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Romantic Proposal Ideas – Make it the Most Romantic Day Ever

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Every person is different that’s why it’s a little bit fiddly to come up with dreamy romantic proposal ideas. Popping the big question is something that you would like to remember for the rest of your lives that’s why everything has to be perfect so you want to be sure to put some moment, reflection, and preparation into it to make sure you get it right. Read on to get some bits of these romantic proposal ideas — and make it the most romantic day ever.

You may want to consider a few things before you settle on just what the right approach to propose is going to be. What will you say? When are you going to do it? And where should it happen?

For techie couples, you might want to do it online. You may write her a series of emails or romantic quotes before popping in the grand question. Being creative is a plus point and it adds spice and romance in it. You can use balloons all over house, or you can go typical and do it in a restaurant, probably where you had your first date. Flowers are a safe bet but do a tweak — you can put petals on her desk, in her bathroom — something to mesmerize her before the big surprise. Don’t let the weather stop you. Use the rain as an advantage even. Play some music, give her a gift (and a ring!), do it in a foreign language, do it in the beach or where you first met. Your options are endless!

At the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing: Love. It’s all that matters. Proposing to someone means that you love that you have for them. Nothing contrasts with true love and honest feelings. Whatever be the place, whatever be the technique, whatever the mode, just keep in mind to tell your special someone how much you love him/her.

If you would like to discover AMAZING strategies on romantic proposal ideas, then visit my website to get your hands on my FREE report which has helped thousands of men get women they thought they never had a chance with! 

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Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About a JavaScript Error

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It takes a lot of computer skills and knowledge to construct a fully functional and complete website. There is so much scripting and encoding involved, making it all come together can become a difficult task, so it’s not unusual for a JavaScript error to pop up unexpectedly. There are steps that you can take to fix these errors easily and completely.

First of All, What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is a widely-used scripting program that lets website builders put specific functions into their website. Changing a picture when the mouse is placed over it, drop-down menus, accessing other links, animations, and more are all created by using JavaScript.

JavaScript is what makes a website a website. If there is an error, it can ruin the way the website is supposed to function and make your web experience frustrating with a series of crashes.

How to Turn Off Error Alerts via Firefox

These error alerts can become annoying and harmful to your PC’s registry. It can cause your computer to slow down, freeze up, crash, and other issues that are frustrating to the PC user.

To turn off alerts within the Firefox browser do as follows:

1. Select the “Tools” tab located at the top of the webpage

2. Select “Options” and click on the “Content” tab

3. Uncheck the box next to “Enable JavaScript”

This is will keep error messages from popping up unexpectedly, but it will not get rid of the JavaScript error itself.

To turn off alerts within the Internet Explorer browser do as follows:

1. Select the “Tools” tab located at the top of the webpage

2. Select “Internet Options” and click on the “Advanced” tab

3. Under Browsing uncheck the box next to “Display a Notification about Every Script Error”

Avoid JavaScript Errors by Switching Internet Browsers

Certain internet browsers respond differently to different websites. For instance, Firefox will find an error on a certain webpage whereas Internet Explorer will not. By switching browsers, the chances of an error occurring decreases, and the level of harm to your registry decreases.

Keeping Your Registry Clean

The main cause of errors, slow functions, unexpected freeze ups, and system crashes is your PC registry. Frequent use can cause wear and tear on the Window’s registry system. When you download new applications, all of your old programs cram up your registry causing it to become congested.

With a registry cleaner, all of the unused, corrupt, broken, and infected files will be cleaned out, leaving you with a smooth running PC. Optimizing your PC to avoid JavaScript Errors is important because prolonging the life of your computer will save you money and stress. Regular updates, antivirus software, and registry cleaners are highly recommended when it comes to cleaning Window’s registry.

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Woodworking Beginners: Secret Tips To Start Right

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Woodworking: Where To Start – Tips From Experienced Woodworkers

Woodworking encompasses a broad area of skills, specialties, and applications. Some beginners take on too much too soon or blow their savings on expensive woodworking tools and machines that they don’t know how to use and might not ever need. And even some basic techniques can be confusing or easy to do incorrectly. Experienced woodworkers have some simple, but insightful tips to help you get off to a good start.

Do Your Research

Initiative, courage, a sense of adventure, these are all good things, and many fine woodworkers learned their skills by just jumping in and trying to build something. Chances are whatever they chose for their first project, it came out better than they thought, but not really nice enough to use or display. Even those brave souls that start from scratch with no preparation often end up seeking out some books, magazines, or experienced woodworkers to figure out how to do it right.

The woodworkers we talked to stressed that a person can save themselves some time and frustration by learning about the different aspects of woodworking before starting a first project. Many suggested finding some good books or magazines, either at the library for free or at the bookstore. Start with the basics and learn about different forms of woodworking, types of trees and woods and how they are used, various tools, etc. – just the kind of information presented here in this article.

