Great video on critical thinking

The YouTube video below is an excellent presentation of the purpose, value and process of critical thinking. No amount of training or education can take the place of the ability to evaluate circumstances, analyze problems and think through solutions. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to get ahead in your company, building a team to complete a project or training your sole employee for your small business: you need to know how to think critically and teach your employees to do the same. Here’s a 5 minute introduction.

Just a reminder (service)

Do you use some reminder service like rememberthemilk.com? There are several excellent ones, and if you don’t use Firefox, they’ll do a good job for you.

However, I’ve just discovered an add-on for Firefox that does the job of keeping your to-dos and reminders/alarms constantly available on your browser. No calendar program needed. Very handy. It’s called ReminderFox and you can find it https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1191/. You can receive alarms in your browser and by email. You can even create “quick alarms” that remind you to do something a short time later, such as “it’s 4:00 p.m. — call your manager about the report.”

It’s set by default to reside in the right corner of the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. Just click on it and a fairly sophisticated reminder and to-do program window pops open. It’s very easy and intuitive, but there’s lots of user info and training available on the developer’s Firefox page (here). And it is free, but the developers would be most grateful for a small donation.

Small business marketing

The last three days, I’ve published some helpful guest articles for small business online marketing.  If you want your marketing efforts to produce more and better results, count on these basics to help.
How to Use Facebook for Business: Social Networking 101 for Entrepreneurs, Authors and Speakers covers the reasons why you want to be involved in social marketing and how to make it work on Facebook in particular.  Stephanie Chandler manages to tell you everything you really need to know, but makes it brief and to the point.  An excellent starter for those of you who haven’t yet taken advantage of Facebook for business.

In Get Your Marketing Mojo Working For You, Laura West explains the importance of “moving” or creating an emotional spark in your “audience.”  If you give people a reason to care and you approach them with the messages and in the media most compatible with your own style, you’ve got a formula that attracts attention.

Top 10 Ways To Get More Subscribers To Your Ezine reminds you that the old basics of building a contact list are stay relevant and workable.  Jim Allen wrote this in 2001 and it’s still fresh.  It still works.  And you still need to know it and do it.