Self-Improvement

Creating Effective Resumes

Robbie Kaplan, author of "Sure-Hire Resumes" and "Resume Shortcuts: How to Quickly Communicate Your Qualifications with Powerful Words and Phrases" presented an online workshop that provided participants with key information on how to craft resumes.Ms. Kaplan pointed out the fact that resumes can do much more than just help you secure a new job.
Technology

On-Line Crossword Puzzles? Take a Break & Test Yourself!

Next time you're working through lunch, or need a break from the day-to-day grind, check out an on-line crossword puzzle. The Chicago Sun Times has new puzzles on-line weekly. To test your crossword knowledge go to Chicago Sun Times Crossword.

Marketing Tip: Never Underestimate the Telephone

When you mention "telephone" and "marketing strategy" in the same sentence, we instantly conjure images of being summoned from the dinner table to take a call from a telemarketer selling something we don't want or need. However, every call to your business is your opportunity to market. If someone calls asking for directions or business hours, provide the requested information and offer free quotes or brochures to entice the caller to visit your business. By doing this, you establish a relationship with a potential client through open lines of communication.

Grammar 101: Basic Rules of Capitalization - Part I

Below are some basic rules to capitalization. The first word in every sentence.The first word in a direct quotation.Every line in a poem.Each item displayed in a list or outline: 1. Quality Control. 2. Marketing. 3.

On-Line Resource Dictionary!

Even the best of writers in our profession occasionally need help. Choosing the right word when trying to communicate on paper can be a challenge for even the best communicators. Many words like "affect" and "effect" can be mixed-up with the other. When you need assistance in preparing a letter, a proposal or any other type of business correspondence, make sure the words you choose are exactly what you are trying to communicate.
Practice Management

40 Steps to Becoming a Trusted Advisor

David Maister, author of "The Trusted Advisor," joined AccountingWEB in an online workshop today for a unique perspective of what it takes to become a successful advisor in today's competition-rich professional world.

Burnout? Tips for Overcoming Burnout!

As we all know burnout can be a serious condition, not only for top management, but for staff as well. Practice management, and client retention requires a great deal of energy, something that can run in short supply. Here are a few ideas to help you combat burnout: Plan Ahead: Plan your vacations in advance. Encourage your staff to do the same! Make the time, a day, or two, can make a world of difference. Leave your business in good hands: Train personnel and empower those employees to take charge while you are away.

Take an On-Line Grammar Quiz and Refresh Your Skills!

You can brush up on your grammar and spelling with this Word Workout Quiz. Test your knowledge and build your vocabulary all at the same time. You will have your own on-line fitness trainer, Ben, to help you through it. He won't tell a soul what the results are. Go to the link below and see just how well you do. For the on-line Word Workout Quiz, go to: http://www.m-w.com/promos/vocab99/vbwork.htmGood Luck!

Who or Whom? What's a Person to Use?

Did I hear you say "Whom did you say is calling"? If so, we suggest you look into this tip. If you have ever struggled with these little words, you are not alone. The English language is full of quirks and challenges that we encounter every day of our lives. If you want to be noticed as an exceptional writer and communicator, check these tips out to help you make the correct choices.Use "who" and "whoever" when you could substitute he, she, they, I, or we as the subject.Who is waiting? (She is waiting)Who did you say was the chosen employee?

Grammar Tip! Accept or Except! Which is Correct?

To be a more proficient writer and proofreader, you will need to be able to identify words that sound alike or are spelled similarly.

Proofreading for Number Errors! 5 or Five?

Questions arise when proofreading numbers-when do you use words and when do you use figures or numbers? Here are a few tips for expressing numbers:Numbers Expressed as Words: Numbers from one to ten. Numbers beginning a sentence. Ordinal numbers expressed in one or two words (twenty-first century / Bill's fiftieth birthday). Street names of ten or less and house/buildings number One (One Park Avenue or 111 Third Street). Ages (unless expressed in years and months) (Bill is fifty / Jill is 2 years and 7 months old).

Speling, Spellng, Spelling! Third Time's a Charm!

Spelling may sound basic, but to the end user, it's critical. Misspelled words in proposals, resumes and correspondence present your message in a negative light and can cause misunderstanding in your communication. One strike, you're out is sometimes the effect of misspelled words. Take a refresher course to help you present yourself in a positive way. If you struggle with spelling, consider these helpful tips.

Resumes for Today's High-Tech Business Environment

The resume produced on paper and sent through the regular mail is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Some Body Language Can Send Mixed Signals

Body language is a tool that is often overlooked in communication. As we talk to a person we tend to concentrate more attention on our words and forget what we are saying physically. Most people know that crossing arms is a signal of shutting down. Yet, how many times have you done this because you are shifting your weight and getting comfortable? You may think you are still open to this person, but the person talking to you may get a completely different message. Included in body language is tone of your voice.

TV CPAs – A New Breed!

Now the approximately 90% of CPA exam-takers who traditionally do not pass the exam on the first go-round will have a new opportunity for study aides. Yaeger, Inc., a provider of CPA exam review material has teamed with TVWorldwide.com to launch a new web TV channel geared to the accounting profession. The thrust of the channel is to deliver Yaeger’s CPA review material in a new, easy-to-reach format.
A&A

12 Ways to Ease the Fear of Self-Investing

Even though we are accounting professionals and are used to dispensing advice, when it comes to self-investing--with our own money--it's a different story completely!Most anyone who invests on their own faces a society in which we're taught to trust someone else with our money. However, there are ways to combat the fear of investing and come out on top.

Why Not Test Your IQ Online?

Tucked away on the web site of England's Chartered Institute of Taxation is a section on IQ tests.The tax body says there are a number of tests to be found on the web, and has picked out three which provide a score for you on-line.It does point out that the Institute has no control over external sites and it cannot take any responsibility for any aspect of those sites. So don't blame the CIOT if the results are not what you expected!Why not have a go, and don't get depressed!
Practice

Managing Voice Mail For Improved Results

No one likes voice mail, but if you make an effort to use voice mail more efficiently, you will see improved results in a matter of days.Take advantage of the greeting to promote a new offer or new service of some kind. And, be sure to update your email message daily so you send a clear signal that you are on top of your agenda at all times.There are other tips as well.
Technology

Word Tip: Customize Spelling & Grammar Tools

Word’s spelling and grammar checker is a great tool, but it is far from perfect. The system often flags "mistakes" that are actually correct. To prevent Word from flagging an item in the future, you can simply click the Ignore or Ignore All button in the Spelling And Grammar dialog box while you're running the spelling checker.

Improve Business Skills by Being an Active Listener

Thursday’s workshop at AccountingWEB featured Michelle Golden of Golden Marketing Resources who shared ideas about active listening. "Active listening and reflective listening are the most effective techniques to use. Active listening is when you have a genuine interest in what the speaker has to say. Reflective listening takes active listening a step further. It mirrors what the speaker is saying, allowing him or her to gain a fresh perspective on what s/he has just communicated."

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