“I have an entire corner of my garage filled with books and magazines,” shared Paul Johnson, who has been woodworking since he was a young boy. “I subscribe to a couple and keep those that have projects or techniques that I would like to try. I also buy a couple new books every year. When I first started woodworking, I bought them left and right; whenever I came across one that was recommended or had information I wanted to learn. They help give me ideas for projects,” he added. “I especially like those that come with patterns.”

After learning about the basics, you should have an idea of what type of woodworking interests you, and you can move on to books or even classes that teach hands on skills in that particular area.

Take Some Classes

In fact taking classes was recommended by several of our experts. Whether it’s a beginning class through the local college or something taught by an experienced woodworker, it will typically give you a good overview of different tools and woodworking safety. Some building centers and lumberyards also offer classes on basics or teach you how to make a specific project.

If you aren’t big on classes, but you know a person who is skilled in woodworking, ask if they would let you assist them with a project, or perhaps just sit and observe. Most woodworkers are pleased to talk about their art and share it with others. Chances are they will be happy to oblige.

Keep It Simple

The answer, “Keep it simple,” came up over and over, when asked for advice for new woodworkers. Start with simple projects, preferably those that use only hand tools. This way, you will learn how to do the important things like measure, cut, shape and join. Getting good at those basic skills is extremely important.

If you are brand new to woodworking and haven’t used tools much before, you might want to consider starting with a precut kit. Most kits consist of wood that is already cut in the appropriate shapes and sizes. It is up to you to follow the directions and put the pieces together. These kits typically require nailing, screwing, gluing, sanding, and finishing. You can make birdhouses and feeders, benches, plant holders, and many other fun items to get you started.

Even as you advance to more complex projects, don’t worry about planning and sizing your own lumber until you feel comfortable and confident. You can buy lumber already prepped and cut in many different widths. And table legs, chair spindles, and other turned pieces are also readily available pre-made. Ease into some of those more difficult projects over time, adding greater levels of difficulty to each project.

Tool Tips

The suggestions to keep it simple applied to woodworking tools as well. Most people interviewed recommended buying tools as you need them and adding to your selection as required for new projects. If a project is purchased as a kit, or with printed instructions, the list of tools needed is included. Depending on what type of projects you choose to start with, you will typically need hammers, tape measure, clamps, a square, saws, hand drills, and a set of chisels. These will probably cost you around $200-$300 dollars.

Some woodworkers said that investing in a good table saw early on was important, but only if you will be doing projects with many cuts, especially those with different types of angles. For most beginner projects, a handsaw, or perhaps a circular saw will suffice.

It is strongly suggested that you begin by buying good tools, but not top grade until you decide for certain that you want to stick with woodworking. If it becomes clear that this will be an ongoing interest, then consider buying the best quality tools you can afford. Best quality doesn’t always mean the most expensive, and you will have to do your research.

Kevin Warner, who has been teaching high school shop for over twenty years, had this to say about woodworking tools. “At school, I have a limited budget for tools, but I would rather buy a few high quality tools and have the kids share them than spend my money on cheap equipment. There’s nothing that will turn a young beginner away from woodworking quicker than a crappy tool that doesn’t do what it should.”

The same is true for home woodworking. Our experts recommended spending as much as you could afford on the basic tools like hammers, saws, screwdrivers, drills and bits. “These are tools you will need around the house even if you don’t pursue woodworking,” Sarah Greeley pointed out. “If you spend the money up front, and care for them correctly, these tools will last you a lifetime because you bought quality to begin with.”

If you have a tight budget, consider purchasing tools at an estate sale, auction or garage sale. Some may have worn handles or look like they are rusty or dirty, but if they are quality tools and generally sound, you can clean and repair them for less than it would cost to purchase new.

In general, you get what you pay for with woodworking tools, but sometimes you pay for the name, or for features that you may not use in your particular type of woodworking. So again, you will need to refer to books, magazines, Web sites, and other woodworkers to learn more about different types and brands of tools. And so you see, the tips have brought you full circle, back to the research and learning, which is what so many woodworkers stressed the most.

There is much to learn and, as has been said, it is an ongoing process. But thanks to the wealth of information out there about different aspects of woodworking, and the many Web sites and Internet resources, it is easy to research your questions. You just have to take the time.

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Outsourcing First Notice Of Loss – FNOL Call Overflow To Optimize Call Center Effectiveness

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Many healthcare and insurance related companies have experienced high ASA times (Average Speed of Answer) and problematic Call Handling Times (CHT). Others have experienced challenges with ABN (Average Time to Abandonment) and ATB (All Trunks Busy). A company’s call center is the often the first contact, the critical initial claims intake responsible for customers when problems or losses occur. As with most call centers, there are times when in-house occupancy rates are at 90% – and no one is available to answer the phone.

