Thursday, August 30, 2012

Network marketing business is the perfect business model for the 21st century as recommended by Robert T Kiyosaki and Donald Trump in his latest book, The Business of the 21st Century. The advantages that I see in direct selling business is low investment business, training and the power of leverage and teamwork. If you have zero business skills, network marketing is the great place to learn about building a business at low investment. If you build a business on your own efforts, you will need to hire a business mentor, coach or consultant and not to mention the capital cost and the administration works. Why people have fear to start network marketing business? Here are some reasons for the biggest fear that stop people from starting the business.

1. Fear of Being Scammed

If you have thoughts of being scammed online, you never get into the business. Network marketing business that has tangible products are not a scam business. Do the research that the business is solid, in growth phase and perhaps you know the founder behind the direct selling company. The most important is you join the network marketing team and upline that care about you and your success.

2. Fear of Marketing, No Skills

People have seen hard-line HITLER marketers in direct selling business. They told me that they had fear of selling. What kind of business on earth that doesn't involve marketing? What we can do is to learn and to improve communication skills. I'm learning tricks and tips on how to answer the most common objections that people have in mind. You can use social media marketing and learn attraction marketing technique so you will be a likeable attractive marketer.

3. Too Expensive, No Money

Every day you spend money. You are likely to spend $4-10 a day without giving much thought. What if you can redirect this little amount every day for your investment in direct selling business. You know that this business is the most rewarding business. What kind of business that can give you multifold returns in the long-term if you keep investing $ 100-200 per month? What do yo mean by expensive? If you see the product values and you compare them with products from supermarkets or pharmacies, it is true they are slightly more expensive, but qualities are different. See the business values and what you get in returns from your investment. Do you get the marketing system, marketing resources and training from the direct selling company for your own marketing purpose?

4. No Time to Do The Business, Too Busy

The ultimate goal to do network marketing is TIME FREEDOM. If you're too bus right now, do you have a plan to change your situation? Would you spare five to ten hours per day to do your so you can change your situation in the future?

Only you know the answer. Will you change your current situation? Will you learn to overcome your fear in network marketing and to take courage to learn the business? There's no reason of being fearful if you are willing to learn the skills. You are not only learning the skills but you develop yourself to be a better person with better financial situation.

Imagine sitting on the beach sipping a cold tropical beverage, listening to the sounds of the surf gently lapping at the perfect sugar-sand coast, as all concept of time and obligation slowly slip away. If this sounds like a waste of vacation time to you, and you want to spend your Caribbean experience enjoying more active pursuits, then have no fear; many of the Caribbean Islands offer more than just a day at the beach and picturesque sunsets.

Lively travelers visiting the Caribbean can fill their days with plenty of invigorating activities. Try the popular sports of tennis and golf if you enjoy a little friendly competition. There are watersports and underwater exploration for those who want to get their feet wet. And nature-friendly eco-oriented endeavors allow you to become one with the great outdoors. All you have to do is decide which activity interests you the most, and you're ready for all kinds of adventures during your visit to the beautiful and exciting Caribbean.

Tennis and Golf

Many Caribbean hotels and resorts offer tennis and golf packages to accommodate sports-minded travelers. A lot of the major resorts in the region have tennis courts on location that are available to their guests and by reservations for those who aren't staying at the hotel. Often, hotels with tennis courts will offer tennis instruction for various fees, so even if you're a beginner player, you can still enjoy some great tennis action on your vacation in the Caribbean.

If you're in the Caribbean at the right time, or you do a little planning in advance, you may be able to catch a professional tennis tournament during your stay. If you want to spend the daytime hours relaxing and soaking up some sun, a lot of hotels have lighted courts, so you can hit the courts at night, which may also be more comfortable than playing in the hot Caribbean sun. Keep in mind that you may have to pay a little extra for the luxury of lighting.

To make sure you get some much-coveted court time in the Caribbean, check with your hotel or with resorts near where you'll be staying to see if they have courts available, if the courts are illuminated, and how much it costs to play. There are several islands in the Caribbean where vacationers can go to find great tennis courts and facilities, including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica, which feature resorts that provide special tennis packages and top-notch facilities.

Golf is also a popular pursuit for many vacationer traveling to the Caribbean. Golf can be relaxing as well as provide exciting competition. The weather in the Caribbean is perfect for enjoying a round of golf almost any time of year, and many of the region's courses are located in beautiful breathtaking settings among majestic mountains and tropical greenery. Vacationers can find great golf courses throughout the Caribbean, but especially on the larger islands. The majority of courses are available to visitors and offer equipment for rental as well as golf lessons for various fees. The costs of golfing on particular greens will vary from course to course, and can range from extremely pricey to budget play, so check ahead with the course or golf resort.

Golfers will be able to find greens in the Caribbean that were designed by world renowned golfers and expert course designers. You can find exciting golf courses and golf resorts on many Caribbean islands with some of the best being in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

Aquatic Activities

While staying in the Caribbean, you'll be surrounded by the beautiful azure Caribbean Sea and sparkling Atlantic Ocean, so you'll have access to a wide array of watersports and other aquatic endeavors, like snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing, just to name a few.

Travelers from all over the world visit the Caribbean to enjoy offshore activities in the region's warm, clear, blue waters. Below the Caribbean waters is a wondrous world of colorful and exotic ocean wildlife including brilliant fish and coral. Because of its fascinating underwater habitats, the Caribbean features some of the most popular dive destinations in the world, and is home to various resorts and hotels that focus especially on the diving aspect of visiting the Caribbean by offering special dive package.

Dive resorts and many hotels offer their guests equipment rental for scuba diving and snorkeling, and even provide scuba diving lessons and certification, because you must have a license and some instruction in order to get the most out of your diving experience.

Coral reefs, old shipwrecks, volcanic vents, and underwater formations are great places for divers to explore, and can be an exciting experience for vacationers of all ages. The cost of your dive or snorkeling excursion will vary according to the kind of dive you take, when you go, and what kind of certification you want to get. Travelers can find great dive spots all over the Caribbean, but especially on the Cayman and Virgin Islands.

Other aquatic pursuits that vacationers can enjoy while visiting the Caribbean include watersports like windsurfing, which has become extremely popular in the region in recent years. Fishing is also a popular activity for many who visit the Caribbean, which has a countless number of fish species dwelling beneath the surface of the crystal blue waters. Also, there is kayaking, parasailing, water rafting, and many other ways to enjoy the waves of the salty Caribbean.

Eco-Oriented Endeavors

For many vacationers, a visit to the Caribbean is the perfect opportunity to get back to nature. Many islands in the region boast lush landscapes and are home to a variety of exotic animal species. Eco-oriented travelers can experience nature in the Caribbean in a number of ways, such as through hiking, camping, and mountain biking. To find out more information about outdoor excursions and nature-related activities, the best place to start is your hotel information desk, which may be able to provide you with maps of the island, the names and numbers of rental companies where you can get camping equipment and mountain bikes, and information on local guides that you can hire to show you around island trails.

