7 perfect questions to ask while networking

Whether you're looking to advance your career or grow your business, networking can help you to unlock new opportunities. And the ability to forge meaningful connections can be a great asset for entrepreneurs. The more people you engage with on a regular basis, the bigger your network becomes and the greater your exposure to opportunities for accelerating your success. Yet, despite the benefits, many people dread networking. If the thought of striking up conversations with people you've never me...
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Want to truly make your mark on the world? Start by following these 5 principles

Entrepreneurs are great at coming up with ideas to improve people's lives through the products they create, the services they provide, or the problems they solve. Yet many breakthrough ideas never see the light of day because people fail to act on them. Taking action to follow through on your ideas requires courage. And you can only gain the courage you need by facing your fears. Here, Danielle Sacks shares five principles Case Foundation CEO Jean Case says entrepreneurs and other change-makers ...
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How to create a simple small business lead generation process

Sales are the lifeblood of every business. And no matter how good your products or services are, they aren't going to sell themselves. Lead generation is the process that attracts people to your business and sparks their interest in what you're selling. And the more effort you put into lead generation, the more people you'll have in your sales funnel that you can convert into paying customers. Here, Ryan Myers shares some top tips for implementing an effective lead generation strategy that will ...
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12 tips for building a successful podcast

As a marketing tool, podcasts provide an easy to consume, effective and convenient way to share engaging content, increase your reach and grow your audience. Listeners can access your content during their daily commute or while doing other things at home or at work, making it easy to consume. And by regularly hosting podcasts you can develop your public speaking skills while establishing your authority and building trust with your audience. To help you reach your podcasting goals, Krystle M. Dav...
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Resilience: The antidote to burnout for entrepreneurs

Starting and running a business can be stressful and even the most committed entrepreneur isn't immune to burnout. Resilience is the key to overcoming stress and even if you're not a naturally resilient person, you can learn to develop a resilient mindset. "Resilience is not about being able to power through the challenges and keep going. It's about developing the skills to adapt, recover, and recharge ourselves," writes leadership and executive coach, author, and speaker Beth Kennedy. Here, she...
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This accelerator is helping to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental problems

It's said that more than 50 per cent of new businesses fail within the first five years, yet the five-year survival rate of startups that participate in business incubators or accelerator programs is reported to be between 75 and 87 per cent. Accelerators can also help cut the cost of launching a startup by as much as 50 per cent, writes Kate Harrison. Here, she interviews Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator—an accelerator in the non-profit sphere—to discover how it differs from othe...
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Why learning more isn’t always better

Entrepreneurs often spend much of their time consuming information when it might be better spent putting their ideas into action. With 24/7 access to free online courses, blogs and podcasts making it easier than ever to further our education, "constant reading, researching, and learning can give aspiring entrepreneurs a false sense of accomplishment," says Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the importance of stimulating your creativity by approaching each new venture with a fresh curiosity, re...
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How to think about (and reduce) risk when you’re starting your own business

To reap the rewards of running a successful business you need to be prepared to take some risks. While entrepreneurs are known for being more risk-tolerant than most other people, there's a big difference between taking calculated risks and being reckless. Here, Brian Marcel shares four questions to help you think about risk well before you launch. He also shares the steps you can take to minimise risk and overcome some of the financial and other challenges inherent in starting your own business...
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6 easy ways to maximize your time at a trade show

Trade shows offer entrepreneurs and small businesses ample opportunities to increase brand awareness, build relationships and convert leads into customers and careful planning is crucial for getting the most out of them. "It's easy to get lost in all the chitchat and swag handouts at trade shows if you don't go in with focused intention," says digital marketing expert Todd Giannattasio. Here, he and some of his fellow entrepreneurs from YEC Next share their top tips for successful trade show par...
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15 entrepreneurs share the worst business advice they’ve heard

People generally offer their advice with the best of intentions, yet following it may not always be the best course of action for your business. As an entrepreneur, being open to learning from other people is essential. Yet rigidly following their advice—or trusting someone's judgment when their interests or values may not align with yours—could lead to costly mistakes, missed opportunities or even a failed business. Here, 15 entrepreneurs share some of the worst advice they've received together...
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