Networking Tips for Introverts

Some professionals love meeting and greeting. They enjoy attending events and working a room, and they seem to be natural born networkers. I am NOT one of these people. I’m a classic, textbook, introvert who, despite knowing the importance of networking, sometimes still finds it to be a challenge. It’s because networking doesn’t come easily to me that I understand the trials of trying to network as an introvert. In fact, networking tips for introverts has become one of the most popular topics in my workshops.

Experts tell us that 70 to 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. It’s a bit more difficult to get statistics for entrepreneurs. Yet, we know that if the “know, like, trust” rule of business holds, networking is key for business owners as well. So what can introverts do to improve in this crucial area?

Do your homework. Nothing is quite as uncomfortable to an introvert as entering a room full of total strangers. In the past, you might have waited around for someone you knew to introduce you around the room, or just stood stone-like at the refreshments table. Technology, and social media in particular, has leveled the playing field for introverts a bit. We can research the venue, read the profiles of organizers and sometimes other attendees, and even engage in online conversations before the event. This takes away some of that room full of strangers feeling.

Be selective. Since networking drains introverts of energy, don’t try to attend every event in your town. You’ve only got so much energy and calendar space before needing alone time to regroup, so be choosy about where you go. Pick groups and events with a stellar reputation. Opt for organizations that provide you with lots of online information [See Do Your Homework above]. Aim for crowds that are most likely to contain your ideal customer or key people in your industry. Evaluate events and don’t return to venues that make you uncomfortable or that leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

Partner up. A networking buddy can be useful no matter what your personality. From helping you find a parking space to reminding you to put business cards in your pocket, a networking partner makes sense. If you’re an extrovert, buddying up for networking just adds to the socialization and the fun. If you’re an introvert, your networking partner provides you with support, a conversation assistant, and in the worst cases someone to read your signals and get you out the door if needed. For introverts who are really uncomfortable with networking, a trusted partner provides someone to practice with before events and someone who will help you learn to break the ice and engage in a crowded setting.

Recover and reward yourself. As an introvert you know you need alone time to recover after a taxing social situation. You should be building this into your schedule on a regular basis. In addition, after high stakes or high stress networking events, reward yourself with a favorite activity. Books, video games, or an evening of movies all on your own, make excellent treats for the introverted professional.

As an introvert you can be an effective networker, without making yourself miserable. The key is to play to your strengths and to be mindful of your own needs. Introverts make good listeners and really shine in one-on-one interactions, so don’t try to work the whole room. Instead have a few high quality conversations. Introverts excel at reading body language and other social cues; we spend a lot of time people watching. Use this ability to connect beyond the “Hello… here’s my card… ” kind of exchanges. Becoming known as an attentive listener who really works to establish genuine relationships will become part of your brand. This will eventually have others seeking you out at events and further relieve some of that networking pressure.

Some final tips:

Arrive early-the host of the event will probably ask you to help with final details and introduce you to the first few attendees.

Ask questions about what the other person does, likes, or hopes to accomplish.

Have a confidence boosting routine for pre-networking. Deep breathing, striking “power poses” or a few minutes of a mirror pep talk, can make all the difference.

Source by Karen Southall Watts

Network Relationships

Networking does not necessarily mean attending as many events as possible. It also does not necessarily mean collecting load of business card or having a robust database. Networking is essentially building a network of relationships. It is about establishing a support system which is both beneficial, viable and productive. In order to create the ideal network (s), it take time, commitment and attention to detail.

This article shares practical tips for developing and fostering quality relations for dynamic networks.

Know Your Network

Although, you may have hundreds of connections via online or in person, do you really know the individuals in your network? Consider creating subcategories or groups of people to better manage your relationships. Of course, give certain preferences to groups which have stronger connections and touch points. Learn about these individuals, their associations and how they add value to you and others.

Position Your Network

How do you define an active, viable and productive network? Is it according to the number of individuals? Is it according to how long you have known these individuals? Or is it according to the type of companies or organizations that they represent? Whatever is the criteria, make sure that you follow it when you are growing and adding individuals to your groups. Use a systematic method for identifying, positioning and evaluating the process.

