Participate in Challenge Day this March in Central Oregon

first_imgParticipate in Challenge Day this March in Central Oregon 0 Email LinkedIn By CBN Facebook Google+ Tumblrcenter_img E-Headlines Share. Twitter Challenge Days are powerful, high- energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression.The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite the members of the school or community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the school population. Challenge Days also successfully addresses issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs.Since 1987, the Challenge Day Program has touched the lives of over half-a-million teens and adults nationwide. The Challenge Day Program has received numerous awards from the juvenile justice system, government officials and many school districts and cities throughout the nation. The program was featured in the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the Emmy Award-winning documentary Teen Files: Surviving High School.We encourage adults to volunteer as positive role models for the benefit of the youth. The program welcomes parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, police officers, elected officials, community members and any other interested adults. This allows youth to see another side of these adults in addition to their assignedcommunity roles. Please notify your School Coordinator if you know of any adults who would like to be a part of the Challenge Day Program.Adult Participants are crucial for the success of the day. We will meet with all Adults for at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to let you know what is needed from you and to answer your questions. In order for the pre-program meeting to begin on time, please arrive at least 40 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the program. No prior training is necessary other than the morning check-in meeting. Our Challenge Day staff closely monitors the program and our Leaders will give all instructions throughout the day. You must be able to remain on site and participate fully for the entire program, including 30 minutes after the program at the end of the day for a post-Challenge Day debriefing.The dates are• Crook County High Schoolo Tuesday, March 10, 2015• Crook County Middle Schoolo Wednesday, March 11, 2015o Thursday, March 12, 2015If you are interested in being an Adult Participant for any of the schools/dates below, please email me at with your name, phone number, email address, and the school(s) date(s) that you want to participate. The day starts around 7:30am and ends around 3:00pm. Pinterest on February 12, 2015last_img read more

Bipartisan Coalition Proposes Legislation to Increase Privacy Protections in Digital Age in

first_img Google+ LinkedIn Twitter Facebook E-Headlines 0 By CBN Share.center_img Bipartisan Coalition Proposes Legislation to Increase Privacy Protections in Digital Age in Oregon on February 17, 2015 Pinterest Tumblr Senator Chip Shields (D-Portland), Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend), Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles) and Representative Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) introduced a package of bills to update Oregon’s lagging privacy laws and bring them in-line with the modern digital age. The bills are the result of a bi-partisan, bi-cameral effort along with the ACLU of Oregon to develop a package of common sense and privacy protection proposals for the 2015 session.“As technology and surveillance capabilities advance at whirlwind speeds, laws protecting Oregonians’ right to privacy have failed to keep up,” says David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon.“Data that used to take rooms full of file cabinets to store can now be carried around on an ultra slim laptop or pulled down from the cloud on a smart phone,” says Rep. Williamson. “These advances have prompted critical, privacy-related questions that we as lawmakers can no longer afford to ignore.”The proposed legislation includes a requirement that law enforcement obtain a warrant prior to accessing certain electronic communications and cell phone location information, as well as data stored on a cell phone itself. The coalition reached out to law enforcement groups while creating this legislation and incorporated numerous law enforcement suggestions.“The increasing use of mass data collection and surveillance technology poses very real threats to our privacy and constitutional rights,” says Sen. Knopp. “We look forward to working with both law enforcement and privacy advocates to pass legislation that responsibly balances privacy and public safety.”Additional proposals would create consistent statewide guidelines for the use of automatic license plate readers by law enforcement and a new legislative oversight committee to track and make recommendations regarding government surveillance technology.“State legislatures across the country have either passed or are currently considering legislation to address the collection, aggregation, and dissemination of information about ordinary citizens,” says Sen. Shields. “It is critical that our online activities receive the same protections as our offline activities.”“Surveillance technology is advancing so quickly that this conversation is already overdue,” says Rep. Huffman. “Along with a broad group of stakeholders, we look forward to addressing this complex, but incredibly important issue during the 2015 session.”Links to the privacy bills:Senate Bill 639Senate Bill 640Senate Bill 641For more information, contact Rep. Williamson’s office at 503-986-1436 or Rep. Emaillast_img read more

