Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez on Storytelling, Leadership, and Fulfilling Dreams – Episode #55

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 35:28 — 32.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAnthony first became aware of Nancy Duarte when he watched the Al Gore TED talk that featured the slide deck created by Nancy Duarte and her team. That’s when he began grabbing her books every time they came out and applying her concepts about storytelling and leadership to the things he was doing in the sales world. On this episode Anthony has the honor of speaking with Nancy and the co-author of her latest book “Illuminate,” Patti Sanchez. You’ll get an earful of great advice about how leaders can use stories to lead people where they need to go, on this episode.We need to understand storytelling on a larger scale ~ Nancy DuarteClick To TweetWhy leaders are torchbearers and the difference their role can make.Leaders, by definition, are leading people into something new, or different, or needed. It’s in this way that they carry a torch, illuminating the way before the team as they all move forward. Part of the way that good leaders do that is by leading with vision, empathy, and a deep understanding of the things that motivate their followers to move into unknown territory. The same principles apply for the salesperson who is truly trying to help their prospects move toward a purchase that will supply the solution to their problems. You’ll learn a lot on this episode, not just about leadership but about how salespeople can be leaders to their clients.Why leaders are often accused of lacking empathy.We all know that leaders are characteristically hard driving, vision oriented people. With a bent like that it’s not uncommon for leaders to be accused of lacking empathy toward those they are attempting to lead. The reason for that is simple: leaders tend to see the end goal or the vision very clearly and need to slow down long enough to understand that their followers likely don’t have the same clarity or drive that they possess. On this episode Nancy Duarte and Pattie Sanchez chat with Anthony about how leaders can modify their approach to leadership in ways that enable their followers to actually follow with more of their hearts invested.Many leaders focus too much on the “how” and not enough on the “why” ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetMany leaders and salespeople focus too much on the “what” and not enough on the “why.”In this great conversation Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez point out that leaders often emphasize the methods or steps that they intend for their teams to take in order to reach a goal. That’s good for as far as it goes, but that’s a long way from helping them understand WHY the goal they are headed toward is so doggone important in the first place. Helping your followers or prospects understand the NEED for the end goal, be it an accomplishment or a sale, is the most important aspect of good leadership because it is what maintains focus and motivation over the long haul. You can hear more on this episode of In The Arena.People don’t do things for your reasons, they do things for their reasons.In this conversation a great point is made in noticing that people don’t act because a boss, leader, or salesperson want them to act or think they should act, they take action because they have a personal and internal reason for acting. A good salesperson or leader becomes skilled at asking the kind of questions that reveal the true motives underlying the contemplation of a decision, so they can lead toward a decision in the most effective way. You’ll enjoy the creative and helpful insights you hear on this episode.People don’t do things for your reasons. They do things for their reasons ~ Nancy DuarteClick To TweetOutline of this great episode How Anthony came to be aware of Nancy Duarte. How Nancy’s books came about and why she released them in the order she did. What Slide:ology does for people who make presentations. The idea behind the concept of a leader as a torchbearer. How the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings themes emerged in the books. The need for better storytelling in helping people do what they are meant to do. Why people don’t do things for your reasons, but for theirs. Why are leaders often accused of lacking empathy? Getting “inspiration” across to your followers or listeners. The power of ceremonies in moving people to action. The challenges of moving through things in “the big fight.” Who the most recent book is for. The tools included in the book. The most important things Nancy has learned in life. What Nancy and Pattie would be doing if they weren’t doing her writing and consulting. What Patti and Nancy hope to be remembered for.Our Sponsors:Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you. Spot-on training in the moment as you need it.Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Resources & Links mentioned in this episode0596522347 0470632011 1101980168 146926682204864402810718010868185686863X0977326411The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe salesperson is the one who helps a person on their path to transformationClick To TweetIt’s never too late to live the life you dreamed of ~ Patti SanchezClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Changing Seasons to Take Woolmark Prize

first_imgWhen all five presented their collections, the jury awarded the prize to Mr. Mishra in an upset. Related Itemslast_img

