Six rules for elevator speeches that will help you get to the top

Karen Utgoff provides six rules for developing a great elevator speech.
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Brainstorming ground rules: How to get better ideas from your team

Here are brainstorming ground rules that will significantly improve your team’s ability to generate solid ideas.
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Think outside the suggestion box: Encourage creativity in your workplace

Many good small ideas can set an organization apart from the crowd. A steady stream of low-budget, quick-to-implement ideas that constantly improve your business can provide your company with a sustainable, long-term advantage.
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Do not neglect to plan your exit, small business owner

If you have a small business that you intend to sell at some point down the road, starting to devise an exit strategy well in advance of that sale is important.
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Web site credibility: Are you promising something you can’t deliver?

Failure to back up your online promises can have a huge negative effect on your company’s reputation in an interconnected world where consumers can give bad reviews on numerous review sites or make negative comments on Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
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Good small biz reads #12: Marketing and communication mistakes to avoid, advice for home office users, how to think like an innovator and more

Writing July’s compendium of valuable advice for small business owners that I’ve come across online was hard because of the wealth of good articles and videos I’ve found in the past month.
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How NOT to use PowerPoint: 6 ways to better presentations

Here are six tips to help make sure your PowerPoint slides are not the kiss of death for your presentation
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Mid-year review: Taking stock on a year half over

Don’t be one of those people who gets to the end of the year and is surprised that things haven’t happened as planned. Mid-course reviews – and any necessary corrections – are important.
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Having a Plan B if sometimes not enough for small business owners

Small business owners often have to figure out alternative solutions due to a lack of adequate resources to support the ideal approach to solving a problem or to implementing a new strategy. Before you launch into something new or try to solve a nagging issue, it is wise to ask yourself, “So what will I do if this approach doesn’t work? What is my Plan B? And if Plan B doesn’t work, what is my Plan C?”
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6 ways to find inspiration to fuel innovation in your small business

As you systematically reach out to employees, customers and other stakeholders for ideas and insights to fuel innovation in your small business, keep in mind these six ways to get the most out of such efforts and to enable these stakeholders to be more sensitive to ideas when they come along.
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