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Outsourcing your knowledge

Albert EinsteinWhy knowing less helps you to do more.

Diane Shawe M.Ed. 

When you think about the power of your brain and how we learn, memorise and recall all those facts, it can get very confusing. Having taught for nearly 25 years and trained some of the brightest professionals over last 10 years, I believe that knowledge is divided in two distinct areas. We can either know about a subject ourselves or we know where we can retrieve information on that subject. The massive amount of information available online has opened an infinite library of easily and quickly retrievable information with simple search engines. I like to think of it as an organic external hard drive, an outsourced memory we can plug in at any time. Some have argued that the internet dilutes the most traditional kind of knowledge: knowing a subject ourselves. They argue that in some way it makes our brains less efficient, diminishing our intelligence and destroying our inner hard drives and memory.

You may remember (if you are of a certain age) that when you were young, you knew by heart the phone number of your closest friends. Since the introduction of digital directories on smartphones there is no longer any reason to memorise numbers by heart.   On the other hand, how many hundreds more contacts do you have now compared to then thanks to the digital directories? In reality, how much more connected are you? The real deal of the information age is not that it allows us to know more, but that it allows us to know less in terms of depth of what we know, as mentioned by David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, in his famous 2006 NY Times article[1] The Outsourced Brain.

neuroscience brain“Memory? I’ve externalised it.” He said, “I am one of those baby boomers who are making this the “It’s on the Tip of My Tongue Decade.” But now I no longer need to have a memory, for I have Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. Now if I need to know some fact about the world, I tap a few keys and enjoy the vast resource of the external mind.”

I think the positive side of this is that we are free to expand our awareness of subjects we did not have space, or availability, to explore before. Our memory now has a different function: it is a digital index that remembers the existence of a subject and what are the best leads to find information on that subject. I too had thought that the magic of the information age was that it allowed us to know more facts. Then I realised that the magic of the information age is that it allows us to know less.

It provides us with external cognitive servants, silicon memory systems if you will, with collaborative online filters, consumer preference algorithms and networked knowledge. We thus can give these servants the massive raw data and liberate ourselves to think, explore and be creative. You can use your brain to learn new skills, the soft skills that are the true measure of success.

Your outsourced memory (the internet, the cloud and more) allows you to be aware of the existence of information you would never have come across before when you were limited to what your inner memory could hold. It allows you to increase the quantity (and thus the quality) of the information that you can process because you do not always have to worry about memorising every single detail of it. It allows you to use more brain power in linking concepts and applying them rather than remembering them. It empowers you to think and process information faster because your brain has the space to hold links to so much different information, and in doing so it expands your subjective time. Back in the analogue era, the difference between a deep brain and a shallow brain was the availability of information and the choice of whether to take in that information or not came second.

As an educationalist and technophile, combined with my outsourced memory I have the capacity to think deeper. Now that (nearly) everything is available, the power is back to you: it is up to you to take responsibility of what content goes into your mind and how you use your outsourced memory.

Now you have begun to outsource your brain and now have room to do something rather special with your neo-cortex. Enjoy.

 

Author Diane Shawe Mindfeed Coffee ebooks get featured on Fox News

Available from Amazon

Available from Amazon

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

Visit www.diane-shawe.co.uk for more information about her other publications, training courses, blogs and fundraising.

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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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The dangers of being out-thought and out- manoeuvre by your competitors

soft skills training for sales team by diane shaweBuyers Don’t Follow a Linear Path anymore so why ask your sales team to do the same?

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

The sales funnel relies on the theory that someone comes into the top of the funnel and sales fall out the bottom. But is that true in today’s world? Do we start at the top and make our way through to the end? Or do we start at the top, leave, jump levels, come back, leave again, come back at the beginning and some point come back and buy or totally just leave? Are sales people  following a linear purchase pattern or an erratic path of engagement that sometimes results in less and fewer sales?

Distraction is the Number One Barrier to Sale

Distraction is destroying the Sales Funnel. It’s clear that buyer behaviour is erratic, but they are also finicky and overloaded with information.. Distraction may very well be the number one barrier to a sale. We get distracted and abandon our cart. We stop reading the article that brought us to you. Simply put, any little distraction means we move on to something else and we may never come back. We are also finicky buyers, what we think one day may be dramatically changed by another piece of content that contradicts our previous opinion.