Hiking is good exercise and can be a great way to see parts of islands that can't be reached by car. Vacationers can choose from several levels of hiking difficulty, from leisurely strolls to brisk uphill hikes and more strenuous treks. Mountain biking is also another way to get off the beaten path and see areas of the island you couldn't see by staying in the city limits. Take a trip up the side of a volcano, visit a cascading waterfall, or do some exotic birdwatching. The Caribbean offers all kinds of ecological possibilities.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dubai is, without a doubt, is one of the top business and tourist destinations in the world. Jet set travelers from throughout the world visit the various luxury Dubai hotels. It is possible to sample cuisine from all over the world in Dubai. This is made possible by the metropolitan nature of Dubai city. The cuisines are customized to meet every taste and pocketbook. United Arab Emirates is famous for its hotels and restaurants and Dubai has thousands of hotels and restaurants to choose from. For many centuries, the city attracted million of tourists from all over the world. Dubai is amongst the world's most visited tourist destinations. Like with other popular tourist destinations, most hotels provide high quality standards at the most competitive prices.

Most travelers will be interested in the locations of the Dubai hotels. The location of the majority of affordable Dubai hotels makes them perfect for saving money. In most cases, they border quiet neighborhoods and yet are very close to the city centre as well as popular tourist attractions. This makes them appropriate for visitors who want to explore Dubai and at the same time save on transport costs. Cheap food can be purchased at the hotel restaurant and includes popular Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European, international and American dishes.

For travelers, bed and breakfasts remain the best alternative to save money. Luxury Dubai hotels provide high quality breakfasts and accommodations at the cheapest prices. A good number of Dubai hotels offer even greater deals; they provide complementary breakfasts in the morning. Some of the Dubai hotels offering great travel deals in Dubai include Dubai Concorde Hotel and Residence, Traders Hotel Dubai, Millennium Airport Hotel, Carton Towers Hotel Dubai among others.

The UAE is home to Middle East's most luxurious hotels. Luxury hotels have a wide array of cafes, bars and restaurants. Virtually all Dubai luxury Dubai hotels offer spa treatments with complementary steam rooms, saunas, outdoor and indoor pools, fitness centers, tennis and squash courts. In most cases, they border quiet neighborhoods and yet very close to the Dubai city centre, beaches as well as popular tourist attractions.

Accommodations and room services in luxury Dubai hotels are comfortable, well-chosen and very smart. Guests can enjoy themselves at the spacious recreation centre complete with golf putting green, pool tables, darts and solarium. All rooms have private bathrooms with showers, telephones, television, and internet connectivity. Most luxury hotels offer a variety of room types; twin rooms, doubles, singles or family. In addition there are various conference facilities with complete business services.. Conference events can be organized as round table lunches, dinners or coffee. Most luxury Dubai hotel rooms have 24-hour room service. Some of the most popular luxury Dubai hotels include: Armani Hotel Dubai, Palm Tree Court and Spa, Hyatt Regency Dubai and Galleria, The Address Downtown Dubai, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Al Murooj Rotana Hotel and Suites, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Grand Hotel, Khaleej Palace Hotel Dubai, Riviera Hotel Dubai, Metropolitan Diera Hotel Dubai and Ramada Continental Hotel Dubai.

Building your network marketing business has never been more confusing. When you signed up in your business opportunity, you never imagined this. But like most people who ventured into the business opportunity realm, you were told that you didn't need any business skills to build your business. And in reality you don't...if you build it solely using your friends and family.

Honestly, does the average person have enough people in their circle of influence to build a business entirely this way? Some people do, but the average person may not have enough.

Which is why a lot of well-meaning people who've bought into the dream of a home business, venture out into the cold market. If you're not familiar with that term, it means that you're going to build your business with people you don't know...thus the word "cold."

Warm market or cold market...each has its own pros and cons. In your warm market, you're talking to people you already know and with whom you have a relationship with. So in a sense, you could say half the battle is already won. The downside is that you may run out of people to talk to. You may even encounter a naysayer or two who will try to talk you out of your business.

In the cold market, you can target people directly who are looking for a business and or who have already bought into the concept of network marketing.

The downside of building a business in the cold market is that you'll have to learn some marketing skills if you want to build successfully in this area. In addition you'll have to learn how to build an online relationship with total strangers.

If you already "tapped" out your warm market, you really don't have a must venture into the cold market. This is how traditional businesses have been built. What makes network marketing any different?

Of course it's easier to go up to people you already know, but for those who don't have a circle of influence, the cold market is the logical next step.

Your upline is offering you some words of wisdom in that they're telling you the fastest way to get started and that's your warm market; these are the people you have the most affect over. But it may not be the smartest way to get started if you have no influence or a circle of business-minded friends and family who are open to network marketing.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Organising a conference involves everything from booking the venue, arranging the audio visual elements, recording the event and engaging the chairperson, panellists and speakers. Usually, part of the post-conference service entails providing transcripts of the conference proceedings, including conference papers, breakout sessions, workshops and Q&As. However, not all conference organisers appreciate that booking a transcription service in advance is equally important.

As conferences usually result in a substantial length of recording, it's beneficial to contact the transcription company as early as possible before the event. This allows the transcriber to reserve space in their schedule in advance to ensure the quickest possible turnaround of the transcripts so that any post-conference deadlines can be met.

Conferences take a substantial amount of time to transcribe. It's a common misconception that one hour of recording can be transcribed in an hour. Far from it! We speak much faster than we can write or type; otherwise there would be no need for shorthand or stenographers. It takes one hour to transcribe 15 minutes of clearly recorded speech and, therefore, a minimum of four hours to transcribe a one hour recording. It can take longer depending on a number of factors, including the quality of recording, the clarity and speed of the participants' delivery, whether they speak in coherent sentences, if accents are a consideration, as well as the level of background noise and the amount of industry specific or technical terminology involved.

So if a conference lasts for a day, producing about six hours of recording, after deducting the time for lunch and any breaks, it will take a minimum of 24 hours to transcribe. Obviously, it will take any transcription company time to produce a quality transcript, even with a network of experienced transcribers. If the conference lasts for two or three days or even longer, you can appreciate just how long it could take. And this assumes a high quality recording with clear speakers and minimal background noise. Anything of less than superb quality may take even longer to transcribe.

If you wait until after the conference and start searching for a transcription service only when you have the recording, it may take quite a while to find a transcriber with enough space in their schedule. Most professional transcription companies have a long list of regular customers and to suddenly find a large block of free space available at short notice is unlikely. Most are not sitting around twiddling their thumbs! It can be very time consuming ringing round and a client may have to settle for an inferior service or wait longer for their transcripts. So book your transcription service in advance, in the same way as you would the venue or speakers. The transcription company can then reserve space in their schedule, line up the required number of experienced transcribers, acquaint themselves with the subject matter for the conference beforehand and be ready to process the recordings as soon as they arrive. This ensures a prompt and steady delivery of any transcripts post-conference.

So what factors do you need to consider when choosing a transcription company? Ensure that conference transcription is one of their core services. Transcribing conferences is a specialist discipline and requires a wide range of experience to ensure that the transcripts produced are accurate, meticulous and consistent. The company chosen should have years of experience in transcribing lectures, presentations, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, plenary sessions, workshops and Q&A sessions. Check out their website to see if they know their subject area and read their testimonials to judge the quality of their service. Find out if they offer a discounted conference transcription service for charities and universities.