Health Wellness Fair at Bend Senior Center

first_img Google+ Twitter Facebook In recognition of National Senior Center Month, the Bend Senior Center is hosting its annual For the Health of It Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, September 20 from noon to 3pm.The event is free to the public and will offer health screenings including balance testing, hearing testing, vital sign monitoring, body fat testing and blood pressure monitoring on the lawns of Larkspur Park adjacent to the Bend Senior Center.The health fair will also feature mini shoulder massages, local health practitioners and healthy food information and demonstrations, and the event’s seasonal tradition of flu shots.Flu shots are $14.99 for low dose and $42.99 for high dose or free with a Medicare, Regence Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Humana, PacificSource Medicare, Providence, Moda or PacificSource insurance card. Patrons should bring their insurance card.  If a co-payment is required, they should be prepared to pay on site.In addition, attendees are invited to enjoy a free barbecue lunch hosted by PacificSource Medicare from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Information will also be available about the Bend Senior Center expansion project currently in design phase.The health and wellness fair is produced in partnership with St. Charles Health System, Humana, Mt. Bachelor Assisted Living & Memory Care,  Thelma’s Place, PacificSource Medicare, Home Instead Senior Care, Providence Medicare  and Whispering Winds Retirement.Event highlights include:Noon to 3 p.m.            Interactive display and demonstration boothsNoon to 3 p.m.            Flu vaccinations and health screeningsNoon to 3 p.m.            The “Strollin’ Colon” Interactive Display about colon health and cancer hosted by                                               St. Charles Health System12:30 to 1:30 p.m.      Free community barbecue – Sponsored by PacificSource MedicareParking is free at the Bend Senior Center. The center is served by Cascades East Transit route 5-6. Schedule is available at or (541) 385-8680.For additional information, contact the Bend Senior Center at (541) 388-1133 or visit 0 Tumblr LinkedIn on September 15, 2016center_img Share. Health & Wellness Fair at Bend Senior Center Pinterest E-Headlines By CBN Emaillast_img read more

Leadership Bends Nonprofit Business Pitch Competition Set for May 1

first_img Nearly $40,000 awarded over the last three years.Leadership Bend will host its fourth annual Pitch for a Purpose contest on May 1, 2018, at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall, located in the Coats Campus Center in Bend.The culminating event of the Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS), a multi-day series of workshops for Central Oregon nonprofits, Pitch for a Purpose gives those organizations that successfully completed LBIS workshops a chance to win more than $10,000, based on business plan pitches they deliver to a group of local business leaders.LBIS workshops dates have been scheduled for February 6, February 20, March 6, March 20, April 3 and April 17.Previous Pitch for a Purpose winners include Healing Reigns Therapeutic Riding Center (2015), La Pine Community Kitchen (2016) and Healthy Beginnings (2017).Prize money from past Pitch for a Purpose events has aided doctors in detecting developmental problems in toddlers, helped veterans with PTSD reintegrate into society, and made it easier for children from low-income families to receive consistent meals.Small plates and drinks will be served at Pitch for a Purpose and the public is encouraged Tumblr Twitter LinkedIn E-Headlines on December 7, 2017 0 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Share. By CBN Google+ Email Leadership Bend’s Nonprofit Business Pitch Competition Set for May 1 last_img read more

3 Professional Skills That You Need to Become SelfEmployed

first_img Google+ on March 21, 2019 Pinterest Twitter By CBN Tumblr 0 Facebookcenter_img If you are looking for a new job, and probably feeling frustrated about how to get it, then searching for a self-employment option can be a very attractive alternative for you. You have to identify which area is interesting for you and how you will be able to excel in it by starting your business on it from scratch. Being a self-employed person demands a lot from you because you are the sole person running it.In this article, we are going to share with you the tips and tricks of how you can become a professional and skilled self-employed. You will find a lot of amazing tools on Carefulcents that will help you learn about this, but here we are just going to give you a simple overview of three skills that you need to have in your personality of you are starting a self-employment business.1.  Passionate and MotivatedTo do anything in this world, a person needs to be passionate about it. This passion will be the motivation and driving force behind all the struggle that this person will do to achieve his dreams. This is very true for those people who want to become self-employed.A self-employed person must be passionate enough to start his own business and believe in himself that this business will grow and prosper. Along with this, staying motivated is not easy, but this person needs to be motivated all the time because without it he cannot run that business for a very long time.2.  Recognize Opportunities and Peruse ThemA good self-employed is the only team member of his organization. He must have the sharp eye of identifying the opportunity, and they peruse it with full zest. Grabbing the right opportunity at the right time is very important for a self-employed to boost his business and take it to the next level.Self-employer can never sit idle or easy because no one knows that which time and which opportunity will click.  So, stay awake and keep eyes wide open for all this.3.  Know How to PlanWell, this is the heart of every business. If a person knows how to plan a business and strategies for it, he will take his business to a very high level, or else nothing will work out because the plan is not appropriate. So, to get your business on track and to get the output from it that you want, you have to work on your business plan, and these are your skills that you will show here that you good the plan turns out to be.After reading this article, you must now know how easy and simple it is to become a professional self-employed business person. It is never difficult when you start after learning about a thing, and this article must be a guiding light for you. It should not be ignored that these simple traits or skills can help a person grow into a very good business owner. 3 Professional Skills That You Need to Become Self-Employed LinkedIn E-Headlines Share. Emaillast_img read more

