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Proof Positive That It Takes Great Vendor Relationships to Avoid Wedding Disasters

Sandy Malone | Posted 12.17.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

You can be the best wedding planner in the world, or the most effective and organized Do-It-Yourself bride and groom in the world, but if you don't have good relationships with your vendors, you're going to have problems pulling off a flawless wedding.

6 Tips for Building Better Business Relationships

Melinda Emerson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Many people believe that their first meeting is the start of a business relationship, I'm letting you in on the fact that it actually begins with the first sale.

Reinventing Win-Win-Win Business Relationships

Nancy Michaels | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Nancy Michaels

People -- including your prospects and customers -- want to know that you care. Show them you have an interest greater than the money they are exchanging for the service you're delivering. It's about how you can positively impact their business, their customers and their lives.

Reinventing: Your Follow-Up and Follow Through

Nancy Michaels | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Nancy Michaels

My clients spend a lot of time on the pre-planning and on-site work for prospect presentations, trade shows, conferences, networking events and on and on. Here's where they fall short: It's all about the follow-up people!

How to Make a Powerful First Impression

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.07.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

It takes only seconds for others to form an opinion of us when we meet them for the first time. What they initially see becomes their own personal version of the truth, and it can be hard to change a first impression.

Clear and Present Danger

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.

The Science of Human Relationships

John Koshy | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
John Koshy

I believe life is all about relationships. Relationships are about communication, and all communication, including prayer, is a two-way process. But what exactly is a relationship and why are relationships so important?

If You're Not Negotiating, You're Donating!

David Nour | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
David Nour

How many of us are too uncomfortable to ask for what we need, and deserve -- and therefore, end up donating our value, or breaking off a relationship in order to avoid that outcome?

No More Phones in Meetings?

Erin Donley | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Erin Donley

This is a controversial topic because some companies allow everyone to email, text, or leave for a call during a meeting. There are no rules of discernment in place. I believe the problem starts there.

Are We Working in a Culture of Numbers?

John Koshy | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
John Koshy

If companies treat their employees like they treat their close family members, then the workplace might become a place we may all look forward to and say, "Thank God it's Monday!"

The People Factor by Van Moody Book Review

Suna Senman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
Suna Senman

As there are certain laws of physics, like gravity, there are fundamental principles of relationships. This is the premise of The People Factor by Pastor Van Moody.

3 Stupid Things Leaders Shouldn't Say

Dianna Booher | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

"Don't take this personally." "Don't come to me with a problem -- unless you have the answer." "We need to talk about that sometime." If you've ever uttered these comments, reconsider.

Don't Wing It -- To Strategically Position Yourself, Do Your Due Diligence

David Nour | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
David Nour

The more seasoned we become, the more likely we are to try to "wing it." If we really want to achieve strategic results from our most significant relationships, that's a definitive weakness.

A Valentine's Day Consideration: A Radical Change in How We Build Mission-focused Business Relationships

Sandy Marshall | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Sandy Marshall

If in romantic relationships we could forgo a contract between two people in favor of a relationship built on long-term trust and dependability, why couldn't this work in a business context?

Marriage and Business: 3 Ways to Prevent Your Business From Destroying Your Marriage

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 04.13.2014 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

To help you prevent your business from destroying your marriage, here are the three most common relationship mistakes I see business owners make, plus how you can resolve them before they damage your bond.

High-Return Relationships for Holiday Networking

Molly Reynolds | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Molly Reynolds

One of the major networking mistakes people make is asking for a favor too soon. And some continue to make it over and over again without a clue!

4 Tips for Managing the Office Holiday Party

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

You are at a work function -- as an employee. You are not at this event for the food and/or the drink. Try not to overeat, and definitely do not get drunk. Nobody fondly recalls the next day the person who jumped up on the bar and began dancing.

How Words Can Divide Us

Erin Donley | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Erin Donley

Have you noticed how we allow certain words to divide us as people? Some say this is a core issue that inhibits progress in business.

How to Ask for What You Want in Business

Randy Hain | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Randy Hain

How do we appropriately ask for what we want from others in the business world? Is there a right way and a wrong way? We all need to ask for help. How we ask for this assistance is critical.

8 Ways to Generate New Clients From Networking Events

Dorie Clark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dorie Clark

The secret to getting new clients from networking events? Use "networking" to build real relationships -- and your new friends and colleagues will want to do business with you and send business your way.

WTF -- Why Trust Is Fleeting

Steve Cinelli | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business
Steve Cinelli

Trust is based on confidence. Confidence is predicated on experience and execution, so we must surmise that there is some critical failure of execution on the part of our institutions, the government and our banks, as the basis for the current sentiment.

The '40-Year Club' Means It's Time for a Changing of the Guards!

David Nour | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
David Nour

I don't know of a business that doesn't need fresh thinking -- which typically comes from an infusion of fresh blood. How do you get an infusion of fresh thinking on a board when the directors have been serving for 10 years or longer?

To Nurture Business Relationships, Master These 10 Impact Moments

David Nour | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
David Nour

Never lose sight of opportunities to apply these attributes to nurture your relationships. When you do, you bring that which is not just incrementally better, but exponentially better.

The Sanctity of LinkedIn Contacts

Sam Fiorella | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Sam Fiorella

Your contact list is your most valuable asset; build, nurture, and protect it. Before you accept that next connection request blindly, think about what it says about you.

About Leadership: We Keep Our Promises

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

This notion of a company that makes promises and keeps its promises is a very useful one. Whether internally or externally. It is at once both a company culture and an ethic that is fundamental to performance.