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Planning your business pitch

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  Planning your business pitch The ability to pitch your business, product, service or concept clearly and concisely is critical for success. If you want to gain customers you need to be able to explain why a potential customer should buy from...

Why do you need a business plan?

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A business plan is a written description of your business's future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you've written a plan, ...

Top 10 Tips for Starting a Business

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Starting your own business can be a very difficult time. The tips below will help you to overcome your fears and to make a success of your business dreams. 1) Do what you love.You're going to devote a lot of time and energy to starting a business ...

Get ahead on Twitter for your Business

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Finding the right followers To find Twitter followers for your account, you’ll need to employ some tactics that don’t involve paying for ‘fans.’ This trend to pay for fans and followers is being undermined by the changing algorithms on these social ...

How to Use Social Media Promotions to Grow Your Business

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  Promotions have been a staple in the marketing toolbox for ages. They help grow awareness and create excitement around your brand. But social promotions are even better. It’s the best way to have your message spread authentically (and cheaply...

10 Time Management Tips That Work

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  Are you working on clock time or 'real' time? Learn how to manage your day by understanding the difference with these 10 time management tips. Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you've taken a time management class, read about...
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Working and training for the Hospitality Industry

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  The hospitality, leisure and tourism industry has a great deal to offer graduates both in South Africa and abroad, and it’s still growing. Hotels, restaurants and business tourism directly and indirectly, constitutes approximately 7% of emplo...

Why Team Building Works

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People bring more than their skills and experience to a team; they bring their personality as well. Poor Teamwork Leads to… • Underperformance at work • Poor communication among employees and thus poor communication with customers • De-mo...

What makes a good Manager

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Developing skills to become a good people manager is not easy.  Just because you were a good team member does not automatically make you a good manager. The good news is you can learn and develop your management skills over time.  ...

Dress for success - How to dress for an interview

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  In an interview situation, you're marketing yourself as a product, and so you want and need to have the best image possible. Presenting a professional image is more about doing your homework than spending money. So as you prepare for you...

10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills

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Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your intervi...

Writing an eye catching CV

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  What is a CV? Curriculum Vitae: an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications. Another name for a CV is a résumé. A CV is the most flexible and convenient way to make applications. It...

How to become a plumber

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  How to become a plumber Plumbing has become one of the most popular skilled trades in South Africa, and with good reason: the days are always different, there’s plenty of work available, and the pay is generally good. It isn’t easy to become...
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Working in the Hospitality Industry

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    Around 1.9 million people now work in the hospitality industry. The chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re one of them. You probably also know exactly why your industry is so popular, and why so many people want to work in it. Ye...

3 Tactics to Become a Better Salesperson

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If you’re in a position to “sell” at your company (and no matter what you do for your company, you should be), then you know it’s not always easy to get the ear of the prospect you’re trying to sell to. The worst thing you can do is get on a call or ...

Why is Health and Safety Training Important

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Health and Safety programs reduce the potential for workplace injuries. Employers use safety programs to evaluate hazards and implement measures such as barriers, safety procedures and protective clothing Poor working conditions affect worker health...

Life Skills

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Around the world, Life Skills-Based Education (LSBE) is being adopted as a means to empower young people in challenging situations.  LSBE refers to an interactive process of teaching and learning which enables learners to acquire knowledge an...

Does Team Building Work?

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  Does Team Building work? Team Building is a process that develops corporation and teamwork within a business unit. To establish an effective team, the members need to share a common goal, have respect for each other, know the strengths an...

Can Virtual classrooms compete with face to face training?

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  Are virtual classrooms the way of the future? 10 years ago if you had spoken about virtual education and up skilling individuals by means of online education we would never have believed it – maybe even thought it would be unnecessary. 10 y...

Samples, Freebies Can you afford it?

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Is it a good idea to give products or services away if you're a small business owner? Here are a few guiding principles.   Leverage A Product Or Service That Can Grow Your Business Remember - when you give away a free product or service,...