April 2017

Email Etiquette, More Than Just Manners

Email Etiquette, More Than Just Manners

We all understand the importance of good “people skills” when it comes to our interpersonal communication -it helps us get the results we need. our communication determines the opinion others have to us – knowledgeable or ignorant, pleasant or rude, professional or immature.

When it comes to email etiquette, it’s not as easy to control how others perceive us, and yet it’s even more important. Why? Because what you write and how you use email can affect whether your email gets delivered, read, or responded to – and what that response is!

15 Tips To Better Email Etiquette

  1. Think, Write and Think Again
    Email is a static, one-way channel – unlike live communication, there’s no way to get immediate feedback (from facial expressions or voice responses) to know if we are being effective or even understood. So think twice before hitting the send key.
  2. Use A meaningful Subject Line
    This is the first thing your reader sees. Use a subject that relates to the message you’re sending. Without a subject line your note will probably be seen as another piece of junk mail. Avoid generic words like “Hi” or “Check This Out”.
  3.  The Beginning And The End
    Always use a salutation, even if it’s short like “Hi”, or “Hello”, or “Dear”, Whatever works best for the intended recipient. Don’t forget the end of your message too! Always sign your messages with your name, and say “Thank You”, or “sincerely” or the like.
  4.  Protect Your Recipient Identity.
    If your email is being sent to just one person, use the “to:” field when your email is being sent to more than one person, use the “CC:” field. For email sent to multiple recipients when they don’t need to know who else you sent to, use the “BCC:” field.
  5. Give Memory A helping Hand
    When replying to emails, include a copy of the prior emails you’ve traded with the person on the topic, don’t just send a new message. It’s not always possible to remember every single ‘conversation’ you have had with every single person.
  6. Use The Read Receipt Sparingly
    In normal day-to-day activities you should not request a read receipt for every message you send. Not only is it annoying to the recipient, but don’t forget – just because they have received it doesn’t mean they have actually even read it.
  7. URGENT! The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
    Do not send all your messages as URGENT, or HIGH PRIORITY. If your messages marked that way, then eventually the red exclamation point loses it’s effectiveness – except to reinforce how important YOU think you are
  8.   Avoid Special Coding Or Formatting
    Don’t use colored email back grounds, colored fonts, special fonts, images or other “pretty” type of formatting to your messages. Keep them clean – this makes it easier for the intended recipient to read them and reply. They will also load faster!
  9. Don’t SHOUT at Your Recipient
    Typing in all caps is seen as yelling, or that you were just too lazy to use proper text formatting. It’s also hard on the eyes – it takes longer to read something written in all caps than it does to read something that is properly formatted.
  10. Proof, Spell-check And Proper Formatting.
    Poor writing skills are direct reflection on you! Spell checking will prevent most misspelled words, but you should always proof your email in case you’ve written the incorrect capitalization, punctuation and formatting.
  11. Take The Time To Send A Reply
    When someone emails you something that doesn’t need a direct response, follow up with them in a timely manner just to let them know you received it. It’s amazing how often people will ask for advice and not even reply with a short “Thank you”
  12. If They Didn’t Request It, Don’t Send It!
    You cannot email someone about your product/service without their permission. Unless they request that you send them an email, or you have previously done business with them an email, period. (Can-Spam Act)
  13. Compress, Compress, Compress!
    If you are sending an email with several large attachments, it is often better to send them in a few separate emails, so that you don’t send a document that is too large to even open. Or, you can try compressing your messages into a zipped file.
  14. Hoaxes As Helpful Hints.
    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do not forward everything that gets sent to you. If you receive one from a friend, reply to them (in a very nice way) and explain to them why this isn’t true, or ask them to stop forwarding them to you.
  15. Virus Or Virus Advice
    Many viruses are spread by email masquerading as warnings about – a virus! If you get a virus warning, which usually contains instructions for removing a virus… check google.com for that virus BEFORE doing anything. It’s likely a hoax.


