You just checked your computer and (surprise) someone has scheduled you for a meeting.Now what? You had planned to work on a project - and this meeting promises to be a repeat of the last one, which was a long painful discussion of unrelated ideas, stories, and complaints.Instead of just showing up, you could:1) Be busy.Fill your calendar with activities that relate to your job. For example, you could schedule an all-day meeting tomorrow (with yourself) to finish the report that is due next week. Or, you could schedule a trip (to the library) to read articles on new technologies. Or, you could schedule meetings (essential conversations) with team members to learn about their needs so that you can manage resources.Now you have an excuse to miss bad meetings. You can say, "I have a conflict."2) Be curious.Ask questions to determine if attending the meeting is a good use of your time. For example, you could ask:"What is your goal for the meeting?""What is your agenda for the meeting?""What is my role in the meeting?"Certainly your time is too valuable to waste in pointless, unplanned, useless meetings. In such cases, use decline the invitation or offer to help.3) Be helpful.If you're invited to a meeting about an important issue and there is no agenda, offer to prepare one.This gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership and organizational skills. It also helps accomplish tasks that are needed for your business.If you are too busy to help, then hire a facilitator who will take care of the entire process.And, if appropriate, you can offer to take charge of a meeting that has lost its way. Of course, this will depend upon the goal, the group, and your knowledge of process tools.4) Be constructive (bonus idea)Instead of coping with "bad meetings" , schedule a workshop that shows your staff how to hold effective meetings. Learn more about meetings at: http://www.squidoo.com/OneGreatMeeting
There it is. That blank screen with the little blinking line. And everything sounds so mundane.Jakes Bakery will serve the best cakes in the county. (Yawn.)I researched the industry and found that it is fail-proof. (Yawn.)We came together to form a really good business. (Yawn.)Its kind of like, Hey, whats your sign? Everybody knows why everybody is here, but cant I come up with a better opening line?Even the most prolific writers get blank screen-itis. To help you get back on your pizazzing path, here are some places to look for inspiration for your business plan.1. Your competitors websites. Seriously. Somebody put a great deal of time and effort into those websites. What do the headlines say? Is there a neat turn of phrase that you can turn again into your business plan concept?2. Industry ads. Who better to put on your side that Madison Avenue advertising executives? Real pros have been at work here. They have had to distill major ideas into a few lines, a few catchy phrases. Study your industry publications for jewels that you can pick off their pages.3. Your own Eureka! moment. When was it that you knew, you just knew that the business was going to be a reality? When was the moment that you really caught the energy of the idea? Capture that moment and put it into print. It just might capture an investor or two, as well.4. A video of your favorite comic. There may not be any good lines you can use, but you will be amazed how laughter releases your creative nature.5. Blindly typing. A friend swears this works, although I havent used it successfully. Close your eyes, or just turn off the monitor on your computer. Then start typing. Type for about ten minutes, anything and everything you can think of about your business. After ten minutes, look at it. What is it in the stuff that you wrote that you felt was so important that you just had to get it down in writing? If it was that important, odds are youve found your key idea.6. Tell a story. Grab your favorite aunt or uncle, or just imagine them, and tell them the story of your business. What you tell them is probably what you need to tell the investor as well.7. Skip the introduction. Sometimes the first part is better written last. Go to the biographicals or the industry information, or the financials. Go where you feel the strongest pull. The area that has the greatest pull is probably the area that you need to promote the most anyway. 8. Meditate. For those adept at visual meditation, visualize the finished business plan in front of you. Open it up and see whats there. (I wouldnt recommend this for beginning meditation practitioners.)9. Shift into disaster mode. Imagine that a disaster of some sort is about to strike, a hurricane or an earthquake perhaps. If you could save only one piece of your business, what would you save? If its your patent, then that is probably the most important part. If its your Director of Marketing, well, so be it. Whatever it is, decide why that piece is so important this may be what your introduction should focus on.There is no right way or wrong way to start. There is only your way. Each and every business plan discovers its own written path. Yours is there too.
