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Tips For Looking Your Best In A Golf Shirt

Not everyone considers golf to be an actual sport, and not every player holds the same respect for their golf attire as they do for the actual game of golf. If you’re just starting to play golf or if you’d like to be a better dressed golfer, here are some tips from the reigning 2012 FedEx Cup winner Brand Snedeker.

Make Sure It’s Neat

Golf isn’t a terribly physically demanding sport like football or soccer, so it’s not expected that you’ll do a lot of running around and sweating. For that reason, you always want to make sure that you have a neat appearance while playing golf. Since a shirt is often the focal point of an entire outfit, you’ll want your golf shirt to fit well, always remain tucked in and be ironed as well. Having the knowledge that you look good can do wonders for your self-esteem, which can do wonders for your golf game.

Follow the Dress Code

golf-clothingIf you’ll be playing at a golf club, check the dress code before you decide on a golf shirt for the game. Private golf clubs tend to be the most strict when it comes to attire. It’s not unusual for players to be forbidden from wearing jerseys or t-shirts, which should never be worn while playing golf in the first place.

Button It Up

Men’s golf shirts should always be buttoned up. If the weather is cool, all of the buttons should be buttoned up, even if you’re wearing a sports jacket or a cardigan sweater. It’s ok if you unbutton one or two buttons during the warmer months. If you’re unsure what you should wear during colder weather, take note of the famous older golf players for tips on how to look sophisticated and stay warm at the same time.

Play with Colors

Golf players aren’t afraid to wear bright and wild colors, so you shouldn’t be either. That doesn’t give you free rein to wear colors that clash and threaten to blind the other players. Instead, opt for contrasting colors to help enhance the color of your golf shirt. A bright shirt calls for a more subtle or neutral color, like black or navy. If you’re ever invited to play at someone else’s golf club, keep away from headlight-bright golf shirts. You’re practically a guest in someone’s home, so treat them and their eyes with respect. A more conservative and subdued golf shirt will suffice if you’ll be teeing off on someone else’s green, with a public figure or your boss. A good example of such an outfit is a light blue golf shirt and a pair of rich brown khakis. You don’t have to sacrifice your personal style, but you also don’t want to unintentionally make a fool of yourself.

Be Prepared

Sometimes it’s a good idea to bring an extra golf shirt or dress shirt in your bag in case you should spill something on your first shirt or if you decide to eat in a clubhouse with a dress code. Again, check beforehand to see what the dress code is for any clubhouses you’ll be visiting.

Even though you might feel odd wearing a golf shirt at first, with a little practice and experimentation you’ll get the hang of it and might even start to look forward to dressing for a game of golf.

How To Cope with Moving Abroad

Whether it’s for work, to be closer to family or simply for a change of scene to create a new chapter in your life, lots of people make the decision at some point in their lives to move to another country and start a brand new life away from everything they know. This can obviously be very intimidating and scary, especially if there is a language barrier or a big cultural difference, and you might struggle to cope at first.

The key is to throw yourself into your new life. It is no good sitting indoors scared to do anything or go anywhere. Start exploring and getting yourself integrated into your new neighbourhood as soon as you arrive, as it’ll be harder and harder to do the longer you leave it. Meet your neighbours and visit some local shops and cafes, and before long you’ll start to recognise people which will make you feel more at ease.

Don’t feel as though you can’t contact home. Get friends or relatives to send you your favourite things from home every once in a while if you can’t find them where you are. For instance, if you move to South Africa, you’ll struggle to find your favourite chocolate bars, so ask someone to send you a parcel when you need a little taste of home. Use Skype to stay in touch with friends, and if it helps, you can always have a date in mind for a visit home so you don’t feel trapped.

If you don’t know the language, it is well worth investing in language lessons, whether it’s online or at a local language school. Not only is this a useful skill generally, but it will also make you feel more at ease if you can communicate with the locals, and you will gradually find your confidence grow as you learn from normal day to day conversations. You will also find it easier to get around and carry out normal tasks so that you can function properly on your own.

It can be worth speaking to other expats in the community, or connecting with those who have made the same country to country move as yourself on online forums to get practical advice or pointers about integration into the community. The key is to be friendly and polite and to learn the local customs and etiquette so that you don’t inadvertently offend anyone, and if you are nice enough people should be more than willing to help you settle in.

Esther Wellington left the UK for Finland six years ago and offers her advice for those who might be considering living abroad.

Why smartphones are essential business tools

These days, business people buy smartphones because they go hand in hand with their job. Anyone who owns a business or works for one,owns a smartphone. They use the mobile phones for all of their activities throughout the day and would find it very difficult to function without them. It’s completely understandable, as having a smartphone enables them to keep connected with clients all day long, have access to the information they need, and also to keep their schedule organised.

There are thousands of apps that you can download that can make a business persons experience even more productive such as apps that allow you to read Microsoft documents, give you access to your desktop from wherever you are, and all of the social networking tools that help with online marketing. Apps that help you take notes, whether written or via a voice recorder are excellent for freeing up your hands or allowing you to do three things at once.

Accessing your emails is the most important thing, and people need to be able to send and receive instantly. Business is moving at a fast pace, so in order to compete people need to be online at all times whether they are in the office of not. This gives people a greater chance at being successful with clients and with growth.

Business people can also use their smart phones to relax. The ability to watch movies and listen to music can provide some much needed break time when commuting and also when travelling on trains and planes.

There are lost of reasons why smartphones are absolutely essential business tools, but mainly the convenience and amount of functions available that make your life so much easier are must haves in your life. Although people might feel tied to their smartphones, their smartphones actually allow them to not be tied to their desk which is definitely worthwhile in a busy business world.

4 Ways Students Can Insure And Safeguard Their Dorm Rooms

College students nowadays have quite the repertoire of expensive toys and gadgets that many stash away in their dorm rooms. And with this stash, comes the possibility of theft. Unfortunately whenever you have anything of value, you’re going to have unwanted attention. However there are things you can do to safeguard and keep your valuables safe from harm or theft.

 

If you’re smart and keep measures in place to protect yourself and your property, you should be good to go. But even those who are diligent and make sure they protect themselves are at risk. Keep reading for a few good tips on ways to keep your valuables safe from intruders and others wishing to do harm.

1. Take With You –

 

If you have just but a few important items such as a laptop and a smartphone, then take it with you. This can be in the form of a backpack or messenger bag and simply means you’re going to keep them close at hand. One thing many consumers do is to camouflage their tech and not only their tech but where and how they store it. For example, instead of using a traditional laptop bag or backpack, you can use a less obvious means of transporting your laptop. This way no one will know what you have in it and or think you have something else in the bag. In other words, it won’t be an automatic giveaway to the would be assailant.

2. Keep Under Lock and Key –

 

Another way to safeguard the valuables in your dorm room is to keep it under lock and key. Get a safe or other similar type of safety box which can only be accessed with either a key or a lock of some sort. This doesn’t guarantee safety, however it certainly deters and makes it harder to grab. The better your safety box is, the better your chance of protection will be.

