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Are You Caught in the Web? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 177

Dont-Get-Caught-In-The-Web

This week’s reflection point: We all know that the Internet is the world’s best tool—right at our fingertips—to transform our lives and improve our businesses. But the web is also the world’s biggest distraction, and one of the worst enemies of productivity. Do you leverage the web to its full potential? Or are you one of the scores of people “caught” in the web, mostly …

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Growing Your List Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 171

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This week’s reflection point: One of the biggest potential impacts on your business growth is the continued expansion and leverage of your list. The list is the file containing the information about your clients, prospective clients, colleagues, partners and anyone interested in your company. Here are some insights and examples of various ways to grow your list: Publishing: Create content and offerings in a variety …

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The Almost Credible Web Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 163

The-Almost-Credible-Web

This week’s refection point: The amount of fraud that takes place on the web is mindboggling. Here are a few examples: Receiving phishing emails from various financial institutions that look authentic and lure the recipient to click and enter their confidential information, only to find out that their identity has been compromised or stolen. Spam emails that promise amazing investment opportunities that guarantee your future …

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The New Family Dinner Hour Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 152

The NEW Family Dinner Hour

This week’s reflection point: Has technology taken over your family dinner hour? Many decades ago when frozen TV dinners were the newest craze, we began losing precious family time staring at the TV while we ate. The family dinner time to talk about business, schoolwork or highlights of our day stared slipping away. Today, we are incessantly checking for emails, messages, Instagram or Facebook posts …

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The New Oxford Dictionary Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 143

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This week’s reflection point: Do the acronyms: BRB, LOL, IMHO, CYL, or IDK, seem familiar to you? When it comes to web acronyms, or Internet jargon, how hip are you? I’ve noticed the popularity of such acronyms growing significantly over the years where one may probably need a special dictionary to interpret incoming messages. I suspect the trend started years ago with the invention of …

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Walking the Talk Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 131

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This week’s reflection point: It’s easy to give your clients advice. What’s more difficult is following it yourself. Admittedly, it can be challenging to “walk the talk” when it comes to doing the very things you tell your clients to do. But if you fail to implement your own strategies, why should your clients trust you? Of course, the answer is that they probably shouldn’t. …

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New Year’s Resolution Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 104

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This week’s reflection point: I recently came across statistics compiled by the University of Scranton regarding New Year’s resolutions. Here are some interesting highlights: The top resolutions are: lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life, and stay fit and healthy. 45% of Americans make such resolutions while 38% never make any resolutions. 8% successfully achieve their resolutions. 75% of resolutions are …

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Cyber Security Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 102

Cyber-Security

This week’s reflection point: At the time I am writing this article, Sony Pictures is in the news going through a security and data breach nightmare. Unfortunately, Sony is not alone as they follow a long list of companies that have been hacked and exposed to serious breaches of data. Companies such as: USPS, Kmart, Home Depot, P.F. Chang’s, JP Morgan, Staples, Target, and the …

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What’s Your Mode Of Communication? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 97

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This week’s reflection point: I’ve come to realize that my son rarely answers when called on his mobile phone but always replies to texts. Similarly, I’ve observed that some of my clients prefer to communicate via phone, some primarily by email, others, when possible, in person, or via text, some via the social media platforms, and many via Skype, Google hangouts and the like. It’s …

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High-Tech Presentation Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 95

High-Tech-Presentation

This week’s reflection point: Have you ever attended a speaking presentation where the presenter was struggling while trying to get the technology to work rather than focus on his or her presentation? I have to admit that I have sat through several of those. Why is it so many get caught up in trying to impress the audience with their technical savvy rather than focus …

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