Women in NYC Tech Kris Jandler of Emojibator

first_imgWomen in NYC Tech: Kris Jandler of EmojibatorAugust 3, 2017 by AlleyWatch 264SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Interviews, Techs and the City Tagged With: Sex Tech The team at AlleyWatch believes it’s important to have an inclusive discussion around the challenges facing women in tech along with highlighting the work of the female entrepreneurs that have made NYC one of the best places for women in tech according to some recent studies. That’s why we are running this series that showcases women in tech in New York.If you are a female founder in NYC working in tech and interested in participating in the series please visit this link or click on the image above.Please feel free to pass this on to any women in NYC that you feel should be considered for the series. Thank you.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img This installment of Women in NYC Tech is presented by Kali. Kali is a chemical-free, organic tampon and pads subscription service. Stop using boring, chemical sticks and start caring about your lady parts. Kali – Not Your Mother’s Tampons. Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders, or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game?  In this series, we speak with some of the top women in tech in New York as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women.Today we speak with Kris Jandler, founder of Emojibator. With a trajectory towards a career in politics, Kris moved to NYC to pursue a career in adtech. After completing a digital marketing course, Kris and her cofounder created the eggplant emoji vibrator — the Emojibator. While it started as a joke, Kris became more serious about sex tech in NYC and became passionate about de-stigmatizing sex toys and masturbation. While many still deem it ‘inappropriate’, Kris is doing her part by creating medical-grade silicone sex toys. Kris is a celebrated author, with her work being featured in 100+ publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Buzzfeed, and Mashable.What’s your background and how did you develop your career as a female entrepreneur in the NYC tech ecosystem? I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2014 with my Bachelors in Public Policy. In sum, I spent 6 years believing I was meant to succeed in politics: I moved to Washington, DC and worked for progressive nonprofits and digital agencies to advance millennial-led policy issues. Then, I learned how to leverage the powers of social media and the Internet to drive action and conversations. However, I was completely uninspired to grow professionally in our corrupt system of special interest policymaking. On the eve of 2016, I moved back home to NYC to pursue a tech career in marketing operations. Within six months, I completed a digital marketing course, got a new job at a tech recruiting firm, and my best friend and I launched our first business: Emojibator. We created the eggplant-emoji vibrator as a joke, but quickly activated our global audience of people who love our humorous brand’s empowering mission: to make women feel more comfortable masturbating and to increase the number of female orgasms.What are the advantages of being a woman in tech?Contrary to popular belief, women like helping other women. As a first-time female entrepreneur, the most generous and badass female founders in New York City welcomed me to their community of Women in Sex Tech. Polly Rodriguez of Unbound and Alexandra Fine of Dame Products both shared their friendship and strategic advice for growing a business in one of the most difficult and competitive markets. My business would not have grown as quickly without women like them supporting me and elevating our success as the sex tech industry’s collective progress forward.What can be done to further promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech in New York?The sex tech industry in particular needs the financial infrastructure options to open up for our businesses, and not automatically labeled as inappropriate or taboo. By 2020, the sex tech industry is estimated to be valued at $20 billion. There is no reason to limit the number of sex-positive startups like Emojibator from accessing the necessary capital and strategic resources to grow our ideas from side-hustles to venture-backed companies.What is diversity to you and do you see it evolving in tech?Diversity is the vehicle to progress and involves various perspectives and experiences being represented in our institutions. Given the tech industry’s stereotypical “struggle” with diversity, I’ve been fortunate to meet leaders in NY’s tech community that want to elevate women and other minorities in their organizations. However, this cycle of recruiting new talent to tech requires them to have access to the skills-education they need to be competitive in the job market. We have to support both ends of this challenge to move diversity to the forefront of the tech industry.Why do you think it’s important that women retain, grow, and develop into senior roles within their organizations?It’s important because a woman has every right to that senior seat at the table as a man does. There is no need for debate beyond that. My full-time job outside of Emojibator is with a female-founded tech recruiting firm whose employees are over 80% women. It’s an incredible environment to learn and grow. I am inspired by the success of my colleagues in senior management positions, as they are the role models I’ve been seeking ever since I left politics. We have to inspire our girls and young women to not limit their minds to their immediate surroundings, but to instill and cherish their self-confidence.How do you see the future of teams and interactions in a diverse environment and what implications will this have?We can’t rely too much on technology when our teams are more geographically dispersed than ever before. Although Emojibator can definitely achieve more as a remote business, my partner and I know that we are the most productive and happiest when we’re face to face working on the needs of the business. I think it’s important to prioritize spending time with coworkers that is meaningful and not always “work-work-work-work-work.”How can women rise in the ecosystem and what are the unseen barriers?Women have to seek out and stay loyal to the organizations and businesses that outwardly and proudly support elevating women in their organization. Our wallets are powerful. Doing so, we can collectively condemn the companies that are not authentic or fair in their treatment of employee productivity.Please tell us about a few organizations that you are involved with or respect that are promoting women in tech.The Women of SexTech and Tech Ladies.What can men do to participate in this discussion?Men need to have candid conversations with the women in their lives and take the important actions to elevate their voice with their own. It’s a matter of not being afraid to be wrong, or to say something stupid. Tell the women you care about that you want to know about the challenges they face. The fears they have if the future is not female. Men are allowed to have opinions, but they have to be open-minded to new ideas. Technology helps us achieve this group-mindset environment, inviting an unprecedented amount of men to join women in our action-oriented discussions.last_img read more