Let’s take a look at the Sales Funnel Concept.

The sales funnel has been around for as long as any of us has been in business. It is a tool that has been used to visualize everything from the sales process to marketing impact on an organization. I use to be a  fan of the sales funnel.  But the truth is, the traditional sales funnel model has been dead for years; we just haven’t come to accept it yet. They say a picture paints a thousand words, the problem is clients are overloaded with the same information.

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Buying patterns have changed drastically in the last decade. They’ve changed so much that they have truly broken the sales funnel as we know it.

Old habits die hard, so the big question is whether or not a sales funnel is still a viable model for sales concepts. Here are the biggest challenges I see with the sales funnel in today’s buying environment.

Selling the way your customer wants to buy…Not the way you like to sell

Sales Plan Mapping is all about Rapport.  Rapport is defined as:

“A state of mutual trust and respect existing between two or more people. Rapport is the primary basis for all successful communication.”

Sales Plan Mapping is all about Rapport.  Rapport is defined as: “A state of mutual trust and respect existing between two or more people. Rapport is the primary basis for all successful communication.”  To build rapport with someone you have not met face to face is a learned skill referred to as NLP.

Learning to Plan a Sales map requires knowledge in a new type of Consultative Selling.  Planning a Sale Map would mean learning new skills in 5 key areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategy and Traction
  • Sales Project Management
  • Presentation

The strategic role of continuous education

One way to stay on top of a rapidly changing market is to implement a business strategy that maximises the synergies between lifelong learning and workforce productivity.

Without appropriate technological support, training programs appear to be less effective. No matter the size of your business, if you stand still and basque in your current success, this is surely the biggest route to new challenges.

Even though research has shown that E-Learning proves to be an excellent way to achieve quality results in a short timeframe, most users still only dabble with free flimsy or overbearing solutions that provide no tracking, evidence or further sign posting to continue competence training.

Getting the world back to work with skills we can trust

Getting the world back to work with skills we can trust

POINT OF NEED TRAINING

Point of Need Online-delivered learning, using mobile technology within a context of continuous education, is considered strategic because it:

  • Keeps the workforce appraised of their job functions’ developing requirements, enabling them to make a positive impact on their role individually and as a team and help that Organisation achieve its aims and goals
  • Aids succession planning, helping workers to acquire the knowledge and skills to help them progress within their Organisation
  • Allows Organisations to keep training budgets under tighter control, develop and retain existing employees and reduce the costs related to external human resources recruitment, selection and on-boarding

The current speed of change means that employees need to be trained continuously for Companies to avoid the dangers of being out-thought and out-manoeuvre by competitors especially on qualities such as leadership.

A poorly educated workforce results in decreased, indeed ever decreasing, levels of productivity and reduces their ability to deliver results. Ignorant and poorly skilled staff can’t (or, at least, shouldn’t) be promoted — since they don’t have the appropriate skills to help their company reach its business objectives. So Organisations need to go to the expense, in terms of time and trouble, of recruiting staff with new knowledge and competencies from outside the organisation to cover middle and senior level positions. It’s important to realise that not only does this practice have a negative impact on the organisation, regarding high costs per individual worker, but company results show that this approach isn’t always successful.

According to recent research (Lifelong Education and Labour Market Needs, published in The EvoLLLution online newspaper) examining the need for continuing education in the workforce, 64% of executives who are recruited externally fail within four years of joining the organisation.

Ideally, every company should have a Personal Training Needs Analysis plan in place for each of their employees. This project should engage the employee in identifying training programs that will enable the employees to develop the necessary knowledge and skills specific to them.

How can we help up-skill your sales team without them taking too much time of work?

Modernising your Sales Team – Project Manage Sales Mapping Whitepaper by Diane Shawe M.Ed

Can you Maintain Continuity of a Team in the face of personal ambitions and solicitations from other companies?

Building Better TeamsOne of the biggest problems team leaders face is maintaining the continuity of the team. Once the right people are in place on your staff, how do you keep them there in the face of their ambitions and solicitations from other companies?

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed   Accredited Clarity4d Business Partner

Clarity within the team can go a long way toward solving the first problem, and embedded processes that recognise peoples’ contributions can help with the second problem but this can often be a slow and costly procedure.