India Hosts 10 ASEAN Leaders for Republic Day

first_imgLeaders of 10 ASEAN countries will be the chief guests at Republic Day 2018 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited them during the ASEAN-India Summit in November 2017. They are also participating in the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on Jan. 25, 2018.The event is being attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laos PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as the country’s de facto leader; Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Malaysian PM Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, and Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia.“The prime minister’s intention that the ‘Look East’ policy should now be the ‘Act East’ policy is really taking shape,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said before the event, according to NDTV.Bolstering ties with Brunei Darussalam! PM @narendramodi and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah had positive discussion on cooperation in defence and security, energy, ICT, education, health and space. #ASEANIndia pic.twitter.com/2naimRwDSY— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 25, 2018The presence of the 10 ASEAN leaders at the 69th Republic Day of India will mark a first event of its kind. The group will be reportedly seated on a stage enclosed with a 100-feet wide bullet-proof glass.Since the leaders of the nations are also in India for the commemorative summit, they inaugurated the Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park, a public park of 2.81 acres in New Delhi, as a symbol of the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue relations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi met several visiting leaders, including Suu Kyi, and held discussions on various issues of mutual interest and ways of further strengthening bilateral relations. The focus of the meetings remained key areas of counter-terrorism, security, connectivity, economic and commercial exchange as well as cultural exchange.Vietnam and India signed two agreements on cooperation in the fields of information and broadcasting and on establishment of tracking and data reception station and data processing facility in Vietnam under the ASEAN-India Space Cooperation.Philippines and India witnessed an exchange of an MOU between Invest India and Board of Investments of the Philippines.Strategic partnership rooted in commercial, cultural and people-to-people contacts! PM @narendramodi had a productive discussion with Singapore’s PM @leehsienloong on economic and commercial ties, FinTech, tourism, enhanced connectivity & Smart Cities #aseanindia pic.twitter.com/M8u05qN5Ya— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 25, 2018Apart from the Republic Day event, they will also attend a leaders’ retreat to discuss air and maritime cooperation and security. It is believed that the event is a platform for India to present itself as an ally against China’s expansion, and that India’s bold move aims to bolster cooperation against China’s growing powers in trade and military presence around South-East and South Asia.Our #ActEast complementing Thailand’s Act West policy! PM @narendramodi met with PM of Thailand Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha. Constructive dialogue on economic and commercial exchange, connectivity, defence & security, cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges #aseanindia pic.twitter.com/lVDc0yGOgX— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 25, 2018  Related ItemsaseanNarendra ModiSoutheast Asialast_img read more

Expat Visas Banned for Another Six Months in Oman

first_imgIn a bid to increase job opportunities for Omani nationals and reduce the country’s high unemployment rate, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower announced on May 27 that the country is extending the ban on hiring expatriates by another six months, the National reported.The six-month ban was put in place on Jan. 28, 2018 against the hiring of expatriates in 10 industries, including media, information technology, marketing and sales, insurance, construction, engineering, accounting and finance, technicians, administration, HR and aviation. It affected about 87 jobs.According to the ministry, the ban does not apply to the replacement of existing foreign employees in the private sector. The aim of the extended freeze against hiring expatriates is to give “private companies more time to create vacancies for Omanis who are out of work,” the ministry said, according to the report. The extension will come into effect from July 1, 2018.Expats currently make up more than 70 per cent of workers in Oman’s private sector. About 1.8 million foreigners work in various professions in the country.Omanis make up more than 90 per cent of employees in the civil service, as per government figures.Last October, the Oman government had promised to begin creation of 25,000 new jobs from December, of which 60 per cent were to be in the public sector. It promised incentives to the private sector companies to hire nationals instead of expatriates.“It makes sense that the government is pushing for a bigger percentage of Omanization in the private sector. Most of these jobs currently occupied by expatriates can be taken by Omanis. The nationals are willing to take up these jobs but the private sector must take the initiatives,” Salim Al Rawahi, a manpower consultant, was quoted as saying by the National.Some job experts say that companies may be hesitating to take on more Omanis. “It is true that the private companies are not serious in the implementation of the Omanization process. This is actually working against the efforts of the Ministry of Manpower to recruit more Omanis in the private sector. It is time directors of private companies complement the government’s efforts in the drive to replace expatriates,” the publication quoted Harith Al Maimani, another manpower consultant, as saying.Just this month, the Ministry of Manpower issued a warning that companies may losing work permits for their foreign staff if they fail to meet the Omanization targets, Gulf Business reported. This news came after the ministry penalized 161 companies for hiring more than 40 foreign workers each, despite the ban.“In case of non-compliance with the Omanization rate prescribed and determined by at least 10 percent, the Ministry will take the necessary legal action,” the ministry said in a statement at that time. Related ItemsEmploymentexpat visaOmanlast_img read more

