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Six tips on how to avoid water retension

What Causes Water Retention and How to Avoid It

Are your feet, ankles, hands, or legs often swollen? This happens because of water retention, a condition known as edema. It is characterized by the accumulation of fluids in the tissues, circulatory system, and cavities.
Water retention, also known as fluid retention refers to an excessive build up of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. Up to 70% of the human body consists of waterwater exists both inside and outside our body’s cells. Edema is the medical term for swelling.

The main causes of edema are pregnancy, not being physically active, premenstrual syndrome, sedentary lifestyle, and certain medications. But, swelling can also occur during a long flight.

Most cases of edema are not serious. However, sometimes it can indicate heart failure or kidney disease, so it’s important to treat it on time.

Here are the main causes of edema as well as suggested ways of how to reduce the swelling and avoid water retention, as long as there’s no underlying condition.

6 Causes of Edema and suggested solutions

1. Excessive Sodium Intake

If your diet is based on sodium-rich foods and if you don’t drink enough water, your body will use its water reserves. This, in turn, results in water retention. The human cells can expand up to 20 times with the help of water. So, the important thing here is to know which foods contain high amounts of sodium, so you can start avoiding them.

Besides salt, sodium can also be found in canned vegetables, some condiments, processed meat, and other processed foods. On the other hand, Celtic and Himalayan sea salt can reverse the water retention caused by table salt.

2. Magnesium Deficiency

Lack of magnesium can lead to edema. This mineral is vital for most functions in the body, so insufficient amounts of it can hinder the proper function of the body. This will eventually lead to water retention.

One research showed that taking 200 milligrams as a daily dose of magnesium can reduce water retention in women with premenstrual symptoms. Increasing the intake of magnesium-rich foods or taking it as a supplement can relieve this condition.

Here are the foods which contain the highest amount of magnesium: dried fruits, spinach, dark green veggies, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados, peas, and whole grains.

3. Lack of Vitamin B6

Deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to edema since it’s involved in many aspects of water balance in the body.

A study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences involved women who experienced water retention caused by premenstrual syndrome. They took vitamin B6 on a daily basis, and their condition was soon improved. This vitamin is water-soluble, so it requires many cofactors to function properly. Therefore, it’s best to obtain it from whole foods.

Foods high in this vitamin are potatoes with skin, chicken, lean beef, turkey, tuna, dried fruit, bananas, sunflower seeds, and pistachio nuts.

4. Lack of Potassium

This mineral is vital for the proper function of cells, tissues, and organs in the body. It plays a significant role in the maintenance of normal water balance in the body.

Potassium deficiency can result from not consuming enough potassium-rich foods but high amounts of salt. This will eventually lead to edema. Lack of this mineral can cause weight gain, muscle spasms, and cramps. Potassium can reduce water retention due to its ability to reduce the sodium levels.

You can find this mineral in most fruits, especially in watermelon, honey melon, and rockmelon.

5. Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you don’t drink enough water. This condition forces the body to retain water in order to survive, resulting in swellings in your feet, ankles, hands, or legs. Luckily, it’s not hard to improve your condition. Just drink enough water and potassium-rich juices, and avoid soda drinks and coffee.

6. Excessive Consumption of Processed Foods

As we mentioned, processed foods are full of sugar and sodium – one of the leading causes of water retention. But, they also contain artificial food additives whose toxic nature puts a load on the kidneys and the liver.

Foods which contain high amounts of sugar including artificial sweeteners can cause spikes in the levels of insulin and blood sugar.

Therefore, we recommend avoiding processed foods as much as you can.

How to help organise brain development in adolescents

Helping the youths to achieve more

Helping the youths to achieve more

Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

Judy Willis MD

Neurologist/Teacher/Grad School Ed faculty/Author/Guest Blogger

As your students move through adolescence, their brains are going through a dynamic change from chaos to clarity. These developmental changes have profound implications for how you’ll be able to guide students during these transformative years.

Brain Remodeling: Chaos to Clarity

The brain first goes through a rapid maturation phase in the months before and after birth, and a second maturation phase throughout later childhood and adolescence. During this second phase of increased brain growth, the prefrontal cortex is the site of the brain’s most active reorganization and growth. Before building your understanding of what is taking place in the prefrontal cortex during its adolescent growth spurt, let’s explore what is housed in this late-developing part of the brain.

The prefrontal cortex is where the highest cognitive and emotional control networks are being constructed, especially during the school years. These networks are what neurologists call executive functions.

