9 Writing Tips From Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet’s Annual Reports were the first I ever read. To this day, I go back and re-read them to remind myself what business writing is really about – making a connection with words. That’s it. The more you can connect, the more people will read you. They may not agree with you – more […]

The Secret of Warren Buffett’s Business Writing Style

‘The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.’ Warren Buffett. 15 White Paper Templates for only $19.99 How to Write an Executive Summary that Generates Interest Your Executive Summary should excite the reader and help them understand the key results and conclusions in your business document, […]

Which Business Plans Are Twice As Likely to Get Investment?

A quick search on Google shows us that the business community has some strong opinion on the value of business plans. Some deride them as antiquated whereas others see them as the foundation stone for a business growth. Who’s right? Well, it would be nice if someone did some research on the value of business […]

How to Write the Executive Summary for Business Plans – Part 2

First impressions count. For this reason, you need to pay special attention to the Executive Summary. If your clients or investors don’t get past the Executive Summary, then the rest of your document will go unread. This also raises the question: Should you write your Executive Summary before or after you’ve written your Business Plan? […]

Why I Left The Cult of Apple in Japan

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say Cult? I was offered a job with Apple many years ago and turned it down. They struck me as a bit odd. Think different campaigns were somehow a tiny bit sinister. I couldn’t put my finger on it didn’t buy into it. Later I […]

HBR: The Business Case for Women Leaders

Two articles in this week’s Harvard Business Review caught my attention: What the U.S. Can Learn From Europe About Gender Equality in the Workplace, and Can She Lead? The articles raise the sensitive issue of whether women make good bosses, want to be bosses and (slightly controversially), will men support women bosses or do their […]

5 Funding Tactics For Startups

Paying for a small business startup requires plenty of planning and researching. Here’s a list of five ways to fund your SMB (Small and Medium-sized Business), as well as what each option may entail for you as an owner.

How to Give Your Boss ‘Upward’ Feedback

I never give advice. Let me rephrase that. I never give unsolicited advice. If you don’t ask for my opinion, I don’t give it. It’s not because I don’t want to help you. I do. It’s because people value what they pay for. And the ‘ask’ in asking for an opinion is a type of payment… and Trust is the currency. This brings us to the tricky subject to giving feedback to your boss. When do I give my opinion? How do I phrase things to avoid offense? What happens if I get it wrong? Here are a few ideas.

How to Write a Business Plan for a ‘Work From Home’ Business

Summary: Developing a Business Plan for a Work From Home business requires a clear understanding of the investor’s requirements. Understand their Point of View before you start to write. This three-part formula unlocks the key to running a successful home-based business. Working from home isn’t quite as easy as the online ads make it out […]

How to Get Your Site Verified on Google.com

Google Webmaster Tools is one of the hidden secrets on Google. Use this to add your site directly to its index, verify that Google sees your site (and sub-domains), and also fix the errors it has identified. Split testing has shown me that sites indexed this way perform better than sites that rely on xml […]

How to Create Your First Social Media Marketing Campaign

When implementing any type of marketing campaign it is wise to first take a step back and decide how to develop your campaign. Many companies are have made the executive decision to go forward with social media—they just aren’t so sure what to do.

How To Find A Second Reason To Do Anything Important

When should I start my business? When will I have all the information I need to begin? Answer? Never. You have to start with what you have. In this video, I share an observation that Rajesh Setty made about getting started in business. You don’t always need to have 4 legs to make a table; […]

[Video] How to use Short Videos to Find Sales Leads

Have you noticed that really successful people, the most successful in their field, rarely talk directly about their success? Instead they tend to turn the conversation and, very subtly, remind you who they’ve met, where they’ve been on business and what they plan to do next. Video lets you do something similar. Short, personal videos […]

How to Write Technical Documentation for Chinese Customers

Summary: Writing technical and business documents for Chinese customers requires an understanding of loan words, proficiency levels, and reader’s expectations. [Learn more about this User Guide and Technical Writing Templates] How to Write Technical Documentation for Chinese Customers Carsten Mende explains how loan words are used in China and Japan. These are English words that […]

5 Ways to Raise Money for Your First Business

Starting a business is stressful, we all know that, but did you know that small businesses make up around half of all U.S. private-sector workers, and have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years? With new businesses popping up more and more, what are these current and new business owners doing […]