Thursday, November 15, 2012

7 Amazing "A" Aspects of Awesome Business Leaders

Here at GetMoreRings we love words, especially descriptive positive adjectives. We came up with a list of seven 'A' words that describe exceptional business leaders. This list will begin our series of adjectives, with the letter 'B' being next.

Let's get started....

Remaining true to one's own personality, spirit, or character will make people like and respect you. Your employees want to feel like you have their back and no hidden agenda. A great leader makes honesty their best policy.

A good leader knows that their behavior is being watched by their employees at all times. You must remain above any drama and never discriminate or harass people.

An average leader will have no problem maintaining a project at the same level without making it excel. A great leader has natural ambition and is constantly setting new goals and taking projects to the next level.

Your employees want to know that they can come to you if they encounter a problem. An exceptional leader will have an open door policy with many channels of input such as email, conference calls, and one-on-one meetings.

No one wants to deal with Negative Nancy all day. Being agreeable with your employees when they offer a new ideas will keep them coming back. Being agreeable does not necessarily mean you like their idea.

Great leaders know that employees like to be applauded for their contributions. Awarding great work and giving the recognition make people feel appreciated and helps build loyalty and unity among your team members.

Employees want to know that their leader is unshakable and will stand firm even when they hit rough patches.

To end the list, here a few words that an amazing business leader would never want to be associated with. For the 'A' list - ambivalent, amoral, abrasive, arrogant or abusive.

Feel free to leave any words you think we left off or would have on your own list in the comments. Make sure to look out for our next list of 'B' adjectives.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

12 Quotes About the Internet

Here at GetMoreRings we love the Internet! We compiled a list of some our favorite Internet quotes for you to read.

  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. ~ Bill Gates
Bill Gates
  • There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it's a tool that we use in this world. ~ Tim Berners Lee 
  • The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box. ~ Marc Andreessen
  • The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. ~ Dave Barry
  • As a research tool, the internet is invaluable. ~ Noam Chomsky
  • Internet TV and the move to the digital approach is quite revolutionary. TV has historically has been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels. ~ Bill Gates
  • The Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other, the way we learn about the world and the way we conduct business. ~ Ron Wyden
Tim Berners-Lee
  • The Internet knows no national borders. ~ Alan Dershowitz
  • We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone. ~ Richard Branson
  • A lot of things you want to do as part of daily life can now be done over the Internet. ~ Marc Andreessen
  • People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that's how some software projects are born. ~ Linus Torvalds
  • On the Internet you get continuous innovation, so every year the streams are a little better. ~ Reed Hastings

Feel free to leave any of your favorite quotes in the comments.

Friday, November 2, 2012

7 Great Tips for Giving Constructive Criticism

Criticism is one of the things that people tend to give freely without your request. It usually comes as overbearing with the feeling that the person thinks they can perform the task better than you. Some criticism can be helpful while most is hurtful and annoying to the person on the receiving end. Learning to provide constructive criticism is an art that takes patience and remembering to remain positive while providing your opinion. 

Here are seven great tips to help you out:

1. Be Honest and Unbiased
When you give criticism it is a reflection of your feelings and not the person being criticized. If you hold some resentment or anger toward the person, you most certainly should not be the person to try to offer them advice as it may come off rude and make the person miss your point because they were offended.

2. Begin and Finish with a Compliment
To make sure that the person does not feel attacked, find a good attribute the person has and lead with that. Once you have given the criticism, ending your conversation this way will again make the person take in what you said and not feel like a failure or that you are mad.

3. Keep Your Voice Tone Light
The tone of your voice communicates just as much as the actual words that come from your mouth. Keeping edge and anger out of your voice makes people take in what you say faster and easier.

4. Be Specific
Since criticism gives people a negative feeling, you need to be specific and explain exactly what your problem with an issue is. Using generalizations is not helpful and make it seem like you are only complaining instead being helpful.

5. Provide a Solution
If you follow step four and are specific with your criticism, add a solution at the end of how the person can make improvements the next time. This shows the recipient that it is not your intent to demean them, as you are providing positive helpful feedback.

6. Do Not Attack
Giving feedback is not about attacking or insulting a person on a personal level. It is about explaining how you think they can be better at a certain task. Being sarcastic or throwing insults is not helpful and has no place in constructive criticism.

7. Move Forward
Once you have given the criticism, move on and let it go. Do not dwell on the situation as it is a waste of time and will only cause negative feelings.

Criticism can be a good thing if given in the correct way. It is very had to hear at times but can make you grow as a person.

GetMoreRings loves your feedback, feel free to leave any tips you may have for constructive criticism in the comments. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6 Google Chrome Apps to Help Your Productivity

Google Chrome is one of those things that amazes people once they find out how much functionality it really has.

