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2 Tips on How To Put Optimism Into Practice On a Daily Basis

Practice being Optimistic each day

Practice being Optimistic each day

Can Optimism be taught?

Being optimistic does not mean forcing yourself to become persuaded that you should always look on the bright side of things. Becoming optimistic is something you can learn. It is a state of mind that is not so hard to assimilate, one that enables you to live quickly the life you want to live.

Optimism is a state of mind

Optimism is a concept that is often poorly explained. Having a high state of mind does not mean that you reject reality because you want everything to be rosy. It means that you can tackle any situation with a state of mind that gives you every chance to take advantage of it or to turn situations around in your favor if you need to.

People often think human beings are either optimistic or pessimistic by nature and that there is nothing we can do about it. This is specifically a cynical way of seeing things! Unfortunately, people often dwell on this incorrect observation.

There are obviously optimistic people. Admittedly, they have an advantage over others, but it does not mean that pessimistic people are destined to remain bleak.

Being optimistic, in a general manner, means that there is a way out of every situation, but it will only show if you do your best, so events turn in your favor.

Being optimistic is not a mere vision of life according to which everybody is good and that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, one that consists in denying reality – which often refutes this idyllic point of view.

Being optimistic requires first of all that you be realistic and accept the world as it is: that is, with its positive and negative aspects.

Likewise, you can’t say that people are inherently good because some are, while others are not.

In fact, the truth is more subtle than that because these two tendencies do reside in every one of us. Life consists in expressing our qualities for our own sake but also for that of our dear and near ones or humankind.

To become optimistic, you, first of all, have to be realistic and accept the ambivalence of this world and human beings – they can both be good and bad in turns. The second step is to take action by counting on favorable outcomes to arrive and hoping that the people you’ll meet will adopt a positive attitude. Seeing things this way is fundamental.

First of all, know that, if you are not optimistic by nature, as described in the definition above, you will need some time before you naturally become confident at being optimistic. So, summon your patience. But you may not have to wait for too long if you apply the advice you will find below.

Here is how to bolster your optimism or become optimistic. You may be confronted with two cases:

1.    You have already gone through a situation that did not turn in your favor:

– Do not feel guilty for this failure learn from the experience so you can deal with such a case differently next time.
– Approach the situation in question from a different perspective by visualizing it turning out in your favor and doing what you can so it turns in your favor.

2.    If a situation is unprecedented for you:

–    In this case, it is even easier: approach the situation by visualizing it turning out in your favor and by doing everything you can so things go your way!

These two ways of acting is a learning process which will gradually become second nature to you, helping you to earn one success after another.

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Are you focused, productive, transactional or inspirational? by Diane Shawe

shortcourses expert bannerBeing busy isn’t the same as being productive, but how do you assess what you need to do to improve both your productivity and your staff?

Would an online Personal Training Need Analysis that takes about 10 minutes help?

Then  CLICK HERE TO TRY ONE FREE Personal Training Needs Analysis and in as little as two hours you can judge for yourself if it would be of use in your business.

Would it help if you could find out how to get the best out of your employees?

Would it help to be able to speed up Pre-Interview selections, Staff Appraisals, Training Needs, Personal Development, Management Selection, Team building and any of those otherwise expensive long winded, time consuming and expensive process?

Well click on our complimentary link to see how it works, I promise you will not be disappointed.

What most people, employers, entrepreneurs and even some educational institutions do not have in today’s current environment is time, the necessary resources and the infrastructure they need to support and achieve learning objectives cost effectively.

Out with the Old in with the new but who is going to be ready at the ‘Start Line’ with all the right tools to assist with the new Continued Competences?

We can offer a person centric online Personal Training Needs analysis tools and  reports to aid in the development of any individuals or organisations growth. The profiles and learning programmes are designed to help reduce risk and to create action and results.  Goal setting is no good without implementation.

We invite you with our compliments to click and complete 10 simple questions and we will send you back a report so that you can see how it works and give us your feedback.

In order to better identify and appraise an individual to pinpoint specific training needs, the Speed of Implementation and adaption to change will confirm who gets ahead or sustain growth by using technology to help with self appraisal, self reflection and personal development.

However, the new skill set or competencies, aims to define the standards needed to enter, compete and remain in the profession which mainly comprise of the following:

  1. Ethics, professionalism and judgment;
  2. Financial Literacy and Technical ability;
  3. Managing yourself and your work;
  4. Working with other people.

That said, in order to meet these new core competencies, individuals and organisations will be required to undergo a process of self-reflection through a high-level Personal Training learning needs analysis to identify their own learning gaps; as well as identify gaps specific to those needed by the organisation they work with. Ideally, this process will be recorded and accompanied by an evaluation of the success of the learning completed and ultimately, organisations will be required to make an annual declaration that they have considered and taken action to address Point of Need training.

We look forward to your feedback once you get your free report back and then maybe we can discuss the speed of implementing this process throughout your business or consulting services.

Just click here now and in just 10 minutes you would have completed 10 questions and we will send you back the results.