The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report 582019

first_img LetsGetChecked $30M – Series B LetsGetChecked, the service for in-home lab testing, has raised $30M in Series B funding from investors that include Qiming Venture Partners, Optum Ventures, and Leerink Transformation Partners. Founded by Peter Foley in 2014, LetsGetChecked has now raised a total of $42M in reported equity funding. Commercial real estate leasing platform VTS has raised $90M in Series D funding to become the newest member of NYC’s unicorn club. The investment comes from investors that include Brookfield Asset Management and Tishman Speyer. Founded by Brandon Weber, Karl Baum, Niall Smart, Nicholas Romito, and Ryan Masiello in 2011, VTS has now raised a total of $187.4M in reported equity funding. Journey Meditation $2.4M – Seed Journey Meditation, the meditation app, has raised $2.4M in Seed funding from investors that include Canaan Partners, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Betaworks, BDMI, The Fund, Nelstone Ventures, New York Venture Partners. Founded by Stephen Sokoler in 2015, Journey Meditation has now raised a total of $2.6M in reported equity funding. Learn all about the round and the business in our exclusive interview with Sokoler on Journey Meditation’s seed round. The latest venture capital seed and angel deals for NYC startups for 5/8/2019 featuring funding details for VTS, ExpoIQ, and much more. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST ExpoIQ, the platform for connecting exhibitors and IT event organizers, has raised $1.33M in Seed funding. ExpoIQ was founded by Ula Dzhuraboev and Val Tsanev in 2019. center_img 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin ExpoIQ $1.33M – Seed Tagged With:  Val Tsanev, Brandon Weber, Brookfield Asset Management, Canaan Partners, Donald DeSantis, ExpoIQ, Journey Meditation, Karl Baum, Leerink Transformation Partners, LetsGetChecked, Niall Smart, Nicholas Romito, Optum Ventures, Peter Foley, Qiming Venture Partners, Ryan Masiello, Stephen Sokoler, Tishman Speyer, Ula Dzhuraboev, VTS The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 5/8/2019 by AlleyWatch VTS $90M – Series Dlast_img read more