My favorite part about it is the apps. There are so many available in the web store and most are free. No matter what you need to do, most likely you can find an app that can help you with it. Today, I want to review six of the ones that will help most with your productivity during the day.

1. Hootsuite - This app allows you to control all of your social media in one simple dashboard. It also allows you to track traffic, schedule messages and monitor conversations using the app.

2. Awesome Screenshot - With this app you can grab a still from any page you are searching in your browser. It is easy to use and is more transferable than notes or copy & paste. (I used this app for the screenshots in this blog)

3. Large Document - This app allows you to share large documents over 10mb that would usually bounce back to you due to size. It is much simpler than any of the external sharing sites such as Dropbox or YouSendIt. It actually converts your file to a url so there is not login info required.

4. Stay Focused - If you are an Internet browsing addict this app is for you. It allows you to set times for certain websites so that you do not spend too much time browsing. You can put a cap on the sites you select so you can limit the amount of time you waste during the day.

5. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer - This allows you to view any PDF or PowerPoint file by just clicking on the link. No need to download large files or launch any other applications to view them.

6. Google Calendar Checker - This apps shows a countdown until your next engagement on our calendar. It is easy to use and you can link any of your calendars together so that you are never late or miss a meeting.

GetMoreRings loves to hear your feedback feel free to leave any apps that you may know of in the comments.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Understanding Why You Need a Phone System for Your Office

GetMoreRings knows that communication is an essential key to the functioning of your business. If you want to add in the right alternatives to keep everyone in touch, then you can begin by adding in the right phone system. This makes a difference in your effectiveness of communication while providing you with different alternatives for the communication that is available. Today, technology has combined with communication to make sure you are able to easily keep in touch with others in the office as well as with customers that are calling about your products or services. 

The phone system that is available for companies allows you to have a variety of lines that are interconnected into a central area. There will be one system placed for the corporation. This combines with several extensions that are placed through the branches and offices while allowing each employee to connect to the central system. This gives every individual in the office a private line from a central system. The stations that are created allow private exchanges to take place between those working in the company and provide different numbers to those that are working within a company. 

Not only are numbers and private stations assigned to a central phone system. There are also programs that are added in for easier communication and to track the options that are used. For instance, you will be able to program in an option to control the calls that are coming in through the use of lighted line buttons or specialized rings. This will let you know where a call is coming from while connecting lines in alternative ways. The programming can interchange with simple connections to complex techniques that are used for different approaches to getting connected across branches, offices or between employees. 

The integrated options with a phone system also incorporate other features to assist all employees to stay in touch and to connect to others. There are additional voice mail and answering machine systems available for needed responses. It is also possible to set up caller ID, speed dialing and automatic call accounting. This will help to track and connect employees and customers easier while offering convenience with communication. If a more complex system is used, then there is also the possibility of adding in features such as remote supervision of the system. This can help to track communication while ensuring that the correct links are made with each station created.

Tying into communication at different levels with any business ensures a better working environment while meeting the needs of employees. If you want to integrate a simple and effective way of keeping in touch, then you can look at a phone system. Giving each employee a station and monitoring this through a central area with different ways to keep in touch instantly tightens the communication between individuals, offices and branches. The incorporation of specific features with this system ensures that you are able to find different ways to keep connected while allowing each individual to remain connected with simple and effective tools.

Let our parent company Datavo help you find the right option for your business.

Friday, October 19, 2012

10 More Motivational Quotes to Start Your Day

Here at GetMoreRings we know that running a business is hard work and you can sometimes start feeling scared and powerless. So we came up with another list of motivational quotes to help you through your day.

  • I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker

Richard Branson
  • The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields

  • Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

  • I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump

  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates

  • I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
  • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs

  • Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller

  • The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy

  • In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm. – Suze Orman

For more motivational quotes check out our blog 20 Great Motivational Quotes to Start Your Day. Feel free to leave any of your favorite quotes in the comments.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How Click-to-Call Can Help Your Business

GetMoreRings Click-to-Call has proved to be beneficial for numerous business types such as, directories, automotive services, delivery services and transportation. Click-to-Call technology enhances your sites consumer conversion rates so much that  Forrester Research has reported a 143% average Return on Investment (ROI) with a payback period of 1.1 years once the service has been implemented.

It allows your staff to immediately have contact with a perspective client while also giving you reports that allow you to see how many calls were made to you, how many were answered and of those answered how many resulted in a completed sale.

Where you place your button on your site is also a big deal. You want to strategically place the button where it can be easily accessible  Some companies have opted to have multiple buttons so that their customers have an option to call from any page they are searching at the time.

Utilizing Click-to-Call on your mobile website is also very important. With it you will be able to bridge the gap between your business and consumers with the click of a button. When the Click-to-Call button is used it connects the customer directly to your preset number without the need to flip back and forth from your webpage to their dial pad.