Well, I went on the most incredible 3-day accreditation course on this very matter, and I just had to blog about it before sending out some information to various organisations who might find it useful. In a nutshell Clarity4d help each member of staff become better at making the team more efficient through feedback and coaching, in days rather than weeks, it’s a game changer!

Research on why people leave companies or underperform found two key reasons: 1) they don’t like their boss,

2) they don’t feel appreciated.

Teaching managers to be “coaches” rather than “bosses”—asking questions rather than just telling someone what to do—would help to create UNITY WITHOUT UNIFORMITY. But where do you begin?  The Old fashion words such as Molding a Team of Leaders does not go down well in today’s working environment. Educating and bringing people along with you instead of dragging them is far healthier and cost effective in many ways.

GETTING YOUR TEAM TOGETHER

So you’ve taken the time and made the effort to spot, recruit, develop, and get in place a group of smart and talented people who are your direct reports. That’s crucial. But the bigger challenge is educating these high-energy, high -powered, high-ego people into a working team of leaders who synchronise their efforts and propel the business forward. Individual team members naturally focus on their own functional specialties and have their own personal ambitions, but those differences often cause them to pull in different directions especially considering the inherent tensions that exist between various silos of the business.

As the leader, you have to get your direct reports to submerge their egos, aggression, and personal agendas so they’re pulling together. You can’t mediate every dispute, ensure that every trade-off is properly made, or that information is flowing as it should on a daily basis. Clarity4d can provide the tools to help all team members learn how to develop team communication strategies, so the business will perform better as they focus and commit to the total business.

Clarity4d will help them create a common granular picture of the company in its external context as you see it or even more critical the way the market it moving. That way, they’ll know how their respective areas fit together, and they’ll have both the motivation and information they need to keep their efforts aligned. You have to mold people’s behavior as well. Too often, talented and ambitious people have a single-minded focus, little aware of what their colleagues in other silos are doing, at worst deeply suspicious of them.

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Resources and information are hoarded, and communication is sporadic and formalistic. You’re the one who tolerates or challenges narrow self-interest, big egos, and dominant personalities. Most of the work of educating a team happens in group settings, which may require that you change the way you lead. You can’t just work with your direct reports one to one, setting their budgets and goals in private and coaching them individually as you shift your attention from one part of the business to another. You have to help the group create a picture of the total business and correct any disruptive behaviors in the presence of the team, so you need the emotional strength to direct and stand up to powerful individuals on whom you depend on.

Many leaders think molding a team isn’t worth the effort, but they’re missing a tremendous opportunity to differentiate themselves and build the business. The more people can see the entire anatomy of the company, the team, each and the intersections of its moving parts, along with the broader context in which it operates, the better job they do. When they all see the same facts, discuss their observations and thoughts, and come to understand the interconnectedness of their functions and skills, they’re able to raise the bar, setting higher goals and achieving them faster

So how do you map out your teams strength and weakness and put them all to a positive use in a matter of days?  Clarity4d Profile and Team Profiling solution is designed to give strategies for communicating with people with different personality preferences.

SHAPING A COMMON VIEW OF THE TOTAL BUSINESS

A team of leaders starts being molded when everyone is on the same page. To be on the same page, you first need to understand more about yourself and know more about how others see you.  Once you have identified how personal influence can be enhanced by meeting the needs of others, the team can then move towards getting on the same page.  The key is to develop an internal team dialogue in which each member contributes to the discussion that shapes the team’s collective view of the business— its challenges and opportunities and the resources available. Getting on the same page tests the cognitive bandwidth of not only each member of the team but the team as a whole. Once drawn, however, the conventional picture channels the team’s energy and, more important, provides a reference point for future dialogue as the team members influence and are influenced by their colleagues. The stage is set for collaboration.

FEEDBACK BREEDS BETTER COLLABORATION

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Keep a mental inventory of the skills and methods for getting things done for each member of your team. One team member may be too blunt in arguing a point with others, another may be too shy to participate in debate, and yet another may have a habit of holding back information essential to reaching a good decision. All these impediments to effective teamwork must be clearly identified to the individual, and he or she must be counseled in overcoming them.

Feedback is most effective when given in written form and given frequently, but human beings typically can change only one or two behaviors at a time.

Most people don’t like to give feedback, but they have to look at it from the proper perspective.

Feedback says you’re committed to someone’s development.

