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Wedding planners: monograms for style and theme

Wedding Planners: Monograms for Style and Theme

Part of your job as a wedding planner is to create an outstanding occasion that your guests will never forget. To create a seamless event, there needs to be a common thread linking all the components together. In its simplest form, this is done through the use of color. The bridesmaids dresses are the same shade of purple as the cupcake frosting and boom, you’ve got yourself a theme.

Colors Are Everywhere

More and more brides are looking for something unique to truly set their day apart from all the other weddings they’ve attended. Offering your client a monogram theme will help make the day truly distinctive. A monogram, from a business perspective, is a logo for the couple. Usually comprised of both the bride and grooms first initial and the groom’s last name, a monogram is a way to add an elegant personal touch to all aspects of the celebrations. You might also consider including the wedding date, location, and a special image such as a grapevine for a vineyard wedding.

Designing a Monogram

Many online companies offer monogram designing, but a local graphic designer can design one just as easily and perhaps give you more personal attention. Monograms can be casual, ornate, modern, or funky. If you’re good with computers, you might even be able to offer it as an add-on service to brides. The final design should reflect the personalities of the bride and groom, while indicating the general level of formality of the event.

Monogram Flourishes

The monogram theme can be as prominent or as subtle as the couple desires. The concept is to have continuity by displaying it before, during and after the event.

Before the wedding, guests will receive a taste of the event to come in the mail – the invitations. Adorned with the monogram, the invitations serve not only to give guests the pertinent details, but will also guide them in apparel decisions by indicating the formality of the wedding. The monogram emblem, like a logo, should be present on all written communications, such as invitations, reply cards, maps, signs and programs. The latest fashion trend is a personalized wedding tote featuring the bride or couple’s monogram. There are many other creative ideas, such as making personalized stamps.

During the wedding, the monogram can be used in as many different ways as you can imagine. It can be added to the cake in a variety of fashions – from a monogram on top of each cupcake to one large emblem on the side of the cake. Next, be creative: the monogram can be applied virtually anywhere, from balloons to lighting. The sky is truly the limit when you are creating a monogram themed event. The level of restraint will vary by couple since some prefer a more understated approach than others.

After the wedding, send guests home with one-of-a-kind gifts such as personalized bottles of wine, or monogrammed flip flops. The final statement? A monogrammed thank you note arriving in the mail a few weeks later, reminding them of what a wonderfully romantic wedding they attended.

Coordinating Monogram Uses

From the bakery to the printer, as the bridal consultant you will likely be the one making sure that everyone has what they need to execute their job. From the beginning, be sure to obtain the emblem in every possible format – most places will be able to work from a high resolution .eps file. Make sure all parties are clear on how the colors are defined and where they are used.

Artwork Efficiency Tip

Prepare CDs that contain the monogram, accompanied by color samples and your contact information to give to each vendor. Not only will they appreciate having everything they need, they’ll likely be so impressed with your commitment to quality that they’ll recommend you to future brides.

For the Stylish Couple

A monogram theme is very up-and-coming and will appeal to modern couples who want a contemporary twist on a classic wedding. Combined with a classic color scheme, the monogrammed wedding truly makes a statement. Aside from creating a wonderful backdrop for your clients’ nuptials, you’ll also add a smash hit to your portfolio to impress future clients.

Don't set sail to fail | mlm navigation | cory alan

Don't Set Sail to Fail | MLM Navigation | Cory Alan

Network Marketers know that as many as 97% of the people that join an MLM Company quickly fail or simply just quit. Don’t let this happen to you. Get the proper MLM Training first and set your course for success. It only makes sense to find out what the other 3% are doing and use their map. Knowing what NOT to do, is just as important as knowing what to do.

When you find good MLM Training and step back from the hype of a new found “miracle product” or the “rags to riches” story being told at an opportunity meeting, you can quickly see why most newbies often and unknowingly enter dangerous waters from the very start. Understanding what NOT to do can insure smooth sailing to success.

To better illustrate the 97% failure phenomenon, let’s look at what is commonly found in that scenario.

Most people that are seeking a Home-Based Business or considering Network Marketing for the first time are usually in financial pain or trying to out run a money crisis. Short on cash, growing credit card debt, fear of losing their job or even worrying about whether they can ever afford to retire are all real scenarios that motivate people to start a home-based business and lead them to discover MLM or Network Marketing.

Unfortunately, the need can be blinding and people jump in too fast. The initial allure of the “work from home”, “make extra cash”, or “no prior experience needed,” seems to justify setting aside their fear and any red flags. So they end up with a Starter Pack that includes product samples and maybe even a cookie-cutter marketing system offering limited MLM Training.

