By Sharon Jones
Your health is something that is more precious than gold. After all, if you haven’t got your health, you won’t be able to enjoy all the material things in life. That is why it’s so important that you look after it in the best way possible. To help you do this just follow the advice below.
Be more aware
There are lots of ways that increased awareness can improve your health. It may be that becoming more aware of the risks of certain behaviors like smoking and drinking can lead you to make more healthy decisions like quitting or cutting down in the future.
Additionally being more aware of the hazards you face in the workplace and out in the public domain, and the risks they pose to you is useful. This is because it can ensure that you are much more careful in terms of your day to day behavior. Something that can definitely help safeguard your health by preventing you getting into unnecessary accidents.
In fact, taken to its logical conclusion increased awareness of emotional and mental states through practices such as meditation and therapy can also help you safeguard your health too. This is because as you become more attuned to these states, you can learn to react to them in an appropriate and constructive way, rather than taking part in coping strategies that could harm your health.
Seek treatment fast
To safeguard your health, it’s also essential that if there is an issue you get it seen and treated as soon as possible. The reason for this is that the effects of many conditions can be minimized by getting them treated quickly.
Of course, medical treatment isn’t cheap, and it can be a struggle for many people to meet the costs involved to get their condition sorted. That is why it’s also important that you speak to a professional personal injury attorney if you have a condition that was caused by the action or negligence of someone else. This is because the funds you received from a case win can be put towards the cost of medical treatment and allow you to access everything you need to make a speedy recovery.
Follow the doctor’s advice
Some folks don’t like doing this, but following the doctors’ advice is essential if you want your health to be at its best for as long as possible. That means making lifestyle changes such as starting to do some gentle exercise and watching what you eat.
It also means taking any medication at the time when the doctor advises. Something that you can use a pill planner to remind you to do.
Following the doctor’s advice is crucial to safeguarding your health.
In addition, if your treatment includes homework, something that physical therapy patients and CBT and other counseling patients often have, its vital that you do this. After all, medical professionals can only show you the route to keeping well in these cases, but it is you that has to actually walk it to ensure you stay in tip-top health.
By Lina Martinez
Exhibiting at a trade show doesn’t come cheap, however the benefit of investing in a stand/booth at a trade show surpasses any other marketing technique. A trade show is where buyers and sellers come together. Buyers are there to buy and are on the lookout for the next “big thing” in a particular niche and industry. The potential for sales are huge and if you can capture the interest of a large retailer your products and services could be stocked nationally or even internationally.
With your investment you will want to have as much impact and presence during the show. The following tips will help.
Buyers are attracted to booths that are visually enticing, if design isn’t your forte it maybe worth receiving advice from tradeshow booth design experts. Use bright colours and make sure your brand is clearly displayed and can be seen from all angles in the room. Trade shows can get extremely busy and it is easy to get overlooked.
Prime locations at a trade show are sold at a premium price and book up very quickly. Most traders will book their place as soon as bookings are released, so it is a good idea to plan early. If you get the chance to choose your location look for sections within your niche, look for wide open corridors (you want to avoid being stuck in a corner) and try to assess where the most traffic is likely to be, as the main aim is to drive traffic to your booth.
Be professional and friendly to potential buyers, without being too pushy. Some people prefer to look at literature, products and media displays prior to engaging in conversation, so make these easily accessible. Choose staff to manage your booth who are knowledgeable in your product and who are easy to talk to. Try to build a friendly rapport with potential customers.
People are more likely to approach your booth if something interesting is going on. Consider demonstrating your product, encourage audience participation or even hire entertainers such as jugglers and magicians to draw in the crowds.
Use social media
Prior to the trade show starting encourage potential customers to attend by advertising the fact you are there, across all your social media platforms. Be informative on any demonstrations and special aspects to the show that will take place. Give clear travel instructions and maybe offer competitions to win free tickets.
Follow up leads
At the end of the show you hopefully will have met a large number of potential buyers, some of which may not have wanted to commit to buying on the day. It is very important to gather the details of potential leads ie name, email address and telephone number so that you can contact them later. Ideally you should contact them within five days so that the information they received regarding your brand remains fresh in their minds.
To conclude investing in promoting your brand at a trade show can be potentially lucrative, however lots of early planning is required to make the most of the opportunity.
By Nigel Hilton
The chances are you haven’t spent much time thinking about your business’ parking lot. It’s just there; an area for customers to park, so what exactly is there to think about?
A surprising amount, actually. For many customers, their first direct experience with your business will be the parking lot. Given that we all know how important first impressions can be, ensuring that your lot is up to standard is an important aspect of controlling the way that customers perceive your business. If you want to be sure to dazzle them right from the start, then you’re going to need to ensure you have all five of the measures below installed…
#1 – Clear instructions
If you have restrictions on your parking lot — such as a maximum stay or who is allowed to park there — then these need to be clearly signposted. No customer wants to wonder if they are really allowed to use the lot, and you also want to dissuade non-customers from using the lot for other means. A clear sign that reads something along the lines of: “PARKING RESERVED FOR CUSTOMERS OF [your business]”, then this should suffice.
#2 – Security cameras
The ubiquitous “vehicles are left at the owner’s risk” signage might legally remove any liability you have for customer vehicles, but you’re going to want to do a little more than that. Your customers are using the parking lot because they are visiting your business; if something happens in that parking lot, they’re going to expect your business to want to help rectify the issue. You might not have any legal reason to do so, but you have a very strong customer service-based reason to do so. Installing a good security system is the best way of protecting your customers and, ultimately, your relationship with them; tctechsystems.com has some good advice on good security systems you might want to use.
