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Where to Find High Quality Images

High Quality Stock Images are important to the look of your website and brand. Realistically, having low quality images is like smearing oil all over a pair of glasses and trying to find your way around. For some reason, if a website or printed material has pixelated images, it tends to lower the perceived brand of the company.

Dreamstime-

http://www.dreamstime.com/

iStockPhoto-

http://www.istockphoto.com/

Fotolia-

http://us.fotolia.com/

123RF-

http://www.123rf.com/

Photodune-

http://photodune.net/

Communication

Communication  is the process of transferring signals/messages between a sender and a receiver through various methods (written words, nonverbal cues, spoken words). It is also the mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships.

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Be confident in knowing that you can make worthwhile contributions to conversation. Individuals who are hesitant to speak because they do not feel their input would be worthwhile need not fear. What is important or worthwhile to one person may not be to another and may be more so to someone else.

  • Make eye contact
  • Use gestures
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Develop effective listening skills

Networking

According to a recent survey of the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires. Networking is the BEST way to find a job or internship. Throughout your life you will make networking contacts that develop into relationships including friends, colleagues, and professional prospects.

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To give a definition of networking, networking occurs when there is a planned event or gathering with the primary goal of connecting with others. The purpose of networking can vary based on one’s own agenda, yet the primary focus is to meet people, and have people meet you. In other words, you have the opportunity to market yourself and your business in a relaxed, social situation. This often proves to be a comfortable situation for all involved.

Creative Thinking

We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to be more creative. Sometimes creative thinking requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking: 
S A E D I — that’s IDEAS backwards!
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S – State of Mind
Creativity is a state of mind. Telling yourself or others “I’m not very creative,” or “I can never come up with new or clever ideas,” destroys that state of mind.

A – Atmosphere
All of our senses — what we see, hear, feel, taste, and touch — influence our state of mind. A positive atmosphere contributes to a positive and creative state of mind.

E – Effective Thinking
While positive thinking allows your mind to accept new ideas and creative thoughts, effective thinking involves directing your thoughts toward specific goals.

D – Determination
Creativity takes practice. Your creativity is there within you, but you must make a habit of using your imagination.

I – Ink
Whether you use ink, pencil lead, crayon, or a computer, write down your ideas.