Quickly they find themselves with $500 less in the bank, an obligation to purchase a minimum auto-ship of $128.42 per month including tax and shipping, as well as a subscription to a marketing website at a cost of $19.95 per month.

The sad thing is, this is just the surface of the new obligations this new “entrepreneur-hopeful” has just taken on. We are all amateurs when we first start and often so focused on our goals, dreams, and aspirations that we overlook basic business principles. Network Marketing is a business and like any other business it takes effort and an investment of time, money, and tools to run.

So let’s go back to our Newbie. Now in business, he’s one of the most determined, upbeat and motivated new affiliates his up line has sponsored in a while. He’s busy attending weekly training calls, exploring the company website and compensation plan, product features and ways to utilize all of the tools and systems included in his “marketing package” – all awhile telling every sole he knows all about this incredible opportunity he has for them. Unfortunately, he doesn’t yet know or fully understand the main obstacles he will soon face. . .

1. Lack of quality prospects or leads.

2. Lack of “how to” network marketing training for himself, product and business.

3. Lack of duplication. MLM is all about marketing and educating others – without these skills you are not able to duplicate yourself.

4. Lack of Capital. Not realizing what is required to successfully start and run a Network Marketing Business.

Let me focus on the fourth point, as it is the biggest culprit in causing the 97% failure rate we spoke of before.

Our newbie has jumped into the business and scraped up the initial $200 to $500 required to join. We know that he got involved because he was short of cash and needing to make some extra income immediately. Unfortunately, he’s just at the start of a long process to get his business up and running not to mention the monthly financial obligation that is required to run and maintain his new business. These costs can include:

Autoships are required purchases. Mandatory autoships can range from $40 to $500 a month with the average being around $100, plus tax and shipping.

Gas is needed to get out and promote the business by attending meetings, joining local mixers and doing all that is suggested from his upline. Gas is not cheap, now he’s spending $75-$150 monthly on fuel.

Weekly Events must be attended to be a good Networker. He will be expected to attend all the company sponsored events, training workshops, and hotel opportunity meetings. There is parking, meals, and even fees to help cover the cost of the meeting facility for affiliates that can cost $25 to $50 a month.

Travel may not be every month, but there are training courses and company regional and national conventions he will want to attend that require travel, hotels, rental cars, and meals. These costs can easily average out to $150-$400 a month.

Supplies are another cost required for promoting the product and business using business cards, flyers, post-card mailers and the like.

Inventory of product samples, brochures, and even CDs or DVDs as handouts is smart to keep on hand, but adds to the monthly financial obligations.

Leads are still needed to make all of this work and there’s only so much family and friends that our newbie can enlist. A reasonable lead source can easily cost $100-$200 a month to purchase.

So, now when we take a look at what is really happening, our newbie’s goal to create a new stream of income has resulted in a new bill every month! He took a leap of faith and jumped in to what he thought was solving his financial dilemma when in fact he’s added another $600-$1,200 a month to his problem. Soon he’s dipping into savings to cover business expenses and commissions are eaten up by monthly obligations which fuels his desperate need for immediate cash so he begins to cut corners and takes his eye off the important business principles that ignite a vicious cycle. This is the common mistake of most beginners.

The average Network Marketer QUITS within 63 days. You can see why!

So now you have to ask the question, “How do I avoid making the same mistake?”

I’ll tell you. Implementing good MLM Training and doing what the successful 3% of network marketers do can avoid this nightmare.

First, focus on lead generation or collecting prospects by attracting leads that may or may not ever join your opportunity, but who need MLM Training to learn the truth about Network Marketing and how they can generate their own leads.

Then, funnel them through a support Affiliate funnel system that offers the education, tools, and systems they will need to run their own business. By directing them to your affiliate funnel system this will monetize your lead base and generate cash for you while you are prospecting.

The commissions you collect from your funnel system are used to further increase your marketing efforts and when you reach the point of break-even (where you are getting as many new leads as you could possibly use – all at no expense to you) or even start having extra cash at the end of the month – you are now ready to invest in your own home-based Network Marketing Business.

The money you earn while generating leads now funds all your operating expenses, i.e. gas, auto-shipments, inventory, supplies, travel, etc. This also places you in a no-pressure situation to conduct your Network Marketing opportunity with others better enabling you to work from a secure place of giving while you educate and inspire your business affiliates to succeed. Plus, the fact that all of your leads for your new business are brought in through a marketing system instead of “a business opportunity meeting” you have now duplicated yourself and have a team of people that is aware of what it really takes to succeed and more equipped and trained to market themselves – therefore creating a situation where more of your affiliates will succeed resulting in a strong retention rate while strengthen your residual income.