A company call center could certainly return the call an hour later or the next day, but that may be too late, as the customer may have already contacted an attorney or progressed down a more problematic or costly path than necessary. For claims related issues, industry experts agree that a cycle time delays can increase the cost of your claims dramatically and will simultaneously reduce the effectiveness and level of customer service provided by your organization. This is why many of today’s contact centers employ outsourced call centers for overflow, nights and weekends. The around the clock claims professional staffing with overflow capacity offers improved call center responsiveness and enhances the overall customer experience.

By leveraging a contact center for overflow, nights, weekends and holidays, companies can improve organizational by as much as 40% while enhancing the customer experience. All of these things can positively impact the bottom line of many if not most organizations. Today, many high quality call centers outsource FNOL (First Notice of Loss) for overflow and non-peak times, while some outsource their entire operation. JD Power and Associates has stated that insurers with longer than average cycle times of 14.8 days are rated in the bottom 50% in terms of customer satisfaction.

At 80% or greater call center occupancy in-house staff is extremely busy, turnover often increases due to burnout, customer service is adversely impacted and many calls go unanswered. At 50% occupancy staff has flexibility with down time, customer service levels are often very good, and most calls are answered. At 20% occupancy, essentially every call is answered, ASA times are short, customer service is superb; however efficiency is low and the cost per claim is astronomical. Finding the right balance with outsourced first notice of loss (FNOL) solutions can allow call centers to improve efficiency and reach optimum effectiveness.

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Organizing and Decluttering Electronics

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Do you have a drawer full of used phones and adapters? Do you hide old computers and cords in a closet? Are you afraid to get rid of these cords, adapters and old phones for fear that you “might need them”? Or, is it a matter of just not knowing what to do with them? Should they be recycled, donated or thrown in the trash?

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average life expectancy for smartphones is 4.7 years and for computers is 4 years. I think that’s being generous.

What it means for you is less space in your closet or drawers. It’s time to do something about it.

To tackle decluttering the electronics on your own, read on to get the electronic clutter out of your home and become e-waste-free.

Steps to Getting Rid of Unwanted and Used Phones and Electronics

1. Sell them. A lot of phones, tablets and laptops can be sold, even if they are no longer working.

  • Gazelle.com will give you a quote, ship it for free and pay you cash for your electronics.
  • Use Amazon’s trade-in program and trade used electronics for Amazon gift cards. Like Gazelle, they will give you a quote and ship it for free.
  • Local Target, Best Buy and Game Stop stores also purchase used electronics. Ask at the customer service desk.

2. Donate them. There are people in need that will benefit from your electronic donation.

  • Cell phones for soldiers is a national non profit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Each donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with an estimated 2.5 hours of FREE talk time. Simply print a free label to send your old phones or find a drop-off location near you.
  • Through a partnership with Dell, many Good Will stores now accept cell phones and computers to be recycled free of charge.

3. Recycle them. Electronics contain things that are not good for the environment and should be recycled rather than thrown in the trash.

  • Dcal Services, LLC, located in St. Louis, recycles most electronics for free and charges a small fee for a few items.
  • Call 2 Recycle is nationwide and allows you to search for a drop off location near you and will tell you exactly what that drop off location will accept.
  • Many cities offer free electronic recycling days at least once a year. Check with your city to see when these events are scheduled.
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VNA and PACS: The Answers to Effective Management of Exponentially Growing Healthcare Data

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Healthcare systems are generating more patient data than ever before. With the progression of diseases, the “data footprint” of each patient increases over time, thereby increasing the overall amount of data, which the appropriate bodies (mostly health care providers) must manage.

Large amounts of data are inherently difficult to manage, but an abundance of data also means that better analytic results can be derived, which is necessary to drive lower cost and better patient outcomes. Consequently, there is a huge demand for data management platforms in healthcare and allied industries for efficiently storing, retrieving, consolidating, and displaying data.

A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) is an integral component of modern health data management. A VNA is a storage solution software that can store images, documents, and other clinically relevant files in a standard format with a standard interface.

Data stored in a VNA can be freely accessed by other systems, regardless of those systems’ manufacturers. This interoperability is a hallmark of any VNA system. The term “Neutral” in the acronym VNA has huge implications, as it makes the data stored in VNA, platform-independent. VNAs make it easier to share data across the healthcare system, facilitating communication between departments. They enable imaging clinicians to use software that integrates images with the EHR, in order to help make better-informed diagnoses.

A VNA can also help make data more secure. VNAs that use cloud-based storage can offer better recovery options than a local-only solution. Even if the local files are corrupted or destroyed, the data remains intact in a secure location through a cloud server.