Tap Into Your Network

Last but not least, make your network active by reaching out and corresponding with individuals in your groups. Offer to meet up, have phone / video conversations, make introductions, offer referrals and leads. Be consistent in sharing resources, ideas and other information to advance personal and professional goals. Always find ways to give back and be supportive.

Use these practical and effective tips to build the right relationships which make your network successful. Streamline the process to make it efficient and productive to continue to grow in your endeavors.

Source by Chi Chi Okezie

Helpful Tips for an Emcee

As the emcee you are the master of the show. You have the full control of the program, how to start it right and end it well. Your task is challenging because you set the mood of the entire occasion.

There are countless ways you can improve your ability as an emcee. Here are some of the helpful tips.

1. Secure in advance a copy of the program

Getting a copy of the program prior to the scheduled activity or event one or two days ahead will be of best help, so you can study the flow or sequence of the parts.

2. Know the person involved

As much as possible you have to get yourself acquainted with the VIPs or important guests who are to attend the event, their titles and positions as well. This will help you avoid hesitation in speaking or mistakenly introduced them.

3. List the usual expressions in a gathering but those appropriate ones

As an emcee, you have to take into consideration the expressions used. Common ones may be of good usage however, you have to ensure that appropriate expressions such as let’s give it up”, “have a big hand”, “a round applause” are not excessively or redundantly used. You have to take one after the other.

4. You may begin with a quotation

Imparting wisdom for the day that is relevant to the occasion can be effective such as those sounding new, simple but impressive quotes. They may have impact to your audience. Remember to keep your first impression lasts. You can practice for good diction and enunciation for a more captivating delivery yet never sacrifice understanding with fluency. You are to pronounce words naturally with your voice. Do not try to imitate the accent of the native speakers you may vaguely sound or it loosens up the attention of your spectators to what you are saying.

5. Have a catchy introduction

You can capture the interest and confine your audience’ attention with a good start. However, you should never read your introduction, talk as naturally as you can to your audience trying to convey the event with a catchy and powerful introduction. You may take a glimpse or glance at your script once in a while, but maintain an eye contact with the people.

6. Enthusiasm counts a lot

You should keep the atmosphere awake and elated. Your voice should not be monotonous but rather, of variation according to the mood you convey and according to the activity you are holding. You set the entire mood of the occasion, so you must be cognizant how enthusiasm works.

7. Prepare your self- made script

When you have a prepared script and you do it by yourself, a quick look will already lead you to finish what you are saying. You can easily pick up for words to say in instances that change in the flow of the event or unavoidable circumstances occur during the program. You should take note of the expressions commonly used or common ad-libs whenever an interruption happens.

8. Never use expressions like “The next part of our program”

These phrases are sounding very elementary. Think of the best lines that can lead you to introduce the next part such as “She’s been known for her hard work and dedication, with these the group owe her with this special number” then you can continue mentioning the next part. There are many ways to connect the parts with something without having the audience noticing that you are already introducing the next part.

9. Keep your audience alive

Ad lib counts when you are the emcee, you should pay attention to the ones talking or rendering a number so can cast your ad-lib. It is always a challenge on your part to keep your audience happy whenever possible. A cheerful tone of your voice can influence the listeners. Heighten the spirit of a cheery crowd that make them enjoy the program as much as they enjoy listening to you.

10. Mark with a good closing

You started the show with a good impression, try ending it with a better conclusion. Have the audience realized that you have reached the final part without telling them that you are now on the last part of the program. Be sure to let them know but never fail to say thank you.

Source by Carolyn V Juanday, Ph.D

10 Tips on How to Write for Clients

Almost everyone has had to write for someone else at some point in their career, whether you’re writing copy for your client’s website, revising your boss’s slideshow presentation, incorporating your editor’s revisions into your book, or, like me, writing a video that best represents a brand.

As a scriptwriter and author, one of the biggest challenges I face is balancing what I want to write and what my clients need me to write. Sure, I can (and do) write novels and screenplays for myself, where I pour my heart and soul into complex, multi-layered themes and interesting, evocative characters. But as a professional scriptwriter for brands and companies, I’ve found that sometimes my personal style doesn’t exactly translate into what my clients need.

I’d like to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way about how best to write for a client.

