This is a guest post by my friend, entrepeneur and author CeCe Clark. There is a special event announcement in the end which I highly encourage you to pay attention to.

I met Kumar last year when I joined a St. Andrews Toastmaster’s public speaking club.  We both have enjoyed serving the club in various capacities since then.

Success Demands That You Train Like A Champion - CeCe Clark

When Kumar offered me the opportunity to share a message with his community on this blog, it felt appropriate to share a message that I heard recently from Ryan Avery, the Toastmaster’s 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking.  

To achieve this goal, Ryan had to compete and excel over more than 30,000 people who competed in this International competition.  What an amazing accomplishment!  During our conversation, Ryan shared with me that it was never his goal to become the World Champion for Public Speaking.  Especially I remember he saying , “..but my goals was always to TRAIN like one”.  

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Almost everyone I have met wants to succeed in their own business. Everybody also wants to find that secret recipe to success in entrepreneurship. I remember those days sitting with friends almost every Friday and planning to start different business ventures.

Group of young people discussing about starting their own business in a casual setting

We used to have great discussions. What idea is going to work the best? What will be a good location? How to get the capital to invest? Who will be the target market and what reserves will we need to have available? I remember planning everything, distributing responsibilities among the group for further investigation and then Monday would come and ruin all our plans.

The cycle would recur every few weeks and none of us started any business for years.

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

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Hashtags have now begun to get into the mainstream since Facebook adopted the concept in recent weeks. If you are on Facebook, you will see Hashtags in your news feed and when you click on anyone of them, you will see many other posts related to that topic.

Hashtags On Facebook - All You Need To Know About Hashtags

If you have not been active on Twitter, you may not yet know Hashtags and their relevance. However, by the time you are done reading this post, you will know everything you need to know about Hashtags and how you can use them.

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The goal of a brand name is to attract more business, more customers towards it. The goal of  branding is to influence the marketplace positively to drive more revenues.

Rules Personal Branding Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Whether you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, or you have some business background, you know that we all are a brand name. Depending on how small or big our circle of influence is, we all have a brand value. We all influence people around us.

For a brand to be truly magnetic, to attract more people towards it, here are 9 most important rules of branding engagement. The more you are aware of these rules and the more you practice being sincere about your branding activities, the more magnetic your brand value is going to be with time. So, here you go:

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Dreams have power, and simply because of the power of a dream, I am going to work with Richard Branson! I am so excited about it.

This is a guest post by Aistis Zidanavicius. He is an entrepreneur and a blogger. To connect with him, check out the links to his social media profiles in the Author Box at the bottom of this post.

Richard Branson Speaking From Stage In Conference

A year ago I got a dream. I had a dream to meet Richard Branson. He has been one of my those inspiring personalities I have always admired. He has been one my heroes because of many things he accomplished in life and because of his relaxed and positive attitude towards everything he does.

Just a few days ago my dream came true and I want to share this story with you today. I hope my story gives you the inspiration to dream big and have faith.

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With the rise of social media and online marketing, social media consulting has become a flourishing industry in itself. Many business owners outsource the task of social media marketing to somebody who can handle it well.

Hiring Social Media Consultant For Branding And Online Marketing

It is such an important area and there are so many self-proclaimed internet and online marketing experts out there. As a business owner, if you plan to hire a social media expert, you must select the person you choose to work with very carefully.

You need someone who can understand your value system, raise your brand awareness in the marketplace and help your brand name gain popularity in social media. Here are 12 key checkpoints you can use to evaluate your prospective social media consultant:

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Inspiring quotes are my passion. I simply love collecting quotes that inspire me, make me think and make me push the envelope one more time.

Inspiring quotes are those powerful nuggets of wisdom condensed into a line or two that leave a profound impact on our minds when we look for them.

I had actually posted hundreds of inspiring quotes in my collection on this website. Now, whenever I find some interesting and inspiring quote, I immediately add them to my library of quotes and also share on my social media channels for others to enjoy.

Today, I am going to share 28 of my favorite inspiring quotes that  inspire me when I need some inspiration. These quotes motivate me when I need a little motivation. Some of these quotes help me stay strong when I am faced with a challenging situation.

I am not going to include any commentary this time because these quotes speak for themselves and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. Please do not forget to share your thoughts in the comments section and add value to this post with your favorite quotes. Click here to go to comments section.

Here you go:

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Having a website is one thing and driving traffic to it is another. Many webmasters, new bloggers and countless other website owners often wonder about the complexities involved in search engine optimization (SEO).

SEO Terms You Need To Know

Your website’s homepage is the most important page of your website and you know it. It is the page where visitors land on your website. A lot of people do great design work on their home page. But design isn’t the only thing that is important. There are things that are important to make your visitor’s experience seamless and to get your website ranked well by search engines.

In this post, I am going to share with you a list of 25 SEO terms you need to know as you continue to build your website traffic:

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Time wasters are on top of the list these days because of so many distractions everywhere. Time wasters are things that steal time from your life. Time wasters rob you of the time you would ordinarily have kept and used for more productive endeavors.

Top 10 Time Wasters That Some Experts Talk About

There are many such activities you and I engage in that can be productive, if we are careful. Otherwise, these activities can become huge time wasters; pushing us away from our dreams and goals.

However, it’s amazing some ‘experts’ miscommunicate things and make healthy activities as time wasters. They make those things look as if they are really not worth spending time on. The goal of this post is to list some of the good things in life that can be a life saver and turn into time wasters if we are not careful about them. While many ‘experts’ make these look like time wasters, I think we can have many blessings if we take these activities seriously, consciously and make a decision to be productive.

The List Of So Called Top 10 Time Wasters

So, here is the list and I will let you go through them and decide for yourself if you think these are time wasters for you or a blessing, if you choose to make it so. Here you go:

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In a local business development association, I spoke about the importance of education, the importance of positive association, and how the habit of reading can play a vital role in our success in any endeavor.

Bad Habits That Stop You From Succeeding

That brought me to the idea of… “What are some of the bad habits that can simply do the opposite?” What are some of the habits that people have which stops them from their true potential, even though they may be talented?

We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act. It is a habit. —Aristotle [tweet this]

We can cultivate some good habits and become better, or we can cultivate some bad ones and become bitter. I have come to the conclusion that we all have some habits, whether we have developed them consciously or subconsciously. We all act and think in certain ways based on our thinking habits.

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