Friday, 12/24/2010

Public Speaking

How to find local speaking gigs
Explore and look at all the upcoming events in your preferred category. The next step is to contact the event host and offer him/her/them your services.
Room set-up tip
When working in a room with flexible seating, ask the organizers to set out about 10% fewer chairs than registrants, but to store the extra chairs nearby. The result? If not everyone shows up, you still have a tightly packed audience and no empty chairs. If everyone does show up, it looks good that they’re having to bring in extra chairs.

Good Business Practices


Year-end accounting check-up
Invest in an hour or two with your accountant before the end of the year. To be fiscally responsible and to have a prosperous business, you have to have strong relationships with your accountant. The time you spend educating your accountant about your business is well-spent. They will be eager to ensure you keep your money legally.


Read Consumer Reports before buying anything is a quality, unbiased resource for finding the best, also the “best buys.” They thoroughly test every product and rate it in several categories depending on the product. They do not permit advertisements in their magazine so are free of conflict of interest. They also have an online resource, although I still subscribe to the magazine. I save them for five years and the April auto issue forever, since we usually buy used cars.




Technology Corner



Squeeze/sales page resource
Have you ever wanted to know how all these Internet marketers put together squeeze pages and sales pages so quickly and easily? See and for $9 you, too, can put together a quick and easy sales or squeeze page.
Emergency tire fix
Even if you have AAA or other travel club membership, you may find yourself in an area with no cell towers or just in a place where you do not want to wait. Stop by one of the automotive parts stores and purchase an aerosol can of tire inflator, to instantly fix the flat and get you back on the road. Do be sure to read the can information thoroughly before use, and have the tire checked out professionally at your first opportunity.

Directory printing tip

Sometimes I need to print a list of files in a directory or folder. For several years I’ve been doing it the hard way with unsortable screen prints! Then I remembered the old fashioned DOS commands I used to use. I had to re-learn some of them from the internet as it has been many years since I used DOS.

  • To access the DOS-type screen on most Windows PCs, click on Start then Run. Type cmd and click OK.
  • Type cd (change directory) and then the name of the directory until you get to the folder you want to print. For example, cd.. takes you back a directory until you get to the c: prompt. Then you might type cd my documents.
  • dir > print.txt
  • The above command will take the list of all the files and all of the information about the files, including size, modified date, etc., and send that output to the print.txt file .
  • dir /b > print.txt
  • This command would print only the file names and not the file information of the files in the current directory.

Link to print information
Link to more information how to change directories

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