Self-Improvement

How To Improve Your Self Management Skills

You are responsible for everything that happens in your life. Learn to accept total responsibility for yourself. If you do not manage yourself, then you are letting others have control of your life. These tips will help "you" manage "you." Look at every new opportunity as an exciting and new-life experience. If you catch yourself worrying about an upcoming task, go ahead and do it now so it no longer is a distraction. Get into the habit of finishing what you start. Give up "waiting time" forever. Have something with you at all times to work on.
Technology

Managing Technology – 10 Cost Saving Tips

By, Gary Boomer, Boomer ConsultingWith uncertain economic times ahead, the first call from many partners is to look for ways to cut overhead. As I have said many times in previous articles, the firms that are winning with technology are those who view technology as a strategic asset rather than as overhead. If you don’t believe this, ask yourself the question, “will technology play an increasing or decreasing role in our firm’s future”?
Education & Careers

Bring More Than Your Resume to Your Next Job Interview

By Sarah Self It's the night before an important job interview. You've researched the company, thought through every possible question and picked up your best suit from the drycleaners. What else can you do to make the interview a successful experience? Prepare a few more valuable tools to bring with you. The following items can keep you focused and organized, and help prove that you are an excellent candidate for the position.PortfolioAlways bring a collection of your past work to an interview.

E-Mail Etiquette – Some Basic Rules

Emailreplies.com lists several business e-mail etiquette rules including:Be concise and to the pointAnswer all questions, and pre-empt further questionsUse proper spelling, grammar and punctuationMake it personalAnswer promptlyDo not attach unnecessary filesDo not overuse the high priority optionDon’t leave out the message threadAdd disclaimers to your e-mailsAlways re-read the e-mail before you hit the send buttonDo not overuse Reply to AllFor mass mailings, use the bcc: field or do a mail

Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations - CPAs

By, Mark Koziel, Dopkins & Company, LLPPerformance evaluations can be stressful and confrontational, but they need not be. A successful performance evaluation system benefits both employer and employee. Proper preparation and openness to the process can generate a positive outcome. Encouraging team members to set their own goals gives them ownership in the evaluation process and opens the lines of communication. The evaluation should be a dialogue over whether specific goals have been met. Initially, team members will need assistance setting realistic goals.
Education & Careers

The Niceties of Negotiating

by Etiquette International Negotiating seems to bring out the best and the worst in people. Unless you create a win-win negotiating situation, everyone loses eventually. If you win and your customer loses, you will lose that customer. If your customer wins and you lose, you can go out of business. Win-win is the only way! So what are the niceties in the nuances of negotiating? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. So much of the way people behave in negotiations causes anger, bitterness, hostility, and antagonism.
Education & Careers

All The Right Questions – Smart Tips For Employers

By Robert G. Epstein, Career Bank There are certain questions in an interview that make sense. And then there are the questions that make a difference.When an employer sits down to talk with a potential employee, there are critical pieces of information that they should walk away with from that meeting. Asking the basic questions—past employers, professional goals, accomplishments—is a given.

Common Cents - How to Turn Costly Assumptions Into Opportunities

By, Keith Rosen, Profit Builders It is believed that more than 60% of all problems within the workplace and within relationships are a direct result of faulty communication. Failure to identify or confirm with the other person the next step during a planning process, ineffective delegation, or the inability to actively listen for what the other person really needs can dramatically affect the results we seek to achieve during a conversation. It seems as if more people in the business community are spending a significant portion of their time handling customer problems.

Executive Etiquette - Smug Attitude Can Hinder Management Prospects

by RHI Management Resources, www.rhimr.comConfidence is critical when interviewing for a job, but executives warn against too much of a good thing.

How to Make a Good 'First Impression'

by, The Small Business Knowledge BaseWe sometimes get only one chance to make an impression on someone either in our personal or business life. Therefore it is important to remember some basic things to do that will assure us of making the best impression possible. Here are ten of the most common things people can do to make the best first impression possible.Appear Neat And Dress AppropriatelyBeing neat in our appearance is something we can do regardless of whether we are trying to make a good impression on someone or not.