Another hidden advantage of VNAs is the lowering of administrative costs. Fewer systems and fewer points of access mean less overhead for the IT department. And there is no need to migrate data when systems are updated or replaced, a procedure that can be resource-intensive. VNAs potentially offer lower storage costs, as compared to separate PACS systems, throughout the healthcare system as well. VNAs can use information lifecycle management applications to automatically shift older data to less expensive long-term storage, keeping only the most used data on higher-cost quick-access media.

Implementing a VNA is a major shift in a healthcare system’s operating procedures. This shift can uncover a multitude of opportunities to increase efficiency, streamline workflows, and lower costs.

PACS

Modern diagnostic practices generate an enormous amount of pictures and pictorial data. PACS stands for Picture Archive and Communication System. The main purpose of PACS is to simplify the management of images related to patient monitoring throughout the treatment and recovery. Modern radiology practices involve digital imaging. Therefore, for the purpose of interoperability, a standard is required, which is identified by all the stakeholders and is accepted as a norm.

The case in point is DICOM, which stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. PACS that adhere to DICOM standards are better suited to accommodate digital image data generated through medical devices procured from different vendors. In other words, DICOM-compliant PACS have better interoperability and a wider coverage for storing and processing different types of digital images generated through varied medical procedures.

The conventional advantages of PACS include duplication removal, quick access of patients’ images and reports, remote sharing of patient’s data and reports within an organization or to other organizations, and the establishment of chronology in patients’ radiology results, in order to facilitate comparison with previous studies on same or other patients.

BEST ENTERPRISE IMAGING STRATEGY: WHAT SUITS YOUR NEEDS

With a multitude of vendors offering enterprise image management systems, it becomes difficult to make the best choice. Each organization is different in terms of organization hierarchy, as well as the type of network used for communication and financial constraints. Consequently, the requirements for enterprise imaging solutions for each one of these will be different, and no one vendor alone can satisfy all of these demands.

GE Healthcare and Philips offer some of the most exciting PACS solutions. These two vendors have a unique distinction of having a global clientele and providing enterprise archive-centric strategies. An enterprise archive refers to long-term storage for managing and collecting data from multiple imaging departments.

If organization’s needs are more VNA-centric, then vendors with exclusive VNA expertise should be considered. An example of a VNA-centric expert would be Agfa. Agfa provides VNA solutions at the enterprise level for handling both DICOM and non-DICOM data.

Irrespective of the size of one’s facility or a number of patients one has contact with, you need to make image storage a necessity, because physicians require a seamless access to them. As a thumb rule, it is imperative to say that any large organization with dedicated departments for various diagnostic imaging (or at least a dedicated radiology department) should have a PACS system in place. If financial constraints are not in place, then a hybrid system incorporating both VNA and PACS should be used for cloud-based storage. Hybrid systems with cloud-based storage are considered to be one of the most efficient modalities in current enterprise imaging management.

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Reasons Why Affiliate Marketing Takes Time to Make Money

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Strange title, I know but allow me to tell you more. What does this button do? That was my curious reaction after starting with Word Press. I knew nothing of settings, widgets, keywords and plugins let alone blog design. Yes I have briefly looked at blogging before, but not quite that driven and interested back then. That which I thought to be too complicated and technical, turned out to be quite logical and simple when you slow down to a gallop.

Your Word Press c-Panel is kind of like a fighter jet cockpit, with lots of buttons to make things happen. But, which buttons do you press? Only one way to be sure, press the damn button and see what happens. If it turned out to be a missile, then oops… sorry. Let’s see what this button does. Sounds reckless, perhaps it is but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s only one way to find out. Now obviously you’re not going to go and click on every UN-secure links when you’re surfing the net but with WordPress you’re safe.

Focus on the method, not the program because you will be amazed at what your mind may come up with, once you start pressing buttons. What’s the worst that could happen… you having the most unattractive blog on the planet? It’s just another tiny object you must move out of the way, research and improve. Trust yourself, you can do it. You must explore and research, it’s the only way to gain knowledge and brand yourself by getting recognized. Every new trick you learn, is something you can help your audience with later. It’s all about what you do, what you offer and what you know. Forget about sales and focus all your energy at mastering a single method and/or tactic at a time. Again, focus on the method and not the program because then you can improve on the method you have learned.

Today, I am able to index a new Word Press blog minutes after launch and all I had to start with was curiosity. These blogs normally average a Google Rating from 72% to 85%, which as it stands is above average. And all I did was figure out what all the buttons are for, which did require watching a Lot of training videos and intense research.

What does this button do? – This button will show you what happens when you use it. And there’s only one way to find out. All you need to succeed is curiosity, and a willingness to learn at a realistic pace. We’re not racing here, it’s not a contest. Making Money Online is what happens once you realize it is an art, an art that favors preparation, precision and moderation.