The networks of the executive functions direct the complex mental processes that you see emerging as students grow. Executive functions can be thought of as the skills that would make a corporate executive successful, abilities that allow them to:

  • Organize
  • Prioritize
  • Communicate effectively
  • Accurately interpret validity and value of information
  • Make long-range plans to achieve goals
  • Assess risk
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Innovate

These networks do not reach full effectiveness until early adulthood. When well nurtured by use, executive functions ultimately guide the brain’s abilities to:

  • Manage emotional stability
  • Control impulses
  • Plan
  • Respond productively to corrective feedback
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Remain resilient to setbacks
  • Reflect thoughtfully before making decisions and choices.

Early adolescence (ages 10-12) is a good time to build students’ skills of organizing and prioritizing information and time management. The opportunities you provide to guide them in using these executive functions also provide the activation to strengthen these networks when they are at peak neuroplastic responsiveness. As a result of this strengthening, your students will build more skills en route to becoming self-directed learners.

Helping Students Organize Themselves

Successful organization is needed for preparing and completing most activities related to school. The development of this executive function becomes even more critical as the responsibilities and requirements of school and extracurricular activities increase each year. Using strategies that increase student awareness of these skills and providing guided opportunities to use them will help adolescents build the brainpower that they need.

Start by promoting student awareness of their existing organizing skills. Ask questions such as:

  • How do you sort your music on playlists?
  • How do you organize your files on your computer?

Also, ask questions about familiar things that are already organized systematically, such as:

  • How is the content of this book organized into chapters?
  • What organization do you see in the periodic table of elements or in dividing plants and animals into classifications such as kingdoms, genus, and species?

Other Strategies

1. Teacher Modeling and Discussion

Model your systems of organization (filing, recording progress, how you set up the classroom, etc.). Draw students’ attention to the organizational strategies that you use during instruction.

2. Clear Instructions

Initially, when providing organizational strategies, emphasize them both verbally and in writing. Give students clear instructions for procedures, projects, or class transitions as you model organizational structure.

3. Student Modeling

Assign selected students to model the procedures that you’ve described, such as the right way and the wrong way to organize their class groups during collaborative work time.

4. Checking for Understanding

Stop between segments of complex or multi-step instructions, allowing students to organize their thoughts and ask questions. Ask students to repeat back their understanding of the instructions so that they can respond to your feedback and reorganize appropriately.

5. Gradual Release of Responsibility

Throughout the year, plan a gradual decrease in the scaffolding that you provide for student organization of time and goals. For example, back away from giving them your timeline schedule for parts of a book report or project, let them plan and write their own timelines, and revise these as you help them monitor their progress.

6. Feedback

Observe student progress and setbacks and provide feedback with opportunities for them to revise their organizational systems.

The Case for Investing in Executive Functions

As the caretaker of your students’ brains during the years of rapid prefrontal cortex development, the opportunities that you provide for them to use these critical neural networks are precious gifts. The tools and skills that you help them build will empower them to achieve their highest potential now, and will increase their satisfaction and success as they inherit the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Global Personal Bloggers of Influence for 2017

When twitter came out and account holders tweeted what they ate, we all thought twitter had a short life span.  Now the media rummages through top celebrities tweets to find something sensationable to report about.  Would be employers have been know to use candidates social media postings as evidence against them.
The era of the Personal style bloggers use to get caricatured as either geeks or pretty, brainless girls who dress up for their camera-wielding boyfriends and post their results to a WordPress blog.
But wait a minute, with instagram, Facebook, linkedin and twitter integration most of these bloggers have grown quiet influential with hundred of thousands of followers. Over the past decade, these independent publishers have become a real force in the fashion industry — not just snapping up front row seats at fashion shows, but landing major campaigns and collaborations with brands, becoming regular guests on TV shows like “Today” and “America’s Next Top Model,” and turning their blogs into multimillion-dollar businesses. Some have become household names. Independent European bloggers are harder to pin down as most of them are linked to magazines.
Chiara Ferragni, Hanneli Mustaparta and Nicole Warne. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Stringer

Chiara Ferragni, Hanneli Mustaparta and Nicole Warne. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Stringer

To determine the ranking, consideraction was given to:

  • Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest followers, as well as website traffic. These numbers gave us a snapshot of how many people these bloggers are reaching every day.
  • Brand extensions. We gave props to bloggers who have used their influence to create original products.
  • It factor. We talked to industry insiders about whom advertisers are loving right now, and who is moving the most products via affiliate links.
  • Google News searches. Headline makers were rewarded for extending their reach beyond their own network.
Chiara Ferragni. Photo: Jason Merritt for Getty Images Entertainment

Chiara Ferragni. Photo: Jason Merritt for Getty Images Entertainment

1. Chiara Ferragni, The Blonde Salad 
The 27-year-old Italian, who now lives in Los Angeles, has the broadest reach of any individual fashion blogger on our list, with more than 3 million Instagram followers. She’s a global star, as popular in Europe as she is in the U.S. What’s more, links from her site drive traffic and conversions, according to many of the brands with whom she has partnered. She was also recently named to an expert panel that will help determine the shortlist.

