mardi 31 mai 2011
The "box" is the normal way of doing things and looking at things. It is the assumptions that almost everyone involved is making. The best way to start thinking out of the box then, is to identify and challenge all the assumptions that make up thinking inside the box.
One of the major liquor brands was faltering years ago, and they couldn't seem to boost their sales. Promotions, lowering the price, getting better shelf placement - these were the "in the box" solutions. Then someone challenged the assumptions, by asking "What if we stopped the promotions and just raised the price?"
The price was raised as an experiment, and sales soon doubled. As it turns out, some types of liquor are bought quite often as gifts. Buyers don't want to buy the most expensive one, but they also don't want to seem cheap, so they won't buy products that don't cost enough. Now imagine what happens to your profit margins when you raise the price and double the sales. That's the power of thinking outside of the box.
Ways To Get Outside The Box
Challenging assumptions is a powerful creative problem solving technique. The difficult part is to identify the assumptions. If you are designing a new motorcycle, write down assumptions like "speed matters," "it has to run on gas" and "it needs two wheels," not because you expect to prove these wrong, but because challenging these can lead to creative possibilities. Maybe the time has come for an electric three-wheeled motorcycle.
Another way to get to creative solutions is to "assume the absurd." This is either fun or annoying, depending on how open-minded you can be. All you do is start making absurd assumptions, then finding ways to make sense of them. The easiest way to do it is by asking "what if."
What if a carpet cleaning business was better off with half as many customers? It seems absurd, but work with it. Hmm...less stressful, perhaps. More profitable if each customer was worth three times as much. Is that possible? Commercial jobs that involve large easy-to-clean spaces (theaters, offices, convention halls) make more money in a day than houses, with fewer headaches. Focusing on getting those accounts could be the most profitable way to go - not so absurd.
Another way to more innovative ideas is to literally do your thinking out of the box. Get out of the house or the office. Look around at how others are doing things. On busses in Ecuador, salesmen put a product into everyones hands and let them hold it while they do a sales pitch. Then you have to give back "your" product or pay for it. It is very effective. How could you use the principle in your business?
Basic mindfulness exercises put you in a state of awareness where distractions are let go, and your mind power is able to function more effectively. They help you think more clearly and concentrate better. They are also easy exercises to do. More Mind Power in Minutes A basic mindfulness exercise starts with sitting down, relaxing and breathing deeply through your nose.
Close your eyes and be aware of your breath going in and out. After a minute, move your attention to your body, one part at a time, noting sensations of cold, hot, tight, sore and anything else you identify. In a few minutes, start listening to sounds in the room, without thinking about them. Just listen. When it feels right, open your eyes and look around as if you are seeing for the first time. Rest your eyes on an object for half a minute, examining it without talking about it in your mind. Then move to another object, and another, while still maintaining an awareness of your body, your breathing, and any sounds. Stay in this state of mindfulness until you are ready to get up.
Being aware of your body, breath and immediate enviroment, puts you more fully "in the moment." Your mind is in a very receptive state, with fewer mental distractions that prevent clear thinking. Doing a mindfulness exercise before important mental tasks will give you greater mind power, specifically more focus and concentration. An Even Easier Mindfulness Trick Try this one today: When you feel stressed, stop, and carefully watch yourself to identify what's bothering you.
Maybe you're expecting something bad to happen, or an argument is going on just below the surface of your consciousness, or you're worried about something, or in pain in some way. Make a note of everything you find. Then deal with these mind-irritants. Make a phone call that's on your mind, take an aspirin, apologise to whomever you were fighting with. Write things on tomorrow's list, to get them off your mind. If there's nothing you can do right now, tell yourself that. Do this exercise, and you'll feel less stressed, and more able to concentrate on the tasks at hand. You'll have more mind power today.
Problem solving games are a natural when you want brain exercise and fun. Some of the best problem solving games can be played as a group. The added element of competition and "showing off" can stimulate some truly creative ideas. These games are especially good for long trips in a car, or for bored kids trapped inside by bad weather.
Best Ideas Game
This game uses a problem solving technique called "random presentation," and might even lead to some good money-making ideas. First, have someone look out the window or around the room and choose any object at random. Don't put any restrictions on this. It can be a rock on the side of the road, a stick laying in the yard, a truck, or anything at all. Now everyone in the car or room can try to come up with the best way to make money with the chosen object. A street sign becomes a place to advertise, and trees are to be sold door-to-door. A truck can be used in a hundred ways to make money, but look for the best new way for the sake of the game maybe a traveling grocery store? There is no winner or loser in this game. It is just an opportunity to let your imagination run wild, and to exercise your creativity. You may get a few laughs out of it too.
