Make IT happen

Earn Pin developed a passion for IT while he was pursuing his first degree in electrical engineering in UTHM (prviously known as KUiTTHO). I was writing up my PhD thesis then and applied for the IRPA research grants. Upon approval of the grant, Earn Pin was engaged to assist me under the working student scheme. We formed the IT-Lodge (www.it-lodge.com) team and explored possibilities. We were striving to turn biomass disposal problems into opportunities for research and innovation. We focused on air, water quality and soft soil construction problems. Earn Pin’s final year project was a web-enabled water treatment system. Together with Kok Hou, we also developed a microcontroller-based remote monitoring and alert system.

We started Your Website Solution Sdn Bhd (www.1.com.my) with the moto ‘be the first !’. We developed a research management system for KUiTTHO, the PPB online and a system for students to retrieve marks online and via SMS. We were funded by CRADLE and had opportunities to meet many entrepreneurs. We developed eVisa for Cambodia and managed to secure funding to contribute two schools under the Kumomo Tree Charity venture and the AAC programme.

Although my passion was concrete and construction, I realized the relevance of IT for sharing knowledge globally. We developed modules on R&D, teaching-learning and skill training and published books on HTML and LINUX. We looked at ways to provide shelter for the homeless affected by natural disasters. We developed the KUiK wall incorporating a remote monitoring and alert system. We learnt to file patents and took part in exhibition and competition. We won the first gold medal in 2005 !

We adopted a volunteerism approach for commercialization. As the President of the Concrete Society of Malaysia, we are aggressively driving innovations in concrete and construction. I went to Harvard Business School last year after the approval of the TechnoFund for renewable energy and sustainable development. A series of new ventures will be conducted in conjunction with the global entrepreneurship week 2008 to create awareness about ways to improve the quality of life of all creatures on earth (www.a4blog.com).

Earn Pin’s latest work on How to start an online business covers various perspectives of IT entrepreneurship. He covered in a unique manner myths and realities of online business. We hope you enjoy reading this book and wish that you would explore with wisdom to create value in your endeavours.

Dr YL Lee
Research Advisor
www.1.net.my

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  1. Please watch a video that was recently made by my two previous business partners, Martin and Tim. I’ve personally taken action on this and highly recommend you do too.
    What does the video share?
    It clearly demonstrates how mobile internet users, especially smartphone internet users, are dramatically growing (according to Google, this is the fastest growing trend in the history of the internet) and becoming a force that businesses can no longer ignore.
    It also clearly shows why doing nothing to address this booming growth is not an option, it is going to become too painful to ignore, too soon.
    When I watched the video, I took some notes. Here are some key points:
    * By 2012, there will be more mobile devices on the planet than people.
    * Currently mobile internet users account for about 20-30% of all traffic.
    * By 2013, mobile internet use will surpass desktop internet use. (Morgan Stanley Research)
    * By 2015, Smartphone internet use will surpass PC internet use. (Google)
    * Between 2012 – 2017, mobile website traffic is expected to increase 40 fold. (Cisco Systems)
    This last statistic is huge! But this is just the beginning of what’s shared…
    Tim looks closely at whether this flood of mobile users are likely to benefit businesses as a source of new leads, and the answer is a resounding YES (even more so if you have a business that wants phone calls or leads from local prospects)…
    If you want phone calls and leads to your business (no matter what you offer), you have to watch this video, even if you don’t yet have a website.
    * Mobile visitors are converting to leads (especially phone calls) much better than PC website visitors… and faster… up to 5-10x faster!
    But there is a catch…
    You only gain this extra benefit if you give these ever growing percentage of mobile visitors a “mobile friendly” experience. (This is explained in detail in the video).
    And if you don’t give them this experience, if they have to visit your site that is only built for PC visitors, then it has the opposite effect and you are likely to lose over 60 – 70% of these mobile visitors!
    This is going to be very painful for businesses who don’t adapt quickly!
    This is why I suggested this is both a warning and a “massive opportunity” you need to be aware of.
    The video also reveals the best mobile traffic source, why it’s the best, and how it’s possible to get this traffic right away.
    In fact, Google will even fund your business with $100 worth of this traffic, so you can start receiving mobile phone calls and leads right away! Tim and Martin explain this in the video.
    The most shocking statistic is this one…
    * Less than 3% of all businesses have built a mobile friendly website! (i.e. they are not giving their mobile visitors a good experience)
    I shouldn’t be surprised, this is like a tsunami wave that is taking businesses by surprise. Mobile internet use has been more than doubling every year, so until very recently, it hadn’t yet grown to a significant factor, but because it is growing so quickly, it is now reaching the critical tipping point where you need to address this (for me last year, after looking at my stats, it was at 15% of all my traffic, and it won’t be long before it reaches 30% now).

  2. Great new book on innovation
    Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life, written by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg and Paddy Miller.

    When organisations urge their teams to think creatively, employees are often given no guidelines — they are simply told to “think outside the box”. But sometimes a little direction is much more useful in creating a culture of innovation, the book argues.

    “There are these perceptions that if you want people to be creative, it’s just about giving them all the freedom in the world. That might work in some settings — if you are an R&D company, for example. But my experience is that, if you give people total freedom in a regular company, that’s paralysing.”

    In the book, the authors explain that employees are used to making micro-decisions as part of their day-to-day duties. But when they are taken out of that environment, they will come face to face with choices that are unfamiliar and make them feel uncomfortable. This can lead to inertia.

    The theory has been borne out by empirical research. A study undertaken by the authors in 2011 with Koen Klokgieters, vice president of strategy and innovation at the consultant Capgemini, found that the failure of companies to direct people’s search for new ideas may be the most widespread barrier to innovation.

    The researchers solicited the views of 260 executives worldwide, most of whom had the word “innovation” in their job title. Only 42% of the companies surveyed had an explicit innovation strategy, and just 55% of the executives demonstrated an awareness of any systems they had in place to help employees innovate.

    Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg gives you a snapshot of the six key steps to getting more creativity and innnovation from your employees as presented in his book via several videos:
    1.Focus, 2.Connect, 3.Tweak, 4.Filter, 5.Stealthstorm and 6.Persist.

  3. Mobile is a hot topic in fundraising right now and with very good reason. The majority of UK charities are fundraising in a tough and competitive environment. Many charities rely heavily on supporter recruitment techniques that in some cases aren’t working as well as they once did. So with a clear need to innovate the way in which new supporters are recruited, it seems mobile may be one of the solutions to this challenge.

    The reason for this is simple. As a nation we’re obsessed by our mobile phones. We’re emailing, tweeting, texting, web browsing, reading, shopping and Facebooking whenever we get the chance. Our phones are probably the most personal device we have. They are always with us, always on and the thing we are least likely to want to share with anyone else. If the public are obsessed with their mobile phones, then as fundraisers, we should be as well.

    This very personal device has an amazing feature built in. Nearly every phone in the world comes with the ability to send an SMS, and if you can send an SMS you can send a text donation. You can send it in seconds. The frictionless nature of sending a text donation makes SMS a brilliant tool for fundraisers.

    If you commute into London you may have noticed that there are a lot of charity adverts on the trains with SMS as the response method. They are there in increasing numbers because they work extremely well; SMS makes giving quick and easy.