It is important to ascertain that the transcription company can handle the selected recording format. Hopefully, most companies will be recording in digital format as this produces superior sound quality. Digital files mean that recordings can be uploaded to the transcriber quickly, rather than waiting for tapes to be sent by post. Digital also allows more than one transcriber to work on the recordings - unlike physical media such as tapes which have to be copied to digital before they can be split between transcribers, all of which introduces extra delay.

Providing the transcriber with an agenda, a list of speakers and delegates, as well as any presentations or handouts supplied by the speakers is helpful, together with any supporting material on the conference. Every conference covers a specialised area with its own terminology and keywords, such as brand names, companies, scientific terms and individuals, which may only be obvious to anyone inside the industry or organisation. A good transcriptionist will be able to search for most of the unusual words by using Google, but time will be saved if you've already provided the relevant material.

So what else do you need to consider? You need to decide what type of transcript would be suitable. There are generally three transcript styles available: Complete Verbatim, Intelligent Verbatim and Edited Transcript.

The most popular choice for conferences is Intelligent Verbatim. This ensures a full, accurate transcript, but omits all the 'ums', 'ahs', repetitions and verbal habits which people develop, such as excessive use of 'you know' and 'kind of'. These meaningless fillers add nothing to the context of the transcript and take longer to transcribe. It makes sense to cut all that out, but leave the rest exactly as spoken, to retain the overall style of the person speaking. This also makes for a much easier transcript to read, and significantly cuts down on transcription time and costs.

Complete Verbatim is a transcript of absolutely everything said, including every repetition, verbal quirk or instances where people drift off in mid comment with no logical end to a sentence. It endeavours to capture the conversational 'style' of the person, plus any dialect patterns and emotions where applicable. This obviously increases the transcription time and can also make for a very tedious 'read'! Most of us don't talk in completely coherent sentences, so this tends to be the least popular of the transcript style options, particularly for conference proceedings.

A good halfway house is an Edited Transcript which is very useful, particularly for breakout sessions and Q&A sessions, where the content is critical but the verbal quirks of the speakers don't need to be included. Any incorrect grammar, non-standard English or mistakes are corrected and sentences are tidied up where it's sensible to do so.

Part of the project management service which should be provided as standard by transcription companies is that all conference recordings are listened to at least twice, so that the transcript is checked and proofread against the original audio. Ideally, that 'second listen' should be by someone other than the original transcriber. This is particularly important with a lengthy recording such as a conference, where many transcribers could be contributing. This ensures that all typos are picked up, as well as clarifying any missing or unclear words. These 'inaudibles' may have come about simply because that particular transcriber's recording contained an unclear name or a speaker who muttered, whereas in a different speech, that same name may have been clearly heard by another transcriber. With a supervising 'ear' and brain both re-listening and proofreading every transcript, these corrections and gaps can be filled in. Not all transcription companies offer this service. So check all claims of re-listening and proofreading carefully to ensure that this is not just the responsibility of the freelance transcriber, while any project manager doesn't read any of the transcripts or listen to the audio at all.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Forum is a university for a newbie, a place where the most active affiliate marketers meet regularly and share their feelings, disappointments and affiliate marketing tips.

At the same time it is one of the most effective places online to build trust towards your affiliate internet marketing business idea.

1.Relationship Building Is Everything.

People buy your products and visit your website. That is why it is useful to know the motives of these website visitors to be able to serve them well.

Number one reason to visit some affiliate internet marketing business idea- website is that a visitor trust on the webmaster.

Affiliate marketing forum is not a place for a direct selling but a place, where the brand and relationships are made, i.e. an indirect selling or a persuasion selling place.

2.Talk With Other Newbies.

People who are on the same situation as to the marketing of affiliate internet marketing business idea feel, that they have something valuable in common and just these people are eager to share the feelings and experiences.

As a newbie you have a great opportunity to meet other affiliate marketing business newbies on the forum and if you are polite, helpful and active, it is possible to tie long term relationships with them.

3.Challenge The Forum Marketing Experts.

Your long term target must be to become an expert in the marketing of affiliate internet marketing business idea.

That is why it is interesting to challenge the forum expert every now and then just to test your own skills.

4.Challenge The Moderator.

A forum moderator is a very experienced person. You can challenge him to see if you can win him as to the affiliate marketing business know how. I mean to challenge in a positive atmosphere.

Of course your target must be to build a good and fruitful relationships also with him, because you both will benefit.

5.Write Lots Of PM.

PM , or private message, is a way to deepen your relationship with some specific person. This is a good way to share that kind of information, which is not meant to everybody.

6.Be Personal and Helpful.

These are the two things for a successful presence on the affiliate marketing forum: useful and helpful.

People will recognize quickly, whether your target is to try to be helpful or something else. One important thing is to post regularly, but not too often.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hilton Head Island is an extremely popular vacation spot located in southern South Carolina. Boasting a more natural coastline than some other popular beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head has rolling dunes and sprawling live oak trees that make the landscape unique and true to the "low-country." Known for its many high-end golf courses, This beach town, like most vacation spots, can be costly for the travelers who chose to vacation there. Luckily, many of the courses and clubs on the island offer golf vacation packages that allow vacationers to get a deal on playing and staying in this beach community. Here are a few popular golf clubs and courses that partner with neighboring lodging to provide their patrons with golf vacation packages.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes is one of the better-known resorts on the island. It offers several golf courses, including one of the only courses on Hilton Head Island with an oceanfront view. Palmetto Dunes offers condo rentals and resort lodging with its beautiful golf courses. Some of the golf vacation packages that Palmetto Dunes offers include monthly lodging and playing deals, as well as an option to build your own package online so that you get the most out of your trip to Hilton Head Island.

Sea Pines Resort

Sea Pines is a beautiful and well-known resort on Hilton Head Island. As a resort, it offers villa rentals as well as an inn, and both options offer breathtaking ocean views. Sea Pines is also the home to three championship golf courses and offers several different types of golf vacation packages including room rates that include a round of golf at their inn, villa rentals that include rounds of golf, and even PGA golf instruction packages. Their packages make it easy to stay and play golf on Hilton Head Island.

Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort

Located just across the Port Royal Sound from Hilton Head Island, Fripp Island is a small, quiet, and beautiful barrier island that is home to the Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort. The resort has two championship golf courses, both with ocean views and also offers vacation rentals. Fripp Island also offers golf vacation packages that include discounted golf rates at both courses with a rental as well as preferred rates on equipment rental. Though the resort is not exactly located on Hilton Head proper, it is a golf resort worth visiting if you do not mind a little commute to the other main attractions.

This is just a small sample of the resorts that offer great golf vacation packages. There are many more vacation packages available to fit the needs of any type of traveler. Whether visiting Hilton Head Island for golf, or for some fun in the sun, these resorts can help you build the vacation of which you have always dreamed. Regardless of the reason for your visit, from business to pleasure, golf can easily be incorporated into a vacation package to fit the needs of you and your travel companions.

Monday, August 20, 2012

There is no doubt that Skype has done much for video conferencing. Its transition from an audio only service to audio with video has enabled millions of people worldwide to accept this form of video conferencing into their daily lives. Keeping up with friends and family overseas has never been easier and with a price tag of free it is a very compelling technology. Many other companies have jumped on the success of Skype notably Apple with Facetime and Google with Google+ as well as a multitude of other chat and video applications.