With WordPress Blogging a Whole New Level of Blogging will unfold, and you’ll be astonished at the results I can assure you – Target your audience when Blogging because it is the only way you will actually have conversion and a response. You must also research and identify a common need within your Niche, because addressing that need and offering a solution is the key to sales conversion. Making money online is not rocket science, but it is a science that favors preparation, moderation and timing. When you Blog you must inspire your audience by sharing ideas and engaging your visitors, you must never turn your Blog into a desperate sales frenzy.

Do proper niche research, target and create your keyword rich content accordingly. It is your content that will inspire interest in your visitor, because they will want to know more and that is the key to building a reputation online. Your Content is what will be responsible for a visitor that turns into a buyer. When Your Content is useful, relevant and interesting then your visitors will return and even most likely subscribe to your Blog Feed. When you target your audience, it simply means they will most probably be interested in what you are selling. And you have to establish the best keywords within your Niche. Like this Article, I am targeting the Keywords; “Target, Blogging, Blog, Money and Audience”. These keywords combined are searched 24 Million times on Google per Month and they all have a Low Competition.

Do that, your content and results should turn out just fine. And if all this sound a little complicated, then your best next step will be To Learn More about Targeting, S.E.O & WordPress. Search Engine optimization is still the undefeated champion and will target your audience superbly.

Combining the 4 Key-points of branding.

Own the “Significant Thing” – Don’t try to be all things to all people spend your time focusing on a single clear message. Mercedes-Benz owns “Engineering “in the car industry because it’s focused on that singular message for decades.

Consistency is the key – consistent presentation will ensure that your customers recognize you. Be consistent in the use of logos, taglines, visual elements, tone, and ad copy. The most recognized brands in the world remain so because they haven’t changed in decades. Make sure your brochures, website, Direct mail, and all the other advertising have the same feel and message.

Make your message relevant – Know your audience, know what they care about and how to speak to them. Make sure what you sell is what they need. Remember the conversation should always be about your audience, not you.

Use a strong offer to motivate – You want your audience to remember you and you want its members to buy from you. You need to move them to action. A strong offer should give them a reason to buy. Make the offer clear and appropriate for your brand. Every time a customer comes in contact with your brand, they will have either a positive or a negative experience. Those experiences will add to their perception of your brand.

Those experiences are recalled later when it’s time to make a purchasing decision. How do you want your brand to be remembered when the time comes for a prospect to buy? You need to start building that positive perception today and do whatever is necessary to maintain it.

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Five NBA Sneaky Tricks – How to Play Basketball Like a Pro

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On high school and college levels, most basketball coaches prefer their players not to be too fancy with their basketball moves, as the heart of the game is to score, not to show off how many tricks they can maneuver. Besides, most of those tricks are quite risky; if the players can’t pull them off precisely right, it is likely to cause a turnover. In some situations, however, those sneaky basketball tricks that we often see NBA players do can be very useful. The important idea is you have got to know how to perform them correctly and should try to use them sparingly in order to avoid unnecessary blunders.

1. Crossover Dribble

Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson are really good at this. Crossover dribbling is basically a weight shifting trick that enables you to use your momentum toward the hoop to your best advantage. To perform this basketball trick right, you have to push off hard toward your left foot (presuming you are guarded to the right), move the ball from your right hand across your body on a diagonal path, catch the ball with your left hand, then make a long crossover step toward the basket with your right foot. This move is a no-no when you are being guarded closely; it could be quite easy for the defender to steal the ball from you. Also, never reach out your left hand to grab the ball. Instead, just let it bounce to your left side. By reaching over, you automatically expose the ball to your defender and may dribble the ball off your foot.

2. Spin Dribble

Use this basketball trick when you are in the open court and the defender is blocking your path to the basket. To execute this move (presuming you are right-handed), dribble hard with your right hand toward the defender, plant your left foot slightly in front, make a quick 180-degree pivot off your left foot, then switch to dribble with your left hand half way through the rotation. As you have your back toward the defender, complete another 180-degree pivot off your right foot and you should be facing the basket again. Two disadvantages of this basketball trick is that you will be momentarily forced into a blind spot as you are spinning, and if you do this move too swiftly, you may throw yourself off balance.

3. Behind-the-Back Pass

This is a high-risk move, so either do it right or don’t do it at all. A good time to perform this trick is in a two-on-one, fast-break situation. To pass the ball behind your back effectively, the impetus should originate from your arm and fingers, not from turning your shoulder. By turning your shoulder, you are giving away to the defenders that you are about to make a behind-the-back pass. Also make sure that you have good communication and mutual understanding with the teammate to whom you are passing the ball.

