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Lessons From the “Dragon’s Den”!

“If you ever watch ‘Dragon’s Den’ (on Canadian TV) or ‘Shark Tank’ (on U.S.A. TV), then you know that there are some simple rules for success. I had the pleasure of hearing one of the ‘dragons’ speak at a luncheon recently and want to share his tips for success with you. Jim Treliving kept it simple – which is totally in alignment with my own style – and was very inspiring to all of us in the audience.

1) KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! I tell my clients this ALL the time. You have got to know your numbers – your revenue, your sales, your expenses, the cost of doing business, average value per client, etc. You. Must. Know. Your. Numbers!

2) SHARE YOUR STORY. That’s what inspires many other entrepreneurs to either get in the game and/or stay in the game. Being an entrepreneur is tough stuff – if it was easy, then everyone would be doing it. So, be vulnerable. Share your story. It does make a difference.

3) SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY. It’s always so easy, especially in the early stages, to focus totally and solely on your business. That’s a huge mistake. Yes, of course, there will be times when you must throw your whole heart, soul and body into the business – ‘certain ‘times’ – not ALL the time. When most successful entrepreneurs are interviewed and asked what one thing, in retrospect, that they would change – most of them say ‘to spend more time with family’. So, just do it, OK?

4) LEARN FROM YOUR FAILURES. Everyone has them. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying and you’re not growing – and if you’re not growing, you won’t be in the game for a very long time. It’s OK to fail. That is how we learn.

5) HIRE SLOW – FIRE FAST! Yup – not everyone you hire is a perfect fit. Go with your gut – you know when it doesn’t feel right. Make a business decision and do the firing. Everyone will benefit.

6) REWARD AND RECOGNITION. This is a critical step to success – both for you and for your team. Stop – celebrate – acknowledge – reward – have fun – and get back to work.

When you watch ‘The Dragon’s Den’, Jim Treliving is always laughing and celebrating.

Here are some of Jim’s favorite quotes:

Success is about the big picture.

I like simplicity.

I believe that simplicity is the key to success.

I have to love what I do.

I make decisions about work with my heart, about money with my head, and about people with my gut.

The hallmarks of every successful person I know are these: they want what they have, they like what they do, and they love who they are.

Get your opportunities – take them, take a ride and see what happens.

The legacy I’d like to leave back is that persistence works. Hard work works.

USB Microphone for Dragon Naturally Speaking 11

Dragon Naturally Speaking 1 is an incredibly useful tool for businesses and individuals – in terms of productivity gains – but only if you have a quality headset microphone that is capable of supporting the Dragon 11 software.

For those who are unfamiliar with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 – it is essentially voice recognition software that allows you to dictate to the computer in order to have your words transcribed into text that you can input into most windows programs. This means you can use it with Word and dictate essays, articles, and any other large quantities of text which makes it much faster than writing by hand. On average it is said to be around three times faster than typing normally would be. At the same time though it’s not just quicker than writing by hand, but also allows you to avoid some of the downsides of typing. For instance if you use this or other voice recognition software then you won’t have to be sitting down – you can be moving around and going about other things, for example why not tidy your home or even write something (this would really increase your productivity).

A USB microphone that is wireless like the GN9330e is designed for speech to text software like dragon. Likewise you can use this or similar software in order to write while driving. As long as you are careful to make sure it is all set up first and you obey your local driving laws- then it will be no different than talking on the phone hands free. If you’re not sure about the law in your area, then you will certainly be able to use the combination while walking places (if you have a small netbook). The other benefit of using a USB microphone with Dragon 11 over a keyboard is that you don’t need to look at the screen. If you’re the kind of person who finds they hate sitting and staring at a screen all day as part of their job, then you will be very pleased to learn that you can completely avoid this by using a USB headset and Dragon 11 in order to dictate your work from a distance – while looking out of the window or even doing press-ups.

All of this will increase your productivity and this has hundreds of uses for any business. If you work for a media company then it has obvious advantages, allowing people to work away from their desk and multitask. Meanwhile it can be used for data entry companies – imagine how much more pleasant this could make the job for your staff and how much more work they could get done in the same time and for the same wage with Dragon Naturally Speaking and a quality USB headset. This would hugely increase not only job satisfaction but also profits. For other individuals this can be a great way to surf the web, for students a perfect way to write articles without having to get out of bed, or for writers a perfect way to write a novel – dictating the way that many of the classic novelists would have done. It’s of course also an invaluable tool for those who are disabled and who might otherwise struggle to use a keyboard.

Of course all this is dependent on having a good quality microphone and without a good microphone you won’t be able to make the most of this software. By buying a USB microphone then, you can make Dragon Naturally Speaking run perfectly or any other piece of recognition software giving you around 99% accuracy and serving to be a great investment. The included analogue microphone with Dragon naturally speaking 11 just doesn’t deliver the accuracy business users demand – a quality USB microphone headset like the Andrea NC181VM USB guarantees accurate and fast voice recognition input into Dragon 11 or Dragon Dictate Mac.

Tips For Purchasing a Dragon Trailer

Dragon trailers, tanks, and pumps are designed to meet the demanding needs of industrial hauling and liquid storage transfer. Whether you are looking for a vacuum trailer, bottom dump, or fuel tank, you will find rugged industrial strength trailers manufactured under the Dragon brand. While these trailers are not the least expensive trailer you can buy for your company, they are some of the best for the job. As long as you follow these steps, you will be able to purchase a Dragon trailer at a great price, and make a smart investment in your company.

Research Online

The first thing that you should do when you decide to buy a new piece of equipment for your company is to research the current pricing and options available. Fortunately, this can be easily done by getting on the Internet from your home or office. Taking a look at the local authorized dealerships, as well as websites where owners sell their Dragon fuel tanks and vacuum trailers directly. Keep in mind that you can save a good deal of money by buying a used Dragon trailer directly from a current owner. You will quickly discover this as you compare prices over the Internet. Make sure to record the websites that offer you several buying options and put you in contact with sellers directly. They will usually offer the best prices, and allow you to negotiate with the current owner for an even better deal than what is offered by a dealership.

Secure Financing for Your Tank, Trailer, or Pump

Any major purchase for your company will require financing to make the deal happen. Contacting a business lender should be one of the first things that you do when you begin the process of buying a new or used trailer manufactured by Dragon. This will ensure that you know exactly what kind of investment you can make, as well as budget for the expected increase in revenue and monthly expenses. And it has become more difficult to obtain a business loan for trailers and other industrial equipment, it is important to start this process early and speak with several different banks and lending institutions. This will insure you get the best deal on your loan and allow you to buy a Dragon rig that meets your needs.

Contact Sellers

With your research and financing in hand you already to begin contacting the sellers you found while doing your research online. It is best to come up with a list of questions that you would like to have answered during your first contact with the seller. This will give you a chance to get a better idea of how the trailer has been used in the past, as well as how well it has been maintained if it is a used Dragon tank or pump. Additionally, this initial contact will allow you to get a feel for how badly the seller needs to unload their equipment. A friendly start can lead to additional information that allows you to negotiate a lower price than simply making an offer through an e-mail.

Be Ready to Make a Move

After contacting and negotiating with several of the sellers you will find the trailer you need at a price that works for your business. Be ready to quickly make your move so that you can secure your purchase before another buyer comes along. This process will ensure that you buy a Dragon trailer for the best price possible.