We released Glassdoor’s pay analysis publicly for the first time analyzing the compensation of our ~600 employees, revealing a 20 percent”unadjusted” pay gap in the average base pay between men and women. But when we control for age, job title, job level, department, and employee performance scores, the “adjusted” pay gap disappears. We commit to conduct this analysis for base pay and variable pay at least annually to ensure we prevent unintended bias in our compensation programs. Further, we are committed to continue to focus on efforts to attract, retain and advance women into higher paying leadership roles. See more in our blog “Glassdoor Reveals Employee Pay Data by Gender.” In committing to help other employers in their own pay equality efforts, we launched a pilot program to conduct gender pay analysis through independent confidential economic research. Employers interested in being considered may submit their companies for consideration here. We hosted the Glassdoor Pay Equality Roundtable with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Glassdoor CEO & Co-founder Robert Hohman and Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, and other leaders. Taking place on Equal Pay Day, the conversation focused on the importance of salary transparency in closing the gender pay gap, as well as companies commitment to challenging any biases that exist. Learn more about the Roundtable here. Today, Glassdoor is especially proud to be a part of a growing list of companies committed to equality in the workplace – Employers for Pay Equity. Kickstarted by the White House Equal Pay Pledge earlier this summer, the consortium is comprised of 21 companies including Accenture, Expedia and Pinterest, working together toward the common goal of eliminating national pay and leadership gaps for women and ethnic minorities.The announcement today comes in tandem with Women’s Equality Day, marking 96 years since women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. It’s a day of celebration for how far we’ve come, but even more, it’s a day to encourage one another to continue breaking down barriers.Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires equal pay for equal work, the gender pay gap in the United States persists. According to Glassdoor research, women earn on average $0.76 for every $1 men earn on an unadjusted basis. However, even when controls for age, work experience, education, location, job title and company are applied, a 5.4% pay gap that cannot be explained still exists.We believe companies are the key to eliminating pay gaps and we are delighted to join forces with other progressive companies to continue to make progress. As an employer and platform dedicated to workplace and salary transparency, we are committed to taking action individually and collectively to close the gap. Here’s a snapshot of Glassdoor’s efforts close the gap:Our Economic Research team studied the gender pay gap and confirmed it is real and significant. Although the adjusted gender pay gap is smaller when controlling for factors including age, location and experience, it is still real and reveals a gender equality issue that needs to be addressed. The full study, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, can be found here. We continue to help employers highlight their pay equality commitments to their employees and candidates via a Pay Equality Pledge badge that may be added to their company’s Glassdoor profile page. More than 2,300 employers have already promoted pay equality commitments on Glassdoor. Learn more here. As a founding member of Employers for Pay Equity, we believe that through greater workplace transparency, we can meet the consortium’s mission of “ensuring that all individuals are compensated equitably for equal work and experience and have an equal opportunity to contribute and advance in the workplace.”Join us in this effort by sharing your pay anonymously on Glassdoor to help others know their worth. Share your salary here. If you are interested in finding out more about Employers for Pay Equity, learn more here.
DISCOVER: See Open Jobs Hiring In Your Area Today! Whether you are giving a major presentation or simply speaking with a colleague about a project, effective communication is key. It sounds simple, but really, the art of workplace interaction is one of the toughest to master. And unfortunately, there are a lot of small ways you can trip up. Something as innocuous as a misplaced word or offhand comment can leave a bad impression that lasts for weeks.The good news, though, is that these errors are relatively easy to fix — all it takes is a little bit of self-awareness. Eager to upgrade your office vocab and dazzle your coworkers with your communication skills? Read on to find out which phrases you need to ditch, and what you should say instead.1. “Do you think you could…”Example:“Do you think you could have that draft in by Tuesday?”It makes sense why people phrase requests and deadlines like this — no one wants to sound like they’re barking orders at their teammates. But when you verbally tiptoe around an ask, it can lead to genuine confusion. Take the example above: the ambiguousness of the statement means somebody could read Tuesday as either a firm deadline, or a suggested timeline based on their bandwidth. If you’re working against a clear deadline, don’t be afraid to ask “Can you please finish this by Tuesday?” Your coworker will appreciate the candor.2. “No big deal!”Example:Coworker: Can you put together a Q4 report for me? You: Sure, no big deal! Helping out coworkers is great, but when you eagerly agree to each and every request without hesitation, they may assume that you have more free time than you really do. And that’s a surefire way to get way too much piled onto your plate at once. Rather than blindly obliging and sacrificing your own workload, let your colleague know you’re willing to help (if you actually are!), but give them a reasonable timeline that factors in your other priorities.[Related: 3 Polite Ways to Turn Down Extra Work]3. “Sorry”Example:“Sorry I’ve been asking so many questions lately.”Okay, this is one that I’m absolutely guilty of. Whether I’m asking for help, made a mistake or just want somebody’s attention, “sorry” is often my go-to. But I recently saw a comic that provided a really great alternative — every time you want to say “sorry”, replace it with “thank you”. In the example above, you might want to say something like “Thank you for all of your help lately — it means a lot to me.” That way, you can express your gratitude for their patience and assistance without the unnecessary self-deprecation.