Mobile Apps for Charity https://mobileappsforcharity.com Big impact with little change Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:59:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-logo-32x32.png Mobile Apps for Charity https://mobileappsforcharity.com 32 32 How To Inspire Others: The Easy Way https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-to-inspire-others-the-easy-way/ Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:59:09 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5449 inspire others

How To Inspire Others: The Easy Way.

In a chaotic world, seemingly overwhelmed by negativity, so many of us want to take action and work for a positive change. Problems may seem urgent at times, and we may not always know what to do to help.

There is a small, but very powerful way we can endeavor to inspire others as individuals on an interpersonal level. It’s something so basic that most people overlook its significance. But, it can be easily done on a day-to-day basis. And, it has the potential for a monumental change in your life and theirs.

The Simplest Way to Change the World

The simplest thing we can do for one another is to smile. That’s right, go ahead and grin. It’s contagious and will inspire others to do the same. At the risk of frivolity, we stand by the assertion: smiling people can make a big difference.

Smile at your loved one. Your neighbor. Smile at the grocery clerk and smile at your co-worker.

It doesn’t have to be an extended moment, just a genuine act of friendliness in a largely unfriendly world.

A smile expresses joy and acknowledges another person’s presence. It’s a basic human interaction, containing within it a potential for long-lasting bonds. It’s fast, free, and some even say it takes less effort than a frown. Imagine if everyone was doing it. Would conflict arise so readily then?

You Could Be That Person

Like a pebble dropped into a pond, you never really know how you’re affecting another human being. We are not privy to an awareness of our personal ripple effect, or how far our influence may travel. A smile could restore a stranger’s faith in humanity. It could talk someone down from the ledge. Or it could inspire that person to smile at another person in turn.

Have more ideas about how you can create everyday change and inspire others? Please feel free to share a comment with us.

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No Problem is Superior to Your Power Within https://mobileappsforcharity.com/your-power-within/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:59:31 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5443 Power

No Problem Outside You is Superior to Your Power Within.

Life is a series of solving problems. Now, while this thought may seem tragic, it all depends on how we look at problems. Consider this from Bob Proctor: “There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within you.” Mr. Proctor is a great motivational speaker who has dedicated his life to teaching others how to believe in the greatness of their minds. He is also one of our favorite authors! In this quote, he speaks about the power we each have within. The following are four ways we can powerfully change the way we see problems as they arise. In each case, YOU have the ability to master your emotions and take more control of your life.

Reaction

When we take control of our reactions, we are able to remain level headed and clear minded during times of crisis and misfortune. Reacting out of haste and impulse can lead to more problems or destruction. Taking a pause to calm emotions and think clearly allows us to rise above any obstacle to see a solution.

Thoughts

Being mindful of the thoughts we entertain is a powerful way to steer your life’s ship. What we focus our mind on will gain momentum, which leads to manifestation. If you’re steady thinking about your problem, a solution will never be revealed. Your ability to shift focus can bring victorious rewards to any circumstance.

Decision

Simply making a decision can eliminate a majority of problems. Often times, problems occur due to a lack of decision. We don’t always have to know how something will work out, but by making a decision, we put a certain quality in the air that pulls the how to us, like a magnetic force.

Emotions

Our emotions are a powerful force. We can learn to control our emotions, rather than letting them control us, by seeing them as a tool to identify how we feel, not who we are. We get ourselves stuck when we define ourselves by our problems because we identify with the feelings they bring. Because our emotions are so powerful, use them, don’t become them.

No matter how well we master life, problems will always surface. There is no problem we will face that doesn’t come with a solution. By taking hold of the knowledge and ability we possess within, we are guaranteed to find a way out of any setback. Now, that’s power!

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Talk Less, Listen More https://mobileappsforcharity.com/talk-less-listen-more/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 20:07:59 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5436 talk less, listen more

Talk Less, Listen More!

It is 7:30 AM on a Monday morning. You look around and see that everyone in your office has the Monday blues, or so you think. Bob from accounting has barely made eye contact with anyone, Sheila from HR looks ready to walk out of the front door. Everyone else seems to be barely alive, so it’s time to be motivational, right? “Pep up everyone, it’s not that bad!” you say, pouring a cup of coffee in the break room. For some reason, you are met with stony silence, even a few glares. What the heck is going on here?

“Solving problems means listening.” Richard Branson once said. It’s implied that you should talk less, listen more. Instead of trying to be motivational, it would be more appropriate in this situation to figure out what the problems are by asking questions. Listening is such a powerful tool, people who feel listened to are much more open to solving whatever issue is making them upset or unhappy.

You run into Sheila later that day and decide it’s time to find out why she is so unhappy. She tells you that she is feeling unsupported by her supervisor over an HR issue and simply cannot talk to them anymore about it. In fact, she has decided to start putting her resume out on the web so that she can find another company to work for. The problem here is that Sheila is feeling undervalued and dismissed which would make any employee upset! While you may or may not be able to solve her problem it will probably help her to verbalize her feelings. If she is open to suggestions, and here you really need to pay attention to her cues, you may even be able to help her brainstorm ways to solve her problem with this supervisor. In the process, you are sure to talk less, listen more.

The same thing could be done with Bob or any other employee at your company. Solving problems means you need to understand what the problem is. If you don’t listen to the problem then how can you even know what it is? So take into consideration that you need to listen in order to understand and solve whatever issues you may face. Talk less, listen more and be awed by the benefits you receive.

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Simple Advice On Inspiring Others https://mobileappsforcharity.com/simple-advice-on-inspiring-others/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 23:28:16 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5424 inspiring others

Simple Advice On Inspiring Others.

When we’re conducting business or in a professional setting, it’s generally a goal to portray the best version of ourselves and our business. We talk about our successes, why our solutions are the best and how important our model is to our clients. But what if we opened up more about challenges, adversity or failures we’ve experienced? Today we’re going to discuss how to inspire others in your own way.

You Have A Great Story, Tell It!

Think back on your career and make a list of the lessons you learned. Chances are, each one of those business or life lessons came to you in a moment of weakness or failure. These make for great stories. Maybe it was the time you lost a client or tripped in the lobby on your way to an important meeting. By exposing your moment of vulnerability with a story, you’re soliciting an authentic conversation. You’ll find people will naturally want to respond to your story with a similar experience. Now you’re talking! Watch as your connection with people can open a new line of dialogue. Now you’re inspiring others.

Take Off Your Mask

We are often forced to wear ‘masks’ in our professions. We have to overcome stereotypes and gain respect in an arena that may not welcome our expertise. This sometimes hardens us, and after years of wearing our mask, we forget to tap into what we really have to offer and who we are authentically. Don’t be afraid to connect with people as a person. Know that for every hardship you’re attempting to overcome; there is another professional trying to do the same. Talk about your successes and challenges in your profession. Watch as your connection with them grows and you begin inspiring others.

