Making savings and smart financial decision making a part of the daily family conversation is an excellent way for parents to encourage this responsible behavior.What strategies for teaching children about smart spending have you heard about? What works well? What doesn’t work so well? Contributions by Molly Herndon and Carolyn BirdOne of the most important things a parent can instill in their child is a sense of financial responsibility, but talking to children about money is often not a priority for parents. Parents who model smart financial behavior teach even very young children how to make decisions that align with their values and goals. A very basic message parents can share with children is that financial decision-making is about making choices. Parents who are intentional about children how to make choices among many options have a better chance at being successful in helping their children develop the practice of active decision-making. The best news is a little effort can have a big payoff, as these lessons are likely to be carried into adulthood. Here, in the final installment in the November-long “Steps to Financial Freedom” series we offer tips PFMs can suggest to families to teach their children to be savvy consumers.Look for Teachable MomentsA family’s day is made up hundreds of opportunities to talk about money. Whether your client’s family is shopping, watching television commercials, running errands, paying bills, or buying gas, each consumer exchange presents a chance to teach valuable lessons. Encourage clients to take the time to engage their child in the process by explaining what’s happening, asking questions, and answering their child’s questions. A teachable moment can be as simple as letting the child know that if they spend all their money at the fast food restaurant, then there won’t be enough money to buy the action figure when you go to the store later that day or week. It won’t take long for the child to understand that once the money is spent that other items cannot be purchased. Soon, the child will begin to prioritize what is important to them without parental coaching.Parents don’t have to go it alone. The program Thrive by 5 is designed to teach preschoolers about saving and spending. Involving your older children in your decision process can provide valuable lessons. Encourage your clients to help older children learn to be savvy decision-makers by helping their parents identify sales and better prices. Soliciting children’s observations about banking and credit processes gives parents an opportunity to gauge the child’s understanding, correct misperceptions, and to reinforce valid observations. However, the most valuable moments are the observations children make are those of their parent’s financial management practices. So, a great place to start in teaching financially savvy children is to support clients in striving to be a financially responsible role model.Use Current EventsSome parents may avoid topical conversations about the economy and finances in front of their children out of a fear of making their children anxious. PFMs, you can teach your clients that talking about the economy may actually decrease children’s anxieties. Tell clients they don’t have to shy away from discussing the current state of the economy; just find a way to reach the child on their level. The NYU Child Study Center has some suggestions on how to approach the topic of the economic downturn, by a child’s developmental stage.It is important to talk to children if a friend or relative has lost a job. Tell clients to explain why this happens and talk about any anxiety the economy may be causing for their children. Specific to military families, openly discussing how deployment impacts a family’s finances can relieve children’s fears. Prompt clients to talk about changes to a family’s finances and the adjustments that will need to be made.Family Engagement America Saves has a Military Youth Saves program in which kids can take a pledge to save, get tips for saving, and parents can read suggestions for smart saving strategies. We will highlight the Military Saves campaign in a future posting, when the campaign gets up and rolling in the early part of 2012.Families should look for ways to save and budget together so that children can learn by contributing to the development of a healthy spending plan. Tell clients to ask children to come up with new ways to save money in the house. For example, parents can ask children to determine which pizza coupon offers the better deal.Some families might decide to give children allowances in exchange for chores; suggest clients assign a monetary value to certain tasks in the home so that even very young children may begin to understand the consumer process. Parents should also be encouraged to help their child manage their money by supporting their saving for goals, which teaches the lesson of being rewarded for saving.