[Related: Sorry, Not Sorry! The Problem With Women & Workplace Apologies]4. “Like” Example:“We have, like, a lot of customers in the pipeline right now.” Your sixth grade English teacher was right — saying “like” too often does make you sound a bit ditzy. A few “likes” here and there isn’t a problem, but if you struggle to get through a ten-minute presentation without saying it a couple dozen times, you might want to cut back. The first step is to just become conscious of how often you say it. Next time you’re on the phone or in a meeting, make a tick mark on a Post-it to keep tally of how often you’re saying it. You’ll be surprised how many times you’ve said it when you see the marks on the paper. Eventually, you’ll be able to catch yourself before it even happens.5. “I just threw this together.”Example:“Let me walk you through this deck I just threw together really quickly.” We often try to downplay our accomplishments in the workplace in order to avoid coming off as overly cocky. But while some degree of humility is definitely a plus, you don’t want to dismiss your efforts altogether. When it comes to your career, you have to be your own biggest advocate — because if you aren’t vocal in proving your worth, there’s no guarantee that anybody else will.[Related: 3 Ways To Show Employers Your Value]6. “Kind of”Example:“So it looks like revenue kind of decreased in the last year.”Asserting your opinion can be intimidating, especially if you’re just starting out in your career. But wishy-washy phrases don’t do you any favors. At best, it sounds like you’re hedging your bets, and at worst, it sounds like you don’t know what you’re talking about. When you’re sure of something, declare your opinion confidently by striking the “kind of” altogether. People are much more likely to take your point of view seriously if you make it clear that you believe in what you’re saying.7. “Actually”Example:Coworker: “Could you send me those images I asked for the other day?”You: “Actually, I already sent them to you.” The word “actually” frequently comes up when you’re trying to correct somebody, but it can often come off as a bit snarky. You can convey the exact same information you want to without rubbing a mistake in anyone’s face, though. With this example, you could simply say “Of course! I sent them to you yesterday, but let me know if you have trouble finding them.” That way, your coworker knows you didn’t drop the ball, but you don’t sound as if you’re confronting them.
PSG ace Marco Verratti insists leaving Paris doesn’t have to happen this summer.Verratti is being linked with Barcelona and Juventus.“I don’t need to leave at all costs, but this time I want to see if Paris Saint-Germain buy champions,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“If that does happen, then I’d be happy to remain.”It’s been revealed president Nasser Al Khelaifi and director of sport Antero Henrique met the Italian on Thursday to propose a €220m transfer strategy.
The agent of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu admits AC Milan are keen.There’s reports Milan already have a deal for the Turkey international.”There’s been contact,” representative Bektas Demirtas told Reviersport.de.“Still, I don’t want to comment on this. I’ll just say that Milan are a top European club.”TMW says Milan are seeking to buy the Turk for €20 million.
Photo by sadalit, flickr.If you are a company or nonprofit teaming up to do cause-related marketing in 2008, take heed: slapping charitable branding on a product is not enough. Today’s consumers are socially conscious but they are also savvy — and skeptical. Cause-related ventures are held to high standards, and vague claims of social good are scrutinized. So, in support of Cone’s What Do You Stand For? project, here are the four things all cause-related ventures should stand for:1. SuitabilityDoes the partnership pass the sniff test for suitability? For example, even if the company donated all of its profits, Hummer would never be a good partner for Greenpeace. Sounds obvious, right? But I’ve seen some partners that seemed poorly suited this year, including Trident promoting Save the Children nutrition and literacy programs. Gum doesn’t fit with nutrition — or literacy, since it’s not even allowed in libraries or schools. Operation Smile would have made more sense as a partner. You want a fit that makes sense to the consumer – it’s stickier that way (pun intended). You also want a fit that makes sense to the partners, who should look for a deeper win-win. An ideal partnership is one where the cause and company’s objectives reinforce each other. 2. AuthenticityA close cousin of suitability, authenticity is about the company walking the talk of the cause. A nice example is the Pure Prevention campaign, which my organization helped plan and support (so I’m biased). Luna Bar walks the talk of health concerns and nutrition, so it makes sense for them to support a cause that focuses on the environmental causes of breast cancer. Check it out here.3. TransparencyThis is HUGE. It’s not enough to say, we’re partners and a portion of proceeds benefits xyz charity. Both the company and the charity need to say what amount of money is going where to do what. Very, very clearly – on everything. Put it on price tags, marketing materials, everywhere. Err on the side of openness. The RED controversy shows there are people out there watching! (PS: RED has done a good job on reporting – check out their site.)4. Selling PointLots of research, including from Cone, shows consumers will buy cause-related products over those that don’t have a charitable tie-in, PRICE AND QUALITY BEING EQUAL. So don’t think alignment with a cause is a unique value proposition, unless you have the same price and quality. If you don’t, you need other selling points. The Susan G. Komen partnerships make things pink, which believe it or not, is a selling point — people went crazy for Campbell’s cans in pink because they looked neat (and were different and unexpected). So color can actually be a selling point. What value can you add to you add to the product in question that extends and supplements the charitable merits it presents? Figure it out. You want people to buy into this!I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to follow these principles – and don’t just take my word for it. From Cause-Related Marketing Blog, here’s a great analysis of what happens when you don’t.