The 9 Body Types

The 9 Body Types

  1. The Mediator
    What are others’ positions and external claims?
    I believe ‘I am peaceful and accommodating’ so i can avoid feeling discomfort, conflict and being dismissed.
  2. The Perfectionist
    What is right/wrong and correct/incorrect?
    I believe “I am correct and good” so i can avoid feeling bad or wrong.
  3. The Protector
    Where is the power in this situation?
    I believe “I am strong, fair and just” so i can avoid feeling vulnerable, weak and powerless.
  4. The Epicure 
    What are the stimulating possibilities and multiple options?
    I believe “I am okay” so i can avoid feeling pain and limitations
  5. The Giver
    What are the needs of significant people?
    I believe “I am helpful and giving” so i can avoid feeling unappreciated and rejected.
  6. The Loyal Skeptic
    What can go wrong? whom can i trust? What are the unspoken messages?
    I believe “I am loyal” so i can avoid feeling vulnerable and helpless.
  7. The Performer
    What tasks need to be done so i can achieve my goals?
    “I believe i am successful” so i can avoid feeling incompetent and losing face.
  8. The observer
    Will there be demands on my time, energy and resources?
    I believe “I am knowledgeable and calm” so i can avoid feeling inadequate and depleted.
  9. Individualist
    What is missing in me and this relationship? Will i be be seen and understood
    I believe “I am unique and special” so i can avoid feeling deficient and dispensable

The 9 Body Types

14 Tips From Stephen King’s On Writing

14 Tips From Stephen King‘s On Writing

  1. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:
    Read a lot and write a lot
  2. Stories consist of three parts
    Narration: Which moves the story from point A to point B
    Description: Which creates a sensory reality for the reader
    Dialogue: Which brings characters to life through their speech
  3. The Situation Come First.
    The characters – Always flat and unfeatured, to begin – come next
  4. Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like The Lord of the Rings, the work is always accomplished one word at a time 
  5. The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a What – If Question
  6. The best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event
  7. With a passive verb , something is being done to the subject of the sentence. The subject is just letting it happen. You should avoid the passive tense 
  8. Talk, whether ugly or beautiful, is an index of character
  9. Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s
  10. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Loudly, nastily, Slowly, Kindly, Softly.
  11. Never use ‘Emolument’ when you mean ‘tip’
  12. Set a daily writing goal. As with physical exercise, it would be best to set this goal low at first. I suggest a thousand words a day
  13. Call that one person you write for Ideal Reader. He or she is going to be in your writing room all the time
  14. If you can do it for joy, you can do it for ever.


A formula For Writing Thesis Statement

A formula For Writing Thesis Statement

First, thesis statements have three main elements:

  1. Your Position
  2. The Qualification
  3. The Reason

The Steps

  1. Determine your Topics
    What’s the general category of your essay? (for this example we will use school.)
  2. Determine Your Position
    What is the one thing about your topic that you believe is true? If you don’t know, take the time to map out your topic. (this Example: Schools have too many students.)
  3. Think Of A Qualification
    Is there a valid argument against your position? some questions that might help:
    A. Is what you say always true?
    B. Are there exceptions?
    C. Are there good reasons your position will have a downside?
    What reasons would your position have any problems, and can you admit them up front?
    (This Example: Although schools of over a thousand students have flourished in America…)
  4. Give The Reason
    Why do you think your position is correct in spite of your qualification? (This Example: Small school populations lend themselves to building a community of learners.)
  5. Put Them Together
    Arrange your steps in this order: 3+4+2 = Thesis
    (Qualification + Reason + Position = Thesis) This Example: Although schools of over a thousand students have flourished in America, small school populations lend themselves to building a good community of learners and therefore we should consider limiting school populations to a hundred.)