Outside of the consumer world enterprises have spent and continue to invest millions of dollars each year on enhancing corporate video conferencing from dedicated video conference rooms, Telepresence suites to desktop and the emerging mobile video conferencing. One of the questions we often get asked is why not just use Skype?

Skype works with Skype. You cannot make a Skype call to a video conference room. Skype uses its own proprietary method of communication there have been some attempts to create video gateways from video conference rooms to Skype clients but all have had limited success maybe things will change on this front with the Microsoft acquisition of Skype although they may well tighten up further and only allow Skype to work with their own Lync offering.

So, why not replace your room system with a Skype embedded smart TV or a desktop PCRoom based video conference systems come at a price. They come at a price for very good reasons. They use high quality components to provide you with the best possible video conference experience. Lets look at the differences between a Skype Room setup and a traditional VC room.

Skype Room

  • Microphones: Webcam integrated microphone. Causes echo, very susceptible to background noise e.g. aircon very hard to hear all participants

  • Echo Cancelation: Microphone and TV speakers are too close together to allow windows to provide echo cancellation. Even if separated echo will cause significant issues

  • Camera: Imagine you are in a four way call. Your meeting room will only occupy ¼ of the far end screen. Without the ability to zoom & focus properly a person sitting at the end of the table will only occupy 1% of screen real estate - you might as well be using audio.

  • Packet Loss: Skype calls suffer if packet loss is greater than 5% (very common) Skype normally uses "relays" to communicate which dramatically increases packet loss and latency both leading to lower quality

  • Resolution: Skype resolution might look fine in a small window on your desktop, but when viewed on a large screen, the quality cannot compete typical Skype calls are QVGA (320x240) and bare the Skype certified logo.

Traditional VC Room System

  • Microphones: Multiple microphones so everyone can be clearly heard

  • Echo Cancelation: Dedicated echo cancelation

  • Camera: High Quality PTZ camera.

  • Packet Loss: In built packet loss (method varies from manufacturer)

  • Resolution: All recent video conference codecs are capable of either 720p (1280x720) or 1080p (1980x1080) resolution

You can see that there are clearly significant differences between Skype in a meeting room and a traditional video conference room. These factors added together really highlights why I would never consider using Skype in a meeting room environment. A recent feature to Skype has been the ability to have more than just two people on a video call. Skypes group video calling looks compelling, allowing up to 10 people to join in a single video call at 6.99 Euros a month. Let's delve a little deeper into the small print and again and compare Skype Group calling with virtual rooms.

Virtual Rooms

  • Number of participants: 28 per call

  • Bandwidth needed: >128Kbps

  • Usage Policy: Pay as you go, bundled minutes

  • Mobile Devices: Full features on Android, iPhone and iPad

  • Per Port encoding: Each participant will join at their optimum resolution. So a low resolution attendee does not reduce the quality of the call for others

  • Moderation: Meetings can be locked, protected with a PIN, noisy participants can be muted there are multiple layout options and any device anywhere can join

  • Advanced features: Recording, streaming, chat, annotating, presentation catchup

Skype Group Calling

  • Number of participants: 5 recommended (10 max.)

  • Bandwidth needed:>4000 kbps for 5 person call, >8000 kbps for 7 person call

  • Usage Policy: 100 Hours per month, 10 Hours per day, 4 hours per meeting (So your meeting room could only be utilised for 3 meetings a day)

  • Mobile Devices: Voice Only supported for group calls

  • Per Port encoding: Skype does not use per port encoding but instead relies on huge amounts of bandwidth and local processing power

  • Moderation: There are no moderation features. Meetings cannot be locked for privacy, participants cannot be muted, layout control is very limited and only Skype users can join

  • Advanced features: There are no advanced features in Skype other than chat and file sharing

Again, once you look into the small print and look into the real world corporate environment the case for Skype once again reduces. I can't really imagine having a Skype video conference room that can only be used for 3 hours a day. These limitations though really have little bearing in the consumer world where you just want to chat or catch up.

Security also becomes a concern with Skype. Not the actual stream, which contrary to popular belief does have 256bit AES encryption but security around the corporate network. File sharing is a built in component of Skype which many organisations absolutely do not want to allow. The instant messaging functions built into Skype, whilst at the core of the consumer benefits this contravene many enterprise security edits - particularly as it constitutes written communication which may legally have to be recorded and archived. The Skype client itself also provides advertising at the bottom. Today Skype use this for their own advertising but with no control over the client what is to stop inappropriate advertising from Skype? Finally there are Skype Supernodes. The Skype network relies on a huge number of PC's with the regular Skype client installed to act as Supernodes. These super nodes act as directory services for other calls to be made. In the consumer world this probably doesn't really matter too much as it is part of your give for using a free service. In the enterprise though this effect would absolutely be undesirable and additional measures have to be taken to prevent this (via GPO for example)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mixing a great game of golf with a beach vacation can make a perfect getaway. Do not mistake this type of vacation for only adults as some resorts offer children's areas, too. Here are some great beach and golf vacation resorts in the Southern California area.

Pelican Hill is a family resort in the Newport Beach area. They are close to the ocean and invite their guests to enjoy the surfing, sunning and boating while staying at the resort. Their rooms consist of bungalows and villas with private kitchens so you can enjoy the comfort of home. And, of course, the golf course includes professional forecaddies, luxurious locker rooms, shoe attendants, golf academy and a practice facility.

This is a full resort that includes a kid's club with movie nights by the pool, daily crafts and other exciting activities. They also have a Teen Adventure in which they take teens ages 13-17 to off-site excursions for activities such as surf lessons and kayak adventures. It's just like a summer camp while you enjoy your vacation close by.

St Regis Monarch Beach is located in Laguna Beach, California. This is considered a spa resort and makes a lovely romantic beach vacation for couples who love golf and love being pampered. They boast an 18 hole golf course with panoramic views. Once you are down with your golf day, you and your loved one can enjoy the facilities at the Forbes Five Star rated Spa Gaucin.

Terranea is an oceanfront resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, an oceanside community in Southern California. They invite you to enjoy a beach and golf vacation where you can tee off surrounded by stunning ocean vistas. This resorts offers a championship-caliber 9-hole, par 3 golf course and private lessons. They are only 3 miles away from the Trump National Golf Club, so when you have worked on your skills, travel a short ways to test them out.

The luxury resort of Terranea has a variety of accommodations from casitas, bungalows and villas. There are a wide variety of dining experiences for their guests to enjoy. Their restaurants and lounges are each designed to allow you to enjoy the full experience of the beautiful Palos Verdes oceanfront views. And at the end of your day, relax and unwind at the 50,000 square foot oceanfront spa.

If you are looking to enjoy a beautiful beach and golf vacation in the San Diego area, check out one of their favorite golf courses and resorts; the Sycuan Resort. This beautiful resort boasts the best golf in SanDiego with 54 holes on 3 courses, spectacular natural features and even surprises along the way.

You can also work on your tennis on one of their 11 lighted tennis courts or stay in shape at the fitness center. And when you are done, pamper your hard-worked muscles in their Primrose spa where you can enjoy an aromatherapy massage or facial. And if you are looking for nightlife, the Sycuan Casino is a 5 minute drive away.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Once you have set-up your business consulting, you than have to bring a people into the light that you are specialized in the field of consulting business and accordingly you can assist a clients in sorting-out the problems, can educate their organization, can add-on their staff, can function as a catalyst, can produce new business and has a zing to influence the other people as well.

