Sullivan Helps Raise $14K For College Scholarships

first_imgSullivan Helps Raise $14K For College ScholarshipsState Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) announced today that POWER, Indiana’s women’s caucus, raised more than $14,000 for a scholarship program.According to Sullivan, president of the organization, the money raised will be dedicated to the group’s scholarship program helping non-traditional female students attend college. Applications and disbursement will take place in 2018.“I’m pleased to announce we raised $14,400 to be used for the scholarship fund,” Sullivan said. “A big thank you goes out to all of those who donated and bid on items during the auctions. This is a collaborative effort of all women in the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans – working together for all women in our state.”Many of the auction items involved activities with state lawmakers. For instance, participants bid on an opportunity to have dinner with state legislators including Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), while State Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) was included in a package with an escape room excursion and meal.POWER is a group of primarily female legislators who are interested in improving the quality of life for women and all citizens of Indiana.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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AP Interview: China granted WHO team full access in Wuhan

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan says the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested. British zoologist and president of EcoHealth Alliance in New York City Peter Daszak said Friday the team members submitted a deeply considered list of places and people to include in their investigation and no objections were raised. He says the team has now concluded site visits and will spend the next few days trolling through data and consulting with Chinese experts before presenting a summary of their findings at a news briefing prior to their planned departure on Wednesday.last_img read more

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80 Pound Dead Iguana Found In WPB Pizzeria’s Freezer

first_img(West Palm Beach, FL) — Florida inspectors shut down a Pizza Mambo in West Palm Beach after making a bizarre discovery.An 80 pound dead iguana inside a separate freezer given to the owner as a gift.Employees threw out the carcass after being notified of the violation.Aside from the frozen iguana, the restaurant was also hit with 26 other violations including some for rodent droppings, dead roaches and moldy food.The pizzeria’s license expired last year.By the way, iguanas are good eating and are affectionately called “chicken of the trees.”last_img read more

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Steelers to unveil new offense against Broncos…Can they outscore Manning?

first_imgHaley’s job is to transform the offense into a more productive unit in the red zone. Meaning simply instead of having to settle for field goals or not scoring at all they put the ball in the end zone for seven. Many believe this is improving the running game, especially in short yardage situations, but actually it means scoring 7 points by any way they can.The Steelers had big offensive numbers last season with starting wide receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown compiling more than 1,000 yards each through the air, thus leading to Ben Roethlisberger amassing over 4,000 yards. But with all these numbers they finished 22nd in scoring, which is the most important number. Much of the blame was put on the offensive line, so this year they went out and fixed that too.The first and second round draft picks were offensive linemen. Even though neither were expected to start this season, both expected to see a lot of time as backups, especially when one of the starters were injured which happened a lot last season. But all that changed with the injury to David DeCastro, the first round pick, during the pre-season. He may or may not play this season, but will definitely miss the first half of the season.The first thing they did was sew up the blind side with two veterans, by moving starting tackle Willie Colon to left guard and resigned veteran Max Starks to handle the left tackle slotOn the right side will be newcomer Ramon Foster at guard and second year player Marcus Gilbert at tackle, with All Pro Maurkice Pouncey manning the center position. Mike Adams, the second round draft pick, will backup both tackles, with fellow rookie Kelvin Beachum adding depth. With the injury to DeCastro, Doug Legursky will be the first backup at center and guard until he comes back. Trai Essex was cut.This year’s line appears to be the best they’ve had in years. Now if Ben does what he’s told, and that’s get the ball out of his hands quickly they should not only be able to do a better job of protecting him and opening holes for the runners but stay healthy.Speaking of running, with Rashard Mendenhall hurt the Steelers have compiled a stable of outstanding runners starting with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Barren Batch, and rookie Chris Rainey. So look for the running game to be much more productive this season in the area of yards per run, as well as running a little more. I said a little more because the Steelers have Roethlisberger, Wallace, Brown and Heath Miller so they are going to pass the ball 60-40.Even though Wallace pulled one of the dumbest things a player could do by holding out during the pre-season thus missing much needed time learning the new offense as well as working on his timing with Ben, his blinding speed will keep defenses awake, while his partner, Brown, will continue to demonstrate why he just may be the best in the NFL. If not he should be among the top five, with Miller continuing to be “Mister Consistency” at the tight end spot.As great as the starters are, the Steelers may have the best group of receivers in the league with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery at wide receivers; and tight ends Leonard Pope and David Paulson ready to step in whenever they are needed. If Sanders can stay healthy this season look for a big season out of him as the third receiver, which may make Wallace expendable.Barring any major injuries and if the key players execute the way the new coordinator has taught them, look for the offense to become one of the most productive units in the NFL. Ben could lead the league in yardage, touchdowns, and quarterback ratings, with Wallace and Brown establishing themselves as the best duo in the game.Notice I said touchdown passes, because without the 7s, all is for naught.For now the Steelers decided to keep Charlie Batch as their third string quarterback with Byron Leftwich as the backup to Roethlisberger.The Defense next week.The Steelers face the Denver Broncos this weekend with their new quarterback Peyton Manning. Even though he missed all last season with a neck injury, Manning has been the best quarterback in the NFL the past 10 years and if he’s only 80 percent, this would make him better than most. However, the Broncos have beefed up its running game with 1,000 rusher Willis McGahee joined by Chris Gronkowski, Lance Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno.But nobody runs on the Steelers, so the bottom line will be the passing game which should be far better than last year. But even with Manning, the Bronco receivers are big question marks. Eric Decker and Demarylus Thomas are nowhere close to the quality he had at Indianapolis but he will make them better.The Broncos had an outstanding defense last season which helped them defeat the Steelers in the playoffs, but they shouldn’t be able to contain the new Steelers offense. READY FOR DENVER—Mike Wallace jokes with Emmanuel Sanders during pre-game warm ups Aug. 30 at Heinz Field before the Steelers took on the Carolina Panthers. (Courier Photo/William McBride) by Ulish CarterCourier Staff Writer Last season the Steelers had the best defense in football but one of the least effective offenses with the result being an early exit in the playoffs. Well new offensive coordinator Todd Haley was brought in to change all that, and if he’s successful the Steelers will be in the Super Bowl for the 9th time.last_img read more