Dealing With Conflict: Nine Tips For Introverts

Extraverts (about 75 percent of the general population) choose people as a source of energy. Introverts (about 25 percent of the general population) choose solitude to recover energy. The accounting profession traditionally draws a higher percentage of introverts into its ranks.

Effective Employee Incentive Programs: Bring Out the Best in Your Firm

By Lisa A. Rozycki, Marketing Director, Reinsel & Company LLPIn a firm-wide marketing survey, employees were asked what would motivate them to market the firm’s services. Not surprisingly, the top two answers were "incentive compensation" and "recognition" for their efforts.Like many CPA firms across the country, we’ve had the standard commission structure on new business and cross-selling services to existing clients for a number of years. Three years ago, the paper forms that needed to be filled out for compensation almost never left the shelf.

Tips to Help You Become a Better Networker

In today's competitive business world, the more contacts you have..the more people who know about you, your firm and what we do, your talents and abilities...the more opportunities you will have. For some people, networking comes naturally. They actually have fun networking. However, for most of us, networking is a learned skill and one that needs practice in order to feel comfortable and be effective. Try these tips to give yourself a jump-start and enjoy the rewards of becoming a Master Networker. 1. Develop The Right ATTITUDEYou have to want to make the effort!
Technology

Use Outlook Calendar to Manage Your Client E-Mail Follow-Up!

Like most of us today, e-mail is a key communication avenue that sometimes can get out of hand. Like phone calls, you can't always respond immediately to the caller. If you receive an e-mail message in Outlook and you don't have time to respond to it immediately, but want to ensure a timely response, you can easily add it to your calendar and schedule a block of time when you will be able to reply.
AccountingWEB Life

Ten Steps To High Productivity and Maintaining A Great Life!

By, Keith Rosen, Profit BuildersBusy with tasks that consume you and your energy? Feel that you're fighting the clock and just can't seem to get it all done? Is your typical day fulfilling and enjoyable or putting you on the road towards burn out?If it's ever been a struggle to reach bigger goals or keep to your schedule, here's your opportunity to map out a weekly path that will serve you best and enable you to accelerate your productivity.

Selling Against Goliath: How to Take On the 'Big Guys' and Win

Consultant, trainer and author Dave Stein shares some trade secrets on qualification and strategic competitive selling. Are you a salesperson representing a smaller company that competes against the "big guys?" If so, you probably find yourself feeling like the underdog in the age-old tale of David and Goliath. And-the story's biblical outcome notwithstanding-you've probably noticed that in today's hyper-competitive business world it's usually Goliath who trounces David. Sigh. Am I fighting a losing battle? you wonder.
Practice Management

Free Report – 'Nixing Negativity In The Workplace'

Negativity in the workplace could pose serious employee motivation and legal problems for employers. The free report -- "Nixing Negativity In The Workplace" -- gives employers a blueprint for recharging their workplace with positive and productive attitudes by laying out negativity red flags to beware of, explaining practical do's and don'ts to incorporate in their management techniques, and even pinpointing legal problems that may attach themselves to negative attitudes.

Networking Tip: Business Event Conversation Starters

We've all been there. You walk in to a business networking event, walk around a few minutes, glance at nametags to see who is there, and wait for a chance to jump in on a conversation as if you were entering onto a highway and waiting for traffic to slow down to let you in.Recognize from the start that you are not there to sell any services. You are there to purposefully get to know others and explore potential opportunities for mutual gain.
Practice

Discover Who You Are To Succeed

By Paul J. MeyerIf you were asked to make three brief statements in response to the question, "Who are you?" how would you respond? One response might be to state your name because your name is an important emotional symbol of your identity. You might define yourself in terms of your professional title, especially if you enjoy a sense of dedication and commitment to your career.
Technology

Ten E-Mail Courtesy Tips For Businesses

How can you make sure your business is more successful? Try a little E-Mail Courtesy. Many businesses who've established themselves on the Internet haven’t the faintest idea of how to address one of the most important issues online: Customer Service. Here are 10 tips to get you started: Answer your e-mail and answer it promptly. The Internet is FAST. It gives people information in a much shorter amount of time than having to go through a more traditional route of finding what they want. Customers expect FAST replies.

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