Raising the consciousness of the consulting business is termed as: Marketing Business Consulting. Some of the most efficient ways to market the consulting business are -

    1. Networking -- If you are going to put a more contacts, than you will be having the greater chance of getting the clients for your consulting business. And by making yourself visible will make your name to appear on the top of the potential clients.

Few tips for the efficient Networking --

  • Have a crisp elevator pitch as it results in bringing a competent leads that will further result in an improved sales.

  • Provide some details on your background that relate to why you will boom in this attempt.

  • Attend events where people in your industry go and where your clients might go; help them in facilitating their organization, write down the articles and have a word on your area of expertise.

  • Business cards - It is a good way to enlighten the public about your business as it is reasonably-priced. Besides this, during networking or upon the completion of a job, they are easy to dole out at meetings. Provide Billboard, giving out the bottleneck information regarding your business -- name of your business, complete address, name of a contact person, complete phone number and an appropriate slogan or description of the business.

  • Referrals - For your consulting business, a pleased client can be an incredible marketing device. Once you are done with the projects with your clients and they are content with your performance, ensure that you plead for referrals and recommendations.

  • Cold Calling - When operating a business, selling is an integral part of it. The power structure of an organization is to be researched carefully, when doing the cold calling. Through practice and by harnessing the sales pitch, you have to prepare yourself thoroughly and besides this, you need to make your closing techniques better too. In order to improve your cold calling techniques, go through the books, be present at training and seminars or hire a coach.

  • Books, Articles and Newsletters -- Getting your books, articles and newsletter published can help you immensely in instituting your reputation. To be an author of a book can be very beneficial as you will be fetched with the new clients for your business.

  • Public Speaking -- Public speaking is a brilliant way to show the signs of your expertise to an involved audience. To present your expertise, you might need to drop a line to the organizations and clubs in your area.

  • Brochures - It can be pricey but it is of an essence for any business for which the potential customer wants the complete information about the qualifications and expertise of the owner and the services and of the products which have been put forward. Further information can be making available in a brochure that would be practical for a classified ad. Brochures can be mailed and distributed at a doorstep or can be given out at a community events and trade shows as well.

  • Advertising - By giving the advertisement in your most popular newspaper, you can lift-up a number of customers, not taking the area of specialization in a consideration. Newspaper advertising can be of use for a small business. By means of classified ad, loads of people can be getting in a touch. Costs of an ad get fluctuate according to the frequency of a publication and circulation areas.

  • Yellow Page directories -- This sort of advertising is used very extensively. A telephone company advertising staff will facilitate you in devising an ad that will present your business in an efficient manner. Grasp this thing very attentively that directories are published at a varied times of the year.

  • Direct Mail advertising -- By means of postcard, sales letter mailings and brochures, advertising of the Direct mail solicitation can be done. Direct mail can be exercised in distributing the letters, discount coupons, promotional give-away and brochures. It distributes exact information in a specific way to a vivacious crowd. If you are running a mail-order business, than direct mail advertising is perfect for the reason that you can target your advertising.

  • Promotional gimmicks - Gimmicks is the another way of drawing an attention. For example -- t-shirts are use to endorse your product or service, pens festooned with your logo and balloons with your business name.

Commencing in the region of marketing business consulting entails more than an expertise in your field, it comprises -- communication skills, several financial intellect and business as well as marketing savvy to succeed. Above all, you need to be courage personified to in order to commence for a business.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

If you love the sand and sun, then you probably belong in the Caribbean! Home to beautiful beaches and coconut palms, the Caribbean is also home to many golf resorts that you will definitely love.

Caribbean golf resorts are quickly becoming comprehensive vacation spots (not just as golfing spots) as resort owners redesign and restructure then to suit both golfers' and non-golfers' needs. Hence, like other golf resorts in the United States, most Caribbean golf resorts are complete with facilities and features that everyone in your family will surely enjoy.

How to Have the Vacation of Your Life at Caribbean Golf Resorts

If you're going on this vacation alone, plan exactly where in the Caribbean you want to go. If you're traveling with your family, on the other hand, then you better consult them. But don't be selfish and ask them which Caribbean golf resorts they'd love to stay in! It's also good to know what sort of other activities they may want to do if they're not into golfing. It is still best to include everybody involved in planning the vacation so that you'll be able to find a package that fits everyone's needs and expectations.

Consult a travel agency regarding the kind of Caribbean golf resort vacation you and your family have in mind. If everything you want is not included in the same package, find an agency that allows customizing a vacation package. Also, look for the best deals that you can get at affordable or budget-friendly prices. After all, you don't want to enjoy a Caribbean golf resort vacation only to have to deal with debts afterwards.

Make sure that the vacation package includes all the essential things such as transportation, hotel accommodations, food, rental fees, and optional activities for you to enjoy. Know also other details like the length of stay and additional expenses in case you opt to extend your vacation.

Upon going to your selected Caribbean golf resort destination, make sure that you all have the things you need. Check your travel papers, money, personal things, etc.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Success in your career depends upon how well you manage your professional
development. A prime source of this development comes from being a member of a professional association that relates to your career. As a member, you can attend conferences where you advance your skills and meet people who can help you.

Some people, however, treat conferences as a paid vacation. They party, they skip
sessions, and they return home with little more than a stack of receipts. That costs
them (or their business) money and contributes nothing to professional growth.

Here's how to get the most out of your next conference.

Start With a Plan

First, make a list of your goals for attending the conference. For example, this could
include the information that you want to gain, the relationships that you want to
deepen, the people you want to meet, and the things that you want to buy. Also,
make a list of questions that you want to have answered while you're at the
conference. This list will help you focus on your personal agenda during the
conference and will maximize your chances of returning with something of value.

Then, scan through the program to select those sessions that will help you the
most. These could be on topics that teach skills leading to a promotion, help open
new opportunities at work, or answer important questions about your career. If
many valuable sessions are scheduled at the same time, then select your first and
second choices. You may find that one of the sessions has been canceled or filled
(sold out).

Highlight your top priority sessions so you can sign up or arrive early. These
sessions generally have such great value that they justify attending the conference,
and you want to make sure that you're there when they start.

If your boss must approve attending a conference, use your plan to justify your
request. Be sure to include explanations of how the information, relationships, and
participation at the conference will enhance your value to your company. Wise
leaders always support someone who relates a request to the benefits that come
from it.

Work the Plan

While at the conference keep your list of goals and questions in mind. Begin each
day by checking your list and identifying those goals that you can achieve during
that day. For example, some sessions may provide information that answers some
of your questions.

At the end of the day review your list and check off those goals that you
accomplished. If you discover new opportunities, then add them to your list of
goals. And if you find yourself stuck on reaching a goal, seek out a senior member
whom you can ask for advice on how to achieve it.

Meet People

Often the greatest benefit of attending a conference will be the relationships that
you start while there. These relationships can become sources of information,
friendship, and job opportunities.

Thus, make it a point to meet new people. Instead of spending all of your time with
friends or colleagues, go off on your own. Join other people for meals. Sit next to
them during the sessions. Start conversations while walking between sessions. And
be sure to ask for a business card. Then you can add that person's contact
information into your contact database.