Create your video edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. Then import your project into After Effects for finishing – add effects, color correction, and motion tracking.There are several ways to manage your Premiere Pro to After Effects workflow. One way is to take advantage of Adobe’s Dynamic Link, with the ability to jump btween the two applications for video editing and compositing/motion design (for more info on Dynamic Link check out my previous post here).Another useful post production workflow is to complete your video edit in Premiere Pro and then move your entire project into After Effects. Unlike using Dynamic Link (jumping between applications), importing your entire Premiere Pro project into After Effects tends to be a one way operation.Quick note: For Editors working with FCP or Media Composer who want to finish in After Effects, you can do so by using Adobe’s Pro Import (which was added in CS6). Pro Import was previously Automatic Ducks’s Pro Import but Wes Plate & Harry Plate have now partnered with Adobe.When to Use Import instead of Dynamic LinkThere are several instances when you may want to import a Premiere Pro project into After Effects (as opposed to using Dynamic Link). Some editors may prefer to finish in After Effects because they have third party plugins (transitions/effects) that work in After Effects and not Premiere Pro. In other instances an editor may be handing the project/media to a motion designer. Lastly, it may be preferential to use import because there can be issues reconnecting with Dynamic Link depending on your workflow.For those using Dynamic Link, check out this post from Digital Rebellion troubleshooting a Dynamic Link workflow.The Import ProcessWhen you import your project from Premiere Pro to After Effects, you have all the original layers live.In After Effects go to File > Import > Premiere Pro Project.A dialog box opens, where you have the choice to bring in all the sequences, select a sequence and whether or not you want to import audio.Click OK, and a folder with the referenced media and composition appear in the project. Note, Premiere sequences become compositions in After Effects.Double click on the composition to see the timeline with all your layers from Premiere Pro.Aside from all of your media, markers also come over from Premiere Pro – which is huge. Markers are useful for spotting audio, noting where to add transitions/effects and for notes from a client session. You could also use markers if you wanted to make notes for a motion designer that you were handing the project off to.You can also use speech analysis in Premiere Pro to mark specific words and then that data flows through to After Effects, which is illustrated in the image below.Click for larger view:The Output ProcessOnce you’ve completed working with your Premiere Pro project in After Effects, you can either output using the Render Queue or Adobe Media Encoder. For high quality renders I would suggest you use the Render Queue. For video going to the web or DVD it’s better to use Adobe Media Encoder (H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs are superior in AME). As well, Adobe Media Encoder has Vimeo & YouTube Presets to choose from.To add to the Render Queue – With the Composition selected in the Project, go to Composition > Add to Render Queue. You will need to set your “Render Settings”, your “Output Module” and your “Output To” in the Render Que and then click “Render”. For more specifics on how to do this check out this Adobe Help document.Click for larger view:For more information on Adobe Media Encoder check out my tutorial here or the Adobe Help link.Are you utilizing a full Adobe post production workflow?Share your thoughts or advice in the comments below!
Shooting undercover? Didn’t get all the on-screen releases signed? Use this technique for blurring faces in Adobe Premiere Pro.In this video tutorial by GeniusDV you’ll learn a unique trick for using Premiere Pro to blur out faces in your video footage. In the past, I’ve always created blurs with masks, but this approach actually uses a shape in the title tool to isolate the blurred area of the frame.Once the blur is applied to the shape, you’ll add a position keyframe every few frames (or seconds, depending on the amount of movement in the shot). This will keep the blurred area centered over the face.GeniusDV is a great site to bookmark, as it is an excellent resource for video editing and post production training and tutorials. Now open up Premiere Pro and get to blurring!
