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Ten tips to find new sources of inspiration

Companies that know how to reinvent themselves know their customers, their competitors and their industry. Ten expert tips for your SME to continue to stand out.

1-Listen to your entourage

, including your staff, recommends Jean-Daniel Brisson, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Senior Executive Director, Strategy and Performance. “Forget the formula of suggestion boxes. Ask your employees directly for their opinions, suggestions. Especially if your staff includes several Generation X, Y and Z members. These young people, who like projects, often have good ideas for reinventing the company. And what’s more, it mobilizes them. ”

2-Be open to the world

, advises Jean-Daniel Brisson of RCGT. “Take advantage of your travels out of the province to inspire new ideas, new concepts. Also, do not hesitate to ask immigrants when you come across or hire what they liked in their country of origin in terms of products and services. Many SMEs here are born of these ideas from elsewhere. ”

3-Stimulate and multiply exchanges with your sales network

, suggests Louis Duhamel, Strategic Consulting Advisor at Deloitte Privates. “More than one in two entrepreneurs is underutilizing this valuable source of information. They forget too often that these representatives, agents and distributors are the ears and eyes of an SME in the market in which it operates. ”

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4-Enjoy strategic watch services

. “Obtaining strategic information is the nerve of war for SMEs. Reliable data can help them identify a new market niche, develop customers with higher potential, or win the trust of investors, “says Marie-José Ouellet, Vice President and General Manager of Ressources Entreprises. This corporation serves as sources of business information and references for organizations in Eastern Quebec.

5-Network more to share your needs and ambitions

, continues Jean-Daniel Brisson of RCGT. “SMEs do not network enough in Quebec. The absence of mesh impairs their growth. An example? If a contractor is alone, paying the cost of a representative outside Quebec can be expensive. But if the same representative works for two or three SMEs at once, the costs are shared. ”

6-Review your strategic plan every year

, recommends Louis Duhamel of Deloitte. “Already the duration of long-term strategic plans tends to decrease – three years is already long-, SMEs are better off to review annually their objectives, their targets, their expectations to update the market changes. ”

7-Empowering staff

or at least one member of the team to ensure feedback survey from customers, sales representatives and distributors is handled quickly by the company, says Deloitte’s Louis Duhamel. “It is a minimum of the motus operandi of any SME in order to follow the dynamics of its market and to be ready to react. ”

8-Evaluate your company regularly

in its value chain, says Jean-Daniel Brisson of RCGT. “This is how many SMEs are developing new opportunities. For example, if you are a distributor of heating and air conditioning products, you may have developed expertise to provide consulting services in your field. ”

9-Whatever the nature of your SME, take part in trade shows

, regional, national and even international shows, suggests Martine Hébert, Senior Vice President and National Spokesperson of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) . “These appointments allow us to stay abreast of new trends, new products and above all they allow you to see what your competitors are doing.”

10-Know how to surround yourself

, advises Martine Hébert of CFIB. So much the better if you have the means to work with industrial designers, creators. To benefit from the help of mentors or simply from a committee of wise men to test new ideas before launching them on the market can also be equally effective.

The writer is a freelance contributor based in London. Currently, doing graduation from Imperial College London. Have published several blogs/articles around the globe and loves to write on inspiration, motivational topics. The author can be reached at nilihusec@sandcars.net

Delivering a Successful Public Speech

Public speaking used to be something many people try to avoid and even dread. The trend seems to be changing now. As more schools, colleges and universities establish public speaking or debate clubs, the people of “Generation Y” and probably “Z” appear to be more confident to speak in public nowadays.

It is also heart warming to observe many multinational corporations establishing Toastmasters Clubs in their organization for their employees. These employers have realized that it is crucial to train their employees in the art of public speaking in order to uplift the self-confidence of their employees.