Higher performers want to know how to get better, and the only way to achieve this is share numbers, reasoning, and results to share a single view of the business and its context. Having the intellectual courage to confront behaviors that harm the team’s effectiveness. Anticipate, surface, and resolve conflicts. Pick the right people. Provide prompt feedback and coaching. Recognise and avoid derailers.

Having all the right people and great processes isn’t enough. You also have to have the right behaviours and to get the right behaviour people need to understand more about team member’s preferences.

Everything we’ve covered so far needs to be translated into results. The first and most critical step in execution is choosing the right goals. This is where the buck starts. Many leaders are conceptual, high-level intuitive thinkers, this matters because understanding the other variable such as Sensing v Intuition,  Thinking v Feeling thinkers and Introversion thinking v Extroversion thinking can misalign people’s energy within a team.

ARE THE EIGHT KNOW-HOWS BURIED IN YOUR TEAM?
  • Positioning and Repositioning: Finding a central idea for the business that meets customer demands and that makes money.
  • Pinpointing External Change: Detecting patterns in a complex world to put the company on the offensive.
  • Leading the Social System: Getting the right people together with the right behaviors and the right information to make better, faster decisions and achieve business results.
  • Judging People: Calibrating people based on their actions, decisions, and behaviors and matching them to the non-negotiables of the job.
  • Molding a Team: Getting highly competent, high-ego leaders to coordinate seamlessly.
  • Setting Goals: Determining the set of goals that balances what the business can become with what it can realistically achieve.
  • Setting Laser-Sharp Priorities: Defining the path and aligning resources, actions, and energy to accomplish the goals.
  • Dealing with Forces Beyond the Market: Anticipating and responding to societal pressures you don’t control but that can affect your business.

DO YOU KNOW WHO’S PERSONAL TRAITS THAT CAN HELP OR INTERFERE WITH THE KNOW-HOWS IN YOUR TEAM?

  • Ambition—to accomplish something noteworthy BUT NOT win at all costs.
  • Drive and Tenacity—to search, persist, and follow through BUT NOT hold on too long.
  • Self-confidence—to overcome the fear of failure, fear of response, or the need to be liked and use power judiciously BUT NOT become arrogant and narcissistic.
  • Psychological Openness—to be receptive to new and different ideas AND NOT shut other people down.
  • Realism—to see what can actually be accomplished AND NOT gloss over problems or assume the worst.
  • Appetite for Learning—to continue to grow and improve the know-hows AND NOT repeat the same mistakes.

DO YOU KNOW WHO’S HAS THE COGNITIVE TRAITS IN YOUR TEAM THAT COULD IMPROVE THE KNOW-HOWS?

  • A Wide Range of Altitudes—to transition from the conceptual to the specific.
  • A Broad Cognitive Bandwidth—to take in a broad range of input and see the big picture. Ability to Reframe—to see things from different perspectives.

It can get really complicated, but with Clarity4D’s Profiling tools and range of workshops you will find your team members around the world, at home, school or socially easier to communicate with as you become clearer on how you can tend to their preference whilst appreciated your.

Try this simple questionnaire and we will send back your profile report.  We will then explore how it can be used in a team environment. Click here to start the journey to better team building.

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10 Tips for Becoming a Social Media Influencer by Diane Shawe

10 tips on becoming social media influencer by Diane ShaweAre you trying to become a social media influencer?

article by:

CEO at AVPT Ltd. Business Growth Training Provider & CPD Approved by SRA. Startup Loan Mentor

To be considered an influencer, people need to see you as a resource. Consider your audience and share content that they’ll find useful. Post original articles, plus posts from other trusted sources.

Publishing on social media is a great way to share expert knowledge and develop your influencer status.

In this article I’ll share ten tips that can help you become a social media influencer.

Discover ten tips for becoming a social media influencer.

1: Focus on one area and one specialism

To become an influencer, master a specific topic within your niche. If you cast your net too wide, it will be difficult to gain the level of knowledge necessary to be considered an expert.

If your goal is to be an expert in the digital space and become known as an influencer, there are plenty of things you can do to raise your profile. Develop your expertise and use social media to raise yourself to influencer status. To help you find your focus here are some points to consider.

