What's in a Business Card?

Over the years as I have attended trade shows, networking meetings, chamber events and more; I have noticed a few things about the successful and the not so successful. First of all, do you have a business card?

If you belong to a large corporation, you were probably issued business cards as a matter of course, almost as if it was a company perk. If you are in a small or home-based business, chances are you, personally, made the effort to get business cards, which entailed design, print and distribution. So if you went to all of the trouble of acquiring them, you should use them to your advantage. Here are a few tried and true rules for marketing with your card.

1. Never leave home without the cards. I have stopped for coffee already and had someone ask me for a card because they saw my car sign as I folded into the local coffee shop lot. If you want people to discredit you as a businessperson, all you have to do is say "Oh sorry I forgot my cards today." I have even been to trade shows and fellow exhibitors were walking around without cards. You have not only lost an immediate opportunity to market your business, but you look like an amateur who does not deserve the business.

2. Is the information correct? The reality is that sometimes we change our contact information. If you know that there will be changes in the near future, then limit the number of cards you have printed. Do not, scribble out and hand write information on your card. Back to "Can anyone say amateur?" I said that to someone once and his reply was, "yes but business cards are expensive." That says two things to me: 1) he did not shop around for a good price and 2) AMATEUR! The idea is to attract business not scare it away.

3. Does the card say what you want it to say? What message are you trying to get across? When designing a business card, think about the placement of information on the card. Is the key information in a prime place on the card? Does the design work with the rest of your company image? Your business card should be an extension of your company just like your logo, stationery, checks, signage, website and more. They should all get across the same message and design.

4. Can prospective clients contact you easily with the information provided on your card? This is a big one!

Is your website up to date?
Do you check your email at least once a day? (And respond!)
Is your email address professional (not mycompany@genericfreeemail.com )
Is your voice mail message clear, concise and professional?

In this day of technology everyone assumes you must have email and a website for your business to be successful. This is not necessarily true. If you do not conduct business via email or internet then do not put that information on …

Violin Lessons – The Adult Beginner

I have been surprised and impressed by the number of adults who will begin the challenge to learn to play the violin. In preparing for this article I requested email input from the adult beginners that I have had contact with and will be using their suggestions as well as giving you my own thoughts.

I have come to believe there is one great myth out there regarding the adult who takes up a new instrument: "It is harder for an adult than it is for a child." There are many versions of this: "Children are more flexible;" "You can not teach an old dog new tricks!" Well I do not believe this is true at all. I believe the reason this myth persists is due to different expectations between adults and children.

Children want to play because they hear a violin somewhere; Or a parent or grandparent plays and they want to be like them, or for many other reasons. But children are used to being on the beginning end of things, and are used to people teaching them and telling them how to do things. They go to their lesson every week, Mom or Dad helps them practice every day, and before they know it they've been at it for a couple of years and are sounding pretty good!

The adult on the other hand is by now very proficient at their chosen profession and in many cases is the teacher and not the student in their field. It is uncomfortable therefore, to be a beginning violinist and to play at a beginner level in front of someone who is proficient (his or her teacher). They look constantly for progress and measure them against a standard that they have chosen – often an unrealistic standard.

I had one student who said he'd always wanted to play violin. His wife gave him a violin and a month of lessons for his birthday, and he was very excited and very nervous. At work he was used to being in front of a boardroom full of executives and this is where he was most comfortable. When he came to lessons he was sweating and nervous and nothing I could do really calmed him down. I'm really not that intimidating! It was just too hard for him to be the beginner again. He rented about a month and then was too busy with work to continue with violin.

The adult students who stick with it have no pre-set expectations other than to play as well as they can. I asked adult beginners what their expectations were when they began lessons. Heather, who began viola lessons in her 40's said she expected it to be difficult and expected to take as long as two years before she'd want to play for anyone. Bill, who began in his 60's said he had no real expectations, he just wanted to do as well as he could. Melody, who began lessons in her 30's, said she …

Grooming And The Traveling Man

We all travel through the year for business and / or pleasure. Whether you go away for a weekend, week, or a month, you need to know the basics of what to bring when it comes to your grooming needs. As the author of "Grooming Secrets For Men" I know that men want to know the best way to be prepared for a trip, so that when they get to their destination they'll be ready to look their best at all times!