3. Get Insurance –

 

One of the smartest things any college student or dorm room student can do is to get him or herself some insurance. The good thing about apartment insurance is that it’s not expensive at all and can literally save you from a ton of headache, not too mention save you lots of money. Apartment insurance can be found online via many quote sites and or locally through an agent. Whichever way you decide to go to find a good policy, keep in mind the value of your property and get a policy that matches what you own. There’s no need to run out and get a $20,000 policy if what own is only worth about $5,000. So get appropriate coverage.

4. Choose Your Friends Wisely –

 

This is an old adage that most certainly applies in this situation. The friends you keep can make the difference between getting your dorm room broken into and one that is relatively safe from harm. Choose your friends wisely, this means keep away from those who engage in risky behaviors and practices. The better people you surround yourself with, the better your chances of not having something chaotic, happen to you or your property. So choose your friends wisely while in college and for that matter – throughout life.

 

College is suppose to be a time of discovery, fun and knowledge. Don’t let a couple of bad decisions turn it into something else entirely. Be smart, have fun and hit the books with all you’ve got.

Guest post written by Brett Davis who writes for the Wisconsin department of insurance where he tackles topics of interest to all those in the personal finance space.

9 Ways To Use Your Cell Phone To Save On Car Costs

Owning a vehicle has its many benefits but if not its not managed properly, can turn into quite the expense. If not maintained, costly repairs can skyrocket. If not driven properly, accidents can take place and your insurance costs go up and so on. But even just basic routine costs can also add up if you don’t know where to look for savings. This article covers a series of tips on saving when it comes to car costs and the best part is – anyone can apply them.

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If you have tips of your own to share, please reference them below in the comment area after the article. Read on.

1. Sign Up to Local Merchant Email Newsletters – this is a tip I read about in Money magazine and loved. It’s simple really. You look for the website of local auto repair or service shops in your area and then check to see if they have an email newsletter. The reason you want to do this is because many times, great coupons can be had by signing up. Sometimes its a free or discounted oil change, other times it can be a percent off coupon toward repairs. Either way, it’s good savings.

2. Check Auto Repair Shop Facebook Pages –did you know most of the big auto repair shops are on Facebook? Such as Firestone, Jiffy Lube, Goodyear and so on. Many times, these companies will post awesome deals on their Facebook page, but you need to “like” the page to get them. Do so and save big at checkout.

3. Use Coupons – this is an old stand by. You can look for coupons in the local Sunday paper and check for oil changes, tire repair, service work, etc. The Sunday paper is your best bet, they usually have lots of good ones. However the twist here with your phone, is to go online via the mobile version of the Sunday paper. Shop Mobile – most car accessory and part shops have an online store that allow you to shop directly from your phone. Go mobile and shop mobile. Have you heard of the Coupons.com app? We discovered this app last year for Android, and we scored a ton of discounts and even a few freebies. They have both national and local coupons and yes! many are car service or repair shops. Sometimes instead of a great deal or discount, you can score a cute freebie such as a road map, an atlas or even a tire gauge. I know I have just by signing up to email newsletters, liking a page on Facebook and so on. Look for the freebies on your mobile.

4. Check Local Deals – even though the big name chains usually have hot discounts on most routine car maintenance, a local non chain might have good deals as well. You just need to check them out either online via their mobile website or even the yellow pages. Yep! the yellow pages are still around and most have a very good coupon section.

5. Make Appt Reservations – I know for a fact that oil change shops like Jiffy Lube and Firestone allow you to book appointments via their mobile app. This saves you time and money, by simply doing it to and from your drive to work or while waiting on your commute to and from work. No need to lug the laptop out, or hold for 25 minutes on the phone. Just use the handy dandy app to make appointments.

6. Download Your Car Manual – by having your specific car manual on hand, you can learn exactly what your car needs and and get the appropriate parts. By knowing this information, you can then implement tip number twelve below.

7. Sign up for Roadside Assistance – one of the easiest and simplest ways to get peace of mind while on the road, is to sign up for roadside assistance. This annual service usually costs about $40 to $60 dollars and nets you many benefits, including: towing, lock out, tire changes, batter changes and even gas delivery. Well worth the small annual fee.

8. Share Deals with Friends – did you know that many times, by referring friends and family to other merchants you can get a great deal or discount. Lots of merchants do this online and will clearly display it on their website. This is what we’ve seen: Refer a friend and get a free oil change. Refer a friend and get 20% off your next service.

9. Price Compare – as we noted above, one good way to save on car costs is to get a hold of the digital copy of your car manual and download it to your phone. This way when an unexpected expense takes place, you can look up the car part quickly on your mobile – and do some price comparisons. This is a little known but smart way to save on car expenses.

There you have it. Nine excellent ways to save on car costs using your cell phone. What can you add? Tell us below in the comment area.

Guest article brought to you by Cassandra Milestone who writes for http://www.ExpertInsuranceReviews.com.

Three Fascinating Cars

Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, there is a team of people working on the concept behind an automobile capable of taking flight. Automobiles have come a long way since the famous Model T. One of the greatest things about being car lover is that we will always have something to look forward to. The ingenuity and passion that drives the automobile industry has produced everything from the Model T to the first fully electric vehicle, from duds to wonders and everything in between. There is never a dull moment in the world of cars.

Jay Leno’s Steam Cars

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Late night staple Jay Leno is one of the biggest car collectors in the US. He owns close to 100 cars—and nearly as many motorcycles! Leno’s car collection is a cross section of the history of the automobile, including everything from early 20th century prototypes to the latest electric vehicles and everything in between. Leno owns twenty two steam powered vehicles. The crown jewel of his steam car collection is the 1906 Stanley Steamer. Steam engines were created around 100 years before combustion engines, with steam powered cars making their first appearance in the latter part of the 19th century. In 1906 The Stanley Steamer captured the world land speed record, clocking in at an astonishing 127 mph. The steam engine car had one major problem, and that is that it sometimes took up to the thirty minutes to start! The introduction of the electric starter in 1912 marked the beginning of the end of the steam car. Leno is frequently spotted driving his steam cars in the Los Angeles area—he was even pulled over for speeding at one point!

The Worst Car Ever Made?

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First rolled in out in East Germany in 1958, the Trabant holds the honor of being a frequent addition to worst cars of all-time list. The Trabant reflected the overall mood of the cold war era East Germany—sullen. The Communist political system of East Germany favored control over innovation, making for a less than optimal environment for creativity in automobile manufacturing. The Trabant has the distinction of being one of the only cars in history with a body made out of cardboard. Granted the Trabant’s cardboard was compressed and sealed with a plastic resin, but cardboard is cardboard. The Trabant’s two-cylinder, two-stroke engine was notoriously unreliable and had a habit of producing billowing clouds of black smoke—sometimes inside the car. As if that weren’t bad enough, Trabant models often didn’t bother to include turn signals, break lights or rearview mirrors. The Trabant was a mainstay in East Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall, mainly due to the fact that there weren’t many other cars available for purchase. Residents of East Germany were stuck with the Trabant until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1998, when a large number of Trabant owners abandoned their vehicles after passing into West Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall brought a merciful end to the Trabant, with production stopping in 1990.

