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There's More to Online Learning Than Just Accounting

The online continuing education revolution is here BIG TIME. While there are many outlets over the Internet for the CPA to receive his or her CPE credits, the wired world also has paved the way for learning outside of the accounting arena for those who wish to enrich their knowledge.Let's talk time. The most popular reason we surf the Internet to take what is known as the "e-class" is a time famine in not being able to attend classes in person.

Business Traveler: Concierge may be Unreliable Source

That next savvy business dinner could be disastrous based on the concierge recommendation!You're in a new city on business with no clue where to take your client for dinner, or perhaps you just want to have a quiet dinner on your own. Like most other travelers at better hotels, you turn to the concierge for help.Although a good source of information, the concierge recommendation at a better restaurant may not be what it's cracked up to be because he or she has been influenced through free meals, commissions or other incentives from the named restaurant.Surprising, but true.

Better Seating Leads to Higher Profits

How ergonimically sound are your office chairs? Do you find people you work with complaining of back problems because they sit too long in poorly designed seating?You could be losing a lot in terms of time and money if you don't pay attention to this important health topic. It is estimated that repetitive-motion injuries cost U.S. businesses $100 million annually in lost productivity, and untold more in workers compensation costs.On today's market, there are now many sources for chairs that make sense for you and your staff, but be prepared to pay more for the best seating.

Cut The Clutter

If you are like a lot of professionals, you may have a stack of paper here or a reading pile there. Does it seem like the paper multiplies overnight? Don’t worry. You can declutter your office by working with your personal habits.Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer, suggests combining business goals with your personal comfort in mind and offers these tips:1. File It In File 13. Hit the ground running by giving your area a “once over.” Throw everything away that you possibly can. Ask questions like, What is this?
Technology

Internet Tip: Looking For Images? Check Here

It's 7:00am. You're getting ready to give a PowerPoint presentation to a client in two hours, and just realized you really need to enhance your presentation with some graphics. But where can you find a picture of a construction site to add to that one critical slide? Or a picture of the Eiffel Tower to pitch a prospective client looking to expand overseas? Check out and bookmark http://www.ditto.com, a wonderful search engine that looks for images across the Web.

Don’t Let Computers Hurt You

Let’s face it. Computers are a daily fact of life for those of us working in an accounting firm today. Whether you use a desktop or a laptop, chances are you spend hours a day sitting in front of that little screen. The Department of Labor (DOL) reports that computer-induced repetitive stress injuries are a $100 billion dollar white collar epidemic in the U.S. today.There is something you can do to protect yourself from these computer maladies. Investing in an injury prevention program could help you prevent a lifetime of pain.

How to Avoid the "Superman" Complex

Anyone who has suffered from the onslaught of trying to do it all knows all about the "Superman" complex, especially Max Carey, who coined the term 11 years ago.Carey, CEO of Corporate Resources Development in Atlanta, GA, has amassed his experience over the past several years into a new book titled, "The Superman Complex."CPAs and accounting professionals who share this sentiment will want to read a special interview presented by
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Earn Your Estate Planning Certificate Online

A two-part program called, “Estate Planning Certificate Program,” is now available through OnlineLearning.net.The leading online supplier of continuing adult education has teamed with the California CPA Educational Foundation to offer the program to accounting professionals. Estate planning is rapidly becoming a “hot” consulting area. This program will help accountants compete as they offer more expertise.The comprehensive study is offered in two eight-week modules.
Practice Management

Is "Business Coaching" Part of Your Service Mix?

The thought of hiring a business coach to help us reach our professional objectives may seem ridiculous - at first. But as an increasing number of entrepreneurs turn to professional coaches to help them successfully grow their businesses, the idea seems more reasonable.And that spells "opportunity" for CPA business advisors.Professional business coaches can help small business owners find answers to business and personal issues ranging from personnel situations to complex business obstacles.
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Bill More Hours in a Day With Time Management Skills

Finding it difficult to make it through just 24 hours in a day? You're not alone. More and more of us look for more hours in the day only to find that we are wasting time sweating the wrong stuff than spending our day doing something productively … like catching up on client or customer matters and billing more hours in the day.Here are a few tips that might help.
Technology

Use Computer Presentations Like A Pro

Remember slides? Those transparent things we used to use with an overhead for presentations? Chances are you can remember this kinder, gentler technology. Today, we live in an age of PowerPoint and computer projectors. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it must be respected. To make the most of it, use these simple tips.Keep It Simple. With the font libraries and color spectrums available today, you might be tempted to use a little of this or a little of that to “spice” up your presentation. Don’t. Use no more than six colors on each slide.