Ask, And You Will Be Asked

Anytime you find yourself with an opportunity to ask questions of another professional, do it. Having a student mentality will ensure that you will always be learning. It also presents the opportunity for others to ask questions of you. By asking questions, you’re setting the tone of the conversation that you’re willing to learn and share. Sharing leads to more authentic conversation and inspiration.

Inspiring others requires a deeper connection. Relationship building is the core requirement of any mentoring opportunity. Tell your story. Take off your mask. Be a student. Be inspirational!

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The Corporate Social Responsibility Conversation https://mobileappsforcharity.com/corporate-social-responsibility-conversation/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5417 corporate social responsibility

The Corporate Social Responsibility Conversation

In today’s world, we find ourselves increasingly surrounded with and touched by social issues. The consumer community hungers more and more for organizations and companies that are willing and able to support (and even condemn) the issues we deal with on a daily basis. We find today’s world is increasingly about corporate social responsibility.

“We live in a customer-centric and highly connected world where consumers not only want to feel good about their purchase but also want to make use of social media to share the story behind the purchase.” – Andrew Miller, Creative Brand Strategist

At one time, perhaps “the story behind the purchase” was the tale of how you almost hit a deer on the way to the store, or how you broke your old Bluetooth headset by dropping it in your lemonade, so you needed to buy a new one. In today’s interconnected and media-driven society, the “story behind the purchase” may have a lot more to do with the business’s stance on civil rights, or whether or not a manufacturer tests their products on animals.

These preferences are more than just ideals. These are the consumers’ way of supporting things that really matter to them. It’s in a business’s best interest to carefully examine what corporate social responsibility issues they’re willing to take on. What issues are we as a small business, as an entrepreneur, as a non-profit, passionate about, and how does that plug into the society around us?

On the flip side of that coin, it’s up to us as consumers to seriously consider what issues are the most important to us. What are we willing to spend, or to give up, in the interest of those issues? Is it worth it to spend a little more for the same product, knowing that the seller is taking action and making a difference in ways that matter to you?

In a world of instant feedback and worldwide social media, businesses and consumers alike have a choice in how they will use their voices.

What’s the story behind your purchase? Are you satisfied with the role the company is playing in their corporate social responsibility around issues that are important to YOU?

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4 Tips on Attracting Amazing People https://mobileappsforcharity.com/4-tips-on-attracting-amazing-people/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:45:09 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5403 Amazing People

4 Tips on Attracting Amazing People

Attracting the most amazing people in life lies in your ability to change. Work on becoming the person you want to attract. Learn to let go of negative influences. Put yourself out there. Communicate your goals. You can accomplish anything once you recognize that what you’re searching for starts with you.

Be the type of person you want to attract

In order to attract amazing people, strive first to be that amazing person. Simply having the desire to be around better people will not make it happen. Negative behavior attracts negative people. In order to attract more positive and successful people into your life, you must also be positive and goal-driven. Take a look inside yourself and change those things that you don’t want to attract in others.

Learn to let go

This may seem a bit harsh, but if you are trying to attract better people into your life, you’ll have to let go of those who are holding you back.

Change your environment

Start putting yourself out there! Surround yourself with people you admire or strive to be like. Introduce yourself to everyone, and let people know who you are and what you stand for. If you continue to hang around the same places you always have, how will you attract anything new?

Share your ideas

People want to be around those who have clear goals and who are moving towards them. Be open to communicating your dreams. It will have people flocking to you. Additionally, don’t be afraid to share your vulnerable side. It is easier for others to relate to you if they know that you have goals even as you work to overcome obstacles. It helps people identify with you, and know they’re not alone.

Ultimately, attracting amazing people begins with you. If you can master becoming the kind of person you wish to attract, the right people will naturally come to you.

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4 Ways to Make A Difference By Being A Mentor https://mobileappsforcharity.com/4-ways-to-make-a-difference-by-being-a-mentor/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:18:11 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5399 Mentor

4 Ways to Make A Difference By Being A Mentor.

For some people, work can be a source of stress and anxiety. Meeting the job requirements, dealing with fellow coworkers and understanding the work culture can be tasking. For such people, having someone to help them deal with these issues can make a world of difference. You can choose to be such a person by offering to be their mentor at work or in life.

With this choice, you make the work life of your mentee so much easier in several ways. Some of these include:

  • Work culture: One of the trickiest aspects of any job is understanding and navigating the work culture. You have the opportunity of helping your mentee grasp the dos and don’ts of the organization.
  • Networking: Development of a solid network is essential to success within any organization. You become a networking contact and are able to help your mentee further expand and sustain his or her network.
  • Feedback: As a mentor, you are a trusted voice for your mentee. As such, you are able to provide positive feedback to enable your mentee to excel. You are also a sounding board to address any questions or concerns from your mentee.
  • Growth:  You find ways to improve the skill set of your mentee by providing learning opportunities and exposure to fresh ideas and thought processes

There is a great benefit for you too! Being a mentor is an opportunity for you to give back to the company. Also, there is a satisfaction that comes from knowing that you have made a positive impact in the life of an individual; this impact will never be forgotten and always be appreciated. Furthermore, there is the possibility of developing a real friendship out of the mentorship.

Our suggestions don’t require any special set of skills or knowledge. All that is required is a heart that is willing to help and make a positive impact. Anybody can be a mentor! You can certainly be one too. Next time you are at work, make a difference in someone’s life by offering to be his or her mentor

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Making Success out of Failure https://mobileappsforcharity.com/making-success-out-of-failure/ Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:38:06 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5396 Making Success

Making Success out of Failure.

There is not a more difficult situation in your leadership and personal development journey than the moment you must face a personal mistake that interrupted your climb to the top. Failure becomes a defining moment. Do you walk away from the issue, persevere, or look for a different path that may eventually lead you to the same goal? A genuine definition of “making success” is intimately interwoven with our response to these situations.

A Fail Doesn’t Always Mean FAILURE.

Successful people universally look back upon their perceived failures as beneficial events. The learning process can be treacherous, painful, and seemingly impossible at times, but sticking to your goals through that process becomes the marker of the ultimately successful. People who succeed in business, personal relationships, and other areas of life are those who take the lessons of their failures and turn them into a positive. Can you really call it a failure if you have genuinely learned something from the experience? Or is it really just another step on the path that leads to your desired goal?

Rock bottom makes for a pretty solid foundation, but you can’t build much down there.

Most businesses will struggle and falter at some point. Most relationships will decay, dissolve, or break apart. It is impossible to go through life without experiencing a fall, a disappointment, or an unexpected result. And when you hit the proverbial bottom of the barrel there are only two choices — to stay at the bottom or to climb out again.

It is often tempting, especially in the initial hours and days, to just wallow at the bottom, to want to give up and just stay there. Climbing is hard, and the fall was painful. But making success doesn’t come from the bottom. You have to find the will and courage to begin that climb again. Successful people are the climbers that look ahead and remember what caused their fall in the first place. If you don’t learn, you will just end up on the bottom again.

Forgive Yourself, but Don’t Forget!