What do you think?
What is your niche?
What platforms get the most engagement?
How have you developed your reputation as an influencer?
In what ways will you engaged your audience and shared your expertise

Either focus on one social media industry such as social media marketing or public relations, or on a single platform like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Instagram. The Vine is also good for short video clips from your Youtube account.

1: Master one topic to become a true expert.

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Start small and learn as much as you can about your desired niche through research and experimentation. That way, you’ll be able to discover the ins and outs of your specialty and form your own ideas, as opposed to simply restating others’ opinions. This is a very important step on your way to influencer status.

Oh and try not to drill down too much in your articles, more and more people access using a mobile device so think about what you would want to see if it was you reading someone else’s blog.

2: Subscribe to Platform Blogs

Social media is unique because it is in constant flux. Stay on top of the latest platform updates, such as algorithm changes, new analytics and added features, as they can drastically change a social channel and the way it’s navigated.

Whether you want to be viewed as the authority on a social channel or a broader industry, read platform blogs regularly: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. There’s no better way to keep tabs on any social media channel.

3: Familiarise and Read Relevant Blogs Daily

In addition to platform blogs, read other information outlets to gain valuable insights into your niche. Study news, expert opinions and case studies that are published or shared by people you trust.

Makes subscribing to and reading multiple blogs easy.

By using a tool like Feedly to subscribe to a variety of relevant industry blogs, you will benefit from different viewpoints and helpful advice.

4: Do you use your Alert Settings?

Reading press releases, news alerts and relevant posts is key to staying informed. When you know what’s happening, you can keep your followers in the know.

Since it is impossible to keep track of all of the information from platform blogs and your favourite outlets, invest time into creating alerts directly related to your specialism. A couple of tools that make it easy to stay on top of relevant news are Google Alerts and Social Mention.

5: Populate Your Blog

There is nothing worse than a blog that is several weeks out of date! Write blog posts and publish consistently. You should shoot to publish at least two to three times each week.

To stay on track, create an editorial calendar and stick to it.

Partner with other influencers and reblog them. Interview them, (over the phone, on skype or send them 5 questions to answer. Invite them to contribute to your blog or run a promotion together that gets shared on everyone’s sites.

6: Publish on LinkedIn

In addition to your own blog, re-create your posts on LinkedIn’s publishing platform. Cut and paste your previously published blog posts and add a headline, image and keywords. (I hope you have a linkedin account)

Remember, people generally assume LinkedIn posts are only from the most influential thought leaders. Now, when people in your network and beyond see your articles on LinkedIn, it is likely they will view you as an authority too.

Share your knowledge and get noticed by publishing on LinkedIn.

Through its publishing platform, LinkedIn has created a prime opportunity for influencers to get noticed.

7: Use Sharing tools to share Valuable Content

I repeat again, share content. Once you’ve determined your focus and have implemented a system for keeping on top of the latest news and information within your niche, start sharing high-value influencer content with your audience via social media.

8: Seek out and Contribute to Other Sites

One of the quickest ways to gain influencer status is to contribute your unique content to other blogs and publications. Guest posting increases your visibility, bolsters your credibility and increases traffic to your own blog.

After your content is published, let people in your network know. Tweet a link, share it on Facebook, tell your other online communities and add it to your LinkedIn profile publications. Dare I say it but +google plus is fast becoming a really influential content showcase. Have you got your account set up yet?

9: Be Seen Engaging Online

To be an influencer, you need to be seen and also be engaging. Social media influencers regularly take part in relevant conversations across a variety of networks. Attend and participate in Twitter chats and webinars (and host Twitter chats too), answer questions on Quora and share ideas in LinkedIn groups. Be constructive and you don’t always have to be controversial for the sake of it.

10: Safeguard your Reputation

This area is not often looked at, getting misquoted, having the wrong type of media attached to your blog can often flag up in the search engine above all of your positive content.

Make sure you sign up to a online reputation notify. They are good because they sweep the internet each week and give you a report on any new content found linked to you or uploaded by you. I use www.naymz.com It’s worth becoming a premium user.

Sharing your knowledge is how you’ll truly stand out as an influencer.

How can we help?

We have a Social Media Course that you might find very beneficial. Visit www.shortcourses.expert or give us a call and we will send you the course outline. 0208 1333120

Never Miss the Opportunity to Accept Debit/Credit Cards with the New Breed of Mobile Readers

intuit credit card readerHave you setup your business to take money from plasitic cards anywhere?