1. Be True to the Brand

When writing for other people, it’s important to speak with their voice, not yours. Ideally your style will mesh exactly with the way the brand or client envisions themselves, but sometimes you have to write for brands you don’t connect with-and sometimes about topics you don’t even understand. In those cases, never lose sight of who it is you’re writing for. You have to take care to write what’s best for the brand, including phrasing, word selection, tone, audience, and themes.

2. Keep It Short

I think in terms of “additive” vs. “subtractive” scripts for clients. This means I’ve tried writing scripts that are too short, asking the client to add details they think they need, and writing longer, more detailed pieces and requesting the client subtract details that are extraneous. In my experience, clients love what they do and are enthusiastic to hear more. This means they rarely remove information from a script, and therefore it is almost always better to write a shorter piece and let your client add in anything they think you missed. Besides, brevity is the soul of wit.

3. Murder Your Darlings

There’s simply no way to talk about writing without mentioning this pearl. It is as true with client-facing writing as with any other type of writing. You must be ready at any moment to rewrite, revise, delete, or completely eviscerate your favorite parts of what you’ve written. It is for the good of the whole project, even though it’s hard.

4. Find Out What Your Client Needs

Spoken or unspoken, articulated or not, it’s your job to suss out exactly what your client needs from this particular piece of prose. A good conversation with your client is always ideal when figuring this out, but sometimes, even your client doesn’t know exactly what they need. You may need to do some research to familiarize yourself with the best way to speak to your client’s customers-the audience.

5. Know Your Audience

Actually, know both of your audiences. Your client is the primary audience, so you have to write to appeal to them. But the best way to make your client happy is to write to their audience.

6. Watch Your Tone

Remember that writing is, at the end of the day, supposed to be ‘heard’ in the audience’s mind. You want your tone and voice to match what the viewer is expecting to see from the brand. You also want the word choice you use to match the way a company talks about itself. This way you don’t end up writing a comedy sketch to represent a very serious company, or the other way around.

7. Accept Suggestions with Grace

Learn to distance yourself from criticism of your work. Everyone around you typically wants to contribute to the project, and that sometimes comes in the form of suggestions. When critiqued, sometimes it can feel harsh. But it is important to remember that criticism is about this piece of writing, not your personality or your skills as a writer. Learn to accept criticism without anger, understanding that what’s best for the project outstrips what’s best for your artistic pride.

8. You Will Be Frustrated

It is inevitable. At some point in your writing career you will disagree with what you’re being told to write. I’m not talking about a moral or philosophical conundrum, but rather disagreeing with phrasing, word usage, structure, message, or other fine details. Sometimes what you want to write and what your client wants to say are different. Sometimes what your client wants will feel instinctively, deeply incorrect to you, but you’ll have to do what they ask anyway. You will not always get to write exactly what you want, and sometimes it will be difficult or frustrating. That’s okay. Sometimes it is simply part of the creative process.

9. Do Your Research

Before beginning the conversation about specifically what you will write, you may need to study up on what exactly the client needs to convey. Research their needs and content, but also familiarize yourself with how they talk about themselves, what other media already exists for that client/campaign, the types of words they use and the tone they often set. Then, when first discussing the script, you’re both starting from the same level.

10. Know When to Defend Your Choices (and when not to)

Part of writing is knowing why you’ve used the words you’ve used, what your reasons are for the decisions you make. Most likely, you are writing for your client because you’re the expert, and they need you. That doesn’t come without merit, and your stylistic or writing choices matter. There is a time to stand up to a suggested change and defend your original idea, because your client isn’t infallible, and the old saying is wrong: the client isn’t always right. But the writer isn’t always right, either. There are some battles worth fighting, and some not worth fighting. It’s important to know the difference.

These are just a few tips when it comes to writing for your client, your boss, your customer or whoever else. The most important thing to remember is that writing can be extremely rewarding, and everyone’s goal is the same: to create something impressive. All you really need is the attitude and the will to make it happen.

Source by Patrick Bedall

Male Orgasm Tips – 9 Ways To Enhance The Male Orgasm

Men focus so much on how to please a woman that we sometimes forget how to enhance our own male orgasm. It is vital to pay close attention to your own orgasmic needs as well! With these male orgasm tips you can easily discover how to amp up your own male orgasm. The advantage to discovering how to enhance your own male orgasm will, in turn, enhance hers as well in the process!

