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What You Don't Know About Tour Operators Could Get You Fired

What You Don't Know About Tour Operators Could Get You Fired

Congratulations! Your boss just announced your organization's ambition to be conquer the tour & travel markets.  Your task is to bring in as many tourists and tour groups as possible... yesterday.

By nature, great sales people and ambitious marketers get a kick out of tackling new opportunities.  Are you set up for failure or are you on the path to success? 

The War on Clutter: 8 Ways to Edit Your Workspace and Life

The War on Clutter: 8 Ways to Edit Your Workspace and Life

For the first time in history, owning less stuff is a sign of wealth. A recent article in T Magazinereports that the new rich are embracing “amor vacui,” the love of empty space.

Graham Hill, founder of design websiteLifeEdited, discovered the “luxury of less” long before the world’s affluent embarked on this trend. In 2007, he sold TreeHugger, the environmental website he founded. The windfall from that sale would lead the young tech millionaire to fill his mansion with all the electronics and possessions his heart desired.

 

How to Write an Unforgettable Thank-You Note | Entrepreneur.com

How to Write an Unforgettable Thank-You Note | Entrepreneur.com

Twenty years ago, I wrote a thank-you to a man named Brian from the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority. I was on a recycling field trip with a group of people from my office and he was our tour guide. After the tour, Brian and I exchanged business cards and made small talk. I got the feeling that we both were interested in learning more about each other, on a personal level.

After the tour I sent him the note. A week later, he called and asked me out on a date. We went on many more dates after that and eventually got married. I joke that the thank-you note was the catalyst for our long-lasting love affair. Besides, I never imagined meeting the man of my dreams at the county dump!

8 Writing Strategies for People Who Say They Can't Write

8 Writing Strategies for People Who Say They Can't Write

If you want to launch and grow a business, chances are you're going to have to put words on the page. Probably many words on many pages. Which means there's no room for saying you "hate writing" or "can't write."

In many cases, the more important the writing task, the more the would-be writer freezes up. The result can be something of a Mobius strip of anxiety turned into fear turned into more anxiety, and what you're left with is a blank page.

The Paper Routes That Changed the Business World

The Paper Routes That Changed the Business World

Leaving a flock of domesticated birds to their own devices, mis-handling ice cream scoopsand returning children to their parents covered in flour aren’t achievements you’d expect to see on top-tier resumes. Yet they’re all experiences that LinkedIn’s Influencers -- some of the top minds in business -- remember from the first jobs they ever had. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish stories from nearly 90 Influencers discussing the first time they earned a wage, as part of the “My First Job” feature series.

One takeaway from this compelling collection: Start young. About 80 percent of the business leaders that answered a survey on their early jobs were working before they were 18 years old. Reassuringly, these weren’t all prestigious assignments. In fact, when we surveyed participating Influencers, 39 percent said that their first professional gig comprised mostly grunt work.

Around 20 percent of the Influencers in this series worked in food service, 10 percent were retail store clerks, and another 10 percent landed entry-level office jobs. One job was particularly popular: Nearly 10 percent of survey respondents had a paper route.