Oh, and she graced the cover of Lucky magazine’s February issue along with fellow bloggers Nicole Warne and Zanita Whittington.

2. Aimee Song, Song of Style 
Song, 28, is a Los Angeles-based interior designer whose straightforward street-style shots have made her popular with brands and readers alike. Song also has an incredible Instagram following — 1.9 million — and has worked hard to build her YouTube audience as well, with more than 28,000 subscribers to her channel.

3. Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook 
Yet another L.A.-based blogger, Nguyen, 31, is best known for her YouTube channel, which currently boasts 600,000-plus subscribers. (Her 2011 video, “25 Ways to Tie a Scarf” has been viewed over 29 million times.) Nguyen’s point of view is unique in that she grew up in the foster system, and has opened up about her experiences to her readers.

Kristina Bazan. Photo: Frazer Harrison for Getty Images Entertainment

Kristina Bazan. Photo: Frazer Harrison for Getty Images Entertainment

4. Kristina Bazan, Kayture 
This Swiss-model blogger, 21, has an impressive reach on Facebook — with more than 1.1 million likes — in addition to a major presence on Instagram, Twitter, etc. Bazan is a favorite of high-end brands: she’s worked with Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Piaget, among others.

5. Julie Sariñana, Sincerely Jules
The 29-year-old blogger, who lives in Los Angeles, started her site in 2009 — early, compared to many of her peers. Her easy, approachable style has translated well into her own line of t-shirts, printed with often inspirational, occasionally irreverent, quotes.

6. Rumi Neely, Fashion Toast 
Neely, 31, launched Fashion Toast in 2007. Her particular style of blogging — photo-heavy posts featuring cool clothes and model poses — has greatly influenced the generation of influencers who have followed her. While Neely has collaborated with established brands in the past, she recently launched her own line. Are You Am I, a collection of slip dresses, tap pants and distinctly cut tees, is notable for its specificity. For fans who want to emulate Neely’s style — and there are plenty of them — there is nothing more perfect.

7. Nicole Warne, Gary Pepper Girl 
One of three bloggers to land Lucky‘s February 2015 cover, the Sydney-based Warne, 25, first launched Gary Pepper as a vintage e-commerce site in 2009. Warne started out blogging and modeling the clothes as a way to market the website, and by 2011, it was one of the largest online vintage retailers in Australia. However, the young entrepreneur’s side project soon became the main event, and in 2012 she shut down the e-commerce leg of Gary Pepper to focus on her blog-driven business.

Blair Eadie. Photo: Cindy Ord for Getty Images Entertainment

Blair Eadie. Photo: Cindy Ord for Getty Images Entertainment

8. Blair Eadie, Atlantic-Pacific 
The New York-based Eadie, 29, is best known for her accessible, yet educated, approach to fashion. Based in San Francisco when she launched the blog, Eadie has worked as a merchandiser for brands like Gap and Tory Burch, which means she has a professional edge when it comes to outfit posts. And brands like love working with her because she has a reputation for converting readers into shoppers.

9. Julia Engel, Gal Meets Glam 
The San Francisco-based Engel, 23, is seen as an up-and-comer in the space. She’s already amassed a large following across platforms, from Pinterest to Instagram. Appealing to the same sorts of readers who worship Lauren Conrad’s pretty aesthetic, Engel’s site is easy to navigate, with lots of opportunities to shop affiliate links.

10. Nicolette Mason 
Mason, who writes a monthly column for Marie Claire and designed her own collection for Modcloth last fall, is one of the most in-demand bloggers working right now. The 29-year-old writer played a role in the promotion and social media around Target’s new plus-size collection Ava & Viv and is also a budding TV personality, offering style advice on programs including “Today” and “Good Morning America.” Mason is notable because she uses her blog as a platform to discuss bigger social issues, including race, sexuality and body image.

11. Shea Marie: Peace, Love Shea 
The Los Angeles-based blogger and TV host, 27, has the high-fashion-meets-Southern-California look brands eat up. She’s worked with the likes of Dior, Gucci, H&M and Guess.

Bryanboy. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images Entertainment

Bryanboy. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images Entertainment

12. Bryanboy 
The OG fashion blogger and best friend of Fashion Toast‘s Rumi Neely, the New York-based, Philippines-bred Bryan Grey Yambao has transformed from an online-diary keeper to a celebrity and fashion insider. While other bloggers from his era have fallen off the map, Yambao, 32, has remained relevant by branching out. Memorable projects include a collection with furrier Adrienne Landau and a hosting spot on several seasons of “America’s Next Top Model.”