When your engaging in sex be aware of what’s going on around you. It’s easy to get enticed to the grand finale and instant gratification, but there is a lot more to the male orgasm than simply the end ejaculate! Much more goes on behind the scenes and in this article we will unravel the 9 ways to enhance the male orgasm. So here goes:

1.Use your imagination, Fantasize!

Fantasizing about being sexually involved with your partner in a dangerous situation, role play that your both strangers and that you don’t even know her name! This can help to enhance the sensations, make them seem new, exciting,titillating and most often lead to a very powerful, orgasmic burst.

It’s OK to fantasize that she’s the woman of your dreams also, close your eyes in between and let your imagination run wild…..She just doesn’t have to know about it. Just make sure you don’t call her the wrong name!

2.Realize and acknowledge physical sensations

Totally get engulfed in physical sensations such as noises surrounding you, her moans,your moans or even some music in the background(if you chose to add this sensation). Use your hands to feel her body against yours and explore other areas of her body. Kiss,taste her body. The point is to fully engage all your senses. This will make your orgasm more intense.

Spice it up a notch: Use mirrors to look at the two of you getting it on. If your both in great physical shape there’s a 100% chance this will totally engage your senses and arouse you both mentally and physically!

3.Spice it up with some bondage!

There’s no denying that there is some pleasure to be had in some forms of pain. Spanking, choking,candle wax drippings and even hair pulling can often lead to pretty unforgettable orgasms. Don’t be afraid to explore your wild side. Just make sure your partner is willing to engage in these forms of sexual activities first.

4.Practice tightening and releasing your muscles.

You can try this with your pelvic, thigh or PC(penis base) muscles.Tightening and releasing these muscles will serve to make your orgasm and final orgasm an unforgettable one.

Just practice this “behind the scenes” in a way that your partner won’t even know. Trust me, this practice definitely enhances the male orgasm twofold! And when you finally reach ejaculate it will be 100 times more intensified! You can also exercise your kegel muscles or tighten your thighs while engaging in sex to help intensify the male orgasm.

Kegel exercise definitions:

-Exercises done to strengthen the pelvic floor, which can help you push more efficiently during delivery and can help recovery. To do Kegel exercises, contract and hold the muscles used to stop the flow of urine.

-A set of exercises designed to improve the strength of the muscles used in urinating

5.Interrupt sex often right before your ready to explode.

Interrupting the sex right before your about to ejaculate will not only intensify your orgasm and ejaculate at the “grand finale”, it will also intensify hers also. Often times if a woman begs a man to keep going when things are really hot and intense, and he doesn’t, chances are that he will have an orgasmic squirter on his hands. You will also be keeping her on the edge of her orgasm….literally! It’s not all about just climaxing and dropping to sleep. Delaying male orgasm will often lead to a much more satisfying climactic finale-for you both!

6.Have your partner stimulate other parts of your body

Oddly enough many men are afraid to admit they enjoy this, but the anus is where the male orgasm,aka male g-spot is found. While your engaging in intercourse, have her rub the outside of your anus, or even use her finger to massage your prostate; WARNING: This may lead to one hell of an orgasm!

7. Focus deeply on your orgasm.

When you feel your about to erupt and experience the tip of the male orgasm or ejaculate,slow down! Penetrate at a much slower pace when you are in “ejaculate mode”, focus on the sensations involved and when your finally there,imagine it’s way out with more than just the force out of your member. Try to focus on your orgasm as a total body and mental “release”. This will intensify it two-fold.

8.Use your PC muscle to pull back from the point of no return.

As you feel yourself coming closer to climax stop the stimulation as you have in the past, but this time squeeze your PC muscle and hold it for a few seconds. Notice how this feels. This is the technique you can use to prevent yourself from ejaculating and create the opportunity to have several orgasms in a row.

9.Before you truly understand the male orgasm, take some time to understand your basis of it.

The work here is simple and fun: pleasure yourself (masturbate) as you would regularly, and pay close attention.

What things do you do to get turned on?

What happens to your body after orgasm?

What happens to your body and your breathing as you become even more stimulated?

What does it feel like just before an orgasm? Just before you ejaculate?