A Truly Exclusive Lamborghini

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Buyers of the 2007 Lamborghini Reventón Convertible Roadster shelled out in excess of $1.7 million dollars to own what was at the time the most expensive street-legal vehicle available. The Reventón was limited to a lifetime production of just fifteen vehicles, all of which were snatched up before the car officially went on sale. With looks that mirror a fighter jet, the convertible Reventón looks every bit as expensive as it is. Covered in a glass hood, the V12 650-hp engine is capable of doing 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. The Reventón has a max-speed somewhere in the area of 205 mph. There are few vehicles in the world that can go toe to toe with this beast on an open road; a driver in Dubai is said to have pushed the Reventón to an astounding 221 mph. The interior of the Reventón features a unique g-force meter that measures drive forces, liquid crystal displays and a slick blend of black leather and brown Alcantara. Similar to the convertible model, the hardtop version was limited to a production of just twenty one, with one model going to the Lamborghini museum. All twenty hardtop models were sold before the Reventón made its first public appearance. How is that for exclusive?

From the good to the bad and the bizarre to the boring, the history of cars is a fascinating study of human innovation and engineering. The future of the automobile is an exciting mystery, but one thing is for: it will be a fun ride the whole way.

Sources:

http://societyschoicemagazine.com/archives/1573
http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/08/17/us-autos-germany-trabant-life-greenbiz-idUSTRE57G38Y20090817
http://sportcar5.blogspot.jp/2009/10/lamborghini-reventon-roadster-v12.html

5 Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

How many times have you ever gone on a road trip without food? Probably never! It is the road trip custom that we have adopted as a culture to snack while on the road. You have probably had a variety of chips, sandwiches, and jerky to keep yourself occupied while on your journey. Well here are some snacks that are easy to prepare for your road trip. There are also a few that you can find at just about any gas station!

Fruit
Slice up some apples. Peel a few oranges. Bring some grapes and strawberries. These are all wonderful snacks while you are on the road. If you really do not want to put any effort into it just bring some bananas. Make sure you bring a grocery sack to throw away all of your accumulated trash.

Nuts
These guys are filled with protein and are very healthy. You can find them not just in your grocery store but also in just about every gas station out there. Go ahead and go nuts over nuts! Just stay away from corn nuts… they produce bad breath and are not healthy.

Jerky
Jerky is one of my favorite snacks when it comes to road trips. Thankfully they are also pretty healthy for you. I have to admit they do produce a bit of bad breath but if you bring some gum or mints you should be fine. Just don’t go overboard.

Trail Mix
These are just awesome. It is the perfect mixture of all the things listed above. Make sure that you do not include things like Doritos or other unhealthy snacks. If you are just dying to have a bit of unhealthy things in your trail mix go ahead and include a few M&Ms or chocolate chips. It won’t kill you.

These are all wonderful snacks to take on your road trip. Make sure you also pack plenty of liquids. I would honestly stay away from Gatorade and stock up on coconut water (hydrates better while you are not sweating; if you sweat then drink Gatorade). Keep your stuff in coolers to keep them fresh. Drive safe, get and oil change, and check the tire pressure! Check out these security systems that can keep your home safe while you are away. We got Garland home security. So worth it. Set a budget for your trip and have fun!

About the Author: Jose Rodriguez is a writer, gamer, and comic book fan. You can follow him on Twitter!

What it Takes To Go On Vacation Worry Free

Being someone who runs their own business and works 2 other jobs it’s a bit difficult to really let go of everything in order to go on vacation. I’m planning on heading out to California in a couple weeks and plan to be completely worry free. So here are my steps to going on vacation worry free.

Start planning a month in advance

All my business operate on deadlines and different things so planning in advance is a must so I can not worry about working while I’m on vacation. I carefully find out when my deadlines are during my vacation and which ones take place immediately after my vacation. I then make sure I block out some extra time each day in order to make sure I have time to get all of these done. I don’t want to come home and have to rush to finish 3 or 4 projects.

Plan out Finances

I also figure out my finances for a month out of my vacation so I don’t take a huge hit whenever I take 10 days off from work and then have a ridiculously low paycheck. It doesn’t knock me off, it’s simply planning a budget. On a side note: I also budget extensively for my trip so I can save up money in the weeks leading up to the trip.

Plan out Vacation

Spontaneous road trips are definitely fun and have their place, but the one problem I consistently have with them is that it’s hard to make it happen when you have no idea where your going, where your staying, and what you are doing while on that vacation. It’s good to have at least a little bit of structure using whatever apps or online resources available, that way, you’re not blindly just going somewhere hoping that you find something cool to do, or that this sight is open to the public.

Secure your Home

My family had a home alarm system when I was younger that would immediately send a police squad car out to the location if the company knew you were out of town. That was a feature that really helped us have peace of mind. In todays world you can do a lot more with your home security system. A friend of mind has a home security system out in Rockwall, Tx and he is able to monitor his cameras and set the alarm all from his iPhone. No more turning around thinking that you forgot about setting it.

The main point of all this is to carefully plan out every facet of your vacation in order to enjoy a stress free trip.

JD Gonzales a writer for Smith monitoring. He is also an expert audio and video production specialist, designer, & content marketer. Connect with him: TwitterFacebookInstagramVSCO Grid, & LinkedIn.

21st-Century Home Security for the Masses

What is a person supposed to do when they reach the front door and the keys are MIA? In the past, you might have looked under a rock for backup or called someone. Today, the world is becoming more reliant on gadgets for everything. A small company has come up with a 21st-century solution to this dilemma — possibly making the traditional key obsolete.

Lockitron

Lockitron has developed a system that allows people to open a deadbolt using a smartphone. It’s a logical step in the evolution of keyless entry access, but also a device the company hadn’t been able to market. When the Lockitron creators received a less enthusiastic response from crowdfunding site Kickstarter, they decided to take their innovative idea a different direction.

To gauge the potential of the project, they started a website to take pre-orders. They met the initial goal of $150,000 within the first 24 hours. Days later, they were an Internet success with more than a million in pending orders.

Smartphones are Automating Homes

Auto-locks will be the next step in a progression toward home automation using smart technology. From appliance management to environmental controls to in-house plant maintenance, smartphone apps are taking over the household. Some of these locks use a remote keypad to open the door or a toggle button like cars. The Lockitron device is different. It picks up the signal from a phone and unlocks the door automatically when it’s close enough.

The Goji Smart Lock goes a step further and combines other security features with the Lockitron. The device snaps an image of the user, for example, and has a display that reads information from the digital key like an assigned name. The system works with a Bluetooth connection.

A Unikey, a small and easy-to-use keyboard for Windows, also takes keyless entry even further than Goji. This novel lock reads your fingerprint to open the door. Users simply touch it, and it recognizes you.

DIY Security

Homeowners reluctant to sign a security contract have more options than ever. Options for DIY home security offer surveillance, alarms and wireless technology without a long commitment. You can set up ways to manage things around the house yourself utilizing your phone. For example, secure your computer to keep prying eyes out when you’re away from the keyboard. With the proper set up, you can unlock the system with Bluetooth and access the files remotely to.

It’s possible to build your own Bluetooth lock that allows you to enter a PIN code into your phone to open the door. It requires building a specialized mechanism that uses Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform, a power supply and a few other components. It’s not as fancy as Lockitron, but it does get the job done.