Always remember how it felt, but don’t allow yourself to wallow in self-recrimination —it isn’t productive. Failure never feels good, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do you good. Forgive yourself, and others, who may have brought you down, but always keep in mind how it happened. If one of your business partners was unable to fulfill their function, perhaps it is time to find a new partner or find a new responsibility for the existing partner that is better aligned to their talents and abilities. If you were so overwhelmed that you dropped the ball, perhaps learning to delegate and prioritize more efficiently is the key.

Really “making success” is defined by our reactions to failure, both our own and the perceived failures of others. Those who stand up, brush themselves off, and keep climbing while maintaining the lessons of their past mistakes firmly in mind, will eventually become successful leaders in their businesses and personal lives.

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Five Simple Ways You Can Change Someone’s Life https://mobileappsforcharity.com/five-simple-ways-you-can-change-someones-life/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:58:44 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5391 change someone's life

Five Simple Ways You Can Change Someone’s Life

We each have a responsibility. We are constantly surrounded by other people, and we need to do what we can to make their lives better – in effect, change someone’s life. While this sounds very high and fancy, it can honestly be quite down-to-earth and even easy. These are five simple things that you can do to impact the people in your workplace.

1. Be diligent. Did you know that you can change someone’s life without saying anything? As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. So set a good example, no matter who is watching you. You never know who will notice and try to emulate you.

2. Be positive. Many people will be more grateful than you realize for a kind word or a smile here and there. Praise people for their successes. If there is a problem, try to find a solution instead of simply yelling at them for doing something wrong. This can turn someone’s life completely around. 

3. Be a mentor. Being a mentor doesn’t mean you have to go out for coffee with someone on a weekly basis and have hour-long chats (although that’s not a bad idea). You can mentor others in the workplace in very simple ways. Ask your employees or less-experienced coworkers if they have any questions. Offer advice without being patronizing. Take extra time to show them how to do something. Mentors can change someone’s life.

4. Be personal. It’s okay to use work time to chat sometimes, especially if someone really needs a friend. Don’t go too personal at first. Ask about a pet. Ask how someone’s weekend was. You may be the first person to take an interest in your coworker, so don’t pass up the opportunity to reach out!

5. Be open. This is absolutely crucial. While you may know a whole lot more than someone else, you make mistakes and have your bad days, too. If you try to hide this fact, you will come across as proud. Instead, be vulnerable. Let others see you work through your faults in a mature way. This can make a huge difference in another person’s life. 

By putting into practice these five simple tips, you can impact the people around you in unbelievable ways! This is something you want to start right away! The sooner you begin, the sooner you can change someone’s life.

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How Positive Thoughts Promote Positive Results https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-positive-thoughts-promote-positive-results/ Mon, 14 May 2018 18:58:04 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5393 Positive Thoughts

How Positive Thoughts Promote Positive Results

Having a positive attitude is imperative in order to be successful in business, and in life. If you choose to have a positive attitude, you are able to accomplish anything. When you surround yourself with negative people, you too will become negative and less productive. Focusing on the positive in all situations is what drives you to be successful. It’s easy to get bogged down with the negative in daily life, but it takes strength to rise above and focus on finding solutions to your problems. How does having a positive attitude impact your life? Let’s take a look at how positive thoughts can promote positive results.

Positivity produces energy. We are all acquainted with someone who sucks the life out of their peers with their negative outlook. It seems they have several problems and usually appear drained and tired. When you’re smiling and positive, endorphins are released which create more energy, and having more energy increases productivity. Positive thoughts and feeling positive in general increases brain stimulation, enhances your problem-solving abilities, and reduces stress.

You begin to expect success and not failure. When your thoughts drift to the negative side, you will naturally expect failure. When a negative thought forces its way into your head, it is important to change it by focusing on the positive of the situation. This will train your brain to go straight to the positive and avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress. Always be mindful to focus on how to fix the problem, rather than on the problem itself.

You tend to think more constructively and creatively. Having a negative mindset creates a closed mind. When you focus only on the positive, your mind will open and allow you to think more constructively and creatively. Positive thoughts open you to more possibilities, making it easier for you to solve problems and overcome obstacles.

It isn’t likely that you’ll meet a negative person who has become successful. Those who are successful usually have a positive outlook, find solutions to their problems, and turn obstacles into opportunities. Remember to focus your attention on what you can do rather than what you can’t do, practice positive affirmations, and always believe you will succeed. There is no room for negativity on your path to success! Positive thoughts push all negativity to the side.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using a variety of advanced strategies. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill, and positive media exposure.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

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The influence of social media and your brand https://mobileappsforcharity.com/the-influence-of-social-media-and-your-brand/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/the-influence-of-social-media-and-your-brand/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:58:50 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=5290

The influence of social media and your brand

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.

In the summer of 2014, the Internet lit up with videos and posts of friends and family pouring buckets of ice water on their heads. These now soaked participants had been called out to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – an online social campaign to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, commonly known as ALS.

The social media campaign for this challenge forced people to become aware of ALS. If they didn’t know about the disease before, they became informed through the viral postings.

Since then, social campaigns have increasingly materialized throughout the country.


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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was unique in the way it used social media to achieve success and social gain. It started a trend of campaigns that used social media to advocate for a cause they believed in. Brands realized through this challenge, that they could turn to social media to spread the word about their services or beliefs.

The success of these challenges is proof that using social media and your brand can create power in the digital world.

To read the complete article, please click here.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using LinkedIn. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive LinkedIn Lead Generation and other marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. The salespeople and small businesses who are our marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

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Ways to improve your creative thinking https://mobileappsforcharity.com/ways-to-improve-your-creative-thinking/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/ways-to-improve-your-creative-thinking/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:54:04 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4839

Ways to Improve Your Creative Thinking

Creative thinking can appear to be a mysterious process. Ask anyone who relies on creative thinking in their career such as an entrepreneur, small business owner, writer or inventor. If you question them as to where their ideas came from many times they won’t be able to tell you. Creativity seems to be a sudden outpouring of inspiration or a flash of insight. However, researchers into creative thinking have discovered a far more complex story. You do not have to wait for a flash of insight or a rush of inspiration to come up with a creative idea. You can make yourself more creative.


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Connectivity

Creativity is about connectivity. Many times, a new insight is a connection between two unrelated ideas. Letting your mind wander is a good way to stumble upon a creative solution to a problem you might be facing or onto a new insight. The strange thing about this is that the mind needs to be free enough in order to wander and make those connections which are necessary to creative thinking and yet the mind needs to be focused enough to use those connections. A mind that is too focused will lack creative thinking and a mind that is not focused enough will not be able to do anything with creativity.


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Creative Thinking - image oneThe writer Austin Kleon suggests a potential solution to this conundrum. By carrying around a notebook, you can jot down potential ideas as they come to you. Gradually you may come to discover connections between the ideas you come up with. Go to public places and observe your surroundings. It is possible that something you see or hear might jog the creative part of your brain. Eventually, your notes may come together to form a great idea. Even if they don’t, you may discover unexpected byways or possibilities.