7 Practices Reduce Risk In Even The Smallest Business

first_imgIn the last few years, I’ve heard more and more about a new type of small business, called a “micro-business” (or micro-enterprise). These are usually characterized as owner-operated, with five employees or less, and less than $250,000 in sales. With the low cost of e-commerce entry and powerful Internet technologies, they require minimal capital to start, perhaps as little as $500.I see the potential for these to become big business in this entrepreneurial economy. According to the Voice of Microenterprise (AEO) website, if one in three micro-enterprises in the United States hired an additional employee, the US would soon be at full employment. These businesses are usually run out of the home and cover the gamut from consulting services to e-commerce.Dal LaMagna, in his humorous classic “Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right,” leads with the foundational principle of micro-businesses, which is to start small. This allowed him to learn enough from all his early mistakes to hit it big ($10 million revenue) with a global beauty tools company called Tweezerman. He and I offer seven key additional practices to reduce the risk:Tailor the business to you. Do you love antiquing? Fishing? Cars? Cooking? Now, think about what pursuing this passion might mean for your lifestyle. Think about how you want to spend your day; where you want to live; whether you want to work with people or alone; in the morning or at night, and so on. Eliminate any aspect of your business that doesn’t create your preferred lifestyle — and will work against you.Be frugal. Don’t spend money you don’t have. Don’t invest in anything you don’t need. If this means baking cupcakes in the local church basement and delivering your signature pastries by bicycle to local stores — two dozen at a time — do it. Take the money you make and put it right back into the business.Record every expense. From the dollar you gave to the homeless guy on the way to meet a prospective client, to the new tie you bought to look professional, write down every single penny. The key to launching a micro-business is to keep expenses under control and fully accounted for.Keep a monthly profit-loss. For the first two years of your business, complete a monthly profit-loss statement. This helps you stay on top of where your business is going, where it could do better, and why it fluctuates.Find free stuff. Many items needed to start and run your small business are available for free or next to nothing. Be creative. Use; ask friends if they have an old computer or printer; or visit a thrift shop for office furniture or office supplies.Write down agreements. With a very small business, your clients sometimes make the assumption that they don’t have to sign an agreement. Wrong. Get in the habit of thinking like a company founder and get promises in writing. And while you’re at it, keep your side of agreements.Keep it simple. When Dal first started Tweezerman, he did nothing but focus on tweezers and selling them to cosmetic counters, one store at a time, which he did very well. If you can do one thing well, don’t dilute your efforts until you have been turning a large profit over a consistent stretch of time.My net recommendation is that if you consider yourself a do-it-yourself entrepreneur, preferring to do things yourself rather than forking over money to consultants, then definitely the micro-business approach is for you. The downside is that your business will probably grow slowly and more organically.If you prefer to rely on others for most things or want to get there fast, the investor approach may be the best answer, but the price is higher in time, dollars, and control. It’s your choice, but remember that the wrong choice probably won’t get you there at all.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 7 Practices Reduce Risk In Even The Smallest BusinessDecember 13, 2018 by Martin Zwilling 283SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

