The Difference Between Inspiration and Motivation

Managers will want to take note and make adjustments accordingly. December 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to getting employees to do their best work, good managers often adopt the role of a coach. They know that achieving the best results from their team members requires having someone who leads by example and provides the resources to help them do their best. As a result, many managers focus on inspiring and motivating their employees. There’s just one problem with this: Far too many assume that inspiration and motivation are essentially the same thing. Well, they aren’t. And knowing which how to leverage what makes them distinct can lead to a better chance of achieving long-term successful outcomes for your team. Should You Master Motivation? Motivation is consistently cited as one of the most important tools managers have for improving employee productivity. Providing […]

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10 Powerful Women Executives Share How to Thrive as a Leader

It’s not easy, but this handful of female leaders have figured how to flourish, both personally and professionally. December 13, 2019 15+ min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine Leading a large company can be challenging. At the same time, it can be an opportunity for tremendous personal and professional growth. Authority Magazine recently ran an interview series called “Women of the C-Suite,” where hundreds of women executives shared the leaderships lessons about how one can thrive both personally and professionally in a leadership position. Here are 10 highlights from the interviews. These interviews have been edited for length and clarity.  Related: 10 Women Wellness Entrepreneurs Share Strategies to Optimize Our Mental and Emotional Well-Being Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz (President of the Charles Schwab Foundation) Image credit: via Authority Magazine My advice — is to not always follow advice. Look inside yourself for your answers. I learned this lesson when I was an undergraduate […]

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This Mindset Can Help You Get the Most Out of Your Customer Service Strategy

Think beyond just your product or service’s benefits. December 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips discusses what it means to offer good customer service. Sometimes, the customer service surrounding a product can trump the actual product’s benefits and advantages. A customer will pay a higher price if they expect a superior experience. A customer may also pay more for a special occassion. It might sound simple, but customer service is the sum of the experiences a customer goes through while interacting with your product or service.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: How to Increase Your Influence as a Leader Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel.   Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and […]

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Can Crowdfunding Work for Your Company?

You may want to consider crowdfunding if venture capital and private equity are not suiting your business’s financial needs. December 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu discusses ways other than venture capital or private equity to fund your business.  Siu discusses his approach to raising funding for a company he just started. Siu’s started with crowd-funding with small donations through an online audience. From there, he reaches out to high-earners whose yearly income hits around $200,000. When he has nailed down this particular group of people, Siu draws up an agreement specifically that targets these potential funders. Crowdfunding gives smaller companies the flexibility to move forward faster. Click the video to hear more about how to fund your new company.  Related: How to Follow in Nike’s Footsteps When Marketing Your Business Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs […]

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Here Are the Three Types of Arrogance, According to a New Study

A team of psychology researchers broke down the idea of arrogance into three distinct levels. December 12, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Ladders The guy down the hall from you might be an arrogant jerk — but what kind of arrogant jerk? There are three types of arrogance, according to a new literature review team of psychology researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and they broke them down into “levels.” Nelson Cowan, a Curators Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, led the study. “We were surprised at the limited amount of modern research we found on arrogance,” Cowan said in a release of the group’s findings. “Furthermore, we found it didn’t all come from one specific area. So we created a one-stop resource to inspire further research, including, but not limited to, possible medical diagnoses of personality disorders.” There are three distinct types […]

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How Journaling Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur and Leader

The most important words you write are ones no one will ever read. December 12, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2019, I have written thousands of pages — emails, memos, texts, articles like this one. Hundreds of thousands of words to communicate and connect. Most of them have an audience of at least one, even if it’s just a quick note to my wife. But not all of them. Every year, a few thousand of those pages are words no one will ever read. Journaling can often be a difficult sell to productive people. Why would you spend time working on something that by design no one will ever see? But time spent journaling can pay dividends in both your personal and professional life. Journaling can help you organize your thoughts, prompt reflection and generate creative ideas. These processes are critical to being […]

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How to Excel in the Housing Market According to This Seven-Figure Real Estate Entrepreneur

Connect deeply with potential clients by guiding them through a psychological journey of getting to know, like, and trust you, says Jess Lenouvel. December 12, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Jess Lenouvel, realtor for over a decade and founder of The Listings Lab For Realtors, a multiple-seven-figure business.   Let’s face it: Not everybody likes realtors, which is unfortunate since most of them genuinely want to help people with the biggest investments of their lives: buying or selling their home. Realtors have this negative perception because they forget the psychology of marketing: Position yourself as the solution to your customers’ problems. Instead, most of them rely on 1970s marketing techniques, such as flyers with giant headshots and fluff statements like “number one salesperson,” which is disconnected from the problems they solve for customers.   Because most realtors still market like […]