Learn the basics of composition in this entertaining masterclass.If you’re in the field of photography or filmmaking, chances are you think about composition a lot. In short, composition is the arrangement of elements in your image. It’s is often the ‘je ne sais quoi‘ that separates a good image from a bad one.If it took masters such as DaVinci decades to perfect, we should probably put more thought into image composition than “it looks good”. In the following masterclass created by Division05 we will learn the basics of composition in an easy-to-understand video.The video covers various compositional concepts such as depth, color, texture, direction, shape, density, scale and value. On top of theory, the video features a few real world examples of composition, showing us in detail the direction in which an audience’s eye travels across an image.You can check out more helpful tutorials from Division05’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Do you have any tips for creating better compositions? Any other tutorials you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Discover how pre-computer chroma keying worked in this informative video.If you do a lot of chroma key work than you are probably very familiar with how difficult the entire process can be. From lighting the background to minimizing spill, there are a million different things to think about (and mess up) along the way.However, the difficulties associated with modern chroma keying fail to compare to that of keying in the pre-computer world. Using techniques like contrast mattes and sodium vapor lights, filmmakers of years past had even more difficulties pulling good chroma keys.In the following video Tom Scott explains how filmmakers and TV professionals achieved chroma keys in the pre-computer age:This video was first shared on Tom Scott’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Tom!Want to learn more about the pre-computer chroma keying process? Check out a few of the following resources:No CGI Please: Special Effects before Computers – Mental FlossChroma Key – Wikipedia
The a7S vs a7S II: is the new model better than the old? Our team had a chance to compare these low-light monsters.The a7S and the a7S II are fantastic cameras for video professionals and photographer alike. The a7S II was the second camera in the series, but we were interested in comparing the two. Let’s take a look at a few of the noticeable differences and discuss why you might want one over the other.DesignDespite having the exact same a7S label on the front of the camera, the a7S and a7S II are somewhat different when it comes to design. The a7S is very reminiscent of a typical mirrorless camera. It is small, difficult to hold, and its buttons feel almost mechanical. On the other hand, The a7S II feels a lot more like a DSLR with an extended rubber grip, improved wheel design, and easier-to-push buttons. In our experience, we much preferred the design of the a7S II to that of the original a7S. Our only issue with the newer a7S II was the locking-mode dial… while it does perform its function quite well, I’ve never found a locking wheel to be necessary. From the rear, both the a7S and the a7S II are very similar. Both feature a slightly complicated tilting screen and a typical menu structure. The biggest upgrades featured on the new a7S II are updated scroll wheels. The new wheels have deeper grooves and we found them much easier to adjust. The old Sony a7S is definitely an example of a camera that valued design over ergonomics, but the a7S II is quite comfortable to use. As you can see in the image below, the grip on the a7S II is much more pronounced than the original a7S. There are also more ridges on the a7S II that make it easier to fit into the contours of your hand. The shutter button on the a7S II has also been improved to be in an easier-to-press location. Both cameras are fantastic tools for video production and photography, but in terms of functionality the a7S II is much easier to grip and use, especially for photography.PhotosQuick Caveat: Image compression for web images is quite horrible. I encourage you to download the unedited images using the following link. Download a7S Comparison Test Photos1. Bright LightWhile the a7S and a7S II are both known for their low-light capabilities, they are actually both actually pretty fantastic in bright light situations. From our tests, we found the a7S II to be a little sharper than the a7S. The a7S II is also a little better at picking up details in the bright and dark areas simultaneously. a7S 70mm f/5.6 1/500, Standard Color Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/500 , Standard Color Profile 2. IndoorsNormal indoor lighting scenarios are really where the a7S and a7S II begin to outshine their counterparts. You crank up the ISO to around 64,000 before you begin to see large amounts of grain. This makes it easy to capture properly exposed images with virtually any lens. a7S 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile 3. Low LightBoth the a7S and the a7S II are fantastic in low-light scenarios. As you can see in the example images below, there isn’t a major difference between the two cameras in low light. As I said before, you probably don’t want to crank your ISO beyond 64,000, but that will be enough in most shooting scenarios. a7S 50mm f/4.5 1/15 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/13 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile Rolling Shuttera7S Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S is really bad. I’ve talked with quite a few professional videographers that refuse to use the a7S for this reason. While it’s not necessarily an issue if you have a static shot with limited movement, it can be disastrous if you are shooting handheld. a7S II Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S II is a much-welcomed improvement to the original a7S. As you can see below, the rolling shutter has significantly been reduced to only a slight wobble. What do you think of the new a7S? Share in the comments below.
Adobe has released their fall 2017 updates for Creative Cloud. Here are some of the new features that you can use to streamline your editing workflow.Images and Videos via Adobe.This morning, Adobe announced new features across the Creative Cloud. These new toolsets enhance your editing speed with easy-to-use graphics, Team Projects, and new VR compatibility.Adobe Team ProjectsThe Team Projects tool is now out of beta and fully released in both Premiere Pro and After Effects. You can now share one project file among multiple people. Use it to collaborate with your colleagues, and they can insert notes in the project file or make a few edits without having to manually move the project and its assets to a separate drive.The Team Projects tool also has an auto-save feature, which automatically saves all your edits and uploads them to the shared project file.Visit Adobe learn more about Team Projects.Multiple Open Projects — Premiere ProWe can finally open multiple projects at the same time. Now you can move clips and sequences between projects without importing the project file into separate projects. This is a huge update that we have been hoping for, and it is sure to help you organize your videos across multiple projects.Improved Graphics Workflows — Premiere ProThe graphics ingrained in Premiere Pro that we first saw a few updates ago have received a huge makeover. Adobe has introduced a new feature called Responsive Design, which adapts to a multitude of changes you might go through in an edit. Even when you shorten a graphic in a ripple edit, the entrance and exit keyframes automatically adjust to fit the new time duration. You can also apply the Responsive Design to Position, so your graphic assets will adjust to extra characters while maintaining the original composition.Title selection in your preview frame is no longer going to be a giant hassle. The previous graphics grabbing tools were a bit laggy and hard to use, but Adobe has fixed those and included the ability to select multiple text layers in the preview window.A big new feature is the ability to edit the properties of After Effects graphics and templates inside of Premiere Pro without even installing After Effects. This is huge for editors comfortable with Premiere Pro but not that familiar with After Effects. They can now use and edit After Effects graphics and assets natively in Premiere Pro.VR CompatibilityAdobe has added new VR features that gives you the tools to create truly immersive video. You can now use a VR headset to view your timeline in real-time while still using the keyboard to add markers or make cuts. This new view mode helps you ensure that the your VR video works well in practical application.Animating with Data and Expressions — After EffectsYou can now take data from a .JSON file and import it into After Effects to use for infographics or motion capture visualizations. When you update your data in the .JSON file, the infographics will automatically adjust to the new information. This is great for creating infographics with constantly changing data, so when you have to make adjustments to corporate budgets or a number of users for an upcoming meeting quickly, a simple replacement of the number in the .JSON file will update the infographic.Auto-Ducking — AuditionThis is the one new feature that really puts Adobe’s adaptive AI, Sensei, to work. The A.I. will automatically adjust your background music track where there is dialogue or other sound elements. To the editors who have gone through the painstaking task of manually pinning and lowering the music track to adjust for dialogue: this new feature is a gift from the Adobe gods. What took about 30 minutes to a few hours to do now only takes the A.I. a few minutes.Pricing and AvailabilityUnfortunately, the monthly price for Creative Cloud has been increased: it is now $52.99 for individuals and $79.99 for teams. The small price increase may be a bummer, but with all the new time-saving features and abilities, it looks well worth the price. The updates are currently available for download from your Creative Cloud app.Looking for more information on the Creative Cloud? Check out these resources.Change the Language of Adobe Creative Cloud AppsHow to Read Lumetri Scopes in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Quickly Retouch Skin in Adobe After EffectsAdobe Takes the Lead in 360 Video and VR by Acquiring Mettle SkyBox
NetworkApproach brands, influencers, and events, then tell them your idea for travel. Reach out through email and social media, asking potential clients if they want a video to advertise their brand. You should attach your latest travel video in the message so they can understand your style. Having a foot in the door is a leg up but not always necessary. Just use what you have available, and network with as many people as possible. There are plenty of clients out there who want videos. Trust me.Keep in mind that when you begin this journey, your jobs might be free with the expenses paid. if you keep at it, eventually your work will get recognized, and you’ll begin to make some money. Your network will continue to expand as you accumulate more jobs. Brands watch other brands, and events partner with other events. Over time, these competitors and colleagues will want to implement your work into their advertising.Looking for more information on freelance video work? Check out these articles.Invisibility: The Secret to Editing and Shooting an InterviewFreelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your ClientsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesignWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins Traveling the world is a fantastic way to create unique, cinematic videos. So how do you afford it, and how can you actually make money doing it?This past year, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world making cinematic videos. I want to show you how you can do the same and make money while you’re at it. So let’s take a look. Make a Calling CardDevelop a solid reel, showcasing anything from your last vacation to your hometown. Once you feel confident with your project, publish it everywhere on social media — you want to get as many eyes on your work as possible. Here are some examples of simple videos I’ve made that have landed me work.
From setting up your camera to picking the right music, this roundup shows you everything you need to know to produce your cooking videos.Top image via Cinecom.net.Top-down cooking videos are one of the most popular genres of content for YouTube and Vimeo. Whether you’re making the content for YouTube, Instagram, or your own personal website, you can put together and shoot each kind of video in different ways. There’s no formula. This roundup will show you a few different techniques to put it all together with the right equipment. Here are few ways you can approach a cooking video.Creating a Cooking Video From the Ground UpAll you need for this type of shot is a C-stand for your camera. Now, this isn’t the only way you can pull off this shot. If you’re using a bigger bodied camera, you can use two C-stands and have them meet in the center for your camera. Or, you could build one of these…Building a Cheap Overhead RigSo as you can see, all you need are a couple pieces of wood, some screws, and a drill. The dimensions for this specific type of rig will vary based on your studio or garage setup. Unlike the C-stand (which is meant for moving around from shoot to shoot), this rig is stationary. This way you can come back and have your setup always ready to go.Also, the sides of this build can also hold poster board or any type of backdrop, making it easy for food or product photography. This is perfect for after you’ve made your meal on camera. You can get some nice slo-mo steaming shots of the final product without transporting the food or prepping a new lighting setup.How to Make Stop-Motion Food VideosSo this style is a little old-school and non-traditional for the cooking genre. But, this type of video is entertaining and a good way to attract views to your channel. The setup is simple. Just make sure you have an evenly lit, solid-colored backdrop and a camera that you can operate remotely. Remote operation will save you from accidentally changing the camera’s position, and you can freely begin to animate your food.As you can see in the video, this style of fun, light-hearted content pairs well with Rocketstock’s new video pack, “Yum.”The pack features over 120 food animations, logo reveals, lower thirds, and icons for anybody just starting their own company or YouTube channel. The assets are simple to use and don’t require a hefty knowledge of After Effects. You can download the new pack here.So what else do you need for your next cooking series?Music. Music can be one of the most crucial parts to making a good video for YouTube. We’ve curated a playlist for cooking videos to match the calm, breezy feeling that these videos bring to the table. Check out the playlist here.What other type of playlists and instructional videos would you like to see in the future? Share the wealth in the comments.
Want to know why your dream client is deep into their buying process when they decide to explore working with a new partner?Surprise! It’s not the Internet!If you think your dream client is spending their day on the Internet researching your product, service, or solution, you are incorrect. Your dream client is buried alive trying to produce the business results they are charged with producing.If you believe that your dream client is through the phase of the buying cycle where they begin to recognize their needs because they spent their day with their face all aglow from their laptop screen, you are mistaken.If you assume that they are deep into identifying the options available to them before they ever speak to a salesperson because the Internet replace the need for a salesperson, you are suffering from a delusion brought on by your spending too much time on the Internet and buying the hype.The primary reason your dream client is deep into the buying process when they decide to cast aside the status quo is because this isn’t the first time they have bought what you sell.First Time at the Rodeo . . . NotThe reason your dream client is so deep into the buying process when you happen upon them is because they have already purchased what it is that you sell. They have probably made the decision to buy more than once or twice.They know what they need because they have been using what you sell for a long time, and they believe they know what needs to change in order to get better results. They also know what a lot of their options look like. Not because they have spent their time on the Internet, but because your competitors have relentlessly called on them over the years, trying to nurture relationships. They have seen what’s available.If your dream client is 60+ percent through their buying cycle before they first communicate with a salesperson, it’s because they have some experience buying what you sell. This ain’t their first time at the rodeo.How You SellThis whole “Internet” thing seems to have some legs. There is no reason to pretend that it’s a fad or that it’s going away. You and your company should have a killer presence on the web, one that helps you acquire clients.But there isn’t any reason to pretend that there isn’t value to be created for your dream clients early in the process unless that value is housed on the Internet. This is criminal negligence.If you are going to win your dream clients, you need to get in front of their buying process.Getting in front of your client’s buying cycle means you prospect and nurture relationships. It means you need to help shape their needs, and you need to share ideas before your dream client is ever dissatisfied (creating value before claiming any). When you are out in