Learn to Tell Your Stories, to Help Your Influence Grow

Digital evangelist and and author Vala Afshar, a former key executive for Salesforce, recently noted: “Read to improve your writing. Write to improve your thinking. Speak to improve your storytelling.” His remark is profound, and should resonate highly with the readers of Smart Hustle. Think about the many headlines competing …

Mission First or Profit First – Mission Driven Clothing Retailer Thrives

Having a strong community is a powerful way to build your business. If your business is more than just “products”, but a “community” it’s much more powerful. Having a customer is nice, in fact, it’s essential. AND having an energized community means you’ll always have customers. In my book “Celebrity …

Waffle House Exec Shares Why Mentorship Is Essential for Successful Leaders

Bert Thornton has spent 40 years leading the growth of Waffle House, as its former President and COO.  Mentorship has been an important part of his success. When Bert started there were a handful of Waffle Houses, when he retired, they had thousands. Bert’s passion is developing future leaders through …

How Intuit QuickBooks Is Shaping The Future of Small Business Finances

Intuit QuickBooks has long been the leading software helping small business owners manage their cash flow and bank account balances. Over the years it’s extended those services to payroll, accounting help and more. Recently Intuit QuickBooks is moving into directly providing financial services to its customers as well. Ramon Ray, …

5 Unexplored Benefits of Proactive Podcast Marketing

The leading French novelist, Milan Kundera, said, Business has only two functions- marketing and innovation. For any organization, marketing falls in the spectrum of primary business activities. It is an undeniable fact that while sales drive revenue, marketing gravitates people towards a brand and inspires purchasing decisions. Having said that, …

Improve Your Online Reputation -5 Ways To Build Credibility and Trust

As much as 82% of internet users come across fake negative business reviews online. Seeing as almost 34% of the total market value of the world’s biggest companies depends on their reputation, you can begin to realize the importance of online reputation damage control. Improving and maintaining your digital prestige …