The Psychology of Creativity

Certain emotional states can improve creative thinking. A positive mood increases creative thinking. It is very difficult to do much of anything when you feel anxious or depressed. While it can be difficult to avoid those states at times, if you want to think creatively it is best to stay positive. One way of lifting your mood and therefore boosting your creativity is to listen to happy music. Bright, happy colors like blue and green can also spark a creative mood. Another way to spark creative thinking is to give a problem some distance. If you step back from a problem for a while you might stumble upon a solution you hadn’t considered before.

Creative Thinking - image twoAnother technique which increases creative thinking is to spend time in nature. It’s been known for some time that spending time in nature has beneficial psychological affects. There is something about the feel of the sunlight on your face, the wind in your hair and the feel of life growing all around you that can spark creative thinking. There is also the fact that outdoor activities such as walking, hiking or, for the adventurous, mountain climbing involve physical exercise. Physical exercise has also been shown to improve creativity.

Final Note

Creativity is a state of mind. Some people think that a person has to be born with a particular talent to be creative. However, the mind can be trained to think creatively. By following certain techniques and keeping the right frame of mind you can create amazing things.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using LinkedIn. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive LinkedIn Lead Generation and other marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. The salespeople and small businesses who are our marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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Business Advice from local owners https://mobileappsforcharity.com/business-advice-from-local-owners/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/business-advice-from-local-owners/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 17:35:08 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4762

Business Advice from Three Local Business Owners

For this article, I spoke with three local business owners and asked them about business advice. The three business owners I asked are all located at the historic Cotton Exchange in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is a hub of local commerce and small businesses. The three owners I spoke with were Wu Ping of Ping’s Tibet which sells traditional Tibetan art and clothing, Lisa Larue of Heart of Carolina which sells crafts made by native artisans, and James Smith of Coastal Paws which sells pet supplies. Each owner gave me different business advice and touched upon multiple aspects of running a business, from keeping customers to treating employees well.

Customers

Business Advice - CustomersWhen I asked Ping about business advice, she focused on maintaining a relationship with customers. “You want the customer to come back again, keep the customer happy,” she told me. Every business depends on customers. Without the customer to support the business and buy the products which the business is selling, your business will very quickly cease to exist. So, how do you attract and maintain customers?

Ping’s business advice was to have a niche market. When a business is unique and has a product or service that no other business does or does a service in a different way than other businesses, it naturally attracts a customer base. Ping’s Tibet is also known for its excellent customer service which is also necessary for a business to thrive. Keeping your customer happy means being genuinely polite and friendly. People like genuine friendliness and will come back to a business if they like the service they receive.


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Passion

Business Advice - PassionLisa Larue focused on a different aspect of business when I asked her for business advice. “Do something that you love and stay committed,” she told me. When a person is passionate about something, they will enjoy doing it even if it’s difficult or they have to work hard to accomplish it. In fact, passion can make things less difficult because a person will really enjoy what they are doing. When a person is passionate about something they will naturally do it better as they will put more effort into it. If you’re passionate about your business, it’s easier to stay committed.

In addition, passion attracts customers. People are attracted to the energy and exuberance of a passionate person. If you’re excited about your products, your customer will be too. This makes it easier to market your products and to sell them.


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Employees

Business Advice - EmployeesJames Smith, who owns Coastal Paws with his wife, focused on relationships to one’s employees when I asked him for business advice. “Pay your employees well,” he told me. While some businesses, such as very small storefronts, might be able to get away with not having employees most business owners need them. No one can be expected to do everything on their own after all. Therefore, employees are an important part of a business. If an owner wants their business to be successful, they will want to give incentives to their employees to do the best job they can. Paying them and treating them with respect is the best way to do this.

Conclusion

Each owner I spoke with shared a different perspective with me, but there are connections between the three pieces of business advice I received. A business owner needs passion, needs to attract customers and needs to treat their employees well. If an owner has passion, it naturally creates a customer base and attracts employees who may share the owner’s passion. These three aspects are necessary for a successful business.

If you like the business advice from these small business owners please consider patronizing their establishments! Our country depends on small businesses like these!

Ping’s Tibet
Heart of Carolina
Coastal Paws

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using LinkedIn. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive LinkedIn Lead Generation and other marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. The salespeople and small business who are our marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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How to Get Motivated https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-to-get-motivated/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-to-get-motivated/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 16:42:53 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4706

How to Get Motivated!

Sometimes, it is very difficult to get motivated. Perhaps, you are going to do a task that you find unpleasant or tedious. When you are about to do a difficult task, especially one in which you have little or no interest, you may find yourself distracted. You may begin to procrastinate and the next thing you know, you’ve wasted an hour looking at cat videos on YouTube or clicking on articles about what became of obscure celebrities who used to star on television shows from your childhood. It goes without saying that procrastination is not helpful. So, how does one avoid it? In addition, how can you help employees get motivated? If you understand how to motivate yourself, you can begin learning how to motivate others.

Motivating Yourself

Get Motivated - 1The first key to getting motivated is to increase your focus. The more you focus, the easier it is to get motivated to do something. The brain is a muscle. Like any muscle, it needs to be exercised in order to get stronger. One good way to do this is to start gradually. You can set a goal of focusing completely on a task for a set amount of time. The time doesn’t need to be very long, say five to ten minutes. Afterwards, you can take a break and then return to the task. Once you’re able to focus you can gradually increase the time. Physical exercise is also a good way to increase focus. Studies have shown that strengthening the body through physical exercise has the effect of increasing focus, probably through increasing willpower. This helps you to get motivated.

There is a trick using brain chemistry that can help you to get motivated. When we accomplish a goal, we get a rush of the brain hormone responsible for pleasure, dopamine. Success can literally be addictive! The more you accomplish, the better you feel. The key is that to get this rush you need to actually accomplish something. Keep this in mind and set a daily goal for yourself. Some foods such as chocolate, blueberries and fish can also have this dopamine-releasing affect. One practical way of achieving goals and increasing motivation is to make a list of goals. This helps you to remember what it is you need to do.


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Motivating Employees

Once you understand how to motivate yourself, it is easy to begin learning how to help others to get motivated. When motivating employees, it is important to give your employees a specific goal to work towards. People are more motivated when they have a goal to accomplish. Meeting a goal gives people a sense of accomplishment. If your employee feels that they are accomplishing something, they will naturally be more motivated. It is important that these goals be small and reasonable.

Get Motivated - 2If the goal is too far reaching then you’ll have ended up discouraging your employees rather than motivating them. A small goal has the advantage of being easily achievable with a little effort. When your employees have achieved a goal, it is a good idea to reward them. This gives them an extra incentive. Incentives, such as pay raises or other benefits, are a good way to motivate employees. An employee with a good salary and a 401K is likely to be a very motivated employee!

Many times an unmotivated employee may not feel excited or passionate about their work because of a negative work environment or because he doesn’t feel like a part of the company. When a person feels a personal investment in something then they are more likely to get motivated. So, how do you make your employee feel like a valued member of your company? It is good to be transparent. Let your employee have his or her say when it comes to important decisions. This will give them a feeling of investment and power which will go a long way towards motivation.


