Business Planning: Shrink the Change and Get It Finished

One myth about writing Business Plans is that they’re hard. Not true. They’re very hard to do right. But before you hit the Back button, here is one way you can get it written it, with a lot less pain than you’d expect.

How to Get Started on Your First Business Plan

Writing a Business Plan can be intimidating at first. There is so much to cover and it’s difficult to know where to start. One suggestion is to prepare yourself to go forward. What do I mean? What I mean is to study how others write Business Plan first. Look at how they Create the Business […]

The Warren Buffett Nine Step Guide To Better Business English

Warren Buffet’s Annual Reports were the first annual reports I ever read. To this day, I go back and re-read them to remind myself what business writing is really about – making a connection with words. That’s it. The more you can connect, the more people will read you. They may not agree with you […]

Is Apple a kinda… cult?

I almost got napped by the Scientologist in LA many years back. They were creepy bigtime. So, when I say Apple is a Cult, don’t take it in the same way. Maybe the Cult of Apple is like the bacteria is Yogurt, y’know the good bacteria? Actually, I was offered a job with Apple in […]

Using Visio To Create Better Process Maps and Use Case Diagrams

Last week I showed you how to use Microsoft Visio to create business process maps, use case diagrams, flowcharts. org charts, and other type of documents. This week, we’ll look at text. How to add, change, flip and control the text in your diagrams. For example, if you have a lot of shapes in the same flowchart – and need to add text instructions – it can be hard for the reader to see the text clearly. This makes your diagram looks crowded and hard for business analysts to understand the process flow or use case.

Identifying Role Models That Suit Your Business

Should you use a role model to develop your business? Maybe you should: the top business magazines say, ‘be yourself, be authentic, share your story’ Or maybe you shouldn’t. For entrepreneurs, using a role model creates a dilemma. Does it mean you’ve sold out? Do you lose street cred? Can you really copy someone else and be true to yourself?

How To Ensure Your Business Proposal Gets Accepted By Difficult Evaluators

What’s your success ratio with proposals? 25% is average. Very few get 50%. I help government agencies evaluate proposals. Most bids that come across my desk make the same errors, use the same flawed strategies and are never accepted. And the next time, they repeat the same mistake. Here are some ways to avoid this. It’s not painful, it just requires effort.

How To Find A ‘Second’ Reason To Do Something Important

When should I start my business? When will I have all the information I need to begin? Answer? Never. You have to start with what you have. In this video, I share a very smart observation that Rajesh Setty made about getting started in business. You don’t always need to have 4 legs to make a table; sometimes 3 will do. Confused? Watch the video.

5 Alternative Ways to Attain Money for Your Business

Starting a business is stressful, we all know that, but did you know that small businesses make up around half of all U.S. private-sector workers, and have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years? With new businesses popping up more and more, what are these current and new business owners doing to gain the capital backing they need?

Video Blogging – 9 Ways To Stay Motivated

Once the initial wave of enthusiasm wears off, where do you find the motivation to give yourself a kick start? What do you do to make your next video or blog post? Here’s what I do to get myself working again. Video Blogging – How To Stay Motivated & Find Your Mojo Making videos is […]