The Power of Optimism

By |2017-02-08T01:18:52+01:00August 7th, 2014|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |

What is the power of optimism ?  Is your glass half full or half empty?  Are you optimistic about your business, your outlook or your opportunities?  Would you like to find out?  I'm going to show you how you can get a score reflecting the potential for optimism in your workplace with access to insights from experts including Shawn Achor (a top TEDx speaker and author) and Anne Rhoades (co-founder of JetBlue). The Power of Optimism Xerox have been looking into the Return on Optimism and have created a questionnaire with just 10 questions to see how you score on your optimism chart, and how this affects your business. You can actually calculate your return on optimism With 10 Questions such as What percentage of your work would you define as meaningful? and How would you describe your workspace? What is your Return on Optimism You are then scored out of 100 to see how you score Looks like my score is pretty high, I am very optimistic about my work, I love what I do and where I do it, [...]

Automated personal assistant ClickHook

By |2017-02-08T01:18:53+01:00July 31st, 2014|Categories: Business, Internet Tools|Tags: , , , |

Recently I was asked to beta test the Automated personal assistant ClickHook - I wondered what on earth it was all about so I signed up.  I love a new app or platform and I love beta testing to help out.  And just sometimes I feel compelled to write a blog or a review about the subject, to help or inform my readers of great things, just like now. ClickHook was founded by Dave Vass and his Partner Rajeev who although are from Canada and India respectively have been working together for sometime. ClickHook has only been around for 4 tiny months so its in very early stages, especially when they are a very small team and the product is self funded by Dave himself. Just wow!   The idea behind ClickHook is to offer a simpler new approach to handling leads and contacts.  I love where Dave is coming from with this, he is enjoying the thrill of creating something for us, that is more flexible and easier than anyone has created before. Automated personal assistant ClickHook Essentially ClickHook is [...]

Learn to Code with Codecademy

By |2017-02-08T01:18:57+01:00June 8th, 2014|Categories: Business, Internet Tools, Mobile apps|Tags: , , |

With Codecademy you can really learn to code for free, Codecademy have web based platform and a mobile app that actually teach digital skills. Codecademy was founded in 2011 by Ryan Bubinski and Zack Sims and now has over 24 million users globally. This platform certainly gives you the building blocks to become a coder, even schools in the UK are using it now to help kids understand coding.  Codecademys aim is to reduce unemployment around the world by helping to supply skills needed. Someone actually suggested the program to a friend as a joke a while ago - and I thought I'd try it out. Learn to Code for Free with Codecademy The Codecademy mobile app is free to download on iTunes its called Code hour the app is just a taster - if you want to do something better with your time on your smartphone than to play games like DOTS, then try this intro into programming basics, they call it "A fun one hour experience" where you can learn the basic structure of code. The web-based platform is [...]

Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall Concerts

By |2017-02-08T01:19:02+01:00February 15th, 2014|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |

I've supported The Teenage Cancer Trust since I first noticed that Roger Daltrey (an honorary patron along side the Duchess of York), was the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall Concerts The first one being in 2000  when The Who were joined on stage by the likes of: Noel Gallagher Bryan Adams Paul Weller Eddie Vedder Nigel Kennedy Kelly Jones Every year since then, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall has raised essential funds to help the charity.  Over seventeen million pounds have been raised in 14 years to support the work of the Charity. The Teenage Cancer Trust This is a wonderful charity that works hard improve the lives of our young people ages 13-24 with cancer to help get them the best care and support that they need, which can be totally different from those of young children or older people that have been diagnosed with cancer. These young people used to be lumped in the childrens ward or alongside old people and this is where the charity saw the need for a change. They realised [...]

Creating a website easily

By |2017-02-08T01:19:11+01:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Business|

Creating a website can be cheaper and easier than you think.   If you have a business, want to be a blogger or have a product that you need to promote and you need to get online quick. There are a number of resources that you can use. Using some platforms you might not get your own domain name, and it could be that it might not rank highly in search engines, due to SEO restrictions but the old saying something is better than nothing is true. Professionally Designed Websites Obviously the best way to go, is to get a professionally designed original website, which looks gorgeous and  you can add all the SEO tools that you need, your own logo and update and change to your hearts desire. You can buy your own domain name and a get a host and work on getting to number one in Google searches.  This might not be as expensive or as difficult as you think.  However some people find this too much to deal with, they just don't understand how to keep [...]