    Success isn’t guaranteed, of course. It’s not as simple as stamping keywords and shortcodes on to posters. For mobile to work we need powerful propositions from charities to help people find their “itch” and “scratch”.

    The “itch” is the thing that upsets you, stops you relaxing and compels you to act. The “scratch” is the action you take that relieves the “itch”, but also makes you feel good, in our case making a donation. If you get this right, the response will follow.

    A classic example of this in action is the Christian Aid Nets campaign. This campaign puts mobile at the centre of the proposition. The “itch” is stark; a child dies every 45 seconds from malaria. As is the “scratch”; text £1, buy a net, save a life. It’s clear, easy to understand from your train seat and very successful. It doesn’t matter how big you are, charities of any size can make mobile giving in this way work for them. The RLSB has also run a similar campaign.

    Once a supporter has made a text donation most charities will follow up and ask them to extend their support by giving a monthly gift by direct debit. This is a tried-and-tested technique that has been used for years by charities. However, feedback from text donors has led to a really important innovation in individual giving. When text donors were being approached with direct debit asks, a sizeable proportion were rejecting the request and asking why they could not give monthly via their mobile.

    With the full support of the UK regulator, Phonepay Plus, this is now possible. Phonepay Plus granted the charity sector exemption from regulation that required charities to offer the option to stop the donation at the point of every payment. The requirement to offer stop has been supplemented with the option to skip a payment instead. This is a major innovation, as for the first time, donors now have real control over their monthly gift to charity – being able to skip a donation, instead of stopping their gift – the only option with Direct Debit.

    Regular giving by SMS is an exciting development as it puts monthly giving and communication into one device – the mobile phone. This means that charities can finally offer an alternative to Direct Debit, communicate with their new donors cost-effectively and give their supporters control over their donations. Importantly, they can also claim a space on their supporters’ mobile phones. Because as more organisations use mobile to communicate – “owning” that space will be an important thing to do.

    The Childs i Foundation are an organisation that have fully embraced regular giving by text, as it enables them to connect donors here in the UK directly with their transitional home for abandoned babies in Uganda. Adding regular giving by SMS to your fundraising portfolio is relatively simple – check with your SMS provider if they provide the functionality.

    The use of mobile by charities is still in its infancy. New ideas and techniques are being conceived and tested all the time. One area likely to experience huge growth over the next 12 months is the use of SMS as a communication and retention tool. As 90% of texts are read within one hour of receipt, it makes SMS a great method of communicating with supporters. We can thank them, tell them about our latest campaigns, ask them for an opinion or update them on our most recent successes.

    A charity leading the way in this area is Cancer Research UK. They are testing the impact of thanking and welcoming donors recruited as a result of the recent Stand Up To Cancer telethon. This is being done by sending SMS updates on the show’s success, showing the impact of donations and using SMS to offer their supporters advice on how to reduce cancer risks. It’s easy for any charity to set up a system like this, which sends communications to donors via SMS.

    Another great example of how mobile can be used in an innovative way is Amnesty International’s Protest in you Pocket SMS service, where activists can be asked to take actions in seconds. Any organisation with a significant campaigning function could use mobile in a similar way to generate activists.

    It’s important that we don’t just view mobile as a method of recruiting supporters. If that’s all we use it for we won’t maximise the opportunity to connect, mobilise and interact with charitable donors.

    If you’d like access to statistics on mobile use the following reports may be of interest. nfpSynergy produced this report and this report from Ofcom is another great source of information.

    Paul de Gregorio is head of mobile at Open Fundraising.

  4. No matter the Money Mountain, there is a faster, quicker, less-painful way to reach the top! To become a millionaire the FAST WAY you need leverage.

    Leverage equals speed. If you want to create wealth, you need leverage. Lots of it. There are three parts to leverage.

    The first part is the objective (the Dream) that you intend to bring into reality. Focus your energies on a dream that advances humanity; one that adds value. In this way, every dollar earned is an “enlightened” one.

    The second part is the fulcrum. That is you. You are the object upon which the lever pivots. Without you there is no height to the lever and the objective will never move, no matter how long the lever or how much force is applied to the lever.

    The third part is the lever itself. When the objective and the fulcrum are in place, success depends on the length and strength of the lever. Assuming the lever is strong, it is all about the length of the lever. The longer the lever, the less force that is needed to move the object. A long lever works easier and faster than a short one.

    Multi-millionaires know speed is the new currency of business. Hence, financially independent people create very long and strong levers.

    The Longer the Lever, The Greater the Impact

    A movie star makes a movie once. The leverage comes when thousands of prints are made and the movie is shown all over the world. The money comes when millions of people pay to view it.

    A baseball player plays baseball. The leverage comes when he is watched by tens of thousands of fans at the stadium and viewed nationally on television. The large salary a ball player makes comes from the revenues of this leverage.

    Teachers, on the other hand, usually have twenty-five to forty students per class. They have very little leverage, and thus their salary is relatively low. Both the baseball player and the teacher add value (with the teacher generally seen as adding more value), yet the baseball player has the greater leverage, and thus is able to demand and receive more money for his services than a teacher.

    All large sums of money embrace the generalized principals of leverage. For example, the first volume of chicken soup for the soul added lots of value. It was a book that was written once, yet it was purchased by millions. Once the book became a hit, the authors were able to leverage the “chicken soup” brand into many other books. (e.g., chicken soup for the teenage soul) as well as other products, like the chicken soup calendars. Tens of millions of these products have been and are continuing to be sold. This leverage creates continuous income streams not only to the authors but also to the publishers, distributors, book stores, and many others.

    The book nothing down explains the power of leverage in real estate. For example, if you put 10% down on a $200,000 home that goes up in value by 5% in one year, then the property is worth $210,000. You get the leverage not only on your $20,000 but also on the remaining $180,000 that you have borrowed. Your $20,000 investment has earned you $10,000, a 50% return on your money.

    When you are able to buy real estate for no money down and it goes up in value, you have created a return on someone elses money. Of course, some time and effort are involved. However, computing a financial return on no money invested shows an infinite return. That is infinite leverage.

    Leverage is the power to control a lot with just a little. Big doors swing on little hinges. In the business world, there are five kinds of leverage.

    OPM-Other People’s Money . In real estate investing we buy residential real estate with 10% down and yet we control 100% of the property. The classic investment book nothing down teaches how to achieve ultimate leverage: how to buy property with little or no money down. Thousands of people have become millionaires using this system.

    OPE-Other People’s Experiences. It takes too long to learn it yourself, so borrow or learn from others. The easiest way to become rich is to apprentice personally with someone who is rich. Learn all they know, meet all their contacts, and do what they do-do it even better. If this isn’t possible, read their books, listen their tapes, watch their videos, interview them if possible, and attend their seminars. One idea you learn can save you ten years of work effort. Leverage is about maximizing your results in a minimum amount of time. Therefore, absorb lifetime bodies of information and insight-compressed into instant use ability just for you-in the forms of books, tapes, cd’s, films, videos, and seminars. This is the cheapest and quickest way to gain OPE.