4. Change-of-Pace Fake

This can be a very useful move when you get double teamed. The more exhausted the defenders become, the more likely they will get fooled by this trick. As you are about to get double teamed, just slow down and plant your front foot. Keep your head up and straighten up a little, so that the defenders will believe that you are slowing down. As you see them also slow down, accelerate by pushing off your front foot, race past them and head to the basket.

5. Shot Blocking

Shot blocking is another thing we see more often in the NBA than in high school or college basketball games. Most tall players can easily block a shot, but not all of them can do it right. Here are things that you have to remember when blocking a shot:

1.) Don’t just block for blocking’s sake. Try to deflect the ball to where your teammates may get an easy rebound position.
2.) To avoid foul trouble, keep your hand straight up so that it will seem like the shooter puts the ball into your hand.
3.) Keep your feet planted on the floor. Leaping could make you become vulnerable for being faked out.

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8 Tips for Making Your Virtual Job Fair A Success

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If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the need to be creative and think outside of the box. Really this applies to everything we do now: From turning family gatherings to family zoom calls; attending in-person concerts to streaming concerts live; watching sports with fans to watching sports with digital fans; eating at packed restaurants to eating outside and socially distanced from others; and more. Everything that we were used to doing has been modified in some way. The same thing has applied to businesses. Traditional strategies that have worked in the past, have to be reinvented. Job fairs are a part of this mix.

Whether you are used to attending job fairs or holding your own, they now have to be virtually reinvented. So how can staffing companies transform the traditional job fair into a virtual one, but still get their bang for the buck? Here are 8 tips for making your virtual job fair a success.

1. Commit to It

Before you begin planning your virtual job fair, avoid the demeanor that it won’t be as good as an in-person event. A virtual job fair can be just as effective (perhaps even better) as long as you have the right resources and are fully committed to it. Don’t hold back on investing in resources just because it’s a virtual event. Commit to getting the resources needed to make the event a success.

2. Find the Right Platform

In order to select the right platform, first decide on the goals and format of your job fair. Do you plan to keep it simple and hold one session at a time or do you plan to have breakout rooms? Do you want to use a standard webinar platform or do you want to use a platform that allows for networking, booth time, the ability to hold more than one session at a time, etc.? All of these factors will depend on the virtual platform used for your fair.

If a webinar platform is used, such as GoToWebinar®, you can hold one session at a time and allow candidates to hop on for the sessions they are interested in attending. Each of the clients participating in the job fair can hold a session and talk about their company, positions they are looking to fill, and ideal candidates for these positions. At the end of each session, time can then be allocated for candidates to ask questions. This format is less intimate, but it allows clients to promote their company to candidates and allows candidates to learn about your clients. If the goal of the job fair is to be informative, then this format could work well.

If you are looking to hold a job fair that is more interactive and allows candidates to talk with clients, then you might want to look at doing a different format. Some webinar platforms, such as Zoom®, allow for breakout sessions. You could still have sessions with all attendees, but also incorporate breakout rooms. Each of your clients participating can have their own breakout room that allows for candidates to hop into the rooms they are interested in. This gives candidates the opportunity to ask questions and talk one on one with an employer. Depending on how many candidates choose a given breakout room, it may not be one on one conversations, but it would still allow for a more intimate conversation versus holding one large session for everyone.

If you want to go above and beyond, there are even fancier platforms that allow for the above and more! Recently, I used a platform that had virtual booths, one on one networking time, and sessions for all attendees. If you’re looking to invest a little more in your virtual fair, then this is a great option. Each client can have their own virtual booth, designed with their company’s branding. Candidates can then enter their booth and have one on one video conversations with clients. The platform I used even had a “register interest” button in each booth. So, if a candidate was interested in a job opportunity with the client, they can select a button and say they are interested in learning more. Clients can still give a presentation during a session time, but will have the bonus of also having a virtual booth for candidates to visit. There are several platforms that offer amenities similar to these if this is something you would be interested in doing.

Overall, there is no universal right or wrong platform to use for a job fair, but finding the right platform that will meet your goals is the most important.

3. Organize A Strong Program

Once the format is finalized, the program and agenda should be put together. What clients will you invite to participate? Will each client have the opportunity to give a presentation? Will there be a keynote presentation? Will there be workshop sessions for candidates throughout the event? Will there be a happy hour/networking session at the end? Organizing a strong and attractive program is essential. Afterall, you are trying to make it an event that people will want to attend! So how do you do that?

One factor to consider is if you are going to hold one job fair for all of the industries you staff in or if you will have a separate job fair for each industry. If your staffing firm works with different industries, it might make the most sense to hold separate job fairs for each industry. The more niche and specific the job fair is, the more enticing it will be for candidates and clients in that industry to attend.

