PowerPoint makeover: Import Mishaps

  • April 22, 2010

Last week you learned about the best way to compose a PowerPoint presentation. I promised that we would troubleshoot a few of the common mishaps with that method. The...

4 PowerPoint rules you should follow

  • February 01, 2010

To help an audience tune in to your PowerPoint presentation instead of zoning out, stick to these four cardinal rules from communications coach Carmine Gallo when...

Starbucks and Internet Piracy

  • January 28, 2010

A woman on a talk radio show admitted to stealing sugar packets from her local Starbucks. But she expressed no shame. Indeed, she felt the theft was justified by the...

Are Your Clients Ignorant and Arrogant?

  • December 22, 2009

My late friend, the accomplished Michigan ad man James Alexander, once told me: “I can work with a client who is ignorant. I can work with a client who is...

Use salary reduction plan to lower tax

  • October 30, 2009

Suppose your employees regularly incur business expenses that are not reimbursed by your company. For example, they might personally pay for business travel or tools. If...

The "Preemptive Strike"

  • October 22, 2009

While making prospecting calls, you may often find you are receiving the same "put-offs" time and again – the pre-programmed responses prospects use to...

Where Starbucks Fails

  • October 15, 2009

Starbucks mission statement, according to their Web site, is to “develop enthusiastically satisfied customers all of the time.” If that’s so, can...

Are you a gold bug? Find the tax nuggets

  • October 05, 2009

If you're thinking of investing in gold, do it inside your retirement plan. As opposed to the maximum federal tax rate of 15% on most other long-term gains, the maximum...