Chris Bailey on Focused Attention, Productivity Improvement, and His Latest Book – Episode #116

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeOn this episode of #InTheArena with @innarino, you’ll hear #productivity expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity share his insights from his latest book, “Hyperfocus.” It’s an episode not to be missed – listen now!Click To Tweet#Productivity improvement doesn’t mean making more to-do lists! Learn the secrets behind true optimal workflow on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino and guest expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity. Listen now!Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Chris Bailey is an author, speaker, and expert on productivity improvement. He is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In the Arena, and it’s an actionable conversation you don’t want to miss. Chris unveils insights from his latest book, “Hyperfocus,” and explains two main types of focus that you need to be leveraging in your life and work. You’ll also hear about a strategy that will help you prioritize the most important tasks in your work and why multitasking isn’t always a bad thing. For the full story, be sure to give this episode your full attention.Don’t miss @Chris_Bailey, founder of @ALOProductivity, share his thoughts on focused attention, #productivity improvement, and his latest book, all on this episode of #InTheArea with @iannarino. Listen now! Click To TweetProductivity improvement doesn’t mean making more to-do lists!Productivity is so much more than simply making to-do lists and maintaining inbox zero. It can be an entire lifestyle choice that allows you to focus deeply on what matters most while setting everything else aside. Chris and Anthony both agree that “The state of our attention dictates the state of our lives.” Adding value, creating, and facilitating change all start with productivity, and this interview with Chris can help you get a jump start on making effective changes in the way you operate. Listen now!Use this strategy to determine what tasks and work add the most value to your lifeOn this episode, Anthony asks Chris about his Eisenhower Matrix, an identification system that breaks down tasks into 4 main categories: things that are productive, things that are core and essential to your work, those that are attractive to you, and those that are unattractive. The challenge lies in “value judgments,” and discerning if the tasks that take up so much of your time are actually productive in the truest sense of the word.In order to make these determinations, start by writing out all of the tasks you’re responsible for in a given period of time (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.). Then, identify which top 3 tasks add the most value to your workplace and allow you to create the most. Everything else falls into a subcategory of distraction, and from there you can create systems to help you avoid distractions when it matters most.Use THIS strategy to determine what tasks add the most #value to your life and work! Developed by #productivity expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity, it’s sure to help you streamline your work. Hear all about it on this ep of #InTheArea with @iannarino.Click To TweetThe difference between hyperfocus, scatter focus, and why both are importantChris tells Anthony that people often revert to focusing on what’s urgent, latest, and loudest if given the chance. To change this pattern of attention, Chris has defined two main areas of focus: hyperfocus and scatter focus. The former is comprised of sections of time (often 90 minutes) that are wholly dedicated to deep, creative work and thought. Scatter focus, however, is the time when you allow your mind to freely wander. Considering people think about their futures and longterm goals 14 times more often when they’re not focused on one particular project, it’s easy to see how both strategies complement one another and result in an overall productivity improvement.Learn how to tame distractions so you can devote deliberate attention to your workWhether you’re spending time on hyperfocused or scatter focus projects, another critical piece to productivity improvement is limiting distractions. Constant emails, tweets, and notifications pull your attention away from the task at hand and prevent you from working optimally. You have to know how much collaboration, distraction, and focus you can balance in your day to day workspace, or you’ll never work in your fullest capacity. To learn how Chris manages his distractions, don’t miss this episode.Constant emails, tweets, and notifications pull your attention away from the tasks at hand & prevent you from working optimally. Discover a solution developed by @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity on this insightful episode of #InTheArea with @iannarinoClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Meet Chris Bailey, productivity expert, author, and entrepreneur Chris’ new book, Hyperfocus, and why it was a book he needed to write Use this strategy to determine what work adds the most value to your life Chris’ insights on multitasking, keeping habits, and more What does hyperfocus mean? Taming distractions so you can devote deliberate attention to your work What is a second-distractions device, and why should you use one? There’s value in scatter focus in your workforce The state of our attention dictates the state of our livesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeChris’ websiteConnect with Chris on LinkedInFollow Chris on TwitterChris’ book: “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy”Chris’ latest book: “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction”Anthony’s upcoming book: “Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition”SPONSOR: MailTag.IOThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: read more

Does India Need a Radically Different Approach For Rapid Growth?

