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In the world of business, impressions (particularly first impressions) can make a huge difference. When a potential client enters your workplace, what kind of an impression do you think they get of you as a company? Have they seen it all before or does your office inspire wide-eyed looks of amazement (or, conversely, of horror)?Everything from your workplace’s location, down to individual desks can have an effect on what it says about your brand. Office Design Offices in the 21st Century aren’t all the dull, cubicle-filled workplaces...

In a time where your biggest business competitor is only a click away, having a fantastic reputation for your products and services is vital. If you are looking to improve how your business is regarded by customers, here are 10 simple ways to improve your company reputation fast: Put the customer first Firstly, learn how to put your customer first – throughout your organisation. If you can master giving your customers a fantastic experience each and every time, your business reputation will naturally flourish. Remind your staff that,...

Owners of small businesses, and in particular startups, should assess their storage needs early on to avoid inventory muddles or delivery delays as business progresses. Making an informed decision at the outset provides a solid business infrastructure, leaving you free to concentrate on customer service and efficient stock picking and packing. First Considerations What are you selling? The type of items in your inventory will determine how much and what type of storage space you need. Small items can possibly be stored at home, although...

A good work environment needs to have the right color scheme. Color gives different types of impressions on people who work in a particular area. They can inspire feelings of ease, space, comfort, warmth and even joy. In contrast, a simple drab grey wall inspires feelings of stress and ennui, whereas a colorful wall can help increase the aesthetic value of the workplace. Therefore, how you choose a particular set of colors for a certain area can influence how people behave while they are in that area. So if you plan to create a positive...

Efficient negotiation skills are important in all fields and industries. You need to find a proper way to get what you want. Practice makes perfect, so you’d better keep that in mind every time you have to close a deal. Setting up successful negotiation is that simple, as business people must be fully prepared for what’s about to happen. Things can go south at any time, and that’s why you need to watch out. The following tips will greatly help you improve your behavior as a negotiator, so you might want to check them out. Your best...

Business people are constantly struggling to identify and learn the best negotiation tips, mainly when it comes to those who run small businesses, since they’re probably the most prudent negotiators. They’re aware that their negotiation skills will lead the business either to success or failure. If you happen to be in this situation, note that you have to make the most of what you have to close a great deal. Negotiators are used to making use of their humor when they’re involved in a negotiation, and that might be a good thing....

Customer relationship management or client servicing is a very important aspect in every company. However, one major factor is the attitude of the staff towards client servicing. In order to understand this better we need to look at it from different angles – types of clients, types of employees, and role of the leadership team. Types of Clients Rigid Attitude – Some clients are extremely set in their ways and they know what they want. The issue of customer relationship management when dealing with such customers is that more often...

Grab Attention Advertising outdoors is an art in itself. You have to think about the atmosphere and how the signage, for example a trade show pop up display will hold up under all weather conditions. Then of course, there is the inquisitive or bored young person who might want to see if they can redesign the signage by tearing off a piece or “restructuring” it. Whatever the possible scenarios that might affect the advertisement, the most important question is “Will it grab attention?” Advertising Outdoors There...

There can be many instances where businesses need to innovate and invent a solution to a problem; this might be focused on creating a more efficient product or manufacturing process or it can involve having to create an improved version of a consumer product. Innovating and inventing solutions to these problems represents a significant research and development charges, and it’s worth working with companies like Applied Product Design to break down workflow and individual challenges. Consultation If you have a rough idea for a new product,...

A lot of people see negotiations stressful and often intimidating. They take place every day, even when two siblings fight over who gets to eat the last orange, and can easily become so aggressive and so eager to win the fight that the only option they can agree upon is that of splitting the orange in half. However, this last option doesn’t please any of them, so they leave completely unsatisfied and sad. This happens very often during negotiations, even though things shouldn’t be like that. As a matter of fact, successful negotiations...