So now that you’ve learned a few tips that can enhance and turn your male orgasm into a life-altering, mind-blowing experience, use your new found powers wisely and intuitively to make your love life sizzle and experience the BEST orgasms,climaxes and out-of-this world ejaculations sizzle!

Source by Joey Capone

5 Tips to Help You Practice Drums

Have you been trying to practice drums on your own? If so, we suggest that you follow some tips from experts. Read on.

1) Always Have A Plan

Before sitting down to practice, make sure you have plan about what to do. But if you want to play around for a while, you still have to have a basic plan. The idea is not to make it hard for you practice drums. The purpose of having a plan is to get ready to achieve the goals that you have in your mind.

2) Get Help From A Professional

This is very important. After all, experts are experts and you should benefit from their knowledge and experience. They will give you good drum lessons to help you get better at it. All you have to do is get your lessons from the people who are qualified. The lessons will have step-by-step instruction in order to help you get better at this art. Within a few weeks, it will become easier for you to play the drums.

3) Technique And Musicality

Most drum artists make a common mistake. They don’t balance their practice between musicality and technique. The benefit of a great technique is to get the most out of it. In other words, you may want to apply the technique to benefit from it. What good is it if you don’t use it?

It should also be kept in mind that practicing technique is not going to make you a great musician. What makes you better is playing music. Moreover, technique is fun to practice since it can be quantified. What you need to do is use both musicality and technique.

4) Get Feedback

When you are going to do something, make sure you let your family, friends, dry cleaners, band-mates and pastor know about it. Once they are around you, you may want to hold you responsible for your performance. This will help you identify your mistakes and then you will be able to correct them. This habit will make you more productive and your confidence level will also get high.

5) Practice Every Day

While the previous 4 tips are important, this one is very important. As a matter of fact, this is the most important tip should you want to become a great drummer. So, I have put this on the bottom of the article so you can get this tip only if you are a serious professional.

What you need to do to get better is practice playing drums on a regular basis. Even if you don’t have much time, you can devote, say, 10 minutes each day. This is a lot better than doing nothing. As a matter of fact, you can have no excuses to avoid practicing. So, you should try your level best.

So, if you have been trying hard to be a better drummer, we suggest that you check out the tips given in this guide.

Source by Jon Kois

Business Referral Tips

The company That Grows Without Advertising

Have you ever noticed the company that never advertises, yet continues to grow? Some companies accomplish so much without spending a dime on advertising. But how do they do it? What’s the trick?

LinkedIn Referrals

The answer to growing your business without a large advertising budget is referrals. Some businesses build their client base completely through referrals. We have compiled a list of some of most useful tricks for growing your business through referrals and we start with LinkedIn because it is the most successful place on the Internet with which to grow a referral base.

LinkedIn: Professional Referral Powerhouse

The powerhouse of professional networking is LinkedIn. There is no ad in a magazine that can replace the power of connections obtained through LinkedIn. Profiles on many social networking sites are useful, but LinkedIn provides interval success by serving as a platform in sustaining and building business relationships. By building a robust profile in LinkedIn, you build authenticity. By completing your LinkedIn profile, you provide an authoritative resource on your career. It helps you to control your identity online, even in Google. You can control the top results that people see in Google when searching by your name. In most cases, your LinkedIn profile will appear at the top of these search results. So, for this reason alone, you should have a 100% complete profile in LinkedIn.

Here’s how…

A 100% complete profile in LinkedIn includes:

  1. an executive summary and skill set
  2. a photo
  3. education history
  4. three recent positions
  5. three recommendations from your connections

To get started, click “Edit Profile” from within LinkedIn.

Be more referable.

Sounds simple enough, but not everyone does this. And remember, nobody wants to refer their clients to a company that is non-responsive. It looks bad. So go to work on the customer experience and the transaction that your company provides. Always be extremely responsive to your clients, even if you do not have the answer or solution, respond to the client with “We’re on it” or “We are researching this issue and will keep you informed of our progress towards a resolution”. A quick response to a customer’s question makes a bold statement that your company is eager to please. Customers appreciate that and will tell their friends or family about the pleasant experience that they had with your business.

Make it an expectation.

Make it an expectation that every single one of your customers is going to be a referral source. Start talking about it in the lead conversion process, when you are selling to potential clients. Introduce the idea that “Within 90 days”, for example, “you’re going to be so happy that we are going to ask you to refer three people who need the same positive results from our company.” It;s a great marketing message that “You are going to be thrilled”.