Small stuff and the power of a penny

Small Stuff And The Power Of A Penny

This is the second time this has happened. Once with a neighbor and again this past week at our rental property. A penny, a simple little penny disrupted a household by lodging itself between the wall and the spinning plate inside a garbage disposal. When it happens, this little penny can stop the workings of a kitchen in an instant.

Think about the stuck penny for a minute. When one flicks the disposal’s switch, nothing happens. Not even a match for a fork attack or a torrent of water.

Large chunks of food sit idle. Decay. Inevitably, stench. Plus more problems.

Dishwashers are often connected to disposals as a primary or secondary crusher, so when the dishwasher starts to pump out its water, the sink starts to fill up. Fork and water attacks are followed by the plunger. Still, nothing works.

From this point on, you might say the kitchen surrenders control to a simple, out-of-place penny. If there’s only one sink, one can’t clean dishes at all.

The resident’s time, once used for productive activity or relaxation, is now spent working around a dysfunctional sink.

Then come repairs. If the owner calls a plumber, he will pay for repairs or installation of a new unit. A do-it-yourself job will likely result in a helter-skelter mess under the sink, a combination of dismantled pipes and the water that’s seeped out of them.

Eventually, the owner rescues the disposal from the invading penny. Then the process of reconnecting pieces and eventual cleanup takes place.

All this for a penny. What power.

Well, that penny is like your business decisions or actions. One small decision or one small action can completely alter outcomes, even grind operations to a standstill, if you’re not careful.

With only a few weeks left until the year ends, you can still make seemingly small decisions or take small actions that will have a huge impact on your organization in the upcoming year.

Here are a few:

Upgrade: Outdated technology, old equipment and software slow you down and prevent you from competing at your best. You don’t always have to have the newest state-of-the art items, but you can’t afford to miss deadlines or turn out shoddy products, because your equipment isn’t keeping pace. We recently revisited an old vendor to buy some marketing products. One employee explained how the owner almost went out of business a few years ago and complained that times were tough even now. A quick glance around the production shop told the story. Equipment was archaic at best. The vendor couldn’t produce even the simplest of products for us by today’s standards. She struggled her way through the job, losing our confidence. Because she couldn’t output what she claimed, she had to compensate with products that we didn’t originally want. She also put undue pressure on us as she blew our deadline. We won’t be returning…nor, we suspect, will many of her other customers.

Buy: Purchase reliable, portable tools to keep yourself organized. PDAs, phones with calendars and internet access allow you to stay on top of things even when you’re away from your desk. We use the Treo products offered by most of the major players. (RIM the provider of the Blackberry currently has a $400 million to $1 billion patent suit that may affect several million subscribers, so step cautiously with this product for now.) Say you’re at an event and you have the good fortune of meeting a very lucrative prospect. You’re busy, he’s busy, and the timing is just right to make a follow-up appointment to talk serious business. Your chances of making that appointment happen, of closing a sale, and of building a long-term business relationship greatly increase if you can strike while the iron is hot. Having your calendar in your pocket via one of these handy devices affords you the ability to seize opportunity now, rather than having to wait until you return to the office and have to navigate your way past the prospect’s gatekeeper on the phone.

Strategize: Visit your strategic plan and make adjustments. Our philosophy is that if management does not have their strategic plan on their desk regularly the plan is most likely useless. Think of it this way. When you travel you have your map or GPS with you and refer to it often. This means it must be in a form that key decision makers can use to plan their day every day for the upcoming year. David just worked with Infosys, a company made famous by its own merits and highlighted in Thomas Friedman’s most recent book The World is Flat. During a strategizing session with members of the board and billionaire CEO Nandan Nilekani, the management often stated they’ve had 49 consecutive quarters of profitable growth hitting both revenue and profit projections while growing close to 45% per year. Sanjay, the Chief Strategist, spends his days making sure their strategy is on target. They expect to grow from $2.2 billion to over $3 billion next year. This from a group of people who each put $250 into starting the business. When they were all done, David and the team were able to put the strategy onto one page so that everyone was in sync. In addition, the plan has to meet its purpose, but its length needn’t rival War and Peace. The most important thing to remember here is that you have to use the strategic plan as your road map to success in the upcoming year. Getting it down on paper is often the most challenging task, but by far, the rewards outweigh the time and effort you initially expend up front.