Nuclear Warmth

first_imgPerhaps it took India going nuclear, but Americans seem to be warming up to India. The “Global Thermometer” index by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, measuring the warmth U.S. voters have toward various foreign countries in November, found the rankings of China and India improved most since its previous survey in August.India ranks fifth among all the countries measured, behind only England, Canada, Israel and Germany.1 England   78.9 (78.3) 2 Canada   73.4 (71.7) 3 Israel   68.2 (65.9) 4 Germany   58.1 5 India   56.6 (53.4) 6 Mexico   51.4 (51.4) 7 United Nations   50.4 (49.2) 8 Russia   46.2 (45.5) 9 France   44.6 (43.2) 10 China   44.2 (39) 11 Saudi Arabia   40.4 (38.2) 12 Venezuela   30.9 (35.9) 13 Iraq   25.9 (27.7) 14 Syria   24.3 (21.7) 15 Palestinian Government   23.8 (22.8) 16 Cuba   24.1 (24) 17 Iran   15.5 (13.9) 18 North Korea   13.5 (15)Source: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Related Itemslast_img read more

Pairing Dosas And Wine In San Francisco

first_imgWhat would you drink with your dosa and sambar? How about Peñalolen Sauvignon Blanc ’05 Limarí Valley, Chile or Serra Da Estrela Albariño ’05 Rias Baixas, Spain? Yes, Anjan and Emily Mitra of San Francisco are giving South Indian food a spirited presentation by pairing it with wines at Dosa, their color drenched welcoming restaurant in San Francisco. The wine list is crafted by Mark Bright, a noted sommelier, to pair with the fiery South Indian curries. The combination of wine and spice is obviously working because Dosa was selected as one of the top ten restaurants of 2006 by San Francisco Chronicle. Wrote Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer, “With a well-executed wine list, cocktails made with soju, and a menu well-representative of the cuisine, it’s contemporary while respecting tradition.”Mitra, who came to the United States 23 years ago as a student from Bombay, had long wanted to duplicate some of the many regional cuisines he had enjoyed there.Both he and Emily were in the hi tech business when they opened the first South Indian restaurant in the Mission district of San Francisco, introducing not only the vegetarian delights like dosas and uttapams, but also the lesser known  non-vegetarian cuisine of South India. Chef Senthil Kumar’s repertoire includes dishes like Chennai Chicken, Tamil Lamb Curry and Cochin Calamari. According to Mitra, semi dry white wines as well as certain red wines pair very well with the food: “With all the spices in the sambars and chutneys, they are great with a sip of sweet wine.”He adds, “We wanted to take authentic South Indian food and give it a San Francisco setting, a San Francisco ambience and a San Francisco wine list.” Many of the diners are second generation Indians who straddle both cultures and seem to take to the idea of their dosas and medu vadas paired with wine.  Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgShambo, a 6-year-old bull in Carmarthenshire, Wales, who became an international celebrity after Hindu groups launched a public campaign to save his life after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, has been slaughtered. Hundreds of monks and their supporters at the Skanda Vale Hindu community blocked Shambo’s enclosure and a web camera in his shed broadcast live images of the last minute struggle on July 27. Police had to remove scores of worshippers who formed a human shield around the bull.“Ignorant people have chosen to desecrate our temple and have chosen to destroy life unnecessarily,” a Skanda spokesman said. The group waged a protracted legal battle to block the slaughter, which was ordered by health officials after the bull tested positive for tuberculosis in April.A post mortem of the bull confirmed the TB strain and Skanda officials now fear that additional cattle may be culled from their 60 bull herd.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Deciphering Brand Spirituality