first_imgIndia recently went through major upheaval when the government launched a sudden demonetization exercise last November and overnight rendered Rs500 ($7.40) and Rs1,000 notes as illegal currency. The move was aimed at curtailing tax evasion, counterfeiting, terrorism and corruption in the country. This, in turn, is expected to stimulate long-term economic growth. But not everyone is convinced, and strong camps have emerged in favor of and against the move. The effectiveness of demonetization remains to be seen.Meanwhile, India’s successful transformation into a 21st century knowledge economy will depend on how well it performs in diverse areas such as technology, education, health care, urbanization, innovation, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, skill development and job creation. At the 2017 One Globe Forum in New Delhi, experts tried to zero in on actionable insights which could help overcome India’s myriad challenges and boost the country’s journey towards becoming a knowledge economy. “We are running out of time. We need to address our challenges boldly and decisively if we do not want to fritter away opportunities that come rarely in the life of a nation,” said Major Dalbir Singh, chairman — organizing committee, One Globe Forum.Take manufacturing. The government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative launched in September 2014 aims to take manufacturing to 25% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 from around 17% at present and create 100 million jobs. There have been similar efforts earlier. In 2004, for instance, the government set up the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. Two years later, this council came out with a national strategy for manufacturing with an objective to raise the share of manufacturing in GDP to 30%-35% by 2015. The needle is yet to move.Mahendra Bapna, senior advisor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur, observed that for manufacturing to take off, India needs to “move beyond rhetoric and create a clear strategy and favorable policy environment and improve the ease of doing business.” He listed five important steps for the government: stop “tax terrorism,” improve infrastructure, reform labor laws, invest in technology education and skills development, and ease land acquisition. According to Bapna, the sectors of defense, electronics hardware, construction, health care and agro industries need to be topmost priority for policy makers.Building on this, Makarand Chipalkatti, managing director of Dr. Chips Consulting, added that it is critical to also improve the ease of starting and closing a business. “This helps to de-risk decisions and results in faster setting up of manufacturing units.” According to C.V.R. Murty, president of IIT Jodhpur, a strong technical education system is an absolute imperative to boost manufacturing. “It needs to be run professionally and has to be student-centric and outcome-based, and not the current faculty-centric model,” he said.Ashok Atluri, chairman and managing director of defense industry technology firm Zen Technologies, gave a different perspective. Citing the example of Apple’s iPhone, he pointed out that the value of any intellectually intense product is in its design and development, and not in its manufacturing. Atluri noted: “Unless we move up the value chain and focus on design and development, we will be in trouble. Our policies need to be driven towards encouraging companies to focus on these two aspects.”Vikram Chachra, CEO and managing director of investment firm Eight Capital, cautioned that as AI and robotics enter manufacturing, there will be a major impact on jobs. “The blue collar jobs will be the first to go,” he said. In the future, even India’s IT services industry could be at risk, he added. “At the end of the day, you are using a lot of logic to write code, so if AI becomes smart enough, then it can easily replace all these people [in the IT services industry]. One could see many different jobs across industries completely wiped out.”Through a New LensUrbanization is another area which needs strategic rethinking. In 2008, around 340 million people were living in Indian cities. This number is expected to grow to 600 million by 2030. How can Indian cities equip themselves to meet the demands of such rapid urbanization, especially given the current dismal state of urban infrastructure?Raghav Chandra, former chairman of National Highways Authority of India and currently secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, pointed out that in India the focus has primarily been on developing rural areas. As a result, cites have largely been neglected; there is inadequate governance and short-term master planning. Chandra said: “Master planning is done at the whims and fancies of political masters, whereas it is such a technical task that it requires a fulltime, dedicated authority which will look at all technical parameters and all aspects of master planning purely on merit.” Chandra also noted that historically the country’s education system has been focused more on architects and not on planners. This needs to change. “We require many more planners, and we also need schools for project management,” he added.In the area of public health care, experts suggested that even as India builds its capabilities in curative care, it needs to focus more on basic hygiene and preventive care. Vidur Mahajan, associate director of Mahajan Imaging, pointed out: “We put in a lot of money into the latest technologies and treatments and training, but all this is negated by open defecation.”Mahajan argued that India must start using artificial intelligence-based technology in health care. According to him, around 20% to 30% of the work that a general physician does can be easily done by robots. “Why not look at health kiosks run by robots and trained community health workers, especially in rural areas where there is an acute lack of general physicians?” he asked.Harpal Singh, mentor and chairman emeritus of Fortis Healthcare, a chain of specialty hospitals in India, noted that public health goes beyond just health issues and needs to be viewed in terms of livelihood and productivity. He suggested that the government think of “public wellbeing” as a completely separate area. This must include aspects such as sanitation and waste management, city planning, transportation, etcetera. “The skills needed for this are beyond what is taught in medical schools. There is a total lack of experts who understand the various aspects of public wellbeing. We need to build both the requisite skills and also the political will to bring about this transformation.”New Business ModelsSom Mittal, former president and chairman of industry association NASSCOM, stressed that with rapid changes in technology like digital, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and also the protectionist measures being adopted by the U.S., Indian IT firms need to rethink their business models. “If we stick to the same models that made us successful earlier, we will be in big trouble,” he cautionedJagdish Mitra, chief strategy and marketing officer at IT firm Tech Mahindra, pointed out that with technology being all pervasive, there is a paradigm shift in the way clients are buying IT services. “The biggest challenge is that the buyers have changed. We no longer sell to the CIOs (chief information officers) and the CTOs (chief technology officers) of the world. We now talk to chief marketing officers, chief product officers, chief commercial officers and so on. This requires completely different strategy and skills.” He added that there is another big change that the Indian IT services industry needs to make, and that is in terms of its brand positioning. “Our current brand positioning is one of being execution-oriented. We are seen as being very good at following [instructions]. We need to change this. We need to position ourselves as problem solvers, as people who can predict the future.”Ashok Trivedi, managing partner at Swat Capital and cofounder of iGate Corporation and Mastech Corporation, said that in the next 15 to 20 years there will be more innovation in the world than what has happened in the past 100 years. Pointing out that there are many new technologies like genomics which are on the cusp of becoming great industries, he said: “Given India’s strength in knowledge-based sectors, I think India can take a lead in genomics in the same way in which it did in the IT industry.”New-age EducationAnother big challenge for India is in the field of education. How can the country prepare its children for the rapidly changing 21st century? What should new-age education comprise?Manit Jain, co-founder and director of The Heritage Group of Schools, which emphasizes experiential learning, said that educators need to “focus on developing social intelligence and creative intelligence and not so much on content intelligence and narrow intellectual intelligence that has been the focus traditionally.” Jain listed empathy, ability to reconcile differences, perceptiveness and understanding cultural differences as important qualities.Children, he added, need to be exposed not just to the latest technologies but also to the large underprivileged population in order to “build the level of social intelligence that will enable them to solve real problems.” Developing creative intelligence, he said, would require deeper levels of engagement than our traditional model of education allows. “It is not possible for children to develop original thinking when they are being constantly bombarded with content and are constantly being tested. This model does not give them any time to develop their own perspectives,” he noted.Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), said that if India has to reap the advantage of its demographic dividend (72% of its population is below the age of 32) and transform itself into a 21st century knowledge economy, it is imperative to grow at 9% to 10% per annum, year after year, for a three-decade period. Pointing out that over the past six decades since independence, India has made itself a very complicated place for doing business, Kant said that the country “needs to dismantle a lot of this regulatory framework” and make it easy and simple for people and businesses to create wealth. “One of the key things is that we must have policies that enable us to have consistency and predictability over a long period of time.”Kant listed some other critical steps that India must undertake: open up its economy in a big way and become an integral part of the global supply chain, strengthen its position as a center for global innovation, create jobs-led growth through entrepreneurship and manufacturing, invest in urbanization and use technology to leapfrog in various sectors. “For India to grow rapidly, it needs radical transformation. And it needs political and administrative will to enable this. A status quo approach will not work.” Related Itemslast_img read more

British MPs Support Indian Groups Who Want Action Over Tricolor Desecration

first_imgSeveral British politicians have expressed their support for Indian diaspora groups who want action against those who desecrated the Indian flag and attacked a journalist during anti-India protests in London during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city in April.Indian-origin British MP Virendra Sharma, chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Labour Party MP Seema Malhotra and Conservative Party MP Bob Blackman expressed their “concern” over the incident, which had taken place during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). India had said that it was “deeply anguished” over the incident.The United Kingdom government had apologized to India on April 19 over the incident. The tricolor flag was torn down from an official flag post, torn, stomped on and burnt on April 18 at Parliament Square while Modi was in London for the meeting.“We are very concerned by this incident, which involved damage to property and a violation of freedom of speech involving an Indian journalist (Aaj Tak journalist Loveena Tandon). It is important that community groups take the lead on this and pursue this issue,” Sharma said on May 14, according to the Press Trust of India.The Indian diaspora has also started a petition, which has been signed by more than 21,700 people, demanding “action against the culprits who brought down Indian flag” and tore it “under the watchful eyes of British police,” according to the Hindu.“It is vital that all the physical evidence available is gathered together and lodged with the police in the form of a criminal complaint,” said Blackman, who had planned to initiate cross-party Early Day Motion (EDM) in the Commons on the tricolor desecration issue. He was on May 14 given a letter addressed to British Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street by Indian Supreme Court advocate EV Venugopal.“These demonstrators were raising slogans calling for the creation of ‘Khalistan’ and Kashmiri separatism. It is clear these purveyors of hatred will never limit their actions to non-violent protest. Their ideology invariably culminates in violence against the innocent,” the letter says, according to PTI.“We received an allegation of assault on April 19 relating to an incident in Parliament Square on April 18. No arrests. Enquiries continue,” a Metropolitan Police statement said.Venugopal, who offered his services to the India diaspora groups, said that there was enough evidence for the police to take suo moto action against the protesters for criminal conspiracy. He added that his group will also consider requesting the International Criminal Court to take cognizance. Related ItemsBritish IndianUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Trump Isn’t Telling the Truth About Illegal Immigrants And Crime. The Public Knows It.