I encourage you to introduce yourself to the speakers. They were invited to speak at
the conference because of their expertise in your profession. Thus, they can become
valuable resources for information, assistance, and referrals. The best time to meet
speakers is right after they finish their presentation. Introduce yourself, offer a brief
compliment on the presentation, and ask for a business card. Of course, if you meet
them again at the conference, use this as an opportunity to talk further.

Apply What You Gained

When you return home, set aside an hour or so to review the notes that you took
while at the conference. You may want to schedule this on your calendar before you
leave for the conference.

Review your notes, identifying the main ideas. Then convert each of these ideas into
an action on your list of things to do. Once you finish the list add a completion date
and assign a priority. Recognize that this step converts everything that you learned,
collected, and gained during the conference into tangible benefits for yourself and
your company.

If you are an employee, I recommend writing a report for your management.
Document the key ideas that you gained and describe how they can be applied to
your work. If you're an independent, you may still want to write such a report for
yourself because this formalizes what you gained from the conference.

Be Grateful

When you return home, write thank you notes to the people who helped you at the
conference. This simple courtesy sets you apart as an exceptional person. I
especially recommend writing notes to:

1) The leaders in the association. They worked hard to organize the event.

2) Members of the staff who helped you. These people can help you get the most
out of your membership.

3) The speakers. This could start relationships with experts and celebrities in your

4) New friends. This makes you memorable when you meet again at the next

Use a conference to immerse yourself in the society and the technology of your
profession. And then apply what you gained to advance your career.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hands up if you are one of the thousands of network marketers currently "spinning your wheels" trying to edge closer to your dream?

It's a fact of life in the network marketing business that the majority of those who "dip their toes in the water" will ultimately throw their hands up in the air and eventually declare it's all too hard!

So what is the one important part of the MLM business you need to get right to give yourself a chance of progressing up the ranks? I consider prospecting the one single aspect of this industry which is vital to the growth of your business.

Okay, that's nothing new you say but there is a difference between prospecting and targeted prospecting. My first two failed attempts at building a network marketing business had me searching for reasons why. It wasn't because of a lack of endeavor. Heck, I drilled through my warm market like a machine. Apart from making a few product sales, this method simply left me "on the backfoot" with my friends and family and for a while after, had me tagged as a serial pest.

The problem is, while prospecting your warm market is fine, the fact remains; approaching people who are not looking for an opportunity will get you absolutely no where. So what's the answer? Well, you need to pre-qualify your prospects before asking them to take a look at your network marketing business opportunity.

It is a lot easier to promote your MLM opportunity to people who are actually looking. The old tactics in network marketing of making a list of every one you know might have worked fine two decades ago but today, we've leap frogged into a new era of technology; the internet has come into play as not only a medium of communication but also a means of promotion and marketing.

People are looking for home based business opportunities. Your task is to attract those people into your funnel but before you start ramming your opportunity down their throats, a process of relationship building needs to be observed. You need to build a degree of trust with your prospect in fact, it's not the products or the business opportunity which will ultimately attract them into your business but believe it or not, it will be you.

The Costa Blanca region stretches for some 200 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This is a popular Spanish tourist and holiday destination, but not quite as popular or built up as the well known Costa del Sol to the south. As a result, the region has much to offer those who like the beautiful countryside as well as the wonderful beaches and warm weather without all the commercialization and crowds of the southern areas. There are still tourist resorts, but there are also quiet Spanish villages, beautiful coastline and lots of things to keep anyone, young or old, busy.

As you travel south along the coast, the weather becomes hotter in the summer and milder in the winters. The Costa Blanca is in the middle of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, so it has a little more mild weather than the costas to the north and south, but there isn't too much difference. The days in the summer are hot and dry, while winter isn't ever really cold. It is an ideal place to set up a vacation or retirement home.

The Costa Blanca starts below Valencia around the town of Gandia and travels south along the coast through the resort town Benidorm, then Alicante and ends around Torrevieja. At the north end of the Costa Blanca are several small towns that are ideal for places to visit or have a house. Denia and Javea are smaller towns that make a nice retreat from the larger, more tourist oriented towns on the southern end of the region.

The town of Javea is located on a promontory with gorgeous beaches tucked into small bays. The town itself is really two towns in one - the seaside, harbour area and the old downtown in the Arenal area. Aduanas del Mar is the urban center developed around the harbour, where you will find plenty of restaurants and café bars spread around the port. To the north of town is the Montgó Natural Park (Les Planes). Here, you can the visit the historic windmills and get lovely views over the bay of Jávea. There is plenty of nature to explore with trails and lots of scenery in the park.

The beach resort of Calpe,a modern beach resort, is a bit farther down the coast. It has an attractive old quarter and the distinctive Gibraltar-style Peñon de Ifach rock which dominates the skyline for miles around. Altea is considered one of Costa Blanca's most beautiful towns with its medieval cobbled streets leading up to the blue-domed church. The plaza here has one of the best views on the Costa Blanca.

A bit further south is the quite town of Villajoyosa. The laast stop along this stretch of coastline is Torrevieja. This is an international tourist resort preferred by British and Scandinavians, and is quite popular with those who have decided to stay for good. Right in the middle of the region are the two major towns for tourists and those who work - the tourist capital of Benidorm and the regional capital of Alicante.

The largest resort in the region is Benidorm, with one of the highest concentrations of high rise hotels and condominium towers in all of Europe. There is the Terra Mitica theme park on the edge of town and several of the best beaches in Spain. The nightlife is also quite popular here, with many younger people out until all hours. The Balearic Islands are an easy ferry ride or short plane trip away, particularly the closest island of Ibiza.

Alicante is the regional capital and largest city on the Costa Blanca. It is also one of the fastest growing in the country, thanks in large part to tourism. The city has some 325,000 residents and 740,000 in the greater metro area. Many retirees from throughout Europe make this city and its surrounding area their home for much of the year. Alicante offers 7 kilometers of golden sand beach, a beautiful seafront esplanade, the Paseo de la Explanada, as well as superb shops and restaurants. The seafront esplanade was laid in 1957 and consists of more than six million small marble tiles that represent the colors of Alicante, which are red, cream and black.

There are plenty of golf courses and resorts along the whole Costa Blanca for those who like to enjoy the game. Near Javea is the Club de Golf Oliva Nova. The 18-hole course here was designed by Seve Ballesteros and is one of the most popular golf resorts in the country. The Club de Golf La Sella Denia course, also nearby, was designed by another famous Spaniard, golfer Jose Maria Olazabal. In Benidorm is the Real de Faula Benidorm golf course, designed by Nicklaus Design, and it is one of the best known courses on the Costa Blanca. Another Seve Ballesteros designed course is the Alicante Golf Club, just north of the city. These are just a few of the many options for golfers in this region.

Travel to the Costa Blanca is easy, and you can get here from most anywhere at any time of the year. Alicante is the major regional transportation center, with Alicante International Airport (ALC). This airport handled over 9 million travelers in 2007 and has flights to most major cities in the UK. On the other end of the Costa Blanca to the north, Valencia Airport (VLC) handled nearly 6 million passengers last year and also has flights to most UK airports. Both airports have many flights on discount carries and offer reasonable prices and schedules. For those who want to take the train, there are RENFE trains from Barcelona down the coast and Madrid.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Resorts are basically recreational centers and common tourist spots and holiday destinations. These are commercial establishments and are generally spread over a vast area and provide all the functions of a hotel. The resorts are generally located away from the city, close to the nature and provide all the amenities like leisure, indoor sports, spa facilities, health club, swimming and other recreational activities.

