Have you often wished for a bigger budget for promotional items and gifts? You're in the same situation as many small business owners, but that doesn't mean you can't say "thank you" in many imaginative, inexpensive ways. Your tokens of appreciation don't need to be lavish. And clients don't expect (or want) a constant barrage of mugs, magnetic business cards, imprinted pens, and calendars. Take the time to snail mail a thank-you note or letter each time you get a referral from a customer. Send little notes at random times just to stay in touch, letting them know they are appreciated. These days, an occasional brief phone call when you don't want anything but to say "thanks" is novel enough to be appreciated. When you find an article on the Internet that reinforces a client's point of view, send her/him the link. If you find a newspaper or magazine article that s/he might like, take time to clip it and mail it, along with a short note. You show appreciation when you place a link from your site to theirs, refer them to a third party, or mention their expertise in a forum or newsgroup. And most importantly, regularly use one of the most important phrases in every language, "Thank you."
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Guest post by Charles H. Baughman, MD Colorectal cancer can affect anyone - men or women alike - and your risk increases as you age. But some people are at greater risk for the disease. · People with a personal or family history of benign colorectal polyps. · People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer. · People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease -ulcerative colitis or Crohn's. · People with a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer. · People of African American and Hispanic descent, who are often disgnosed at a later stage of the disease. · Men and women over the age of 50. 6 Steps to Lowering Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer 1. Get regular Colorectal Cancer screenings beginning at age 50. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or a personal history of another cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, talk to us about earlier screening. 2. Eat between 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day from fruits,vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts and beans. 3. Eat a low-fat diet 4. Eat foods with folate such as leafy green vegetables. 5. If you use alcohol, drink in only in moderation. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don't use tobacco, don't start. 6. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps may help reduce your risk. Please call Peoria AZ office (623) 977-0955 Toll Free: (866) 569-1092 or E-Mail (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) our office for free brochures on Colon Cancer Screening and Colonoscopy. To learn more, visit the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons website at www.fascrs.org or www.preventcancer.org/colorectal or call 1-877-35-COLON. Of course, you can contact our office or visit us on the web at www.BaughmanAgeManagement.com Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was founded by the Cancer Research Foundation of America in collaboration with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Digestive Health Foundation.
Have you ever written a report or business letter and felt something was missing, but you couldn't figure it out? It might be that you didn't think to express parallel thoughts in parallel form.
Parallelism is very helpful when you're creating documents that have items bulleted and numbered. It helps the reader quickly grasp your meaning. Example: read the items in the first group, then the second group, and decide which is more understandable.
This report covers:
- How to manage employee absenteeism.
- Handling problem employees.
- What the role of the supervisor should be.
This report helps supervisors to:
- Manage employee absenteeism.
- Handle problem employees.
- Function in the business environment.
Those three action words (manage, handle, and function) help organize the thoughts into parallel areas.
It also helps if you use parallel structure in long sentences.
WRONG: Safeway has begun implementing a new area of promotion and to produce a bigger market share.
RIGHT: Safeway has begun implementing a new area of promotion and producing a bigger market share.WRONG: The software is inexpensive, easy to use, and it's powerful.
RIGHT: The software is inexpensive, easy to use, and powerful.
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Which to use? Due to or Because of? Here are a few tips to keep you aligned with the latest style guides. Due to modifies nouns and is generally used after some form of the verb to be (is, are, was, were, etc.). Jan's success is due to talent and spunk (due to modifies success and introduces an adjective phrase and should modify nouns). Because of should modify verbs. It introduces an adverbial phrase. Ted resigned because of poor health (because of modifies resigned). He did not resign due to poor health.