Is It Safe?

At this point, the smart reader is wondering what keeps a hacker from opening an auto-lock. These devices work using cryptographic keys and near-field communication. That means the phone has to be close to the lock to disengage.

Keyless entry has been around for cars since the ’80s. Smartphones are bring this technology to the masses, so you may never have to worry about losing keys again.

About the Author: Raymond Gruber is either in the garage tinkering with his solar generator and electric car, or online researching clean energy resources. Freelance writing allows him to combine his love of learning and research with making a difference in the clean energy movement.

Image by Lee Haywood pursuant to the terms of his Creative Commons license.

Las Vegas: #EDM Has a New Home, Hakkasan!

Hakkasan Las Vegas opened in April of 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel.  Hakkasan is a modern Cantonese restaurant that offers a unique dining concept. This concept is a vibe that elaborates into a nightclub. Unique of it’s kind, this is the only restaurant/nightclub that is complete with #EDM DJ’s.  Hashtag EDM I’ll get back to that in a second.  Hakkasan has ten locations on several continents;a select few are scheduled to open later this year.  Vegas is the only one with the club experience. London is the parent restaurant and has received the prestigious Michelin Star of dining. The head Chef is Ho Chee Boon.  In order to keep the tradition of the original Hakkasan and keep intact all future restaurants, specifically Las Vegas, Chef Boon flew his understudies from China as well as his specified cooking equipment.  In addition, he delayed the opening by thirty days to make sure that all his woks in the kitchen were properly broken in for the maximum cooking taste.

Here are the facts about this establishment: located at 3799 Las Vegas Blvd in the MGM Grand Hotel replacing the original club Studio 54, Hakkasan is 80,000 sq feet, five levels, LED screens, an Asian inspired garden complete with waterfall, decent size VIP booths equipped with every cell phone charger imaginable, drawers to hold the VIP partier’s belongings, an exclusive mezzanine area equipped with its own DJ which they spin Top 40 and or hip-hop.  The construction and decorations alone cost $1 million. Hakkasan’s decor is exquisite with an Asian influence, complete with sleek lines of sophisticated style.

The significance about Hakkasan is that NO other venue exists like this on the Las Vegas strip. The backstory on why Hakkasan truly exists came about as a revenge story.  As legend has it, a wealthy businessman from the middle east two years ago visited the hottest club on the strip (at that time) and he got denied access to the table he wanted. So basically he sought out to teach them a lesson and built his own nightclub and wanted to take all their DJ’s.  Low and behold to what is now Hakkasan Las Vegas.  This gentleman is an investor of the Hakkasan establishments via from the middle east. His idea of expanding the Hakkasan experience of fine dining which oozes into a nightclub is the only of it’s kind, and throughout the other Hakkasan locales.

As for hashtag EDM.  Now for those of us who have been fans of electronica music before EDM became #EDM. We know that yes, Tiesto has been ranked the number one DJ in the world for years on the world charts. It’s only fitting Tiesto is at Hakkasan in Las Vegas. The significant part about Hakkasan, is that they paid $70 million on their entertainment. Hakkasan has only been open since April of this year.  The impressive DJ lineup includes: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, Bambi, Bingo Players, Dada Life, Fergie DJ, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Nervo, Quintino, R3HAB, Bob Sinclar, Tommy Trash, and Michael Woods.  Hakkasan did a stellar job of having the best talent take up residence.  The club has what they call “model servers” who cater to the VIP guests in which they change outfits throughout the night.  When DJ Steve Aoki performs they have a specific outfit for him that he designed.  Hakkasan Las Vegas is paving the way for a phenomenal concept. I couldn’t think of a better place than Vegas to put the Hakkasan restaurant/nightclub.  World class clubbing at it’s finest.  Tiesto, Harris, Aoki and dim sum under one roof: a must see.

For more info visit www.hakkasanlv.com and @HakkasanLV for Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Essential Tips to Look After Your Sunglasses

Sunglasses can encapsulate the epitome of cool and make a bold fashion statement – particularly if you’re sporting a pair of Ray-Bans or Oakleys. But what good are they if you don’t look after them properly?

Avoid the usual inconveniences of poorly-looked-after sunnies, scratched lenses, and broken arms, and keep yourself looking cool with a properly maintained pair of shades.

Taking Care of the Lenses

It’s a common dilemma that all bespectacled folk have attempted to resolve at some time in our lives. There’s a bit of dirt or a smudge on your lens, so you exhale a mouthful of fog onto the lens and wipe the debris away with your shirt. It’s a two-fold bad idea.

First, you’re cleaning your sunnies with your shirt. Secondly, you could accidentally rub your lenses with a polyester or Lycra blend – abrasive fabrics which can diminish the anti-glare coating or worse, scratch your lenses beyond repair.

Gently massaging the lens with good quality linen, cotton, or microfibre cloth is the only gentle touch it needs, and it works wonders.

Spit Is No Substitute

If you don’t have the proper lens cleaner or solution, don’t use any old water-based substitute; spit and Scrumpy simply won’t do the trick. The best thing to do is to wet your lenses in a sink with warm water and pump hand soap on the lenses – detergents are particularly effective and gentle and lubricate the lenses to remove debris and dirt. And because the soap is water soluble, it leaves no residue, so you can wipe any excess water away with a paper hand towel.

Hard and Soft Cases

The reality is that no sunglasses are damage proof, so ideally you should invest in an effective protective case. A good case is the perfect solution to keeping your sunglasses safe – when said glasses aren’t resting snugly on your face, of course. There are two types of protective cases: hard and soft.
As the name suggests, hard cases protects your sunglasses from virtually anything – not only dust, sand, water, and other inconveniencing muckiness, but also from accidental falls. And we’ve all sat down and wondered where we left our glasses, only to realise that we’re sitting on them. Only now, the arm’s all bent and the lens has popped out. That’s why you need hard, durable cases for hard, durable situations.

Soft cases are perfectly fine for protecting your shades from water, sand, and dust, but obviously don’t possess the robustness of hard cases and won’t protect them from any mechanical damage. Soft cases are effective at preventing the lenses from getting scratched, unless you’re particularly cautious about where you put them.

They’re also a little more practical than hard cases as they take up less space, plus they can be more easily carried around in your pocket – although both types of cases come with belt rings so you can strap them to your waist.

Dirty Nose

The surface of the nose pads on your sunglasses are usually made from a special plastic or acetate that generally makes them pretty resistant to natural facial oils and dirt. Dirt can, however, get secreted between the nose pads. If this happens, soap them for a few hours in warm water to loosen the residue build-up, then gently brush away the unwanted dirt with a soft bristle brush or toothbrush.

On And Off

And it may sound like teaching your granny to suck eggs, but it’s best to use both hands when putting on and taking off your sunglasses. When you put them on, gently grasp the frame arms of your glasses with equal pressure and carefully slide them on, lifting them to our ears. Use the same grip to remove them, sliding them up and forward.

Can you think of any other effective ways of looking after your sunglasses? Share in the comments.

Author Bio: Susannah Perez is a passionate fashion and beauty blogger. She recommends Discounted Sunglasses.