First of all there are a few things to consider. If you are already using skin care products you have to decide if you're going to bring the whole jar / tube or just a portion of it. If you're going away just for a few days, or even a week, you should get yourself small plastic travel bottles / tubes. You can usually find a kit that contains several different sizes at your local pharmacy. Sometimes the kit even comes with labels so you can write what the product is and stick it on the appropriate bottle.

Once you have your travel size bottles, simply take your cleanser for example and pour just the amount you'll think you'll need into the travel size bottle. Do this for your other skin care products as well. This way you do not have to pack the large bottles or tubes, just the small travel size, which leaves more room in your suitcase for your clothes! Some skin care lines sell travel size kits. These are great for short trips. Just make sure to get the kit that is for your particular skin type.

When it comes to what to pack for your shaving routine, that all depends on what products you use. If you use a shaving cream that comes in a can, you can try to find a travel size can. Chances are you will not find a travel size can, and you'll have to bring the full size with you. However, if you use a shaving gel, you can for sure squeeze out some gel into a travel size tube and just bring that with you. If you're someone who uses a shaving brush, with a shaving soap, simply pack the shaving soap with the brush in a zip-lock bag and you're all set. When it comes to bringing your aftershave along, if it's in a large jar / tube, again, put some in a travel size container to save space in your suitcase.

Shower gels, shampoos and conditioners that come in large bottles have no place in your suitcase. Even if you have to buy more travel size tubes, transfer your shower gel, shampoo and conditioner each into their own bottle. You do not want to get to your location and have a counter full of full size products when you're only going to be there a short time. When all your travel size bottles and / or jars are filled and securely closed, simply put them …

Home Automation System – Live A Cozy Living

In this century, the world has turned so faster that taking care of their own home itself is so difficult and not possibly effective. The few peoples who has time as mobbed down due to this routine work and they have turned tired of doing the same work time and again. One has to remember and accept to the fact that in today's faster world people really do not have time to spend for themselves and enjoy their leisure activities.

That is the reason for peoples of this era trying to save those precious times to their leisure activities by installing those home automation products in their house and trying to have some fun. You might think that this whole concept is a typical Hollywood commercial which is not available but it is not true, this whole concept is currently available in market and doing wonders for its users.

We have to thank the advancement of technology and theventions of this home automation, which was once considered as the typical Hollywood saga has turned out to be a big boon and helping all its users across the globe. Although this whole technology looks like something fantasy happening around us, it is catching very soon as days passes on and provides a time saver mainly for those peoples who are involved in the hectic life style as it eases their pressure. But the user has to remember, since the whole technology runs in the computer with state-of-art technology, we need to shell out some more money, as it worth of it.

When the user has money and wants to make life simpler and ready to shell out money from their pocket, and then straight away head to home automation. With the facilities and advantages of the home automation is being endless, one can expect the growth of this industry in a rapid rate with as high as possible. One could ever imagine have a single remote control to access the entire home and advantages of using it is unexplainable. It would so easy and convenient and will also easy the pressure of the hectic day of the users.

By bringing this technology, one can say relation between incidents and reality continues. Because of the competition there are lots of latest and diverse home automation systems available in the market. By this various ranges now available, one can easily pick out the ones required and the one that suits them best for all their needs up. One must also make sure that he picks the one that really suits all his needs and works for it.

First of all the user needs to know what it all takes to use the home automation and how it works, because without it one can never define what works good for him and the comfort it gets them. It is basically defined into three different categories, which are named as just like in a computer such as connection center, microprocessor and structured wiring. These complete …

The 5 Most Important Features of a Home Theater System

Going to the movies for a family night is becoming quite expensive. My families favorite thing to do is movie night, so we have compromised. We now have movie night at home. Each of the kids get to pick a movie, and my husband and I pick a movie. I can leave the video rental store with everyone happy and spend around $ 10. We come home have pizza for supper and then later have microwave popcorn while we watch the movie together.