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ACU Donates $30,000 To Support JBLM Soldiers

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by America’s Credit UnionNovember 2nd 2012 was the 12th Annual Turkey Shoot, America’s Credit Union’s (ACU) charity golf tournament. The funds raised were donated to support our troops in three dynamic ways. ACU gave $10,000 each to Santa’s Castle, The Madigan foundation and The Food Basket program on JBLM.Ken Leonard, ACU’s President/ CEO, said “thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we can help feed the soldiers, support them through the holidays and help them when or if they become wounded.”With the funds raised from the Turkey Shoot, over the past 12 years ACU has been a part of providing Christmas to over 20,000 children, food for over 15,000 families, and health related programs that our JBLM community needs and relies on.Every year ACU contributes approximately $160,000 to programs for soldiers, their families and our surrounding community, however this is a separate endeavor. The money raised by the Turkey Shoot over the past 12 years has totaled an additional $225,000. This year’s community supporters are:  Northwest Motorsport, Tacoma Dodge, Designer Decal, Immedia,  MAROA publishing, Print NW, Northwest BMW, Albers & Company, CUNA Mutual, Cook Security Group, O Bee Credit Union, Renton Collections, Car Pros, Lakewood Ford, St. Martin’s University, COINFORCE, Armed Forces Bank, Sound Credit Union, AUSA, Boom Creative, Bruce Titus Automotive Group, Julie Swenson – Legacy Group, Olympia Auto Mall, CU Direct, Dan Koch – New York Life Insurance, INSI,  Merit Construction Northwest, National University Golf Academy, American Legion 161, Patriots Landing, Raddon Financial Group, The Ranger and Airlifter, Shannon & Associates, Sullivan Painting, Canon Construction, The Madigan Foundation, University of Phoenix, Riverside Ford, Clear Channel Outdoor, Cudl,  Walmart-Lakewood Store, Signs By Tomorrow, Hotel Murano, Hampton Inn and Suites, Tacoma Chiropractic, Forza Coffee in Dupont, Amy Remington – Guild Mortgage, Advantage Hole in One, Allied Solutions, American Lake Credit Union, Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes, Cuenca & associates, Oberthur Technologies, Baydo’s Chevrolet, Lacey Creek Catering.last_img read more

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Crabs close out 2016 season with second straight Humboldt Invitational Tournament title

first_imgARCATA >> Sweep the week. Sweep the tournament. Keep the title.It was what Humboldt Crabs manager Tyson Fisher wanted his team to do, and they certainly delivered that — and with plenty of added punch to boot.With wins over the Alameda Merchants (11-6) and the Auburn Wildcats, the Crabs made sure that the second Humboldt Invitational Tournament champion was the same team as in its first edition, with Humboldt taking the season-ending tournament for the second time in as many years on Sunday …last_img read more