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A Quick Look on What Companies Examine in Background Checks

For employers, finding the right individuals for certain job openings can be quite a challenge. After they have found aspirants that could complement available jobs, they need to perform background checks to make sure that they will hire the right individuals. This is important because the company’s name, reliability, and success are at stake.

Some may consider it as invasion of privacy, but it should be noted that such precautionary measure is important and presents a win-win situation for employers and employees.

Employers can obtain the right set of individuals who will excel in the field they wherein they will be placed and employees will have a safe working environment that is free of office violence and other related issues.
A vast majority of companies out on the market hire the services of third party background report entities to conduct the said precautionary measure, click here.

Potential employers need to fill out required forms with utmost honesty since failure to do so can give the impression that they are dishonest and may lose the chance to land their dream job.

Below are some of the things are included in background checks:

Criminal Record

Background report personnel will check out the history of applicants to find out if they have any criminal record. It includes details concerning any kind of conviction or felony and even charges like sex offenses, driving violations, and arrests without conviction, among others.

Professional Information

Employment history that includes position, job description salary, date of hiring and resignation, among others are some of the basic things will be thoroughly checked.
In the process, applicants need to provide two to three reference persons who will confirm their level of professionalism.

Credit and Financial Status

During background investigations, the credit report of applicants will be analyzed by taking a look at mortgages, debts, tax liens, civil judgements, and charge offs.
This is important because many employers need to make sure that the individuals that they will hire will not be prompted to perform misdeeds while performing their job because of financial problems.

Conclusion
As stated above, the key to finishing any kind of background check in short period and landing one’s dream job is to answer questions with honesty and sincerity.
Any kind of false data will not only affect the possibility of getting employed, but also their overall reputation and ruin their chances of becoming successful in the corporate, business, or economic field, among others.

Interview Transcription: A General Overview

Interview transcription has become a fast growing sector in the transcription field. For those who are unfamiliar with it, it is the process of turning video or audio recordings into text format. At present, there are a myriad of companies out there that provide the said service, click here.

Reasons why Interview Transcription Became Popular

Transcription providers have become rampant nowadays because of a myriad of reasons. For one, interviews are performed in the fields of business, education, media, and healthcare among others.

It is a must for the said interviews to be recorded and then stored for future use. Some of the most reputable transcription service providers accommodate services that pertain to research interviews, job interviews, telephone interviews, marketing interviews, and other kinds of interviews.

Transcription companies play essential roles in the business sector where personal interviews are conducted on a regular basis. The accounts of the interviews are recorded and then afterwards transcribed by service providers to analyse the skills as well as the knowledge of candidates or even interviewees.

Also, countless companies release new products in a timely basis and the customer care personnel of the said entities interview customers so that they can have an idea of their feedback and comments.

The information that will be obtained in the process are then recorded and then documented for future product studies. Such simple measure can contribute to the growth of business entities.

The Growth of Interview Transcription

In the 21st century, the number of interview transcription service providers has grown drastically. This is because the services that they offer are specifically designed to help individuals who need help with regard to the said matter.

Also, the fact that many of them charge very affordable rates has made them attractive to potential clients with limited funding. Because of this, even research students who need to present their thesis or dissertation papers can hire their services and discuss the said paperwork with experienced practitioners in the education field.

Conclusion

However, despite the benefits that transcription service providers bring, it should be reminded that they are not created equal. Some of them have subpar equipment that cause background noises to protrude important spoken words and achieve recordings that are of poor quality.

Taking the above mentioned factors into consideration, interested parties who want to obtain the best interview transcripts that suit their needs and requirements should exert effort and compare different companies. It should be noted that some of the best interview transcription companies have state-of-the-art equipment that are essential when it comes to producing exceptional transcripts.

“Get Street Smart” Episode 3 – How To Improve The Safety Of Drivers

Safety is paramount in vehicles, and there is no greater feeling than knowing that the car you own is equipped to keep you as safe as possible. As numerous studies and safety procedures that have been carried out on Formula One cars have shown, the seat is paramount in ensuring safety, but also comfort for long races.

“Get Street Smart” has taken these studies forward and is back again this time with a video giving us a clear understanding about the importance of seats made for each driver, which keeps the driver secure in place within the vehicle.

Ensuring that the Formula One driver is safe means that the driver must not move and should be strapped in as securely as possible. If the driver were to move whilst seated, they would find it difficult to identify whether the car, the wheels or themselves are actually moving, meaning that safety is compromised. With the absorption features of the seat, the driver is able to focus and perform at the highest possible level. Maintaining proper positioning of the spine and head ensures that on impact the seat will protect the driver.

Money is no object when it comes to driving and competing in Formula One, but can these special seats be implemented on a commercial road car vehicle? Unlike Formula One cars, the commercial road car manufacturers try to save as much money as possible and it is commonly argued that instead of spending time on ways to save money, they should in fact try improve the safety of their drivers. As mentioned previously, the high caliber seats in Formula One provides the ultimate protection and safety and commercial road cars should take note.

Proper positioning of the driver is vital and commercial road car manufacturers should constantly study and provide new ways to ensure that the driver is not only comfortable, but safe if ever there is an accident. Just like in Formula One where each seat is different and is made specifically to the driver, commercial road vehicles should offer the same, especially high caliber vehicles. A way to do this is when purchasing a car direct from the manufacturer, there should be the option of making the seat to fit all your needs, ensuring proper spinal and head positioning.

The importance of a headrest should never be overlooked, and it is so important that the head rest is placed in the proper position, so that if there was an impact, your head and neck will be safe, allowing you to stay clear of any spinal injuries. With the differing heights of drivers, there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to safety in the car.

Dental Care Suggestions That Can Greatly Improve Your Smile

Kids Dentist in St. AugustineCan you feel as if you are much less educated about dentistry as you ought to be? Well, then it is time to do a little bit of reading! You’re about to learn some great facts about dental work so you may use them to assist you out.

After brushing your teeth, you should consistently remember to rinse your toothbrush out with water. When keeping your brush, strive to locate a storage container that will let your brush to remain erect and air dry. Should you put your wet brush into a container with a lid, bacteria has an easier time to grow.

Flossing is equally as important as brushing your teeth. Should you not floss after every meal, bacteria will build up between your teeth and damage them. Take a couple of minutes to floss after you eat, and you’ll see a huge difference. Your teeth will appear whiter after several months of flossing on a normal basis.

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Eat fresh fruit as opposed to dried fruit to preserve your teeth’s health. Dried fruit sticks to your teeth, exposing them to more sugar and resulting in more cavities. If you have to eat dried fruit, be certain to brush, floss and rinse as quickly as possible after eating so you cut down the risk of cavities.

Dental hygiene is significant, even should you not have any natural teeth. Just like you’d brush your teeth, be sure that you brush your dentures. It’s also important to brush your tongue or utilize a tongue scraper, which likewise eliminates bacteria that cause bad breath.

Don’t speed through brushing your teeth. Brushing may already be a part of your regular routine, but a lot of them still race through it. Don’t be one of these folks. Take your own time when brushing your teeth. Do not just go through the motions. Be sure you are brushing thoroughly and for, at least, a complete minute.

