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I've never really given this much thought. I just know that I have observed multitaskers around me and notice that they never seem to be able to apply the same level of high power of concentration that non-multitaskers can have and when they do try, it seems like a big effort. Also I have noticed a higher rate of sloppiness and stupid mistakes with the multitaskers around me. Reading this article made me think of something else. Most skilled international sales professionals need to process multiple sets of information at the same time during a cross-cultural sales encounter. This can be pretty intense. It's not always gathering different information to put through one decision process. But it can also be carrying out several decision processes at one time with different sources of information. All that goes on mentally. Although you may be doing one thing to support two outcomes, there is no multiTASKING in what you actually do. Anyway, this came to mind, because it involves a heightened sense of participation in "the moment" and multitasking here is NOT a good idea at all. "
I've never smoked because a doctor told me it was something that would ruin my lungs more than others - and he showed me a picture of healthy lungs, and of a 40 year old heavy smoker. I have always had asthma, and I was young when I saw that ugly photo :) I've never wanted my lungs to look like those of the "old" smoker. With clips like these, I also like to see the different cultural approaches to raise awareness. The Brits always seem to use fear and images to shock. Scandinavians also seem to like to use fear, but with a twist. The French never go as far in images as the Brits. I guess the more "personal" stories impact me the most."
I enjoyed this list. And have just tweeted - Please finish this sentence & RT "Culture is...." With regards to the first one, "quotes", I used to use this tactic, but then it seemed to be used too much, and others stopped responding to them. I now only use quotes directly related to my main topics and use them sparingly."
Hi Skip, It's a fact of life. And I've witnessed many different variations of this type of behavior. No, I don't think the front desk associate should have handled it differently. When people have baggage like this, there is nothing you can do about it. And in business, you probably should never try to pry open that baggage either - you really do not know what is in there (in addition to the murder). People with personal baggage become very difficult to maintain within any sort of profession framework once they let that baggage open. And ultimately you and your business don't really have anything to do with it. I also see another angle. Is it legal where you live to open a business that ONLY serves women whose grandmothers were murdered by a black man? You could spin off a series of angles like this in a group discussion to uncover the root of what you think about this subject. From practice, my advice is to not take on other people's personal issues in any business environment. And there is another skill to master in remaining polite in situations like these."
Hi Shawn, I think this was limited to US cities. The one thing I can say is that there is a very high percentage of French entrepreneurs who move abroad. I did not really understand why until I started my own small business here. A French entrepreneur of Arab descent who I met at the Paris Twestival earlier this year said it best: "France is a country made on promoting employees. It is an "Employee" country. All French people have an inborn distrust and dislike of all business owners". That was pretty strong language... but it sure does resonate loudly. And this is the reason why I'm asking myself the question you raise here. "
Hi Martin, Although I understand how people can be nervous about following up with their first international clients, I'm always amazed by the length of time most people need to get over the inertia - that was why I wrote this. And it always surprises me how good practices always do the trick. "
I enjoyed reading this. The title caught my eye because I had to change business strategy since starting my company. I'd actually like to read something on this subject specifically about new companies. But this article did give good outlines of things to consider to adapt to a bad economy."
Hi Shawn, I thought I already used Google Search well enough, but just found one other way to use it - with searching a single website. The other day someone said that it looked like I spent much more time on social media than they could ever spend. And the only daily social media task I never miss is checking my Google Alerts and my other keyword alerts. I do this first thing in the morning. I use the interesting links I find in the industry keyword searches to share on the social media platforms. The key to Google Alerts, if you want to do them yourself, is to not go overboard. You need to restrict your keywords to the ones that give you the most value and that are not swamped. I spent the first 2 weeks tweaking mine and am very happy with my choice of keywords: - it can take me a minimum of 5 minutes to run through, and up to 30 minutes. It depends on the news. - I have about 2 keywords that are less important, and I change these from time to time to check out other things."
Great read! I like how Seth focuses on the different forms of content: - Deep content - for networking - Short content - for real time conversations I also approach social media from the content end instead of looking at the tools and the platforms. I think this makes it much easier to determine what you can do on social media that is good web marketing for your business."