Relevance is the secret to fundraising. That’s all. If your message fits in with your donor’s life, the chance that she’ll give is very high.But it’s not easy to be relevant. There’s a gap in understanding between you and your donor. You are an expert in your field, she is not.The place where being relevant matters most is your offer — the specific thing you’re asking the donor to do. A relevant fundraising offer has seven elements:1. Problem or opportunityPresent the donor with a specific situation that demands a response. The general, big-picture need for what your organization does will not accomplish this.2. SolutionHelp the donor see that her money does something real, that her gift translates to a solution to the problem.3. CostYou need to connect the problem and situation to her pocketbook. The donor’s part in the solution should feel meaningful. Ask for amounts that are in the neighborhood of the donor’s previous giving.4. UrgencyYou need specific reasons for the donor not to delay her response. If a donor puts the decision aside for later, the chance of it happening drops dramatically. Give a meaningful deadline. And make it clear that there are negative consequences of failure to act.5. ContextA good fundraising offer does not require special knowledge to understand. You should be able to write your offer in one sentence. Avoid professional jargon and solutions that are not closely connected to problems.6. Donor benefitsYou should make it very clear to your donor that something good will come back to her as a result of her giving, such as:Giving will make it possible for us to continue to serve you, or serve others like you.Giving will help make the world or our community a better place.Giving will fulfill a religious or social obligation.Giving will make you feel good.Giving is tax deductible.7. EmotionThe case for any fundraising offer needs to be visceral and emotional — with facts that back it up. You can’t educate a donor into giving. Having an air-tight rational case for your offer will get you nowhere — until you can bring a tear to the donor’s eye.Source: Merkle Orange Papershttp://www.donorpowerblog.com/Copyright © 2007 Merkle Inc.All rights reserved
Inside Influence Report, one of my favorite newsletters from the great gang at ASU, reminds us once again why it pays to be personal. Here’s the story, from Noah Goldstein:I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Nicest guy in the world. Will do, and has done, anything for anybody. So I was totally perplexed — and as a social psychologist, very interested — when I learned he was having difficulty finding someone to cover his shift on the weekend of my wedding. I asked him if he had ever volunteered to take his colleagues’ shifts, and he replied that indeed he had. Considering all he had done in the past to help them, and all that we know about the power of the norm of reciprocation, it was puzzling that he could not get a single person to volunteer to help him out during his time of need. By the time he had answered my next question, however, the solution to the mystery was clear. When I inquired how he went about asking for help, he said that he had sent out an e-mail. And it wasn’t just any of type of e-mail — it was a mass e-mail, in which all of the recipients could see all the other recipients. The problem with this strategy is that it creates what is called diffusion of responsibility. By sending out the mass e-mail in a way that made visible the large number of coworkers being asked, no one single individual felt personally responsible for helping. Instead, each recipient likely assumed that someone else on that list would agree to help. In a classic demonstration of diffusion of responsibility, social psychologists John Darley and Bibb LatanÃ© staged a situation in which a student seemed to be having an epileptic seizure during a study. When a single bystander was present, that person helped approximately 85% of the time. But when five bystanders were present — all of whom were located in separate rooms, so no one could be certain if the victim was receiving help — only 31% of the bystanders helped. Fortunately for this friend, Noah Goldstein knew what to do. He told the doctor to send personal emails asking individual people specifically. It worked. The doctor attended the wedding.The more your “asks” appear to be made from you, personally and directly, to an individual, the more likely people will support you. So segment your audience. Show you know them. Speak to them like individuals. Try some one-on-one contact with your biggest supporters. Mass, impersonal, Dear Friend emails just won’t do the same job. Just ask the doctor.