One thing that you may want to invest in is a Home Theater System. Features to look for in a home theater system become very confusing if you are not familiar with them. The sound system is what will draw you into the movie and you will hear sounds from different speakers surrounding you.

The first experience in a movie theater is the sound. The quality of sound will draw you into the movie and make the experience more real and amazing. A quality surround system can be purchased at a great price if you do some shopping around. Features you need to look for when purchasing a home theater system are:

1. Price compared to quality. There is truth in the statement that you get what you pay for. However, with that in mind, do not pay high dollar for a system that you can get the same features with a less expensive system. Educate yourself and shop around. You can do your research online or go to stores and listen to different systems.

2. The quality of the sound is important. You want your surround system to fill the room with rich sound, not just blaring distorted noise. There is a big difference in systems when it come to this. Even at lower volumes the sound should be pleased and full.

3. A reputable brand that offers reputable customer service. The installation of home theater systems can be daunting. You want to make sure you have access to helpful and courteous service.

4. The style and design of the system. You do not want to purchase a system and then get home and hate the look of it in you living room. Old surround systems had large boxy speakers and were not very eye appealing. Today, it is amazing the high quality sound can come out of such a small speaker.

5. Compatibility with your other components. Read the fine print and make sure your tv, dvd player, blu ray player etc. Will be compatible with the home theater system that you choose. …

Wireless Home Security Cameras

In the past, wireless home security technology was considered inferior to its hardwired counterpart, largely because the latter had higher reliability since its wireless technology was still at its beginnings. Nowadays however, wireless home security systems have been up to hardwired ones and they are equally reliable and can dish out similar performance. In addition, the fact that wireless home security systems are a lot easier to install and do not require any heavy configurations in the house interior's structure, has made them even more popular. It's the case with wireless home security cameras, which gain more and more acceptance among home owners over hardwired cameras.

There are several types of wireless home security cameras available for you to buy, from simple (and cheap) do it yourself cams to professional security cameras with IP networking capabilities, a water and vandal-proof design, night vision and so forth. Since the market has literally boomed and is now flooded with different types of wireless home security cameras, it will require some browsing around to find the one that suits you most. In order to help you out, we'll explain some of the most important features a wireless home security camera can have.

Infrared Night Vision – Using infrared particles, a wireless home security camera can literally see through darkness. Modern cameras have an automated system that allows them to detect light and switch the required mode on. For example, during daytime or when lighting conditions are adequate, the camera will act as a normal video cam but as soon as the light drops below a certain level, it will automatically turn on its night vision mode.

IP Networking – If your wireless home security camera features IP networking capabilities, you will be able to connect it to your computer (typically through an USB connector). This allows for several options such as controlling the camera from your computer instead of the security system's control panel, downloading video footage directly on your hard drive or streaming live footage of what your camera is "seeing", online, from anywhere in the World ( Quite helpful when you're on vacation and want to check the status of your home).

Vandal proof design – This is mostly aimed for outdoor wireless home security cameras. These cameras are protected by a solid material and covered by a "hub" of break-proof glass that does not hinder the quality of the video the camera streams. They are almost impossible to break away from their support, which makes these wireless home security cameras really worth their money.

Motion detection – Some cameras have a built in motion detector that gives them a dual purpose. Most wireless home security cameras use an infrared-based motion detector which can also detect body heat and can be tuned so that it ignores the motion of small pets and the likes. The motion detector can be turned on and off as you please in most models, so you do not have to worry about triggering it during daytime. …

Eliminating that Terrible Hum From Your Home Theater Speakers

You’ve all heard it, that dreaded 60Hz hum through the speakers of a home theater or house audio system. Hopefully you heard it at a friend’s house and not your own. It can drive you completely nuts. You may have even tried, unsuccessfully, to fix the little noise problem. That can make you even more crazy. What causes that horrendous noise through your speakers?

