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Five Tips for Better Business Advice 

Getting the best advice means knowing where the best advice comes from 

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Mark Richardson: Help your potential clients feel more confident

Confidence. Such a simple word but also a word that may have more to do with your success or failure than any other.


Hot elevation + Lean = Fast sales

The overriding principle of Lean Design is marketability. The winning combo is to make the home simple and efficient to build while having an…


Excuse me, sir…your PowerPoint sucks

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  Guy gets up to give a presentation.  Self-deprecating intro. Well-dressed.  Strong voice.…


Translation consternation

“I’ve got a 40-page company policy and about 40 Hispanic employees. Any advice when it comes to translation?” This question came at me during the Q…


Communicate your vision like Amazon.com's CEO

Wanted: Woman who could get me out of a third world prison. This is how Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com, articulated what he was looking…


5 keys to being a good salesman by Jerry Jones

In 2008 the Dallas Cowboys were the featured team on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is the reality documentary series that takes you behind the…


4 tips for the coming labor crunch

A CNN Money article this week elaborated on what many construction firms already know: good labor is now hard to find.  Some find this news…


The power of saying “No”

To a remodeling contractor, saying “no” to a potential client could possibly be the best decision you make for your company. A few years ago, I was…


How to use information to become indispensable

This thing will change your life.   It may appear to be another timemarking commodity.  It’s not.   This clock not only…


Socialize this

There’s a new business buzzword spreading like Strep Throat. I’m betting it’s still in the early adoption phase, but these viral epidemics (pandemics…

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