- University of ViennaFinance and Marketing, 1986 - 1989
- Université Libre de BruxellesFinance and Marketing, 1982 - 1986
- French Lycee LyauteyEconomics, 1973 - 1982
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The agency said that even healthy people will be at risk if they're in the areas with orange alerts, and it urged people to watch out for signs of heat stroke, especially among the sick and elderly.
Due to the longer nights of late August, however, temperatures are expected to duck below 20C during the evenings, providing some welcome relief for light sleepers.
Over the next two days the rising temperatures will generally continue, the agency noted, and the heatwave alerts have been put in place until Thursday morning.
The other départements to get weather warnings were Aisne, Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Nord and Yonne. "After cooler air last week, the thermometer is going to continue its roller coaster ride that started in July.
"After cooler air last week, the thermometer is going to continue its roller coaster ride that started in July," agency forecaster Sébastien Léas told Le Parisien newspaper.
Wrong. Every time you get distracted, it takes roughly 23 minutes for your brain to re-focus -- which means spending two seconds to read your notifications is actually a major drain on your productivity.
If only knowing the danger of distractions was the same as avoiding them. To achieve killer focus, try using these five strategies.
159 Lives CLAimED SO fAr ThE COunt. The first struck around 3:30 a.m. local time near Norcia, a small town 105 miles from Rome, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Rescuers are still searching for victims, and relief groups are mobilizing. Facebook has set up a Safety Check feature for people in the area to let friends and family know they are safe.
You can donate directly to the Italian Red Cross here. To donate in English with the US dollar.
To donate in all other international currencies, use this fund set up by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
2. The National Italian American Foundation
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is also supporting rescue and long term relief operations.
3. Save The Children
Save the Children is working in Amatrice to create safe spaces and support centers for children.
We are monitoring for more ways to help as other charities and NGOs respond to this disaster. Stay up with the latest developments by following our live updates here.
If you're in Italy... Forexinfo suggested you go to San Camillo de Lellis General Hospital in Rieti and give blood. You need an iD card, and you should avoid eating dairy products or drinking alcohol beforehand.
If you're somewhere else … Donate to La Stampa's emergency fund. Go to www.specchiodeitempi.org and specify you want your gift to go to "Fund 597 Earthquake in Central Italy," or "Fondo 597 Terremoto Centro Italia."
ShelterBox tweeted Wednesday that it was already heading to Italy. Send a check to ShelterBox USA, 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Or call 941-907-6036.
Donate to the Italian Red Cross, which has deployed rescue dogs and ambulances to affected areas, here.
5. Direct your business to companies helping charities responding to the earthquake. The Rome Red Cross tweeted that McDonalds and KFC had both donated food supplies to the relief effort Wednesday.
6. You can drop off nonperishable foods, water, clothing, medicine, batteries or bedding at the schools and stores in Rieti listed here by Il Messaggero.
7. You can deactivate your wireless password so people can freely use your internet to communicate, La Stampa reported.
8. Support a business that's donating its profits to emergency relief. Deliveroo Italia, for example, is sending all delivery costs to the local Red Cross.
No victims were reported there, but damaged buildings, according to RaiNews24. As rescue teams using bulldozers and bare hands claw through piles of rubble, authorities warned the death toll is likely to rise.
Dozens missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.
5. Eat vegetables first 6. Don’t buy snacks or sweets 7. Talk to people 8. Stack up on fruits 9. Portion, portion, portion 10. Eat when you need to eat.
Losing weight is probably right up there with the many wishes and yearly resolutions made by millions, if not billions, of people all over the world.
That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s most likely true. I mean, people have transitioned from eating to live to living to eat. Some get to control their appetite; for others — not so much.
Fret not: there are still plenty of ways to curb your appetite and no, you won’t starve, and that’s a promise. All you have to do is trick your body into eating less.
This is probably the easiest hack. Water has plenty of health benefits and one of them is its ability to make us feel full. The best way to go about it is to drink 4–6 glasses of water 15–30 minutes before a main meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) so your stomach would only have space for the food you have to eat. The best part? Water contains NO CALORIES. Awesome, right?