first_imgSpirituality, Self-knowledge, The Upanishads, The Vedas, the Chakras, The Mantras, the Kundalini, The Yoga… I have had my share of the rigmarole, but all top down.Now, I have deciphered it – my way.Well I, kind of, stumbled onto the self- awakening process, because I wanted to be more efficient, faster, less stressed.Whatever the assignment, it shall be topped. Whatever the creative challenge, it shall be conquered.Whatever I may think of my wwws – words of wit and wisdom – after they have gone to the Board, Client, Editor, Marketing Head, Print, Creative Director, Air, Multiplex Activation Zone, Poles & Trees, until they do, I strive to give them my darnest best.Focusing on my karma – that’s my brand of spirituality. To be able to churn out concepts, ideas, wwws on demand, primarily requires skill, a certain kind of undiluted self-bluster, akin to that of a soldier on his first date or of Don Corleone making offers one couldn’t refuse, or of a foie gras connoisseur retaining his appetite even after a documentary depicting livers of goose and ducks being turned into delectable paste.It also takes help and assistance from seen and unseen powers – fathomable and unfathomable, reasonable and unreasonable, conscious and subconscious – of yours truly and those of other mortals who surround me at any given moment.The fact that my campaigns can be shredded to bits without a shredder keeps me humble as does the insight that every time I am in the line of duty my greatest utility comes from providing an apt word, an apt idea, an apt tune. And the fact that I totally am at the mercy of my thoughts for that coterie of “apts” over which I seldom have control. And that I frequently dial for assistance and backups from the superior force that has the biggest store of all wwws.All that keeps me humble – Namrata  – and the way He bails me out of tight situations keeps me from resorting to Hail Marys at presentations.When I am happy I write best.So, what do I need to be happy? Viveka – the power to discriminate between essential and non-essential.The vacation in Malibu can wait – non essential.Taking care of my molars – essential.I don’t crave my neighbor’s car. A few pounds on me don’t bother me much, because I know I can shed them off. I don’t have the burning need to be one up on anyone. I don’t feel like getting even and I smell a spirit of forgiveness and generosity overtaking me.No desires, discounting my attraction to my refrigerator.The fact that the state of desirelessness is transitory, I now know. Trying to keep that gap between the two consequent state of desirelessness shorter is what is evolving spiritually for me.There are hours when deadlines loom. Brightest sparks are rejected and new ideas deserted, because of the attachment to the passionately penned previous ones. Vairagya (detachment) from episodes that didn’t click helps. Those lonely times spent sharpening pencils, aiming crumpled paper balls into bright red baskets and another whiz kid working on the same account stress you out. But then, you break the chain of defeating thoughts, kick your heels, take a walk, ignore the gamesmanship. Perfect opportunity to practice pratyahara (withdrawl of senses of perception from their objects), a very essential skill to survive in toxic environments. Talk to the plants, say a little prayer … and pen again. Some lines do turn out winners.Sometimes yelling at the monitor works and when nothing else does, I tell Him that I need the lines by tomorrow morning and I doze off without a care. By dawn things start taking shape … He delivers. That is shraddha (faith), I guess.Inking my thoughts is easier when negativity is kept out. I gave up parting with witty repartees long time ago when I realized as far as verbal duels go, my stature was as big as a stump mike in a stadium. I felt armorless, with no gift of instant wit (my wwws flow only at the smell of cash and checks) and with no particular liking for parties – political/apolitical/nocturnal /diurnal of any kind. Add to it a low tolerance for crowds, noise and jazzy lights (there go Shakira’s and Aerosmith’s shows). As a socially inept person I have earned my right to spend my time as I like, with people I like. I don’t regret a moment. I’m happy.Strength to be me. That’s spirituality.Taking adverse circumstances – incomplete briefs, a designer’s tunnel vision on a particular assignment, non co-operation movement by traffic, a complete U-turn on strategies, pesky egos, pretty females and client servicing apostles seeking to justify their existence, benign creative director’s comments that could turn malignant if a step is missed in the tactful tap dance, avoiding toes of all shapes and sizes and genders – taking all that without blowing a fuse is titiksha (endurance) for me.The fact that people around me are familiar with the campaign of the product I aim to sell and the storyboards of the TVCs I create, pass by giant hoardings that have my wwws in five cities, have brand recall, be in constant awe of wwws created in and around my world by the mightier and the mightiest, and still not know me. Or when my granny asks me if a copywriter is a lekhak, a writer, for the umpteenth time, that keeps me grounded and humble – a very important aspect of spirituality for me – Ishvarapranidhana.Let brand spirituality rock and roll – may we decipher it to our strategic needs.That is customizing spirituality for me.   Related Itemslast_img read more

1 in 5 IBM Employees Indian

first_imgIBM’s workforce in India grew 40 percent to 73,000 employees in 2007, accounting for one-fifth of its 356,000 workforce worldwide.The number of IBM employees in India has jumped eight-fold since 2003, when it numbered just 9,000.IBM is also ramping up sales in the Indian market, which are expected to top $1 billion in 2007.  Related Itemslast_img

Tulsi Slows Aging

first_imgResearchers at the Poona College of Pharmacy claim that the herb tulsi (holy basil) has antioxidant properties that fights aging.Many Indian keep tulsi plants in their homes, treating it as sacred. Rosaries made out of the plant’s stems are commonly used as meditation beads and its leaves are a popular home remedy for everything from colds, flues and pains to digestive disorders. The Poona study, presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, U.K., found that basil extracts protect against free radicals. Ayruvedic practioners recommend consumption of 2 grams of the freshly dried herb, usually with tea, twice daily for preventive therapy. Higher doses are used in curative therapies. Tulsi leaves have a pungent taste and are used in some Indian dishes and its extract is popular in some Ayurvedic medicines as a rejuvenation drug.“Oh Narada, wherever Tulsi grows there is no misery. She is the holiest of the holy. Wherever the breeze blows her fragrance there is purity. Vishnu showers blessing on those who worship and grow Tulsi. Tulsi is sacred because Brahma resides in the roots, Vishnu resides in the stems and leaves and Rudra resides in the flowering tops.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Vital Signs

first_imgShiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who has built his political reputation fulminating against Muslims can be grateful to two Muslim physicians who treated him when he found himself gasping for breath.Dr. Jaleel Parkar and Dr Samad Ansari from Lilavati Hospital administered medical help to him at his home recently after which he was rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit. Thackeray is under constant medical supervision, Dr. Parkar said: “I examine him daily and sometimes I make two visits to (Thackeray’s home) Matoshri.”Over the years, Thackeray has denounced Muslims, saying, “They were spreading like a cancer and should be operated on like a cancer” and exhorting Hindus to “bring Islam to this country down to its knees.” Breathe easy. Related Itemslast_img read more