Continuing with haiku week (don’t forget to submit yours!), today is dedicated to marketers.Marketer HaikuThe truth is betterThreaded through the target’s eyeA web of beauty
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Martha Fikre Adenew, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Martha Fikre Adenew, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Working with the Birthing Project and participating in different events has helped me to see many different perspectives. It has been a busy month with different events and activities in Birthing Project and in New Orleans.One of the big events we were busy organizing was a baby shower. It is not a regular baby shower; it is done after the baby is born. The objective of this baby shower is to enable mothers to set goals for their future and dream for their babies’ future. This event helps sister friends and little sisters to strengthen their relationship after the baby is born. It creates a platform for the sister friend to identify how she can help her little sister achieve her goals for herself (this may include family planning, going back to school, finding a job, etc.). In addition the little sisters dream what they want their babies to be in the future and what they have to do to see them succeed. This has given me an idea for my own project to prepare a similar event after the baby is born which will help rural mothers to think about immunization, nutrition, good care, education for their babies and protecting their babies from different harmful traditional practices.In addition to the routine activities in the New Orleans Birthing Project I have also been co-facilitating the Tulane Global Maternal and Child Health Learning Community program. This is an informal learning program where students and staff from Tulane University, staff from Birthing Project and people from the community come together and discuss women’s issues. Since it is an informal discussion everybody has a chance to express themselves and produce brilliant ideas. Involving people who have had social impact, like my mentor and Ashoka Fellow Ms. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, in universities definitely helps students learn. Being part of the program has also allowed me to share my experiences with people who have different areas of expertise. Since I am responsible for the program it gives me an opportunity to learn how to organize events and interact with people. In addition it gives me ideas of how to pass knowledge and experience to future leaders.To facilitate networking and collaboration we also hosted a party for Ashoka U students from Tulane University. The students came from different educational backgrounds but almost all were interested in one thing: social entrepreneurship. This shows me how Ashoka is working with all different part of society, like university students, social entrepreneurs and Young Champions. We were able to discuss different issues and identify areas of collaboration. This is just the beginning of networking and collaboration that will continue into the future.These different interactions with different people have really expanded my knowledge day by day. Though I sometimes get ambitious and need to be part of everything, the experience has given me a way to think more broadly. I am sure the next six months will bring more clarity and more refining of my project idea while I continue to build my knowledge and experience.Share this:
Will you no longer be able to do independent work in the state of Massachusetts? According to an organized group of freelancers in the state, a new law could make it impossible for you to be hired as a freelancer. Misclassification of true employees as independent contractors results in a loss of benefits and protections, from health insurance to unemployment insurance, for the individual. However, there is a clear place for independent contractors in the new, mobile workforce [pdf], and they should not be wrongly classified as employees either. (For a quick overview of employees vs. contractors, check out the Small Business Administration website.) The proper classification of all workers is necessary, but will this proposal be at the cost of true independent contractors? Find out more about this Massachusetts proposal and take action. While Freelancers Union continues to grow, we can’t be everywhere at once, so we’re thankful to our members who help advocate for the greater freelance workforce and bring specific issues like these to our attention (thanks, Erin!). We welcome your input here, on our blog, as well as through the “Issues That Affect the Independent Workforce” forum thread.
I am an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video, and have assisted countless artists in navigating the legal aspects of the music business. My new book, The 11 Contracts that Every Artist, Songwriter and Producer Should Know is an in-depth guide to contracts that new and emerging artists are most likely to encounter, paired with professional commentary.This blog briefly discusses the book and offers some tips that are discussed in more detail in The 11 Contracts.In the book, I present sample agreements for various deal in the music business and then break down the nuances of both the legal and business sides of the arrangement.The book is not only for artists and other creators but for managers, indie labels, music business students, attorneys, and anyone who would like a leg up in negotiating the best possible deal.Online access to the following video content is included with the purchase of The 11 Contracts including in-depth conversations about music clearances and licensing and analysis of management, artist, publishing and producer agreements, plus the art of hiring a music attorney, and more.Tips1. Join a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) and Collect Money for Your Live PerformancesAny songwriter should join one of the U.S. Performance Rights Organizations: BMI, ASCAP, SESAC. All of them collect money for performances of songs on radio, TV, the Internet and physical venues and then distributes those monies to songwriters and their representatives, music publishers.Unless you are a member of one of the three PROS you will not get paid for live performances of your songs. The fees for joining these PROs are nominal and SESAC is free.Other perks of membership include:Face to face feedback on your musicNetworking opportunities with producers, artists, and other songwritersShowcase opportunities with music industry executives in the audienceDirect payment for live performances of your musicCheck out the following webpages for more info: BMI Live, ASCAP OnStage and SESAC Live PerformanceA client of mine made over $1250 from one calendar quarter playing her music at live gigs using SESAC’s live performance program.2. If you write with another songwriter or producer – prepare and sign a “split sheet”A split sheet states who owns what percentage of a song and sets forth the credit each person should receive. A split sheet should be created for each and every song that was created by more than one person and should be filled out and signed by all the writers before ever shopping it to a third party or trying to license it for placements.Every day around the world, songwriters collaborate on songs and never clarify who wrote what. But, if you are ever fortunate enough to license your song for a commercial, movie, or TV