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About Dale

Dale is one of the top technologists in the industry and is currently running for the PPAI board. Support Dale at www.facebook.com/choosedale and follow him on twitter: @daledenham.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Draw Your Attention to Drawstrings
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Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
I Could Have Slept In But Why Should You Care?
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Something strange has happened to me. On a recent three-day holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to sleep in. But...



Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella
The Perfect Match
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Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
How Appreciative Are You? 5 Easy Ways to Stand Out and Say Thank You: Part One
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In today's highly competitive promotional products business environment, you have to distinguish yourself from the competition. Here are five ways...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

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The Dash Between Two Dates
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Beyond Words

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Going Direct
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I thought that would capture your eyes today because it’s a perennial hot topic in our industry. Today, we’re going...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Why Are You Doing This?
Oct 9, 2014

Do you have a clear understanding of why you are in this business? And please, don’t tell me you’re in...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time
Sep 24, 2014

How about that shocking headline? Did it grab you? Well, there is some meat behind the sensationalism. Buckle in and...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Playing the Price Game: It’s a Choice. Choose Wisely
Sep 22, 2014

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Embellished

Kyle Richardson
The Best Laid Plans
Jul 11, 2014

Why it's always smart to keep a planner with your schedule and important documents, and why it's never smart to...



Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna
5 Soccer Promotions for After the World Cup
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Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Interview with Jason Black, CEO of Top Distributor Boundless Network
May 19, 2014

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The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
"How It's Made" Can Make You More
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Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Got Control Issues?
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Does chaos define you? How you respond to certain situations says a lot about your character. Here are five quotes...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
The Anatomy of Emotional Marketing
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You've probably heard the old adage: "It's the thought that counts." This could not be any truer, especially in business. When...



Big Picture Promo

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Meeting Clients Where They Are
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My Two Cents

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For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
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Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS
Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
Mar 18, 2013

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The Sales Challenge

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Timely Travel Tips

 
As a seasoned travel veteran who has held some level of status with airlines for essentially the last 15 years, I've learned quite a few things that make travel easier for me. And recently, some really cool tools make traveling less burdensome.

Make your travel smoother with these timely travel tips.

1.  Hotel -- How to remember your room number
For many of us, we will be in 3 or more hotels in the month of January. For some, even 1 hotel room number is easy to forget (some due to a little too much fun...). When you check in, take a picture of your room number. As long as you don't lose your phone, you'll remember your room. :) (PS This works for parking too).


Yes, my room is 938. Charge all you want to it. :)

2.  Calendar
If you are crossing time zones (like most of us will for the PPAI Expo), set up your meetings in the proper time zone. Once you land, your phone will switch to the new time zone and mess you up especially if you have lots of meetings.  So do 2 things:
A. Put the time in the title of EVERY meeting. So instead of saying "Maximize Mobile Seminar", make the title "Maximize Mobile Seminar 11am-12am". If you accidentally schedule it wrong, at least you'll see the time it is supposed to be.

B. Schedule the time on the proper time zone. For me, I am on EST so my 11am MAXIMIZE MOBILE seminar is scheduled for 2pm EST.  When I land in Las Vegas, it will show up at 11am. (If you want to get fancy, message me and I'll show you how I have both time zones on my calendar.)

3.  Electronics

A. Stop what you are doing and order a ZAGG charger http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggsparq.php. This will let you charge your phone and your ipad at the same time WITHOUT needing an outlet. Works great for phones but will only partially charge your ipad unless you are near an outlet.

B.  Lose the Bluetooth. Seriously, it's hideous and it doesn't sound good. Get a good headset (Zagg makes one) that doesn't tangle. Sound is way better and you can listen to music on the plane to avoid the annoying person next to you. (Unless you are that annoying person).
C.  Buy a month long pass to gogo internet. If you are going to Vegas and your flight has wifi, it's a good value. We can play Words With Friends together (but no streaming of videos so be sure to download your video's before departing).


4.  Food tips.
Whether everything goes smooth or not, you'll need nourishment. And if you get delayed, this will really come in handy.
A.  Bring an empty Gatorade or water bottle in your carry on. Unless you are a water snob, it's a great way to avoid paying $4 for a bottle of water. Many airports now offer filtered water stations and those that don't still have water fountains.
B.  Pack a couple of your favorite snack bars. $1 at the grocery store or $4 in the airport, you decide.
C.  Don't pack a banana in your carry on. It's very messy. I know from experience.



5.  Apps
You do have tripit don't you? No? Get it. Very cool app makes it much easier to keep your flights organized and if you buy premium helps you when things get messed up.


6. A great check point friendly carry on bag --
I have to give a plug to Leed's who provided me with an incredible backpack that holds everything. And I mean everything. Checkpoint friendly and a really cool "TechTrap" to keep all the many cables and items from getting lost. (Unpaid, unsolicited, I love this bag.)

Did I miss a great tip? Please leave it in the comment below.

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