A Formular For Writting Thesis Statement

8 Simple Steps To Search Engine Optimization

8 Simple Steps To Search Engine Optimization

  1. Keyword Research
    You have to find out how people would search Google for your offer. You can start by using the Google Adwords Keyword Research Tool to find out how many people actually search Tool to find out how many people actually search for specific terms
  2.  Keyword Rich Domain
    Once you find out what terms people are searching for, try to get a related web address. This web address is known as your domain .Com is highly recommended. You will want your address to look like this: www.YOURKEYWORD.com
  3. The Right Platform: WordPress
    You can build your site anyway you choose. However, if you are looking for something both user And Google friendly – then you should choose WordPress. The plugins, ease of use and general search engine is a great advantage
  4. Permalinks
    Make sure you change your permalinks in your WordPress settings. This is key, you want to make sure your permalinks include post tittles. I like choosing a custom structures /%postname%/
  5. SEO Plugin
    One of the best things about WordPress is you can easily add functionality to your website through the use of plugins. Two of the most popular and helpful SEO plugins are: Yoast and All-In-One SEO Pack
  6. Quality Content 
    While there are ways to try and confuse Google, the reality is nothing will beat great original content. Remember to create your web content for your readers, make it something they would want to pass around. Content is king. Add it regularly
  7. Social Media
    For every piece of content you create, make sure you blast it to your social media sites. Twitter and Facebook are musts. This will not only help with SEO, it can directly boost your traffic.
  8. Backlinks
    The above steps should lead to some solid on-page SEO. While things are constantly changing in SEO circles, one thing to be sure of is that high quality backlinks to your website count! If you have some downtime, build quality links to your quality content!

8 Simple Steps To Search Engine Optimization

SEO Copywriting

SEO Copywriting

10 Tips For Writing Content that Ranks

  1. Write For Humans – Optimize For Robots
    Nobody wants to read SEO content, not even the search engines! Everything points to the fact that Google prefers natural content to obvious SEO stuff. Moreover, there’s no point in great rankings if your content doesn’t convert.
    So focus your flesh and bone target audience – but help the robots find your content.
  2. Forget About Keyword Density – Once And For All
    Keyword density is one of the most tenacious SEO myths out there. But there is nothing to indicate that Google favors a certain density over another. It’s important to use relevant keywords in your copy, but use them naturally. Cramming keywords in where they don’t belong will mostly likely do more harm than good
  3. Use Related Keywords, Synonyms & Grammatical Variations
    Google and other search engines use Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) to match search results to the intentions of the person performing the search. Using synonyms, related keywords and grammatical variations is an easy way to make your content more relevant – without stuffing the actual keyword into the copy.
  4. Use Google Tilde To Find Related Keywords
    If you add ~ before a keyword and perform a search, Google will show you a number of related keywords at the bottom of the page that Google finds relevant in relation to your query. Use these keywords to increase the relevance of your content.
  5.  Write Long, In-depth, quality content
    The average web page ranking on the first page of google has over 2,000 words. Moreover, evidence points to the fact that in-depth articles get more shares and links than short, superficial ones. Aim for content that delves deep into the subject matter and provides real insight But DON’T write lengthy content just to please search engines – do it because you have knowledge and insight to share with your audience
  6. Take Advantage Of The Long Tail
    The problem with :”big”, “fat” keywords is that they usually are super competitive and ranking for them demands a huge effort. In many cases there are lots of related searches that are much easier to rank for e.g “landing page” vs. “how long should a landing page be ?” Long tail phrases have smaller search volume, however the traffic quality will be higher as the visitors are more motivated and likely to convert
  7. Answer Your Prospects’ Questions
    If your prospects have questions about your product or service, they’ll probably type those same questions into google. Provide your prospects with content that delivers credible answers, and they’ll visit your site. Provide them with better answers than your competitors, and they’ll buy from you. Additionally, answering questions is a great way of taking advantage of the long tail.
  8. Get Your Content Noticed And Shared
    Sharing gets links and traffic, and the more “shares” your content gets the more relevant and popular it will seem to google. Do your part to get your content out there and shared via relevant forums, blogs, influencers, etc. And don’t underestimate the incredible power of guest blogging!
  9. Go Down With Google Plus
    Google+ is going to play a bigger and bigger role in SEO. Moreover, the inevitable introduction of Author Rank Means that Google will start connecting ranking factors to individual authors -not just the websites hosting the author’s content.
    Setup your G+ profile, add your authorship makeup, claim ownership of your content, build AuthorRank, and play an active role on G+. By doing so, you can boost the authority of every piece of content you produce – regardless of where it gets posted.
  10. Tittle Tags And Snippets Are Still King
    Your tittle tag is one of the first things Google looks when categorizing the individual web page. Moreover, the combination of title tag and “snippet ” (meta description) is what your prospects are going to see in the SERPs.. So include keywords – but make your tittles and snippets sound natural and focus on motivating prospects to click.