2. Use smaller plates.
Many people think this trick doesn’t work, but we say they’re just not trying. The hack in this is conditioning your body into thinking it’s eating a whole plate of food. People have a tendency to fill up their plates the moment they see a food source, so why not make the plate smaller and still end up full?
3. Keep away from the source.
Seeing food is enough to make us want to eat even if we’re not really hungry. This is quite troublesome when it comes to parties or buffets where food is literally about to spill from the tables. What you can do is pick the food you want to eat and step back and walk away. It’s like a mantra: see no food; eat no food.
4. Chew your food more.
Our stomach isn’t a good appetite sensor and takes a while before it signals us to stop eating. By the time it does, we’ve already consumed half the pizza. Chewing your food more lets you spend more time eating one bite before going for the next. This allows our stomach to properly notify our body if it’s full without overeating. So not only do we eat less, but there’s more pizza for everybody!
5. Eat vegetables first.
Vegetables are a good source of all that is healthy and good in the world. One of those healthy and good things is fiber, and fiber happens to be a great appetite suppressant. It works like water since fiber makes us feel full even if we only eat a few bites of it. It’s good for digestion too, if you know what I mean.
6. Don’t buy snacks or sweets.
The mere sight of snacks and sweets make us go “I want food” and we can’t help it. Snacks and sweets are visually attractive and salivating and the more we see them, the more we eat them — but they’re pretty high in empty calories. Removing them from your fridge or food cabinet will make you control your appetite more.
7. Talk to people.
Talking to people while eating helps curb appetite. Just like the “chew” hack, talking allows the passage of time and makes our stomach properly detect if we’re still hungry or already full. By the time you finish discussing the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, you’ll be full enough to take your leftovers and store it in the fridge for another day.
8. Stack up on fruits.
This is the exact opposite of buying snacks and sweets. If you have to eat something, at least choose a fruit. Not only are they healthier for you, but they also make you feel full faster.
9. Portion, portion, portion.
Plan your meals as far as a week ahead if you can. Pack the food you need to eat daily in small containers and remove one for each day. This way, not only do you get to control the amount of food you eat, but you also get to save money by sticking to your budget. Two birds with one stone!
10. Eat when you need to eat.
The last hack is all about mental discipline. Before you open up a bag of potato chips or pop open a can of soda, ask yourself: “Am I really hungry? Am I going to let this snack get the best of me?” Sometimes you just have to fight with yourself, but so long as you keep an eye on the finish line, you’ll always make the right decision.
Got anymore little hacks to keep the food out? Tell us more in the comments section.
tO HELp BiG COmPAniES ACt LiKE LEAn StArtUPs. Clearly, large enterprises have things that slow them down. They must serve the present. Things are expected of them.
They have to keep customers, employees and other stakeholders happy. But while small, agile firms can move fast, larger enterprises have the ability to move deliberately. They have loyal customers and an abundance of resources.
Consider: startups usually only get to make one bet, but Experian DataLabs has a dozen or more disruptive projects going on a regular basis.
By assigning lean startup-like projects to a dedicated group of skilled people, big companies can get the best of both worlds, leverage their big-company assets to foster entrepreneurial agility.
Conventional wisdom says that you need to run a big company differently than a startup and there’s a lot of truth to that. But for large enterprises seeking to grow by exploring new lines of business, thinking more like a startup makes a lot of sense.
Steve Blank, who pioneered the concept of the “lean startup,” has often written that “no business plan survives first contact with the customer.” That’s why he urges startups to “get out of the building” and talk to potential customers before beginning product development in earnest. There’s no use going to engineers with detailed product specifications before you really know what the customer wants.
That’s great advice and not just for startups. In fact, in talking to executives at Experian, it seemed clear to me that the techniques that Blank advocates, such as focusing on customer development before produce development, creating a minimum viable product and iterating and pivoting to a new business model, can actually be done more effectively in an established business.