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Spectator to Partner: Turn Your Clients into SEO Allies – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Are your clients your allies in SEO, or are they passive spectators? Could they even be inadvertently working against you? A better understanding of expectations, goals, and strategy by everyone involved can improve your client relations, provide extra clarity, and reduce the number of times you’re asked to “just SEO a site.”  In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Kameron Jenkins outlines tactics you should know for getting clients and bosses excited about the SEO journey, as well as the risks involved in passivity. (We were inspired to revisit this classic Whiteboard Friday by our brand-new Mini Guide to SEO Reporting! These two resources go together like a fine La Croix and a well-aged cheese.) Hop to the Mini Guide Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday. I am Kameron Jenkins, […]

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5 Top Tips for Hiring in a Tight Job Market

December 12, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s no better time than the present to be looking for a new career opportunity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings nationwide has risen steadily since the end of the Great Recession, reaching 7.2 million positions in July 2019 with a ratio of less than one unemployed person per job opening.  As many key employees leave to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities in the market, today’s companies are doing their best to vie for top talent with enhanced compensation and benefits packages, outstanding amenities and an escalating menu of enticing perks. With competing employers constantly upping the ante and heightening candidates’s expectations, companies with hiring needs must establish a targeted recruitment strategy to stand out and attract talent. Here are five top tips for hiring the strongest candidates in the current […]

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How to Organize Your Life With the Help of Technology

Make your days more manageable and your goals more achievable with these tools. December 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Kate Volman discusses some of the tools she uses to stay on task.  Volman mentions that most of the productivity tools people use are centered around technology. But how can you, with so many available options, choose the right tech tool for you? To help you streamline your decision process, Volman lays out three tools she has been using for years. Evernote. All your physical and separate notebooks can be collected in one place.  Acuity scheduling. This scheduling app is a helpful streamlining tool. Send along your available times, and let your clients fill in what time works for them.  Audible. This audiobook app is ideal for finding time to read when you really don’t have it. Whether you’re […]

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8 Ways to Not Be a Total Jerk at TSA

Let’s all make a pact to make our holiday and business travels more pleasant for everyone around us. Read_More Related posts: 7 Ways to Say ‘No’ Without Sounding Like a Jerk 7 Ways to Say ‘No’ Without Sounding Like a Jerk Get Total Control of Your Finances with This Top-Rated Budgeting App How the Founder of Crypt TV Funded a Total Nightmare (in a Good Way!) 5 Timeless Ways to Earn Your Audience’s Time and Attention 4 Unconventional Ways to Become a Better SEO 5 Timeless Ways to Earn Your Audience’s Time and Attention 5 Timeless Ways to Earn Your Audience’s Time and Attention

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What Is Microlearning and How Can You Implement It? – ShoeMoney

Time vs. money vs. ROI. This is the struggle all CEOs struggle with. And when you need to train employees or even yourself (I’m looking at you, freelancer!), you must consider these three and balance them. But what if there is a fourth element we’re all forgetting? I’d argue we’re forgetting efficiency. I once ran a training program for employees at the non-profit I worked for in New Mexico. In a non-profit, especially one mostly funded by the state government, you must train your employees to state standards while staying on a meager budget. State training programs are not efficient. We spent too many hours training our staff. During that time, we paid overtime to other staff to cover shifts. Was there a better way to train staff? I’d argue yes. But we didn’t have the knowledge to implement better training. Today we’re going to talk about how to train […]

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Starting an Online Business? Zuitte’s Tools Can Help You Grow It.

Grow your online business with specially designed tools. December 12, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. There’s no handbook on how to start a business. Well, actually, there are many, but none of them know what your specific business model is and can give you the tools to help you get started. That’s why a group of entrepreneurs got together and created Zuitte, a powerful app and tool suite that’s expressly designed for the modern online entrepreneur. Why settle for suites that can do many things but none of them well? Zuitte was purpose-built to handle all aspects of your emerging online business. Whether you’re a dropshipper, Amazon FBA seller, an SMMA owner, an influencer, […]

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‘Tis the Season for Reporting (And a New Mini Guide)

How is it already reporting season again? Time to generate those dreaded end-of-year SEO reports that take hours to create and mere seconds for your client to skim through and toss to the side. We’ve all been there. But here’s the thing: it’s absolutely necessary! Not only for you and your team to track progress, but to prove value to your clients as well. Reporting for SEO can feel like a time-black-hole. You have an infinite amount of data that you have to sort through and piece together to tell a story. You know that you saw something, somewhere at some point that proved a strategy worked, but of course, now that you need it you can’t find it and now you’ve been looking for it for an hour and you just want to get back to the SEO part of your job. What if we told you we could […]

