How Paid Video Conferencing Is Beneficial

by Sean Bryant on November 26, 2014

Video Conferencing

We all know how video conferencing affects large corporate entities. Companies such as Blue Jeans have now expanded their technological capabilities to make even more affordable mobile and desktop conferencing solutions available to small businesses. This might not seem like a major advancement to you if you’re not a small or medium enterprise owner. But if you are, then it can look like a godsend. In a small startup company that has geographically distributed workers, it can be very useful to create and maintain bonds. There are a number of ways paid Video Conferencing can be beneficial to a company, and some of these include:

Maintaining Personal Connection over Great Distances

One thing that the internet on the whole has done for many people is remove geographic barriers between them. Cultural differences shrink when people discuss stuff and people are more likely to feel empathy for someone they can speak to face to face. Creating bonds via communication is an important step to having good cohesiveness in an office environment. When workers are able to bond with each other they trust each other more. This leads to a higher level of efficiency and production when it comes to getting projects done. Video conferencing of the type offered by Blue Jeans can be essential in creating and maintaining these bonds over time. Face to face interaction is much better for social interaction and bridging employee connections, especially if those employees cannot meet in person but are working on a number of projects together.

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Rich as a King

Are you a strategic investor?

I asked World Chess Champion Susan Polgar why people rarely invest strategically, and she explained to me that what happens to chess players also happens to investors.

It’s not that being a strategic thinker is so complicated; rather, people are just not in the habit. And, if you’re not in the habit of doing something, it is hard to do.

Susan, one of the world’s best chess coaches, shared three tips on how to develop strategic thinking. Turns out that that these are the same habit-building systems that successful investors use.

Try creating these three habits:

Remove Distractions

If you’ve ever watched a high-level chess tournament, you will have seen super-power minds leaning over the 64 squares of the board trying to maintain concentration. What happens, though, when their stomach growls? How do they deal with the background noises and other distractions?

Susan trains her team to maintain focus on what’s right in front of them rather than letting the outside influences invade their thoughts. To follow this championship tactic, start by turning off the financial news. It’s not that the press reports themselves are wrong; rather, the day-to-day turmoil that the media blasts may lead you to make poor investment decisions.

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Smartphone Apps Black Friday

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday draw near, certain apps can help you organize your shopping strategy and find the best deals. Our picks for the best apps to download to your mobile device for your holiday shopping needs are:

TGI Black Friday

To get a jump on your holiday shopping and early leads on Black Friday sales, TGI Black Friday could be the next best thing since coupons. With this app, you can make a wish list and find great coupons. Even better, you can compare prices between different stores and purchase the one you want, all on your mobile device. TGI Black Friday also sends you instant alerts on new Black Friday ads. And, if you’d like, you are able to share your list with others. TGI Black Friday is free and compatible with iOS and Android.


The RetailMeNot app enables you to search for both online and in-store coupons for your favorite stores. Scroll through a list of the hottest deals on the home page or search for a more specific store or deal. This app uses your mobile device’s location information and trims down the list of deals to the ones closest to you at the time. This app is for Android and iPhone devices.

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Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Not only are environmentally friendly types of roofing materials beneficial to the environment, but they can also be more durable and last longer than traditional roofing options. A typical asphalt roof lasts about 20 years, though heat and extreme weather could shorten its lifespan. Some eco-friendly roofing options can last from 50 to 100 years.

The benefits of eco-friendly roofing options

Eco-friendly materials reduce landfill waste and the need to process raw materials, which lowers both energy consumption and pollution as well as maintains our natural resources. They may also provide better insulation for your home. Certain eco-friendly materials may also qualify for a tax credit. When choosing eco-friendly roofing supplies, it’s important to consider the amount of recycled content, how long it will last, and whether it can be recycled. You’ll also need to check fire and hail ratings to see how it holds up in extreme weather. Finally, choose a roofing contractor who has worked with eco-friendly materials in the past to ensure proper installation.

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John Hancock Redefines Manager of Managers

by Sean Bryant on November 19, 2014

Let’s be honest with ourselves, none of us are experts at everything.  That is why we rely on others to help us with the things that we don’t excel at.  This is how all of us should think about our investments.  You wouldn’t want to invest in a bond fund that is being run by an expert in technology companies.  That is why working with a Manager of Manager is important to making wise investment.

If you are not familiar with what a Manager of Managers is, its a company that hires different investment professionals based on their strengths.  The Manager of Managers has the ability to remove and replace investment managers if it’s in the best interest of their clients.

Check out the video below for more information and then check out John Hancock.


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How to Repurpose Your Old Drapes

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If you have little kids, you know that you can never have enough crafting materials on hand for fun and creative projects. And if you’re on a tight budget, you probably think twice before buying all the new, trendy crafting supplies. But timing could be on your side if it’s time to replace those old […]

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