Concept Combination Game
Another good problem solving game for a group involves using a specific creative thinking technique, called "concept combination." You basically take two concepts or objects and combine them in some novel way. As a group game, the point is just to see who has the best idea. What can you come up with from the combination of a chair and a microwave? Perhaps an easy-chair that has a cooler and microwave and television built in. Or microwaveable "couch potatoes" - a potato snack in the shape of a couch.
Change Of Perspective Game
You can also try the "change of perspective" technique for problem solving games. One way is to just take a topic ranging from morality to having a job, and see who can come up with the most unique (and perhaps coherent) new perspective? Could there be a world where there were no jobs? What would morality be to a virus if it had consciousness? Once again, there are no losers in this game, or any of these types of games. It is just a chance to get creative and work that mind power. You could vote on the best idea if you want some sort of score keeping, but either way you'll enjoy these problem solving games.
dimanche 29 mai 2011
How many of you are tired working in the 9 to 5 atmosphere and want to work at your own pace. Most of you may desire to work from home and earn your living. You may even be working and still work from home just to make those extra bucks. With so many of options available in the market for earning from home, you need to choose the best one. Many of you working from home or having an online business are sure to have heard about clickbank.
Clickbank is just like a market that you will find on the Internet. In this online market you see a lot of selling, promoting and buying happening. Clickbank has all the digital products that you may require for your comforts. Doing a business on clickbank is much easier and simpler. You don’t have to load the items from any place or ship; you don’t even have to handle credit cards or money used for transactions. If you are already looking forward to making money with the help of clickbank, here’s how:
At Clickbank all you need to do is promote and market the products and services of your choice. You need to create your own link. The person buying those products needs to click onto your link and you automatically get the commission for the sale of that product. Setting up an account with clickbank is free of cost. There are almost thousands of products available on clickbank and you have the opportunity to choose from those products. The amount of your commission depends upon the product you choose. The costlier the product, you make more profits.
In order to make bigger profits you make an extra effort in marketing and promoting the products. Thanks to the Internet world, business is easier. You can use various marketing technologies and various websites to market the products. You can sign up with goggle and promote your products. Do not assume that once you sign up with clickbank you have no work to do. You have to actively market the products to get the commission.
If you have your own line of digital products and services, you can sell them on clickbank and earn money. Clickbank is known for selling thousands of items. When you get down to selling your digital products on this site, you are sure to make good earnings. When you are the owner of the products, you can decide how much commission should be given to the person who markets your product. When it comes to money transactions, you don’t have to worry much as clickbank makes your job simpler. For better business you can try and use some of the products available with Clickbank. After using them you can write a review on each product separately and put it up on the sites or your blogs. Remember to place the clickbank link on the write-ups, so that the person interested can quickly log on. All you have to do is be good at promoting the website and the products and you are sure to make money easily from home.
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samedi 28 mai 2011
Adult Dyslexia | Everyday Techniques In Dealing With Dyslexia
As an adult with dyslexia, you are not excused in dealing with day to day tasks that you need to complete for your survival. Thus, practicing some ways on how to deal with the common problems caused by the condition can be very beneficial, one way or another.
Writing articles can be considered as one of the best and the most powerful methods of increasing traffic to your website. The articles must serve the purpose for which it is being written. Make sure that the content is not only effective in establishing you as an ‘authority’ of that subject but also increases your brand name. The link attached at the author’s resource box is related to the content the customers would be reading. Usually, a customer buys a product or service only when he or she is well aware of the idea behind it. This is known as ‘pre-selling’. The third most important function of a good article will be creation of several one way links to increase the traffic and the status of the website among other search engines. These factors make articles one of the most effective tools for achieving monster sales on the Internet.
It is not a very difficult task to increase traffic by writing articles. For instance, assume that you are involved in promoting software for article submission. It is necessary to write an article on this subject and offer insight and useful tips to your readers so that they also become aware. Even if you are able to complete 2 articles in one day and submit it to 5 or more article directories, it will act as a very beneficial method of increasing sales.
If you are wondering which directories you must submit your articles to, then don’t worry, because there are more than a thousand options out there. You can find many articles directories on the Internet that can help you in developing your business and increasing your sales. Most of them are totally free and can direct high quality traffic to your site. With the help of software you can easily and very quickly submit articles to hundreds of article directories. It will help you save time and the hassle of doing things on your own, in case you find it a tedious task.
Another effective method of increasing traffic can be active participation in forums. The benefits of this method are also very obvious. You will not gain several back links but will also get credibility in this field within the community. It will also help you brand yourself, but make sure that you are contributing genuinely and discussing in an intelligent manner, or else it will be considered as a waste of time and effort. The third method involves developing a powerful signature with a link to your site. There are many website owners who don’t take this point into consideration. They fail to realize that their signature can act as a link between the traffic on the forum and your website. Besides these basic methods you can research more for better options for increasing traffic.
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vendredi 27 mai 2011
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