3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Also, the Atlanta Hawks beat Oklahoma City 142-126.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984 , when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, congratulates guard Andre Iguodala after his dunk against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Warriors won 142-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn’t done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference.“They made a lot of shots, to be honest,” Denver’s Nikola Jokic said. “They played really good basketball at a high level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd that wasn’t even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia went for 149, with an 83-point first half, in a 42-point rout of Minnesota in the first meeting between the teams since the Jimmy Butler trade. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

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A No-Frills Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career

first_imgStep Three: Embrace the Cold EmailOnce you’ve compiled editor contact information and your portfolio, it’s time to put them to use. Cold emailing can feel pushy when you’ve never done it before, but trust me, editors are used to it.My very first freelance assignment came from cold-emailing the editor of my local newspaper. I didn’t hear back initially, but unknown to me, he had passed my email to the features editor who eventually got in touch. I still freelance for them years later.When you craft your email, remember that you want to solve a problem for the editor, not ask them to solve your problem. Don’t write, “I’m a freelancer looking for work. Do you have any?” Instead, send a specific story idea that lightens the editor’s burden of finding quality stories.Also, this is so important: Follow up. Editors are busy, and there are a million reasons why you might not hear back that have nothing to do with you. I suggest following up two weeks after your email and again two weeks later.Read the Email That Immediately Scored One Man a Job Offer Conference Content Creator (Freelance) The Conference Board New York, NY Freelance English>Telugu Translator CodeGym Remote Step Four: Invest in YourselfOnce you make some inroads, you’ll hopefully have some money coming in here and there. If you’re really serious about building a career, use that money to invest in your business. There are hundreds of classes out there promising to make you a better freelancer. Like anything, some are great, and some aren’t. So, if possible, get a recommendation or take the class from someone you follow online and know to be legit.Writers.com offers classes that cover everything from the business of freelancing to the art of writing. I took the Pitch Like A Honey Badger class 18 months ago (well into my freelance career), and it has paid for itself 10 times over.Another great option is to work with a coach who knows your field. I’ve helped other writers learn the process and perfect their pitching. Having someone more experienced to walk you through things can make all the difference. Just please don’t expect them to do it for free. When you’re freelancing, time is money, and just like you would expect to pay for a class, you should expect to pay for one-on-one coaching. 23 hours ago 23h Digital Project Coordinator (freelance) Innocean Huntington Beach, CA 23 hours ago 23h Step Two: Figure Out How to Contact EditorsWhen I was getting started, this was the biggest mystery to me. How do I get in touch with the people who will eventually publish my work? Luckily, even in the few years since I started, it’s become easier to find editors’ contact information online. First, figure out the sites or publications you’d like to contribute to. (I suggest starting with local publications or smaller sites initially.) Then, figure out who edits them.Many websites have a “contact us” section on the bottom where you can often find information for contributors. Print magazines and newspapers generally have the editor’s contact information listed (usually in the front of the magazine). If you only see a name but not an email, find the editor on Twitter, and see if their email is listed there. Another great trick is to search for a publication name and “editorial calendar.” That will tell you exactly what topics the editor will address in each issue.It may feel awkward to hunt down an editor’s email, but believe me, all your favorite writers are doing it. 4.7★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Creative Graphic Designer Freelancer GCI Health New York, NY WordPress Developer Elegant Themes San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h Four years ago, I was sitting at my desk, trying to figure out exactly what I didn’t know about having a writing career. I knew that I could write well, but I just couldn’t figure out the missing step between writing for my small blog and actually getting paid to write. I had recently moved into a new apartment and set up an actual office, but I sat in that room stumped and had no idea how to begin the freelance career I desperately wanted.Today, I consistently make $6,000 a month freelancing. Although I work from home, I feel like I have colleagues I can rely on because I am connected to a robust network of other people making a career out of freelancing. I have bylines in national magazines and newspapers that still make me giddy when I look at them.Freelancing has become an integral part of my daily life, so it’s easy to forget that things that seem obvious now were huge challenges at the beginning. That old saying is true: You don’t know what you don’t know. That can make it seem impossible to get started.If you’re wondering how to go from wanting to write to walking down the right path, here are some first steps that can make a big difference. Although I’m focusing on freelance writing, the same principles could be applied to any freelancing career.Step One: Present Yourself as a ProfessionalIf you’re like many women getting started on a new endeavor, you’re probably struggling with imposter syndrome. You have to ditch that ASAP, or at least fake it ‘til you make it. You may know that you’re just getting started, but there’s no need to let others on to that fact. You know that annoying guy in school or in the office who thought he was God’s gift to earth? Take a dose of his confidence and run with it.Since you’re a confident professional, you have to present yourself that way. The best way to do that is by compiling all your clips (i.e., previous projects). If you’re ready to invest in a website, that’s great. If not, Contently offers a great free place to put your portfolio. The site also connects you with clients, but I used it for years just to display clips. At the very least, you should have your clips neatly stored as PDFs on your computer so that you can send them to editors. If a piece was published online, just sending a link to the article is enough.If you’re really new, you might be worried since you may not have any clips, but if you’re seriously considering a writing career, that’s probably not true. Did you work for the school newspaper in college? Do you have a blog? Those are clips, so show them with confidence.If you really don’t have any clips, editors will probably want to see a finished piece from you (rather than just a pitch meant to sell them on the idea). This is called writing “on spec.” Taking time to make a piece great before sending it can make up for not having a portfolio.How to Land a Freelance Writing Job 2.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 3.0★ 5.0★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ Freelance McGarrah Jessee Austin, TX 4.1★ 3.6★ Visual Designer – Systems / Platform – CAR Publicis Sapient Minneapolis, MN Step Five: Find a NetworkJust like classes and mentors, having a network of other writers is invaluable. There are a lot of ways to go about this. You could find local writing groups through your library, co-ops, or MeetUp.com. If you’re like me and live in the middle of nowhere, you’ll probably have to turn online. Use social media to follow writers you love and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Search for groups related to writing. Once you start connecting, you’ll realize that the writing world is pretty small and pretty welcoming.This article was originally published on DailyWorth. It is reprinted with permission. Available Freelance Jobs Freelancer German American Chambers of Commerce Atlanta, GA 4.2★ Freelance Medical Hungarian Interpreter Interpreters unlimited Riverside, CA Freelance Sign Language Interpreter Interpreters unlimited Pasco, WA See Open Jobs See more Freelance jobs 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Hull targeting Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas

first_imgHull City are targeting Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas.The Mirror says Chelsea’s defender will be the first player to link up with new Tigers’ boss Leonid Slutsky.Kalas was expected to go to Fulham next term but it appears that the 24-year-old is the first deal to be done between the two clubs after the appointment of the former Russia boss.Slutsky is a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and that relationship has come into play.Kalas is unlikely to be the last new face from Stamford Bridge to be seen at the KCOM Stadium as the Tigers are also chasing players on loan.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Pires: This is what Wenger must do in transfer market

first_imgArsenal legend Robert Pires has weighed into Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans.Pires has told Arsenal to keep Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez AND buy Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal have been linked with moves for both French strikers but face competition from other clubs.While Sanchez and Ozil could leave with their contracts ticking down.But Pires believes they should keep them and add to their squad.”The most important thing is to keep Sanchez and Ozil and if they buy Lacazette and Mbappe,” he said.”Arsenal can do both – they can extend the contracts of Sanchez and Ozil and why not buy two or three players?”If Arsene buys some players they can lift the Premier League trophy.”last_img read more

West Brom hero Burgess tells Evans: Leicester no step up

first_imgWest Brom hero Daryl Burgess has urged Jonny Evans to resist an offer from Leicester City.Leicester have had a £10million bid for the Northern Irishman rejected by Albion this summer, and are weighing up a second bid believed to be in the region of £15m.But Burgess, who made more than 350 first-team appearances in defence during a 14-year stint at the Baggies, reckons moving to the King Power Stadium is not a step up.“Arsenal were mentioned last summer, and you can understand that,” Burgess told the Express & Star. “Moving to Leicester, I don’t think I’d even class it as a sideways step, it would be a backwards step.“Yes, they had one great season but as a club are they a bigger club than West Brom? They’re no bigger, so I don’t really see the point.”last_img read more