Request word of mouth referrals from relatives and friends when seeking a great dentist. You may learn a great deal about a dentist by speaking with the folks he cares for, like how he interacts and how mild he is. Additionally, inquire about their dentist’s fiscal practices that will help you make the correct choice.

Do you believe that you now can handle dentistry in a brand new light? It’s time to show the whole world your smile and that you understand more about teeth. It’s a really important issue, and you would be happy that you simply have read through all of this info.

We try to create a positive, long-term bond with all our patients. Our dentists are all fully-qualified pediatric dentists in St. Augustine. To become qualified in this specialty, each dentist has undergone an extra two years of residency after completing dental school.

Best Ways To Fix Your Car And Make Sure It Remains On The Road

old-carsHaving the power of knowledge in your hands concerning auto repairs is nothing to take lightly. They could appear at just about any certain time, and they are able to actually irritate and side track all the events in your lifetime. Still, together with the knowledge you are about to read, you’ll now have the ability to handle those situations much better.

It isn’t legal for a mechanic to begin working in your car before you formally authorize them all to do so, usually by signing a contract. Be careful what you authorize the mechanic to do. You should just sign files that contain a comprehensive record of the required repairs as well as their costs.

Referrals are 1 of the greatest methods to locate an acclaimed auto mechanic. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask your family members and friends for their recommendations. You’ll learn about a mechanics quality of work, their cost, and complete satisfaction. They could allow you to know if they had a great experience and either or not the mechanic was trustworthy and reliable.

Search for warning signs that repair mechanics may give off. Should they prevent your questions or give you the run around, they might not be dependable. It’s significant that you simply trust the individual that’s fixing your automobile, and in case you don’t, then go somewhere else.

Take action should you consider a garage or car dealer ripped you off. Notify one of the supervisor and provide them an opportunity to issue a refund. If you’re still not satisfied, contact the local Better Business Bureau to file a charge. Your city or state consumer affair office too is a great resource.

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Recognize the way the repair shop you’re considering charges before signing any agreements. Some stores will charge a set fee for job, while others base it off of time. Some will choose for original components, though others will use generics. Understand what you have ahead of you before being liable.

Wash and wax your vehicle on a pretty regular basis. This can prevent it entirely from becoming eroded. Lots of people go get paint jobs to cover the process of erosion. You can avoid needing to pay for this should you make sure that the automobile is very well taken good care of.

Have a repair shop in your mind before you run into trouble. Should you wait until an emergency, you might wind up going with a shady mechanic who’s suitable because you’re distressed. Ask friends for a mechanic that has a great standing. Then whenever you run into repair difficulties, you can trust you will not be ripped off.

Don’t self diagnose complex auto repair problems. Remember that you are not a professional. So what can appear like it is easy to repair may be a lot harder, particularly in case that the automobile is newer. Permit the vehicle store diagnose it. Tell them everything you can concerning the problem, but allow them all to ascertain the reason.

Ensure you take this guidance to heart as you keep along. Smile understanding you have what it takes next time your vehicle makes the decision to take a rest. You can confidently say “no more” and work towards the most effective remedy. Remember to keep learning more about vehicle repairs so you remain present.

Colonial Auto Auction has 27 years of experience as a reputable auction house in the Upper Marlboro area. With our expert knowledge of the auto industry, we provide our potential buyers with professional and well-organized auto auctions in Upper Marlboro.

Ford F150 Crushes Camry, Named Most American in 2013

As reported by CBS in Atlanta, 2013 is the year that Ford F150 has climbed to the top of the list for most American built and American loved vehicle of the year! For the past 4 years the most American motor vehicle as judged by Cars.com’s annual “Most American” list has been… the Japanese carmaker, Toyota’s Camry!

Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little.

Yes, it turns out that for the last 4 years, despite a taxpayer/government rescue of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009, on a list that judges the “American-ness” of vehicles based on domestic parts content, domestic sales and location of manufacture, the Japanese have actually been beating American brands at being American. Wake up GM and thank you Ford.

Finally, an American brand is back on top, leading the way at building and manufacturing cars in America. The Ford F-150 has led the list in the past, but lost the leadership position as the percentage of domestic parts content had fallen. For the last two years, the domestic parts in a Ford F-150 have been about 75% and domestic sales of F-Series trucks have been through the roof. Maybe karma, maybe improved branding, I like to think it’s both. Definitely is great to see one of our American treasures, Ford Motor Company as strong as ever and setting the bar for building in America.

If you’re feeling a streak of American pride and would like to spend an afternoon driving the iconic F-150, we recommend Sandy Springs Ford in Atlanta for respectful sales including upfront pricing and affordable transport to anywhere in the USA.

Regarding the list, we still have a ways to go. Only 5 of the top 10 most American vehicles are American brands and Toyota still has 4 models represented.

“Ford’s top ranking this year is good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back,” says Cars.com, Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Olsen.

In fact, this year marks the first time since the creation of the list that American brands have claimed 2 of the top 3 spots with the Dodge Avenger earning 3rd place. Cars com has created some angst in the industry by creating a “Most American” list that includes foreign manufactures, but Patrick Olsen says that was the point.

“There are a lot of cars that we felt because they had such a big manufacturing presence in the U.S., we weren’t sure consumers were aware how many of these cars were being built here.”

Clearly Cars.com and Patrick Olsen have forgotten all about Pearl Harbor.

All kidding aside, hold your nose, here is the actual list:

Most American Vehicles of 2013

  1. Ford F150
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Dodge Avenger
  4. Honda Odyssey
  5. Toyota Sienna
  6. Chevrolet Traverse
  7. Toyota Tundra
  8. GMC Acadia
  9. Buick Enclave
  10. Toyota Avalon

According to Olsen, “Buying American isn’t necessarily the key decision maker for every car shopper; however a study we conducted in 2012 indicated that 25 percent of shoppers surveyed preferred to buy American.”

If that is true, then it’s not just GM, American’s need to wake up too. We did not build Route 66 and the American dream of the open road so Toyota could monetize it for us. We should be dumping foreign cars like bra’s in the 70’s, and nothing is more American than a Ford F150.

Big thanks to Cars for pointing that out.

This commentary was created on behalf of Sandy Springs Ford, a Ford President’s Award Winning new and used car Ford dealership in Atlanta, GA. Connect with us on Google+ here or on Facebook.

7 Common Traits that Every Successful Entrepreneur Has

Starting up a business is hard work, requiring an extraordinary amount of work and commitment. In order to succeed, there are several characteristics an entrepreneur should have.

Ambition

Starting up a business certainly is not easy; it takes an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and dedication.  It is a constant battle to win new business and acquire more market share. Therefore, the successful entrepreneur must have ambition. He must have a clear vision and he must be dedicated to the realization of that vision, willing to put in long hours and make personal sacrifices.

Resilience

The process of starting up and running any kind of business is of course fraught with trials and tribulations. However, a successful entrepreneur never accepts defeat in face of a setback. Rather, he perseveres to overcome obstacles and is resilient in dealing with problems, able to adapt and develop creative solutions.