Did you know that your clients will be more willing to part with £64 via their card than to part with £20 in cash – that’s astonishing!!!!!

You to, should join the increasing number of small businesses who never miss the opportunity to gain a sale and instead take advantage of the ability to take secure card payments via their mobiles or tablets.

The new breed of Debit/Credit mobile reader devices allows you to Accept credit card payments on your iPhone, Android or iPad with our easy to use credit card reader. No monthly fees or long term contracts.  There is no more excuse for you not to generate income on the move and here’s why.

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WorldpayZinc mobile card reader

The Benefits:

  • Never lose business by giving customers the opportunity to say ‘oh I haven’t got enough cash on me’ and then lose them because you were not able to take a cashless payment.
  • Card readers and your mobile phones are portable, so wherever you go, so does your business.
  • Nowadays customers expect to pay by card! No more walking around with large wads of cash or scraping about in your purse for change to give your clients

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an application to a bank/payment service provider like WorldPay Zinc, Paypal and Intuit for a Merchant Account. (Check around for who are offering the best rates and set up fees) They will need to know your current or projected sales per month. (Make sure you have your business setup as set out in our previous blog)
  • Request a card reader and download the App to use with the card reader. There will be useful tools in the App to help you manage your account and its transactions.
  • Some providers offer free readers but you may need to purchase or lease one (approx. £50). The device works by reading your client’s card and asks the cardholder to enter their PIN on the device. The device Bluetooths the information to your phone; then, via the App on your phone, the clients details are sent to your merchant account where the payment is authorised or denied. As long you have an internet connection, you are good to go.

What you need to know:

  • Most providers charge a set-up fee and you will also be charged for each transaction and in most cases for refunds
  • You won’t receive the money from transactions instantly but typically, you can expect for the money to reach your account within a week.
  • You are not liable for card fraud if you get a chip and pin device versus a chip and sign device. That said, to avoid fraudulent transactions, it does not hurt to ask for identification from your clients before accepting a purchase (you can write this into your terms and conditions )
  • Ensure your provider is compliant with the global Payment Card paypal credit card readerIndustry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This Authority is designed to protect your business transactions and your customers from fraud. Also ensure you keep customers financial information/receipts locked away safely as you are responsible for protecting their data.

So you can now make your mobile phone work for you and spend less time hassling about cash and more time collecting payments for your services.

 

Why mentoring for women running a business has become critical

mentoring by diane shaweWhy Mentoring is important

It was revealed last year in a article that young women are more likely to fall into personal insolvency than young men of the same age. The figures, which were quite alarming if you’re a woman, showed that nearly eight out of 10,000 young women became insolvent last year, compared to just four men in 10,000

“Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight”

Mentoring is a powerful personal and development tool. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences – or conversely, perhaps you are looking to enter a new field and would like support from someone who has been there before. It is a helpful, supportive relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

What is a mentor

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

What is a Coach

Coaching is training or development in which a person called a “coach” supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. The learner is sometimes called a “coachee”. Occasionally, “coaching” may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring in focusing on competence specifics, as opposed to general overall development.

Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities to challenge the learner to find his or her own answers. This helps the learner find answers and new ways of achieving their goals based on their own values, preferences and perspectives.

So your mentor is your guide who can help you to find the right direction, be a sounding board and support you in developing solutions for you and your business or lifestyle.

Getting Financed – A fair share for Women startup

Start-Up Loans are funded by the Government both for people starting up and new businesses trading for less than two years. They are easy to apply for and typically people borrow between £2,000 and £10,000, although there is no limit. Enterprising Women’s parent company YTKO has now been approved as a national provider of Start-up Loans, which means that Enterprising Women can now bring them to you!

WHY PRE START UP SUPPORT IS ALSO IMPORTANT

The Enterprising Women  also offer a wealth of pre-start support through their sister organisation Outset, as well as post-finance mentors to help keep you on track. So if you’re a new business (trading for less than two years months) looking to fund your growth or just starting out, – or know someone who is – click here to find out more.

The Start Up Loans Company is a UK-wide, government backed scheme, which offers a repayable loan to individuals over the age of 18 who have a viable business idea but no access to finance. The scheme funds businesses in every sector. As well as financial backing, all loan recipients are given access to a mentor, free training events and exclusive business offers.