 

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“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay”

 

What do we do..

We specialise in resourcing short courses via a pre-populated LMS solution for Point of Need Training via mobile devices so that all different levels of staff can access training whilst on the move using their own device supported by one off our virtual tutors to help them complete their online 4 weeks course.

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?

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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

Personality Profiling Highlights Personal Training Needs Analysis

What is your colour combination?

What is your colour combination?

What does your colour say about you?

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

The Academy of Vocational and Professional Training has teamed up with Clarity4D to offer an affordable, accessible, Personality Profiling to assist with identifying Individuals Communication style and Personal Training Needs Analysis in April 2015.  Both solution incorporating a behavioural model and psychometric tool based on the work of Carl Jung and uses colour to identify the four basic personality traits, supported by a L.M.S Point of Need Training Courses in Softskills is set to improve the direct needs of Individual from small businesses to corporates.

Steve Davies Director of Clarity4d states that ‘Personality profiling helps people to raise self-awareness, to understand their preferred style of communication and to recognise the personality and styles of communication of their work colleagues, suppliers and customers’.

Clarity4D profiles are easy to understand and provide a good basis for a personal development plan and when used in conjunction with personal/professional training and coaching which can maximise the potential of individuals and teams.

Clarity4D is used by many organisations in the following ways:

  1. To improve teamwork and leadership
  2. For management development
  3. To understand how some behaviour could be perceived as “bullying”
  4. To introduce the concept of diversity and inclusion into corporate cultures
  5. For recruitment, appraisals and coaching
  6. To help organisations through cultural change

AVTP specialises in Soft Skills courses which can assist in Continued Competence and Point of Need Training via a mobile device or Short Intense courses. The advantage to the individual is that the courses are colour coded and the candidate can decide if they want to strengthen a low colour grade or improve a medium high colour grade with the most appropriate soft skill.

AVPT is used by many organisation in the following ways:

  1. We understand the business sector inside out – that is why Point of Need training for Clarity4dour main focus is placed upon providing the highest quality training of your staff, in the shortest possible time and to ensure that every person who trains with us goes out more effective than when they came in.
  2. We Are very flexible, student centric and time sensitive.
  3. We Can help you with both compliance and accreditation issues.
  4. Allow real time tracking, monitorng and measure staff progress and achievements.
  5. Impressive lead times that can be delivered over different time scales to suit individual learning needs.
  6. Mobile phone and tablet compliant and secure with no advertising to suck up bandwidth.
  7. We have immediate availability at the very last minute for a large number of effective tailored one day courses including social media marketing, building self esteem, information management, writing reports and proposals, minute taking, business marketing, leadership skills, sales & negotiation and much more!
  8. We are IAO accredited so certificates are recognised around the world.

So if you are involved with young people, teams, individuals, couples or appraisals what have you got to lose? try out one of our quick online profiling now. Click here or you can call us on 0203 551 2621 for a free consultation.

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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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.

 

Five incredible speaking tips to help you speak with confidence

2 day Presentation Public Speaking Survival Course

2 day Presentation Public Speaking Survival Course

Incredible Speaking Tips by Diane Shawe M.Ed

A great presenter has two unique qualities: appropriate skills and personal confidence. This confidence comes from knowing what you want to say and being comfortable with your communication skills. Mastering these skills will make you a better speaker and presenter

Use these tips to create your own winning talk:

1. Know your audience. Think about what people are interested in, not in what you want them to be interested in. For instance, if your going to  speak to an audience about  money, it would be safe to assume that a vast majority of the  audience would want to know how to increase their wealth. So if you have created wealth people would naturally be interested in how you achieved this and not want to listen to how someone else achieved it.

2. Know your message. If you don’t have a key principle or point to convey, your talk will drift aimlessly and your speech will come across as empty.

3. Have stories to illustrate your points. Stories entertain as well as educate. Learn how to stuff your presentation with delightful and humorous stories that happened to illustrate your key points. Delivering your
principles or message without stories will make you sound lifeless and boring. Breathe life into your speech with relevant stories.

4. Use visual props. Regardless of the mindless machine raging against power points, they can help to prompt you, appeal to visual learners and support additional materials to add value of keeping people interested.

5. End with a bang. Psychologists say people will remember the opening and the ending of your talk more than any other part of your speech. If you want people to remember you, end your presentation on a memorable note. I like to tell stories that inspire people.

Public speaking 2 day courseSurvival Pointers to consider when preparing your presentation:

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Communication Style
Editing your Conversation
Appropriately Sharing Yourself with Others
Trust
Positive Self-Talk
Making the Most of Meetings
Body Language
Dealing with Sticky Situations
Why Talk?
Planning Your Presentation
Overcoming Nervousness
The STARR Pattern
Limit Your Information
Audience Profile
Your Speaking Voice
Add Punch to Your Presentation

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How mobile hair extension technician could rent a salon chair

How hair extensions are sourced, treated and graded by Diane Shawe 2014Renting a chair has become so popular that it is estimated around 70% of the salons are following this business model. What made the salon chair rental so popular and why it is rapidly expanding. It use to be looked down on, but this negative profile has been changed as more and more salons are taking advantage of this opportunity.