Passion

The successful entrepreneur must love what he does. He must lead his business with enthusiasm and passion. As previously mentioned, starting up a new business is taxing, emotionally, personally, and financially. Therefore in order to succeed an entrepreneur must be highly motivated. And passion serves as one of the most effective forms of motivation. When an individual truly loves what they are doing, they are all the more devoted to it, willing to put in 100% of their effort 100% of the time.

Flexibility

When implementing a new vision, oftentimes not everything goes exactly as planned. The successful entrepreneur needs to value flexibility and he needs to know how to adapt. This also means that a successful entrepreneur is never afraid to fail.  Should something not work, whether a new employee or a specific kind of business plan, he needs to have the flexibility to move on and head in another direction.

Leadership

When it comes to running a business, effective leadership is absolutely essential. Therefore, the successful entrepreneur needs to be a highly adept leader. He should be able to effectively manage his business, delegating tasks and dividing labor. But beyond that, the successful entrepreneur also needs to be inspirational as a leader. He needs to be able to inspire those working for him to ensure that they believe in his vision as much as he does.

Creativity

All in all, a good idea is the cornerstone of any successful business. Therefore the successful entrepreneur must have good, creative ideas, and ideally he should have lots of them. He should be original and resourceful, able to innovate and invent, constantly driven to develop new ideas and improve upon existing processes.

Humility

Successful entrepreneurs certainly don’t achieve success alone. Rather, a social and professional network has often supported them through the trials and tribulations of developing a business. The successful entrepreneur accepts help from others, and acknowledges this help humbly and gracefully.

William Johnson is an aspiring entreprenuer. He is also one of the contributors to Mark Cuban‘s website, http://www.mark-cuban.net

Scion Car Culture: A Closer Look At A Slice Of Americana

The Toyota Scion has come quite a long way since its original debut in 2002 and shows no sign of slowing down. The automobile has been noted for its reliability, affordability, performance, visual appeal and its appeal to young drivers. Toyota has managed to create their own car culture with an automobile that’s one of the most customizable on the market today. So where did the story all start, where is it now and where is it going?

The Inception

The very first Scion models were the xA hatchback and the xB wagon, both of which went on sale in 2003. After that came the sports coupe, the tC. In 2012, the tC was the most popular automobile for drivers between 16 and 35. The tC was also noted as being the most popular with young drivers in 2011. Eye-catching features include a panoramic glass moon roof, 18-inch alloy wheels and sport bucket seats.

The 2013 tC

Other features of the tC include a 16-valve 4-cylinder engine capable of giving 180 horsepower and roughly 175 lb-ft of torque. Motorists also enjoy how fuel efficient the tC is, offering nearly 30 mpg. The car also boasts keyless entry, cruise control, power locks and windows, Bluetooth technology and audio controls right on the steering wheel.

Toyota didn’t skimp on safety features for the tC either. It comes complete with an advanced airbag system, active headrests and a tire pressure monitoring system. Drivers who are more concerned with style will take note of the chrome-tipped exhaust, leather-trimmed steering wheel, projector beam headlamps and LED lights on the turn signal indicators on the outside mirrors.

The 2007 xD

Fans of the hatchback are immediately drawn towards the Scion xD. The five-door hatchback subcompact car replaced the xA model and features an anti-lock breaking system, vehicle stability control and traction control as well. In 2009, the xD was the most reliable new automobile in all of the Unites States, with approximately 80% fewer problems than the average of other automobiles. The xD also received excellent scores as well in government crash tests. It’s estimated that there’s only a 15% chance of the car rolling over in one vehicle collision.

The 2012 FR-S

The new FR-S has one of the best-looking exterior designs of anything that Toyota has released yet. The flat-four low-mounted boxer engine has been a spot of contention with the new model even though it offers fantastic weight distribution and a low center of gravity.

Other noticeable features on the FR-S include an affordable rear-wheel drive platform, a lightweight body, well-balanced chassis, traction control, short-shifter six-speed and ultra-responsive paddle shifters. In usual fashion, the FR-S can be outfitted with a number of aftermarket features to make it more customizable to drivers who like to give their vehicles a more personal touch. While the FR-S won’t be the most least expensive sport compact car ever made, it will still be rather affordable. Several sources have revealed that it could sell for roughly $25,000.

In honor of their ten year anniversary, Scion has recently announced that they’ll be releasing their brand new 10 series. The limited edition line of cars will feature the very best mods that make up the absolute best of the brand.

The Scion has become one of the most popular automobiles on the market and has managed to consistently hold on to that title for a surprisingly long time. Maybe it’s the affordability factor, or it could be the way each model looks that makes it such a best-seller. It could also be the fact that they created a line of vehicles that are marketed mainly towards a younger demographic that boosts popularity. Whatever it is, it seems as though Toyota has managed to find their niche in the automobile industry, one that they’re constantly working on expanding and improving.

Article written by Nathan Roberson of The Marketing Robot, Follow Nathan and his co-horts on Twitter @robthemarketer or add him to your circles on Google+

Are You Aware of Your Driving Habits?

In most places, we rely on driving as our number one form of transportation. I don’t live in a city that has sufficient public transportation that I can rely upon, and walking just isn’t plausible for me. So therefore, without my car, I am almost one hundred percent immobile. I drive several times every day for extended periods of time, so the activity isn’t anything new. Lately, however, I’ve been thinking about just how little I think of driving safety on a regular basis.

Distracted Driving
Driving as much as I do, it is very easy for me to become a little too comfortable behind the wheel. I will often find myself daydreaming and not paying as much attention as I should to the road. The crazy thing is that when I stop to think about it, driving is one of the most dangerous activities I do on a regular basis. I really should be sure to invest my undivided attention to the road when I’m behind the wheel because it only takes a short moment of distraction for something to go wrong. And I’m not even talking about texting or talking on the phone while driving.

It’s dangerous enough to be lost in thought or to be concentrating more on music than on the road. Imagine how much more dangerous it is when phone or even drug-use is added into the picture. I have just been thinking a lot lately about how driving isn’t taken seriously by too many individuals. Our culture has seen countless accidents caused by drunk drivers, drivers on their cell phones, drug use while driving, etc. The thing that angers me the most is that every accident caused by one of these reasons is an accident that absolutely could have been avoided without a doubt.

Driving Safety
We take precautions in mostly every aspect of our lives other than driving. We buy home alarm monitoring systems – I even signed up for a Kyle home security system myself. We are worried about the chance that someone else will come into our homes, but we are not nearly as concerned with putting our own life in danger by our own actions. I think it’s time that safe driving be taken seriously. If we would be responsible on the road, we could greatly reduce the number of injuries and deaths that have been needlessly inflicted on those around us.

About The Author: Rae Piazza is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Rae is also active on many social networking sites. Follow her on WordPressTwitter, & Poshmark!

3 Indicators That You it Might Be Time to Find a New Job

I am a mentor for teens and one of my teens just got their first job. They were so excited about the opportunity to finally make some money and buy the things they want without having to ask their parents for money. It reminded me of the feeling I had when I got my first job and the feeling I got every time I started a new job. Do you remember the initial excitement? Every one of us love our new job for a while but then we start to become dissatisfied after a while. Many of us realized that the company was headed a different direction from when you first joined the company, or many compensation plans were reduced, or maybe the management team isn’t doing a good job. There are many reasons why anyone would want a new job and there might be some indicators showing that it’s time for a new job. Indicators are helpful because they notify you of things that need to be known. For instance we chose Smith Monitoring because their home security system has an automated indicator that lets authorities know when there’s a fire or burglary in process even if I’m home. Smith Monitoring is an incredible company that specializes in alarm systems and Grand Prairie home security. This automated indicator helps me protect my home.  Let’s take a look at some indicators that might help us see that it’s time for a new job.