show, you may find yourself fighting over who receives what percentage of the revenues generated from your song.Many songwriters and artists just want to create great music and may feel uncomfortable introducing a split sheet and dividing up shares of publishing when they’re trying to be creative. However, it’s a necessary part of the songwriting process.Have a meeting about split sheets prior to hitting the studio. This way everyone understands that it’s not personal, it’s just business. Doing this makes everyone feel as though their interests are protected, which can enhance creativity rather than inhibiting it.Split sheets should contain the following information:The name of each writerPercent of ownership. This is key. If the song makes money, this will determine how much each writer will receiveCredit for each writer, including who wrote the lyrics and who composed the underlying musicEveryone’s signatureA sample split sheet is included in 11 Contracts that Every Artist, Songwriter and Producer Should Know.3. Register your songs and master with the U.S. Copyright OfficeRegistration is not a prerequisite for copyright protection. Under the Copyright Act of 1976, a copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, and registration is not a condition of copyright protection.However, registration provides crucial benefits to copyright owners. Those benefits, which are set forth at the U.S. Copyright Office’s website, include the following:Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court.If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies.Of the reasons to register set forth above, the most important are that a copyright owner (i) cannot start a lawsuit for copyright infringement before registering, and (ii) cannot secure statutory damages or attorneys’ fees without registering.With respect to (ii), the Copyright Act provides for statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement and attorneys fees. It is crucial that if the work has been published (that is released for sale), the registration occurs prior to any infringement.Otherwise, the plaintiff must prove actual damages, which can be difficult to quantify, or may equal a negligible amount unless the defendant earned a lot of money from the infringing work.Note that the only way to secure the benefits of copyright registration is to register with the U.S. Copyright Office. These benefits, contrary to a popular myth, cannot be obtained by sending a copy of your song or master to yourself (even by certified or registered mail).You can find an application and instructions on how to apply here. Additional details on fees and filing for more than one work in a single application are offered in the 11 Contracts book.Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience. He served as an attorney at a law firm representing Atlantic and Elektra Records, as in-house counsel for a Hollywood movie studio, and served as Director of Business Affairs for Sony Music for more than 10 years. He currently manages his own law firm in Manhattan.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.My friend Andy came to Boston on Tuesday. He lives in LA and sent me an e-mail to let me know he was coming to town: “If you’re free and interested, I’d be glad to buy you dinner.”Between you and me, I wasn’t sure if his invitation meant that he’d be eating along with me, but a free meal is a free meal, so I took my chances and said yes.He told me he was staying at the Westin Hotel in Copley place, so I suggested Legal Sea Foods, a terrific restaurant that never disappoints. We agreed to meet at 6:30.I arrived about 10 minutes early so I had a seat at the bar and ordered a beer. 20 minutes later he hadn’t shown up, so I sent him a text:Me: Here at Legal! Andy: Seated Me: Stand byI grabbed my half-full glass, walked into the restaurant proper and started looking around.No Andy. So I asked a waiter: “Have you seen a guy sitting by himself in here somewhere?” Nope.As I made my way back to the front entrance, things were starting to click together. I asked the hostess: “By any chance, is there more than one Legal Sea Foods in the area?”She smiled and handed me a small slip of paper. I confess that for one fleeting moment I thought maybe it would be her phone number, but no, it was walking directions to the other Legal Sea Food.I thanked her, sent a quick text to Andy and gulped the remainder of my beer. Eight minutes later, we were sitting down to dinner.Now I don’t know why the people at Legal feel the need for two restaurants so close together. Some people go years between seafood meals; certainly the rest of us could afford to hang on for three more blocks.Whatever the reason, clearly I was not the first person to make this mistake. The prewritten slip of paper was a smart idea – one that made the hostess’s life easier by her not having to keep repeating walking directions and my life easier by not having to remember them.So, what kinds of simple, efficient tools have you developed for your business? If you find yourself creating things from scratch, over and over again, it might be worth considering.Here are a few that I rely on, to help get you thinking:Directions to my office. I don’t get a ton of visitors, but after typing it into an e-mail a few times, I developed a one-sheet direction page complete with a map, instructions for parking and my contact information. I e-mail it to people the first time they come.Standardized cards. “Congratulations on the launch of your newsletter;” “Thank you for the referral;” “Good to meet you.” Using an online service called Send Out Cards (my affiliate link) that automates the sending of snail mail cards from my computer, I’ve set up a number of standard templates. I customize the messages each time, but the format is done and ready to go.Service descriptions. I’ve got a handful of client programs that I offer. These are invariably customized for different people and different situations, but here as well, I begin with a standard template that I modify.New client questionnaire. I ask new clients to fill out a 30-question (or so) questionnaire about their company, goals, approach, clients, etc., before our first meeting. It helps them begin thinking about our work together and gives me greater insight into who they are and what they need before we begin. Plus, it gives them the (accurate) impression that I’ve done this many times before.Newsletter sign-up form. Speaking to a group is a terrific opportunity to grow your newsletter subscriber list. If they like you, you can easily walk away with 75% of the room signing up. I’ve got a form that I pass out and that I’ve fine-tuned over the years to make this as productive as possible (click “reply” to send me an e-mail and I’m happy to share it with you).Here’s the bottom line. Lots of solos don’t bother developing these kinds of simple tools and systems – they think they’re only for big companies and big projects.Not me. The way I look at it, the more efficient we can get managing repeatable, often mundane aspects of our work, the more time there is for eating seafood.Michael Katz is a Boston-based marketing consultant and founder of Blue Penguin Development. He specializes in helping professional service firms stand out from the pack by positioning them as Likeable Experts. Get a free copy of his report, “The Professional Service Provider’s Essential Reading List – 11 Recommended Business(ish) Books.”