first_imgIn his push for stricter immigration laws President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are a threat to public safety because of what he alleges is their propensity to commit crime.This claim is false. The best available research shows that immigrants, legal or otherwise, are significantly less likely to commit crime than native-born citizens.The latest survey from the Pew Research Center shows that an overwhelming majority understand this: By more than a 2-to-1 ratio, respondents said that undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States are no more likely to commit serious crimes than U.S. citizens.The percentage of Americans who believe undocumented immigrants commit more crime is virtually unchanged since the summer of 2016, suggesting that the White House’s frequent and misleading messaging on immigrants and crime has not been effective.Other results from the survey show that the public is becoming more favorably disposed toward immigrants in the second year of the Trump administration. For the first time in at least two decades, for instance, the share of Americans who say that legal immigration should be increased (32 percent) is greater than the proportion saying it should be decreased (24 percent).It’s not just Democrats driving this shift. The share of Republicans who say legal immigration should be decreased has fallen 10 points, from 43 percent in 2006 to 33 percent today. The share of Republicans saying legal immigration should be increased rose 7 points over that period.The survey also finds that the American public is growing more sympathetic to the plight of undocumented immigrants. Sixty-nine percent of respondents told Pew they feel “very” or “somewhat” sympathetic toward undocumented immigrants, up slightly from 63 percent in 2013.A majority of Americans have long supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and the survey finds that opposition to such a policy is further softening. The share of people who say providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is akin to “rewarding them for doing something wrong” has fallen by nine percentage points since 2015, from 36 percent to 27 percent.Taken together, these numbers suggest that the Trump administration’s hardline immigration agenda, which involves cutting legal immigration, cracking down on undocumented immigrants and blaming immigrants for crime, economic woes and more, is embraced by a shrinking minority of the public.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related ItemsDonald TrumpUnited Stateslast_img read more

Trump’s Rougher Edge Complicates Trip by Pompeo and Mattis to India

first_imgThere have always been irritants in relations between India and the United States. But few have been as perplexing to New Delhi, or left as bitter a taste, as President Donald Trump’s tendency to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accent in English.A video of Trump imitating Modi has gone viral in New Delhi. So have reports that Trump often mimics his Indian counterpart in internal discussions.“There’s a general understanding here that Modi is not sure he can do business with Trump,” said Suhasini Haidar, foreign affairs editor of The Hindu. “India is just now coming to terms with the idea that Trump will not treat India with the same kind of benevolence that previous presidents have.”This is the diplomatic headache that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will confront when he arrives in the Indian capital Wednesday with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Tiptoeing around the president’s indiscretions is one in a suddenly long list of challenges to a relationship that, according to senior State Department officials, Pompeo would very much like to preserve — and even improve.Among the other challenges are growing trade tensions, U.S. insistence that India suddenly end its huge purchases of Iranian oil, and Washington’s threats to impose sanctions should India continue to purchase Russian military equipment, as India has done for most of its history.Improving ties with the United States was Modi’s signature foreign policy endeavor when he came to power in 2014. But with New Delhi suddenly uncertain about Washington, Modi has in recent weeks sought to mend ties with Moscow, and with Beijing as a hedge.For decades, the United States hoped that India would become an economic and military counterweight to a resurgent China. Rex Tillerson, the Trump administration’s first secretary of state, described his outreach to India as among the most vital initiatives of his tenure, giving a gushing speech in October about the myriad reasons the two countries were natural partners.Under Mattis, the Pentagon has been equally committed to the partnership. It has even renamed its Hawaii-based U.S. combatant command that oversees the Pacific region as the Indo-Pacific Command as a lure for India to increase its partnership with the United States and other allied forces.India’s rise was seen as such an obvious win for the United States that previous presidents mostly overlooked New Delhi’s reflexive trade protectionism. And if the Indians wanted to get some military equipment from Russia, that was seen as acceptable to Washington — as long as it meant India was becoming more powerful.But under Trump, nobody gets a pass on trade. A congressional effort to punish Russia has meant that India’s plans to purchase a sophisticated air defense system from Moscow — the same one that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is considering buying — could seriously wound ties.In some ways, Modi and Trump are made for each other. Both are right-of-center nationalists who are seen by some minorities in each country as intolerant demagogues.But a November summit between them went poorly after Trump berated Modi over trade issues, particularly India’s tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Trump’s decisions in recent months to impose sanctions on Iran and Turkey had spillover effects on India, pushing down the value of the rupee.“The Americans are suddenly telling us that we can’t buy missiles and oil, and nobody knows what to do about it,” said Mohan Guruswamy, a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in India.Key positions at the State Department that deal with India remain vacant, adding to the uncertainty. And this week’s meetings were shelved twice before, with many Indians believing that the most recent cancellation was done at Trump’s insistence.“The White House approach to every country now is that we want you to cave on these random issues we have chosen, which are prioritized by nothing more than presidential whim,” said Michael Green, a top Asia adviser to President George W. Bush. “And you have to visibly lose on them. There are no win-wins.”Still, there is a good chance ties will continue to improve.Walmart and Amazon are both investing billions of dollars in India. India’s purchases of U.S. defense equipment are scheduled to top $18 billion by next year. Overall trade between the two countries hit $126 billion in 2017. And the number of Indian students in the United States soared last year to 186,000, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth.As China becomes more assertive on its undemarcated border with India and ramps up investments in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Nepal — all traditional Indian satellites — conviction has grown in New Delhi that it must counter Beijing forcefully.Even Pakistan, India’s traditional rival, is increasingly being seen in New Delhi as little more than a Chinese proxy.“The thinking inside and outside government has changed radically, with China now seen as our biggest threat,” said Lalit Mansingh, once India’s top career diplomat. “And if you look at China as a threat, you look around to see who can help us to defend against China. And it’s the U.S.”But no one in the upper echelons of Modi’s government is quite sure how to deal with Trump, whose moods and demands even U.S. diplomats seem unable to predict, Indians say.Pompeo and Mattis must reassure the Indians without dismissing Trump’s concerns or promising that he will not latch onto some new concern — a test Tillerson failed.“The erratic quality of this White House leaves everyone in the position not of trying to maximize the gains of the relationship, but instead trying to minimize the risks,” said Ashley J. Tellis, who was one of Bush’s top diplomats. “Everyone is struggling to deal with it, and India is no exception.”Pompeo is also likely to stop in Islamabad for several hours to meet Imran Khan, Pakistan’s new prime minister. Relations between the two nations have grown so testy over the war in Afghanistan that the two sides have begun restricting the movement of each others’ diplomats. In addition, the U.S. military is moving to withhold about $300 million in aid to Pakistan, citing insufficient actions against terrorist groups.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

