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How To Persuade Others With Subconscious Techniques September 29, 2008

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Who could refuse?

Who could refuse?

Whether you work in sales, have a pitch to present, do a lot of networking or simply plan on taking over the world, check out this list of persuasiveness tips.

Put together by the Wikihow website, these 11 tips will help you get people on your side and help you succeeed.

The tips covered include:

  • Framing your ideas in speech
  • Mirroring people’s body language
  • Initiating or reciprocating favours
  • Understanding herd behaviour
  • Having your picture taken with a dog (no,  really, something about appearing trustworth and loyal…)

So, take that first step to getting that job / promotion / contract / country named after you by reading the full list here.

Alternatively, tell us how you get what you want in the comments.

Protect Your Business From The Credit Crunch September 26, 2008

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Here at Liverpool Chamber, we understand the effects the current economic climate is having, especially on smaller businesses. That’s why we uncourage all our members to take full advantage of the various benefits and services we offer. These include:

To further help you beat the credit crunch, we’ve enlisted the help of business coaching guru Bob Evans from Freedom Coaching to put together a series of articles to help protect your business. The articles cover a seven-step programme to create a lean, keen, fighting machine to weather the economic storm. Part one is below.

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Tips On Managing Your Work-Life Balance September 26, 2008

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I dares ya!

Work-Life Balance. That mysterious formula we are all seeking to make sure we get the job done but still have time for significant other / cats / football / taxidermy etc.

And yet so often it can all go wrong and we find ourselves with more work and not enough life to go round.

With this in mind, those kind folks over at Freelance Switch have published a handy little article on getting the balance right.

Their main message is to ensure you set guidelines about when you work and where, managing your communications and having a healthy attitude towards the flthy lucre.

Simple, common sense tips, I hear you cry. So why are we all still taking work home with us and checking our emails at the weekend?

Read the full article here, or give us your balancing act tips in the comments.

Twenty Five Tips For Sucessful Networking August 21, 2008

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Hi There!

Here at Liverpool Chamber we are all about the networking. One of the major benefits our members enjoy is the chance to expand their contacts and grow their business through our busy and varied programme of networking events.

Like any other activity, with networking you get more out if you put more in. There are always tips you can take on board to reap greater rewards.

Over on the Dumb Little Man blog, they’ve posted a ginormous list of 25 tips to help your networking.

They include:

  • Start before your need it
  • Learn about people’s goals
  • Connect people you do know
  • Give more than you expect to receive
  • Be genuinely interested
  • Always follow up
  • Know people in different worlds
  • Learn to listen

Each tip (and the many others) is covered in greater detail, so it’s worth checking out. You can read the whole list here.

And we look forward to seeing you put these tips into practice at our next event!

A Numbered List Of Numbered Tricks To Improve Your Life August 14, 2008

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Lists are good. Everybody likes a list to peruse in their leisure minutes. Numbered lists are even better, for some reason.

So, we’ve put together a list of lists covering a range of topics to improve your productivity, finances and life in general.

Click on each title for the full rundown…

  1. Five Alternatives To Time wasting Meetings What do you mean, you actually like meetings?
  2. Ten Skills You Need To Succeed At Just About Anything Such as writing skills, public speaking and maths
  3. Seven Things I’m Doing To Improve My Finances Let’s all try some of them too!
  4. Top Ten Video How-To’s From folding a T-shirt to buying a car. Can you afford not to watch?
  5. Ten i-Phone Productivity Tools Bought a fancy-Dan i-Phone? Well this is for you.
  6. Fifteen Productivity Blogs Waste time learning how to be more productive here.
  7. Nineteen Apps for Getting-Things-Done Free tools for Windows, Mac and Linux machines.
  8. Ten Ways To Give Yourself More Time Its real title goes on about ‘following dreams’, but that’s a bit too American for us. Basically, free up time to do anything!

So go crazy and become the super-hero you always wanted to be.

Most of these lists have been taken from the Lifehack blog.

Follow The Two Minute Rule To Stay On Top July 23, 2008

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The Technotheory blog has an interesting post on using a simple rule to stay on top of tasks and emails: if you can do it two minutes or less, do it straight away.

“When you read your new email do you read all the messages once and then go back through them?  I do it, too, sometimes—but it’s the death of getting things done.  So here’s a reminder…

It’s totally cool to cherry pick which messages to deal with first based on the sender or subject, leaving the others unread.  But once you’ve started working with a message, deal with it now.

By dealing with it, I mean get it out of your inbox.  Maybe you should delegate it to someone.  Maybe you should respond with your calendar availability.  Maybe you should schedule a task to deal with it later.  But deal with it and archive it…so that it’s out of your inbox never to be stared at five more times.”

Read the rest of the post here. It’ll take less than two minutes to read, honest.

Agree? Disagree? Take two shakes of a tiger’s tale to let us know in the comments…

Learn To Do Just About Anything Online July 18, 2008

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It’s time for another post on how great the world wide web is. We’ve recently looked at how social networks can benefit business and a list of 80 sites to hack your life. So today, it’s a look at the sites where you can go to learn to do, well, just about anything.