E-Mail is Core to the Nonprofit Marketing Mix

first_imgBy Jono SmithLike many people, following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, I went online to make a donation. I knew I wanted to contribute to a secular, non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization, so I did a search through Network for Good, found a great match, and made an online contribution. I’m reminded of this because I got an email appeal from this same group yesterday. What’s amazing is that it’s the first time this charity has contacted me by e-mail since 2004. I’ve gotten several direct mail appeals from them through the U.S. mail over the years, but never an email.So what’s the big deal? This is a great example of the importance of knowing your audience, and providing information to your audience in the format they prefer. By making an online donation to this charity, I expressed an implicit preference that I prefer to use the Internet for charitable giving. And yet the more I ignored their direct mail, the more this charity spent their hard earned marketing dollars trying to cultivate me through regular mail–for 3 years. Of the ten or so appeals I’ve received from them in the mail, I can’t remembering opening or reading a single one. But I read their e-mail yesterday word-for-word because it was relevant, personalized, and delivered in the format I prefer (email).Despite concern over spam and email fraud, email marketing remains an important and relatively inexpensive way to cultivate relationships with donors, and solicit contributions. But building an email relationship takes time and attention to detail. Here are three ways to use email to drive donor response:Timing: Deliver your emails when the donor is most likely to make a donation.Relevance: Are you sending broadcast, mass emails or personalized email campaigns? Make sure your messaging reflects your donor’s unique values. Engaging your audience in more relevant communications will increase your fundraising results more than broadcast mailings.Personalization: Make sure your email is tailored—either aesthetically, contextually or conceptually—for the recipient. Research shows that personalized emails have lower opt-out rates and higher response rates than broadcast emails.last_img read more

The Economic and Social Impacts of Maternal Death

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Related Resources“Women’s Lives Matter: The Impact of Maternal Death on Families and Communities” (video)Costs of Inaction on Maternal Mortality: Qualitative Evidence of the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children in TanzaniaA Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and CommunitiesThe True Cost of A Mother’s Death: Calculating the Toll on ChildrenShare this: Posted on May 6, 2015October 25, 2016By: Tezeta Tulloch, Communications Manager at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard UniversityClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)What happens when a mother dies? In the West, the most ready and obvious answer is grief – the harrowing emotional and psychological toll of losing a loved one. A mother’s death is largely viewed as a private tragedy that will grow more manageable in time.But in many developing countries, a mother’s death is much more than an emotional crisis, often leading to long-term social and economic breakdown, both for her immediate family and the wider community. This topic is explored in new depth, in a special issue launched today in Reproductive Health (an open-access journal).“The True Cost of Maternal Death: Individual Tragedy Impacts Family, Community and Nations” focuses exclusively on the immediate and longer-term effects of maternal death on surviving children, households, and communities. It features seven studies, with data drawn from four African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa.The research was conducted by two research groups, one led by Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the other a consortium made up of Family Care International, the International Center for Research on Women, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration. The results provide hard evidence that a mother’s loss can devastate the livelihoods, quality of life, and survival chances of those she leaves behind.Long-term consequencesWhen a mother dies or is disabled from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, the consequences are interlinked, intergenerational, and extensive.Financial instability was one of the key issues identified. Mothers are not only caregivers at home, but contribute substantially to household income. The loss of that income can severely undermine a family’s ability to access basic necessities, such as food, shelter and health care. Funeral costs alone can ruin a household’s economy.In addition, loss of education was also a problem, with older surviving children more likely to leave school. For many girls, the only viable options that remained were early marriage and early motherhood. Both school dropout and early marriage tend to renew the cycle of poverty for the next generation.There was also increased mortality among children whose mothers had died. The research found that newborns whose mothers die in childbirth are far less likely to reach their first birthday than those whose mothers do not die, or who die from other causes. Early marriage was linked to higher maternal mortality and therefore to increased infant and newborn mortality.Finally, difficulty managing the household was also identified as a key ripple effect of maternal death. Fathers and surviving children are often hard-pressed to take on the myriad tasks performed by one woman. To ease the burden of care, children may be sent away to live with other families and this separation can further damage family integrity.The studies in the new issue point to crucial gaps in existing health policies and systems, but also suggest a need to overturn traditional beliefs about the value and efficacy of women.Looking to the futureAlong with providing suggestions to inform the work of donors, policymakers and policy implementers, each study underscores the fact that the continued marginalization of women – in particular, poor women, religious and ethnic minorities, and disabled women – is neither consistent with human rights principles nor conducive to overall intersectoral collaboration.As the Millennium Development Goals draw to a close and the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals gets underway, it is increasingly clear that vigorous attention to maternal, newborn and child health must be central to the development planning agenda.Health and policy stakeholders, along with communities themselves, must understand that maternal mortality is a health issue, a human rights issue, and a social justice issue.last_img read more