Rivaldo has joined in the hottest debate that splits the current world of football.Who is better Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?The Brazilian legend has cast his vote, and it is in favour of Lionel Messi. Rivaldo said that Messi is the best footballer in the world and that, he personally, would love to play along side the Argentine.”I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” the attacking midfielder who won the La Liga title twice with Barcelona was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.”I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” Rivaldo added.The 45-year-old also said football was far more difficult during his time and the current generation lacks the same level of competition.”In my time there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world,”I remember Figo, Del Piero or Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times,” said Rivaldo, who has scored 35 goals in 74 appearances for Brazil from 1993 to 2003.
Explosive openers Chris Gayle and Kevin Lewis along with spinner Sunil Narine were missing from the West Indies line-up for the T20I series against India. Andre Russell first missed his flight to India and then was ruled out of the series with injury adding to the fact Dwayne Bravo has already retired last month from international cricket.Denesh Ramdin though feels that absence of their top players was a major reason for their defeat in the Twenty20 series, as a Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni-less India steamrolled the current T20 world champions.Barring two ODIs, the Caribbean side was easily crushed by the hosts, who won the Test, the ODI and the Twenty20 series with ease.”It’s difficult to build a team given the current scenario. When you look at our T20 players they are in demand all over the world, so yes, we are suffering in that aspect. Our senior players did not turn up for the tour, and that’s one of the reasons why we are 2-0 down in this series”, Ramdin said ahead of the third and final T20 in Chennai on Sunday.”It’s all about having food on the table. The players are good enough to be taken by a team in another part of the world, then I can’t stop a player who’s out there to improve.”The West Indies batsmen struggled to pick chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and it played a huge role in India’s dominant show in all three series, said Ramdin.advertisement”Guys haven’t been able to pick him, and basically he was been one of the threats in the middle overs and unfortunately we couldn’t’t push on.” Ramdin said it was more disappointing that despite being the world T20 champions they could not perform well in shortest format.”We played our first game at Eden Gardens, where we were expecting to do well. But we didn’t adapt as well as we should. We didn’t’t string any partnerships either. T20 banks on momentum and partnerships, and we couldn’t’t do that,” he said.”But Hope and Hetmyer have had success, to transfer themselves from 50-over mindset to T20 cricket. They have tried their best, and one needs 10-12 balls to get a start, but they haven’t capitalised. A lot of T20 cricket is about momentum and we haven’t been able to build on it, he added.Ramdin said the spinners will play a key role in tomorrow’s match.There’s a system in place. The wickets in WI are similar to India, slow and turning. On this wicket, with the square boundaries a bit bigger, it’s important our spinners bowl better tomorrow. On this wicket it is very important that we bowl the right lengths.”Talking about lack of top class fast bowlers from West Indies, which has produced some legendary players such as Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Ramdin said there were “some good pacer coming through”.”But they lack in experience because our first-class series is so short. Some guys get injured and some get thrown into the big stage. But our first-class level and international level has a big gap. They still need to get up there in terms of fitness and accuracy.”Ramdin hoped the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) would help unearth more talent in the years to come.”I would like to use the Indian Premier League as an example. Indian cricket is so strong in all formats because of the IPL, since young players come through the system. So in five years, hopefully our cricket can take off to that next level, because we have some exciting T20 and 50-overs cricketers,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)
Let’s get to the point: the running game has been horrendous this year.Most expected a step forward after an offseason of work, coupled with the hiring of former NFL coach Greg Adkins.4.1 yards per carry ranks No. 84 in the nation in FBS. The number is good, but there have been some glaring issues on the line that require attention.Saturday, for example, highlighted bad play and frankly some laziness.https://twitter.com/crshall/status/647902719282401281“Hassan Ridgeway ’bout to eat.” Heck, I think ANYONE could ‘eat’ if they were facing that. Ridgeway blew the play up before Rudolph was even able to drop back into his progressions. And Lewis was only able to get one hand on him.Paul Lewis has looked bad at times at right guard, where, granted, he is new to the position. It’s been suggested that his backup, Jesse Robinson, could be in the dog house which has allowed Lewis more time on the field. Regardless, when it gets that bad, there will likely be changes made.When coaches review this on film, they may decide to make adjustments either with Lewis’ technique or with personal adjustments. At this point, Robinson or redshirt freshman Lemaefe Galea’i stand to require immediate playing time to see if things can get settled quickly up front. Look for changes to take place as early as Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Manchester City Whatever the competition, Guardiola wants to win – Sane Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 02:49 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Livesey/Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Leroy Sané Kevin De Bruyne The in-form Germany international believes that the Catalan never lets his standards slip in his quest for silverware on all fronts Pep Guardiola’s winning mentality will make sure in-form Manchester City do not let their standards slip this season, according to Leroy Sane.Table-topping City are setting a ferocious pace in the early stages of the Premier League title race, with their lead over nearest rivals Manchester United sitting at eight points after just 11 games.Man Utd 12/1 to win UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola’s side are also through to knockout stages of the Champions League and face Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup in December, demonstrating their determination to succeed on all fronts after failing to win a trophy in 2017.”He [Guardiola] wants to win every game we play, it doesn’t matter what competition,” Sane told Manchester City’s official website.”He wants to win trophies, so it’s very good when you have a coach like him. He also has a lot of experience which he shares with us.”Also, he wants every player to improve. Every training session he tries to help every player, make them better.”