    OPI-Other People’s Ideas. When Mark wanted to become a professional speaker he attended the national’s speaker association meeting in 1974. Cavett Robert, the “dean of speakers” and cofounder of this association, talked about how to created multiauthored books. Within a month, Mark had adopted the idea and created a book with Keith DeGreen called Stand Up, Speak Up and Win. They enrolled 14 co-contributors who each invested $2,000 to obtain 1,000 books each. It was Marks first zero-cash investment. He capitalized on someone else’s idea to personally earn $200,000 in that year (selling 20,000 copies at $10 each). Your objecitve is to associate with people who can share with you their powerful money making ideas.

    OPT-Other People’s Time. Individuals will sometimes volunteer their time in certain circumstance, but most will sell you their time, talent, connections, resources, and no-how relatively inexpensively. Leverage yourself with professionals who are excellent and unique at employing their abilities.

    OPW-Other People’s Work. Most people want a job. They want security, rather than oppurtunity. Higher and delegate to them everything that you don’t want to or can’t do as well. Leverage yourself through other people and grow.

    Millionaires are masters at using all five kinds of leverage.

    Alone, you are without leverage. you have to rely on your own knowledge, your own experience, your own money, your own resources. This is the long, slow way to wealth. Eventually, your resources run out. You become discouraged. You quit.

  5. Blacklisted from travelling: Could it be you?
    Yesterday by Wan Wan – Category News

    Finally, the agonizing wait is over. My perfect holiday is about to begin. Imagine my horror when I find out that I am being blacklisted from going abroad at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s customs checkpoint. The big question is… WHY?

    Could it be my defaulting Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) loan? As I know, blacklisted PTPTN loan borrowers ought to settle the total amount of remaining loan balance including any other cost by filling up a form which can be obtained in the PTPTN website. Those in the blacklist are restricted from leaving Malaysia until the full amount of remaining loan balance is cleared. The payment is to be made at least 1 week before the travelling date.

    On a second thought, have I fallen into bankruptcy (literally) without myself knowing it? I can’t help but to imagine the worst. Well, that’s me being the ultimate anxiety girl! Logically speaking, bankrupt Malaysians are not able to travel out of country as their passports will be held by the Director-General of Insolvency (DGI). However, there are always exceptions. A bankrupt can only cross Malaysian borders with written permission from the DGI or after acquiring a court order. To obtain the said permission, an application form has to be submitted, indicating intention, reason and duration of the trip, together with the supporting documents.

    Wait, that’s not all. As reported by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, about half a million holders of international Malaysian passports have been blacklisted for a variety of reasons. These people either have not paid their income taxes, have breached immigration laws, or are involved in commercial conflicts, divorce, criminal or court cases. Those who encounter such problem can contact the Immigration Department of Malaysia to find out which government agency had issued the order and eventually seek advice on how to get their names eradicated from the list.

    All of a sudden, my reverie was interrupted. I quickly grabbed my phone and checked if I was blacklisted at the Malaysian Immigration Control Status Checking page. What a great relief to learn that I was not! My trip is in fact about one month from now. That means I have plenty of time to plan for my trip…Exotic culture and alien language, here I come!

  6. Tent City?
    Before I came to Seattle I can’t really say how much I knew about tent cities as they pertain to the homeless. I knew they existed, but little else. There are several tent cities in the Greater Seattle area. Most are managed by a non-profit collaboration called SHARE/WHEEL (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort and Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League.) Seattle’s tent cities are somewhat unique in that they:
    Are self-managed, with an elected Executive Committee, Camp Advisor and an enforceable code of conduct that is voted on by the participants.
    Run a warrant and sex offender background check on every prospective participant. No one with an active warrant or who is a registered sex offender can stay at the camp.
    Require every participant/camper to serve community service hours (attending approved church services or attending various organizational meetings) as well as “security shifts” in camp. Each participant is required to perform one community service module every two weeks and three 3-hour security shifts each week.
    A Kitchen Coordinator, Tent Master, Donations Coordinator, Bookkeeper and five Executive Committee officers (tent city managers) are elected to serve in 30-day increments in order to ensure the rules and regulations are adhered to, non-complying campers are removed for 3, 7 or 30 days (or permanently barred), and that the day-to-day operations run as smoothly as possible.
    Allow participants the freedom to come and go from camp 24 hours a day. You have to sign in every day in order to get a bus ticket and you can’t be gone longer than 72 hours (in general) if you’re working out of the area without giving up your tent.
    Have amenities available 24-7. Our tent city has a donated TV, a donated computer (no Internet but if you have your own device or laptop you are provided with the password for the host church’s wifi connection), a kitchen tent with a microwave, freezer, refrigerator, donations tent with both men and women’s clothing and toiletries, a blankets tent (dirty blankets are laundered by an outside contractor) and nightly dinners provided by the host church where the tent city stays (they move every 90 days.)
    Why I’m Here
    I’ve never been homeless before – close, but never truly homeless. A series of events over the last 18 months left me without funds, in semi-hiding…and without hope. I have what I call “coyote syndrome” – the ability to chew off one’s own foot to escape. Some might say it translates to the need to control who can inflict the most damage to me. In any event, I bought a train ticket, packed a rolling duffel bag and a backpack, leaving everything else behind. I told no one what I was doing until I was already 100 miles away. Then I called my one true friend and told her where I was headed. The train ride ended in downtown Seattle where I waited for my friend to call me back with her “idea” of where to spend the night so I could regroup just a little and figure out what next, if anything. I spent the night in a king size pillow top bed at a well known hotel… on her dime. I soaked in the tub, watched cable, and occasionally ventured outside for a smoke. By 9 p.m. though, the streets were filled with groups of men, standing across the street, yelling out comments, accosting me for cigarettes and change. I quickly realized I’d never make it outside on the streets after dark. In the morning I searched the Internet for homeless or domestic violence shelters for women. There was one close by. It took me more than an hour to talk myself out of a panic attack before I could open the door and walk out of the last shred of security. There is something very surreal leaving a four-star hotel knowing your next stop is a women’s shelter. I checked out of the hotel, walked up one block to a restaurant and called a cab to take me there. You see, my friend works at a sister hotel in Portland and had secured the room under a family discount rate. Not the type of situation where you want to walk up to the valet and ask for a cab to the shelter.

    I arrived at the shelter and met with an intake counselor. She is a street vet, a social worker for 20+ years, a woman who has seen it all, hardened on the outside, but compassionate enough to tell me I would be okay. The shelter has both day and night programs. You can hang out in the day room (very depressing – lots of vacant stares), take a shower, have lunch, etc. Lots of rules, lots of lining up for this or that, and a fair share of open hostility from a few women. I made it through lunch and stepped outside on the patio for a smoke, following the lead of my table mate. “Karen” is in clean clothes with no visible tattoos, no visible mental illness, no scabs or other open sores. She and I strike up a conversation.

