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Being Successful in Business Negotiations

In business, you can’t survive unless you know how to negotiate fiercely. There are some great tips in the attached article. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Keep the negotiations professional and courteous.
  • Be prepared.
  • Listen and understand the other party’s issues and point of view. 
  • Avoid “negotiating by continually conceding.”
  • Time is the enemy of many deals.
  • Ask the right questions.
  • Never accept the first offer. 

Check out the full article. Getting better at negotiations means you can walk away with what you want, most of the time!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2016/09/16/15-tactics-for-successful-business-negotiations/#1c7e049d2528

NBA/Beats Partnerships with LeBron James

In more LeBron James news, Lakers Nation announced that the NBA will partner with Beats by Dre (the official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner of the NBA) starting in October. As part of the partnership, Beats will provide its products to players during events including NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, and international NBA games in China and Europe.

Beats will also collaborate with NBA teams to launch a line of its audio products, including team-branded headphones. This multi-year deal will celebrate Beats’ 10-year anniversary. Read more about it here:

https://www.lakersnation.com/nba-beats-by-dre-partnership-feature-lakers-lebron-james-marketing/2018/09/19/

Space Jam 2 is in the Works

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Well, it’s finally happening — the much anticipated Space Jam 2, a collaboration of LeBron James and SpringHill Entertainment, is in the works. The 14-time All-Star is set to star in the movie, and Ryan Coogler of the “Black Panter” will be producer. The word is that it’s not to be considered a sequel to the hugely popular 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy film, although Michael Jordan may have a cameo. We can only hope!

Check out these details here:

https://www.lakersnation.com/springhill-entertainment-lebron-james-space-jam-details-ryan-coogler-black-panther-producer/2018/09/19/

Top 10 Cryptocurrencies — Aside from Bitcoin

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As you’ve probably gathered from my previous posts, I am fascinated by cryptocurrency. The most popular one, of course, is Bitcoin, which was actually founded in 2008. But Bitcoin isn’t the only player in the world of cryptocurrency. There are many others, from Litecoin and Ethereum to Dash and Ripple. They have some pretty funny sounding names but they’re all legit and all unique.

Check out the 10 most important cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin:

https://cointelegraph.com/category/top-10-cryptocurrencies

 

Why Small Businesses Don’t Offer 401(k) Plans

If you’re a small business, you probably don’t offer a 401(k) plan for your employees. However, it could be very beneficial to look into it. If you’re not saving for retirement, chances are your employees aren’t either.

About 60% of small business owners don’t save the money they need for retirement. But a small business 401(k) provides desirable employee benefits as well as special tax incentives that you can take advantage of when offering retirement plans to your employees. The days when a 401(k) were outrageously expensive are gone. Check out this article to find out why.

https://humaninterest.com/blog/why-small-business-owners-dont-offer-a-401k-why-they-should/

Key Steps to Success in Today’s Challenging Business World

In the modern business world, everyone wants to know how to get a leg up to emerge victorious over the competition. But succeeding as a business now is no small feat, as entrepreneurs must overcome big challenges, from creating a viable business model to building a strong and reliable team.

Some of the key steps to achieving success include:

  • Retaining talent
  • Helping others shine
  • Not being afraid to fail
  • Constantly evolving
  • Letting your employees grow

Check out more of those key steps here:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2018/01/04/seven-key-steps-to-success-in-todays-challenging-business-world/#5a4d3f4b41a0

Crypto Markets Seeing Another Slump

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It’s par for the course, but Saturday, August 18 saw crypto markets in another slump, with some coins wavering following weekly gains. The total market cap decreased to about $210 billion. Bitcoin was down 1.79 percent over the last day, while Ethereum was trading at $291, suffering a 3.7 percent loss over the last 24 hours.

Ripple, which is the third biggest altcoin by market cap, also took a hit by six percent on the day, trading at $0.31.

Check out more on the action here:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-markets-see-slight-slump-ethereum-fails-to-hold-300-support

Billionnaire Boys Club

Can’t wait to see this one. It’s about a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who come up with a ‘get-rich-quick’ scam that turns deadly. Starring Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Kevin Spacey (who is attempting to emerge from his hideout after the accusations of the past year). The movie did poorly its opening weekend but despite the presence of the disgraced movie star, it still looks like a solid premise for a movie.

I’ll have to wait till it comes out on BlueRay though, as it was only released in limited theaters and it looks like its time there will be short lived. What movies are you itching to see?

 

Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S. Right Now

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When I first got my degree, the world was my oyster. I had every opportunity laid out before me…I just had to grab them. With 4 1/2 million students graduating from college this year alone, one has to wonder what opportunities will be afforded them, even with a degree.

It looks like the technology sector is grabbing the most top spots, with more than half of the 25 highest-paying jobs being in that sector, with the lowest average base salary well over $100,000.

In a related report, 7 in 10 workers and job seekers said salary is a key factor in determining a career. Check out this interesting report from Bloomberg…

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-15/these-are-the-highest-paying-jobs-in-the-u-s-right-now?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=business

Fun Facts About MLB

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Did you know?

The phrase “walk-off home run” didn’t apply before the 1920 season.

In 1998, Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs, breaking the all-time single-season home run record set by Roger Maris in 1961. Those home runs traveled a total of 29,958 feet, more than enough to reach above the peaks of Mt. Everest.

Before every MLB game, umpires prepare six dozen baseballs by rubbing them in mud — a special mud produced by an unknown source in New Jersey. This takes the slick shine off new baseballs.

William “Dummy” Hoy was the first deaf player ever to play Major League Baseball.

Do these facts interest you like they do me? Read on to learn more…

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/981899-50-random-mlb-facts-you-never-knew#slide20