#3 – A smooth surface
Many parking lots are in terrible condition, left that way because they’re small areas that aren’t driven over at speed, so the odd bump or dent isn’t seen as that big of a problem. While these issues might not be horrific, a poorly-maintained surface isn’t exactly the kind of message you want to send to your customers. It’ll be interpreted as either “this business hasn’t actually noticed the state of their parking lot” or, worse, “they’ve noticed and not done anything about it”. It’s fair to say you don’t want your customers thinking either of those things in relation to your business, so research the likes of hardrives-asphalt.com for more information on repairing the surface once and for all.
#4 – Management of non-customers
It is a simple fact of life that people who are not your customers will seek to use your parking lot. This is incredibly frustrating, and can be incredibly hard to fix without great expense. You may find that the best option is to install a ticketing system, whereby everyone has to pay to use the lot, and you reimburse your customers. This system acts as a deterrent to unwanted parking, but even if a non-customer does use your lot, you still earn a little cash as a result.
By implementing the above, you can be 100% confident your business parking lot is in the best imaginable shape.
By Sharon Jones
When you think back to first becoming an adult, you may remember quite a few times exclaiming the phrase “why wasn’t I taught this in school?” It could have been anything from paying your taxes to how to insure your car. Now education is being scrutinised, made increasingly more difficult for children, and constantly raising grade expectations. There are even subjects being cut from the curriculum to encourage more enthusiasm for the core subjects. Those subjects in question fall under the more creative side of academia – The Arts. This includes drama, dance, DT, woodwork, textiles, art, illustration and so on. The question now has changed to “why should we teach art in schools”. Many argue that The Arts breed unsustainable employment, and distract children from appropriate lifestyle choices in terms of careers. However, should the future be the only thing we are concerned with when it comes to our children’s education? Or should we also take into account their well being and the constant pressure that is on them to achieve higher than average grades and to know right from wrong at such a young age? Here are a few reasons why The Arts should most definitely be taught in schools, and why it is beneficial to young students.
Pupils Learn Differently
In many classes, other than Physical Education, the students are presented with solo work where the teacher stands at the front of a silent room of children, teaching them what will be in their exams. This is only beneficial to a number of children in the room, as children all learn differently. Audio learners will definitely be benefiting the most from this sort of environment as will the reading and writing learners and the visual, however, the kinesthetic learners of the group may be falling behind. Not because they are not capable, but because some pupils simply don’t learn well in this environment. Within The Arts, there are plenty of lessons that are up on your feet, physically doing the work set out in front of you, and learning along the way. This is why many kinesthetic learners will excel in The Arts, and potentially need further help in the more academic subjects. You shouldn’t be penalised because your brain works differently to others. This is not a measure of the pupil’s intelligence; this is a case of taking information in differently to other pupils.
Aids Social Skills and Encourages Teamwork
Two of the most employable qualities a person can have are being able to work in a team, and the ability to communicate effectively with other employees and customers. The Arts – especially drama – allow pupils to work in a team and present ideas to one another. Not only will they gain initiative, but they will also be able to comprehend constructive criticism and ideas not being taken on board by the group, without taking either to heart. The Arts also teach good public speaking, thinking outside the box, and being confident in your own ability. All extremely attractive skills and qualities when evidenced on a curriculum vitae.
The Arts has always been top of the list when it comes to funding cuts, so it’s important to not to have cuts made to education also.
By Lina Martinez
Everyone will encounter money troubles at some point in their lives. It is a fact of life and is inevitable. These money worries can range from the low to the massive and have the potential to wreak havoc on your professional and personal life.
Knowing what is the right company to trust in getting out of this financial quagmire is a tricky one. There are hundreds of companies out there who promise to save you, but many of these are fronts for something much more sinister. It is essential that you consider all of the possibilities before leaping headlong into something that could cause further ruin.
Taking out proper research into a company if vital if you don’t want to get taken for a ride. This can be done by looking at customer reviews, like in the case of Pebblestone Financial, to ensure that they are trustworthy.
Doing this research may seem like an endless task, but if you are serious about fixing your money problems, then it is imperative that you do it and do it thoroughly. The road ahead is long and perhaps uncomfortable, but while your problems may seem bad now, they will be even worse if you don’t go through potential solutions with a fine-toothed comb.
WORD OF MOUTH
But of course, there is nothing stopping people from lying on the internet. Having a bad experience with a company is one thing, but people have been known to exaggerate their experiences to put a company in a negative light.
If you don’t want to entirely trust your internet research, then speaking with trusted friends and family members, or even someone you know in the industry, will give you a better idea of what the best route to take is. Money can be a sensitive issue, and your friends and family will (hopefully) be looking out for your best interests.
While this doesn’t guarantee a satisfying experience – everyone’s issues are different – you will at least have the recommendation of someone you trust which should save you being taken for a ride.
People are always told to trust their instincts. If something seems too good to be true and vice versa then it probably is. Often, untrustworthy companies will promise you the world only hand you a handful of dirt. Their tactics may seem odd and perhaps brash, but if you are unfamiliar with such procedures, then you might assume that this is sound.
You have probably already heard about the IRS debt scams going around where someone calls you telling you how much money you owe. If this seems sketchy, then it more than likely is. Being aware of anyone asking for your personal information over the phone is always a sign of something less-than-okay going on. If someone really needs to get in touch with you, then they will, typically via post.
People in debt can get desperate and so any solution no matter how strange or unusual can cause them to take the opportunity before it’s too late. Being smart and recognising the signs of untrustworthy businesses can help you avoid further issues and hopefully set you on the road to better financial stability.