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SA infrastructure build on track: Zuma

first_img4 July 2013 South Africa is a thriving building site, with about 1 132 active construction sites creating employment for about 178 000 people on projects monitored by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC). The commission held a meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday, where progress on these projects – with a value of R750-billion – and other infrastructure development matters were thrashed out. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, President Jacob Zuma said he was happy with the development progress of the country. “The meeting took longer because of the volume of the matters on the agenda, such as the progress report on infrastructure build. We had lots of discussions and we are certain that we are making progress,” he said. The PICC brings together representatives of the three spheres of government, Cabinet ministers, premiers, metro mayors and the South African Local Government Association representatives to harmonise developments in the National Infrastructure Plan. The meeting examined the successes and challenges in the roll-out of the 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs), which currently make up the country’s multi- billion rand National Infrastructure Plan.‘National, collective point of view’ The plan looks to transform the economic landscape, while simultaneously creating a significant number of new jobs and straightening service delivery. The SIPs cover various projects of economic and social infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and new power stations. “The important thing about the [PICC] is that it puts together all tiers of government to discuss issues from a national, collective point of view,” said Zuma. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel – chair of the PICC – said the commission currently tracks almost half of the state’s capital spending and the whole of government infrastructure spending. Patel said during the term of the current administration, which ends next year, the country was on course to reach spending of R1-trillion on infrastructure projects. He also said the state was spending about twice as much on infrastructure now than it did five years ago and attributed the increase in infrastructure expenditure to projects such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup and associated projects. New building technologies and innovative building, which could reduce construction costs, are being evaluated by the government, he said The increase in infrastructure spending was also due to construction cartels which have pushed up the cost of building, Patel said. The PICC meeting discussed the investigation showing evidence of pervasive price fixing, collusion and corruption in the private construction industry, following the Competition Commission reaching a settlement with 15 construction firms, who agreed to pay fines to the tune of R1.46-billion for collusive tendering on 24 June. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the infrastructure build gave government a stronger grip on developing the economy. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Microsoft Kills Watchdog Website Due to Leaked Documents

first_imgDue to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed by Microsoft, whistleblower website Cryptome [link to a backup version of the site] has been disabled by its ISP, Network Solutions.The complaints were due to the fact that Cryptome published a 22-page Microsoft Global Criminal Spy Guide. Microsoft claimed copyright infringement, Cryptome’s editor refused to budge, and the site was taken down this afternoon. Cryptome has previously published similar guides from Facebook, AOL, Yahoo and Skype; the site has been threatened but never before actually disabled.The Microsoft document was originally published on Feb. 20. Microsoft demanded that Cryptome remove the PDF, and when the editor refused, Cryptome’s ISP sent a warning: If the document was not removed by Thursday, the site would be disabled. However, the site was taken down Wednesday afternoon.The reason Cryptome refused to remove the PDF of Microsoft’s so-called “spy guide” was that editor John Young believed its programs, which make it easier for law enforcement to obtain user data, showed “improper use of copyright to conceal […] violations of trust toward its customers,” according to an interview with Geekosystem.“Copyright law is not intended for confidentiality purposes,” he continued.“We think all lawful spying arrangements should be made public […] Microsoft should join the others who openly describe [their] procedures.” Young named Cisco as one such company.Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a call today, “We find it troubling that copyright law is being invoked here. Microsoft doesn’t sell this manual. There’s no market for this work. It’s not a copyright issue. John’s copying of it is fair use. We don’t do this anywhere else in speech law.”For example, in cases involving libel or trade secrets, said Cohn, “You go to court, you make a case and you get an injunction. You don’t just file a form. DMCA makes censorship easy.”Cohn also noted she feels the reason Microsoft actually wants the document removed from the Web is because, for a large corporation with millions of users and an aggressive PR agenda, the document raises concerns and sparks conversations the company would rather not confront.“It’s part of a very intense political debate about the role of intermediary companies like Microsoft aiding surveillance for law enforcement. It’s embarrassing for Microsoft for their users to see how much the people who carry their email have arrangements with law enforcement. “All of the people who carry our communications are an easy conduit for our government to spy on us, and a lot of people are unhappy about that. It’s a legitimate public debate, and Microsoft doesn’t want to be part of that debate.”We hope that Microsoft does, in fact, release their stranglehold on Young and his site and take part in a conversation with their users about how their data can be accessed by others, including law enforcement. We’ve reached out to them for comment and will update this post if and when we hear back.In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comments.UPDATE: Still no word from Microsoft, but here’s that document they really don’t want you (or anyone else) to see. We hope to hear from a Microsoft representative soon to discuss the intentions and implications of this guide.UPDATE: Microsoft has responded. Read about it here.Thanks to Glenn Davis of Geekosystem for the tip. jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#NYT#web Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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The CSB/REDUX Vs. High 36 Decision: Retirement Options