2. Figure out what’s causing clients agita
Part skunkworks, part research lab, Experian DataLabs keeps a running list of the data problems customers want them to solve. As Eric Haller, Global Head at Experian DataLabs, told me, “We regularly sit down with our clients and try to figure out what’s causing them agita, because we know that solving problems is what opens up enormous business opportunities for us.”
Here’s a typical example. At a meeting with a large bank, one of the senior executives said, “You know we have a problem that’s really giving us trouble. We have a lot of newer businesses that come to us for credit and we need to do due diligence on them. So it’s an incredibly labor intensive process for us to verify whether they are a good credit risk.”
3. Minimum viable product
Haller’s team was able to put together a prototype and present it to the client within 90 days. It wasn’t perfect, the system could only identify 20% of the bank’s potential customers that had no discernable credit history, but that was enough to show the potential of their approach.
This is what is known in the lean startup world as a minimum viable product. Its purpose is not to wow anyone with exquisite design or top-notch performance, but rather to test a hypothesis. In this case, Haller and his team only needed to know whether if the customer would indeed be willing to pay for the product they had asked for.
Another tenet of Blank’s philosophy is that you initially build a product for the few (or in Experian’s case, the one), not the many. It is the passionate early adopters who help you to gain traction, see what works and what else may be needed to make the product successful. This isn’t market research, but hands-on problem solving.
4. Solve problems not reimagine the future
And that’s exactly what the DataLabs unit is set up to do — solve problems. It doesn’t try to reimagine the future or parade nifty gadgets in front of the business press. Instead, it has dozens of PhD level data scientists working out of three separate labs on different continents that can supply impressive analytical horsepower to whatever might be giving a customer “agita.”
5. Sign Agreement Before maximum product viability
Once the DataLabs team validates the client’s interest—due to intellectual property considerations it almost always asks for a signed agreement before going beyond the minimum viable product stage—it begins to co-develop the product according to the client’s specifications. This tends to be an iterative process, with a number of versions going back and forth.
In the case of the credit product described above, over the next three months new features were added, such as a more helpful user interface, integration with other systems like auditing, and customized analytical options. Many of these improvements would not have been possible without the client’s input. Performance improved as a result; now the system was able to verify 50% of the “no hits” that were frustrating the bank.
At this stage, the team’s new product is presented to one or more “client advisory groups” inside Experian to see if there is more general interest. (Each group represents a functional area like credit, fraud, or marketing services.) The additional consultation from those groups also makes it possible for the team to pivot to different functionality, customer segments, or revenue models, if needed.
Once the product and the business model has been validated by Experian’s current customers and further input is taken from Experian’s client advisory groups and internal marketing staff, it is ready to be rolled out to the larger market. That’s when the rest of the Experian organization gets involved.
Engineers scale up the technology to ensure that it can work in a larger environment. Product managers work on issues such as pricing, legal compliance and positioning. Sales staff are trained so that they can handle client questions and a promotional campaign is designed and executed. Every aspect of the pilot project and the business model is refined and strengthened.
This process can take anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on how much integration needs to be done with Experian’s existing systems. That’s not particularly fast by the standards of a startup, but it’s not altogether slow either and it brings all the resources of a $4 billion company to bear, something that no startup can match.
In the case of the credit product, it will be formally rolled out this summer under the brand name BusinessVerify, about six months after the decision was made to move forward, which is roughly the average timeline for DataLabs projects. At the time of launch it will already have three paying clients and an army of salespeople with established relationships supporting it.
Clearly, large enterprises have things that slow them down. They must serve the present. Things are expected of them. They have to keep customers, employees and other stakeholders happy. But while small, agile firms can move fast, larger enterprises have the ability to move deliberately. They have loyal customers and an abundance of resources. Consider: startups usually only get to make one bet, but Experian DataLabs has a dozen or more disruptive projects going on a regular basis.
By assigning lean startup-like projects to a dedicated group of skilled people, big companies can get the best of both worlds, leverage their big-company assets to foster entrepreneurial agility.
9 different lead magnets that you can create today by recycling content that you already have.Every blog post in your archive has the potential to generate new leads for your business so let’s make sure that your blog is a lead generating machine.