    Five minutes later she tells me I don’t belong there, that I don’t want to be there at night, but that she knows of a better place I can go. It’s called Tent City. I’ll be safe. I’ll live in a tent. I’ll have 24 hour access to a kitchen stocked with food and coffee, a shower, blankets…and I’ll be safe. She makes a call to the camp and tells them she’s sending me there. When I ask why she doesn’t live there, she tells me she violated one of the rules and was barred for 30 days. Her boyfriend however is still at the camp. She’s staying at the women’s shelter – where the night before she was woken by a women who stood screaming in the middle of the floor, stripped naked and proceeded to urinate all over herself and the floor in front of her bed. No one stopped her. I talk to the EC/Camp manager on duty. He assures me I will be safe, I’ll have my own tent, they’ll make sure I’m protected…no one will bother me… I’ll have anonymity…no one needs to know I’m there. Karen calls another woman in camp and tells her she’s sending me up and to keep an eye out for me. She then takes me to the bus transit center, writes down which bus to get on, which bus I’ll need for a transfer, which stop to get off at.

    I arrive at the intake tent about 1 1/2 hours later. I’m given a tour of the site, assigned a tent, handed a bag of blankets (tents are set up on wood pallets) and given a Code of Conduct form to sign. I’m feeling a little better, like I can breathe for a moment. Bedtime is a different story. It is March. I have no coat or warm gloves. It’s 34 degrees. My tent is a “summer tent” with three mesh sides. There’s a tarp over it to keep out the rain, but the tarp blows off. I don’t sleep, but in the morning after “quiet time”, guys come to fix my tent. A day or so later a warm pair of gloves appear, as do flannel pajama bottoms and leggings. It’s all about the layering when you’re camping! I sign up for my three security details, working with the same EC that did my intake because he makes me feel safe. People are friendly but give me space. I’ve heard several times I don’t “belong” here but no one threatens me. The sense of security becomes so much so that I forget to take my backpack back to my tent, leaving it unattended in the TV tent. No one touches it.

    It isn’t perfect. It isn’t suburbia, and it definitely isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. There are domestic squabbles, there are characters of every sort… ex-convicts, ex-addicts, current and ex-alcoholics. It’s part summer camp, part Lord of the Flies. There is a communal hierarchy that you become aware of. There is sadness, depression, insomnia and edginess that affects almost everyone. There are days of bitter cold, wind and rain, and yes, even a couple of days where snow has to be shaken from each of the tents. There is more mud than i could have ever imagined. But I remain safe. There are those that come and go in less than a week, there are those that are barred for infractions big and small, and there are those that have been living in this type of situation for years. Some have jobs, some get day labor assignments, some are on disability or SSI.

    I’ve never been an addict. I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never been institutionalized. I’ve worked in a variety of industries, both white and blue collar. I’ve owned my own business. I’ve had $10,000 in the bank (prior to 2008). I’ve survived endo-uterine cancer. I’ve been a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a volunteer…But none of that matters now. Not to them, not to me. They, like me, are painfully aware that what IS important is that there are basic human needs that must be met. Out of that awareness comes a community that consciously pulls together to make sure that the cold, wet, tired, hungry and homeless people that walk into this camp have a safe, semi-stable place to act as a foundation for whatever comes next.nn1

  7. There are many situations in today’s construction market that make Self Compacting Concrete an interesting alternative to conventional slump concrete. In general, cost savings and/or performance enhancement tend to be the driving forces behind the added value of Self Compacting Concrete. Contractors, producers and owners are under great pressure to produce better quality construction at lower costs of labor, materials and equipment. They are also faced with tougher environmental and safety regulations, and increased insurance costs. The economic benefits of a less intensive construction environment results in labor savings, time savings from higher productivity, and greater flexibility of design. Self Compacting Concrete offers some help in all of the following areas.

    1. Reduced in-place cost
    •Productivity Improvements – Self Compacting Concrete can increase the speed of construction, improve formed surface finish and thus reduce repair and patching costs, reduce maintenance costs on equipment, and provide faster form and truck turn-around time.
    • Reduced labor costs – Self Compacting Concrete reduces labor demands and compensates for lack of skilled workers to perform the rigorous work required for quality concrete construction.
    2. Improved work environment and safety – Self Compacting Concrete eliminates the use of vibrators for concrete placement, thus minimizing vibration and noise exposures. It eliminates trip hazards caused by cords. It reduces fall hazards, as workers do not have to stand on forms to consolidate concrete.
    3. Improved aesthetics – Self Compacting Concrete provides unequaled formed surfaces.

    What are the economic considerations for Self Compacting Concrete ?

    The cost/benefit analysis of Self Compacting Concrete balances the increased cost of the concrete against substantial labor savings and asthetic benefits. The benefits of Self Compacting Concrete are apparent at many levels of the construction process, from production, to placement, to quality of the finished product. Modification of production and construction practices may be required to show the full impact of product benefits.
    Due to generally higher strengths resulting from the high powder content needed for Self Compacting Concrete, the economic benefit has been most obvious where high strengths were already needed for design reasons. Thus the greatest current application for Self Compacting Concrete is in precast/prestressed concrete production. This is also true because the increased material cost and labor savings all appear on the same balance sheet, so the connection between Self Compacting Concrete performance and cost savings is easier to make. As more experience is gained in the field with the cost benefits of ready-mix Self Compacting Concrete, this application is expected to grow.

  8. (CNN) — Bill Gates is putting out a call to inventors, but he’s not looking for software, or the latest high-tech gadget. This time he’s in search of a better condom.

    On its Grand Challenges website, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 startup grant to the person who designs “the next generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure” and promotes “regular use.”

    It may sound like the setup for a joke, but the goal is deadly serious. While researchers call condoms one of the best ways to stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, getting people to use them is another story.

    The foundation wants to see something that will lead men and women outside of a committed relationship to stop and think twice before having unprotected sex. The startup grant could lead to $1 million in further funding.

    “Male condoms are cheap, easy to manufacture, easy to distribute, and available globally, including in resource-poor settings, through numerous well-developed distribution channels,” the foundation says. Nevertheless, many people are reluctant to use them because they complain that prophylactics interfere with pleasure and intimacy. This creates “a trade-off that many men find unacceptable,” the foundation notes.

    In some places and cultures, condom use is often seen as a sign that a man has AIDS, and many women won’t sleep with such men. Female condoms are even more difficult to use and women are often afraid to suggest using them.

    “Any advance or new design that gets people to use condoms would be a big plus,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers, said in an interview with CNN. He says great strides have been made in treating HIV infection in Africa, but for every person who is treated two more become newly infected.

    The numbers are indeed startling: 34 million people in the world are living with HIV, according the 2012 UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report. About half of them don’t know they’re infected, according to Fauci.

    That problem exists in the U.S. as well, particularly in minority communities.

    “Although African-Americans comprise 12% of the population, they account for 45% of all new HIV infections nationwide and 65% of all new infections among women,” Fauci said previously. “A substantial portion of newly infected African-Americans are bisexual and homosexual men.”

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  10. With its stock price down 35% over the past six months, and concerns about a lack of innovation and growing competition, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) doesn’t need the PR nightmare that its new uber campus will likely become. According to an “anonymous insider,” who spoke with Businessweek, Steve Jobs’ dream of “building the best office building in the world” will become a reality — for what’s estimated to be a staggering $5 billion price tag. The money itself isn’t the problem, of course; Apple has that in its petty cash drawer. But the timing of the project? That’s another matter altogether.

