Friday, June 29, 2012

6 Common Grammar Mistakes

Having grammar mistakes in your copy or blog posts can detract from your credibility as an expert. We all make mistakes from time to time, but you want to be sure you're not making them on a consistent basis. With that said, check out a few common grammar mistakes people make:

1. Your/You're: Your is a possessive pronoun -- your website, your business, your family. You're is a contraction for you are -- you're smart; you're amazing; you're an entrepreneur.

A tip for being sure you're using the correct version: Read the sentence out loud by saying "you are." If it doesn't make sense, you're using the wrong word. So, let's say you write, "Your going to succeed if you are determined." Read it aloud, saying, "You are..." You'll see that you are makes sense, and change your to you're.

2. It's/its: It's is a contraction of it is or it has -- It's been a hot day. It's great to follow your dreams. On the other hand, its is a possessive pronoun -- My phone is on its last legs. 

To be sure you're using the right one, use the your/you're example.

3. Their/they're/there: Their is a plural possessive pronoun -- their ideas, their websites. They're is a contraction for they are -- They're going to an event. They're going on vacation in July. There is used several ways; it could reference a place: Let's go there, or it can be used as a pronoun: There is a great website that offers business advice.

4. Affect/effect: Affect is a verb -- The number of customers you have affects your bottom line.
Effect, on the other hand, is a noun -- The effect of social media on society has been studied.

One way to tell which word to use: Think in terms of the effect; you can't put a "the" in front of a verb.

5. Who/whom: Who is a subjective pronoun like, he, she, it, we and they. Whom is an objective pronoun, like him, her, it, us and them.

The word you use depends on whether you're referring to the subject or object of a sentence. To help determine which one to use, substitute who with one of the subjective pronouns: he, she, it, we, they. Example: Who started a business? She started a business.

Substitute whom with the objective pronouns, him, her. Example: I spoke with a client whom I met on Facebook. (Who did I speak with?); I spoke with her

6. Lose/loose: Lose means "to become deprived or lacking." (I hate when I lose my car keys). Loose means "not rigidly fastened or securely attached." (My nephew has a loose tooth). 

Need more tips? Check out 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6.25.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

“Your talent, skill and creativity will rise to meet the level of goal you set for yourself. So think huge!”

- Tommy Newberry

Friday, June 22, 2012

Make Time to Accomplish Your Goals Now

By Ali Brown

Have you ever had one of those days when you are busy working on your business all day, but at the end of the day you feel like you've accomplished nothing? You're not alone. In today's competitive environment, it's not enough to be busy -- you need to be productive, working toward your goals and your bottom line, or your business won't thrive.

Your most important skill is being able to make TIME for your money-making business visions. That's the difference between being a "hamster on a wheel" versus finishing that information product, starting that membership program or hosting the live event of your dreams.

So, if you need some strategies to get your day moving in the right direction, read on for a few helpful tips:

  • Know your most productive time. Are you the type who jumps out of bed full of energy and your highest level of creativity, or do you not hit your stride till afternoon or evening? Know when you hit your peak and schedule your most creative tasks then.
  • Block your time for designated tasks. Your most vital appointment to keep is with yourself. Schedule time for getting your important goals accomplished each day, and don't let another week, month or year go by without achieving your business visions. 
  • Delegate your distractors. That email needs answering, and you need to update your social media accounts, and that invoice needs to get sent out. Life needs attention, but delegate everything you can to your virtual assistant to clear your decks and your mind for productive work.
  • Create a Zen workplace. You won't get your best work done if the TV is blaring, the phone is ringing off the hook and a pile of overdue bills is staring you in the face. Make your workspace a place where you love to be that is tidy, comfortable and beautiful and that promotes your creativity. 
  • Take breaks. It's tempting when you are under deadline to power through your lunch and not get up from your chair. But getting up, moving around and getting the blood flowing will help reenergize and refocus your mind. So take 10 or 15 minutes to revitalize, and then get back to it. 
  • Fend off the time zappers. Whether it's your smart phone alerting you to a post on your Facebook account or your friend down the street who drops by, you need to guard your productive time. Turn off the smart phone, and let your friend know you'll touch base later and get back to work.
  • Keep it simple. You know how you decide to recover a chair and pretty soon you're remodeling your entire home? It's easy to complicate things, and then they become overwhelming. Keep your goals in front of you and when you go off on tangents, gently guide yourself back to the essential task at hand. 
  • Let go of what doesn't matter. You can waste time obsessing about some of the little details that can be highly distracting. Step back, get some perspective, and stay focused on the big, money-making picture.
  • Schedule downtime. It's tempting when you're overloaded to work the weekend, but don't do it. You need your time off to rest, recharge and play so that you won't get burned out. It's amazing how much creativity emerges during these restful times. Sleep is essential as well (and recent studies reveal how important sleep is for weight loss, too!).
  • Work on one thing at a time. In case you haven't heard, multitasking doesn't work. You're less efficient at each task you try to do at the same time. Focus on your one essential objective, and you'll get it done faster and better.

Millionaire entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow profitable businesses that make a positive impact. Get her FREE CD and articles at

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6.18.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you

"Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

- Brian Tracy 

Friday, June 15, 2012

5 Tips for Editing Your Blog Posts

Some bloggers believe that editing their posts don't matter all that much. They may feel that since they're providing free content, readers shouldn't complain about typos or posts that don't make sense. Of course, we all make mistakes from time to time, and one typo isn't going to destroy your chances of success. However, having writing that is poor quality makes you look careless and not-so-smart. And if some readers do continue reading your blog, they may not feel confident enough to purchase your products or do business with you.