13. Elin Kling
The New York-based Kling, who is Swedish, was one of the first bloggers to collaborate with a brand on a collection. (In 2011, H&Mreleased a Kling-designed line.) But her fantastic stand-alone label, Toteme, has transformed Kling, 31, from a blogger to a full-fledged designer.

14. Zanita Whittington
The Stockholm-based Aussie, 28, was one of Lucky‘s February cover stars. Along with modeling and blogging, Whittington is also serious about photography. Her site is a sort of “how to” for aspiring bloggers, with service pieces on starting a blog and building an audience.

Gabi Gregg. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok for Getty Images Entertainment

Gabi Gregg. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok for Getty Images Entertainment

15. Gabi Gregg, Gabifresh
One of three plus-size bloggers chosen to star in the campaign for Target’s new Ava & Viv collection, Gregg started her blog in 2008 when she couldn’t find an entry-level job in fashion journalism. Now 28 and based in Los Angeles, the blogger has appeared on the “Today” show, designed a sell-out swimwear collection, and partnered with brands including Misguided, Nordstrom and Laura Mercier.

16. Danielle Bernstein, We Wore What
The New York-based blogger, 23, started her site as an FIT undergrad eager to capture the style of her fellow students. It soon transformed into a personal style forum, leading to a design project with Topshop.

17.  Jessica Stein, Tuula Vintage
This Sydney-based blogger, 25, spends a good chunk of her time traveling, and sharing her adventures via Instagram. (She’s currently parked in the Maldives.) Brands like Dior Beauty partner with her for the obvious reasons: she has great taste and an enviable life.

Susanna Lau. Photo: Cindy Ord for Getty Images Entertainment

Susanna Lau. Photo: Cindy Ord for Getty Images Entertainment

18. Susanna Lau, Style Bubble
Forever the no. 1 blogger to fashion insiders, the 31-year-old Lau is now one of the industry’s leading voices. While her creative outfit posts are still appreciated, she is even more loved for her sharp opinion, contributing to publications including Elle UK and Business of Fashion, as well as posting regularly on her own site.

19. Chriselle Lim, The Chriselle Factor
With a massive YouTube following, the Los Angeles-based wardrobe stylist, 29, offers her audience plenty of tips and tricks via video. She’s worked with brands including Coach and Banana Republic.

20. Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes
Another blogging pioneer, the Dallas-based Aldridge started her site at age 15. Eight years later, she’s still at it, partnering with brands like Lovegold and Cartier on a regular basis.

How to increase the odds for your business

diane-shawe-elle-magazineIn business, there are no guarantees. There is simply no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a small business – but you can improve your chances of success with good planning, preparation, and insight.

Diane Shawe Author

Like you I Never Thought I Could answer 77 questions that would help me avoid business failure  – But I Finally Discovered The Secret! Here’s How… Are you really ready? Is Entrepreneurship For You?

Are you the right person for the business you have chosen?

I would advise you don’t skip the 77 questions, why? Well it would be like short changing your potentially new clients.

So persevere, some you will answer quickly, others you will need to do a little research, but believe it, it’s worth it, you will be clearer and more focused about what you are going to do.

Here are 10 questions related to Number 50 – 59 from the recently published ebook  What you don’t know might be costing you a fortune New Discovery reveals how by answering 77 questions you could avoid Business Failure by Diane Shawe

  1. Where do you see bottlenecks developing?
  2. How important is quality control?
  3. What is the current backlog?
  4. Is the product assembly line based or individually customized?
  5. What are the health and safety concerns in producing this product?
  6. Who are your suppliers and how long have they been in business?
  7. How many sources of suppliers are there?
  8. Currently, are there any shortages in components?
  9. How old is your company’s equipment?
  10. What is the yearly maintenance costs?

I recommend you get a little notebook and start working on each question. For those you cannot answer a specific question, stop do some research, find the answer and make a note.

This is also an invaluable exercise if you are already in business, it can help you clarify where you are today and help you plot where you need to get too and how to do it.

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Why what we do with 30% of our life matters

  1. four feild of energy that generat passion by Diane ShaweWhen we die, our money remains in the bank…
    Yet, when we are alive, we don’t have enough money to spend.
    In reality, when we are gone, there is still a lot of money not spent.

The cruel reality is only 30% of what we do matters and this is why?:
It is more important to live longer than to have more wealth.
So, we must strive to have a strong and healthy body, It really doesn’t matter who is working for who.