Employers tend to conduct background checks before hiring new people. It is a specific process that involves knowing the information about the individual's past.In today's society, it is no longer difficult to access information. This is because the advent of new technology allows us to retrieve a lot of kinds of information.Contents of the Background CheckMost "background check" s contain criminal and incarceration records. Criminal and incarceration records include litigation records, driving and vehicle records.Furthermore, background checks include education verification, employment verification and credit card check. Some include detailed drug tests, licensing records and financial information.These are just basic elements to a background check. Other things can be added to make the background check more specific.Some even conduct interviews with the written personal references of the employees. They may be their former employers, family members or friends.Reasons for Conducting Background ChecksThere are several reasons why companies conduct background checks. First is to find out if the person has done any criminal activity. This would essential if the position requires customer relations or handling money.Most companies also conduct credit checks. It serves as a indicator for the persons reliability.Not only done in companies, in the United States, there exists the Brady Bill where background checks are done for those who want to buy guns, explosives and restricted firearms.Other reasons for background checks may involve a suspicious neighbor or perhaps when one is hiring a new nanny. It can also be as serious has going into a background of a possible new business partner.Requirements before conducting a background checkThere are many laws and guidelines that should be followed in conducting free background check. Some of these laws are as follows:o Fair Credit Reporting Act. This law ensures that when credit reporting is done, correct and updated data is used.o Drivers Privacy Protection Act. This law regulates the release and sharing of information from DMV records. Thus, the release of driver and vehicles records are part of these laws.o Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. This act is also involved in employment screening. This regulates the information the employer can or cannot access. It stresses keeping the information private.o Other state laws and guidelines. Depending on which state you are in, there are specific laws and guidelines pertaining to "free background check" s.Controversies Regarding Background ChecksNot all people are comfortable with free background checks. Sometimes, there are tendencies that one unearths information of illegal activity. One must be aware that the information is 100 percent true. Some may perhaps be wrong or irrelevant.An important factor when looking for sources is to what degree is your source credible.The Deal with Background ChecksAlthough not everyone approves of free background checks, the fact remains the same, that free background checks are useful. It gives an overview of the personality and working habits of the person.Remember to assess only the relevant information to prevent having information overload about the person. Time is always a factor. Some perceive free background checks to be too time consuming. This may only occur when you get too much information about the person.Background checks are now usually standard protocol not only to most companies but also at home when hiring household help. Thus, free background checks are not only for big companies. It is something for the average household.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American philosopher said "The primary wisdom is intuition." It is not just a theory, it is part of who we are. Without training we can happen upon it occasionally and we usually like the results when we follow our intuition. What would happen if we learned to tap into our own innate intuition on a daily basis? Why don't we? As Carl Jung said "intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason." It is real and it is not in our heads. And our head can't control it. There are many ways we sabotage our own natural intuition all the time. We don't give it a chance. How? We hurry so much that we don't take time to listen to our intuition. - We need to slow down or just be still to hear our intuition. We don't look for the symbolism in things or events nor do we develop our symbolic ability. - We need to be open to possibilities. We let our ego control us, and insist on being in charge/controlling everything around us. - The ego is threatened by the presence of your intuition. We confuse intuition with fear and wishful thinking. - When we stay in our heads and let our emotions control us, we lose the gift of what our intuition can offer. We continue to associate with people who don't believe in intuition or want to use it. - Intuition is contagious. But so is a lack of intuition. We think we can force intuition just like we can pedal a bike or pump weights. - Intuition comes where and when invited, but not on demand. We insist on staying in our logical, rational, analytical thinking as the only way to find solutions to problems or make decisions or find solutions. - When we are centered, using all our emotional intelligence tools and habits, intuition can flood us with many creative alternatives that the intellect could not conceive. We listen to our ego when it tells us it can handle the problem or situation itself. - We allow the ego to reject the insights that intuition offers. We believe we don't need to learn tools, skills and habits to master our intuition. - By getting trapped in the endless loop of our heads, we never get a chance to develop our intuition to see how good it can become. One of the most brilliant and analytical minds of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein said, "The real valuable thing is intuition." If this famous and rational mind can credit intuition so highly, maybe we should give it a try too. Who knows, with a little practice, a little coaching and a few successes, perhaps we too will start to see the wisdom of using this 'thing' called intuition.
Most agendas for a meeting look like this.* Budget* Payroll* Staff* Sales* ZvoufzxtnSome people tell me, "That's a perfectly good agenda. I know what all of those things mean, except, uh, 'Zvoufzxtn'." The point is, Zvoufzxtn means as much to you as the other terms mean to the other participants. For example, does budget mean increase the budget? Plan a budget? Report on the budget? Reduce the budget? Complain about the budget? Make fun of the budget? Or zvoufzxtn the budget?An agenda like the one above could launch a meeting that considers all of the possibilities mentioned above. Instead, you may have wanted to reallocate funds from one department to another.A proper agenda specifies everything that the participants need to know to make the meeting effective. It should contain:Goal: A clear description of the results expected by the end of the meeting, such as a decision, agreement, or solution.Outcome: The reason (or benefit) for achieving the goal.Activities: A detailed list of the activities that will be used in the meeting. This should be so complete that someone else could use it to lead your meeting.Logistics: Everything that the participants need to know to contribute to an effective meeting. This can include directions to the meeting room, instructions on how to prepare, and a list of things to bring.A complete agenda will help you hold effective meetings.