Fortunately, editing your blog posts doesn't have to take hours and hours. Here are a few simple steps to take to make sure your posts work from beginning to end:

  1. Be sure you have one clear point. One mistake some bloggers make is deciding on a topic, then writing everything they can think of...but have no real point. To avoid this, ask yourself: "What is the one thing my reader should understand (or be able to do) after having read this post?"
  2. Make your title and introduction grab the reader's attention. If these don't hook the reader, the rest of your post will likely be wasted. A few ways to improve your titles: Add a number, include adjectives such as easy or powerful; begin with the words how to. With your introduction, keep it concise and clear. Some things to try: Begin with a question or a quote that relates to your main point. Additionally, focus on the reader, not yourself; use the word "you" more than "I."
  3. Include a call to action. Each time you write a blog post, think about what you want your readers to do. Do you want them to share it? Do you want them to leave comments and develop reader engagement? Are you promoting a product or service? If you want the readers to do something specific, write a call to action; it could simply be, "What are your thoughts on this?"
  4. Edit for the small details. So, your post is finished and has its clear point, a good intro and call to action. Now, it's time to begin editing the small details. You should be on the lookout for typos and misspellings, missing words or words where they shouldn't be and sentences/paragraphs that are too long. These mistakes are easier to find when you read your post out loud. 
  5. Add formatting. Be sure that the formatting is useful and consistent. A few tips: Use subheadings (and be consistent in the way you format them); use bold text to emphasize key phrases or sentences (just don't go overboard); use bullet points where necessary (instead of listing a bunch of items in single sentences); stay away from underlining for emphasis (you may confuse readers, who may think it's a clickable link); ideally, include at least one image (at the beginning of the post to draw in the reader). 

If you don't have time to edit your blog posts and need someone else to do it, I'd love to assist you! Contact me for more info. 

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6.11.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Good or Bad, Habits Always Deliver Results

By Jack Canfield

You are an accumulation of your habits. From how you get out of bed, how you shower, how you dress, how you walk, sit and talk, how you respond to the world, how you act in front of others and how you think; you're living out your habits.

Habits are necessary. They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. You don't have to think about how to drive your car so you can be on the lookout for danger while you are driving. You don't have to think about how to walk so you can concentrate on where you're going.

Unfortunately, habits can also keep you locked in self-destructive patterns, which will limit your success.

Is there something you want to accomplish in life that requires you to up-level your game? Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you will need to drop those bad habits that lead to a dead-end and develop new ones that are in alignment with the life you want to live.

People don't suddenly appear in the life they want to live...their habits play a large part in determining their outcome.

What are the habits you have that are keeping you from achieving your goals?

Really be honest with yourself here...
Are you always running late?
Do you return phone calls within 24 hours?
Do you get enough sleep?
Do you follow through on your promises?
Do you plan out your day?

Imagine what your life would be like if all your habits were their productive counterparts!

  • What would your life be like if you ate healthy meals, exercised and got enough sleep?
  • What if you saved your money, stopped using credit cards and paid cash for everything?
  • What if you stopped procrastinating, overcame your fears and began networking with people in your field?
  • Would your life be different? I bet it would!

So, my suggested action step for you is to write down some productive habits you could adopt and visualize in your life. Step two is to 'act as if' you were living these new habits right now!

I'd like to help you get moving forward, creating more successful habits, so I'd recommend you develop four of your new success habits each year, one for each quarter.

Once you pick the new habit you're ready to adopt, next you'll want to create a method that will support your new habit.

Here are some ideas...You could write it down on a card that you keep with you and read several times a day. You could make it a part of your daily visualization. You could also enlist the help of an accountability partner who has habits to change, or work with a personal coach who can keep you on track.

It's important to make a 100% commitment to your new habit, so be specific about the steps that you're willing to take in order to drap an old habit and adopt a new one. Don't be vague about how you will change your habits. Spell it out for yourself so you can recognize situations that motivate you to act out your new habit.

Just developing four new habits a year will dramatically shfit your life to be more in line with your vision. And the more in line it becomes, the easier the other habits are to replace because your perspective is shifting and you can see more clearly how your old habits aren't serving you anymore.

Make the decision. Make the commitment. Then watch your new, positive life unfold.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul (c) and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at:

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6.4.12

“When you develop yourself to the point where your belief in yourself is so strong that you know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, your future will be unlimited.”

- Brian Tracy

Friday, June 1, 2012

5 DIY Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs

If you're an entrepreneur, I'm sure you know that marketing is one of the most important aspects of running and maintaining a successful business.

You should spend some time promoting yourself, businesses and products/services a few times per week (and I know I need to do better with this). Anyhoo, since June is Entrepreneurs "Do It Yourself Marketing" Month, here are 10 simple (and inexpensive/free) ways to promote yourself and your business:

  1. Spend at least an hour on marketing activities every day. You can use the time to plan activities or actually put your plan to work. One thing I do daily for my business and projects is schedule updates via Hootsuite for my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Remember, you have to rely on yourself to spread the word about your business.
  2. Produce a tips booklet. You can use this to market your service, product or cause. Additionally, you can use it to establish yourself as an expert in your field, which will enhance the value of your existing products and services and create more income for your business. 
  3. Create a website. If you have a business and don't have a website, stop reading, and begin creating one now. In this day and age, a website is an absolute must-have for your business.
  4. Start a blog. Doing this can help establish authority, connect you with clients and customers and give greater visibility to search engines.
  5. Teach a class. Contact a local college or adult education center to see if you'd be able to teach one. You can also teach via Internet by hosting a webinar. 

Get five more marketing tips here

What are some ways you market your business? Please share below in the comments!

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