I’m Not Going to Hide My Indian Heritage Any More: Vidya Vox

first_imgUnited States-based YouTube star Vidya Vox says that while growing up, she tried to shun her Indian heritage as she was often bullied in school. But she is now “100 per cent” proud of her roots and feels it is great to be an Indian in the United States right now.Vidya Iyer, better known by her stage name Vidya Vox, was born in Chennai, grew up in Virginia, and is based in Los Angeles.Asked how she feels about being an Indian in the United States under Donald Trump’s administration, Vidya told IANS in New Delhi: “It’s great. There are many people like Priyanka Chopra of South Asian descent in the media who are in the forefront right now. That’s really great. While growing up, I didn’t see examples like that.”“I was bullied when I was in middle school in DC, especially for being an Indian, because there weren’t many Indian kids in school. And because of that, I tended to hide my Indian culture, but that changed by the end of high school. Now, I am 100 per cent proud of it. I am not going to hide it any more,” she said.“Growing up, I had a bit of an identity crisis. I spoke in Tamil at home and ate dosa and idli. At school, I would listen to Beyonce (Knowles) and eat pizza and fries,” she added.The singer, who has learnt Carnatic music, felt like she was living in two separate worlds.“I always thought how could I marry these two worlds… even if it’s for a few minutes. That’s how we came up with the idea of mashups,” said Vidya.In 2015 she launched her YouTube channel with mashups of western pop hits and music from India. She has amassed over 350 million views and over three million subscribers.Being a YouTube star, cyber bullying must be common. How does she deal with it?“I don’t look at comments. I try really hard not to. It’s very difficult… people get bullied all the time. It’s important to remember not to listen to them. Your music is personal. Some people connect with it and some don’t. That’s okay,” said Vidya, popular for mashups like Closer-Kabira and Love me like you do-Hosanna.She has also come out with an album, Kuthu Fire, consisting of original songs. To promote it, she is currently in India for a multi-city tour.As part of ‘Vidya Vox Kuthu Fire Tour’, the singer, who is in her 20s, will be performing in New Delhi on Nov. 25.Fashion brand Forever 21 is the title sponsor of the tour. Asked about her personal style, she said: “A little bit of Indo-western. I love sort of mixing Indian jewelery with Western silhouettes.”Her mother and grandmother’s wardrobes also play major roles in her fashion sense.“They (mother and grandmother) say ‘I don’t want the sari. I am going to throw it away or donate it.’ I say, No! I will take it and recycle it and make clothes for myself,” she said.Is she thinking of starting her own fashion line soon?“Oh my God! That’s the dream. Hopefully soon,” said Vidya. — (IANS) Related ItemsMusicVidya VoxYouTubelast_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lyceum stays unbeaten, cruises to 10th straight win Since his retirement from the game last year, fans have learned more about his many hidden passions aside from putting the ball in a hoop—including his gift for poetry.The Los Angeles Lakers legend recited his ”Dear Basketball” poem, alongside legendary conductor John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe one-time league MVP penned the heartfelt piece on The Player’s Tribune in 2015-2016 season, to announce that he’ll be walking away from the sport.Bryant’s emotional words echoed throughout the packed hall, as an animated short of his storied career played on a big screen overlooking the stage. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES His short but sweet recital was met with a standing ovation from the pleased audience.Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bryant expressed his delight upon performing and sharing the stage with one of music’s most recognizable names.“Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown,” he wrote. Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Williams, meanwhile, is responsible for a slew of the most popular music in cinema history, including music for classics like “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” and the iconic “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise. /raRELATED STORY:Nike responds to Kobe Bryant’s letter to game of basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aside from being one of the most spectacular basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Kobe Bryant is a man of many talents.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan Live Telecast

first_img jaipur pink pantherspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming First Published: September 25, 2019, 4:18 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 match No.107 will see Jaipur Pink Panthers host Puneri Paltan on Wednesday, September 25. Jaipur Pink Panthers will eye their maiden victory on home turf as they face the Pune side. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan will be held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Puneri Paltan will look to produce an all-round clinical show against the hosts. The PKL 2019 season 7 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan will commence at 8.30PM.The Pro Kabddi League 2019 is into its 10th week. The PKL 2019 fixture has two important games lined up. The first match is between Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors at 7.30PM. In the second game of the day, Jaipur Pink Panthers will welcome Puneri Paltan at 8.30PM. Champions of the first season of PKL, Jaipur Pink Panthers will try to take advantage of their home support, whereas the Pune side led by skipper Surjeet Singh will aim to push for a playoff spot. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan match start?The 107th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 8.30PM. The match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan clash on TV?The PKL 2019 season 7 Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

ISL: Marcelinho hat-trick steers Pune City FC to thumping win over NorthEast United FC