Next, it’s time to decide what clients will be invited to participate. Unless you are a small staffing firm, chances are you won’t be able to invite all clients to participate. See which clients have a lot of job orders to fill, invite your key clients, invite clients you know will want to participate, and invite clients that candidates would be interested in talking to. You can also consider asking prospective clients to participate. If you have a couple of “hot” prospects you are looking to do business with, invite them to participate in the job fair! Maybe they will land up meeting a candidate they like and will want to do business together.

Besides lining up the right set of clients to participate, the agenda is also important. Will it mainly be client/candidate interactions or will other programs be incorporated throughout the fair? Starting the job fair with a motivational key note speaker and/or holding workshop sessions during the course of the event, could be ways to further entice candidates. The greater value provided to candidates, the more likelihood they will attend. Clients can even sponsor some of these additional sessions. It will give them extra exposure and they will appreciate the offer to sponsor it. It’s a win, win!

4. Promote and Market the Event for Success

Once the clients are lined up and the agenda is put together, marketing the event to candidates is the next important step. Not only do you want to have a lot of candidates in attendance, but you want to have qualified ones that clients would be interested in hiring.

Before you begin marketing, think about the graphics that will be used to promote the event across your marketing channels. If your staffing firm does not have an in-house designer, consider outsourcing these graphics to a professional graphic designer. The right marketing graphics, can go a long way. If the graphics look boring or amateurish, it won’t attract the right audience, or perhaps not even attract anyone! If your marketing graphics look professional though and portray the message that it is a “must attend” job fair, you will be able to attract more candidates to your event.

After the graphics are designed, the marketing can begin! Use your ATS to build a list of candidates to invite and create an email campaign. Send a few emails to this distribution list leading up to the event. The more promotion they see for it, the greater chance they will sign up. Texting is also a great way to follow up with candidates after the initial email. It adds a personal touch that candidates wouldn’t receive in a regular marketing email. If your ATS has a texting integration, you can easily send mass text messages to your candidates and personalize the first name. You can also follow up with a plain text email. Plain text emails look like they came from someone versus a regular marketing email. Plain text emails are another good way to follow-up and send personalized messages in bulk.

Mix in social marketing with your email and text messaging promotion as well. To ensure followers see your organic posts, try boosting them. According to a Hootsuite study, only about 5.5% of Facebook® page posts are seen by their page followers. If you pay to boost your organic posts, you will be able to reach a much greater audience.

Also consider running ads on Facebook, LinkedIn, and job boards to reach new candidates you aren’t already working with. It would cost a little more to run paid ads, however, it’s a good option if you want to expand your audience to reach new candidates.

5. Collect Resumes Beforehand

Leading up to the event, gather the candidates resumes that will be in attendance and send it to the clients that are participating. This is a good way for clients to get to know the candidates that will be attending. They can also make note if there are any specific candidates, they are interested in speaking with.

6. Make It Fun

Job fairs don’t have to be all serious, make it fun! Everyone feels a little bit “bluer” these days, not being able to do things we are used to doing. That is why it’s important to embrace new ways of doing things and have fun with it. What if you had a raffle? All candidates that register and attend the event, are automatically entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize. Maybe clients also want to give away a raffle prize to candidates that visit their booth. Or what about a social media contest? If they post to social media and use the job fair hashtags, they will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize! A social media contest, helps your staffing firm receive extra exposure from your candidates. Everyone likes prizes. This could be a simple and easy way to get candidates to attend and have fun while doing it.

At the end of the job fair, if you really want to go out with a bang, end with something fun! I’ve seen virtual concerts, magic shows, trivia, family feud, and more. These are all fun ways to end the day on a high note.

7. Make It Free

Unless it’s impossible to financially make the job fair free, make it free for clients and candidates to attend. A price for attending a job fair will automatically turn people away. A free event though, won’t cause any harm in attending and will attract more clients and candidates to participate in it.

8. Follow-Up After the Event

Everyone will be excited after the event; however, success doesn’t end there! Connecting candidates and clients after the event for interviews is ultimately the next goal after the job fair.

Personally, follow up with clients afterwards. Ask them how it went. Ask them if they spoke with any candidates, they are interested in. Also, follow up with candidates. Send a survey and ask them to select the positions/company’s they are interested in learning more about. This information can then be relayed back to the client. It’s possible some candidates won’t get a chance to talk to clients one on one, but are interested in a position they have open. If breakout sessions aren’t planned during the job fair, sending a follow-up survey to candidates will be even more important, since clients won’t have that one on one interaction time.

Follow-ups after the event are essential in order to get the most out of the job fair. The job fair is meant to connect clients and candidates. The next step is taking those relationships that were formed during the event and turning them into job offers.

A New Wave of Staffing

Planning a virtual job fair is certainly different then an in-person one. There are many factors to think about and consider, however, virtual fairs can be just as effective as in-person ones, as long as you are fully committed and invested in it. The most important part is knowing what you want to get out of the virtual fair and formatting it to accommodate your goals. Virtual job fairs are a “new wave” of staffing and are here to stay. So, how will you reinvent the job fair?