first_imgWe have closed comments on this topic. Please refer inquiries to your local Military Installation Personal Financial Manager.Find out more about the Blended Retirement System on militarypay.defense.gov or http://www.militaryonesource.mil/By Carol ChurchWith the new changes to the military retirement system and the introduction of the blended retirement system, service members will have many decisions to make. One choice that has been part of the system for some time, however, remains crucial for some: whether to take the so-called “High 36” plan or the CSB-REDUX plan. These options are available to service members who are retiring after at least 15 years of service and who entered service after August of 1986.It’s important to note that the option to take the CSB will no longer be available after December 31, 2017.  This option will be sunsetted after that time and no longer available to anyone. However, for current members who have 15 years of service this year, the CSB will still be an option until that date.At its core, the choice between High 36 and CSB-REDUX is a choice between taking a lump-sum payment ($30,000) after 15 years in exchange for a lower pension for years to come or refusing this lump sum in favor of a higher pension in the future.The exact terms are a bit more complex, but work like this:CSB-REDUX:Retirees receive a monthly payment that equates to at least 40% of the average of their monthly base pay over the three highest years of salary (2% x 20 years). They also get 2.5-3.5% increases added to that percentage for every year they work over 20 years. For example, if Jane Q. Servicemember earned an average of $6,000/per month during her 3 highest-paid years in the military, she would receive at least $2,400 per month in retirement at 20 years. This amount will increase if she puts in more than 20 years.Of course, those who opt for CSB also get that $30k lump sum at 15 years, but more on this later.High 36: Retirees receive a monthly payment that equates to at least 50% of the average of their monthly base pay over the three highest years of salary (2.5% x 20 years). They also get 2.5% increases in that percentage for every year they work over 20 years. For example, if John Q. Servicemember earned an average of $6,000/per month during his 3 highest-paid years in the military, he would receive at least $3,000 per month in retirement at 20 years. This amount will increase if he puts in more than 20 years.COLA Adjustments: A Key DifferenceImportantly, there is also a difference in cost of living adjustments for these two plans. So-called COLA adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index and are intended to compensate for inflation over time. (However, service members will never experience a decrease in their pension due to changes in the CPI.) For members who take the CSB-REDUX, the COLA adjustment rate will be decreased by a percentage point (except for one year at age 62, when it readjusts to be in line with CSI temporarily). For instance, if the COLA adjustment is 1.5% for those under High 36, it will be .5% for those under CSB-REDUX. In other words, those taking the CSB-REDUX are less protected from increases in the cost of living than those taking the High 36.Why Take The CSB Plan?Some might argue that the CSB plan is attractive. After all, it gives members the opportunity to get that 30k up front, allowing service members to do things like pay off loans, purchase homes or vehicles, or even start a business. You start off “ahead” of those who choose High 36, and remain “ahead” for some years.However, it’s important to note that the 30K bonus has remained the same (no adjustments for inflation) since it was introduced, over 10 years ago. This means it has lost ground in terms of value. What’s more, depending on if and how that 30K is spent, it may not bring any future return to the member at all.What if the service member instead chooses to invest the 30K, perhaps in the military’s TSP plan (to the extent possible)? This is certainly the prudent choice. However, as various articles and calculators show, even a high-earning investment (which is by no means a sure thing) may not “make up for” the money lost due to the reduced pension rate and COLA rate. After starting “ahead,” the CSB retiree will eventually end up “behind” the High 36 retiree in many cases (but not all) Of course, how long you live in retirement is also a factor here.Why Choose the High 36?Although those choosing High 36 miss out on the attractive 30K lump sum at 15 years, many financial experts believe this is the more prudent choice. For one thing, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to spend at least some of the lump sum. For another, these retirees will enjoy a higher pension rate and continued accurate COLA adjustments.However, the situation is not completely cut and dried. The service member’s number of years of service and final rank and pay make a difference here. As the years pass, the REDUX pension rates gets closer and close to the 36 pension rate.To see some possible scenarios and how they might play out financially, visit the “Typical Situations” page, which gives examples of how the CSB and High 36 plan will pay out differently for members at different pay grades and years of service. Remember, however, that these scenarios assume an 8% return (which could be high) and that the money is invested, partly in the TSP.And for more on deciding which plan is best, visit http://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Considerations.aspx. As the military itself advises, this choice affects the rest of a retired service member’s life, so it pays to think carefully.Join us this week for the Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event with the theme “Retirement Revised.” More information: /personal-finance/virtual-learning-event/last_img read more