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

Obviously, there are benefits to starting your own salon chair rental service over the traditional method of doing business. Here are some of them listed.

1. When you rent a chair in your salon, you become the landlord of that chair rather than an employer consequently, all you’re concerned with is collecting your rent each month. Similarly, if you decide to sell your salon chair rental, the buyer only has to be consumed with the same task… collecting rent! They wont be worried about transferring all of your employees’ entitlements.

2. Your salon chair renters will govern their own business. No longer will you have to arrange lunch breaks for your stylists. Whatever the stylist decide, they have to pay you the for renting that chair at the end of the month.

3. You do not have to worry about paying your stylists for working over time. In this rent a chair model, the stylists can choose to work for as long as they want or as little as they want. They can even choose to come only when they have an appointment scheduled with their client. Nothing makes a difference as long as you receive the salon rent at the end of each month whether the stylist does business or not.

4. Your record keeping pertaining to your employees such as the wage records, time sheets, pay slips and other records will not have to be maintained. That itself will eliminate a lot of clutter from your office or wherever you keep them. A great weight lifted from your shoulder because the salon chair renter is responsible for all her own records.

5. There can be a lot of red tape and procedures to be followed with employees and apprentices. With renting a chair to other stylist you do not have to worry about a variety of rules and regulations apart from insurance and your salon security.

Those traditionally operated salons use to look down upon the renting a chair model. But with benefits such as these, and the high turnover of staff and increased running cost (minimum way bills)and naturally making money, I don’t think we’re ever going see a decline in the industry. In fact, this is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for many hairdressing business who have seen a decline in revenue streams due to the recession.

Equally there are benefits to why you should consider renting a chair in a salon.

1. This can give you credibility if you are able to establish yourself in a reputable salon

2) You can tend to more customers in one day as appose to the travel time allocated to traffic problems.

3) Other staff in the salon could support you in other areas you are weak in.

4) Clients could feel much more confident in using your service because you have an established and reachable business address.

5) You could benefit from joint advertising and promotional campaigns.

If your thinking of setting up in business or expanding your business during these economically challenging time, a couple of publication may be of benefit to your business.
Getting started in the hair extension business by Diane Shawe

However there are certain things potential renters should also look out for in order to evaluate the financial commitment when renting a chair.

 

1) How long has the salon been established

2) What type of customer base do they attract and are they similar to the client base you want.

3) What level of footfall do they have each day

4) Does their opening time work with your client base

5) What level of support would you be getting e.g appointment book, telephone answering, availability of working space and facilities

6) How many rent a chair clients have they had in the past and how long have they stayed

7) Do they do any advertising?

8) Are they in financial trouble hence why they are renting a chair?

9) Who would you be reporting too and could you get on

10) How much money would you have to pay up front and what are the guarantees.

It is estimated that the hairdressing sector is set to grown over the next 3 years by 15% especially specialist areas such as hair extensions, hair enhancement and specialist technicians and consultants.

Training is now available to assist anyone wanting to expand into this market and then take the opportunity to rent a chair in many of these salons today.

Visit http://www.hairextensiontraining.academy

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Diane Shawe launches online mentoring call preparation form for business startups

mentoring by diane shaweDiane Shawe’s passion for turning dreams into realities has been launching her clients beyond their limitations and into the lives they truly deserve since 2003.

She provides the benefits of mentoring through a number of career planning workshops and online mentor programs globally accredited by IAO

Because we are all busy people, once again Diane believes that technology can help bring about a better lever of convenience and speed to getting constructive assistance.  You can visit www.get.mentoring.dianeshawe.info to start the process or you can click here to complete your Call preparation and request form.

Since establishing her business through AVPT Diane has been committed to offering the benefits of mentoring to individuals and organisations and helping them overcome the range of challenges they face. By continually adding to her vast scope of knowledge, qualifications and experience her clients have been able to enjoy the workable tools she offers that lead to their desired personal and professional success.

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Whether you’re looking to add structure to your career planning, provide your workers with professional training in areas such as conflict resolution, time management, and leadership skills you’ll appreciate the confidential, professional and friendly way all her materials are delivered. Diane’s holistic approach to making a positive difference has seen her broadening her scope of influence while giving back to philanthropic organisations such as the Kensington Chelsea and Business Club, Pink Shoe and Nexters.

Diane’s membership to some of the more prestigious bodies such as the Institute of Directors, Chartered Management Institute, Solicitors Regulation Authority and International Accreditation Organisation offers you the utmost peace of mind. As they’re member regulated by lawyers, CEOs and directors both in the private and public sectors you can rest assured that you’ll be enjoying approaches that have been proven to bring about success.

Over the year Diane has been passionate about supporting individuals around the world to become independant.

She is now proud to show you all how she have been able to support all types of people around the world via Kiva to help start or expand their business.

I have now supported over 96 loans in 37 countries and you can see them all by clicking here.

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