More often than not humming through your speakers is caused by a grounding problem. There are three main ground problems that cause problems in an audio / video system. These are ground loops, improper grounding and lack of a ground altogether. The other possible culprits that can cause noise are bad cables, a faulty piece of equipment or electrical noise from a lighting dimmer or electric motor. There are steps you can take to troubleshoot the noise and eliminate it from you theater.

The first step is find out where it is coming from. Disconnect your source and display equipment from your receiver or surround sound processor. If the noise stops, connect them back to the receiver or processor on at a time until the noise returns. When the hum comes back, you found where the noise is entering your system. Note that if you are connecting remote equipment, such as running the signal from your theater room DVD player to the TV in the bedroom, your chances to pick up noise increase dramatically. With such long runs, noise can be induced into the long cable runs from adjacent electrical wiring. It is also easy to create a ground loop, because the equipment is plugged into two different, widely separated outlets, on different electrical circuits.

If the noise is caused by a cable box, the noise is likely caused by the cable TV ground. To test this theory, disconnect the incoming cable TV feed to the rear of the cable box or TV while they are still connected to the rest of the system. If the noise is eliminated by disconnecting the TV cable, the problem is the cable TV ground. You can electrically decouple the cable TV feed from your system with a ground breaking transformer. These are available from many sources. Be advised that many newer, digital cable TV systems require any device in the signal chain to pass a full 1,000 Mhz. Some of the older ground break transformers will not do this. Be sure to check the specifications of whatever device you are purchasing to verify it will pass the digital cable TV signal.

If the noise is from your projector, TV, or monitor, it is most likely caused because the video display device is plugged into a different outlet than the other a/v equipment. It could be on a different circuit as well. These circuits may have two different ground potentials. That is, the resistance to ground is different on each circuit. A difference in resistance to ground from one ground point to another can cause the dreaded ground loop. If …

Los Angeles Terrorist targets



Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. Oct 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM PDT A Lake Elsinore man who lost his hand in an improvised explosion device (IED) is being held in custody today after he went to a hospital emergency room with his hand blown off. His brother and mother have been arrested on suspicion of making explosives and child endangerment, a Riverside county sheriff’s sergeant said.

The allegations stem from explosives found at the family’s home, where the mother ran a licensed daycare facility, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez.

Benjamin Kuzelka, 23, walked into a hospital and told emergency personnel that he had shot his own hand, said sheriff’s Sgt. Gutierrez.

An examination of the wound determined it was not consistent with a gunshot, and Kuzelka later told deputies that he had been injured by explosives, Gutierrez said.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, went to his home at 30524 Audelo Street and found bomb-making materials and marijuana plants, the sergeant said.

Kuzelka was in serious condition and will be arrested when he recuperates.

His brother, Grey Timothy Kuzelka, 21, was arrested and booked into the county jail. He had been free on bail since Sunday, following an arrest on suspicion of drug possession, sales and transport.

Their mother, Rebecca Kuzelka, 55, was also  being held.
The possibility that the family is associated with hate groups or other radical home grown or international terrorist with intentions of bombing southern California targets is being investigated by local, county and federal authorities according to an investigator.
Law enforcement in surrounding counties including Orange and L.A.Counties are investigating to see if there is any connection between the Kuzelka family and any recent bomb threats.
LAX has long been believed by terrorist experts to be a high grade target for terrorist.
In a wide-ranging Rand report it considered the potential casualties from car bombs, mortars, snipers and surface-to-air missile attacks the most likely scenario and is the first public blueprint of the airport’s greatest vulnerabilities.
LAX, the world’s fifth-busiest airport, is considered the state’s top terrorist target. An Al Qaeda plot to explode several luggage bombs in terminals was foiled in December 1999.  According to former president George Bush a Los Angeles skyscraper was a terrorist target.
Bush indicated that in Feb 2006 – Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast not long after they’d launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington.
The terrorists’ target was a notable Los Angeles office building, he said during a speech given at the National Guard Association of the United States’ headquarters.
The 73-story Los Angeles office building, the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, was called the Library Tower at the time of the terrorist plot. It was later renamed US Bank Tower.
Bush said the scheme involved terrorists using shoe bombs to hijack an aircraft that would then …