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There is also the case of a negative work environment causing employee motivation to decline. According to a recent study conducted by Towers Perrin, the five most common causes of a negative work environment are an excessive workload, concerns about management’s ability to lead, anxiety about the future, lack of challenge in their work and insufficient recognition for their accomplishments. By addressing each issue, you can have more motivated employees. An excessive workload can be remedied through dividing up tasks among several employees. This prevents one employee from being overloaded.

Concerns about a manager’s ability to lead can often lead to anxiety about the future. The only way to solve that problem is to have an inspiring management style that radiates confidence. If you’re confident, then that will radiate to your employees and help them get motivated. On the other side of not overwhelming your employees with too much work, you do not want to give your employees so little work that they become bored. Balance is important when it comes to this issue. When an employee accomplishes something, you want to give them recognition. This will prevent them from losing motivation.

Conclusion

Everyone may lose motivation at one time or another. Through coming to understand how you can get motivated, you can increase the productivity of your business. You can also help to motivate your employees so your business can be the best it can be.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using LinkedIn. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive LinkedIn Lead Generation and other marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. The salespeople and small business who are our marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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How to Fire a Problem Client https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-to-fire-a-problem-client/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/how-to-fire-a-problem-client/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:25:44 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4657

Don’t let a problem client bring your business down!

There are times in business when problems with others are going to arise. Conflict with others is a natural part of life. Two people may not agree on how something should be done or personalities might clash. Some conflicts are minor and may easily be resolved through understanding, compromise and empathy. However, not every conflict can be so easily solved.


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There are times when a relationship must be ended for the continued welfare (and sanity!) of everyone involved. When it comes to the point when you need to discontinue a relationship with a problem client you may feel a bit nervous about how you should approach it. As liberating as it can be, change can also be frightening and it is not wise to burn bridges. So, how does one discontinue a relationship with a client?

Reasons

Firing a Problem Client - ReasonsFirst, consider why you are firing the client. Is it an issue that can be resolved through communication? Have you clearly communicated your frustrations or grievances to your client? If so, consider how they have responded. If the client has at least attempted to change any objectionable behavior or attempted to work with you, the relationship might be salvageable. If the client has not even attempted that, it’s doubtful that the relationship is still workable.

There are certain behaviors that should immediately be considered deal breakers. There is a difference between a client who is merely annoying and a client who is dishonest. A client who deceives you is one that you do not want to continue having further dealings with. A client who is verbally abusive or aggressive is one you should immediately show the door. A relationship requires mutual respect. If the client is not willing to treat you with respect, the relationship needs to end.

Other reasons to fire your client include the client making unreasonable demands, not paying for your services or they never respond to you. What constitutes an unreasonable demand is a matter of opinion, but if your client is calling you in the middle of the night requesting that you do something for them you might want to reconsider the relationship.

There are reasons to fire a client other than the ones I have just stated. Sometimes, people simply do not get along. Their personalities may clash or they might simply have clashing values. If you find that you and your client are spending more time in conflict than you are being productive then it is time to say goodbye.


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Methods

There are several ways to fire a client without causing hurt feelings or an awkward situation. Honesty, as always, is key. One script you may consider using when firing a client is the classic “it’s not you, it’s me.” Simply explain to the client that you and the client are not getting along and that the client would be better served going elsewhere. You can give the client reasons, but that is up to you. Pointing the client to certain competitors is also something you can do as it points them in a direction away from yourself. The competitors might be annoyed, of course, but they might be a better fit for a client.

Firing a Problem Client - shaking handsAnother script which can be used is to make it professional rather than personal. In fact, this script probably works best in most situations. Inform your client that your business is moving in a new direction and will no longer be offering them your services. As in the last script you can point them in the direction of other businesses that might better fit their needs, personalities or values. The advantage of this script is that it comes across as a business decision rather than a personal one therefore making you look professional.

No matter the route you choose to dismiss your client, there are some things to remember. Be direct, be polite and be firm. An aggressive client might be expected to be as difficult leaving as they were in other areas. Simply remain firm and calm. In general, calmness tends to defuse a potentially hostile situation.


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Conclusion

Firing a client can be a difficult decision. You might worry that your business could suffer loss of revenue or you might not be sure of how to end a relationship with a client. The easiest way to go about firing a client is simply to do it. Be direct and honest with your client and you will find that your business will benefit.

Freeing yourself from this situation has both personal and business benefits. On a personal level your stress will probably drop significantly. With your problem client gone you will be able to find a client that can better fit your business needs.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps salespeople and small businesses generate inbound leads using LinkedIn. We help select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and create native mobile applications for them. Our unique integration of these initiatives helps increase our client’s community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive LinkedIn Lead Generation and other marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. The salespeople and small business who are our marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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Effective Communication in Multicultural Offices https://mobileappsforcharity.com/effective-communication-in-multicultural-offices/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/effective-communication-in-multicultural-offices/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:21:31 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4614

Effective Communication in Multicultural Offices

Introduction

Communication is an important aspect of any area of life and is particularly important in business. Effective communication between employees and between employees and employers can be crucial to the smooth running of a business.

Naturally, everyone has their own, distinctive communication style. This distinctive communication is usually a result of multiple factors which can include a person’s upbringing, life experiences, level of education, the region they grew up in or the culture they are a member of. In our increasingly globalized world it is important to understand the communication styles of other cultures.


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Separated By a Common Language

Effective Communication AmericanPerhaps the most troubling aspect of intercultural communication can be misinterpreting someone who comes from the same culture as you, but has a different dialect or other regional difference. As in every situation involving difficulties in effective communication, empathy and listening are required to resolve any issues that might arise in this situation.

In the United States, there are several regional cultures. However, it is possible for these many cultures to be classified as either southern or northern. Northerners tend to have a more direct communication style than Southerners, many of whom can be euphemistic or use other indirect styles of communication. Southerners tend to misinterpret Northerners directness as rudeness while Northerners see Southerners as frustrating. There are, of course, stereotypes which both groups hold about each other. While generalizations can be made about people from other cultures, stereotypes are never helpful and make things worse during a conflict.

Effective Communication BritishSoutherners and Northerners may have cultural differences, but there are many more cultural differences between Americans and the British. These differences are linguistic as well as cultural. The British use of the metric system while Americans stubbornly cling to our own unique system of weights and measures is only a small example of this. The British refer to cigarettes as “fags” which, in American slang, is an offensive term for a male homosexual. The British may also refer to “trash” as “rubbish”, live in a “flat” rather than an “apartment” or go “on holiday” rather than “vacation.”

The British are also more hierarchical than Americans and tend to be more directed by their supervisors than American workers. The British avoid small talk and prize a “stiff upper lip” while Americans are chattier and tend to smile more. The American custom of smiling at strangers can be disconcerting to the more reserved British or other Europeans. This does not mean the British are unfriendly. The British can be as friendly as anyone else. They simply take more time to get to know someone and put a great deal of emphasis on long lasting personal relationships. As a consequence, they take time forging these relationships.