Sales is Community

first_imgMy first impression of world of enterprise sales was that it was a job for lone wolves. They generally did not hangout together other than at company outings like sales kickoffs and presidents club trips. They were not very willing to share what they did to be successful. Sales managers often had little control or sway with the reps and salespeople did whatever they wanted.When I entered into sales, it was an accident. My career journey started through programming. I had taken a move to San Francisco to be a consultant and help the sales team on occasion as we rebuilt our West Coast territory. Within 3 months, there were no sales reps, and I was asked to carry a bag.Unlike today, there were no online resources like blogs, videos and podcasts. I am talking before Google was a thing and when most companies still did not have email setup for employees. There were books, but trying to find classes or sales coaches or mentors was not easy. Even when you found a coach, how could you trust what they were sharing was even useful?I was thirsty for knowledge. It made no sense that everyone should go through the same struggles as a new rep. So I sought resources and people that could help me avoid rookie mistakes and accelerate my learning. I read a few books like SPIN Selling (a classic and still relevant). I pinged my boss relentlessly. I gravitated toward any resource I could.There were events for salespeople, some of which I attended. Most of these gatherings however were more networking events geared to people selling to each other. Rather than trying to help each other, it was more “what can you do for me.” As a new rep, I had nothing to offer and made no connections.When I joined Siebel a few years later, it was the first truly professional enterprise sales organization I encountered. These were true masters of the art that sold the big deals, built executive level relationships and exuded confidence. I could observe what worked and did not work. Some of the reps were kind enough to give me some pointers. I had the benefit of a tight-knit and supportive team in New York. It was the first time that I felt that I belonged in sales and could be successful. Though the road was hard and paved with plenty of potholes, it is a road that I traveled on to success.Fast forward two decades and I still see many salespeople struggling. The statistics on quota attainment, rep longevity and sales productivity have not moved appreciably. Salespeople and managers are still making the same errors. Instead of moving the needle on sales excellence, we are mired in the pit of sales mediocrity.There is no logical reason for the sales profession to have not significantly improved in this time.  We have a trove of quality resources on the Internet. The number of books and blogs and videos and podcasts has exploded over the past several years. You can find numerous training and coaching resources, all simply a click away. There are plenty of seminars and workshops and classes to avail oneself of. And if you want to find other salespeople to connect to, LinkedIn gives you access to thousands and millions of possible connections.Yet, a career in sales is still very much a lonely profession. The era of the lone wolf sales rep may be on the way out, but many sales professionals, especially the millennial generation, feel they have no one to turn to. There is no safe place to ask the rookie questions or to seek unfiltered advice or to admit failure. Many of us may be on sales “teams,” but you might as well be by yourself.One of the most admirable traits of the tech industry is the desire to come together and help each other out. There is no sense of dog-eat-dog competitiveness or the need to keep secrets. The open source movement is one outcropping of that spirit of community and shared purpose. Sure, there may be some ribbing of the “noobs,” but those “noobs” have a community that they can be accepted into, learn from, find mentors and thrive in their chosen profession.The tide is turning in sales. No longer does it make sense to leave sales reps to sink or swim. It is too expensive hire reps and let them “figure it out,” only to churn them out of the job. Sales is too important and the risk to revenue too great. While we have optimized technology and processes, our approach to talent and culture building is still in the dark ages.What if instead we treated sales as a community?  Just as they have communities for programmers and startup founders, sales also needs community — a community that comes together in person.  Online channels are helpful, but no one learns simply by exchanging messages on Slack. We learn when we can have a conversation, when we can hear for ourselves the good and bad, and then probe deeper and exchange ideas. That 2-way conversation is about helping each other as opposed to approaching it from the attitude of “how does this help me.”Community is also about the tribes we form in our own companies.  Competition is natural in sales, but so is cooperation. The competitor is not the person at the desk next to yours, rather the competition is all the options customers have to avail themselves of beside your solution. That means rethinking compensation plans and contests to be more team-based. That means fostering more peer initiated learning opportunities. That means building more cross-functional teams between sales, marketing, product and engineering to work on deals together.  Lastly, that means taking the radical approach celebrating the team over the hero rep.Why am I so high on sales communities? Because I have seen them work, especially when it is done in a grassroots, non-commercial way that emphasizes the value to salespeople. More importantly though, the speed of change in the sales industry is forcing sales reps to be better and adapt to change faster. The era of relationship selling is over, and sales reps are expected to be more than just purveyors of product information. They need to be equipped with the skills and motivation to succeed.One time I was chatting with someone at an event and they shared that what they most valued was that they did not feel alone. Working in sales is a tough, one of the toughest professions mentally because of all the rejection one faces. She felt that she was supported though because she had a community to share with and learn from and ask the questions she did not feel safe to ask of her manager.In the past year of building the Enterprise Sales Meetup across multiple cities, I have seen the power that comes in building communities. People are building their professional networks, sharing ideas and learning about work in sales. It is a place people can come with their questions and not feel judged. Each person comes away with new connections, practical tips and the inspiration to achieve.If you manage a sales team, I encourage you to think about the power of communities in fostering greater teamwork. Ask yourself whether you have a team or a group of lone wolves? Do your sales incentives encourage collaboration across the team? Are sales reps empowered to freely help each other? Do you offer opportunities to help reps and other managers to connect with professionals, build their networks and expand their learning?If you are a sales rep, you should consider how connecting with a local sales community can expand your horizons. Networking is a force multiplier in accelerating your career trajectory and success. Not only our are you building relationships that can yield opportunities down the road, you are also learning and sharing with others, increasing your knowledge, credibility and professional standing.This article was originally published on Strong Opinions, a blog by Birch Ventures for the NYC tech startup community. Sales is CommunityOctober 27, 2016 by Mark Birch 113SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Image credit: CC by Maryland GovPicsPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Filed Under: Advice, Resources Tagged With: community engagement, Sales, Sales management, sales representative, sales tips, Startuplast_img read more

USChina tariff war could stunt world economic growth IMF

first_imgLondon best pest control “Obviously, the downside risk that we have is continued trade tensions between the United States and China,” Lagarde said, referring to the IMF’s world economic outlook.“And if these tensions are not resolved, that clearly is a risk going forward.”The IMF last month cut its growth forecast for 2019 to 3.3%, down from the 3.5% it had previously predicted.It warned at the time that growth could slow further due to trade tensions and a potentially disorderly British exit from the European Union.“But we expect that at the end of 2019 and in 2020 it will bounce back,” Lagarde said of the world economic outlook on Friday.The United States infuriated China this week when it announced it was putting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, on a blacklist that could make it hard to do business with U.S. companies.On Friday Beijing suggested a resumption of talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changes course. The trade war between the United States and China could be a risk to the world economic outlook if it is not resolved, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde told Reuters on Friday during a visit to Uzbekistan.last_img read more