Over on the Dumb Little Man blog, they’ve posted a list of 15 sites that can teach you to anything from learning to build your own website to looking after a sick cat. Some of them you may have heard of, some you won’t, and some may be a surprise.

The full list of 15 sites can be seen here, but it includes:

  • YouTube – yep, it’s not all dancing stormtroopers. Need to learn how to tune a guitar, build a blog or bake a nice cake? Chances are someone’s posted an instructional vid on YouTube.
  • How Stuff Works – with sections covering cars, pets, computers, business, food, money and more, find out how things tick here.
  • wikiHow – user generated content on a host of topics
  • Wired’s How To Wiki – Wired is the techy’s mag of choice, and its how to site covers technical matters such as gadgets, technology and computers. Geek out here.
  • W3Schools – become a web developer by using these free tutorials from the people who help set web standards
  • VideoJug – probably the largest and most comprehensive online video tutorial site, covering a mind-bogglingly broad selection of subjects.

Read the full list on Dumb Little Man here.

Four Effective Presentation Techniques July 11, 2008

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We all have to do it from time to time. That’s right, fire up the old PowerPoint and give a presentation. Nobody likes it, but like death, taxes and the office Christmas do, it comes to us all.

But fear not. Over on Lifehack we’ve come across a nice little article that gives four handy tips to help you get going. It’s a nice short article, but might just come in handy.

The tips, explained in more detail in the article are:

  • Set the stage
  • Force a pause
  • Don’t do all the talking
  • Ice-breakers

Become a presentation professional here.

Eighty How-To Websites To Hack Your Life July 9, 2008

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We love the internet here at Liverpool Chamber. You can learn to do just about anything at the click of a mouse. So this post over at the Lifehack website really floated our boat.

Eighty How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking does exactly what it says on the tin. It lists 80 great sites that provide tips and tricks on how to improve just about every part of your life:

  • Business – tips on becoming more productive, working as a freelancer, creating business plans and more
  • Technology – how to make sure you have the best hardware and software available, and how to get the most out of what you’ve got
  • Home hacks – from DIY to installing home theatre equipment, tips on making your home a better place
  • Cookery – we all eat, so why not have some fun doing it?
  • Crafts – want to lean something creative to do in your downtime? Lots of sites here
  • Money – how to save it, manage it and spend less of it

Not all of these sites will be for you, and some are US-focussed. But with 80 to choose from you’re bound to find something you like!

Read the full article on Lifehack here.

Event Organising – The Top Ten Tips June 16, 2008

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New Liverpool Chamber member Mark Jones, who many know from Liverpool’s Radio City, hosts hundreds of prestigious events throughout the UK. He fronts awards dinners, conferences and sportsmen’s dinners.

He’s often heard at Goodison Park as Everton’s Matchday announcer! And has years of experience as a broadcasting presenter in a range of media. Plus he’s worked all around the world… even North Wales. He’s a Director of Altitude Productions Limited, a company that supplies quality PA hire for these events. So when it comes to events and their organisation, he knows -from experience – what he’s talking about.

Here are Mark’s top 10 tips for ensuring a successful event:

1) Large venues usually have an expert planning team to give you dedicated support for your event. Use their expertise; this will help get the best out of your event.

2) To make the best of catering, furniture, lighting and any technical equipment, think about what you’ll need -and write everything down- well in advance as many production companies are booked many months ahead.

3) Visit the venue to familiarise yourself with all its facilities, such as the number and location of the toilets, loading bays, car parking, taxis, nearest station/airport.

4) ALWAYS use an event management/production company that you’ve used before (or have been to a successful event that they’ve work on) to ensure you create the right atmosphere for your event by using the right lighting, music and floral decorations. For example, if you have an event for Liverpool fans, blue napkins might not be appreciated.

5) Keep your themes simple to create the maximum effect for your event.

6) Provide all your customers / delegates with comprehensive directions to get to the venue itself and ensure these are sent out well in advance, include the venue’s postcode for SatNav users.

7) Use clear signage around the venue to guide everyone to the correct areas and create a professional presence for your event; this will make it an easier “sell” to clients returning next year.

8) Check -and then double check- dietary requirements. You won’t believe how upset people can be -they’ll then look elsewhere with their business- if you’re perceived to not care enough to look after them properly.

9) Thoroughly check out whom you’re using as Master of Ceremonies before you book him or her. For example, most of us that make a living from this have a good, clear website, with a showreel so you can get a flavour of our style. Remember, a good, professional, experienced MC can make or break, and can often save, an event.

10) Ensure everyone attending can see the stage clearly and everyone can hear every word clearly. If they can’t, they’ll start talking and then others can’t hear and are distracted. It’s not what you want to hear after all the hard work you’ve put in.

Mark Jones
Master of Ceremonies / Event Host.
www.MarkJonesShow.co.uk
Telephone: 07831 – 529729.