first_imgBrazilian striker Marcelinho starred in the night with a hat-trick as Pune City FC thrashed NorhEast United FC 5-0 in their Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Saturday.It never looked like Pune missed their suspended coach Ranko Popovic as their players romped through the NorthEast squad.Marcelinho found the net thrice after Ashique Kuruniyan had opened the account in the 8th minute and Adil Khan joined the party late in the game.With the win, Pune took a giant leap in the league standings, moving to the second spot with 15 points from eight matches and are just a point behind league leaders Chennaiyin FC.On the other hand, NorthEast suffered their fourth straight defeat this season and sit just above Delhi Dynamos, who at the bottom of the table.The Highlanders have four points from seven matches and have not picked up a point since defeating Delhi Dynamos for their only win on December 2..@FCPuneCity put on a five-⭐ performance at home to trounce @NEUtdFC in a one-sided encounter!More videos: #LetsFootball #PUNNEU Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 30, 2017The contest was over inside the first 45 minutes when Pune City grabbed all the chances that came their way.The home side had three shots on target and all three of them ended up being goals. NorthEast United also had three shots on goal but none of them translated into a goal, showing why the visitors had a massive shortfall in the first half.advertisementIt were the visitors who had the first look at goal and should have been ahead but Marcinho shot straight into the goalkeeper after skipping past the midfield and defence.From the resultant counter-attack, Pune left NorthEast gasping with their pace as Jonathan Lucca made it all the way to the rival goal and cut it back for Emiliano Alfaro, whose shot took a deflection and fell kindly for Ashique who slotted it past the goalkeeper.Pune made it 2-0 in the 27th minute when last season’s highest goalscorer, Marcelinho, showed his class. The Brazilian won a free kick just outside the box after he was fouled by Rowllin Borges and then stepped up to majestically curl the ball past the wall and into the top corner of the net.Marcelinho scored his second at the stroke of half time and this time it was the goalkeeper TP Rehenesh who was to be blamed. Marcelinho picked up a ball from Lucca and faced goal from an acute angle. He still tried his luck with a powerful attempt which Rehenesh ended up diverting into the goal through his legs.Marcelinho completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute when Marcos Tebar found his captain inside the box and the Brazilian finished it off by beating Rehenesh at the near post.With two minutes left to be played, Adil scored his third goal of the league for Pune as he turned the ball home amidst tussle for the ball.This was the first time Pune scored five goals in a game but with Marcelinho striking form, this may not be the last.last_img read more

When to Use Static vs. Dynamic Lists in Email Marketing

first_img Topics: Originally published Jun 13, 2012 12:30:00 PM, updated August 29 2017 In email marketing, the success of your messages is largely dependent on the quality of your list. And although we’ve talked a bunch about list segmentation and list health on this blog (have you taken our email list sniff test yet?), there’s still more you should understand about lists. (Who knew the topic of email lists could be so darn extensive?)What we’re referring to in this post is the concept of static lists vs. dynamic lists . Do you understand the distinction? It might sound simple, but we’re surprised by how many marketers really don’t know the difference — and when to use one or the other, for that matter. We’ll keep this lesson to the point so you can once and for all understand what distinguishes one list from the other, and start applying the right uses of each to your email marketing programs. What Are Static Lists? Quite simply, static lists are, well … static. These lists consist only of contacts you’ve accumulated up until the point when you create the list, and they remain unchanged unless you manually add or remove contacts. Static lists can either be created using contacts that already exist in your database, or through a manual upload to your email tool. Typically, they’re created through the latter method, as oftentimes they consist of contacts that were gathered through offline methods or other online campaigns not connected to interactions on your website. HubSpot’s email tool , for example, allows users to create static lists in both of these ways, as you can see from the screenshots below. When to Use Static Lists in Email Marketing Of all the types of email a marketer can send , static lists are generally good for one-off email sends, email campaigns that you run infrequently, and for lists of contacts that don’t change often. Here are a few examples of when you’d want to use a static list in your email marketing: Event Registrants, Attendees, or No-Show Lists: No one can travel back in time to register for or attend your event in the past, right? That’s why event lists tend to be ones that remain static. You might use these lists to send follow-up information or content post-event, whether it’s an in-person event or an online one like a webinar. Staff Lists: Do you send a quarterly newsletter to your company’s board of directors? How about an internal one to your business’ employees? These are lists of people that don’t typically change often, and you’ll probably also have to manually update them anyway. Trade Show Lists: Did you snag some prospects’ contact information from your presence at a trade show or another industry conference/event? This is a great use case for a static list upload. What Are Dynamic Lists? Dynamic email lists, on the other hand, are lists that constantly evolve as certain criteria are met. This criteria could include a specific property (e.g. contacts from a specific state or contacts from a specific industry), members of other lists (i.e. a list combining other lists!), or contacts who completed certain landing page forms . New contacts get added as they meet the criteria set for the list, and furthermore, dynamic lists will also remove people who no longer meet that criteria. Get it? Dynamic. These lists are powered by data and intelligence that can be collected by your marketing software or CRM as well as through interactions contacts have on your website, such as downloading content or visiting certain web pages. Dynamic lists are also critical for slicing and dicing your database into various segments for more effective and relevant email marketing .You’ll need to consult your email software provider to see if dynamic lists are part of its services available to you. To understand how they work, below is an example of a dynamic list in the making in HubSpot’s Contacts and Email tools . In our tool, we call these dynamic lists ‘Smart Lists.’ Here, we’re generating a segmented list of contacts who have Twitter follower counts of 1,000 or more. Once this list is established, as more of our contacts’ Twitter follower counts grow and meet that 1,000-follower threshold, the list will also grow. In addition, any contact whose follower count dips below 1,000 will automatically be removed from the list. So if we wanted to put some extra social media promotional muscle behind a particular piece of content or marketing offer, we might use this list to send an email to the contacts in our database with the greatest Twitter reach. Email Lists and Segmentation Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack When to Use Dynamic Lists in Email Marketing Dynamic lists are best used for email campaigns in which you plan on sending email more than once to a certain list of contacts that changes and gets updated frequently. As time goes on, your dynamic list would automatically adjust to your changing volume of contacts. This saves you the time from creating a new list every time you want to email that segment and keeps the list fresh and up to date in real time. Here are some examples of when you’d want to use a dynamic list in your email marketing: Customer List: Keeping your customers in the know with a monthly newsletter about your newest product tutorials, features, and other updates? New customers come, and (unfortunately), some go, so a dynamic customer list will enable you to automatically include new customers — and exclude ex-customers — on your next newsletter send. Free Trial Users: Use a dynamic list to send ongoing tips about how to get the most out of your company’s free product trial. This way, new contacts who start a free trial get automatically looped in the next time you send an email of tips to this list. Block Lists:  Dynamic lists can also be used to suppress certain contacts and protect recipients from receiving too many emails. For instance, you could create a dynamic list of anyone who has already signed up for an event, and block that continually updating list from future sends designed to promote the very same event. Interest-Based Lists: Create an evolving list of everyone who downloaded content on a particular topic, then make sure your emails to that list match that interest category.When it comes to dynamic lists, the possibilities really are plentiful — and powerful. Just think of all the very targeted email you could send! In what ways are you using dynamic lists to improve email segmentation ? Image Credit: adamentmeat last_img read more

