10 Words Smart People Always Use (and 7 They Never Do)

10 Words Smart People Always Use (and 7 They Never Do)

The rights words can motivate, inspire, and even change lives. The right words can turn an otherwise meaningless conversation into an unforgettable moment for your audience. (And the wrong words can make you look dumb.) In short, words matter. The following is a guest post from Courtney Seiter, a content crafter at Buffer, a tool that makes social media sharing smarter and easier. (You can read her posts about social media, productivity, and marketing on the Buffer blog.) Here’s Courtney: Have you ever been in a meeting and felt the electricity in the room change based on a single word? Words are incredibly powerful: even a solitary one can win you over, put you out, set your boundaries, and change how others perceive you. With this kind of power, it’s in our best interest to try to understand the science and psychology of words. I went hunting for some of the top words and phrases that motivate people to be creative, work together, and build relationships. Here are 10 words and phrases that are extremely motivating–and later, seven words that definitely are not: 1. “If” — improves performance when describing a hypothetical positive. Here’s a universal truth. No one likes to be wrong, especially in front of other people. When you’re facing a lot of “I don’t knows” during a brainstorm or tough challenge, there’s a word that can alleviate the pressure of being wrong and open up a pathway of critical thinking: If. Tim David, author of Magic Words: The Science and Secrets Behind Seven Words That Motivate, Engage, and Influence, employs this magic word in a very specific sentence I plan...
Xero:  Save time and money

Xero: Save time and money

Using Xero can save time and money, but why do people hesitate to make the switch? I have come to realize any changes that affect financial statements can be difficult.  I think Robin Sharma, put it quite beautifully when she said “Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle, and beautiful in the end”.  Xero is a beautifully built software.  People are comfortable with their current quasi accounting systems in which they recreate the entire set of financials on excel spreadsheets and then reconciling with bank statements.  They continue the chaos each month or quarter.  Well I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be crazy, chaotic or time consuming…Consider Xero and the benefits! As a small business owner there are 101 items on your todo list at any time.  Do you really think that you should spend your time trying to build up spreadsheets, create up to date financials, balancing the books, chase up invoices and ensure that all the bills are paid!  The answer should be “NO!”  You should be focusing on trying to run your business, and use an accounting software that does the rest for you.  Xero can do all of this for you.  The language in Xero is simple, it does speak in terms of “Debits” and “Credit” it’s really just “Money Coming In” and “Money Spent”.  The Dashboard is user friendly and easy to customize.  With Xero there is a monthly subscription, but it’s not an arm and a leg, and there are no upgrades or patches that you have to worry about. See how Xero has helped this small business.   At BlueFire Accounting, we understand your business...
Xero vs QuickBooks:

Xero vs QuickBooks:

What’s the best fit for your small business? Which cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting software is better? For more than a decade, accountng software for small businesses has been dominated by Quickbook. From the desktop version to the newer QuickBooks Online, Intuit has enjoyed a monopoly on the marketplace. But this is all changing. A New-Zealand-based online accounting software company, Xero has managed to grab more than 200,000 customers around the world. And people are taking notice. Credit Suisse Group, a leading global financial services company, recently dubbed Xero the “Apple of accounting.” So how do Xero & Quickbooks match-up? Similarities Between Xero & Quickbooks Quickbooks online and Xero have similar functionalities as they are both cloud-based accounting system. They both allow you to send invoices and receive electronic payments and they both allow users to attach files to their feeds and transactions. The Differences Xero excels is accessibility . The software allows for unlimited logins to any Xero file for no additional fee. QuickBooks Online charges to add on more users. Xero has been designed with role based security which offers over a dozen access levels. For example you can restrict a user’s access to financial report and still give them access to the bank register. In QuickBooks Online, this isn’t possible. Bank rules in Xero are a fantastic. They allows you to create rules for reoccurring transactions so you don’t have to reclassify them each month. With QuickBooks Online, you’re not able to create rules. Xero’s dashboard is beautiful . The dashboard provides a central place for all of our client files. It can be easily customized to capture...
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