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  • Sage advice from the business titans of “Shark Tank”

    first_img“Shark Tank”, the Emmy award-winning reality television series, returns this weekend with its ninth season. For those not familiar with the hit show, it showcases aspiring entrepreneurial contestants who pitch their business ideas to millionaire (or billionaire in some cases) “shark” investors. Many of us that watch the program may not dream of starting million-dollar business ventures, but we can gain much from the business advice shared by its enormously successful “shark” panel.Great ideas capture attention, but expertise is everythingContestants approach the panel with their initial business pitch, hoping to make a great first impression. Those that stand out immediately grab their audience’s attention and leave them wanting more. While this is an extraordinary first step in standing out from the crowd, smart businesspeople understand that the idea is not enough. In order to prove they are worth investing in, they must demonstrate their knowledge in what exactly it will take to see their venture to fruition.Egos are second to customer satisfactionProfessional businesspeople who have seen success have obviously showcased the moxie and strength needed for getting ahead. But, many also possess too-high opinions of themselves and their endeavors. When an arrogant contestant approaches the “sharks,” it is often instantly apparent that their ego is an issue and the customer comes second. While it’s important they be confident in themselves and their work, demonstrating a real interest in and true understanding of their target market is essential to establishing loyalty and trust.A plan for business growth is invaluableHaving a great idea and earning the interest of potential investors is noteworthy, but to actually sustain their support and the resources needed it’s essential to have a strong business plan in place. To really get others behind their work, professionals must constantly be looking to the next level. Even if the “sharks” are initially fascinated by a potential business idea, if they are not provided with a solid framework for every aspect of the company’s business model (often including, manufacturing, distribution, and pricing), their interest diminishes almost immediately. This is a lesson to professionals to keep looking ahead and to always map out exactly what it will take to meet their objectives. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Giroud strike bags win for Arsenal

    first_imgArsenal coasted to a 1-0 win over West Brom in their final Barclays Premier League home match of the season at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal then almost made it 2-0 on the break when Podolski got away down the left and his low centre was flicked towards the bottom left corner by Cazorla, but Foster got down to make a superb reaction save. The second half tempo showed little sign of a dramatic improvement, with West Brom aware bar an unlikely away win for Norwich at Chelsea later, then they would have no genuine concerns with two matches still to edge on from 36 points. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insisted his side would not drop focus ahead of the FA Cup final against Hull in a fortnight’s time and they at least did show some purpose as the hour approached, with Giroud in determined mood chasing down the visitors backline. The France forward was only inches away from connecting with a lovely curling cross from the left by Mesut Ozil, growing into his role following a return to fitness from a hamstring tear. With 25 minutes left, Mikel Arteta was replaced by Kim Kallstrom, the Sweden international signed on loan from Spartak Moscow in January. Tomas Rosicky then soon came on for Cazorla to try to inject some fresh pace into Arsenal’s forward play. Szczesny blocked a determined run from Morgan Amalfitano into the Arsenal box as the Baggies upped their quest for an equaliser. Ozil scuffed his shot after collecting a knockdown from Giroud into the right side of the penalty area. Podolski then – with the whole goal to aim at just six yards out – missed his kick and clipped the ball against the woodwork, before it dropped to a grateful Foster. But for a couple of corners for West Brom, that proved to be the last meaningful action of a game which was for large spells played at a pedestrian pace, the hard work for both sides already done. Arsenal made just one change from the XI which had beaten Newcastle here on Monday night, as Mathieu Flamini came in for Aaron Ramsey, who was rested because of a minor thigh problem but one which is not expected to keep the Wales midfielder out of contention for the FA Cup final. It was a bright start by Arsenal in the May sunshine, with Lukas Podolski driving just wide and then Santi Carzola’s blocked effort flying over. From the resulting corner, Arsenal took the lead. Giroud showed great strength to hold off Craig Dawson, who was man-handling the France forward, and powered a header in at the near post for a 16th Premier League goal. West Brom, four points clear of trouble before kick-off, looked to rally, but with only Saido Berahino at the head of a five-man midfield, they offered little penetration in the final third. James Morrison floated a long-range effort over the bar as he looked to catch Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny off his line. Arsenal were soon back on the offensive, with Flamini sending over a low cross which was kicked away by Baggies keeper Ben Foster. On 31 minutes, Szczesny had his hands stung by a rasping 25-yard drive from Graham Dorrans, which the Poland keeper beat down and Berahino hooked the loose ball over the crossbar, but had been flagged offside. Following Everton’s defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, the Gunners were already secure of fourth spot, and with it a chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages once again next season. Olivier Giroud headed in his 22nd goal of the campaign in all competitions after 14 minutes, which proved enough to see off West Brom, who are all but secure of their top-flight status with two matches left still to play. Press Associationlast_img read more