The Irish, who were once members of the British Empire and some of whom still consider themselves British, share some of the same dialect and cultural traits as the British. I once read an article about an Irish woman working in the United States who was asked what time it was. Her American colleague didn’t understand what she meant by the phrase half-four until she explained that it meant four thirty. The Irish woman also got confused when asking where the rubbish bin was-or as Americans know it, the trash can. There are, of course, also differences between the Irish and British. Drinking at work during lunchtime is acceptable among the British, but shocked an Irish immigrant (despite certain cultural stereotypes which might lead one to believe it would be the reverse). The same immigrant noted that the Irish ignore rules that are stupid while the British are more rule abiding.

Americans fall somewhere in the middle between these two extremes, abiding by rules yet likely to speak out when encountering a rule considered to go against values such as tolerance or fairness that are central to American culture. A British person may be less likely to speak out. Willingness to go against perceived authority or to speak out is an aspect of an individual’s communication style. It should be noted that this can also be a result of personality style apart from culture. However, a person’s culture might reinforce their inborn personality traits.


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Strangers in a Strange Land

When cultural communication styles clash, it is most likely to be between two members of completely separate cultures. Due to a complex history of immigration, there are multiple ethnic groups in the United States. The majority of these immigrants are from Hispanic countries, Mexico in particular, and China. Both of these cultures favor communication styles that are different from the standard American communication style and are liable to cause misunderstandings.

Effective Communication HispanicThe Hispanic communication style has a tendency towards what might be perceived as friendly and warm, which is also what many Europeans say about Americans. One difference that could lead to conflict is the emphasis Hispanic culture put on respectful titles. For example, a teacher once became offended when her Hispanic students would not call her by her first name preferring to refer to her as “teacher.” To the Hispanic students, this was a gesture of respect. The American teacher saw it as unwillingness to accept American cultural norms and possibly a sign of unfriendliness.

Hispanics also have a different nonverbal communication style in that they are more physically affectionate. Like many cultures with Mediterranean roots, Hispanics will stand close to someone when speaking with them. This might make Americans uncomfortable as Americans will stand more at a distance during a conversation. Hispanics will also speak in a more animated and emotional way, another part of their communication style which might make Americans uncomfortable.

From a different perspective, Americans’ tendency to stand at arms length during a conversation and express less emotion is just as likely to make Hispanics uncomfortable. Another difference in body language that could cause friction between Americans and Hispanics is the way in which eye contact is perceived. Hispanics will avoid looking someone in authority in the eyes as this could be seen as disrespectful. Among Americans, eye contact is seen as a sign of trust. When working with Hispanic employees, keep these differences in body language in mind. Body language varies by culture and is just as important as verbal cues.

Effective Communication ChineseChinese culture is very different from both Hispanics and Americans. The Chinese put more emphasis on maintaining harmony within a group, rather than the Western emphasis on the individual. One thing Westerners may find frustrating is the unwillingness in Chinese culture to say no directly. To say no directly in Chinese culture may be considered both insulting and cause a person to lose face. To remedy this, the Chinese may nod along to what someone is saying while using cues to say no. Naturally, these cues would be understood by fellow Chinese individuals or members of other Asian cultures. By no means are Chinese individuals being dishonest by this subtlety. Indeed, honesty is highly valued by the Chinese.

It is when Westerners and the Chinese communicate that misunderstandings deriving from this custom may arise. The Chinese say no indirectly by using vague words like “possibly”, “maybe” or “perhaps.” These words are a sign that the person you are speaking with is trying to say no without coming out with it. The Chinese may also use words that would imply assent to a Westerner such as “sure” or “ok” which imply that the speaker is saying no. Other ways in which the Chinese say no is by putting things off, making excuses or even telling a white lie. The Chinese consider it better to tell a lie than to hurt someone’s feelings by directly refusing someone. By understanding these cultural cues, misunderstandings and hurt feelings can be mitigated or eliminated.

Universal Values

Effective Communication Universal Cultural ValuesDespite the differences between cultures, there are universal values. Anthropologists have determined that the values all cultures share are the search for truth and justice, self-respect balanced with humility and respect for others. These are values that everyone seeks to practice. In addition, people are unique individuals not just results of their culture. Effective communication takes all of this into account.

Conclusion

Certainly culture plays a role in a person’s behavior, but it is only a single facet. Through pursuing listening, empathy and the universal values of respect and kindness, effective communication is possible. With these tips, you can make it work with people from many diverse backgrounds.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and creates native mobile applications for them. We help small businesses generate leads and increase their community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive marketing (LinkedIn, mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. Participating small business marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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How Communication Styles Affect Your Business https://mobileappsforcharity.com/communication-styles/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/communication-styles/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:31:04 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4469

How Communication Styles Affect Your Business

Communication is an important aspect of all areas of a person’s life. A business relies upon communication. An employer needs to clearly communicate their directions to employees. Employees need to communicate with both their employers and fellow employees. It is also necessary to communicate with customers. Each person has a different style of communication which can be a result of inborn temperament, life experiences or cultural background. Each culture has a unique communication style, which can cause friction when two people of separate cultures interact. Communication is not just verbal. There are nonverbal behavioral cues which play into communication styles. These cues also differ from culture to culture and even from region to region within the same culture. The most common communication styles are aggressive, assertive, passive-aggressive, manipulative and submissive.


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The Aggressive, Assertive and Passive-Aggressive Styles

Communication Styles-AggressiveThe aggressive communication style is loud and dominating. Things have to be done the way the aggressive communicator wants them to be and they rarely listen to others. They are often described as being frightening or hostile. This is not the sort of individual anyone would want to work with!

The assertive communication style is confident without being domineering. An assertive communicator respects the rights of others, but at the same time recognizes that they also have value. They express their needs clearly, without resorting to such tactics as manipulation or aggressive displays. This is the healthiest and most effective communication style. Assertive communicators make effective leaders.

Communication-Styles-AssertiveThe passive-aggressive communication style is on the opposite end from the aggressive communication style. The passive-aggressive communicator is spiteful, while outwardly passive. They are just as harmful as the aggressive communicator, but in a different way. Rather than being outwardly aggressive, the passive-aggressive communicator will more subtly undermine their real or perceived opponents. They may accomplish this through gossip, sulking or sarcasm.

The Manipulative and Submissive Styles

The manipulative communication style is one in which the communicator controls others in ways in which the other person is not aware. They are cunning and experts in mind games. They use communication as a way of making others do what they want. This individual may be a sociopath or have some other personality disorder. Like the aggressive communicator, you do not want to work with this individual!

Communication Styles-SubmissiveThe submissive communicator is the exact opposite of the aggressive communicator. They do not value their own needs and do not communicate their needs. They are apologetic, refuse to accept compliments and yield easily to the needs of others. They feel like a victim and that they have no power in their lives.