Customer Service – The Best and the Worst

By |2017-02-08T01:19:44+01:00January 1st, 2013|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Which company saved your life this Christmas  or which company will you not be using again because of their poor service? How was your customer experience in 2012 - I'd love to know. In this day and age, most of us at sometime order goods online, I did most of my Christmas shopping on-line, and there is a lot of trust involved, you need to know that the company will live up to their promises, that they are trustworthy and that you can contact them if there is a problem (Yes, problems do happen, we understand that, to be informed is all that customers ask).  It is helpful to check for reviews on businesses before you order but people seem more inclined to post a bad review for the company that has upset them, than the company that has done as expected. This is why an active social presence is so important, customers can see how businesses deal with people and problems. Some Brands really take advantage of this chance to boost brand loyalty. Even though some of them receive many complaints, at least they do try [...]

Why aren’t all SMEs getting into Social Media

By |2017-02-08T01:19:50+01:00September 30th, 2012|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Image CC - Some SMEs are not using Social Media or not using it correctly Just being active on social media platforms like Google+ Twitter and Facebook can improve the way consumers view a company. Maybe they should read this How social media can benefit small businesses  If only for customer service, we the consumers want this..   Why? the following story could have been avoided, if the company was more accessible and responsive, correct use of social media can do this. Without going into it, I had already been let down by one company and had lost 4 days. Next stop - Wedo Beds I had seen a few companies on-line offering the same bed and mattress for about the same price on Next Day Delivery. It was quite an unusual bed - as it was 4ft and black/brown - to match other furniture. Businesses supplying this product were companies that I had never heard of, I searched for them on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ nothing. There was nothing on the website with links for social [...]

SOPA and why popular websites are joining the blackout

By |2017-02-08T01:20:03+01:00January 18th, 2012|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act - A proposed Bill to stop or restrict access to sites that host pirated content. Sopa is basically looking for a way to finally completely shutdown all torrent sites such at Pirate Bay. Good you say...... So then why are so many social media or websites and search engines supporting or joining the black out protest against SOPA and PIPA  which is the Protect IP Act the companion bill. Sopa Blackout Sites such at Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Minecraft, Twitpic, Flickr, Tumblr, Umgur, Boing boing, and many other sites are opposing the acts saying that American companies being asked to censor the internet. Its Big Brother.They say, the internet will be fully censored, people won't share anything and if they do, search engines, websites, ad networks and providers are to withhold their services.  Pirates would include anyone that is infringing copyrights. Thus will be the end of the internet as we know it.  So the sites are protesting this now to raise awareness while SOPA is on hold. List of websites supporting the SOPA blackout  The RedTape Contronicles say this  SOPA's [...]

Turkguvenligi hacks The Register, Telegraph and UPS !

By |2017-02-08T01:20:24+01:00September 4th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There has been a DNS Hacking causing visitors to The register to see a red and black page with the name TurkGuvenligi and underneath it says Hacked. Now reports are coming in on Twitter that the Telegraph and UPS have become victims of the same group. People are being warned not to sign in to these sites even if they do see the page as normal for at least 24 hours. Alex Norcliffe on twitter says this Turkguvenligi said on Twitter that he/they will not take any questions unless in Turkish So Charles Arthur tweeted this.  DNS saldırı kimler hedef? Netnames veya ASCIO?Ve neden?Google translate -  Who are the target DNS attack? Netnames or ASCIO? And why?Milyon Dolarlar - Millions of dollars ?? A few more questions went unanswered and then  Charles was told to email any questions in English, this is enough. Michael Brunton-Spall @Brunton-spall has said that also hit were lso Betfair, NationalGeographic, Vodafone and The sites themselves were not hacked but the Domain Name Server  (DNS) hacking is a creating redirection to Turkguvenligi's site. Hope this helps      

Apple – Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO

By |2017-02-08T01:20:26+01:00August 24th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , |

Steve Jobs has resigned as the chief executive  of Apple Inc  - Apple are saying that Tim Cook  the previous Chief Operating Officer is taking over his position. This comes after Steve aged 66 has been on medical leave for pancreatic cancer since January. There is a letter on the Apple press info website from  Steve Jobs to the Apple Board of Directors which reads as follows –To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success [...]

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