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Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing PHP Web Development Work

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If you are a web entrepreneur and looking to setup a new monetized web application, then you must have heard about PHP web development. PHP, being a relatively newer web development language, has outclassed some of the more classical coding jargons and has established its authority over the World Wide Web. Of course like other development languages, you need to have a web developer to get your application developed in PHP and outsourcing this work has been proven more beneficial than hiring an in-house team.

Some of the key aspects of hiring offshore PHP resources are:

1. Outsourcing PHP development work to countries like Pakistan is more economical and cost friendly. As we know that these countries are going massive infrastructure development and IT services and utilities are relatively cheaper, so you get lesser priced quotations.

2. One of the major benefits of outsourcing your PHP development work is that you can go on a turnkey bases with this. Going on turnkey bases will allow you to completely narrate all the requirements, challenges, expected out come and time frame to your providers and then all you need to do is wait for the results.

3. There is a lot of competition in freelancing and outsourcing market and with financial guarantors in the middle; you won’t be getting ripped of your heard earned money easily.

4. Due to high competition in freelancing and outsourcing field, you can expect better out comes because companies will try to retain you as a loyal customer. Now this is really important if you need to have continued business relation with your outsourcing partner.

5. Usually the providers respect your deadlines and try to deliver work before the time is over.

Apparently these are some of the benefits associated with outsourcing your PHP web application development work.

However there is another side of the story that you must know:

1. There are chances that you can end up dealing with an offshore scammer that might rip you off your money.

2. You can also come across inexperienced development resource that can not only waste your time but also your finances.

3. There are chances that your freelancer might be able to first rip you off your money and then outsmart you by opening a dispute within the freelancing portal.

4. On macro level, outsourcing huge volumes of work can create problems like unemployment, poverty and increased crime rate in your geographic location.

So how do you outsource work?

1. Make sure to run some background checks on the freelancer or resource you are outsourcing the work to. Internet searching can be helpful along with contacting some of the people who gave testimonials for your shortlisted resource or development firm.

2. Make full use of middle-man guarantees offered by portals like elance and freelancer.com.

3. Never transfer direct funds and try to use escrow as much as possible.

4. Do not act over lenient or strict with your provider. Going to extremes in both cases can result in loss of mutual trust and hence affects business relationship adversely.

5. Always make sure to sign a contract for private label rights for the codes you are getting done from your provider. This can help in situations where your code gets re-distributed etc.

6. Always Hire PHP Developer after testing the skill set and making sure that the guy knows what he is doing and claims.

So these are some of the pros, cons, challenges and proposed solutions when you want to hire php coders. These are basically generic propositions and are generally applicable on every type of outsourcing work.

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Herman Miller Envelop Desk Review – An Ergonomic Makeover For Your Workstation

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Workplace ergonomics has become a popular topic in recent years. The days of people using normal desks with normal chairs are starting to disappear as evidenced by the high number of ergonomic office and task chairs that are being released onto the market and purchased not only by offices but by individuals for their home offices as well.

Herman Miller, a company well-known for its ergonomic chairs, has also takes its game into the area of desks with the Herman Miller Envelop desk.

The Envelop desk is so named because it envelops you. It slides towards you at a slight downward angle and has a cutout for the user to allow the desk to surround you rather than just be in front of you like a traditional desk. The angle is adjustable depending on what is most comfortable to the user.

The keyboard rests on the sloped part and when combined with an ergonomic chair and proper posture, allows for good ergonomics of the forearms and wrists. Monitors can be placed at the top of the desk on a surface which remains flat, or can be attached to the back of the desk with monitor arms. Add a foot rest under the desk and you can achieve some ideal ergonomic working positions.

All of this innovation is not without some drawbacks, however.

First, because the desk surface is angled, it’s hard to store anything on it. Is your mouse going to slide off the desk? Where are you going to put your cup of coffee? It’s advanced ergonomics at the cost of some functionality. Of course, this can be remedied by placing another table or filing cabinet next to the Envelop desk to put your coffee, pens, notebooks, etc. on.

Second, the desk is height adjustable (which is nice) but to adjust it requires turning the desk upside down, so it’s not something that you can just adjust on a whim.

Third, there are no drawers or anything. External storage is required. So it’s not really feasible for an all-purpose desk solution.

Finally, making use of its tilted surface requires an ergonomic chair that reclines so your body can be positioned at the correct angle relative to the desk, so if you just have a standard office task chair you might not even be able to take advantage of the Envelop.

The Herman Miller Envelop may be a great option, or it may not work at all, and it’s all going to depend on the user’s needs. But if it meets your needs then it’s definitely a cool piece of ergonomic furniture that is not only functional but also adds a stylish element to your office.

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