For instance…

□ In a high end hand phone, 70% of the functions are useless because we don’t use them!
□ For an expensive car, 70% of the speed and gadgets are not needed.
□ If you own a luxurious villa or mansion, 70% of the space is usually not used or occupied.
□ How about your wardrobes of clothes?
70% of them are not worn regularly!

A whole life of work and earning…

70% is for other people to spend.
So, we must protect and make full use of our 30%.

👉Go for medical check-ups even if not sick.
👉Drink more water, even if not thirsty.
👉Learn to let go, even if faced with grave   problems.
👉Endeavour to give in, even if you are in the right.
👉Remain humble, even if you are very rich and powerful.
👉learn to be contented, even if you are not rich.
👉Exercise your mind and body, even if you are very busy.
👉Make time for people you care about

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Author Diane Shawe Mindfeed Coffee ebooks get featured on Fox News

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October 10, 2016 – City of London, United Kingdom –Need help getting organized? Want to learn how to take a business into a global marketplace? Looking for ways to improve leadership skills? Then check outThe Little Coffee Break Mindfeed eBooks from IQ 2 EQ by Diane Shawe. This collection of eBooks exposes readers to new ideas and proven strategies, and each can be completed on a lunch break, over breakfast, or while enjoying a cup of coffee.

According to author Diane Shawe, “The idea for the short, powerful eBooks came to my mind when I realized how often people need to brush up on topics, but do not always have time to sit down to read 200 pages. As a result, I have authored several short yet effective eBooks that get right to the point with tips and advice.”

Readers from all across the globe have praised Diane for her eBooks, and the opportunity it gives them to learning new information or refreshing their memory quickly. And with topics ranging from stress management and problem solving, to public relations and networking, there is truly something for everyone.

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Shawe’s eBooks are available on Amazon right now at: https://www.amazon.com/Diane-Shawe/e/B0052WG8V6

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About the Author

Diane Shawe is an author, speaker, trainer, mentor, consultant and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience. She has personally trained over 1800 people around the world in a variety of fields and has published a number of works. She has contributed to over 100 Kiva Entrepreneur’s around the world.

She was also one of the producers of a Day time Ladies Talk Show in 2015 and Host of one of the UK’s best loved Annual Hair Extensions Awards.

Diane also enjoys oil painting, sailing and clay pigeon shooting. She focuses on topics that she is passionate about in her writing and has attracted over 36,000 followers on her popular blog.

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Why you should switch to Raw Cocoa

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO

Magnesium

Raw cacao is one of the best food sources of magnesium – a mineral that many of us don’t get enough of in our diets. Magnesium is essential for energy production, for a healthy brain and nervous system, for our muscles and for strong bones and teeth. Magnesium may also support a healthy blood pressure.

Iron

Cacao is also a source of iron, which builds the blood and helps to transport oxygen around our body, as well as potassium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium.

Flavonoids

Cacao can also be high in flavonoids, which have antioxidant activity. Cacao and flavonoid-rich chocolate have been linked with heart health benefits including increasing the good form of cholesterol (HDL) in our blood, lowering blood pressure and even improving vascular function in patients with congestive heart failure. These effects are thought to be primarily due to the antioxidants contained in the cacao.

PEA

In addition, cacao contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA for short!). PEA is thought to elevate mood and support energy, and is said to be one of the reasons that many people love chocolate!

Raw cacao is also very low in sugar, and of course does not contain any milk, so is suitable for those who are milk-sensitive or following a low-sugar diet.

THE PROBLEM WITH CHOCOLATE

The cacao – or cocoa – part of a chocolate bar is not ‘unhealthy’ as such. The main factor that makes it less healthy is the sugar that’s added to it to create a standard chocolate bar. Also, when cacao is roasted to make a standard chocolate bar, you do lose some of the antioxidant flavonoids, beneficial enzymes and other nutrients – which of course doesn’t happen with raw cacao or raw chocolate.

So what about painfully dark chocolate, you know the 99% cocoa solids stuff? Cocoa solids are what’s left after the cacao butter (the oil in the cacao bean) has been separated from the ground up raw cacao beans. Cacao solids are used to make cacao powder. ‘Raw cacao’ can refer to the whole beans, opl

the solids, or the powder, as long as it is not heated during processing. It is this heating process that robs some of the nutrients.

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Have you checked your business Energy Field lately?

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THE INVISIBLE FORCES THAT HOLD YOUR COMPANY TOGETHER

I have recently read several articles about Storytelling.  I have however come to realise that the objective of a well-crafted , complete story is to create synergy.