The travel resorts are almost available everywhere, from exotic beaches to ski resorts and even in the middle of dense forest or on the banks of a serene river. The resorts are different from regular luxury hotels. The hotels are located in the city and the USP of the travel resort is that it's away from the city noise and this is what makes it an ideal rejuvenation center.

The travel resorts can be classified into several categories which are mentioned in the following article. One such travel resort is destination resort is self sufficient in itself and is not based near any historic site, tourist spot or town. It's a man made commercial center with all the amenities, entertainments and recreational activities. Once you are at the center you don't have to go elsewhere for any form of facility. There these all inclusive resort where on a basic fixed charge you have axis to most or all the amenities. It includes unlimited food, drink and even sport activities. The popularity of all inclusive hotels has increased over the last few decades.

Besides these there are specialty travel resorts like Spa resorts, Golf resorts, ski resorts, and even beach resorts. As the names are self explanatory each kind of resort specializes in providing individual services. A spa resort basically provides all the amenities and services for holistic well being, which can include all kinds of massage, therapies bath and even meditation. They encourage healthy cuisine and give more stress on wellness, yoga and exercise. Golf resorts mostly cater to golf lovers, and provide a complete golf package to its guests, including golf cart, caddy, range balls etc. Ski resorts are based near the ski destination and they provide guest with appropriate accommodation, food and also the facility to ski till the door of the resort.

Let me begin by saying that I am 61 years old, self employed, and operate a home based network marketing business. With this business, I presently earn approximately 2.5 times the largest salary I ever received during my lifetime.

I am currently working on my MBA, but I earned a BA in accounting in 1973, worked a few years as an accountant (budget development and analysis), got bored and spent the next several years in the U. S. Army. Before I retired in 1995, I started looking for a way to supplement what was going to be a meager retirement income. I began trying out different MLM, network marketing and home based business opportunities, while working full time jobs to pay the bills. I am also a member of Mensa. That is an organization whose only requirement is that you can prove you are a genius.

Now, with all the education and experience I had going for me, and as intelligent as I am, I took the first network marketing opportunity I joined and was making a million dollars within six months...NOT!


Within six months, I WAS making a few bucks, but I had probably spent more money than I had made. The only saving grace of this whole fiasco was that the company I had signed up with offered a service, and that service saved me several hundred dollars, so I came out ahead. However, since I was doing such a lousy job as a network marketer, I quit.

When I quit that first home based business, I had several friends still in it who were making large sums of money. These were ordinary people (NOT geniuses, NOT college graduates, NOT sales professionals, NOT ex-executives) who were receiving monthly checks bigger than what I made IN A YEAR!

To make matters worse, another friend of mine (also NOT, NOT, NOT...etc.) was receiving MONTHLY checks in excess of $1 million from another network marketing opportunity...which I ALSO failed at.

Boy was I mad.


After all, I was smarter than them, better educated than them; I had more business and managerial experience. I would be able to take one of these opportunities and make it pay. Maybe that first company wasn't right for me.


I failed to produce significant income with one home based business opportunity after another. My friends and relatives didn't just cross the street when they saw me coming, they ran the other way! My friends in network marketing, however, just kept on making money...lots of money!


For a few years, my wife and I became over-the-road truck drivers for a major national carrier, and then an opportunity opened up for us to become truck driving instructors in Dallas, Texas. It was there that I began to notice something I had known but had not applied to network marketing.

I really enjoyed teaching these new people how to be successful as truck drivers. I gave them real information, answered their questions, helped them solve problems, told them stories of life on the road, and always made myself available to them.

Something interesting happened. If I mentioned that having a calculator was important, the next day everybody had a calculator. One day I mentioned that a certain reference book would help them out, and the next day I found out that the company store had sold out of that book a few minutes after I released the class.


I had been there, done that, and was obviously concerned about the lives and families of my soldiers. They knew that I cared, and if I recommended something they went out and got it. It wasn't just me, either. If one of the other sergeants mentioned something, it was treated with importance and followed up on.


While I was teaching people how to plan a safe cross-country trip with an 80,000 lb vehicle, make on-time deliveries and how to arrive in one piece, and be successful operating as if they were an independent business, I started reading everything I could find on network marketing and home based businesses. As I read, and compared what I read to what I was experiencing, a truth began to emerge.

People were happy to buy what I told them to buy if they thought that I knew what I was talking about and was telling them for their own good. Not only that, they wanted to be like me because I had proven my ability to be successful in this profession. On the other hand, if I had shown up in class with a box full of items and started trying to "sell" them to the class, not only would I probably not have been able to sell a single item, but I would have lost the respect and trust of those who had been hanging on my every word.


Yes, I HAD seen this concept somewhere before. I had at least 10 books on network marketing at my house, and they all said basically the same thing.

The first thing a good network marketer had to do was establish a relationship which included a genuine element of trust. Everything revolved around that pivot point, and "selling" things was not the most important element. Yes, you needed to know your product, and you had to be willing to articulate what you had to offer, or what your product had to offer in the way of benefits to your friends, but your job as a network marketer was to create, grow, and maintain a broad circle of friends who could trust you and who could respect your opinion...particularly in the area related to your product or service.

That's where successful network marketing begins. One real person creating genuine links of respect and caring to one other person at a time.

You know what's great about that? You don't have to have an MBA. You don't have to have been in management. You don't have to be a genius. You just have to be a real person who likes meeting people and making friends, and you will have learned the first lesson of network marketing success...a lesson which took me nearly 10 years to learn.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

For any type of event, one of the most important arrangements to make, are related to the venue. The success of any event depends on the selection of a suitable venue that is appropriate for that event. Choosing the right venue will ensure that the event runs smoothly, and that your guests are satisfied.

Many aspects of a venue need to be kept in mind when making a selection. Some of the obvious considerations include the location, size, and cost of the venue. However, another important thing that must be considered is facilities provided by the venue. If you are arranging an event, such as a conference, then it is necessary that you determine beforehand that the venue offers all those services, and facilities that you need for the conference to go smoothly.

For a conference, the most important facility that you will need is multimedia, and IT services. You will be needing computers, or laptops for effectively communicating at the conference. Multimedia is essential for presentations, and videos and internet would be necessary for information sharing.

There are many conference centers, which have tables specifically built for these purposes, and they have inbuilt LCD computer screens connected to a main server, and projector. Also included in multimedia are the audio equipment such as speakers and mikes. Always make sure that the conference centre you choose has good quality audio services, so that your audience will be able to clearly listen to the speaker.

Another must have conference facility is catering services. For any type of conference, or meeting, you will need some sort of catering services because food will be provided to the guests. You will be serving snacks, tea, drinks, or dinner to your audience. For this purpose, it is essential that the venue you have selected, has a catering team who can fulfill these needs. It is important to realise that food is an important part of any event, and your guests will be expecting something after the conference.

Stage management services are also an important facility. At most conferences, there are speakers, and members of the audience who are called on to the stage. For effectively managing that, you will need professionals who can take care of the sound, lighting, and other issues. Thus, stage management is required for smoothly executing the conference.