Communication Styles at Work

The healthiest communication style is the assertive style, but most people fall somewhere in the middle of these styles or use different styles for different situations. How can you encourage your employees to be more assertive? It depends on the type of employees you have. If you have a very submissive or passive-aggressive employee, you need to encourage them to express their feeling and needs. You can do this by asking for their feedback. This lets them know that their opinions are valued and they do not need to be afraid to express themselves. When the submissive or passive-aggressive communicator does speak up in a way that is both clear and healthy they should be given reinforcement. Simply thanking them for sharing could be enough.


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The aggressive and manipulative communicators are more difficult to work with, but it is not impossible. It is key to establish boundaries with these individuals. With aggressive employees, remember to stay in control and calm. If you become angry, it will only serve to make the aggressive employee angrier. This will only escalate the situation. However, you should not avoid conflict. When conflict becomes inevitable you should remain calm, but also be firm. If you remain calm, it is likely that they will eventually calm down as well because their will be no metaphorical fuel for their fire.

The most difficult communicator to work with is the manipulative communicator. While it is difficult to work with this individual, that does not make it impossible. The major thing to look out for when dealing with this communicator is the mind games they will try to play. Once you are aware of these mind games, it is easier to deal with the manipulative communicator. A manipulator will make themselves out to be the victim. They may make you feel guilty. There are multiple ways to deal with this individual. First, you can remove yourself from a conversation with this person if it is possible. This will give you time to think of a way to deal with them.

The manipulator works by playing with your emotions. The more emotional you are, the more clouded your judgment becomes. The manipulator will take advantage of this. When your mind is calm, you will be more able to see through this individual’s manipulations. Be as direct as possible and call them out when they are trying to manipulate you. You can tell them to speak to you directly. As with the aggressive communicator, you have to set up boundaries with this individual.

One might wonder why they would want certain communicators around. The aggressive, passive-aggressive and manipulative communicators are particularly problematic. However, they do have positive qualities. The aggressive communicator has a great deal of energy which can be channeled in a productive direction. The passive-aggressive and manipulative communicators are characterized by cunning which takes intelligence. This can also be channeled in a productive direction.

Conclusion

Everyone has a unique communication style which can have both benefits and drawbacks. Generally, a person’s communication style has helped them throughout their life. It can be difficult to change. Many people can change their communication styles if they are put in the right situation. In a small business, nonprofit, or other organization a person will encounter different personality types and communication styles. Through understanding the communication styles of others, and how to work with them, your organization can improve its morale and productivity.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and creates native mobile applications for them. We help small businesses generate leads and increase their community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive marketing (LinkedIn, mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. Participating small business marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to help? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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Attracting Customers for businesses and nonprofits https://mobileappsforcharity.com/attracting-customers-for-businesses-and-nonprofits/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/attracting-customers-for-businesses-and-nonprofits/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:16:56 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4340

As a nonprofit, do you still need to be attracting customers to your website?

Since the beginning of the digital age, the internet has become increasingly important to businesses – especially when it comes to attracting customers. If you are a nonprofit does this apply? Absolutely! But who is your customer? Certainly donors and in today’s world it goes much farther than this. Today’s “customer” is tomorrow’s donor, volunteer and board member.

Image One-Attracting Customers

This trend began with websites like Amazon and Ebay, which sell products online. Now, all companies, businesses and nonprofits have websites. From large, international organizations to those that are small and local it is crucial to be “seen”. It is important that you have a presence online through your own websites – but also social media websites. With the internet, a business can reach consumers from all over the world. The internet is also useful for marketing a company’s products or services. However, not all web sites are created equal. A good website has a number of qualities that help it to stand out and attract customers.


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Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a way to make your website more visible and accessible to visitors as well as attracting customers to your website. The internet is filled with countless pages. Search engines go through each of these pages nearly instantaneously seeking the requested information. In order to find the information, the search engine goes according to two factors. According to Moz, these factors are relevance and popularity. To give one example of a popular search engine’s ranking factor, Google ranks keywords appearing in the domain name, keywords appearing as the first word in the domain name, domain registration length and a keyword appearing in the sudomain name.

Image Two-Attracting CustomersThere are other factors, but these are the top four. Three of these factors involve keywords. The use of keywords is very important in search engine optimization and attracts customers to your website. A keyword should be specific for the purpose of attracting customers to your website. Keywords should also have a level of diversity. If you are using the same keywords as your competitor it will prevent you from standing out.


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Organizing Your Website

Now that you have attracted visitors to your website, you want to make sure that your visitors have an easy time navigating your site and are able to easily locate what they are looking for. Do not underestimate such factors as a pleasing design and layout. While most websites go for grey or black letters on a white background, you might also choose to use a grey or black background with white letters as some individuals find this easier to read. The font you choose should be easily readable. Times New Roman is the standard form. Futura, Apercu and Proxima Nova are also popular. A good layout and design makes your website both professional and easy to navigate.

You should also consider the use of graphics when setting up your website. Your logo is a big factor in making your organization easily recognizable. Don’t skimp here! Images related to your product can also attract visitors. There is a saying that a picture speaks a thousand words. In general, articles that have pictures have substantially more views than those that don’t. This is because images are processed more rapidly than words and can draw in the visitor’s attention quickly. There is also strength in simplicity. A good layout for a website should be free of clutter and the visitor should be able to quickly find what they are looking for.

Bringing It All Together

The task of creating a website can seem overwhelming at first. There are millions of websites. The challenge is making your website stand out. By learning how to use keywords to attract visitors to your site and how to create a layout that will give visitors a satisfying experience you can help your business develop, grow and thrive.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and creates native mobile applications for them. We help small businesses generate leads and increase their community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive marketing (LinkedIn, mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. Participating small business marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to work with? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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Today’s Socially Conscious Consumers https://mobileappsforcharity.com/todays-socially-conscious-consumers/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/todays-socially-conscious-consumers/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:58:22 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4182

Today’s Socially Conscious Consumers

Studies show that increasing numbers of consumers are taking social issues into account when choosing the businesses they frequent. According to a report from GT Nexus, many consumers would even pay more to buy goods from socially conscious businesses. Fifty-two percent said they would pay more for food and drink produced by sustainable means, forty-five percent would pay more for footwear produced by sustainable means and forty-four percent would pay more for pharmaceuticals produced by ethically sustainable means. Millennials are even more interested in sustainable and socially conscious business practices. In 2014, seventy-two percent of Millennials stated that they would pay more to buy products from socially conscious companies. Clearly, issues of social responsibility as well as environmental sustainability are important to the rising generation of consumers.

This should raise questions for businesses. For example:

  • What does it mean to be a socially responsible business?
  • How can a business balance growth with sustainability?
  • How can a business meaningfully contribute to positive social change?

When it comes to social issues, there are a few main ones that consumers particularly care about. These are animal rights and the humane treatment of animals in the food processing industry, labor rights and environmental sustainability.