Indicator 1: Increasing stress and anxiety
Do you hate going to work? If you find yourself hating waking up to work and loving going home because you hate work then it might be time for you to find a career path that you enjoy. You spend a great chunk of your life at work and it’s important that you enjoy the environment you are working and the job that you’re doing.

Indicator 2: Compensation Cut
This is a very easy indicator to understand. People go to work to make money and if your hours and/or pay is getting cut then this might be another reason to leave your current employer.

Indicator 3: Unreasonable Expectations
Are you working with unreal expectations from your employer? Do you have production goals and expectations that just don’t measure up to what is actually possible to do the job well? One of the reasons that many people should leave their job is because they are working in an environment that demands a certain level of productivity that just is not possible to accomplish. You have to be honest with yourself when analyzing this question because many people are just lazy and not willing to put in the work needed to get the job done right and well.

You do not have to be happy with your employer. Your employer would probably want you to move on to do something you actually enjoy then to be miserable and continue working for the company you are in now. Your productivity will increase as you enjoy what you are doing.

About The Author: Katie Melendez is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Katie is also a wife, youth mentor, and a health nut. Follow her blogs for all current trends on home, health, and family.

How To Keep Your Clients Happy

Harmonious inter-personal relationships are not easy to maintain, and business-client relationships are no exception. Although to some business owners the importance of keeping their clients happy is obvious, others seem to overlook customer service while thinking that offering an excellent product will be sufficient to keep clients coming back. However, this is not the case, and failing to meet the standards of clients in this respect can result in large financial losses. If you own a business and are interested in developing strong and satisfactory ties with your clients, continue reading to learn some useful tips.

Be proactive

There simply is no reason why any business owner should wait until a problem arises to start looking for ways of solving it. Bear in mind that keeping clients happy is not just about solving problems, but also about preventing them. Also, remember that the fact that a client has not made a complaint or negative comment does not mean that they are 100 per cent satisfied. How can you anticipate problems and give your clients a space in which they can voice their concerns? Offering opportunities for client feedback can go a long way. And remember that asking for feedback and not acting on it is not a good strategy.

Communicate

When things go wrong, avoid being defensive and keep your clients informed at all times. Fluid and honest communication can help alleviate the tension created by common situations, like delayed deliveries or faulty products. And of course, you do not need to wait until something goes wrong to excel in this respect. Being approachable and keeping clients up to date is an essential business strategy.

Exceed expectations

You may offer a product or service that is very similar to that of a competitor. Once a client has chosen your company over others, how do you ensure that they stay loyal and happy? Go beyond their expectations and surprise them with things like free delivery service or the early completion of a job. Of course, you first need to find out and establish what your client expectations are (see the first tip).

Be accountable and offer solutions

Once a problem emerges, clients are often more interested in seeing how you handle it than in the issue itself. Ignoring a problem and hoping for the best will not give good results, but acknowledging responsibility and being accountable is likely to make a long-lasting and positive impression on clients. Offer solutions instead of excuses. Also, ensure that your clients are happy with the solutions that you suggest instead of simply assuming it. Whenever possible in order to position yourself ahead of your competitors, offer solutions that are above the norm.

According to Forbes, more than 85 per cent of buyers are willing to pay more for a product or service if they know that they can rely on the company providing great customer service. The Right Now Customer Experience Report for 2011 showed that up to 89 per cent of consumers had switched to a competitor following an unsatisfactory customer service experience. And yet, barely 40 per cent of the businesses surveyed by the 2012 Forrester Customer Experience Index were given a rating of “excellent” in terms of how they managed their business-client relationships. These figures present a great opportunity to all business owners. By following the tips mentioned above, your business can stand out among your competitors, you can create a solid and loyal client base, and you can keep your business growing.

Sources:
http://www.technicallymarketing.com/index.php/2013/05/10/the-importance-of-the-customer-experience-10-important-stats-for-2013/
http://www.rightnow.com/files/analyst-reports/RightNow_Customer_Experience_Impact_Report_North_America_2011.pdf http://blog.shoeboxed.com/how-to-keep-clients-happy/

Graham is a motivational speaker who knows a thing or two about keeping clients happy and engaged. His work finds him on the road in a variety of environments from hotels in reading to the sunny shores of Brighton!

The Ten Worst Cars For The Environment

Take a look at America’s roads today and you’ll see plenty of green vehicles on the roads. However, the conventional gasoline-powered car is still king on the tarmac. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Early Release Overview of the 2013 Annual Energy Outlook Report, alternative fuel vehicles, including gasoline/electric hybrids, Flex Fuel and E85 vehicles, consumed less than 5.7 percent of the total energy in fuel burned by light-duty vehicles.

While these green machines leave a light, if nonexistent footprint on the environment, the following ten vehicles go out of their way to make their mark. Within the EPA’s Combined Fuel Economy, Air Pollution (AP) Score and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Score categories, these vehicles boast the lowest scores for 2013:

Bugatti Veyron – It’s one of the most expensive cars in the world and also the worst polluter with a GHG score of 1 and an AP score of 5. It also gets a paltry 10 mpg combined. Fortunately, there are precious few on the road at any given time, thanks to their exclusiveness.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe – This exclusive coupe weighs in with a 15 mpg combined fuel economy, a GHG score of 3 and an AP score of 5.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – The C63 AMG’s scores are the same as the SLS AMG, with 3 GHG, 5 AP and a combined fuel economy of 15 mpg.

Chevrolet Suburban – This full-size SUV is a familiar offender when it comes to heavy fuel consumption and air pollution. Not only does it achieve a paltry 12 mpg, it also ranks poorly with 1 GHG and 5 AP thanks to its tailpipe emissions.

Toyota Tacoma – With 5 GHG, 4 AP and a combined mpg of 17, the Tacoma ranks as the dirtiest small pickup truck in the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s also a favorite of countless small pickup truck buyers.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan – The performance-oriented sports sedan makes the list with 2 GHG, 5 AP and an overall fuel economy of 14 mpg.

Ferrari FF – Ferrari’s exclusive four-seater GT sports car is also a profligate polluter and gas guzzler thanks to its 6.3-liter V12 engine. In addition to its 14 mpg fuel economy, it also sports a GHG score of 2 and an AP score of 5.

Maserati Quattroporte – The Italian luxury sedan’s performance-oriented V8 engine nets it a paltry 14 mpg, a GHG score of 2 and an AP score of 5.

Mercedes-Benz S600 – Mercedes’ largest luxury sedan is also one of the biggest polluters, with a GHG 2 score of and an AP score of 5. It also manages only 14 mpg.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – GM’s supercharged superstar rolls away with a GHG score of 2 and 5 AP, while achieving just 14 mpg combined.

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