    The new digs
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    What should really concern investors
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  12. Let me ask you a couple of questions…

    Have you ever felt that it is a possibility that you end up lonely and isolated for the rest of your life?
    Have you ever felt that everyone you knew in life just forgot about you and now, you’re on your own?
    Have you ever made friends with someone and then have them decide to NOT SEE YOU anymore for no logical reason whatsoever?
    Have you ever found people get BORED by talking to you because you quickly RAN OUT OF THINGS TO SAY?
    Have you ever been unable to go to a party that you would LOVE to attend, because the shyness in you prevented and scared you from going?
    Have you ever avoided a social situation, just to avoid any possibility of being rejected and humiliated in front of a group of people?
    Have you ever spent your birthday or a holiday ALONE? …or both in the same year?
    Have you ever suspected that the people that you know are AWARE that you have no friends?
    Have you ever felt that you’re totally removed from the social life? And you started doubting that there MUST be something deeply wrong with you?
    Have you ever dates someone you LOVED at first sight and have them DUMP you quickly once they discover what your (social) life looks like?
    Shyness and Social Anxiety Seem Like A Prison With No Way Out… I’ve been there

    I had all the socially awkward symptoms. I felt lonely, shy, and filled with social anxiety. I couldn’t hold a conversation to save my life. I was the last person you could ever call “Cool” or “Interesting”. I had NO IDEA how to make friends. And I couldn’t even DREAM of having a couple of friends, let alone a GROUP of friends.

    Let’s face it, they don’t teach us this stuff at school. If you’re shy what should you do? If you have no friends or not the kind of friends that make you happy, what should you do? Give up?

    After a few google searches you’ll find advice that is so broad and imprecise that you would have NO IDEA how to apply it.

    You can even read Carnegie’s book “How to make friends and influence people” and not know EXACTLY what to do today in order to make new friends.

    This was a big deal for me. I spent 7 to 8 years studying social interaction, human behavior and psychology. I tried every advice that I could get my hands on, even had to import some old books from Austria that never made it to amazon.com and no one knows about.

    I was looking for the KEY FACTORS that made people… try and hang out with some people and try to be friends with them… while ignoring, rejecting and even making fun of other people. I started to apply and got rid of some of my problems with social awkwardness and started making some friends here and there. But at first, it seemed like it’s going to take FOR EVER.

    The “A-HA!” moment that changed everything for me

    At one point, I stopped relying on the techniques of the experts I found in books and tapes. I started to look for people who have lots of friends in the REAL WORLD.

    I started watching them and getting to know some of them. At first, I was very intimidated. Then I started to see patterns between what I saw and what I learned by myself.

    When I combined those two sources of knowledge, things started rolling… and FAST.

    By combining experts’ advice and “street-smarts” techniques… I started making friends FAST. I started to see WHY I needed to build a social circle and how do the popular people do it in a matter of weeks.

    This happened mostly when they just moved to my city and I got to know them. A couple of weeks were enough for them to make more friends that I could gather up in a YEAR.

    WHAT’S THE KEY REALIZATION?

    It’s A Process Of 7 Parts That They Do Not Teach You At School

    You have to recognize FULLY that you’re a social human being, no matter what experiences you went through. You’re a human, therefore you ARE social and NEED friends. Even more friends than you think you need, just to have that optimal feeling that we call “happy”.
    When you get in a lonely state, you need to be able to get OUT of it fast. Most people mistake loneliness for depression and end up running in circles for years. Loneliness can get you in a complex dilemma where you crave social connection… but you don’t feel like socializing AT ALL.
    You gotta know how to turn the table on shyness and social anxiety. These are “tricky” problems that SEEM to be a part of who you are. Actually,… they ARE a part of who you are. Until you know how to solve them !
    Conversation is the basis of all social skills. You need to learn the essential tricks to start conversations, make quick connections, hold people’s attention, keep a conversation going, make people talk to each other, and talk with a whole group of people. HINT : You need to do it RIGHT, most people do it in an amateur way that prevents them from meeting new people and keeps them “stuck” with the friends they always had.
    You gotta have the social skills of a socially savvy person. The best part is that it’s LEARNABLE. These include how to be outgoing and talkative, how to be “COOL”, how to be interesting and not bore people away, How to be FUN and make jokes with people, avoid socially awkward mistakes, and last but not least : add some simple-to-manage social activities that are FUN and INTERESTING.
    The MASTER SKILL : Making friends. If you take time to learn this, and know what to do SPECIFICALLY to make friends, then you’re a lucky one ! it involves knowing the right places to find friends that are the best choice for you, making conversations that make them want to be your friend, getting their contact information, keeping in touch, meeting them again and having a lot of fun, and deepening the friendship and turn “casual friends” into “close and loyal friends”.
    You have to know how to build a circle of friends that will take care of you. This is just one step away from “making friends” but it makes a huge difference. Once you decide to start doing it, you’ll get a lot more friends FASTER, have a lot of fun and interesting social experiences (trips, parties, etc.) and… because other people are involved in your group, they DO MOST OF THE WORK TO CREATE THOSE EXPERIENCES. I cannot think of a better way to have a great social life. And it’s also a great way to meet and date the hottest dates you’ve had in your life. That’s just a side-effect.
    All of these things aren’t just easy to learn and put into action,… they are also INSANELY FUN to learn.

    How Can YOU Overcome shyness and loneliness, Master Conversation and Social Skills and Make friends?

    Well, before I give you the answer, let me tell you about what has been happening lately…

    Back in the day, I had all the awkward symptoms, the loner habits, the unattractive qualities a person can have… I know how it all feels like.

    I interviewed a lot of guys and girls that not only had more friends than they could ever keep up with, but also had lots of deep and meaningful friendships with people who would stand beside them, no matter what.

    I got many times into a situation where I had ZERO friends and had to do it all over again… I didn’t know how to build a social circle and fell on my face repeatedly and saw my circle of friends blow up in front of my eyes, it happened to me also when I needed to move to new places, I had to start from scratch.

    I studied social behavior, psychology, human motivation for the last 7 to 8 years and applied and tried many models of improving a social life, making friends, stripped it down and kept just what worked CONSISTENTLY in the REAL WORLD.

    I did research about loneliness, shyness and social anxiety that took me a couple of years and I finally understood what these things are made out of so I can get rid of them for good.

    My friends that are experts in self-improvement and sales always encouraged me to write a book or do seminars, and even invited me to speak at a self-improvement conference in a major city. At first, I didn’t really realize that I could share this stuff.

    Now, let’s get back to YOU and YOUR social success. If YOU’RE READY to overcome shyness, get rid of loneliness, start making conversations that make you friends, then you’re in the right place.

    Are you ready to get a couple of close friends that stay loyal to you? So, are you ready to have a fun social life, full of friends and great activities? Are you ready to get your own social circle and enjoy Parties, Celebrations, Trips, and Birthday Parties that most of your relatives and old friends could NOT EVEN DREAM OF?

    Yes? Good !

    “Get The Friends You Want” ebook – or how to overcome shyness and loneliness, learn conversation and social skills, and make friends

    I spent several months condensing all the techniques that worked for me, my friends, and my friends’ clients. These techniques the KEY to having the friends you want and avoiding loneliness and rejection.