Make it a practice to participate in LinkedIn groups and discussions.

When you join a LinkedIn group, be sure to specify that you want to receive emails from the group. Then, daily, scan those emails and if one of the current discussions is relevant to your skill set, chime in. Keep your comments short and professional. When composing your comments, make it a habit to regularly think in terms of gaining more referrals. Set goals for yourself each week and keep track of the number of referrals that you get.

Be specific when asking for a referral.

Be specific when asking for a referral. And always-remember to ask for referrals. Don’t be shy about it. A good example is, “Our best referral is a small business owner who… ” and ask your customers for three referrals “… so that we can make them a happy client.”

Be consistent when asking for referrals.

Make every client meeting an opportunity to collect referrals, but don’t bee too pushy or obvious.

Offer commissions or referral fees.

Have you ever seen companies that have a page on their site, in a very visible position, that says “Refer a friend and get $100”? Well, it works! Educate clients about your service and how you can help other businesses. And don’t forget to mention that by referring clients to your company, they are paid a referral fee. It’s a win-win for both parties. Reward your referral sources. Keep them informed of the progress and the satisfaction of the person to whom they referred to you.

Happy customers are the best referrals.

Ideal referrals come from happy customers. So make it a habit to over-deliver and your referral base will grow.

Follow up after a sale.

Follow up immediately after meeting a new referral. Ask that referral to personally meet for coffee or write a letter of introduction to begin the relationship.

Most sales people stop at the end of the sales process. They go through the same cycle of prospect, present, close, follow-up. That sales strategy has worked in the past, but to build your company, you need to build relationships and become known as an expert in your field. You need to be known as a person of value. If your customers value the knowledge and expertise you offer to them, then the easier it is going to be for you to maintain a relationship after the sale has been completed.

Be Available

By making yourself available, you never know when someone will become ready to send you referrals. Remember, a referral is an engagement. It is a partnership and if you keep your customers happy, your referral base will grow. It costs ten times as much to get a new client than it does to get clients from existing customers. So capitalize on the asset of your client base and grow your business.

Don’t forget a thank-you note.

Always thank someone that sends you a referral. A “thank you” note received in a timely manner goes a long way. If someone sends you a referral on Monday, be sure they have the “thank you” note on their desk by Friday. Don’t wait too long or the thank you note will lose its effectiveness.

Source by Stephanie Rosendahl

How to Stay Safe Online – General Advice and Tips

Viruses, ransomware, scams, identity theft and loss of digital information are becoming more and more common as we move towards a digital age.

With digital security becoming more apparent, it is very important to adopt a good habit in keeping yourself and your family safe online. Below are some basic tips and hints to protect your identity, files and your personal device.

Keep your computer, smartphone and tablet clean

  • Keep your device up to date with the latest software
    Software updates provide enhancements and security updates.
  • Keep your security software (anti-virus) up to date
    Security software needs latest virus definitions to identify new and emerging virus/malware. Yes, even Mac’s and smartphones needs security software.
  • Scan external devices (USB)
    USB and external devices can carry virus from infected devices onto yours. Make sure you enable external device scanning to ensure it doesn’t get onto your computer

Be very web savvy online

  • Watch out for dangerous links and attachmentsWhen there is doubt, delete it. Links/attachments in emails, tweets, SMS, posts and advertising are way cyber criminals can compromise your device. If its suspicious or too good to be true, delete it, block or mark it as junk.
  • Check for trusted websites
    When banking online or shopping, ensure they have SSL (secure socket layer) security. SSL protects passwords and your banking information securely.
  • Beware of Phishing
    Phishing is a way for cyber criminals to mask legitimate website with their own to steal your confidential login. Do not click on any requests to verify your password unless you requested it.
  • Risks with public Wi-Fi Hotspots
    Adjust your security level on your device when accessing public networks. Your device firewall and anti-virus can detect and adjust automatically when connecting to different networks. Turn off your Wi-Fi to public networks when you don’t need to use it anymore.

