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A&A

Experts Predict Bad Year Ahead for Cyber-crime, Cyber-terrorism

According to information released by Risk Bloggers, security and risk management experts around the world predict information security events will occur in 2007, with sophisticated criminal groups increasingly exploiting technology to keep one step ahead of consumer and corporate defenses, resulting in unprecedented losses.Some key vulnerabilities cited were large groups of zombie computers organized into Botnets, web server security holes and uncontrolled mobile devices, such as portable storage and smart phones.

A Conversation With Allan Boress: The Ten Rules of Effective Team Selling

As a sales and marketing consultant, I strongly recommend "team selling." It is a very powerful tool when orchestrated correctly.
A&A

A Conversation With Barry Goldwater: The Root of the Problem

This is a quote I picked up from a CPA written article; “We don’t help our clients or prospects when we wait for them to come to us with problems. Often they don't seek help because every time they talk to us we are so busy.
Community News

What Selling REALLY Is

By Allan S. Boress, CPA, CFEOne reason professionals and others hate to sell is that they don't understand what selling truly is. They have negative misconceptions about the sales process that turns them off to seeking out new business. Selling has developed a bad name because of the many poor sales types we have run into in our lives, and the stereotypical image of the used car or insurance salesperson.
AccountingWEB Life

The Key to Higher Personal Income

January is National Financial Wellness Month and a recently released Day Timers 2006 New Year's Resolution Survey listed financial changes in the top three respondent promises made for the new year. Success at paying off debts in the past five years was reported by 45 percent; 43 percent had success in saving more money during this period and 20 percent had moved on to a better job.
Technology

Mobile Phone Manners Are Evolving

The use of cellular communication takes on many different manifestations, especially today. In previous times, answering any phone might have been considered ill mannered in the presence of others, so one stepped away to handle the call. Mobile phones now allow parties to communicate by using text, instant messaging (IM) and even e-mail, as well as voice.It is now acceptable to use the cell phone at family gatherings, according to TMCnet.com. The use of the speakerphone feature is becoming more widespread.
Workplace Fitness

Giving Thanks Is Good For You

“Gratitude allows you to take good things in,” says Lisa Lewis, PhD., director of psychology at The Merringer Clinic in Houston and an associate professor in the Merringer Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. “Often good things happen, and we aren’t very mindful when they happen. We get compliments and we brush them off. We get a promotion and all we think about is how stressful it is going to be. Our children go to college and all we can think about is how lonely we are going to be.
Practice Management

Tips for Overcoming Financial Complexity in Presentations

Presenting financial information to a non-financial audience presents several challenges. Whether you are presenting to a single individual, small group, or shareholders meetings, here are ten tips to help you communicate complex financial data effectively. Use visuals. It is difficult for some people to put numbers on a page, even numbers in a table, into a context they can understand. Help them out. Give them some visuals to go along with the information you are presenting.
Community News

Succeeding in a Varied Business Culture

Today, many people do business outside of their own country, either in person or by some form of communication, and this can prove to be a dicey proposition. Even in the United States there are differences in customs between states and regions.
Community News

Getting Ahead: For Some, a Pre-Work Ritual Helps

Every workday morning, Marika Ujvari must fasten her seat belt, with the motor running, before her garage door opens completely.
Practice

Target: Accountants

Marketing to professionals such as accountants, attorneys and doctors is good because these relationships bring in other customers. Banks offering sometimes free business services conduct seminars and staff trade booths at other events catering to these professionals. Reyno Giallongo said, “They’re a wonderful referral source. This is a market segment we (bankers) all like to call on. It’s a segment of the market place that is generally profitable,” according to the Fairfield County Business Journal.
Practice Management

CFOs Value Communication But Firms Don’t Provide Training

Communication skills have grown in importance for accounting and finance professionals, but workers may be on their own when it comes to developing this expertise, a new survey from Accountemps shows. Among chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed, 75 percent said that verbal, written and interpersonal skills are more valuable now to accounting and finance professionals than they were just five years ago.
Community News

InfoBytes Becomes CPExpress as AICPA Enhances Online CPE Library

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is re-releasing their popular online learning library of continuing professional education materials as CPExpress. Advertisement

Tips for Talking with Surviving Parents on Memorial Day & Everyday

Memorial Day is a day dedicated to recognizing those who died in service to their country. The surviving parents of these fallen heroes, as well as parents who have lost children in other ways, however, are part of our everyday world. Unfortunately, most people who have not lost a child do not know how to talk to surviving parents, so we tend not to. Here are some tips for talking to surviving parents: Recognize they are a parent.
Community News

RevenueRecognition.com Launches Experts and Authors Program

The first installment of RevenueRecognition.com’s “Experts and Authors” program features an excerpt from Miller Revenue Recognition Guide, 2006 by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) member Ashwinpaul C. Sondhi and Scott A. Taub, acting chief accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Education & Careers

6 Tips on Creating a Better Internship Resume

Internships can be a great way to explore a possible career. They can also offer the first opportunity many young people have to create a resume. Resumes for internships are very similar, but not identical, to resumes used for full-time jobs.
Community News

Revamped Site Offers Info on Accounting Standards for Insurers

The Group of North American Insurance Enterprises (GNAIE) has redesigned its website,

Talking About Work With Children

Parents play a dominant role in shaping children’s attitudes towards work, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Technology

Mark Your Calendar: IRS Practitioner Phone Forum

Need help navigating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site?
Practice Management

The Invisible Employee: The Potential of Under-Performing Employees

The Invisible Employee is a new book offering managers proven techniques for revitalizing their workforce and improving the performance of underperforming staff members.

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