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This combined effort or synergistic effect produces energy in many places within the company. These fields of energy become an invisible force that holds your company together (see Figure 1-). While the concepts of field theory are still relatively new as they are applied to an organisation, we must believe that people working together toward common goals display a different level of excitement than a loose collection of individuals with no defined purpose. That excitement is created by lots of leaders telling lots of good stories about the organisation. It is about leaders creating myths, legends, and fables of the company that tend to attract people. It’s the stories told around the coffee station. Leaders can create energy, synergy, and bonding to corporate stories by appealing to people’s sense of belonging, challenge, purpose, and contribution.

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Figure 1. Four fields of energy that generate passion.

 

 

Fields of Belonging

People want to belong to something. That’s why they join clubs, work in groups, and live in communities. They want to be part of a winning work organisation. I’ve never met a single person who said, “I think I’ll go to work for a losing company.” Use this basic human need to create a field of energy around membership in your organisation. If you work by yourself, then connect with groups with like minded people.

Fields of Challenge

People want to experience challenge in work and life. That’s why they search for the cure for cancer or participate in extreme sports. Give people a challenge. Ask them to do the impossible. Stretch their knowledge and ability. Tap into their unused energy. Channel it toward your goals. Again if you work for yourself, then reach for the stars, stretch yourself so you can grow. You will be surprised at the results.

Fields of Purpose

People want to know that their work has meaning. That’s why they need to know if what they do has relevance. Even if you work alone and for yourself, knowing that you are appreciated goes a long way to motivating you. Show everyone how he or she fits into your business plan and why it is important for every employee to be successful. It is amasing how easily your goals will then be accomplished.

Fields of Contribution

People want to know if their work has contributed to the activity. Have they made a difference? Show employees where their individual efforts help the team achieve its goal and you have a satisfied workforce. If I can make a difference I will work at a different level than if I believe that my work is just part of a giant struggle that leads to no conclusive end game.

Belonging, Challenges, Purpose and Contribution are some of the key drivers to becoming self employed or doing something that you love.  If you find that these ingredients are missing from your daily cycle, this could be some of the reasons why your self esteem could be low. So let us take a look at nine tools.

THE  NINE  TOOLS  FOR  GENERATING  EFFECTIVE BUSINESS ENERGY FIELDS

 

According to many articles, effective leaders can use the elements of a business plan to create the necessary energy to make things happen. They know energy fields and business plans cannot operate independently. A business plan that has an inconsistent story will be flat, lackluster, and boring not to mention under believable. There will be no passion or sense of purpose. Employees will not work with pride or display enthusiasm above and beyond. There will be no sense of urgency to complete the plan. Lethargy toward the written plan will be evidenced.

On the other hand, well-crafted business plans generate all the human power you need for accomplishing ambitious goals. Turning people on turns on the business plan. I know business plans can be a pain, but revising them can help refocus you and recharge your energy. Each of the nine element has a unique value to your business plan and the underlying company story. Margaret J. Wheatley describes our present understanding of energy fields.

“We have moved deeper into a field view of reality by our present focus on culture, vision, and values as the means for man- aging organisations. We know that this works, even when we don’t know how to do it well.”

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Here are nine critical elements ( Figure 2.) I believe are core to any organisation’s ability to create energy fields:

  • Vision Statement (creates passion)
  • Mission Statement (creates purpose)
  • Strategic Goals and Objectives (set direction)
  • Strategies and Tactics (generate action)
  • Philosophy Statement (creates ethical boundaries)
  • Focus (creates efficiency)
  • Value Statements (create a scale of importance)
  • Principles (benchmark behavior)
  • Strategic Intent (signals commitment)

Without beating the rug anymore, when was the last time any of your nine elements updated?

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Six tips to encourage your hair clients to come back

Tweet Campaign Crash Courses Academy (31)What you can do to encourage clients to come back so you meet your weekly minimum thresh hold.

 extracted from Getting Started in the Hair Extension Business by Diane Shawe

Your database has much more marketing potential than you probably realise. You can refer to it when doing promotions and it will act as a reminder system. I have always captured my client’s details so that I can send them special offers and guess what by creating a Whatsapp group you can reach them in the click of a button.

It is a way of keeping records of client’s visits with you. You will keep dates, services and products used or recommended customers’ goals and important dates. If a client rings for an appointment, but isn’t sure what to book for, you will have the answer by checking your well-kept records.  Also take a nice photo of your finished work, email it to the client it does not cost much and they can use it on their facebook.  Show them how good you made their hair look when they last visited.

When running competitions or conducting a survey, make sure to get the prospects’ details. Every time you get a new enquiry, complete a proper consultation form. When collecting details, always ask for name, address, phone number, e-mail address and birthday. It’s very useful for marketing afterwards. Get as much detail as you can.