Learn: Promise to put self-education somewhere on your list of goals this year. Assess the ways you currently feed new information into your brain. What means give you the biggest brain boost for the time and cost? Replace those that don’t cut it any more. The good news is that there is a plethora of great books out there targeted to hungry leaders who want to do better this year than last. If you belong to a networking group or other professional club, ask around to see what others are reading that might be of benefit to you. Magazines are good for gaining awareness, but by nature (the lengths of articles are short), they can’t compete with books in terms of providing depth and enough information to allow you to retain and utilize what you’ve learned as well. There are also some excellent programs for executives offered through continuing education departments at universities such as from online programs to classroom settings. The courses that David teaches at New York University are experiences in and of themselves. Business 2.0 also recommends University of Virginia, University of Chicago, and others (see their website) to appeal to those in various geographic areas.

Balance: Schedule time to live your life amidst a busy work regimen. This can be tough for those at the management and ownership levels. What’s the point of anything you do if your nose is so close to the grindstone that you don’t see any fun in your life? Working long and hard is admirable and often yields great successes. But there’s no guarantee that numerous hours of sacrifice will bring a proportional load of prosperity. In fact, workaholic martyrs find themselves spinning their wheels, because they don’t have the mental breaks they need to rejuvenate themselves and bring fresh thinking to the table. The time you take doesn’t have to be on a long trip far away. You can start by taking a 3-day weekend or a Wednesday afternoon just to clear your head. If travel is something you’d like to do, try going somewhere that would benefit your business: visit a vendor, attend a conference, tour a client’s operations, study your craft at a course. You’ll be able to justify the time and expense to yourself and get away at the same time.

Exercise: This is not a New Year’s resolution that you can let slide by the time February rolls around. And no, we’re not stressing the importance of activity, because it will make you look prettier. Stress combined with a sedentary lifestyle will eventually take its toll on your heart or surprise you with other health calamities, if you don’t take care of yourself. Exercise is NOT optional, it is as important as nutritious food and fresh air. Just 20 minutes of activity 4 times a week can greatly improve your health. If you’re looking for an easy, proven formula that combines activity with eating healthfully, pick up a copy of Bill Phillips’ book, Body for Life. You’ll be inspired as well as informed. Besides improving the quality and length of your life, you’ll improve blood flow to your brain, allowing you to make faster and better decisions on the job.

Spend: If you haven’t already, take an overall picture of your organization and determine where extra dollars can go to make improvements. Is there an unreliable computer in the mix or a crackly phone that deserves a slam dunk in the trash bin, now’s the time to make changes. Not that we have anything against the tax man, but let’s face it, some wise spending now will improve your tax burden as well as your operations. Just be sure to get purchases documented by the end of your fiscal year, whether that’s December 31 or another date. We know, December is a month when you’re distracted by holiday parties and the prospect of a few well-deserved days off with the family. Just make sure to keep the distractions in check and stick to the deadline. Also, if you’re not sure where to wisely place those extra dollars, call in trusted colleagues or other outside advice. When it comes to your own work environment sometimes it’s difficult to make an unbiased judgment call. Someone from the outside often can see your challenges because they are not stuck in your day to day work routine.

Deplete: For those of you with mandated or restricted budgets, you may have to spend a certain amount to maintain budget figures for the following year-the old “use it or lose it” philosophy applied to budgets. This doesn’t always make a lot of sense to the rest of the world, but if you can’t avoid the process, there are some strategies you can deploy to stretch the benefits of in-a-rush spending. Your smartest options are to look at opportunities that require payment now but that can either be utilized or delivered at intermittent times throughout the upcoming year: conferences, training and development programs, services or products that arrive on a monthly or rotating basis, etc. Besides, projects paid for in advance don’t get cut that easily. New projects are subject to the new year’s scrutiny.

Not sure how to choose what tactics to employ? How about placing a numerical figure next to each one on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the hardest to do and 5 being the easiest? Then rate the return on your efforts with 1 being the lowest return and 5 being the highest. Add the numbers together. Those with the highest number are obviously your top choices.

As you can see, even with only a few weeks left to the year, there are still options available to you to make rapid change to your organization. Adding just one of these tactics to your tool kit this month could transform the way you do business next year.

© David and Lorrie Goldsmith

Goals achievement drives your career advance

Goals Achievement Drives your Career Advance

Are you driven by focusing on your end goals? Where are you going? You’d never take a trip to California from the East Coast without a MAP, right?

