Book Awards

This week we are revisiting a popular topic of a previous blog and we’ve included some additional information about upcoming awards and deadlines.

Book awards can be tremendously valuable to the marketing efforts of the winning books.

When a book wins an award, the result is free publicity for the author and usually additional book sales. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award are probably the most well-known and prestigious, but other book awards exist specifically for self-published or small press books.

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In the Spotlight: Candy Zulkosky

We like to occasionally feature some of the people who have completed the Professional Author and Speaker Training and Certification Programs. This week we’re shining the InstructionSmith spotlight on Candy Zulkosky.

Candy lives at the beach, on an island along the coast of North Carolina which is especially interesting considering she spent the first 30 or so years of her life living in the same small town tucked away in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

She ran away to sea for five years and taught computer classes to cruise ship passengers on the love boat! She lived for months at a time onboard Princess Cruise ships—and got paid to sail around the world. She notes this was arguably the best time of her life.

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Disaster Planning Continued…

Hurricane season officially starts today!

Last week we reminded you about the importance of making sure you have all your business affairs in order and being properly prepared in case of an emergency.

This week we’re continuing with ways for you to make sure your family and pets are taken care of as well.

People don’t expect to get caught in potentially dangerous and extreme situations, but when it happens, having a plan and knowing what to do could make a world of difference for you and your loved ones.

Risk Assessment

 Understanding potential risks that are likely in certain regions allows people to have an emergency plan specifically designed for the disasters most likely to occur in their area.

Certain areas of the country are more prone to specific types of disasters. As I mentioned, living in Florida we’re prepared for hurricanes. People in the Midwest probably have an emergency plan to prepare (as best they can) for tornadoes and on the west coast they plan for earthquakes.

Emergency Kits

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Disaster Planning in Your Business

Living in Florida we hear a lot about the Atlantic hurricane season. From June 1st through November 30th is when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean.

We’re fortunate that hurricanes can be forecast and tracked, but we don’t have that luxury with other emergency situations such as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, flooding, or biological attacks, which can occur with little or no warning.

Having a preparedness plan is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries or loss of life in the case of a disaster.

In order for your preparedness plan to be fully effective, it has to be thorough and well thought out.

Disaster preparedness for yourself and your business means protecting your personal items as well as critical business assets which includes your facilities, equipment, software, and data.

Have a plan

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International Virtual Assistants Day is May 19th

International Virtual Assistants Day has been observed on the third Friday of May since 2006.

Virtual assistants are independent contractors who work remotely either by themselves or with a team of experts.

What does it mean to work remotely?

Usually working from their home office they provide administrative and/or technical support for clients in a variety of industries.

Virtual assistants own their own business and work independently or assemble a versatile team of other virtual independent contractors. The members of the group work independently, have shared interests and use technology to communicate and collaborate. Virtual teams bring together people with the best expertise, regardless of where they live.

When working remotely or working as part of a virtual team you rely on email, instant messaging, and video chat to communicate.

“As technology continues to evolve, implementing telecommuting policies will become easier—leading your business to save money on overheads, while keeping employee retention high thanks to a better work/life balance.” Global Telework 2016 Survey Results

Getting started

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