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Jay Baer on Hugging Your Haters and the Real Value of Stellar Customer Service – Episode 53

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:17 — 38.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS“For years, customer service has been a necessary evil.” That’s what Jay Baer says, but he’s convinced that even though it’s never been true, it’s especially not true in the digital age. Customer service is the lifeblood of truly impacting businesses. During this conversation Anthony asks the kind of questions that unpack the gold of Jay’s new book, “Hug Your Haters” and shows you why keeping customers through outstanding customer service is tons more important that getting new customers. After listening to this episode you won’t think of customer service the same way again.For generations, customer service has been seen a necessary evil ~ Jay BaerClick To TweetWhy Haters are not necessarily going to hate forever.You’ve heard the pithy little meme – “Hater’s gonna’ hate.” But is it always true? Jay Baer believes that most people who you might classify as a “hater” on social media these days are simply voicing their opinion about the reality of their experience with your company, and resigning yourself to a statement like that could also resign you to failure in business. In this episode Jay explains how companies NEED to respond to haters no matter what, and how they can do so in a way that is a win for the business in every case. It sounds like a lot to promises but Jay delivers, on this episode of In The Arena.Why you should fix your customer service before you get more customers.If it sounds backwards to you that you should fix your customer service before getting more customers, that’s because you fall squarely into what current statistics reveal: that most businesses spend far more on marketing and sales than they do on customer service. Jay Baer believes that’s a colossal mistake because it’s much easier and wiser to keep the customers you’ve already reeled in, then it is to go out and get new customers. And by keeping them happy AS your customers, they are going to have a huge impact on whether or not you get those new customers you want so badly. It’s more to unpack that one paragraph can do, so be sure you listen to Jay’s explanation on this episode.If it’s out there on the internet, and you don’t respond, it’s true by default ~ Jay BaerClick To TweetWhich channel should you use for customer service?There are so many ways for you to communicate with your customers and for them to communicate with you – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. – which one should you use to address customer service issues? Jay Baer believes that the answer is obvious: Use the ones your customers prefer to use, which will not be the same for every customer. This idea comes from Jay’s explanation of “on stage” and “off stage” complaints and how each of them has to be handled in different ways in order to magnify the value your business places on the customer. If you don’t understand, you will – and you’ll agree entirely – if you listen to this episode of In The Arena.What happens when you respond to customer complaints?Do you really know? Jay Baer says that more happens than just averting a disaster or fixing a problem. The research he did while writing his new book, “Hug Your Haters” revealed that in EVERY CASE responding to customer complaints resulted in a huge uptick in customer satisfaction (which you would expect) and ALSO a huge increase in customer advocacy (which you may not have expected). So when you respond to your customer’s complaints promptly, with care, and with an eye to solve their problem to their satisfaction, you not only make a friend, you make an ally. Find out more of what Jay has discovered about stellar customer service, on this episode.If you answer a complaint, it increases customer advocacy. Every. Time. ~ Jay BaerClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Jay Baer and the conversation in this episode. Why Jay stopped doing his “Jay Today” show (and how Anthony felt about it). Jay’s definition of “a hater” (from his book “Hug Your Haters”). How Jay proved in his book that customer service is not happening well overall. The gap between what the company believes their customer experience is like, and what it really is. Why companies ignore customer complaints. Why you should fix your customer service before you get more customers. Where is the proper customer service channel (to your customers)? What are “off-stage” haters and “on stage” haters – and why they matter. The risk for business that don’t respond to “on stage” haters. Business improvements for those who respond to their customer complaints. The “high care” and “low care” approaches to business. What is the downstream impact of your customer service choices? What Jay is reading right now. The most important book Jay has ever read. The person who’s had the biggest influence on Jay. The most important lesson Jay has ever learned. If Jay wasn’t doing what he does, what would he be doing? What Jay wants to be remembered for.Our Sponsors:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Gold – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJay’s websites: www.JayBaer.com and www.ConvinceAndConvert.com110198067200624003630399170626The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe balance of power has changed. Customers can now tell others how terrible you are ~ Jay BaerClick To TweetHug Your Haters with Jay Baer, on this episode of In The Arena with Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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