    I put them out in an ebook format. I did that so you could either print it, or read it in your favorite device. It’s not too long, made out of 145 pages and 7 chapters. I wrote it like a reference manual. You can literally jump to any section and start learning new techniques you can use TODAY.

    The first three chapters are all about how to OVERCOME THE LIMITING stuff : Loneliness, Shyness, Social Anxiety, and Feelings of Being Removed from the social world

    The fourth and fifth chapters are about SOCIAL SKILLS : We begin with Conversation and how to master it and go on to learn other CRUCIAL social skills.

    The sixth and seventh chapters are about making friends (how to go from zero friends to 10, 20, or a 100 friends) and how to build all that into a social circle that makes it easy for you to keep up with.

    It’s a downloadable ebook, you can GET IT NOW and start to learn stuff like this :

    Part 1: Overcome Loneliness, Shyness, and Social Anxiety

    How you still vitally need friends, in this modern age, where live social interaction is mistakenly taken for granted. – page 8
    You’ll (finally) be able to make sense of what other people do, socially : why they laugh at some things and not others, befriend some people and not others, go out to some places and not others, dress a certain way and not another. – page 11
    You’ll know the 8 motivators that get people to behave socially the way they do. Once you know this, you’ll basically CRACK THE CODE that’s behind people’s social behaviors. – page 11
    Why some people get REJECTED while others get CHASED. You’ll also know what to do about it so you avoid being rejected by the friends you need. – page 14
    You’ll know why people keep ignoring loners, instead of cheering them up. (it’s about a specific behavior that loners have, that drives good people away) – page 16
    You’ll be able to construct a vision for your social success. After going through this part, your social success will be as clear to you as a puzzle with all the pieces in place. You’ll be more ready to go for it than ever. – page 17
    You’ll get to know why it feels WEIRD to be more social… all of a sudden. And how to unplug that unnatural feeling. – page 20
    You’ll know how you’ll be able to make friends and STAY INTROVERTED IF YOU WANT. This book is not intended to change your nature. You can stay introverted if you want and keep all the little habits that you love to do by yourself. This part will show you how. – page 22
    Socializing and being more social requires a particular kind of motivation, it’s different from regular motivation that is intended to “achieve goals”… in page 23, we’ll talk about exactly how to have that motivation. – page 23
    You’ll understand how their loneliness works, so you can deal with it properly to get rid of it. – page 27
    You’ll be able to avoid the skeptical and hostile behavior that cause people to reject you and move away to make friends with other people. – page 28
    You’ll know why lonely people generally FAIL to make friends, even if they try their hardest, and what to do about it. – page 31
    You’ll know how to get over the negativity and depression that loneliness can get you in. – page 30
    How to be “ready” to make friends now, even if you were lonely for several years. – page 30
    Technology, that is supposed to make us more connected, is a trap that can make us get even more lonely and isolated, this book will teach you how to make friends using the power of technology, while preventing it from making you even more isolated. – page 34
    How to overcome shyness and social anxiety. – page 37
    How to do what shyness used to prevent you from doing: Talk to strangers, Stand up for yourself, reclaim respect from others, express your opinion, Go out in public and feel perfectly confident, normal, and social, Be able to go out to nightclubs or bars, feel perfectly good, as if you were “at home”, and be able to talk to anyone there, Go to parties when they’re invited and feel great about it, even if they go alone, etc.) – page 56
    How to “laugh in the face” of any social rejection. And how to avoid getting rejected by potential friends. And how to detect rejection before it happens. (popular people are great at this, we’ll talk about it page 40)
    You’ll discover the shocking truth about the social world. Only the popular and “insanely-socially-successful” people know. This stuff will make you much more powerful and confident as you will “know what’s going on” and can’t be intimidated. – page 43
    You’ll know what popular people think of shy people and why that information is a HUGE opportunity to make new friends – page 46
    You’ll know what people think of you when they see you and how much time they spend deciding whether or not they think that they are cool and interesting. – page 43
    What people think of someone when they see them making a socially awkward mistake… and what you can do to make your social mistakes (if they ever happen) seem almost invisible and go unnoticed to people around you. – page 45
    Popular people don’t like all the shy and reserved people, BUT,… they love one SPECIFIC kind of shy people because of one SPECIFIC behavior. These “special shy people” have an attitude that you NEED TO KNOW. – page 46
    How to use your beliefs, emotions and body-reactions in a way that will make you more inclined to make friends and talk to people, instead of shying away and hiding from people. – page 53
    How to almost instantly change the negative beliefs that you KNOW are holding you back. – page 54
    How to practice being social with absolutely no risk
    Part 2: Master Conversation and Social Skills

    How to talk confidently, whether or not you were confident in the past. – page 63
    How to start conversations with strangers and make them feel like you’re someone they know well. – page 64
    Why some conversation starters work, while others don’t and what’s the difference that makes the difference. – page 66
    How to hold someone’s attention when you first meet them. – page 67
    How to start and end conversations as you please without coming across as rude and unfriendly. – page 67
    How to know what’s stopping you from talking for as long as you want and how to free yourself from these things and make conversations last as long as you want. – page 68
    How to keep a conversation going, and never run out of things to say, without having to “work” at it. – page 70
    There are some specific topics to talk about at FIRST, that make other people want to get to know you and make friends with you. Learn about them in page 72
    How to use other people’s stories in your own conversations in a way that makes you sound interesting, even if those stories have nothing to do with you. – page 73
    How to go from subject to subject, potentially forever. And to draw the link between conversation topics, no matter unrelated they seem to be. – page 74
    A universal technique used and shared by Dale Carnegie (in 1930’s) that is SO good that it still works today. This technique makes anyone you talk to want to stick around and share more about themselves. At the end of the conversation, they won’t feel that they talked more than you. Instead they’ll think that you’re an amazing conversationalist, even if THEY were doing most of the talking. Grab this technique in page 75.
    How to USE silence in conversation to make everyone feel comfortable and optimistic, instead of feeling awkward. – page 76
    A quick way to practice small talk. This will make you do small talk much better than average people. (you can do this the very next time you get out of the house) – get it in page 76
    How to make two people that you know, talk to each other, so you won’t have to do all the talking. That will also enable you to walk away and talk to someone else if you want. – page 77
    How to have conversations in a group in a way that makes you QUICKLY FIT IN. And how to AVOID being interrupted and make the people in the group like you on the first day you show up. – page 78
    How to get in the mood for conversation, get talkative and be more outgoing. This works even if you had a bad day and even if you spent a whole week not talking to anyone. It makes you snap-back in a social mode. – page 79
    Some people seem to attract the most amount of friends. Everyone wants to be friends with them and that’s because everyone sees them as “cool”. You’ll learn WHAT the elements behind “coming across as cool”. You can start integrating those elements in your life today, and attract more friends. Learn it in page 82
    How to be funny and fun to be around, so people like you and crave your presence. – page 92
    What to NEVER do, when making a funny joke. I call this section “humor do’s and don’ts”… some of these mistakes can have the opposite effect (they repel people), so we have to be careful. Learn more in page 96
    The 44 worst socially awkward mistakes you need to STOP DOING RIGHT NOW. They weird people out and make them want to get the hell out of there ASAP. – page 97
    How to come across as interesting and avoid coming across as a boring person. – page 101
    How to not only be interesting but come across as interesting to the specific friends you would love to hang out with – page 101
    How to become interesting in the long run (for life) in page 102
    How to get your life to be MORE FUN, without “sweating at it”. – page 102
    How to make fun plans in seconds, instead of minutes or hours. Without too much preparation, you’ll be able to make plans ON-THE-SPOT. – page 104
    How to make fun social plans, even if when you have NO MOTIVATION to do so. (it’s so easy, you don’t need to be “motivated” to get it done) – page 105
    How to have other people see you as a FUN-and-INTERESTING person – page 104
    How to have people recognize that you have a fun life and get excited when they call them to hang out. – page 104
    How to discover and organize new social activities that you weren’t aware of. And do it in a way that doesn’t take much time. Best of both worlds : Having time for what you like to do on your own and having time to chill and have fun with friends. – page 107
    How to know what fun and interesting events are taking place in your city and never miss out on them. – page 106
    How to do lots of social activities, without really spending BIG BUCKS or blowing out through your savings, nor getting into debt… – page 107
    How to deal with friends that smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs in a way that lets you hang out with them if you want without ever feeling “pressured” to do use these substances yourself. – page 108
    Part 3: Make Friends and Build Your Social Circle