Quick Tips For Busy Professionals

Save $$$ On Hotel Long Distance. If you need to make several long distance calls when you get to your hotel, simply push the # key after each long distance call to disconnect. This keeps the hotel from charging you a connect fee for each long distance call.Make Business Luncheons Count. When you plan your next business luncheon, consider switching to a business breakfast instead.
Technology

Internet Tip: Brush Up On Your Techno-Glossary

The techies in your office are constantly bringing you information about ISPs, LANs, WANs, bump mapping, P3P, DSTP and other terms that most people don't know and don't want to know about. Luckily for the majority of us there is a technology encyclopaedia available on line, which defines this alphabet soup of today's technical lexicon.

Fast Company’s Company of Friends

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a guy named Heath Row. Who’s Heath Row? For those of you who aren’t avid readers of one of the hottest business magazines in the country – Fast Company – Heath is an underground celebrity. The Company of Friends (CoF) is Heath’s brainchild. Now he’s out hitting the pavement, staying at readers’ homes, and spreading his message to the magazine’s foremost groupies in his CoF Road Show.
Practice Management

Meeting Madness

I’ve spent almost a quarter of my waking business life in meetings. If you are doing business in corporate America, I’d bet that you are being “meetinged to death,” too. Meetings aren’t bad, though. They are somewhat necessary. However, bad meetings aren’t necessary at all. Ever been to a meeting where the facilitator didn’t know what he/she wanted to accomplish? “Yes!” I understand.

What You Don’t Say and What You’re Saying

Nonverbal Communication and SellingYou walk into your prospect’s office, you open your attaché and unfortunately everything spills out. Not a word was said, or was it? The impact of communication comes from both the verbal and nonverbal. The verbal is what we say and its impact on communication is 7 percent. The nonverbal is how we say it (38 percent impact) and how we look saying it (55 percent impact). Nonverbal communication is sending and receiving messages without words. We’re all familiar with the meaning of the thumbs up signal. That’s nonverbal communication.
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Listen Carefully

Active listening takes more than perking up your ears. Follow these tips to ensure you are putting your best ear forward!Be here and now.Resist distractions. Try to focus on the person talking to the exclusion of noises and interruptions.Do one thing – listen. Don’t do five things at once. The person with whom you are talking deserves your undivided attention.Let them “see” you listening. Communicate that you are listening by leaning forward slightly, focusing on your speaker’s face, and not glancing away too often.Put yourself in your speaker’s shoes.

Are you listening?

I walked into my boss’ office the other day to present an idea. He acknowledged my presence, invited me in to sit down to talk, and then promptly started doing everything except what looked like listening. As I began telling him about my idea, he was checking his email, looking at the phone that was ringing, and prompting me to complete my sentences (I stopped every time he quit paying attention) by saying, “I’m listening. Continue.”Our busy lives invite these kinds of distractions. We don’t have time to just sit and listen.

Mars & Venus

Newsflash! Men are different than women and vice versa. In sales calls, you might want to take a look at an approach that embraces the subtle differences found in Mars and Venus so you write more business. A new book, GenderSell: How To Sell to the Opposite Sex, proposes that sales is a process of influence and each gender has its unique area of influence you should be targeting.

Written Communication – It’s Not Going Away

On an average day, I receive anywhere from 75 to 150 emails per day. I write at least that many. Throw in a couple of memos and a few letters and that adds up to a lot of writing! In our information age, writing is essential. Use these tips to ensure you use written communication to your advantage.Do you need to be there? If the reader of your written communication needs immediate feedback or if the reader needs immediate additional information for what’s written, the subject would be best handled in person (or email if you check it regularly).

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