During certain times in my life, I needed to deliver some public speeches. I therefore needed to learn the most effective way of doing this. In this article, I write about what I have learnt from reading many public speaking books and evaluating people delivering speeches. The knowledge that I acquired in the process has helped me to successfully deliver my speeches.

We may occasionally get overcome by nervousness before and during our presentations. This can cause our breathing to go haywire and eventually leave us gasping for breath. Your nerves will make your muscles contract and can make your chest feel heavy. Don’t be alarmed. This is natural. You are not going to get a heart attack.

When you feel nervous it is a good idea to speak slowly. Focus on breathing every six to eight words. Just take a few deep breaths before starting your talk to put yourself at ease.

When you commence your speech, ensure that you have a focal point in the room, which can act to give you reassurance. This could be a friendly looking person in the room. When you lose focus and forget your lines, just look at this friendly face for emotional support. By doing so, you will quickly bounce back on track.

Though I do plan and rehearse my speech thoroughly, I do not recite it word for word. It’s impossible to do so anyway. A wise man once said that there will always be 3 versions of your speech; the version you wanted to deliver, the version you delivered and the version the press said you delivered 🙂

Some orators prefer to just write down keywords or key subjects on paper which they keep in their pocket in case they need to look at it. This then ensures that they do not forget what they wanted to say. I prefer to write my speech word for word. By doing so, I can easily recycle my old speeches for future use by simply copying one paragraph from one speech and pasting it in another speech. This fusion enables me to create a totally new speech quickly.

However, do remember that while I write my speeches word for word, I do not recite it verbatim. The latter will make my speech sound robotic and boring.

If possible, I would prefer to start off my speech with a short joke, which can then act as an ice breaker. However, the joke needs to be relevant to the speech. I remember a speech I delivered many years ago. It was my last day at my place of employment. My colleagues had chipped in some money to buy me a farewell present. I then had to say a few words of appreciation to them. I knew many weeks in advance that this fateful day would arrive where I would have to deliver this speech. I felt quite stressed.

I was scheduled to speak for ten minutes in front of a hundred people. Here’s how I started. “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the purchase of this wonderful gift. Those of you who did not contribute to it, I will see you outside later.” This joke bought me some time and helped me to relax. As some of my colleagues laughed, I felt more confident in myself.

I will share my other insights with you in my subsequent articles. I wish you the very best in your public speaking journey. Our paths will cross someday. When it does, please tell me your success story.

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Liven Your Audience in a Speech Presentation – 3 Ways

Let us explore 3 ways to liven your audience today.

I once encountered an employee who refused a job promotion because the new job required her to speak publicly. If she had accepted the new post, it would have meant a 30% increase in her salary. Nevertheless, her fear of public speaking got the better of her. Today, she remains in her old job, happy, despite having to survive with a low salary 🙂

I am sure you have heard about the old adage that people fear speaking in public more than they fear dying. Before you repeat this phrase to anyone, know the origins of this saying first. A dubious research called the Bruskin Report was done in 1973 on the 14 greatest fears of Americans. Apparently, Americans at that time were most fearful of public speaking. For some strange reason, the findings of this research are still ignorantly repeated by many public speaking trainers until today.

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Maybe at that time, dying was an abstract concept and appeared far away while the podium was right in front of them. Nevertheless, if you fear public speaking, you really can “grab the bull by its horns” and maybe you won’t enjoy it, but after a while, you’ll be able to get through it easier. Half of your battle is won if you just knowing what you are going to say, and anticipating what others are going to ask. Simple eh?

Here are 3 ways you could use to liven your audience

Has a boring speaker ever put you to sleep? As a speaker, have you put your audience to sleep? Your head begins to nod as you battle with the urge to slide blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. Has your mind ever wandered aimlessly during someone’s boring presentation? Although you tried to listen intently, what you were really thinking about were the many tasks waiting for you in the office.