The Wedding Gift-0-Graph

The Wedding Gift-0-Graph

Highly Appreciated

  • Heirloom Objects
    A thoughtful piece of history to make a family member or friend that’s since parted part of the day can leave a sweet impression. (Granny’s Old dentures don’t count.)
    Cost: Only what it takes to transport or touch up
  • Straight Up Cash Money
    Slip some bills (or a check) into an envelope and help cushion that new lynext-egg
    Cost: The more the merrier
  • Anything Off The Registry
    Getting struck with a turkey baster, mattress pad, and Back to the Future DVD as the only kinda sucks, but they’ll think of you when watching Marty McFly rig up the the flux capacitor, while munching roast turkey leftovers in bed.
    Cost: $31.75, Back to the Future Trilogy set, amazon.com
  • Gift Cards
    It may feel impersonal, but any couple can get excited about a free dinner out, local museum passes, or movie tickets to use once they’ve hang up the wedding attire and settled into real, mundane life.
    Cost: As much as you want to spend
  • Cool Homemade Art
    That is, if you know the couple’s feline furvor well enough to cause an “Awe you shouldn’t have!” not an “Oh…cute cat-oil-painting…”
    Cost of supplies


  • Commemorative Decor
    Like, say, a vinyl letter-crested wood plaque for a couple whose style you don’t know well. That eyesore’s headed straight to the “I feel bad getting rid of this, so let’s hide it” box under the bed.
    Cost of supplies
  • Re-Gifted
    If the thing is so useless it went in your re-gift pile in the first place, just toss it already.
    Cost: $0, but you might end as well throw in a complimentary thrash bag
  • Cutesy, Customized Crap
    Yes, personalized couples toilet paper is a real thing. No, it will not make wiping as a newlywed more romantic
    Cost: $20, ebay.com
  • Useless Appliances
    Quesadilla maker, anyone? (it’s called use a frying pan and flip that thing yourself
    Cost: $34.99, amazon.com 
  • Bedroom -only Items
    No bride wants to receive a naughty nightie from her brother-in-law/ family friends/next- door neighbor. If you weren’t at the bachelorette party, lay off.
    Cost: Prices vary, mannequin not included

The Wedding Gift-O-Graph

The Indian Calendar

The Indian Calendar

Sadhana Pada

  • Guru Pournami is the first full moon in Dakshinayana, and marks the day when Shiva the Adiyogi became the Adi Guru or first Guru
  • “Unlike modern calendars that ignore human experience in relation to the planetary movement, the Indian lunisolar calendar takes into account the experience and impact that is happening to the human being. It connects you with the movements of the planet.” – Sudhguru
  • Mahalaya Amavasya Is the first new moon after the autumn equinox. Dussehra, which celebrates the divine feminine, begins on the next day.
  • Winter Solstice (December 22): Marks the shift from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana. It is the beginning of the gnana pada or the period of flowering.

Gnana Pada

  • Summer Solstice (June 21): Marks the shift from Uttarayana to Dakshimayana. It is the beginning of the sadhana pada or the period of striving.
  • Buddha Pournami celebrates the day of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment.
  • The 21 days after Ugadi are the warmest in the Northern hemisphere.
  • The Spring and autumn equinoxes (March 21, September 23) mark a point when a sadhaka can bring balance to one’s system. The Devi Pada begins from the autumn equinox.
  • Mahashivarathri is one of the most spiritually significant nights, when nature creates a natural upsurge of energies.
  • Mauni Amavasya is the new moon that comes before Mahashivarathri.

The Indian Calendar

The Evolution Of Daredevil

The Evolution Of Daredevil

Compared to other heroes who have celebrated their 50th anniversary, Matt Murdock has had very few costume changes, due in no small part to the longevity of the of the classic red design. Sometimes you just can’t improve on perfection.

