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Off for the Holidays

image1.jpgThere will be no new episodes of Startup BizCast in 2008. I’ve decided to take the last two weeks of the year off from recording, so I can enjoy the holidays. Keep the voicemails and emails coming during that time, and I’ll use them in 2009. See you in the new year, and have a safe holiday season!

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Startup BizCast #76 – Small Business Public Speaking (Rich Hopkins)

There’s a large portion of the population that would probably rather take a bath in a tub full of those newly-discovered cyanide spitting pink millipedes than speak in front of a room full of people.  Public speaking is one of the top fears out there, but when you’re asked to talk about yourself and your business in front of potential customers, you simply should not turn it down.  This week’s guest is public speaker, author, and public speaking coach Rich Hopkins.  He has some great advice on how to nail that speaking opportunity.

Here’s a piece of bonus advice that Rich says he forgot to mention during the interview:
“Remember that the audience doesn’t know what you are going to say. Don’t get caught up in being ‘perfect’ – its the easiest way to throw yourself off track, and lose credibility as a speaker. Speak about what you know, and you will be able to go from Point A to Point B, without the audience knowing you skipped to Point C in between! ”

Also in this week’s episode, listener-submitted advice from Frances Jones of Cole Media Management on how to record your voice mail greeting properly!

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Links mentioned during this week’s episode:
Rich Hopkins (www.richhopkinsspeaks.com/coaching.htm)

Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Startup BizCast #75 – Internet Freebies for your Small Business (Ken Colburn)

Free is good … free is great!  With times as rough as they are for small businesses, we need to save money wherever and whenever possible.  This week on Startup BizCast Ken Colburn from Data Doctors and I run down some of the best FREE resources on the `net for your small business!

Also, in BizCast Brief, the top five and bottom five small business-friendly states in the U.S.

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Here’s the list of links mentioned in this week’s episode, along with a great tip from Data Doctors that will speed up your Firefox browser.  I tried it and it works great!

Google Alerts:
http://www.google.com/alerts

Google Docs:
http://docs.google.com

Google’s Gmail:
http://www.gmail.com

Google’s Translate:
http://translate.google.com/

Business Advice:
http://www.allbusiness.com/
http://www.askjim.biz

Search Engine Education
http://searchenginewatch.com/

Free Anti-Virus / Anti-Spyware:
http://free.avg.com/

Free Alternative to Microsoft Office:
http://www.openoffice.org/

Data Doctors Free Weekly Newsletter:
http://www.datadoctors.com/help/quikreg.cfm

Data Doctors Weekly CNN.com video advice:
http://search.cnn.com/search?type=video&sortBy=date&intl=false&query=colburn&x=0&y=0

Firefox web browser:
http://www.mozilla.com

Small Business Advice Podcast
http://www.startupbizcast.com
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The Data Doctors Tip for making Firefox even faster (for high-speed Internet users):

1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now!”

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (12-10-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Survey: Small business anxiety on the rise
Bizjournals

Hawaii ranks low on ‘small business survival index’
Bizjournals

What Small Business Can Expect From Obama
Business Week

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Startup BizCast #74 – Your Small Business Website (Steve Mullen)

This week we tackle small business websites, and what they need.  I go solo to discuss three different types of small biz sites, and the integral parts of each.  Included are the online business card, the online store, and the social media hub.  This is a shorter episode, as I’m slammed trying to catch up after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.  This is generally going to be a tough month for me, as I’m potentially starting several new projects.  I’m going to do my best to keep the show coming out on a regular basis!

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Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have (http://freelancefolder.com/15-top-site-elements/)

Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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