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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    If there's one thing 2020 has shown us, it's how to bolster our communication skills. We've had cause for a lot of really difficult conversations with our customers. Nobody ever wants to give bad news but 2020 seems like the year we have to keep reiterating and sharpening our communication skills with difficult messages. But if you feel like you've had challenge after challenge and you're still wondering the best way to deliver those difficult messages, let's take a look at a few tactics you might use. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 22, 2020
    Many business owners are currently wondering how they might get more involved in the conversations about race and creating a culture that celebrates diversity. When conversations about race and the workplace arise, the first area of consideration is often hiring practices but it extends to so much more in a business than who you're choosing to employ. In fact, racial tensions can crop up even in businesses that are very focused on equality. If you want a more diverse culture in your workplace, here are a couple of areas to focus on in addition to fair hiring practices. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 15, 2020
    This question has been asked for as long as there have been businesses and differences of opinion. Recently, this topic has been brought to a head with the black lives matter movement. It used to be that taking “no stance” was the safest. But with the death of George Floyd, there are many individuals who see a lack of a stance as a stance of its own. This has been a deeply dividing issue with some business owners wanting to get involved while others have worried that standing for the cause was akin to supporting mass destruction of property and being anti-business. So what should a business do? Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 8, 2020
    We thought the hardest thing we'd have to deal with this summer would be COVID-19 but now business owners are facing another heart-wrenching situation--how do they react in the face of protests? Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 1, 2020
    People handle challenges in different ways and this pandemic is no exception. While your business may target a particular demographic, it's likely this demographic has split since COVID-19. You now have people who while they may fall into the same age group, income bracket, gender, geographical region or other similar characteristics, their reaction to the coronavirus may differ greatly. As things begin to open up, it's essential that you understand the personalities you're dealing with and how best to market to them. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    If your business is shut down or you're just looking for new streams of revenue, a popular idea is course creation. This could be a course that showcases your knowledge on a subject, a course that is designed to complement whatever it is you sell, or a way to make money that does not involve an exchange of time for money. If you are someone who sells an hourly service, there are only so many hours of the day that you can bill for virus or not. But if you create a course you can bring in money even when you're not actively performing the service in which you get paid for. Technology being what it is, courses are easier than ever to create but expectations are higher as well. So, it's important you do a few things as part of your course creation prep. This article is laid out to help you ask the right questions before you begin preparing your course. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    If you have a website for your business, you may have an untapped treasure chest at your disposal. Even if you don't make large amounts of money on your website, you can be bringing in something. This article will show you how. Read more
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    Shelley Iverson
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    Today we have a guest blogger--Shelley from Shelly's Social Media. She shares tips on creating a COVID-19 statement for your business. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    About a week ago the people in my county received a very different type of emergency communication. I'm in a popular hurricane area so those who signed up for emergency text messages are no stranger to them. However, even when we were evacuated due to Hurricane Irma we didn't receive anything like this. The first line of the text message was “be kind.” That took me aback and caused me to laugh a little. Be kind sounded a little like what our parents might’ve said to us as we were going off to kindergarten or--more appropriately--middle school. Most of us probably think of ourselves as nice people. Being told to be kind seemed like a no-brainer. But being kind is more than just being nice. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Working from home is an ideal that many people have longed for but the reality of it can be disenchanting. It takes some special skills to make it work. In this article we will cover four simple things you can do to make working at home easier on everyone. If you lead a team or you're the owner of a business, you have additional challenges when heading up a remote team during a global pandemic. We have some suggestions to help with that too. Read more
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