    You’ll know how important it is to KEEP finding new friends, no matter how many friends you know, now. Friends tend to disappear from your life and that makes you obligated to constantly making friends with new people. – page 111
    How to meet friends in the places and areas that you already pass by every day, without realizing all the opportunities to meet new people. – page 111
    How to turn a colleague into a friend, so they can start making friends, before even leaving the office. – page 112
    If you’re in college, you’ll get to know how to take advantage of all the opportunities of thousands of new potential friends, instead of being intimidated by the crowd – page 113
    How to meet new friends through the people you already know, even if you never thought of them as a potential “source” of new people that you can be friends with – page 114
    Why you should NEVER miss a birthday party, why it’s the easiest occasion to meet new friends, and how to make friends once they you get there. – page 114
    How to meet new people in places you’ve never considered going to. Places like charity events, expat events, pet-related-events, professional events, free seminars and conventions, cultural events, etc. – page 115
    How to join groups of interest that make it easy for you to make friends and how to make friends, once you join. By the way, you don’t even have to commit to any particular group of interest. – page 117
    How to turn a facebook “friend” into a Real Friend. – page 117
    How to concentrate on just a few friends on facebook that will make all the difference in your life. You don’t have to keep up with more than 10 to 30 friends that are the MOST important. We’ll also talk about how to select who goes in that category.
    How to quickly make friends in online forums and meet them in real life. You can do it faster than average people think possible. These forums can be about something you really love to talk about, so you’ll get friends that have the same interests/hobbies as you. We’ll talk about HOW to do it in page 118.
    How to start friendships right: how to make conversations that create friendships out of a random encounter. – page 119
    How to break psychological barriers that exist between strangers and make everyone feel comfortable about getting to know each other. – page 119
    How to quickly know if someone would make a good friend or not. This saves you time by avoiding people who are a bad-match for you and won’t make you happier, instead they just take up space and you won’t have time to make the friends that you’ll have BIG fun with. – page 119
    Once you meet someone that could make of a great friend, you need to know what to talk about and what to do to make them want to be friends with you. Learn that in page 120.
    How to make someone feel an instant connection with you, as soon as you start talking to them. – page 121
    How to keep in touch with all the friends that you have and want to hang out with AND all the new friends that you will be making in the upcoming weeks, after reading the book. – page 122
    How to get people think of you often instead of forgetting about you. They’ll remember you even if they won’t see you every day. It also doesn’t require more than a few minutes each day. – page 123
    Learn how to ask people to join you in your plans, in a way that makes them say YES, almost every time. – page 124
    How to ask someone to join you in your fun plans in a way that avoids all possible rejection.. (popular people do this a lot, by the way) – page 124
    How to get people to invite you out to their fun plans, without being pushy or obvious about it – page 124
    How to turn a “casual friend” into a real and close friend – page 125
    In page 125, we’re gonna talk about the experiences you’ll have with your new friends. The sooner you have these experiences, the sooner you’ll “click” together and become close friends.
    How to make someone believe that you’re a “formless” friend, that means that they can take you and suggest all kinds of plans and social activities to you, not just one. – page 126
    What topics to talk about with a “casual friend” in order to turn them into a “close friend”. – page 127
    How to make people want to see you again, and again, and again. And how to avoid the mistakes that make people get tired of seeing you (even some popular people fall into these mistakes) – page 129
    What kind of attitude to have and how to use it, to have people be glad they met you, respect you, and never “take you for granted”. – page 129
    How to keep a friendship for a long time and make someone continue to want to see you, even if you’ve been friends for a long time. – page 131
    You’ll know why you absolutely need a social circle and why is it better than just having a few friends. You’ll know how making friends is much easier once you start to build your social circle. – page 135
    A social circle the BEST and EASIEST way to meet a great boyfriend or girlfriend, or just a way to meet a lot of HOT dates. Learn how to benefit from it in page 136.
    Why having a social circle will make you have parties and celebrations that you’ll remember, till the rest of your life. – page 136
    Why not having a social circle, can potentially result in you having crappy birthday parties or no birthday parties at all, just hanging out alone at the house… it can also get you to have the same crappy and lonely experiences on Christmas, thanksgiving and other occasions. – page 136
    You’ll learn why and how does a social circle require a lot less work than most people think. And how to make that work for you. – page 137
    You’ll learn about the elements or “pillars” of building a social circle – page 137
    You’ll learn to build a social circle before you get into a situation where you absolutely need it (say, you meet a new date and they introduce you to their friends and then expect you to do the same,… they can be disappointed to find out that you don’t have a circle of friends) – page 138
    How to introduce people to each other in a way that makes them respect you more, be glad they’re friends with you, and become more loyal to you. – page #
    How to get people to introduce other people to you, so you will be making new friends without any effort. – page 138
    How to stop having friends that don’t know each other and have friends that know each other… this helps you stay in touch with everyone much easier, everyone will remember you and you won’t have to do all the calls and all the planning. – page 139
    How to connect with VERY popular people (or “connectors”) who have constant flood of new people in your life, so you can pick and choose who to be friends with. – page 140
    These people are very special and only make friends with people in certain conditions. that’s because A LOT of people want to be friends with them already. They filter people pretty fast and everyone is intimidated by them.
    How to skip all that clutter and connect with them in a way that you’ll stop, notice you with attention, and want you to absolutely be part of their group.
    I’ll also teach how to be best-friends with these guys. Remember, I learned a lot about the social world, just by hanging out with them. –page 141
    How to start a social circle from scratch, even if you have ZERO friends right now, even if you JUST moved to a new city. – page 143
    How to join an established group of friends that “seem” to be impenetrable and fit in, the first time you get with them. – page 144
    How to successfully date people in your social circle. Remember, people who have trouble finding great dates are very often exactly the people who don’t have a large circle of friends, and they think they need to get “dating advice” to solve it. – page 144
    Now, How can you know if this book is for YOU?