1964 Original Yellow
The title character made this first appearance in the Daredevil #1 wearing a yellow costume designed by Jack Kirby and Bill Everest. When new series artist Wally Wood came on board with Daredevil #5, he immediately replaced the single-D on his chest with an overlapping double-D

1965 Classic Red
After tweaking the chest emblem, Wally Wood introduced a whole new costume in Daredevil#7. The timeless simplicity of wood’s design has made it difficult to replace, though it was given a minor tweak in 1979 when Frank Miller modified the double-D to look like two 1964-style D’s

1989 TV Movie
Daredevil made his live-action debut in The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk, which was intended to spin the character off into his own series. Perhaps inspired by that years’s Batman movie, actor Rex smith was dressed in head-to-toe black, albeit made of spandex instead of rubber.

1993 Armored Black
A new armored costume was introduced in Daredevil #319 to allow the character to convincingly battle stronger supervillains. Scott McDaniel had his work cut out for him trying to create a look that would please everybody. The process ultimately resulted in a “design by committee.”

1993 Man Without Fear
Daredevil: The man without was an updated origin story by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. that didn’t reveal the classic red costume until the final page. The black sweats might look inspired by the TV movie, but the book was being planned years before the movie aired.

1998 Flying Blind
Daredevil #376-379 followed Matt on a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission so deep undercover that his memories were reprogrammed to make him think he was someone else. Cully Hammer tried to design a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform that would look just Daredevil enough for someone who don’t realize Daredevil enough for someone who didn’t realize he was Daredevil.

2003 Movie
Executive had strong and sometimes conflicting opinions about how Ben Affleck’s Daredevil should look. Designer James Acheson did his best to sort things out, recalling at one point brought into a phone conference to have “a 40 minute conversation about the color red.”

2010 Shadowland
In shadowland, Matt became possessed by The Beast while leading The Hand. His internal transformation was represented externally in the form of a new darker costume. Series artist billy Tan considered his design more of a tweak on the classic red than a complete redesign.

2015 TV Series
Inspired by Daredevil: The man without Fear, the Netflix serious will see Charlie Cox as Daredevil assembling a black outfit made up of “practical sports and military wear.” According to designer Stephanie Maslanky, the outfit will evolve over time, leading up to a final reveal.

Daredevil-Infographic The following collection showcases Daredevil costumes that are notable for living been worn longer than just a couple issues.



Gun Storage For Your Lifestyle

Gun Storage For Your Lifestyle

As a gun owner, you can choose from multiple options for safety storing and protecting your firearms when they’re not in use. Use this guide to determine which mechanism best suits your lifestyle, priorities and movement.

A Range Of Options

1. Cable Lock
Price Ranges: $10-$50

A cable lock can be used on most firearms, allows for quick access in an emergency and offers security from theft. The cable runs through the barrel or action of a firearm to prevent it from being accidentally fired, requiring either a key or combination to unlock it.

2. Gun Case
Price Range: $10-$150

For those looking to conceal, protect or legally transport a registered firearm, a gun case is an affordable solution available in a variety of materials including plastic, fabric or metal. Be sure to lock it when an external device for added security.

3. Lock Box
Price Range: $25-$350

With integrated locks, storage boxes provide reliable protection for firearms and allow gun owners to legally transport them outside of their home.

4. Electronic Lock Box
Price Range: $50-$350

Electronic lock boxes are an effective way to store or legally transport firearms, and they also prevent theft since only the person with the code can access the contents. Some electronic lock boxes are specially designed for quick access to stored firearms.

5.  Full Size And Biometric  Gun Safes
Price Range: $20-$2,500

A gun safe protects its contents from the elements and allows owners to safely store multiple firearms in one place. Gun safes of all sizes are now available with biometric options to ensure only certain people have access.

Please Help Prevent Accidents. Store Firearms Responsibly

These are just a few of the storage options available to firearm owners. For the greatest level of security, consider using a combination of safety mechanisms and educate family members about handling firearms properly

A Range of Gun Storage Options for Your Lifestyle Infographic