Animal Rights

Socially Conscious - inside image -2Many consumers have concerns about the treatment of animals in the food processing industry. On several factory farms, cruelty and abuse to animals are common. Some consumers have embraced vegetarianism due to their concerns over animal welfare. However, it is not necessary to be vegetarian in order to be socially responsible. One socially responsible business practice companies wishing to embrace social responsibility may consider is the practice of raising animals free range. Free range animals are not kept in cages all day and are allowed to engage in natural behaviors. The sale of eggs produced by free range chickens has been rising according to a report by The Guardian newspaper. Consumers have become increasingly sensitive to the issue of animal welfare and this is reflected in their purchasing.


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Labor Rights

Another socially responsible business practice companies might consider is fair labor practices. Treating employees fairly is a practice that can directly impact a business. Not only is it morally right, it also creates happier employers. A business that pays its workers fairly, treats them well, and ensures a safe working environment is a business that will naturally attract people to come and work for them. In addition, the employees will want to continue to work for them.

Socially Conscious - inside image - 3Consumers have also become more aware of fair labor practices, particularly since several well-publicized disasters in factories that did not ensure the safety of their workers. Consumers do not feel comfortable supporting these businesses. The New York Times reveals that customers in fact paid more for products produced by companies with fair labor practices. Businesses that employ fair labor practices have a competitive advantage over companies that do not and this competitive advantage will increase as consumers become more aware of labor issues.

Environmental Issues

Over the last several years, people have become increasingly concerned about environmental issues. Preserving our resources for future generations is another business practice socially responsible companies can address. The conservation of our resources is a particularly important issue as is preventing pollution of the air and water. This is also an issue that consumers care about. I stated earlier that many consumers would pay more for footwear produced by sustainable means.

What does it mean to be sustainable? Sustainability strives to create a balance between human needs and the environment. Nature is a self-regulating system, but over-exploitation of certain resources can cause environmental damage. For example, some logging companies have overused forests so much that it has led to deforestation. Deforestation can lead to all sorts of negative results including soil erosion and even disease as disease carrying insects are driven from their natural habitat.

Companies can contribute to preserving our environment in numerous ways. The first is through buying from suppliers that use sustainable practices, such as recycling or thinning certain trees to encourage growth. Of course, sustainability varies from industry to industry. One exciting avenue for environmental sustainability is clean coal. While coal has been associated with pollution, clean coal strips impurities from coal which helps to prevent air pollution.


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Corporate Responsibility

Socially Conscious - inside image - 1Businesses play a large role in society. They are also just as dependent upon society as society is on them. As people become increasingly aware of social and environmental issues, businesses will need to adapt to meet the values of a new generation of consumers.

By embracing corporate responsibility and finding ways to balance growth, cost, social justice and sustainability companies can attract new consumers and retain existing clients.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps select nonprofits and charities with their fundraising and creates native mobile applications for them. We help small businesses increase their community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure.

We provide our nonprofit mobile apps at no cost to the organization. Small businesses become marketing partners of the apps. Marketing partners receive marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. Participating small business marketing partners earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

Want to suggest a nonprofit or charity for us to work with? Click here!

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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Resolve Conflict at Work https://mobileappsforcharity.com/resolve-conflict-at-work/ https://mobileappsforcharity.com/resolve-conflict-at-work/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:50:42 +0000 https://mobileappsforcharity.com/?p=4077

How to Resolve Conflict at Work

As is true anywhere in life, conflicts with others are bound to occur at work. Conflicts at work fall into three categories. The first category is conflict between two or more employees. The second category is conflict between labor and management. The third category is conflict between employees and customers. While every situation is different, there are strategies for resolving each one of these conflicts to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved.

resolve conflict inside - 1A conflict at work may be work-related, such as when two individuals disagree on how a task should be done, or it may be personal. Personal conflicts are the most difficult to resolve and are often the most destructive. In some cases, one individual is the source of the conflict. In these situations, the solution may be reassigning the offending individual. Fortunately, there are alternatives that prevent a conflict from going that far.

There are strategies to use when you resolve conflict at work regardless of whom the conflict is between or the reasons behind the conflict.


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Strategies for Resolving Conflicts

The first strategy is mutual respect. The second strategy is remaining calm and approaching the conflict without getting upset or being purely guided by emotion, particularly anger. Having a cooling off period is an excellent strategy to ensure a clearer perspective once you return to the issues of the conflict. The third strategy is listening. Allow all parties to share their perspectives. Keep an open mind and be aware of options that may satisfy all parties. The fourth strategy is to not make personal attacks against others. Personal attacks are not helpful to resolving a conflict and, in fact, make the conflict worse. The fifth strategy is to not assign blame. Assigning blame is not helpful. Focus on solving the problem rather than looking for blame or making accusations. Solving the problem is what matters. Above all, do not make the argument personal. A third party neutral mediator is a good way to get a different perspective on a conflict.


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Conflict between Employees

Let’s say that there is a conflict between John and Bob. John and Bob are working together on a project. John feels that Bob is not doing his fair share of the work. Bob feels that John is overbearing and controlling. John and Bob decide to ask Tom to mediate the dispute. Tom patiently listens to both sides and intervenes when John and Bob begin insulting each other. Tom looks at the project and decides that they should divide the work between them in such a way that both John and Bob are doing their fair share of the work. If the conflict persists, they can be assigned to separate teams.

Conflict between Labor and Management

resolve conflict inside - 2There may be a conflict between labor and management. Shelly, a manager, asks Diana, her employee, to work overtime on a weekend. Diana feels that she does not get paid enough to do work on the weekend. Although Diana has worked for Shelly for years, she has not been promoted while other employees have. Shelly listens to Diana’s concerns and realizes that Diana has a justified grievance. Diana agrees to work on the weekend for time-and-a-half pay and a pay raise.

Conflict between A Customer and an Employee

There may also be conflict between a customer and employee. Let’s say Danny, an employee at a retail store, is working on stocking shelves. His manager, Patrick, has complained that he is too slow at completing assigned tasks. A customer, Seamus, comes to Danny asking his help finding an item. Danny tells Seamus that he can’t help him because he has to finish stocking the shelves. Seamus becomes angry because he feels he’s been treated rudely. Danny calmly explains to Seamus that while he is too busy, his colleague Ryan is not. Ryan agrees to help the customer. This resolves the conflict so that everyone’s needs are met. Danny can finish his assignment, Seamus receives assistance finding the item and Ryan has a task to do.

Through listening, being attentive to other’s needs and mutually respectful dialogue conflicts can be peacefully resolved.

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Mobile Apps for Charity (MAFC) helps small businesses increase their community visibility, goodwill and positive media exposure. We create native mobile applications for select nonprofit and charitable organizations. We provide these at no cost to the organization. Small businesses sponsor the apps. Sponsors receive marketing (mobile, social and print). They also receive access to exclusive marketing tools. We help them generate leads by using a socially responsible marketing strategy. Participating small business sponsors earn a generation of new clients.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Marketing page. For a free marketing consultation with one of our principals, please visit this page.

About Charles

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

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