What Are The Best Home Security Cameras – Top Three

Home security is a huge issue in this country. Burglary is one of the few areas of crime that is on the increase. While most categories of crime are on the decline home burglary is on the rise. Home invasions are also on the increase but are hard to quantify because they are treated separately. Police tell us that 90 percent of all home burglaries are preventable and that 60 percent of all home burglaries happen through on secured doors and windows.

Homeowners can beef up their security in many ways that are free. First lock all doors and windows even when you are at home. Get involved in a neighborhood watch program. Place a sign in your yard that you have a viscous guard dog or that you a card carrying member of the NRA. These all work and are free. What is not to like about free?

Law enforcement officials will tell you that the best way to show external signs of security is with a security camera. Here are the top three home security cameras.

1. Vandal Proof Dome-for external security of your home. It is fully weatherproof and vandal resistant. It has 36 infrared LED’s for night vision capability up to 80 feet away. The 550 TV lines of resolution provide excellent picture quality. It adjusts and can manually rotate 360 degrees.

2. The Alarm clock hidden camera-for internal security. It is a fully functioning brand name Sony dream machine alarm clock radio with AM/FM and all the trimmings. It has a full power backup in case of power loss. It can be wired or wireless and produce color or black-and-white images. Another option is the built-in DVR, which saves you money on recording images.

3. The high resolution day night color camera-for external home security. This bullet camera has 56 infrared LEDs which allow you night vision capability of 150 feet away at night. Video is recorded at 540 TV lines resolution, producing high quality images.

When it comes to security cameras for your home these are the best three. Don’t put your security at risk any longer get a security camera. When are you getting one?…

Increasing Your Cash Flow. Key Component of Making, Managing, and Investing Your Money

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To become financially secure in your future, you must realize there are three key, very distinct components when working with money. The obvious one that most people focus on is the “art of making money.” Getting a good education, getting a good paying job, and receiving a paycheck can be easily accomplished. This is the one element that usually gets 90 percent of everyone’s focus. The art of mastering wealth creation is really becoming efficient with not only making money, but understanding that this one component is useless in your quest to obtain financial freedom unless you master the skills of the other two: The management and proper investing of the money to create genuine cash flow you can actually take to the bank and bring home.

It is critically important to understand the latter two, better than the first one. Compounded over time, even someone who makes relatively little money can become a millionaire if they manage what they make wisely and invest it with a high level of expertise and create cash flow. Cash flow is the essential ingredient to mastering wealth creation. Recently a report of a woman was released how she left the university she attended 60 years earlier in the 1940’s after passing, millions of dollars. She was a receptionist or secretary for most of her life. How did she leave millions? She lived within her means, managing wisely, and chose her investments carefully and made millions. This is happening less and less today, with the rise of inflation and the de-valuation of the US dollar. I have seen Individuals earning six figure incomes, annually, waste away their lives buying beyond their means, and struggling in their retirement, while others that earned half of what their peers did, are living a lavish lifestyle, after managing and investing wisely throughout their lives.

What money you make is generally determined by your actual earning potential; how much you and your employers, or company determine and agree you are worth in the marketplace, how much you are capable of generating from your craft or trade, or how much profit you have from net earnings from your business. A simple way to determine this is to look back and see what the highest tax return is that you filed in the most recent years. Generally when deciding that you need to increase your earning potential, there are things you may consider doing. The most common:

· Work more hours in a given week, work overtime, or take a second job.

· Learn to do the same amount of work in less time or more work in the same amount of time.

· Go back to school for further education, learn another trade, update your training.

· Move to an area that will pay more for the skills you already have or take a job that pays more.

The second component, the actual management of your money, is …