.@LeroySane19 on life under Pep, Stones’ form and the love from the City fans!https://t.co/3dX1lBHcRC #mancity pic.twitter.com/a18wJuA17i— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 10, 2017Sane – who arrived from Schalke in August 2016 – already has eight goals this season, just one less than his tally for the whole of his debut campaign in England.However, the Germany international knows he must keep striving to improve under Guardiola, or else risk losing his place in the team.”Every player knows that if they don’t give their best, to keep their level high, there is another player who is also very good who deserved to play,” he added.”That’s why it’s good for every player to have this pressure, to get better and play well every game, which helps the whole team.”Still only 21, the speedy winger admits he is fortunate to be playing alongside world-class playmakers in Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva at City.”If you play with people like Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva together you know that, when they have the ball in attack, something is going to happen,” Sane said of his two team-mates.”It doesn’t matter how small the space is, they will find a way to get the ball through to players. That’s why you have to be focused all the time, to give them any option to pass the ball and create chances for the team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Wenger has Arsenal warning for Emeryby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsene Wenger has told his successor Unai Emery that he has a responsibility to play attractive football as Arsenal manager.Speaking to Goal on Monday night, Wenger has some words to say about the current Arsenal side and Emery.“I’m not here to judge coaches, I am a supporter of Arsenal Football Club so I just support [Unai Emery],” the unemployed 69-year-old said.“I hope that he can win the games and plays a type of game that I like.“I think a club like Arsenal is a huge responsibility and one of the responsibilities is to play attractive football.“After that, I think the most important thing is to support the team, the club and win games.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
On May 17th, 300 Messengers of the Moon will make the Pilgrimage from Xcaret to Cozumel for Annual Tradition in the Riviera Maya Riviera Maya, Mexico – April 18, 2019 – Priding itself on sharing the very best of Mexico’s authentic culture with guests, Hotel Xcaret Mexico invites travelers to experience one of the oldest traditions from the pre-Hispanic era, the Sacred Mayan Journey, from May 17th to the 18th. The pilgrimage recreates an ancient tradition where canoers, also known as Messengers of the Moon, departed from Xcaret’s Caleta beach to Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel. This year, 223 canoers from 14 different countries will participate in the event, on board 38 canoes. The experience is part of the resort’s ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® offering to guests, which includes complimentary access to the Scared Mayan Experience at Xcaret Park and eight other nature park and tours. Hotel guests who wish to bid farewell to the canoers at dawn, will be transported to the park between 4:00 and 5:00 AM. Visitors not staying at the hotel can also attend the event buy buying an admission ticket online or at the Park’s ticket booths. “Our mission at Grupo Xcaret is the preserve our Mexican culture and share it with all those who visit us,” explains said Marcos Constandse, Counselor of the Board and VP of Finance and Business Administration at Grupo Xcaret. “Witnessing the Sacred Mayan Journey takes visitors back in time, allowing them to appreciate one of the most fascinating rituals that dates to Pre-Hispanic times.” On this nearly 20-mile voyage, the Messengers – dressed in traditional attire – take offerings with them to present to the goddess Ixchel in Cozumel. Upon arriving back to Xcaret Park, a welcome ceremony takes place with traditional dances, prayers and celebration that praise the Messengers’ hard work and dedication. Visitors can join in on both the farewell and welcome ceremonies, a unique opportunity to immerse with the local culture. The participants, who sign up and train for the mission months in advance, join the Scared Mayan Journey as an opportunity for internal transformation that tests endurance, character, strength and teamwork skills. Grupo Xcaret has been at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Mexico for over 25 years, offering family-friendly activities that highlight the best of Mexican nature and culture. The group is committed to the conservation and dissemination of Mexican folklore through yearly events such as the Sacred Mayan Journey, but also daily activities at Xcaret Park, where visitors can enjoy any day the year shows such as the Papantla Flyers (a ceremony declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO), a choreographed Aztec horse show, and Pre-Hispanic dances at the Mayan Village, a replica of an ancient Mayan City, and most notable a show called “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular”, where more than 300 artists take the audience on a journey of Mexico’s history in a display of traditional dances, enactments of Mexican history, legends and a full jamboree from the different regions of the country. After the Sacred Mayan Journey, guests can return to Hotel Xcaret Mexico to enjoy the many amenities available. The 900-suite property is an opulent haven where nature-driven experiences, superior service and the authentic Mexican spirit come to life. From the 10 distinct restaurants that showcase an array of options including traditional Mexican cuisine to the Muluk Spa that offers ancient treatments with innovative methods, guests can enjoy the best of Mexico’s authentic culture in many more