The mini ebook is perfect when you have a series of blog posts about a related subject. For example, if you were running an online pet store then you might pick out the following five posts from your blog to combine into an ebook:
The 5 pieces of equipment that every puppy needs
The ultimate guide to housetraining a puppy
The first 6 months: what you can expect from your new puppy
The puppy nutrition guide: what your dog should and shouldn’t eat
The 7 things you should never do when training a puppy
These posts could be logically compiled into an ebook entitled “The Puppy Planner: Everything you need to know to prepare for your first puppy”.
This type of ebook is effective because you are making life easy for visitors to your website. Rather than asking them to find all this content one article at a time, you’re packing it up into a convenient bundle that they can keep and refer back to. The most successful lead magnets offer an irresistible and instant reward to your visitors and the mini ebook certainly ticks that box.
2) The Ultimate Guide
If you’re in an industry that is already well established then it can be hard to come up with original content. Sometimes other people have covered a subject in such detail that it’s almost impossible to add extra value. In this situation I would recommend producing an Ultimate Guide.
An Ultimate Guide is a comprehensive collection of the best articles about a particular subject. The main difference between this and a mini ebook is that you are not recycling posts from your own blog but rather linking directly to other sites. It’s important that you don’t copy and paste someone else’s content into your guide but rather just include a link back to the original article.
In this example Brian Dean from Backlinko.com produced Link Building: The Definitive Guide
Link building is a complicated and broad subject so Dean’s definitive guide saves his audience a lot of time looking for this content. And since so many other experts have written fantastic content about link building Dean also saved himself the time of competing with content that already exists.
Rather than just listing the links, Dean adds extra value to his audience by categorizing them and including a brief introduction for each category. This guide has also been well designed, reiterating that this a valuable resource that should be kept and referred back to.
Do you work in an industry that is already bursting with quality content? Why not think about making your own Ultimate Guide.
3) The Bonus Pack
Offering additional content that is not included in the original blog post is the perfect way to reward readers who opt-in. If you have an article titled “The 5 Pieces of Equipment That Every Puppy Needs” then you could offer readers an exclusive PDF with a few more pieces of equipment that may have come on the market since the original post was published.
In his article "How to go from one Facebook ad to $197 in less than 60 seconds" blogger Bryan Harris took this one step further and combined a PDF version of the article along with 5 links that weren’t in the original post - people only got these bonuses when they subscribed.
This lead magnet was so successful that 42% of the people who saw it opted-in to receive the Bonus Pack. Imagine the leads you would have if almost half the people who visited your website gave you their email address!
4) The Resource Guide
If you have written a strategic blog post then you might want to consider offering a Resource Guide as a lead magnet. A Resource Guide is a collection of things that help people achieve results.
Dean used this strategy in his post "Seo Tools: The Complete List." He offered a free download that detailed the 153 tools featured in his post - the perfect resource for a reader to keep and refer to whenever they need.
The Resource Guide could be as simple as list of five books or apps that you recommend. Since it is easier to buy a tool to get results than it is to actually implement a strategy, your readers will love this.
What resources could you recommend to a potential customer that would help them to achieve better results?
5) The Checklist
Instructional blog posts are just waiting to be turned into Checklists - and they couldn’t be easier to create. Just take your blog post and simplify it into a series of bullet points. Next, remove any points that don’t contain actionable advice. Split the list into several numbered steps to make the outcome more achievable.
Bonus points if you offer the Checklist in a printable format so people can physically tick-off as they go. That sense of achievement is a great feeling that people will attribute back to you.
This Ultimate Webinar Checklist from HubSpot is an incredibly valuable lead magnet because of how practical it is. Hosting a webinar involves balancing a lot of different tasks coming together at the same time. This checklist informs you about everything you need to watch out for from pre to post webinar.
6) The Workbook
The Workbook is an incredibly effective lead magnet, especially for service businesses. In its simplest form a Workbook is a download-and-complete resource that helps people to apply the principles of your blog post to their business.