The more you can find out about clients, the better you will be able to serve them. Make sure you inform the client that their information will not be sold or passed on to any other party and will remain confidential.

As an incentive for them to give you their details you could offer a gift voucher or discount coupon for each survey that is completed and returned.

Keep in regular contact with your customers by e-mail or by post. Don’t let them forget about you which they may do if you don’t keep reminding them about your business.

It’s important to refresh your database regularly. Any clients that haven’t been heard from in over six months could be given a courtesy call. Check everyone’s details and if you find that some customers have moved, remove them from the database.

You don’t want to waste money sending mail-shots to people who havemoved.

1.  Send reminders

Use your database as a reminder system. It is a good idea to send text messages as reminders to appointments.  Keep detailed records of each client’s product and service history, so that you know when they are due for an appointment and also, what type of service they are due for. It’s also wise to record what prices you have charged them.

Send your clients a reminder text message if they are overdue for an appointment. Tell them how long it’s been since they last had their hair done. Tell them that they are overdue and tell them what service their hair is due for. A cheap and easy way to keep them updated it by creating a whatapp group. So don’t forget to get their numbers.

When you write to them, advise them of any promotions you are offering. If you have any news like new products, new services or new staff, mention that as well.

2. Questionnaire questions

It is a good idea to consider sending out a questionnaire at least once a year to find out what you are doing wrong so that you can change it, or doing right so that you can improve or upgrade it.

 

Sometimes it’s a good idea to ask them to give answers with a rating, where you give them a box to tick. Also give them room to explain their answer.

 Here are a few examples of questions you could ask:

  • Was your last appointment carried out to your full expectation?

  • Was your last appointment carried out on time?

  • Were you happy with the technician who attended to you?

  • Were you made to feel important?

  • Did you receive a full consultation about your service?

  • Were you advised of suitable retail products for your hair?

  • Were you attended to immediately upon arriving?

  • Are there any services you would like to see improved?

  • Are there other services you would like to see provided?

You could add the following to quality check your products and services.

 Please rate the following as either: poor, average, good, very good, excellent.

  • overall customer service

  • hair extension appearance

  • hair extension cleanliness

  • staff appearance

  • staff attitude

  • friendliness of staff

  • quality of service

  • quality of products used

  • choice of retail products

  • value for money

3. Teach clients about hair maintenance

Get your clients to come in more often by telling them when to come back.

Tell them how often they should have their hair re tightened or for barbers you could look at intervals and suggest special allocated times for them.

Teach them how to look after their hair with retail products. Teach them about the benefits of the products, so that they feel the need to buy them.

Get them into the habit of booking you to do their hair for special occasions.

Sometimes clients just need a bit of nudging.

Provide a ‘frequently asked questions’ list

Present your clients with a well presented FAQ list. Do this at regular intervals, changing the look of the list and some of the questions each time. Offer some free advice and promote your services and products at the same time.

If you make a list of questions and answers, you can educate your clients about the latest styles, hair maintenance, retail products and the services you provide.  You could post it on your website.

Give any information that will help promote your business, making it as detailed as you like, but be careful not to bore the clients.

By asking the right questions you can plant ideas about services or products that the clients might not have thought of before.

When giving answers make them short and clear, but add a reason for each answer.

Always explain the benefits. If clients can see a benefit or extra value in doing or using something, they are more likely to take your advice. Anyone can tell them that a product is great, but they need to know what’s in it for them.

Remember your clients at Christmas time

At Christmas time send your customers a Christmas card. Thank them for their past custom and tell them how much you are looking forward to seeing them next year.

Some customers might expect you to close you studio around holiday time. Quote the days that you will be closed and also, mention any extra hours that the hair extension will be open.  If you are going away, tell them which of your staff can look after them in the meantime.

Christmas is a good time to also take some nice photos of your clients and either print them out or email it to them in the form of an online Christmas card that they could send to friends.

 4. Look ahead, book ahead

All clients should be asked if they would like to book their next appointment.

Tell them that by booking ahead, they can book their preferred day, time and technician. This might be more convenient for them, rather than having to wait for an appointment if their technician is booked out when they call for an appointment.

In the course of the conversation, find out if the client has any function or special occasion coming up. Ask if the client would like sprucing up for the occasion and if so, book the appointment before the client leaves the hair extension studio.

The client may be attending a function in a few months. This might give you a chance to book in a couple of appointments a bit closer to each other than usual so that the client’s hair is done just in time for the function. It’s more profitable to squeeze in an extra booking like this, than to let the client wait longer and only have one appointment.

