Many New Year’s resolutions include adopting a fitness program, a trend for 2014 noted by the home spa providers at ThermoSpas. Health and fitness professionals agree that regular use of a hot tub or swim spa is beneficial to long term health. Home spa systems are an easy way to keep your New Year’s resolution to stay fit from the comfort of our own home. Read more
Working as executive director and chairman of the board of directors for the Business Development Institute International, Howard Nutt is no stranger to travel. In fact, throughout his career he has worked with companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Facilitating business deals, providing business development training and consultations, and building professional relationships have required him to refine his travel skills to maximize each trip. Traveling internationally does not have to become an overwhelming task. There are numerous ways that people can make sure they are ready for their trip, prevent avoidable hang-ups, and ensure smoother transitions.
1. Maintain a Valid Passport
Nowadays a passport is necessary to travel virtually anywhere, notes Howard Nutt. Check each country’s entrance and exit requirements before the trip. Find out if a visa is required, or if there are certain specifications the passport must meet. Make sure that it will not expire during the trip. If applying for a passport, do this several weeks before the trip to leave enough time for processing and shipping.
Howard Nutt recommends that people keep their passport on them at all times. Leaving it in a bag or piece of luggage increases the risk that it will become lost or stolen. Having it on their body means that they always have proof of identification on hand. Read more
Brand.com reviews the online reputation management needs of professionals from all fields, and what the company has found is that no professional community is exempt from the needs of positive online branding—including, and perhaps especially, real estate professionals. According to Brand.com president Michael Zammuto, this stems largely from the realities of how most consumers find realtors, in this online age. “When somebody wants to find an agent to assist him or her with buying or selling a home, it’s likely that the consumer will turn to the Internet—perhaps to a Facebook search, but more likely to a Google or Bing search,” Zammuto opines. “As such, what individuals find out about a particular realtor can really prove make or break.” Read more
By now, business owners have heard it said over and over again: If you want to engage your customers and potential clients—and if you want to achieve maximum visibility on Google—then you need to have a good business blog. Many of us are happy to agree with this, but not too sure of how, exactly, it is practically implemented. Indeed, regular business blogging is easier said than done, especially for those who are not trained writers and who are not always sure of how to come up with new ideas.