Neil Patel offers this highly practical Workbook for writing blog posts that rank in Google. It includes exercises like planning your blog post structure and experimenting with different introductions.
Patel’s example is brilliantly simple in its execution. He keeps the design to a minimum so people won’t worry about their ink running out when printing and he has left plenty of room for people to write their answers.
The goal of a Workbook is to have the participant learn by doing. As the teacher in this scenario you are positioning your business as an expert on the matter at hand. With that in mind you want to choose the exercises that you set in your Workbook carefully. Ideally you want to gradually tease information out of the participant so that at the end of the Workbook they can combine their short answers into a comprehensive piece of work - in Patel's case the participant would have had a complete blog post written by the time they finished.
A Workbook is the perfect stepping stone to your premium products or services so be sure to include a strong call to action at the end which clearly tells the participant how you can help them to apply their new found knowledge.
Is there a particular subject that you could help you audience understand more clearly with a Workbook?
7) The Secret
One of the best lead magnets that I have ever seen was produced by Tim Soulo. It was so effective that I immediately opted-in without thinking. Suolo had written a blog post about sending an outreach email to well known blogger Rand Fishkin. His call-to-action was:
This call-to-action was pitch perfect because it got me curious. I just had to know what the email subject was. I also knew that it would be a relatively short read so I wouldn’t have to commit to a lengthy ebook - lazy I know but that’s human nature sometimes!
Suolo's lead magnet is just 1 page and was just made with a standard Word Processor. There was no point in spending time or money on the design in this case because the secret is the only thing that matters.
I blurred out the tell-tale image and text in the above screenshot - if you want to know Suolo’s secret then you’ll just have to download the lead magnet!
Do you have any behind the scenes insights to a blog post that are compelling enough to offer as a downloadable secret?
8) The Cheat Sheet
If your blog post covers a complicated topic then it might be a good idea to offer readers a one-page sheet that they can refer back to when they need to refresh their memory. This could be a glossary of terms or just a brief summary of some key points.
This type of download-and-keep resource takes the pressure off readers so they don’t have to memorize or implement your strategy immediately. It does compel readers to opt-in to your list though which is the ultimate aim.
In this example, Jay Acunzo offers a Visual Cheat-Sheet for Editing to Help You Move Faster. The goal here is to help his readers to edit their work while still moving quickly through the process. A Cheat Sheet is the perfect resource here because the compact format means that people can quickly glance at it while they are going through the edit process. It really is a complementary tool for an existing process.
9) The Guestbook
If you have used guest blogging as a backlink strategy then you probably agreed to not republish that particular post on your own blog. This is fairly common as Google punishes sites that duplicate content so it’s in nobody’s best interests.
What you can do though is compile all these guest posts into a book format. Since the content will be gated behind a lead capture form there is no risk of Google flagging it as duplicate content and you get to squeeze a little bit of extra value from that content you worked so hard on.
As many as dozens of people were killed by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit central Italy. Horrifying images and video of rescues show some still trapped in the rubble.
Amid the chaos, nearby towns and some countries are expressing concern and a desire to help. Rome is offering tools and resources to neighbors in Amatrice and Accumoli, the hardest-hit towns.
Amazon India has been making aggressive moves in recent months. Last month, the company made its same-day-delivery service Amazon Prime available in over 100 cities in India.
Amazon announced it will be bringing its on-demand video streaming service Amazon Video to the country soon. India's e-commerce market is estimated to be worth $119 billion by 2020.
Prioritize qualification over process-based questions. A legal or procurement process isn’t a roadblock to a sale, but a lack of business pain is. Once you’ve gotten the big-ticket items out of the way -- for example, establishing a goal and talking through potential plans to achieve it -- you can move on to the nitty-gritty of the deal.
Ideally, a discovery call will either clearly surface a sales opportunity or definitively disqualify a prospect. You should come out of your calls with an understanding of your prospect’s needs and how you can help solve them.
One final note: Always add value to the discovery call by providing some recommendations or simple ways to help. If you leave the prospect with a positive impression, they are more likely to reach out when they become sales-ready (if they aren’t currently).
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