Get out of your comfort zone and in front of a crowd

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Do you want to get your name out to the widest possible audience? Then consider speaking at events or conferences. But don't just stand up there and hope for the best. Make sure you present your message in the best possible light.

Where I’m speaking: Dynamic Business seminar on social media and online business, 18 April 2012

Dynamic Business FEATURE
I'm speaking at the Dynamic Business seminar on social media and online business, 18 April 2012. It's going to be a great event and a great insight into ways to grow your business.

How to crowd-fund your business

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Crowd-funding is the hot new alternative for businesses looking to raise funds. So how does it work and what benefits can it give your business?

Battle of the ultrabooks: Dell XPS 13 vs MacBook Air

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In my search for the ultimate ultrabook, I tested the MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13. Both had their advantages and disadvantages but which one worked best for me?

3 business books that changed my life: Siimon Reynolds, executive and entrepreneur coach

Siimon Reynolds SLIDER
As part of the continuing series, "3 Business Books That Changed My Life", I asked Siimon Reynolds, executive and entrepreneur coach, for the three business books that really influenced him.

How attending conferences can build your business

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Conferences are a great way to learn, connect with new customers and grow your business if you're prepared to make the most of them.

How to… get your writing right

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It isn't enough to simply write and distribute your report. You must make sure your audience - whether they're investors, shareholders or customers - understand what you're saying in it.

Win 2 tickets to Let’s Talk Business: how to reduce your costs and increase your revenues through outsourcing

Valerie and Matt Barrie FEATURE
We have 2 tickets to give away Let's Talk Business: how to reduce your costs and increase your revenues through outsourcing. All we need to know from you is: Why do you want to attend the event?

Trade shows: five things not to do at SXSW

Trade show SLIDER
You have invented the best thing since sliced bread and you want to tell the world at a trade show. But no one will get that if you don't present it in the best possible light.

How to turn your passion into profit

Passion into Profit SLIDER
A passion for what you do is a powerful thing. It can help you overcome all manner of challenges when you're running your own business as long as you heed a few golden rules.

My life in a minute – from New York

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I love New York. So much to experience but so little time. Trust me though, I have made the most of it!

How y’all doing? My postcard from Texas

SXSW Lone Star state flag SLIDER
A lot happens in a week in Texas at the South by South West Interactive Festival. Networking. Information overload. And food... lots and lots of food.

The emergence of the celebrity business adviser

SXSW 2012 SLIDER
Startups are looking towards celebrity business advisers to lend their advice and expertise to their fledgling brand.

Best Australian Blogs Competition 2012 is open for entries!

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I'm thrilled to announce that the Best Australian Blog Competition 2012 is open, and it's bigger and better than ever. We'd love you to enter!

Slammed on social media: how to deal with it

Slammed on social media SLIDER
Being slammed in social media is never pleasant. But there are ways to turn this negative into a positive that will have benefits for your business.

Reinvent yourself after redundancy

Reinvent yourself after redundancy SLIDER
Retrenchment often feels like the end of the world. But redundancy doesn’t have to be a cause for despair. It can also be a catalyst for reinvention.

Interview: Kim Kyosaki

Kim Kyosaki SLIDER
Kim Kyosaki, successful entrepreneur and writer, passionately believes in empowering women to claim their financial destiny. I interviewed her recently and gained fascinating insights into this dynamic woman on a mission.

Listen to Valerie on QANTAS

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If you’re flying Qantas during the month of March, you will be able to hear me chat to host Alan Kohler on "Talking Business", a program on QANTAS’s inflight entertainment radio channel.

BNET video “The Venture”: Effective Marketing Tips for Small Business

The Venture - Small Business Marketing FEATURE
Marketing for many small businesses is often a hit-and-miss affair. But if you take the time to think strategically, and work out what you're marketing, and to whom, you can transform the way you promote yourself to your customers.

Aussies clean up in global contest

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Three Australian businesses have beaten a field of more than 3000 entrants in Shopify’s prestigious Build-A-Business contest.