.

Digital signage is being utilized to highlight a menu of specific auto services that KCI Auto Care offers while customers are traveling through Kansas City International Airport (KCI). Big-O-Tires uses their digital signage for service pricing and to educate customers with Auto Seasonal Preparation videos.

Other digital sign applications include interactive (touchscreen) building directories and wayfinding kiosks, company information in lobbies, trade show booths, in-store video billboards, video walls, cylinders and boxes, to name a few.

But in all things digital signage, bigger is often better. Considered the avant-garde of digital signage solutions, video walls, aka architectural media or techorating, depending on the application, can influence the ambiance of the building by the way it is integrated into the environment. Similarly, creative content can stimulate the senses, arouse and influence behavior that complements the purpose of building designs, which reinforces and extends the core brand image. Dynamic content can immerse control rooms, wrap around buildings, decorate expansive interiors with artistic displays, and provide interactive content into an exciting and over-the-top visual experience.

Take a moment to notice the digital signage around you, and you will be amazed how prevalent and creative this marketing tool has become.

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eBay – The Importance of Effective Listings

No matter what type the market is, a big incentive for a customer to buy an item comes from the trustworthiness and knowledge ability that a seller displays. Although you will most likely never come face-to-face with your clientele on eBay, how you market your merchandise in your listings can either make or break a sale. Here are the basics to listing an item on eBay effectively.

Before you sit down to write a listing, there are a few things you need to decide concerning the item you’re about to sell. First, weigh and measure the item before listing to help determine shipping charges.

Unlike newspaper ads, a photograph of your product is free to add, so take advantage of this. Buyers have only sellers’ listings to use in accessing which items to purchase, so make your listing stand out; pictures are a great way to enhance your item’s chance of being sold. Place the item in a well-lit and uncluttered area. If people have problems discerning the product from evidence of your daily life, they probably won’t take you seriously.

Once a registered member on eBay, you can click on the “Sell” tab at the top of the screen to begin the listing process. The first thing for you to create is a title: the first phrase introducing a potential buyer to your listing. The more specific your title is, the more chances you have to attract buyers. For example, “Antique Quilt” tells a buyer nothing, whereas “1920’s Double Wedding Ring King Size Quilt” narrows the search and attracts a buyers attention. Avoid words like ‘cool’ ‘excellent ‘amazing’ and the like because you’re only wasting the small amount of space provided to you.

The next part of a listing’s text is the item’s description. Don’t be afraid on this section to include as much information on your product as you can; what you think is too much detail could be the difference between a sell and no sell. However, be professional and honest with in this section highlight the features of your product but also pointing out any of its defects. And, be friendly! People like feeling welcomed and will avoid intimidation. In both the title and the description, it is important to use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This will optimize people’s ability to read the text, especially those whose English is a second language.

Once you have written the text and uploaded your item’s photos, you should choose one of two selling options: auction or “Buy it Now.” Again, auctioning works best for items that are less common the fixed rate option is for popular products or items that people might need immediately.

Be sure to set your price, buyer payment methods as well as shipping and handling fees. Make sure to look everything over – a mistake could cost you a sale or could even result a bad feedback score from a buyer. Save your listing and hit the ‘submit’ button. You will receive an email confirmation stating that your listing was published on eBay.

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Instead of Getting Angry, Learn to Write a Complaint Letter in Business Format

This is the correct business format for a Letter of Complaint to another business. Use your words with caution because people are often funny about their money.

Tips and Hints to consider:

Keep in mind that Business Writing is about “Getting to the point”

Think about what you want to say before you start writing and get your facts straight.

Stay objective and considerate throughout the letter even if you are feeling angry.

Your letter will include the following:

1. Contacts

2. The complaint

3. Reason why you are complaining

4. The amount to be refunded

5. How long you are willing to wait (be reasonable please)

6. Reason why they should refund you

7. “Thank you” as well as any enclosures such as statements, receipts etc…

Remember to send copies of the receipts, not the originals. However, the original letter you type up and sign should be sent to the recipients. Make a copy for your records.

If you do not receive the response you had wished for, you may want to consider writing a second letter with a firmer tone, or you can contact the next person on their chain of command.

Your number and street address

Your city, Your state Zip code

Phone: Your contact number

Email: your email

The Date

Their Name, Company Title

Company name

Their company street number and address

Their city, state and zip code

Dear Mr. Name,

It has been excellent for my company to use your services for many high-quality door and window projects. I have always been satisfied with your services, however I am writing to you with a concern that I hope you will be able to address.

My company ordered from Custom Wood on July 2 by telephone. We ordered double-glazed, made-to-order oak French doors. When they arrived on July 25, my carpenter informed me that the doors were cut too small. Instead of measuring a total of 11 feet by 8 inches, the doors measured 11 feet by 4 inches.

After waiting three weeks for the door to remodel a kitchen, it was obvious that the customers were not going to wait any longer to have their kitchen finished. My carpenter was able to fix the mistake and did so at the expense of $455.50.

I am requesting that Custom Wood reimburse the $455.50 paid to fix the doors sent in error to my company. I am including the carpenter’s bill, and would appreciate prompt attention to this matter.

I would like to continue business with your company, as I have always been very satisfied in the past. Thank you very much for you time.

Sincerely,

My name

Company name

Enclosures (2)

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How To Use The VBA Current Region Method In Excel

Accessing the Current Region is one of the most valuable VBA techniques in Excel. Not only can it select a data set or table, it enables you to access individual cells, rows and columns within the region; making it very useful for new Excel developers:

  • Search an entire table
  • Select multiple columns to use in a chart
  • Define rows and cells for highlighting

An Example Of Selecting The Current Region

The normal syntax for selecting the currentRegion is as follows:


Range(cellAddress).currentRegion.select

While it makes sense to use the first cell of the table as the base for the region, any cell reference within the region can be used. Let’s look at an example of how you can use the current region in real life.

Let’s say we need to search an entire table starting at “A1” for a defined text string:


myText="text to search for"
myRange="a1"
range(myRange).currentRegion.select

for each c in selection
if instr(c,myText) then
' match found
End if
next

Accessing Cells, Rows And Columns Within The Current Region

Because a region covers multiple rows and columns there are a few different techniques to access items within the region:

In a 2 row by 4 column table (2 x 4) you might want to know the address of the last cell in the table, so you can add data to the next row. This code identifies the next cell address for data input by finding the final row and moving to the next cell.


Range(myRange).currentRegion.select
lastRow=selection.rows.count
cellAddress=selection.rows(lastRow).cells(1).address
range(cellAddress).offset(1,0).activate

Similarly, if we wanted to format each row, we’d need to know how many columns were included in the region:


cols=selection.columns.count

And if you had 3 columns and wanted to return the 2nd column to include as a series range in a chart you could use this line of code:


myRange=selection.columns(2).address

In a 3 x 4 table, this would return a value in the form $B$1:$B$4 which coincidentally is the format to include the column in a chart.

It might be useful to think of the Current Region as a collection, and the cells, rows and columns are items in the collection having their own properties. In this way when you need to access the items within the region you can do so intuitively, rather than relying on knowledge of specific properties and methods.

Summary

The Current Region is one the most useful tools for both new and experienced VBA developers. A good understanding of its methods and properties is essential for effective and productive Excel applications.

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