 5. Provide loyalty cards

 One way of getting clients to keep coming back is to give them a free service every now and then. Give the clients a loyalty card each and explain how the concept works. For example, the loyalty card contains boxes that are stamped each time the client visits you. You could offer differing numbers depending on spend and after reaching a certain number the client receives a service to a specified value free.

Alternatively you could give free products with the cards or you could even give a gift certificate from another business that you have an alliance with.

6. Follow up

When clients have been to the hair extension studio for the first time, it’s good to call them up a few days later and ask if they are happy with their hair.

This is a way to show them that you value them as clients. They will be pleased that you made the effort.

If they’re not happy with their hair, it gives you a chance to offer to make

changes, so that you don’t lose them as clients.  If you find out that clients aren’t pleased with the hair extensions, you have the opportunity to change things, so that other clients aren’t affected by the same problems.

Any feedback is good feedback. Make sure to use the feedback to your advantage.

Is free online courses dumbing down adult education?

Ignorance is not bliss

Ignorance is not bliss

Is free online courses dumbing down adult education?

Adult education has become under-valued in an overpriced educational infrastructure.

The people who need the most help are already systematically ripped off by greedy loan companies, NHS parking, having to pay charges for drawing out their own money from private ATM machines in poorer boroughs, pre-paid electric meter’s to name but a few.  The more you seem to need help the more you seem to have to pay.

Off course the arguments are always about risk, but to compound on top of their needs, a premium, just to make sure the risk is compensated for is questionable indeed.

But another kind of ripping off is taking place. ‘Free online education’ you may ask ‘why is this a rip off?’

I will answer this from my prospective initially and then make further arguments as to why we should be very concerned about this unpoliced, unchallenged butchery of the values originally infused into our adult educational system.

As Isaac Asimov—a master of science fiction literature—once said:

“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”

What has happened?  Why have these large institutions priced education out of some fundamental principles?

How can we make the new economic age enhance, rather than diminish, our quality of learning? How can we make this amazing innovation advance the prospects of all people especially those with experience and not just youth?

It is clear that at this moment most educational systems are not keeping pace with changing technology and the ever-evolving world of work.

Not enough people are thinking strategically enough in this area.  Fundamentally, we need to innovate what people learn, how people learn, when people learn, and even why people learn.

We must get beyond the traditional model of students sitting passively in classrooms, following instructions and memorising material that they are tested and scored on which sometimes turn out to be of little use in an ever changing economy. It is evident that computers can do that for us!

What should a 21st Pedagogy for Adult Education Look Like?

A 21st century educational system must focus on the areas where humans can outclass computers—such as in cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, fine motor skills, or sophisticated coding skills.

We need to make sure that the type of education can keep a population in work or self-employment, performing meaningful tasks relevant to todays and tomorrow needs within a community.

I believe that education has to become student centric and move away from solely institutional constructs that are not fluid to change.

There has always been a great deal of lip service given to the idea of learning by doing, but not much has been done about it. In fact, John Dewey remarked in 1916, in his book, Democracy and Education:  

“Why is it that, in spite of the fact that teaching by pouring in, learning by passive absorption, are universally condemned, that they are still so entrenched in practice? That education is not an affair of “telling” and being told, but an active constructive process, is a principle almost as generally violated in practice as conceded in theory”


I think it is imperative that this century focuses on Adult Transformative Learning because, if we don’t, we are already seeing the internet unintenionally affect the minds of some of our  impressional adults who have no sence of usefulness within our society and can be easily motivated in learned stimulative blended information that could be perceived as devisive withing many communities.

“Transformative learning is a structured way forward in time of crisis when Individuals face Collective Challenges”

                                                 Diane Shawe M.Ed.

During the last twenty years, the use of the word “crisis” seems to have increased around the world. Referring to sudden and intense political, economic, social, psychological, cultural or environmental changes, this term emerges now more frequently in everyday vocabulary.

According to transformative learning theory, the emergence of a crisis represents a potential opportunity for personal and/ or collective transformation, grounded in the capacity of individuals and groups to revisit the perspectives through which they interpret their own experience.

Considering recent history, how does the emergence of social, economic, political, cultural, intellectual or environmental crisis manifest an opportunity, or an expression, of transformative learning?

In the mean time I think that some of these fundlemental questions need to be addressed:

  • How does the experience of individual or collective crisis affect the way one learns to critically interpret one’s own experiences?
  • What are the learning resources required in order to overcome the experience of individual or collective crisis?
  • What kinds of learning opportunities facilitate the management of personal and collective transformations triggered by a crisis?
  • What are the emerging issues and how do they affect research on transformative learning?

How can we effectively deal with some of these burning question when we are constantly dumbing down Adult education?

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