It’s obvious that success can be yours when you have career advancement goals written down and you execute important steps according to your roadmap to success.

It’s OK not to be a leader. Individual projects are best for some employees rather than in a group. This environment lends itself well to some jobs.

However, there will come a time in your progress that does require interaction with a team or group of fellow employees on various projects.

As you begin working within a firm, look around at your fellow employees and commit to a positive attitude about each person.

Yes, someone is going to require more patience from you when situations arise in the future. That’s not a bad thing. It will help you learn different types of personalities in the ranks, you’ll be more understanding and appreciate the other person for who they are.

You know the old saying, “sugar catches more flys”, and your good attitude and work ethic will propel you up the ladder of success in meeting your career advancement goals.

You can defuse the problem without derailing your success. Everyone is receptive to encouragement and praise. Send out positive vives, give an atta-boy whenever you can to your fellow employees.

Even if this does not come naturally within your personality, you can learn and develop it over time. Interact as the cheerleader with others in business, at church, home, etc.

Keep a journal. Write down the names of associates and record your interactions over the weeks and months to come. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much quality change will follow your personal interactions with the staff, especially those who are under your supervision, as you give positive feedback and accolades to your team.

Never say, “not my job” or “not my problem”, however this does not mean you have to accept the “monkey” everytime someone asks you for guidance. Saying “let me do it” or “I’ll take care of it” is not helpful when you take over the job.

Some of us love to let someone do our work or take on all our problems, but it’s not in your best interest to allow others to drop the ball on your desk.

Listen, ask “what do you think” or “what would you suggest” and then make sure the ball is back in their court, not sitting on your desk while they go drink coffee or eat lunch.

Focus on your goals so your career advancement is not stiffled. It’s never easy, but it is possible when your goals are defined as part of your action plan.

Ask yourself – “what’s holding you back?Where are other employees with their career plans? Is your team growing independent with good progress? Your leadership must set the pace for others. Career advancement is your end result.

Scope of topographic surveys

Scope of Topographic surveys

<p align=”justify”>There  are different types of land surveys like boundary surveys, residential  surveys, topographical land surveys and a number of other surveys. This  article will explain you about the kind of results that you will get  with topographical surveys. The most prevalent kind of survey that we  come across is the boundary surveys which provide us with the  boundaries for any piece of property. </p>
<p align=”justify”>Topographic surveys, on  the other hand establishes the different manmade and the natural  features of the land in context. This survey can serve fruitful results  to property owners, industrial owners, or even the properties that are  under construction. The land, in context may include hills, trees,  fences, buildings, ravines or any other improvements that are in  process on the inherent natural features of the land. The topographical  survey will provide you with the exact figures of the size, height,  position of the different changes that have occurred in course of time  with regard to their presence of their natural existence. </p>
<p align=”justify”>Topographical surveys are also referred as contour surveys and they are  also conducted before the change in the ownership of the land or even  when the property owner is intending to make some changes in the land.  The main focus of the topographical surveys is – on the distance from  the ground rather than the horizontal measurements. Horizontal  measurements are provided with an in-depth focus on boundary and  residential surveys. </p>
<p align=”justify”>In topographical surveys, most of the  measurements are done with the high quality GPS unit or with an  electronic EDM instruments (that measure distance with the usage of  light and radio waves). The results of the survey are presented in the  form of contour lines on maps of the land; unlike in other types of  surveys where the results are marked using stakes or other landmarks. </p>
<p align=”justify”>These days with the usage of high level technological units, you can  easily have digital versions of the maps and even the interactive  elevation views of the land. The data can be used in AutoCAD programs,  which is in turn is worked upon by the engineers and thereby you can  easily have the view of how the topography will change after the  planned changes. </p>
<p align=”justify”>There are many uses of topographic land  surveys, the results serve fruitfully almost in every field. Engineers  and architects can use the survey results for designing buildings and  other improvements that have to be taken place on the property. In some  cases, they are also used by the Government. Most of the constructions  projects typically begin with topographic surveys as it provides the  framework of the land before the improvements are made. Sometimes, the  topographical surveys are also used for the formulation of an optimal  plan for drainage, ditches, grading and other features. Thus, the  results of the topographical surveys i.e.; the natural landscape serve  as the basis for the formulation of optimal plans. The results render  all the minute details like the elevation of slopes which may be useful  figures particularly if you are intending to build on the land. In  addition, to the provision of data for developments of undeveloped  surveys; they also provide appropriate information for the area that is  been previously used.</p>

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