    If you already have more friends than you can keep up with, then you probably don’t need this book. If you have no fear of rejection, feel no shyness when talking to people and you DON’T ever feel lonely, then you don’t need it. Also if you never happen to run out of things to say and people always describe you as “cool” and “interesting” and crave your presence, maybe you don’t need this. And if you already have your social circle making your life very enjoyable every day, then you probably don’t need this book.

    On the other hand, there are certain sticky problems that people have when it comes to socializing that get worse with time. Read through the list below. If you find that you’ve experienced any one of these problems, I highly recommend you grab this ebook now.

    However, if while you are reading through this list you realize that you’ve experienced more than one of these problems that are almost impossible to shake, you need to get this program immediately.

    If you’re feeling lonely these days or if you’ve always felt lonely and isolated.
    If you have the feeling that you don’t belong in the social world
    If you’re shy or hesitant when it comes to interacting with people
    If you have trouble talking to people and keeping conversations going
    If you don’t know how to come across as interesting and cool to the friends you want
    If you have no friends or want to add new friends in your life
    If you want to make friends of better quality and you’re sick and tired of some losers that you know
    If you have trouble having or creating a fun (social) life, and all your efforts to do so end up failing
    If you have never built a social circle for yourself that was awesome enough that the friends in it stayed in it for more than two months
    If you happen to make friends, but they end up either turning out to be unreliable jerks or wander off and start calling you less and less
    If you know people but NOBODY ever calls you to go out and do something fun and social
    If you’re overwhelmed with anxiety, every time you’re about to have a social interaction
    If you feel that people will reject all your attempts to try and make friends with them
    If you just moved to a new city, or want to start your social life from scratch in your current city
    If you just joined college and don’t know how you will make friends
    If you have a job that takes all your time and you think that you’re maybe missing out on having a decent social life full of friends
    If you just lost a friend or a couple of friends, for any reason, and now you feel that they left a void in your life
    If you just broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and now you figure that you’re on your own and feel like crap about it
    If you just broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and want to get over them ASAP by meeting some friendly people that will cheer you up
    If you always wanted to meet new friends by you don’t know where or how
    If you’ve already tried making friends in the past, but it was so overwhelming and disorganized that you gave it up
    If you want to make friends and get out of your loneliness, but at the same time you have no motivation to go out and meet people
    If you’re lonely and yet, don’t feel like going out and meeting people
    If you’re spending too much time online trying to contact people, but you end up with no real friends
    If you fear that popular people can reject or even humiliate you if you try and become their friends or even go to the places they go to
    If you logically know that you need to go meet people but you feel so bad and anxious in your body that you can’t bare it and always end up staying home
    If you are hesitant and doubtful when you talk to people that they see no point in making conversations with you
    If you come across good potential friends, but have no idea how to start a conversation with them, maintain it and get their contact information
    If you always had trouble with small talk
    If you’re sick of having awkward silences over and over and having it damage any chances of you making some interesting friends
    If you can make good conversations one-on-one, but always have trouble making conversation within a group of people
    If you become silent and intimidated when you’re inside or close to a crowd of people
    If you know you can have great conversations, but have trouble getting in a talkative mood when you meet the people you would love to be friends with and miss out on the opportunity
    If you have trouble being fun and making jokes with people
    If you happen to come across as awkward or weird with people
    If you already know how to make friends, but have trouble keeping in touch with them
    I can’t judge for you, but if you really NEED this information, then you probably already know that.

    Chances are, this book holds THE KEY you need to overcome what’s blocking you from having the amazing social life you DESERVE.

    What makes this book different

    It addresses the problem from all angles. It’s not about ONE PART of what you need, it’s about ALL THAT YOU NEED : from overcoming the blocking emotions, to learning the critical social skills, to making friends and having a social circle.
    It’s not about “general advice” or “best practices”. It’s about EXACTLY what to do, where to go, and what to talk about in order to make the friends.
    It’s not complex. There are no psychological concepts that only a therapist can understand. It’s written in simple language, and that’s why it’s directly applicable in the real world.

  13. Fundraising by getting small donations of money from a large group of people, what’s called crowdfunding, is a very different animal than getting access to capital at a bank: your story matters more than your credit score. To be successful in a crowdfund, remember who your audience is and cater to it.

    Basic financial needs, like paying off debt, may be critical for your business, but “they just don’t excite a potential investor,” says Natalia Oberti Noguera, the founder of the Pipeline Fellowship, a New York City-based training program for teaching women philanthropists about angel investing. To get resources for your business, whether money or mentorship, tailor your request to the skills and interests of the person you are asking, says Oberti Noguera, who spoke at the conference.

    Related: Crowd-funding Platform Connects Entrepreneurs With Consumer-Product Giants

    For donation-based crowdfunding, raising money from a group of nonprofessional investors on sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, the key to your success is capturing people’s attention and curiosity. At a women-entrepreneurship conference in New York City on Wednesday, hosted by women entrepreneur business network Own It Ventures, a group of crowdfunding experts shared best practices.

    1. Give your investors different levels on which to contribute. If you are raising money to produce a movie, for example, you should consider having levels of contribution that include seeing the movie, getting email updates from the producers and getting a tour backstage. “The packaging is huge,” says Jeremy Andrews, the founder and CEO of SmartMoney Entrepreneurs, a New York City-based crowdfunding platform that connects startups and investors. “That can be revolutionary for your company because the backers — the people who are supporting you — are really invested, in more ways than one, in your company,” says Andrews, who spoke at the conference.

    2. Include a video in your pitch. Having a video included on your crowdfunding webpage, says Oberti Noguera. Giving potential investors a way to see who you are, get a sense for your passion, and see what you are trying to do goes a long way in donation-based crowdfunding.

    Related: Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

    3. Have money already committed before you go to the crowd. For potential new investors to have the confidence to invest in your company, have at least 30 percent of the money you are seeking already raised before you go to the crowd, says Oberti Noguera. “It is so much about momentum,” she says. And it’s psychological. If an investor sees, “Oh wait! This is almost done, a lot of people have already invested, I can just come in and fill the rest,” then he or she is more willing to put down money, says Andrews.

    4. Be active online. Really active. How much money you can raise depends on how many potential investors you can reach. “Crowdfunding is really about your social-media network. Make sure you have built out your Facebook fans, your LinkedIn connections, your Twitter followers, your email list. All of that is your social currency,” says Geri Stengel, the owner of New York City-headquartered Venturneer, an online resource for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and small business owners. Stengel also spoke at the conference.

    5. Make sure the price is right. One of the most common times that entrepreneurs use crowdfunding is after they have a prototype, but they don’t have the money to cover production costs. “Pricing your product and packaging it and understanding the costs before you ask for money is crucial because you want to make sure that the backers, as they are called on these crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter, do get their product delivered,” says Andrews.

    And while there is no strict requirement, generally entrepreneurs want their investors to have their product in the hand of their backers within three to six months, Andrews says. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you have offered a bargain price on your product in an effort to attract donations, but then you can’t deliver on your promise.

    By: catherine clifford

    Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226182#ixzz2QQYGXolM

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