ways at the Resort. About Grupo Xcaret Grupo Xcaret Parks and Tours are a benchmark for sustainable recreation in Mexico and around the world. The parks and tours specialize in offering visitors unique and unforgettable experiences, through unparalleled products and services that highlight the best of Mexico and are respectful of the environment. Grupo Xcaret is the leader in sustainable and socially responsible tourism in the Mexican Caribbean. Operating since 1990, Xcaret, the original park, contains more than 40 attractions surrounded by the jungle, coves and underground rivers. It offers exciting shows, as well as cultural activities that promote Mexican traditions. The other parks and tours are: Xel-Ha, an ecotourism aquatic park; Xplor and Xplor Fuego, parks featuring ziplines, ATVs and underground rives; Xenses, a sense-themed amusement and activities park; Xoximilco, an attraction that pays homage to Mexican culture, traditions and gastronomy; Xichen, a tour to archaeological and cultural sites in the Yucatan peninsula, including the Chichén Itzá pyramid; Xenotes, a nature tour in the Mexican jungle to visit cenotes; and Xavage, the latest addition to the Grupo Xcaret portfolio, an adventure park set to open in the summer of 2019. About Hotel Xcaret Mexico Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an opulent, oceanfront haven where thrilling nature-driven experiences, superior service and the authentically rich spirit of Mexico come to life. Situated by the azure blue Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle, the premier all-inclusive resort features striking architecture and design inspired by Mexican traditions, art and culture which reimagines the possibilities of all-inclusive hospitality. Complete with 900 spacious guest suites, 10 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center, the hotel offers guests all the perks and privileges of its exclusive All-Fun Inclusive® concept, where travelers are privy to Grupo Xcaret’s eight nature parks and archaeological tours, free airport transportation and more. Hotel Xcaret Mexico promises an unforgettable experience where guests can discover new ways to connect with nature, themselves and loved ones. For more information, visit http://www.hotelxcaret.com . About Xcaret Located near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Grupo Xcaret’s signature archaeological eco-park was founded in 1990 and aims to showcase the best of Mexican culture while immersing visitors in its magnificent natural scenarios. The park features three underground rivers, a conservation program for marine and terrestrial species, an aquarium, beaches and natural pools, four archaeological sites, a replica of a traditional twentieth century Mexican Hacienda and a replica of a Pre-Hispanic ballgame court, among many other attractions. Xcaret offers daily performances that range from indigenous dances to horse exhibitions, the most emblematic one being “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular” a journey through Mexican history with more than 300 artists on stage. Learn more at xcaret.com
zoom As the bulk carrier MV Benita settled deeper into the water while being towed to the Indian coast, the salvors needed to switch the towline connection as towing by the stern “was no longer possible,” the Greek company Five Ocean Salvage said.Namely, the 44,183 dwt vessel will now be towed from the bow to a scrapyard in Alang, India.“Over the last few days we have been assessing the tow-worthiness of the casualty and preparing for demolition tow to India which is the destination of the tow,” Five Ocean Salvage said.The company added that, because the tow is a dead ship, adjusting the towing arrangement was a slow process due to the dangerous conditions for the boarding team.The vessel was refloated on July 23 after a month long grounding in the southern part of Mauritius which was a result of a fight between the vessel’s crewmembers.The 1998-built bulk carrier was carrying some 145 tons of oil at the time of the incident.Prior to the refloating, the vessel’s bunker fuel, lubricant oil and other pollutants on board were removed. Cargo tanks and void spaces were sealed before being pressurized in order to facilitate the successful refloating attempt.World Maritime News Staff
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection, Route 311, Bible Hill The intersection on Route 311, Main Street, Trunk 4, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for improvements until Friday, June 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from the Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Friday, June 30, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guard rail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from north of the East Margaree-Belle Cote intersection, north for seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. The work will take place until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A traffic-control person will be on site. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 — Bridgetown Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Exit 21 westerly for 8.5 kilometres. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, June 30. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: West Advocate Road Detour Reids Brook Bridge on West Advocate Road will be closed for replacement until Tuesday, Aug. 1. Traffic will be handled by a two-lane, gravel detour now in place beside the existing bridge. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 -30- Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road near Brooklyn will be closed to traffic from Monday, June 19, to Friday, June 23, while a new culvert is installed. Detour signs will be in place directing traffic around the work site located near the intersection of Brooklyn Shore Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour, will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Northfield overpass to Exit 10, will have alternating lane closures until Tuesday, June 20, for repaving. A detour is available on Route 325 from Bridgewater to Mahone Bay. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle and flashing lights. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restriction The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, exit 9 (Avonport) interchange, on and off ramps and roundabout on Trunk 1 will have one-lane closures until Monday, July 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset and will last until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs.