Livescribe 8GB Echo Smartpen – The Perfect Pen for Busy People

Livescribe 8GB Echo Smartpen is one thing that you need when you want to be highly organized in what you are doing. This pen will record everything that you have done throughout your working activity. It will record every word that you hear or speak. It also saves each note that you wrote making it the best recording tool that every hard worker should have.

This smart pen will be perfect either for workers at work or even students at school.

The 8GB that comes in its name mean that you can hold up to 800 hours of audio recording along with 128,000 pages of notes. With this pen, you can record every conversation that you made during an interview for example. The students can also rely on this pen to save what their teacher has to say during class.

And as for note recording, you will truly find that relying on this pen alone is sufficient without having to have a bundle of untidy notes. With the Livescribe Desktop feature and its standard USB port, you can save, upload, playback and search through the record that you have already made easily on PC or Mac.

You just have to type in specific words or phrases in the search window, and the Livescribe Desktop will highlight every place you wrote them in your notes. Plus, you can organize your digital notes simply by dragging and dropping pages into custom notebooks. It surely is saving time, as well as increasing your productivity by making every minute count.

This Smartpen is also featured with the smart password in four digit numbers. This really is useful in case if you lost your pen. If an important note is kept in that note, you surely don’t want the content of it being taken advantage by another person do you? However, if somehow you are the one who forget the password, just reset it easily through your registered copy of the Livescribe Desktop software.

The Livescribe 8GB Smartpen is also packed with lots of applications that you can take advantage of. You can get an abundant application that can increase the effectiveness of your learning and communications skills. Read and hear your translated phase in Spanish, French, German, Japanese or even Korean. You can also get other applications that will entertain you in games like Blackjack, Video Poker and Hangman.

This Smartpen can be yours with only a price tag of less than $200 dollar. If you look thoroughly enough on the internet, you can get sixteen percents of price cut. This surely is one smart pen that can increase your productivity by saving every time that you need.

How to Take Charge of Your Business Focus

Principle: a personal or specific basis of conduct

Identifying principles or standards that become your touch point when things are up or down in business will keep you sane. When there is a swirl of activity that doesn’t feel like it’s helping you to get more clients, make more money or see a real difference in your business results, you may ask, “What’s it all for?”

Guiding principles will serve to remind you why you do what you do and get you back on the path to the business and success you want. Here’s an example of a guiding principle and how it works for my own business. I’ll also tell you how I found it in case you want to get started designing your own…

My guiding principle: “Be a voice, not an echo.”

This principle reminds me to be and have a clear message that is my own. I have a point of view about how I want to serve my clients and the community of entrepreneurs who surround me, and it’s a valuable one born of a lot of experience and expertise. So I not only honor myself, but you as well by using my own voice and not trying to be someone else. As a result I attract more of my ideal clients and community members who want what I have to offer. This approach grows a business in a much more satisfying and fulfilling way.

How did I discover and embrace this guiding principle? I paid attention to what didn’t feel “right” about where I was going in my business. What didn’t feel like me and what was I “trying” to be instead of just “being.” And many times it came back to using my own voice. That’s when the quote by Albert Einstein showed up on a graphic in an email… “Be a voice, not an echo.” I kept seeing it in my mind’s eye and it just felt like it came from my soul.

It fit with my wanting to help more entrepreneurs clarify the path to the business and results they want and how using their own voice will bring it faster. It fit with my ability to help you discover your own 6-figure idea. It fit with helping you create the personal roadmap that spells success with distinction and without distraction. And it fit most of all with who I am… a unique, smart and committed businesswoman.

Ready to find your guiding principle?

Step 1: Pay attention to how you feel as you lead your business. What’s missing that you would find more fulfilling and satisfying. Be aware of how you feel about your clients, community and colleagues. What would guide you to make a real difference for them?

Step 2: Your guiding principle truly has to come from within you. So write about it, meditate about it, find some graphics about it, read some quotes about it or bounce some ideas around with a trusted friend. There are many ways to get to your guiding principle. You have to determine the shortest path to success. And these are just some ways to find it.

Step 3: When you identify your guiding principle, how does it line up with who you are and what you do? Is it in support of your overall goal? Does it feel like you could create a movement from it, knock down walls because of it, and know that if all else fails, you would feel confident that this was the impact you wanted to make on the world through your business?

That is when you’ll know that you’ve landed on a guiding principle that will both inspire and motivate you to the greatest impact you can make through your business.

Use these 3 simple steps to discover, embrace and use a guiding principle that deeply delivers the satisfying and fulfilling life you can truly have in your business.

70 Percent of Local Business Owners Market on Facebook – Not!

On March 1, 2011, a popular public relations website posted an article based on previously published research, claiming “70 percent of local-business owners market on Facebook.” The headline was shocking, the content equally bold, and the dialog that followed typical of the hype surrounding social media.

Readers began commenting almost immediately. One visitor challenged the assertion, suggesting it should not have been cited without investigation, and the site’s publisher quickly defended the post with a series of anecdotes about an 80-year-old t-shirt merchant, a few local bars and a family diner. From a neighboring state, the CEO of a marketing firm saw the publisher’s tweet and countered with his disbelief. Many of his followers echoed his skepticism.

Within days, this relatively obscure article had been “tweeted” 99 times, “liked” 35 times and “inShared” 117 times, as social media devotees echoed the good news: Facebook is king. Meanwhile, skeptics retaliated with posts of their own. Such is the power of social media. But one has to wonder how many of the people who shared, responded to, or blindly retweeted this post took the time to read the original press release on which it was based, or followed the author’s embedded links to the survey data, posted two weeks earlier. I suspect if they had, there would have been less activity, as a careful review of the data reveals a very different picture.

It all comes down to sample bias – a term used to describe the use of a skewed or non-random group as representative of the larger universe. In the case of this study, researchers confined the sample space to members of “the largest social network of local business owners in the U.S.” The key word, here, is “social network.”

Local business owners who choose to join (and remain active in) social networks would obviously be a subset of the larger universe of local business owners, and a survey of that subset would not likely be representative of the universe. The sampling was further skewed by the method chosen to distribute the survey invitations: email. So, those who participated in the survey would have had to be members of the subset of the social network (subset) who are loyal enough to open and act on emails from the organization. It’s not hard to see why these social networkers might be more likely to practice social media marketing than would local business owners who don’t even belong to social networks, much less participate in their surveys.

Using statistics drawn from a biased subset of local business owners to represent all local business owners is no more justifiable than drawing conclusions on the national rate of alcohol consumption from a survey of bar patrons.

The practice is, however, entertaining. And the results lend themselves well to viral distribution by social media enthusiasts.

In the social media world, mistakes like this are self-perpetuating, simply because they feed the buzz. But who pays the price for feeding the buzz? Perhaps those at greatest risk are the “followers” who view reposts as endorsements. So, next time you come across a startling discovery – particularly one that just doesn’t make sense – consider doing your friends and followers a favor, with the delete key.