Well, this has happened to me too, more than I would like to admit. God knows how many people I’ve put to sleep during my presentations too 🙂

However, prevent it from happening to you when you are the presenter. The key to keeping your audience alert is to involve them in your speech. Oh, yes! Studies have shown that the more you involve your listeners, the more they will be alert. Why? Because your engagement will enable them to absorb your presentation through more than one “sense”. The “sense” I am referring to here is the sense of sound, smell, touch, sight & hopefully taste.

You can involve your listeners in many ways. I have listed 3 of my favorites here. Try them all. Some will work well with your presentation and that feel genuine to you. If it feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable, therefore don’t use it. To a large extent, some of the 5 senses mentioned earlier will be naturally incorporated when you employ these methods.

1. High-five

This is one of my personal favorites but it depends on the seating arrangement & the nature of your speech. If you ever feel like the energy in the room is dull, you can uplift it by employing this technique. Simply ask a question. Ask, “Is this good stuff? Yes or yes?” Your audience will have no choice but to respond with “Yes”. Then say “Then, turn to the person on your left and give them a high-five and shout ‘This is good stuff!’” Most people will enjoy it. However, if you have anyone who does not want to participate, don’t worry about it. They probably have their own reasons and we respect them for their reasons.

In some cultures, women are not allowed to touch a man. Therefore, be sensitive to such situations and use the high-five appropriately. The high-five approach would be most suitable for a persuasive or motivational speech.

2. Do Exercises

I learned this technique from the famous millionaire T. Harv Ecker when I attended his “Millionaire Mind Intensive” workshop. He said, “Let your audience to do some work.” To achieve this, break them into small groups with people that they don’t know and give them a task that is relevant to your presentation. Later, ask them to share their findings with the rest of the group and thank them for doing so.

This method will work fine for workshops that involves small groups of people. You will experience a logistical nightmare if you try this with an audience of more than 50 people. If you really need to do this for large groups, then its best that you have a few assistants to help you.

3. Give Them a Gift

Reward your listeners for participating, and they will be more than happy to participate even more. Simply ask a question and when someone answers it (correctly or otherwise), get the audience to clap as a sign of encouragement. You can go one step further by giving them a gift if you are dealing with a small crowd. I find that chocolate works best. Chocolates have the ability to keep people mentally alert. You will find that it becomes a game and people will compete for the chocolate.

I don’t use this for all my speeches because as I mentioned earlier, it depends on the size of the crowd and seating arrangement.

There are numerous other techniques to prevent your audience from slipping blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. What is paramount is for you to cook up as many different methods as you can imagine that are suitable for your audience and for you as the speaker. Believe me, your audience will thank you for your original creativity.

I wish you well.

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What Qualities a Good Magento E-commerce Developer Should Possess?

eCommerce is the undeniable future of the retail industry and every new startup and old establishments have understood this very well. That is why every aspirant has a game plan to set up his/her eCommerce website. But for they all need a good Magento eCommerce developer that can do the coding for them and build their eCommerce Magento website.

All the entrepreneurs are looking for the best Magento eCommerce development company that can fulfill their every demand and then serve a little more. This hype in eCommerce has brought a drastic rise in Magento eCommerce Development companies across the globe. But not all of them are proficient enough to cater to their client’s every need.

If you are a Magento developer looking for tips to improve or an Entrepreneur who is willing to hire Magento eCommerce developers, this blog is for you. So without any further delay let’s have a look at some tips and necessary qualities needed in a Magento eCommerce developer.

What to look for in a Magento eCommerce developer

Choosing a good Magento eCommerce Development Company is like choosing a life partner. You need to have complete trust before getting into a (business) relationship. If you choose the wrong person then you end up stranded and half of your wealth gone done the drain. So to avoid this miserable fortune you must look for the following qualities in a Magento eCommerce development company.

• Your Magento developer should bring approaches that you or your competitors have not yet thought of. The developer who can bring a fresh perspective to an overexploited topic is sure worth his/her salt.