How to Make Remote Work Actually Work

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published May 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Remote Working One of my favorite things about working remotely — which I do a few times a month — is the freedom to get comfortable. When I work from home, I’m usually find myself in one of three positions: sitting up at the table, laying down with my laptop, or buried in a pillow avalanche on my couch. (Sound familiar to anyone?)While most offices have a few full-time remote workers — and probably a few that operate like I do — the idea of more remote employees may be one companies need to get used to.Why is remote work becoming such a big deal? Well, from where I’m sitting (currently “sitting up at the table”), it’s simple: Because good candidates are asking for it, and technology’s making it an easier thing to demand — no matter what the position entails. For employees, this is great news. They can live where they want, spend less time and money commuting, and wear their bathrobe to meetings. But what do companies get out of it? According to research by online freelance marketplace Upwork, sourcing and onboarding in-office employees takes an average of 43 days, compared with three days for remote employees. Not to mention, being open to remote team members widens the talent pool. So to help you sort through the operations and expectations that employers need to consider to make remote work effective, let’s walk through some practices that make it easier for me to communicate and collaborate with my remote teammates.How to Make Remote Work WorkOn Setup & TechnologyI have very little in the way of tech savvy, but I do know that a good operational and technical foundation helps remote workforces stay productive. This is where two key teams come into play: Finance & Accounting and IT.It starts with a commitment — if you’re interested in making it — to investing in your remote team as actual employees that will grow with the company. Not contractors. Not freelancers. That investment means working with Finance & Accounting to understand the administrative costs of paying employees in different states or countries. Are there visa costs you’ll need to consider? Will employees need to travel to the office on a regular basis — and if so, is the company financing it? Do they have the technology they need at home to communicate with you effectively? Again, are you financing it if they don’t? These questions extend to IT and the infrastructure they’ll need to set up, too. They’ll want to build in security measures for employee devices, and will need to equip your office with the technology your in-office team needs to communicate with remote team members. This includes chat software, remote meeting software, telepresence devices, and potentially some high-tech conference rooms to make coordinating all of that seamless. One of my teammates who works remotely half the week and works with our global offices quite a bit actually takes pains to dial into meetings on video, specifically. She found it difficult at first but says it made her far more productive being visually present in meetings, and is grateful to have the infrastructure to support that.If you start with all of this built into your budget from the get-go, two things happen: 1) you’re not hit with surprise costs, and you can do a much better job with hiring planning; 2) you end up with streamlined operations for onboarding remote employees so their experience starting with your company is as good as it would be for anyone else.On CommunicationThe best IT setup in the world doesn’t help unless we’re all using it toward the right ends. At the risk of being trite, the most successful relationships between in-office employees and their remote team members comes down to good communication from both parties. And figuring out what good communication means is kind of a beast. So bear with me while I try to break it down to its most pertinent parts for our purposes here.Combat “face time” with over-communication.One of the challenges remote work presents is the lack of “face time.” Think about all those random one-off conversations you have in the hallway, or at the water cooler, that wouldn’t be possible if you weren’t in-office. To combat this, you really need to nail the whole “regular and effective communication” thing. Sam Mallikarjunan, who works from his home down south most of the time, found that a lot of the “random collisions” he used to have in the hallway don’t happen anymore. (Obviously.) When I asked him how he makes up for it, he said “I just over-communicate. I have to proactively find opportunities to work with other people. I make a point of reaching out to people more often to tell them what I’m working on if I think it might be useful to them, and I actively talk to other people about their projects, too. There’s a lot less ‘the ball is in their court’ mentality when I’m remote.”That proactive approach to communication is something that remote team members may start to pick up on just because they’re experiencing the need for it first-hand, so it’s equally important to have in-office employees reciprocate. Make it a practice in your company to systematize communication — to me, that means in-person decisions and conversations are always formally recapped over email, in your group chat client (provided it’s not in a room with only casual participation and monitoring), or for the big stuff, in a team meeting.Use your words.I have this theory that if street signs were properly punctuated we’d all be better writers. My favorite example is the “STOP CHILDREN” sign.STOP THEM FROM WHAT?!When communicating without the benefit of body language or tone, clarity with written and verbal communication is more important than ever. In an ideal world, everyone’s already really good at finding the right words to say what they mean. But that’s not reality, so we’re left with a few options here:1) Try to be better at it. If you’re writing an email, take a beat to reread what you’ve written. See if you’ve really communicated what you’re trying to say clearly and succinctly. Consider whether you’ve included enough context for everyone to understand what’s going on. If you’re having a phone or video conversation, take a moment before responding or posing a question. And if what you said makes no sense, own it and say, “Sorry I don’t know what I’m trying to say, let me start over.”2) Know that reading comprehension matters. If you’re on the receiving end of a communication that makes you go: Image Credit: Giphy… ask clarifying questions before responding with an equally confusing answer. I try to either copy and paste the exact copy from the email, quote it, and then ask my clarification question — or if it’s a verbal conversation, repeat back what they said before asking my clarifying questions. It’s important to avoid layering confusion on top of confusion.3) Avoid reading into tone. People’s tones suck sometimes. Especially over email. If a typically bubbly person didn’t include a barrage of emojis or explanation points, they’re probably just running late, or feeling stressed … or something else that has nothing to do with you.Put some alert metrics in place.We’ve used the term “pothole” metrics before — the numbers you report on regularly that, if they get out of whack, signify a deeper problem with a part of the business. I like to use that principle here as a way to be sure we’re all catching everything that’s going on if communication ever fails. I also like to expand that principle out to encompass the good stuff as well as the bad stuff.These could be numbers that indicate someone’s doing well or struggling — for example, setting up traffic waterfalls if a team member’s work is directly tied to hitting a traffic metric. But they can include non-numerical things, too — like hitting project milestones for people that work in roles that are more about discrete deliverables that have changing definitions of success.Frankly, this is a good exercise to go through for every team member — yourself included — whether in-office or remote. Really, it just means everyone knows what “good” looks like, and you’re all able to break down “good” into its component parts so you know if you’re making reasonable progress.On ManagementIf managers are interested in hiring remote team members, they’ll have some specific responsibilities to keep things chugging along nicely. Most of this is just about setting the right precedent for how to think about remote work for your team — I’ve broken it down into the stuff you need to do proactively, and what you need to squash.Do this:Over-communicate the work being done by remote team members, and the value of that work. Yes, they should do this on their own. We talked about that earlier. You have to be the champion of your own career, and self-promotion is part of life … and all that jazz. But sometimes people forget. Or they do say it, but it’d sure help if someone else reiterated it. This becomes particularly important when someone’s work output isn’t very visible. For example, if your job is to write one article a day, it’s pretty easy for people to see that you’re doing your job. You either wrote the article or you didn’t, and everyone can see it. If your role is to build operational efficiencies into backend systems that four people in the company touch … it’s really easy for that work to disappear.Squash this:To that end, don’t let resentment or pettiness build toward remote employees — particularly those that are part-time remote. This starts to manifest itself in little comments like: “Oh is this one of the days so-and-so is in? I can’t even remember.” Letting that kind of stuff slide is what makes it seem like in-office employees inherently provide more value than those that are in less often. Worse, it perpetuates the notion that face time is more valuable than work output, which I think we’re all on board with as being total bunk.Do this:Encourage other people on your team that are in-office and have roles that allow them to work remotely … to work remotely sometimes. That pettiness I was just talking about? It’s a lot less likely to happen if working from home once in a while doesn’t feel like a special privilege levied on a few special snowflakes.Squash this:This is where things can get tricky, too. Remote work only works when it works. Notice how I said you should only encourage remote work when people have roles that allow them to work remotely? We all know not every role makes that possible. But beyond that, not every person is always a good fit for remote work at every point in their career, either. I’ll volunteer myself as an example of someone who, when starting a new role, would struggle to not be around people while I get my footing.Or if someone is having performance issues, it may not be the right time to green light remote work. That’s another reason giving feedback early, often, and candidly is important. And that rationale extends to remote employees that start having performance issues while they’re already engaged in a remote work agreement with you.Finally, always remember to do this:We talked earlier about treating remote employees not like contractors or freelancers, but like actual full-time employees. That means they have career ambitions, and are probably interested in growth and promotion opportunities. Be sure to keep them in mind for new projects, promotions, and additional responsibility. If good people fall out of sight and out of mind, you might lose ’em.After you’ve got the infrastructure set up, to me, most of this really comes down to good hiring. Get the right person, for the right role. If you’ve got capable people you can trust in a role, you should be able to trust that not only are they doing good work, but that they’ll let you know if and when they need something different from you.The right person can make even roles that you don’t think will work in a remote scenario, work. (Unless that role is chef. Then you definitely need to be at work.)How do you make remote work work? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. Topics:last_img read more