Protect your personal information

  • Keep your password complex
    Don’t use generic password. Keep it complex with the combination of upper case/lower case characters, numbers and symbols. If it’s too hard to remember, use a secure password manager to keep track.
  • Use Two Step Verification
    Two step verification will make it more difficult to access you online presence. If a cyber criminal has your password, they will be stopped if they don’t have access to your other devices and accounts.

Back it all up

Backup your data, photos, documents, video and other digital information and store it securely.

Source by Sin Ngo

Tips To Prepare for Exams

Technology has brought a whole new generation of how to do things in the world today. Today, almost everything is available with a simple click of the button. This is no different from the education sector. Test banks have emerged everywhere and it has become easier to access making learning and teaching a much easier task.

Test bank can be referred to as the ready-made testing resource that is electronic in nature. This is a resource that even lecturers can customize so as to use while they teach. Students can also access such banks so as to have an idea of how real tests look like and what to expect.

Tailored tests

Usually, an author is tasked with the creation of the contents. Usually, one may be given the task of dealing with a certain textbook. Feedback is then given regarding the answers. These often have pages that refer to the book.

There are different questions that can be contained in a test bank. They include:

· Multiple choice questions

· Short/essay answers

· Matching

· Filling blanks

· True/false questions

· Multiple response

They are usually available in different formats that are aimed at catering to different kinds of users. In some organizations, they come with passwords so as to ensure there is only authorized access, usually by the lecturers.

Benefits of test banks

There are different kinds of test banks. Some institutions have theirs that are tailor made. Some of the benefits include:

· The institution gives the system that they want the test bank to be provided in

· The students can still use an institution’s network where the banks have limited access

· Lecturers have an easier time as they create assessments because they are ready to use. They usually have the answers and questions already tackled.

· Lecturers are in a position to customize all parts of the test so as to fulfill the requirements that they want.

· They have feedback and these can have some page references to information that could be relevant in textbooks. This can help students as they tackle the formative assessments.

· Marking assessments is made easier for the lecturers.

· So as to have an assessment that is summative, it is possible to turn off the feedback

· Assessments can be integrated with own tools like grade books and student monitoring so as to monitor each student and grades.

Should lecturers use the test banks?

Today, many professors rely on their use for the different filed that they deal with. They offer a great resource and they can really help the students as well as the professors as a study guideline.

Professors within institutions can safely use them, especially when such institutions restrict access to the test banks. Creation of exams can be difficult tasks and with so much to cover, test banks can actually aid to a great extent.

They can be a great way of improving academic performance and giving students a better insight regarding the classes that they are taking.

Source by Shalini Madhav

Tattoo Tips To Consider

Tattoos are an excellent way to show love to your body and express your creativity. To get beautiful tattoos, you need to consider a number of tips. Some of these tips include:

Be cautious of the needles you use

The type of needles you use determines the quality of the tattoos. It also determines your health. As rule of thumb, you should never use rusty, dirty needles. To get good quality art, go with clean, non-sketch tools. The best needles that you should use are individually packaged, sterilized needles that are usually cheap and easy to find. If you are operating on a budget, you should sterilize new needles using a burning flame. To avoid infections and spread of diseases don’t reuse or share needles.

Hire an experienced professional

Just like with in any other area, you can’t get ideal results from an inexperienced professional. When making tattoos, there is the issue of the artist poking too hard or pushing the needle too deep. This tends to cause swelling, tissue damage, and infection. To ensure that the process is painless as possible, hire a professional who has the necessary experience. If you want a friend to do it for you, ensure that he/she has done it before.

Stop at the right time

When applying tattoos, you will be introducing new materials in your body. You also will be using sharp materials that can react with your body. One of the most common problems with tattoo application is swelling. It’s common for the body to swell but if it gets too much, you should stop it. Some people make the mistake of powering through it which isn’t wise. Doing so results to more irritation which can make the process longer. When the swelling gets too much, you should take a break and resume after the skin has cooled.

Take good care of the art

Once you have successfully got your tattoo, you need to take good care of it for it to heal properly. You need to apply ointment to it, wrap it a few hours, and wash it regularly with an antibacterial soap. It’s common for some areas to develop an infection. When you notice it, contact a doctor before it gets worse.


These are some of the tips you should consider when going for a tattoo. As mentioned, work with an experienced professional. You also need to properly take care of the tattoo to avoid complications and infections.

Source by Idd Aziz