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How Four Friends Became Successful Franchisees

By splitting responsibilities and respecting each other’s skill sets, these pals created a successful Coder School operation. December 12, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When husband-and-wife team Dave Tjen and Lynna Tsou were considering opening a unit of the Coder School in Berkeley, Calif., they knew they needed partners. Both had full-time jobs (and side hustles), and they wanted another pair of brains to juggle the responsibilities. With caution, they went into business with their friends Mike and Kelly Scribner, and opened the doors to their operation in January 2017. But by taking advantage of their respective skill sets, creating clear boundaries, and remembering that they (and the seven kids between the two couples) are friends first, they’ve created a business that doesn’t just enhance their own work lives, but one that has also become a valued part of […]

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How to Make the Impossible a Reality

Speaker and author Jeff Griffin talks about how to build a mindset that turns a 0 percent chance into a 100 percent certainty. Read_More Related posts: The History of Augmented and Virtual Reality, From 1838 to the Present (Infographic) 3 Innovative Ways Mixed Reality Is Being Used by Big and Small Businesses We Used Virtual Reality as a Training Tool. Here’s What We Learned. 3 Ways You Can Use Virtual Reality to Boost Member Engagement in Your Facebook Groups How to Become Superhuman and Achieve the Impossible Attempting the Impossible? Take These 3 Lessons From the Apollo Moon Landing How to Make Your Content Marketing Impossible to Copy Burger King Plans to Sell the Impossible Whopper Nationwide This Year

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How the Black Market Is Threatening the Legal Cannabis Market

The outbreak of deadly vape-related illnesses is shining a spotlight on the booming $52 billion illegal market. Why are shady dealers still stealing business from legitimate companies? December 12, 2019 11 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » One morning last August, Jonathan Doneson woke up with a cough that shot straight through his rib cage. “It killed me,” says the 52-year-old, who runs a women’s apparel company with his wife. “It was like I’d taken a really big bong hit.”  But Doneson didn’t have a bong. What he had was a discreet vape pen with marijuana cartridges he’d bought from a friend. For months, he’d been hitting it eight to 12 times a day, installing a new cartridge when the old one ran out and keeping a low-grade buzz to manage his stress. The habit felt so harmless that he didn’t […]

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How to Excel at Productivity Even When You Are Really Busy

These tips will help you juggle many roles and responsibilities. December 11, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Greg Rollett discusses some productivity strategies that have helped him as a busy entrepreneur with many different responsibilities. Since is asked to wear many different hats on a daily basis, he needs to be constantly productive. He also feels pressure not to let others down.  If you are similar to Rollett in juggling many roles, these productivity tips can help. Here are the first two: Set a start and end time to your work. Rollett shares that his ability to sit down at a designated workspace for a certain time period helps him to get tasks finished and maximize his creativity.  Tailor your “transition times.” If you are like Rollett and moving swiftly from one role to another, it can be helpful to schedule breaks for switching […]

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Ask MarketingSherpa: Balancing search engine optimization, conversion optimization and conversation

We frequently receive questions from our email subscribers asking marketing advice. Instead of hiding those answers in a one-to-one email communication, we occasionally publish edited excerpts of some of these conversations here on the MarketingSherpa blog so they can help other readers as well. If you have any questions, let us know.   Dear MarketingSherpa: My question is about balancing the SEO needs with the conversation needs, an issue when driving traffic through organic rankings. I think the issue I am struggling with is “the thing that a customer might search for is not what they want to buy.” I know how to rank any page for anything, and through your training, I am beginning to know how to think about a page that achieves its objectives. I think what I am struggling with is balancing the two and deciding what keywords to optimize the home page for when trying […]

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$136 Billion Reasons To Get Into The European Cannabis Market

A new report predicts the EU to exceed the the U.S. Market by over 400 percent. December 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The European cannabis market is predicted to become a $136 billion industry by 2028, according to the fourth European Cannabis Report that was published by Prohibition Partners. This is more than four times the projected market value of the U.S. cannabis market, which is estimated to be worth $30 billion by 2025. As of February 2019, $555 million had already been invested in the European cannabis market. Further, the value of the European cannabis market increased more throughout 2018 than it did in the previous six years. Assuming that all the countries will have legalized medical cannabis and regulated recreational use by 2023, Europe is expected to become the world’s largest legal cannabis market within the next five years, mainly due […]

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