• The developer is expected to be there in times of crisis. Once you’ve launched your Magneto eCommerce website, there could be many security threats to be assessed and solved each day. This demands strict dedication from the Magento eCommerce developer that you hire.

• The Magento eCommerce development company that you decide to hire should have developers that know multiple programming languages. Even though you may only be using Magento platform, having developers that have knowledge about various coding language can come in handy.

• The developer that you hire should not just have the knowledge to build your eCommerce website but also how to handle mobile commerce (mCommerce) development in Magento platform.

• No code is ever bug-free. If you developer can’t solve his/her bugs then they are not good enough to be hired. Test them before hiring by giving them bugged codes to solve.

Tips to hire Magento eCommerce Developers:

• Go Global or Go Home

As an entrepreneur, you have two options to choose from; either hire a developer from your own city, state or go for off-shore developers in other countries. Both the options have their own pros and cons and it’s up to you to decide which is a better fit for you.

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If you choose in-country developers:

Pros

Cons

Your working hours would be the same, so maintaining continuous contact is possible. Sometimes a continuous contact may turn into micro-management which would hamper the developer’s creative freedom.
You can meet any time and catch-up on project status. By going with the in-country option you are limiting your options and you will have to adjust with the quality of Magento eCommerce developers that your country can offer.
Many times your country won’t be having resources that your particular project needs and this way you compromise with in-country development.

If you choose off-shore developers:

Pros

Cons

By going off-shore you are able to choose from the best Magento eCommerce developers in the world. Being in different time zones may affect communications as working hours differ.
Many times off-shore countries like India have very talented developers who are ready to work on fewer wages than the developers in-country. Language may become a problem if both the parties don’t have a common language to communicate in.

• Money on your mind

There have been many businessmen who made a solid bargain and lowered their development cost, but the result was that their developers were unenthusiastic towards the project and did just the bare minimum of the work.

If your mind is on the money more than the quality of work then you are doomed to fail. This doesn’t mean that you shell out every last penny just on the developers. You need to maintain the complex balance between the project’s cost and quality. The competition in the eCommerce industry is intense and to succeed you need some groundbreaking features that set your eCommerce Magento store unique from your competitors.

So you need to go for a Magento eCommerce development company that can give you a unique approach which will give you an edge over your competitors. Better to hire Magento eCommerce developer that costs more than the one that costs less and works less.

• Learn more than your competitors

Henry Ford once said, “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” You need to go the extra mile that your competitors won’t go. Learn about the new trends about eCommerce development so that you can give right input to your Magento eCommerce developers. By learning more than what you should, you’ll earn more than what you would.

You must give your input to your Magneto developer just the way you give input to your sales team or administrative team. Build project plans together, create timelines and outline important features and milestones to be achieved. This will make the developers a part of your company and a part of your work culture.

Conclusion

It may seem difficult to hire a Magento eCommerce developer when you don’t have the technical knowledge for it. But if you follow this blog to the word and make sure to use all the aforementioned tips then you will hire Magento eCommerce developer that is perfect for your development needs. If your development needs are very high then it’s better to go for a professional Magento eCommerce development company.

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Time Management in Public Speaking

No one ever complains about a speech being too short. ― Ira Hayes You guessed right. Time and tide waits for no man.

Timeliness is a very important aspect of delivering a speech. By ending your speech on time, you are showing respect to your audience. If you have superb command of vocabulary, planned your speech objectives well and rehearsed it in advance, yo should not have any problems in ending your speech on time.

Under the best conditions, a person will concentrate on your speech for as many minutes as their age. A two-year-old child will listen for two minutes, a five year old will listen for five minutes, a fifteen-year-old child will listen for 15 minutes and so on up to the age of 20. After that, it tapers off. As a result, it is imperative to get to point within your allocated time.

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I have not come across an audience who ever said “Man, I wish that speaker went over by 15 minutes.” Time limits are there for a good reason. Respect those limits to show you care about your audience.

Good Luck in your next presentation.

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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