Mint Money Audit: 4 Steps for Getting Out of Debt Once and For All

first_imgMarch Mint Audit: Samantha, mom of two, struggling to pay off $41,000 in credit card debtSamantha contacted me recently to ask how she and her husband could squash their $41,000 in credit card debt once and for all. She works as a media trainer for executives. Her husband works for the city government. Together they earn an annual net income of about $100,000 (after taxes, retirement savings and health insurance).They more or less live paycheck to paycheck after accounting for all their bills and expenses. They have $1,000 in savings.More about Samantha’s family: The couple has two kids, ages 10 and 14. Their children have various expenses tied to sports, activities and birthday parties, which Samantha says can really take a big bite out of their remaining monthly funds.Here’s a snapshot of their top monthly expenses:Mortgage: $3,300 (including property taxes)Car payments, including loans, EZ Pass, insurance and gas for 2 cars: $1,500Groceries: $1,200 per monthCredit Card Debt Minimums: $1,100Utilities: $630 (includes cable, internet, energy and water)Here’s my four-step plan on how they can adjust their finances to tackle credit card debt to become debt-free in four to seven years and save another $7,500 (or more) over the next year for a rainy day.Step 1: Get Organized. Consolidate Debt.Part of their debt overwhelm is not just the hefty $41,000 balance. It’s the number of credit cards they posses: 11 cards in total.  That means they receive 11 separate bills every month (at likely various times), which makes the debt very hard to track and analyze. It also makes it challenging for them to create a payoff plan. It may be why they resort to only paying the minimums on each card.My advice: Consolidate all the credit card debt into one (or two) personal loan. The average interest rate on their credit cards is about 19%. Begin by reaching out to a local credit union or community bank to see if the couple can qualify for a personal loan for $41,000 and an interest rate at or below 19%. (The higher their credit score, the more likely they can qualify for personal loans with attractive interest rates.)You can search for competing loan offers on Mint, too. Also, a new online lender on the market, Marcus.com (a division of Goldman Sachs) is promoting fixed-rate, no-fee personal loans of up to $30,000 for those who want to eliminate high-interest credit card debt. At LendingClub, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, you can also apply for loans of up to $40,000.Using this loan to pay off all their credit card balances, leaves them with 10 fewer bills each month. Even if they need to take out two personal loans (because $41,000 may be too high a loan for one bank to lend), it’s better than their current scattering of bills.One thing to watch out for when applying for a personal loan: Some lenders may charge an origination fee of up to five or 6% of your loan balance, depending on your credit rating. Shop around and ask for fee waivers.Step 2: Dedicate One Paycheck Mostly to Debt.To further simplify the family’s effort to become debt-free fast, I suggest one spouse’s income be allocated towards the consolidated debt while the other spouse’s income cover most of the necessities. By dedicating one income stream to the debt, it’s again, easier to track.Let’s pick Samantha’s husband, who brings home anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 a month, depending on his overtime schedule.If the couple can score a loan with, say, a 15% interest rate and a seven-year term, that equates to a minimum monthly payment of about $800 a month for Samantha’s husband. By allocating an extra $300 a month to the principal (for a total of $1,100 or what they’re currently paying), they can be debt-free in closer to four years.With around $2,000 left in his monthly paycheck, Samantha’s husband can also contribute to groceries ($1,200) and utilities ($650). That leaves $150 for savings. With his overtime income (up to $1,000 per month), I suggest he funnel that also into a savings account.Meantime, Samantha, who brings home roughly $5,000 per month, can dedicate her income to the mortgage ($3,300) and car payments ($1,500), with roughly $200 left over for savings.Cash Savings: $350 – $1,350 per monthStep 3: Reduce Utilities & FoodAlso, is there any way they can knock down food and utility expenses?  (My recommendation is to nix cable. We did this a few months ago, but with an Apple TV, an $8 monthly Netflix subscription and loads of free apps, we don’t miss much. That move alone could save the family $200 per month or $2,400 a year.)The family’s food budget currently eats up 15% or $1,200 of their take-home pay. But to live below your means, food budgets should amount to no more than 10% of one’s take-home pay. If they can stay below that limit, they could save $400 per month.Cash Savings: $600 per monthStep 4: Budget for the Sometimes ExtrasUsing Mint’s budget meter, create a spending cap for other miscellaneous spending categories. From birthday gifts to sports team fees and equipment, keep a close eye on these expenses. From the $950+ in monthly savings the family may start to accumulate with my advice, they could ration out a few hundred dollars per month for these incidental costs and still end up with another $7,500 or more in savings within a year.Finally, when their children can start working, encourage them to find summer jobs to help pay for their school year activities. That can also help the family save much-needed cash for their debt and savings. Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedMint Money Audit: Expecting a Windfall …To Save or Pay?March 7, 2017In “Financial Literacy”Living Paycheck to Paycheck: How to Break the CycleApril 23, 2019In “How To”Mint Money Audit: Managing Money When You Make EnoughDecember 18, 2017In “Money Audit” Post navigationlast_img read more