How to Become a Great Online Community Manager [Infographic]

first_img Community Management Originally published Jun 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 Topics: An increasing number of companies are leveraging communities to engage with their audience, increase visits to their websites, and generate leads or sales.And guess what? It’s working.By creating an online community, you’re essentially creating a platform in which you can interact with your user base in a personal, meaningful way. For your audience, this means a more direct line of communication — one the invites collaboration and engagement.However, setting up and running a community is not easy. To help, our team at Vanilla Forums compiled some expert advice on how to structure your community management teams, test and optimize your efforts, and manage your career as a community manager. Check out the infographic below for more detail.298Save298Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The 12 Types of Content Marketing in a Marketer’s Arsenal

first_img Topics: When it comes to content marketing, it can be tough to know which ones to use and which ones will make a statement. There are a variety of content marketing types that marketers can choose from. For example, Southwest likes to mix it up by posting gifs, blog posts, commercials, and retweets on their Twitter page. Delta has recently been on a video and gif kick, posting strictly commercials, videos, and gifs about flight.It’s ultimately about what type of content marketing promotes your business effectively. And there are a handful of different content marketing types to choose from when you want to make a splash in your campaigns.Plan your content for every persona and stage of the buying cycle. [Free Content Mapping Template] Don’t forget to share this post! Image Source: Towards Data ScienceThis infographic about content marketing gives 10 ways an infographic can make a difference in landing leads. For example, if it doesn’t gain that much traction on Twitter or Instagram, try uploading it to Facebook.Data can be easier to recognize and understand when presented in mediums like this. Further, infographics can make your product more reputable if there’s hard data involved.4. Case StudiesCase studies are effective for leads who want to learn more about your business from the customers themselves. With case studies, buyers see a customer’s journey from start to finish and see similar use cases in real life.Image Source: LinkedInThis case study by LinkedIn, provides an in-depth look at how Adobe uses LinkedIn to market their business and drive applicants. It provides data and screenshots of Adobe’s campaign and demonstrates how the brand measured their success using the workplace platform. This case study could help similar businesses see how using LinkedIn in a similar way could improve their applicants.LinkedIn also conducts video case studies, like this one about HSBC. It shows how LinkedIn’s marketing strategy includes diversifying the way their content is presented.5. eBooksIf you’ve never created an eBook before, think of them as long-form blog content. They’re not a novel, they’re not a multiple-page ad for your business. Instead, they’re a way to give potential clients valuable information.The Experience Optimization Playbook by Optimizely is a free eBook that explores optimization strategies from Fortune 500 companies. For an in-depth guide on how to create eBooks, including tips on how to write effective copy (keep it short, use keywords, and check font sizes) click here.6. User-generated contentUser-generated content is an amazing content marketing method because it gets customers involved. People respond to others like them, and it’s more likely to make them interested in your business.Image source: Netflix Is A JokeThese are user-generated content examples from Twitter. Netflix has a stand-up from Hannah Gadsby and this retweet is from a fan tweeting a quote from the special they enjoyed. A single tweet provided instantly shareable content for Netflix’s comedy account.Image source: Wendy’sThis Wendy’s fan tweet gave the fast-food giant a way to celebrate Friday the 13th, and promote their customers as well as their fries. As a bonus, Twitter users got to see a spooky Jason/Wendy mashup.7. ChecklistsChecklists provide value to potential customers, especially for SMB customers. They show a step-by-step method for solving a problem and can be formatted to fit your social media pages. Vegan YouTuber Caitlin Shoemaker does sponsorships with other vegan brands on her socials to boost her reach and the brands’ reach as well.To connect with an influencer in your industry, simply email their representation with a press release or reach out to their company or manager directly.While these are our must-haves for content marketing, this definitely isn’t a definitive list of content marketing types. When it comes to content marketing, choose the types that fit your business the best and don’t be afraid to experiment. For a complete guide on content marketing, be sure to check out this post. Content Marketing Types This example, by HubSpot Academy, shows how marketing is tied to the content with the last checkbox. It’s as easy as thinking of how your product fits into your target audience’s daily routine. You can also create an internal checklist to use for the team, making sure some content is always client-specific.8. MemesA form of content marketing best described as, “Don’t knock it ’til you try it.” Memes are a relatively new type of content marketing, but they work extremely well. A meme is an image set with culturally relevant text that is rapidly circulated online. If you can time a meme perfectly, and align it with your social aesthetic, it’s a savvy way to increase traffic.Image source: HuluHulu loves using memes to promote what’s on its streaming service. That’s not surprising, considering they’re some of Hulu’s most popular tweets. Memes require digging into the current social climate and seeing where your company fits. Social listening can help with that.9. Testimonials and customer reviewsLike user-generated content, testimonials and customer reviews are content generated straight from your audience. If you’re operating in a niche market, testimonials give a short synopsis of why your company stands out.center_img Originally published Sep 19, 2019 4:00:00 AM, updated September 19 2019 1. BlogsHaving a blog on your website that corresponds with your product and its market attracts potential customers looking for the answer your business solves. Blog posts improve SEO and can be a low-cost way to boost organic traffic.When writing blog posts, be sure to keep these things in mind:Optimize your content for SEOUse a pillar or cluster model to organize your blog topicsKeep your content focused and relevant to your product.For example, Jeff Bullas has been named one of the top influential global marketing officers. Therefore, his website has blog posts about content marketing and global social media. For example, this post is about turning followers into customers.2. VideosVideos engage an audience quickly. According to HubSpot research, 54% of audiences want to see videos from brands they support, which is more than any other type of content.Videos are also a versatile medium; you can create a variety of content in your industry that engages your market and leaves them wanting more. In this post, we walk you through how to use video marketing to your advantage.For instance, design businesses can benefit from AR video marketing, which delivers a digital model of what you view using a smartphone. In 12 steps, including how to shoot with an iPhone, you can learn how to video market like a pro.Microsoft uses their technology to empower everyone. Their recent commercials have shown just how inclusive their definition of “everyone” is, producing powerful messages about how technology can inspire many to achieve their goals.3. InfographicsInfographics are so fun and can wake up a marketing strategy with eye-catching content. They’re bright, visually captivating ways to present stats or processes. Infographics are quick and low-cost music to a marketer’s ears. Nike uses testimonials from top athletes to market their shoes. In fact, most of their Instagram and commercial content comes from celebrity endorsements and reviews. Smaller businesses can benefit from adding customer reviews on their website or in emails (because we all can’t have tennis pro Simona Halep take over our social accounts).10. WhitepapersThese often misunderstood pieces are not eBooks. Both are forms of lengthy content, but whitepapers are more densely packed with data and information. Whitepapers pay attention to detail and are a key part of the research phase for 71% of buyers, according to the Demand Gen Survey Report.Image source: Tata CommunicationsThis whitepaper, by Tata Communications, about network optimization is a great example of an in-depth, visually stunning document that breaks down data using charts and graphs.Whitepapers can be visually appealing, even if the content is more … uh … utilitarian. Keep design in mind when you’re formatting page layout and key takeaways. And use appealing and easy-to-read fonts when constructing your pages, so readers are more inclined to keep turning the page.11. How-to guides/academiesIf you’re offering a product like a CRM, or any other kind of software, how-to guides are a must in content marketing. From Google Ads to Skillshare and even HubSpot, training courses are an interactive way for new and potential buyers to test drive your product before committing.Image source: QuoraIf you’re a smaller business and an academy isn’t feasible for your company, Instagram Carousels might be the answer. Carousels allow for further explanation of products/services on Instagram in a visual way. Instead of creating an entire guide, you can upload 30-second clips or multiple photos in one post and make it a highlight.12. InfluencersIndustry influencers can be highly beneficial to a marketing campaign. Having influencers promote your content can attract an entire audience you weren’t previously able to reach. Content Marketing Blogs Videos Infographics Case Studies eBooks User-generateed content Checklists Memes Testimonials/Reviews Whitepapers How-to Guides/Academies Influencers/Paid Ad Contentlast_img read more

Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacer

first_imgAustralia batsman Matthew Wade praised Jofra Archer after the final Test on Sunday, claiming that the England fast bowler just didn’t slow down in the final session on Day 4 at The Oval and showed signs of fatigue or tiredness.Wade and Archer’s duel in the final moments of the fifth Test was one of the highlights of the Ashes series which ended in a 2-2 draw with England winning the fifth match by 135 runs in London on Sunday.Wade battled through Archer’s fiery spell and ended up scoring 117 off 166 balls to finish as Australia’s top-scorer in what was otherwise a disappointing performance from the visitors with the bat in their final innings.Wade and Archer even came face-to-face, exchanged fiery looks and a few words on more than once occasion. But the wicketkeeper-batsman described those moments as “just good hard Test cricket”.The #Ashes battle between @HurricanesBBL teammates Matthew Wade and Jofra Archer was must-watch stuff! (@cricketcomau) September 15, 2019″We all thought he’d slow down eventually but I can tell you that, through that spell, he certainly didn’t slow down too much, and he kept coming. He just keeps coming and coming.”I felt like I could deal with what he was delivering, and he obviously thought he could rip my head off or get me out. It was a good battle, there was a little bit of banter, no words really. Just good, hard Test cricket.”That’s what I expected coming into an Ashes series, I’d never played an Ashes series before and the way Jofra has taken to Test cricket – I knew he was obviously a freakish talent – and when he was around the England team I knew he’d be playing this series.advertisement”That’s what Test cricket is. Especially Ashes cricket, you’ve got to be ready for the contest. It’s a take-no-prisoners kind of environment when you walk onto the ground and when you walk off the ground, all is forgotten,” Wade said after the match.Wade’s defiant century though, proved in vain as England bowled Australia out for 263 to win the final Test and ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.Wade had looked set to take the match into the final day but he was stumped off a delivery from Joe Root (2-26) and England grabbed the last two wickets in quick succession to level the series. Stuart Broad took 4-62 and spinner Jack Leach 4-49 for the hosts.Also Read | Ricky Ponting rues Australia’s missed opportunities: 2-2 not a fair reflectionAlso Read | Joe Root hails team character after England bounce back to draw Ashes 2-2 vs AustraliaAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 774 runs in 4 Tests of a seriesAlso Read | Saw Jofra Archer in IPL, realized he was special: Steve Smithlast_img read more

Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroics

first_imgSteve Smith single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden on his shoulders and helped his side retain the coveted urn after the Ashes ended in a 2-2 draw. Smith, who amassed 774 runs from seven innings with an impressive average of over 110 in a bowler-dominated series, has described himself as being ‘pretty cooked’ after the series concluded at the Oval on Sunday.Speaking to reporters after the fifth and last Test which England won by 135 runs, Smith said: “I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months, but I didn’t have much more to give today.””I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer,” he added.Smith’s fantastic form in England also restored his place at the top of the ICC test batting rankings. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after he could only manage 23 runs in the second innings in the last Test.Many people expected the 30-year-old to find it difficult to rediscover his form after he was making a comeback in the side following the 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.However, Smith silenced his critics in the first Test itself after smashing a magnificent 144 on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston. He said the century in the first Test boosted his confidence.advertisement”First Test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith concluded.Also Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 774 runs in 4 Tests of a seriesAlso See:last_img read more

FIFA orders Iran to allow women free access to football stadiums

first_imgSoccer’s governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown “no noteworthy operational obstacles” to lifting the country’s 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month.After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it will work with Iran’s soccer body to also open domestic league games to female fans.FIFA wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums which breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination.Global attention on the ban followed the death this month of a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire outside a courthouse. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a soccer stadium in Tehran and faced six months in prison.Ahead of Iran hosting Cambodia at the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium on Oct. 10, FIFA says the visit on Thursday focused on “international relations, security and ticketing matters.”Iranian officials were told of FIFA’s “firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely” with tickets sold to as many who wanted to attend.Also Read | La Liga: Ramon Azeez, Alvaro Vadillo star in Granada’s stunning win over BarcelonaAlso see:last_img read more