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Be Organize: Effectively handling a meeting with a good plan

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A successful firm involves a lot of management support and organizational skills. It will be a waste of time and money if it is not handled properly. Differences arise and poor decisions are made when leaders fail to convey a good message on meetings.  Some conducts hours of meetings and yet members who attended the meeting discussed the same topic with questions and unclear results on their mind,wanting to take actions and initiative to do specific task but with fear that they are not authorized to perform it.

A leader can easily solve these kind of issues by practicing good moderation and properly facilitating meetings.A good meeting should provide swift,efficient exchange of information,enhance motivation,enable coordination and can easily resolve minor issues immediately.I have discussed on my previous blog that planning is very important and in an effective meeting this is crucial.

What should we prepare for in a meeting?

  1. Objective of the meeting
  2. Date and time . Two hours of meeting maximum is just ideal
  3. Attendees
  4. Prioritization of agenda with time line
  5. Meeting minutes with specific task owners

Always make a meeting as lively as possible by involving the audience and avoiding monotonous situation. Encourage participation and conversation that makes tension go away. My previous blog on about creating a happy environment will also help. To create balance to a meeting we need to address the agenda issues immediately to set an atmosphere of professionalism and urgency.

Managing a business is always coupled with great amount of time and effort. Be responsible and organize.  It will all start with good plan.

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April 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Twitter : How it become crucial to the success of e-commerce industry

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Every new idea looks crazy at first. When twitter was first introduced to the web, many thought its nonsense and of no use at all. A social site that ask, “what are you doing? “. What could possibly be the use of it than inquire about your activities and spy on your private life? If you will not think positive and be proactive on knowing the benefits of the web tool, you will be thinking that way also.
Twitter became famous when it was used to promote sites by providing links on the answers of the users. This created connections and potential market beneficial to your sites. For example, “I type on the answer box, “I’m posting an article to my blog, http://www.thejoyofstartingabusiness.blogspot.com” and I have 100 followers. The message will appear on all 100 following me on twitter and they will have an idea on my site. Right now, twitter is really crucial on site promotions everywhere. If you do not have an account yet, you need to secure one.
Establishing a new business involves risk taking. Many will think that you are crazy and that your business is nonsense but don’t buy what they are saying. You will need to be very optimistic for you to gain courage and self confidence. Don’t worry true progress will come, just be patient. Some great inventions came from ideas that seems to be crazy at first and you will encounter 100 or more  failures before coming up to a working and very successful outcome. Best luck everyone…

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April 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

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My Story : Perseverance,determination – must have

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Patience, perseverance, diligence and determination these are the keys for me to overcome all the trials and challenges I been through. My name is Alvin Quintela.I was born with the reality that that life is not that easy. Being the only boy among four children I have the responsibility to support my family on every need since childhood. I use to sell “pandesal”, the Philippines’ national bread in the morning ice candy and iced buko in the afternoon before and after school. I do this to augment my needs as an elementary student. I discover basic skill and talents in these days. I join the school chorale and the school paper editor staff. I enjoyed writing poem and articles. We are survivors. There are times just for us to eat we gather left over of rice trunks during harvest and sell them. We plant vegetables on a vacant lot owned by other people and sell the harvest and divide the cash for them and the remaining will be ours for our needs. During vacation I wash jeepneys and sell rags for drivers and my frequent meal on those occasions is rice with fish sauce. Fish sauce is free so I only need to buy rice. I learned how to persevere and call on God for help all the time, understanding that we exist because of His love for us. I have graduated 5th overall on the graduating class of San Rafael Elementary School batch 1991. I was so fulfilled I have finished another journey.

My high school days are filled with adventure. I have practiced my writing skills when I became the editor in chief of the school paper “The Licerians”.I competed on several journalism competitions. The best for me is when I qualified for the national event held in Baguio City, one of the distinguished tourist destinations. Although I did not win anything on the events I joined it was a fulfilling experience for me. I discovered the love for sports these times. Considering the height at 5’9” and my very good physical condition I easily blend to the basketball, volleyball and the baseball varsity team. The natural calamities that hit the Philippines in those times did not become a hindrance for me to continue. I learned how to be patient. I drove a pedical for commuters and earn to support my needs in the school. A pedicab is a bicycle attached to a side car that is driven by manual pedals. I graduated 4th overall on the graduating batch of 1994 of Gen Licerio Geronimo Memorial National High School.

It never came to me that I will step into College. I was happy during that time being a high school graduate. I am ready to find a descent job start a family raises up my kids until one time Meralco Foundation Institute conducted an examination for scholarship grants. Fortunately I was selected. About 224 out of 2000 aspirants passed the two months rigid training on filing skills, math, science and English proficiency. I have chosen electrical technology as my course. I really wanted to be a journalist and take up mass communication courses but I got no choice the program is free. The curriculum was awesome. I would consider the level of competency to engineering courses on prominent universities. I learned to discipline myself and budget my resources. We don’t have enough money to support my everyday allowance. There are times I ride on jeepney for free. To do this I hang myself at the back bumper .All of these hardships ended when I graduated and started be able to secure a job. I worked on a semiconductor company as a technician on wire bond process. I stayed for nine years and transferred to another but only stayed for three months. I decided not to work anymore and start to build my own business. I want to have peace of mind. I started to accumulate skills from mobile phone repair, computer repair to web development. As an advice to those people out there doesn’t give up all the challenges you will encounter in life. Life is a continuous learning process. All things happen for the benefit of people specifically those who love God even if those seem to be bad in our perception. There is diversity of ways for us to obtain success. All you have to do is discover it. Success is not obtaining material wealth; it’s how you define it, for me its contentment.

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April 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Poetry and Success : Passion and being different

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Success is like a poem. It is filled with mystery and meaning. Some measures success on the physical wealth they acquire. Some explains success as emotional satisfaction. For some success is freedom, like for me as an example. I consider myself as a successful person because of the freedom I have right now. Whatever the definition is, success is still poetry. You can make your own poem following the rules of the industry. Many people have been successful doing this. They follow the details very carefully. The measure and counts of letters to finish the job. They abide by the flow of the market. Some businessmen also who manages to be successful doing their own way not following the measures and counts but became different and made for themselves a poem of innovation and change. They have not been afraid to be different creating to themselves a magnificent literary piece called success…Be passionate and be different.

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April 9, 2009 at 6:27 am

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Workplace should be fun

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Laughter in the workplace

To create a very dynamic environment, a boss should inject a lot of enthusiasm and open communication to the team making it a work full of fun and excitement. A workplace with a happy environment creates so many positive results and possibilities. Many unique ideas and marketing techniques were discovered on these moments were everyone participates. Open communication, teamwork and familiarity with one another are some factors to make it successful.
Try sharing some jokes and funny stories to your employees or make them share too. It is very difficult to work on an environment without good relationship. Remember first impressions last.
Since we are starting a business we need and it is a must to have a good start.
Team workshops helps build teamwork and communication gaps. I remember when we do workshops new friends and bonds are created.
Scientifically speaking, laughter is really effective because there hospitals in the who uses laughter as a medium to rehabilitate some patients undergoing recovery from trauma and shock and other illnesses.
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Play video that promotes laughter and happiness. Show positive movies, clippings that temporary isolate the environment of the team players to the pressures and stress of the workplace. These will help us renew their spirits and revitalize their mind and body.
Get the special days like birthday anniversary of your people and greet them when time comes. WORK SHOULD BE FUN…

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April 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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