If you are yet to start, or in your first two years of trading, then you will probably be eligible to apply. People typically borrow between £2,000 and £10,000 (the maximum loan is £25,000) and all loans come at a competitive, fixed rate of interest at 6.2% APR.

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As internet connectivity and smart devices become every human being’s daily companion, with 1.75 billion users worldwide as eMarketer reported, more and more academic institutions are now leveraging the power of technology to re-invent the traditional classroom learning model.

The 2013’s United States Education & Workforce Committee study said that 31 states are now offering full-time eLearning tools to almost 275,000 K-12 students and 70% of all US school districts are now integrating blended learning (BL) programs in their curriculum.

One of the biggest trends in the academy, BL is a teaching approach that combines face-to-face learning through online-based instructions/activities. To facilitate, students are allowed to use their smart devices to do research, work on activities, complete their assignments, seek consultations, and consume digital learning resources in or outside the campus. But, how can this teaching methodology make learning efficient? Read on our discussion below as we further elaborate the topic.
Learners Are More Engaged

The infusion of online learning tools and traditional classroom lectures expands the learning resources being offered to the students. Apart from textbooks, teachers can pull out relevant video materials online and project it in front of their students to explain the topics further. Educators can also showcase online slideshows and interactive web applications to further strengthen their class discussions.

With BL, the possibilities of getting a reliable learning resource are endless. With the advent of video conferencing, students and teachers can go beyond the four corners the classroom. For instance, in foreign language topics, this innovative tech solution can be maximized in arranging live language lessons from native speakers worldwide. It can also be utilized when facilitating lectures on different cultures worldwide.
Students are safely browsing

The common concern with this learning strategy is that students are widely open to various content online, such as social media and online games that are deemed to be distracting in class. However, with the latest mobile technology today, we are now presented with devices that can block or curate content specifically for students only. One of the biggest brands Apple launched its own Kid’s App Store where students can only access curated educational apps and games. The latest Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S5, are also equipped with Kids Mode that let’s one set some parental control on the device, as featured on this source. As for Nokia’s Lumia range of Windows Phone devices, Microsoft also designed a special feature called Kid’s Corner which allows parents to choose the kind of apps and digital content they can only view and access. These innovations minimize the apprehensions that most parents and traditional educators have towards smart devices.

Teachers Can Access and Create Various Educational Content

Since the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is a part of this learning strategy, educators are given the opportunity to easily design a variety of content types tailored to their students. Apart from online blogs and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) where professors can access a myriad of educational content (infographics and video lectures), they can also access mobile applications and e-Books to accompany their lectures.

The Academy of Vocational and Professional training are also currently the leaders on online Soft skills courses which are mobile device compliant, globally accredited and accessible 24/7

Since mobile devices nowadays are equipped with media creation tools, teachers can even create or design their own content to accompany their discussion. For instance, with many of the apple and android tablets,  are empowered to create slide shows with engaging music. The free movie making tool can also help them create video presentations combining photograph, audio, and text element.  It’s worth checking out the Samsung and iPad apps.
Makes Students More Engaged

Timothy HuneyCutt of National Math + Science Initiative pointed out that when “technology is integrated into school lessons, learners are more likely to be interested in, focused on, and excited about the subjects they are studying.” In subjects that may appear monotonous to selected students (such as Science and Math), teachers can use virtual lessons and one-on-one tutoring to encourage them to learn.
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Students Can Learn At Their Own Pace

Failure to digest the educator’s lecture can lead to students’ discouragement towards learning. With BL, if they fail to understand a particular lecture, they can ask their instructor to give them individualised instruction or learning materials through emails, video-conferencing, and social media channels. Students who are shy to speak out in the class through face-to-face on-campus discussion are also given the opportunity to shine and excel in class through BL.

BL can further enhance students’ learning by integrating technology and online resources to support the traditional face-to-face lectures. As we move to a more digital era, where handsets are now wearable and voice command accessible, we should see more improvements in educational technology in the coming years.

Blog by Jennifer Birch

Blog by Jennifer Birch

About the Author

As an EdTech advocate, Jennifer Birch believes in the power of Blended Learning. For her, the infusion of online learning tools and traditional classroom expands the learning resources being offered to the students. Connect with Jenni via Google +.

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