front of an opportunity, you have the relationships, you are known, and you have a record of being a value creator.When your dream client decides to move, they are going to look at your website for sure. But you are already going to be invited in for the plain and simple fact that you haven’t gone away at any time during the three years they exclusively used your competitor.The real reason your dream client is deep into their buying process before they ever speak to a salesperson is because it’s not their first time buying. Sell like this is true and don’t fall behind the buying cycle. Instead, lead it.QuestionsIs the reason your clients are deep into their buying process because they have the Internet as a research tool? Or is it because they have bought enough times to be a sophisticated buyer?How does the fact that your buyer has some ideas about what they need when they decided to change effect the decisions you make about how to sell?If you really want your dream client to try something new, innovative, and disruptive, at what stage of the buying cycle do you want to approach them with your ideas? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Christopher sent me a note on LinkedIn asking me to explain the difference between a lead and a prospect. I answered by telling him my version of the difference, and I added the definition of an opportunity to help him with his question.What Are LeadsA lead is the name of a company or a person. They might be on a list your company purchased. Or they might be on a list of people who attended your webinar or downloaded your white paper. They haven’t yet risen to the level of being a prospect because you can’t tell from their activity whether they are a prospect. To find that out, you have to pick up the phone and call them.What Is a ProspectA prospect is a person or company that has the kind of problems or challenges around which you can create value. If you call a lead and they don’t have these kinds of problems and challenges, they are not a prospect. You have to disqualify them if you cannot create value for them, or if they will never perceive the value you create.You know that I write the words “dream clients” a lot (that link takes you to a video that explains it in greater detail). These are like “super prospects.” They will perceive what you do as creating massive value. They are the very top of the stack when it comes to prospects. This is where you should spend your time.What Is an OpportunityAnd finally, we come to opportunities. In order for a prospect to become an opportunity, they have to agree that they have something that they want to change and they are considering you as a potential partner in helping them make that change. That change might be around a problem or a challenge. Or it might be helping them to take advantage of some future-oriented opportunity. But unless they agree that they are going to explore change and consider you, you still have a prospect.It doesn’t matter how much pain your prospect is in. It doesn’t matter how much better things could be. Unless they want to change, it’s a prospect. If they can’t benefit from what you sell, they are a lead worth disqualifying.
The first version of the Hustler, let’s call it V1, is crude and unsophisticated. The hustler lacks the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need. But all of what is missing is more than offset by their belief in their ability to create value and their willingness to take action.The V1 Hustler is a crude instrument. They’re a meat cleaver, not a scalpel. They’re all hustle, all the time. Like the proverbial bull in the china shop, they make a lot of messes. But they also produce results.Some hustlers get stuck and never evolve to a higher level. They don’t refine what they are doing.Another LevelHustlers that evolve to V2, the second version of themselves, have gained knowledge and experience. They’ve refined their approach, investing in themselves, and deepening their understanding. They’ve developed a subject matter expertise that allows them to deliver greater value. They’ve got processes and systems.Version 2 isn’t any less of a Hustler, but they’re much more deliberate in their focus. The V2 Hustler spends more time on the few things that matter most, and they eliminate much of the time they spend on non-value-creating activities.The Hustler at V2 is making more money than they’ve ever made, and likely more than they ever believed possible. From V2, the Hustler can see V3.And Another LevelIt takes time for the Hustler to transcend the earlier version of themselves. It also takes an awareness, introspection, and most of all, it takes a bigger vision.At V3, they have the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need to create something bigger than they imagined. This version of the Hustler has the ability and the willingness to scale the value that they create. They serve more people, and they make a bigger impact.As their vision has grown, so has their ability to help others hustle and generate results—and income.The third version of the hustler is a hustler of a different order. They’re no longer the crude, blunt instrument of the hustle of their earlier versions. Instead, they’re smart, refined, precision instruments of hustle. The V3 hustler is focused, with no wasted energy, no wasted effort. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
This video is a though experiment. What if you couldn’t differentiate on product, experience, or solution. How would you sell to create a preference for you, your company, and your solutions?
A video about seeing Steel Panther with my teenage son, and recognizing your tribe.
The Odisha government said on Saturday that POSCO had requested it to take back the land acquired for a mega steel plant that the South Korean steel major proposed more than a decade ago.“Recently, POSCO authorities sent a communication to the Odisha government. Since POSCO had not started construction as per the conditions in the lease agreement, the company requested the government to take the land back,” State Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said here. “Subsequent to receiving the letter from POSCO, we secured the Chief Minister’s approval to keep the land parcel in the land bank being created for setting up future industrial projects.”The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the State government in June 2005 to set up a plant with a capacity of 12 million tonnes a year and a captive port at an estimated investment of ₹52,000 crore near the port town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district. It was then the largest FDI received by the country.People’s protestThe people, however, protested against the acquisition of 4,004 acres of land, saying that the industrial project would spell doom for their livelihood based on betel farming and fishing.The curtains fell on the much-hyped project when a Central amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act in January 2015 necessitated POSCO to go through the auction route to get iron ore mines. Since there was uncertainty in securing a captive mine, the company started folding up its operation in the State.By that time, the State government had transferred 1,723.78 acres of land to POSCO through the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.With this, one of the most intensely fought land acquisition processes came to an end. During the decade-long protest, several hundred villagers were arrested by the police for blocking land acquisition. Over 1,200 non-bailable warrants were pending for execution in the project area. As the process of acquisition slowed down, the police stopped executing warrants.
A siren sensor and a spring device that will lower ceiling fans if anyone over 20 kg tries to hang from it will be affixed to fans in hostel rooms in the coaching hub of Kota. The city is grappling with rising cases of student suicides.Kota, known as the capital of competitive exam coaching in the country, has seen a rise in cases of suicides by stressed out students.Most of the suicides in the past in Kota have been committed by coaching students by hanging themselves from the ceiling fans of their hostel rooms.Keeping this in mind, the Kota Hostel Association, has come up with the decision to attach a spring equipment and a siren to the ceiling fans of the hostel rooms providing accommodation to coaching students.“The association has decided to make it mandatory for every student hostel registered with the association to attach a secret spring equipment and siren sensor to the ceiling fans of the hostel rooms,” Naveen Mittal, President of Kota Hostel Association, told PTI.The secret spring equipment attached with the ceiling fan is capable of bearing a weight of not more than 20 kg and will come down with the expansion of the spring if anyone heavier than 20 kg tries to hang from the fan, he said.Besides, the sensor will also start blaring out alerting authorities.A firm from Gujarat has been given an order for the supply of the spring equipment and sensor and the work to attach the equipment and sensor is underway in some of the hostels. The process is expected to be over in two to three months, said Manish Jain, founder president of the Association.In addition to this, biometric attendance machines would also be installed for daily attendance at all the hostels in Kota and the same would be made accessible to parents, hostel warden and officials of the association through mobile message.Biometric machines have been installed in 80 to 90 hostels in Land Mark area of the city. Around 500 to 550 hostels are currently registered with the association, he said.Besides, CCTV cameras would be installed at the entrance and exit roads, points and gates in areas where the coaching institutes and hostels are located, Jain said.The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in its 2014 report said at least 45 students committed suicide in Kota due to fear of failure in exams. Last year, 17 students committed suicide in Kota.The state government as well as the district administration has taken several measures and issued guidelines to check such incidents.Around 1.75 lakhs students from across the country have come to Kota in recent years for coaching for entrance tests in IIT/JEE and NEET.