Another facility that you cannot do without is central air conditioning. In hot weathers, central cooling is required, and similarly, central heating is needed in cold weather. Without this facility, your guests will be uncomfortable, and will not be able to concentrate on the conference. Even if you choose a venue without central air conditioning, always make sure they can get external coolers, or heaters, so that you can keep your guests comfortable.

Monday, August 6, 2012


The Costa Blanca is Spain's hotspot for holiday makers, having some of the biggest holiday resorts available here for the British tourist. Being part of the province of Alicanté, Costa Blanca, also known as 'the White Coast', is home to some of the cleanest beaches consisting of pure white sand. The Costa Blanca is a huge hit with British and German tourists as it is home to two of the biggest tourist traps which Spain has to offer: Benidorm and Alicanté. Due to the high numbers of tourists who visit the Coast, pretty much every water sport possible is available from fishing to diving and jet skiing. Some of the beaches on the Costa Blanca have actually been awarded for their impeccably clean water and sands, meaning that if you are taking a younger child along with you for their first holiday, you can sit safe knowing that you are on some of Europe's finest and its very unlikely that they will wander off and hurt themselves on anything. Recommended for the best beach experience are Mucho Vista and San Juan, which are near Alicante and very large and wide. If you like nudist beaches then it is worth going to Cabo de las Huertas which is rocky and so there are many nooks to safely sunbathe in.


Aquopolis Water Park in Torrevieja is a famous attraction for many tourists, where you can spend the day playing on water rides, or sunbathing in green areas, before a game of mini golf and a nice meal in one of the onsite restaurants. If you want to be a little more historical then try attractions such as the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante, which dates back to the C16 in its current state and gives good views for photo taking. Huerta Del Cura in Elche is a lovely palm forest (one of two in Europe) if you want a different day out for the family, which allows you to take in nature at its most majestic form. The Algar Fountains near Benidorm are also beautiful and have clear fresh running waters which take the form of waterfalls and are lovely to look at, as is the journey there which winds through some of the most picturesque regions of the Costa Blanca.


If you are after a bit of retail therapy from your holiday then the Costa Blanca is the place for you. One of the huge advantages of having two of the biggest tourist cities in Spain in the same region is that everything you could need is available, from tourist shops to ones selling local goods.


The Costa Blanca is all about the nightlife and entertainment, again with Benidorm being one of the biggest and most famous destinations to visit in mainland Spain. Every resort is set on giving you a good time, not only during the day, but also at night. Literally all of the beach resorts supply some form of entertainment, but there are also bars, karaoke and discos all up and down the roads, so you will find plenty to do in the evenings.


Being built around tourism, the Costa Blanca offers a massive selection of food to cater for everybody's needs, but it is worth wandering side streets or taking a trip to smaller villages for some authentic Spanish tapas or some lovely fish dishes, rather than settling for international options every night.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

These days many new entrepreneurs want a business that can provide them with flexible hours, being their own boss, having more free time and making the big bucks. That is why most entrepreneurs prefer to start a franchise style business, such as a Subway or McDonald's. A franchise business opportunity gives an entrepreneur a chance to try to be his own boss and add more free time to their schedule. However, starting a franchised business is a daunting task because it requires a huge up front investment and a lot of personal time. Most franchises don't see a profit until there 5 year anniversary, if it lasts that long. One should really consider the risks before becoming a franchiser.

The risks of buying a franchise opportunity are there will be rules that must be adhered to in regards to how you run your business. In fact, most franchise agreements have stipulations that the franchisee gives. You have to play by their rules, what location is best, the size of the location, restrictions on autonomy because you're buying the rights to participate in a system and more. You will have to pay huge up front costs and franchise fees for the whole time your business is up. You will need to know if buying a business franchise opportunity is the right course of action for you. Most franchise agreements are for ten year terms. This locks you in even if you fail. Some other disadvantages are high overhead, Workers Compensation, insurance on the property, hiring and firing. When all is said and done, financing is one of the most confusing, and often frustrating, aspects of opening a franchise. You also need to run marketing campaigns that are approved by the franchisee. There is a lot of money and time spent only to see if you make it past 5 years. Most franchise owners spend 60-80 hours a week running their businesses. The hope of adding free time is a distant memory. The only thing that you have added is a higher stress level. What if you don't make it? How much debt will you be in if you fail? Putting up a franchise business is more costly than putting up an online business.

There is a better way to make money, add more free time to your life and be your own boss. That better way is starting an internet marketing business. Anyone can easily make money, add more free time and be their own boss with an internet marketing business, but you have to know how to do it. Internet marketing refers to the promotion of products and services over the internet. The internet is a rapidly growing medium which has also become one of the most successful avenues of making a good deal of money.

The pros to becoming an internet marketer are getting paid today and not having to wait 5 years to see a profit, having up to 80% profit margins, no employees, no leasing or renting space, and no overhead, just to name a few. This also means no hiring and firing, and no workers comp. An Internet marketing business can be done from anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer and cell phone to do business. With an internet marketing business you can work from the comfort of your home full-time or part-time and still advertise to the world through the internet. Another great benefit is there is no huge up front investment and no contracts to lock you in. Also, with an internet marketing business, you will build a team that you can leverage their efforts to give you more free time.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The conference event organisers can help to manage the event from the beginning, prepare a budget and work within the timeline as well as manage requirements to ensure your event goes smoothly. They have a better understanding of the roles, functions and contributions of professional conference and event managers in the conference industry as well as in the broader market place. These professionals can provide members with an opportunity to hear high calibre speakers from government, business, associations and other professional conference management companies, by inviting them at annual conferences or other forums. They can also provide you with solutions and support at every step of your way.

1. Many conference event organisers generally have the experience in managing and providing advice on mailing list, data management program coordination and speaker management and event budget and cash flow preparation. They have good negotiating skills and are always keen to offer top quality services and great expertise, ensuring to meet up with all your requirements.

2. They can encourage, stimulate and aid networking among members and between, government, associations and other professional conference management associations. This would help you reduce your workload, tremendously and deliver tangible results. They can also advice you to choose the latest, most appropriate equipment and technology at the best possible prices, which can add quality to your business and to business communications.

3. Experienced and well trained conference event organisers are able to conduct an annual conference with content specific streams to address the individual needs of conference and event business owners and conference managers.

4.They also have the experience in financial management and can assist members with the settlement of disputes with suppliers or clients. These experts have the experience and knowledge to allow them to plan and manage your event or tour on budget and in line with your requirements and objectives.

5. They can offer the highest quality event management business practices, consistency as well as reliability in the delivery of services, professional standards and dedication to continuous improvement. They can also help with the contract or contract negotiation, on-site management, room block management, exhibition management and venue finding and can also play a role in organising facilities for car parking, the media and a whole lot more.

The conference event organisers always strive to exceed your expectations and look out for the solutions which reflect the needs of your business and the unique qualities of your brand. These organisers can help you make the right choice and allow a great way to free up your staff's time and let you enjoy the event. They can manage production of events or products launches from conception through to completion and regularly communicate with you and give updates so that you are not left in the dark. These professionals also offer great value for money, support and guidance, making sure that your next event is both memorable and successful.

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