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Saturday said his party was set to become “invincible” in Rajasthan in the next four months following a drive to strengthen each polling booth in the State. Ahead of the 2018 Assembly election, the BJP would emerge as the strongest party in the State, he said. .Addressing a press conference at the State BJP headquarters during his three-day visit here, Mr. Shah said while the BJP would form the next government in Rajasthan, there was no proposal for a change of the Chief Minister. “Vasundhara Raje is doing a good job…Leave this issue for our central leadership,” he said while setting at rest speculations about change of guards.Abducted IndiansThe BJP chief defended External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who had recently stated that the 39 Indians abducted by the Islamic State from Mosul city in Iraq were alive in a prison. “The search is underway to locate the missing Indians. The government is not misleading the nation,” said Mr. Shah.Asked about the increasing number of suicides by debt-ridden farmers across the country, Mr. Shah said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had already clarified that the State governments were free to take a decision on loan waiver for agriculturists.Mr. Shah said the BJP was not against the implementation of goods and services tax in the past, while the Centre had accepted the States’ demand that the losses incurred by them be compensated. “The Opposition has raised apprehensions, but the people of the country have happily accepted the GST regime.”Ram templeAsked about the controversial issues such as ban on cow slaughter and construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr. Shah said the legislation for protection of cow exists in the BJP-ruled States and the BJP manifesto during the last four Lok Sabha elections had stated that the temple should be constructed through the due process of law.Earlier in the day, Mr. Shah, accompanied by Ms. Raje and BJP State president Ashok Parnami, met a large group of seers and monks and sought their blessings. The BJP leaders spent an hour with the seers at a closed-door meeting at a luxury hotel in the city.
Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says the “Rohingya crisis is a humanitarian one and India cannot simply push back those seeking asylum”.Reacting to The Hindu’s report on Saturday that the BJP-led governments in Northeast India have asked the State police forces to push back any Rohingya refugee trying to cross the border, Mr. Gogoi said, “As a country which is concerned about human rights, how can we simply push them back into the country from where they are fleeing because of persecution.”The senior Congress leader maintains that such a stand is a violation of the principle of non-refoulement — not to send asylum seekers back to a hostile country — and “the Government of India should take up with the United Nations to force Myanmar to give the Rohingya citizenship rights”. “It is unfortunate if refugees are also divided along religious lines by the BJP governments in the north-east. They talk about population control but says we welcome Hindu Bangladeshis. If the idea is to welcome minorities who are persecuted, then Rohingya qualify too,” Mr. Gogoi say.He says the north-eastern region can’t handle the burden of more refugees but the “issue has to be dealt with in a humane way.” Suggesting that the Centre convene an all-party meeting and prepare a standard operating procedure to deal with refugees, Mr. Gogoi said, “We should be prepared to provide some temporary shelter if someone crosses the border.”Congress for consensusThe Congress said on Monday that the Modi government “must take all sections of the political spectrum into confidence” on the issue of Rohingya refugees and evolve a national consensus.Addressing presspersons, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi advised caution on the Centre’s position in its affidavit in the Supreme Court that India was not bound by international treaties when it was a question of national security.
Two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed and two soldiers injured during an anti-militancy operation by the Army in Pulwama on Monday.Shahid Ashraf Dar, a resident of Arihal village, was killed in clashes with security forces during the operation. An Army spokesman said two rifles were recovered from the site of operation, which began in the morning at Drabgam in Pulwama.“The operation is still on,” said the spokesman. The militants were trapped in the hometown of Hizb commander Sameer Bhat alias ‘Tiger’, who is also believed dead in the encounter.’Tiger’ was wanted in many attacks on security forces. Another militant was identified as Aqib Khan of Rajpora, according to the locals. Around 16 protesters also sustained injuries during the operation. Of them, five were shifted to a Srinagar hospital.Internet services have been suspended in the area and train services stopped in south Kashmir.
Six students and a teacher were crushed to death while two others were injured after being hit by a speeding bus on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Monday morning, the police said. According to a police spokesperson, the accident happened in Tirwa area of the district at around 4 a.m. “The students were filling diesel from one bus to another when they were run over by a bus which was passing by. As of now seven persons, including a teacher and students, have died, while two others are injured,” the police spokesperson said. The students were from Sant Kabirnagar district and were going to Haridwar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed sorrow over the loss of life. A U.P. government spokesperson said that Mr. Adityanath has condoled the death of six Basic Training Certificate students and a teacher of Prabha Devi Vidyalaya, Sant Kabirnagar, in a road accident in Kannauj. THe Chief Minister has announced a financial assistance of ₹2 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased and ₹50,000 for each of the injured persons. He has also directed the officials to get an FIR registered in the matter and asked them to provide proper medical treatment to the injured persons.