Month: November 2015

November 20, 2015

10 Terrific TED Talks to Improve Your Sales and Business Skills

10 Terrific TED Talks to Improve Your Sales and Business Skills
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TED Talks will improve your understanding of a complex concept or help you to master new skills. Humor, imagination, and authentic emotion energize these talks and guarantee your engagement.

TED wants to change your life. It’s that simple. This popular nonprofit was launched in 1984 as a conference exploring the convergence of Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED). TED Talks offer viewers a glimpse into the workings of some of the leading minds in the world today.

The problem with such a vast array of rich resources is that it makes tracking down the topics that will provide an immediate career benefit a bit more difficult. When you have the time, plan to take a tour of the TED Talks available online. You never know what insights you might find from a subject that has no direct connection to your industry.

When your time is limited and you’re looking for insights to improve your performance in business and sales, start with these 10 talks. Each speaker we’ve selected provides a powerful personal story and insights that will have a direct impact on your professional life.

Make yourself comfortable and prepare to open your mind. Your journey to excellence is about to begin.

1. The Puzzle of Motivation | Dan Pink

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y]

2. Five Ways To Kill Your Dreams | Bel Pesce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR6P5Qdvlnk

3. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are | Amy Cuddy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

4. Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen! | Ernesto Sirolli

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXsLtHqfdM]

5. The Power Of Believing You Can Improve | Carol Dweck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pqbj_Xe4-w

6. Try Something New For 30 Days | Matt Cutts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNP03fDSj1U

7. How To Make Work-Life Balance Work | Nigel Marsh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=jdpIKXLLYYM

8. Smart Failure for a Fast-Changing World | Eddie Obeng

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjSuaeVfE9I&feature=youtu.be

9. The Key To Success? Grit. | Angela Lee Duckworth

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8]

10. What It Takes To Be A Great Leader | Roselinde Torres

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUYSDEYdmzw

Have you listened to a TED Talk or attended an event in person? Do you have a favorite speaker or subject? If you were going to give a TED Talk, what would you talk about? Please comment here, share your story on Twitter, and follow us @Cydcor. Invite your friends and colleagues to participate in this discussion; you might spark a TED Talk of your very own.

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales services. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company based in Canada, to garnering a reputation as the global leader in outsourced sales, Cydcor has come a long way. We’ve done this by having exceptional sales professionals and providing our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

November 19, 2015

Rising Star 2015 Contest – Nominate your Walk of Fame Star

Nominate your Walk of Fame Star Cydcor

Cydcor is excited to announce a caption contest to go along with Rising Star 2015! To enter, submit an answer to this question: If you could pick any category of achievement to earn your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, what would it be? Enter the contest by leaving a comment on the contest photo on either Cydcor’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CydcorLLC) or Cydcor’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/Cydcor) by Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, at 11:59 PM PST. You will be entered into a chance to win a super Hollywood themed gift!

Terms and Conditions (Facebook)

Valid entries are comments that caption the “Nominate your Walk of Fame Star” post on Cydcor’s Facebook page. To be eligible, entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Multiple comments per participant are allowed. Profanity or inappropriate language, as determined by Cydcor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. The winner will receive a Hollywood themed gift to be chosen by Cydcor and not to exceed $100 in value. Contest begins at 12:00 PM, PST on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM, PST on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. All participants will enter into a raffle and the winner will be announced via Cydcor’s Facebook page on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 any time after 12:00PM PST. There will only be one winner selected, at Cydcor’s discretion. This promotional offer is not intended to create a partnership, joint venture, co-ownership or other association between Cydcor and the participant.

This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook in any way and is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering the contest, participants agree to fully release Facebook from any and all liability.

Terms and Conditions (Instagram)

Comment on Cydcor’s “Nominate your Walk of Fame Star” post on Instagram anytime from 12:00 PM, PST on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 until 11:59 PM, PST on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 and you will be automatically entered in a raffle for a chance to win a Hollywood themed gift to be chosen by Cydcor and not to exceed $100 in value. To be eligible, entrants must be at least 18 years. Multiple submissions per participant are allowed. Each entry will be entered in the raffle. There will be one winner selected, at Cydcor’s discretion. Profanity or inappropriate language or images, as determined by Cydcor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. The winner will be announced via Cydcor’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/CydcorLLC?ref=hl) as well as on Cydcor’s Instagram (@Cydcor), and on Cydcor’s Twitter (@Cydcor) on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 any time after 12:00PM PST. This promotional offer is not intended to create a partnership, joint venture, co-ownership or other association between Cydcor and the participant.

This promotion does not have a connection with Instagram, Inc. in any way and is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering the contest, participants agree to fully release Instagram from any and all liability, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

November 13, 2015

How to Recognize a Good Opportunity

How to Recognize a Good Opportunity
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You might not recognize opportunity when you find it: there are no sirens or flashing lights. No one is going to take you by the hand and lead you to it. As an adult engaged in your career, you’re responsible for finding and accepting any and all of the opportunities that you encounter.

Recognizing opportunity isn’t a magical talent that requires an expensive education—you can build the necessary skills, though it will take effort and education. You must commit to learning about your company, your industry, and how business and the world at large interact and create situations filled with possibility.

Prepare for Opportunity

Get the best information available to you about where you want your career to go. This will be your roadmap. Equip yourself with the skills, supplies, and crew required to reach your destination. Opportunities are uncharted but, with careful preparation and an eye on the horizon, you’ll be ready when they come into view.

Never Give Up

Opportunity has an expiration date. It’s like a sale at the store—available for a limited time only. When you find an opportunity, be ready to act on it. If you’re not successful in your first attempts, learn from your experience and then try again. Failure is an important teacher.

Identify Your Goals

Opportunity is an undiscovered country, but it borders known lands. Your ability to recognize opportunity when it appears is connected to the destination you’ve identified. Establish your goals and use them as a map towards advancement. Identify issues in your job, company, or industry that need improvement or expansion. Keep learning about your job, industry, and current events The more you know the easier it will be to recognize how opportunity connects to your experience.

Looking to help on developing an entrepreneurial spirit? Cydcor has you covered! Check out this blog from October 2015: https://cydcor.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/developing-an-entrepreneurial-spirit/

Opportunity Is Hidden Under Hard Work

As in any career, hard work and persistence are often your key to career advancement and recognition. The hard work you put into your job every day has a special result. It delivers the experience required to find opportunity that can lead to even greater opportunity. Imagine you’re a prospector looking for gold. Over time, you’ve studied rock formations and learned how to spot potential gold bearing sites. Diligence delivers opportunity.

Develop an Opportunity Network

Great discoveries are often attributed to one person but they’re never only made by one person. In order to identify an opportunity you’ll have to talk to people in your office and in your profession to learn what opportunities look like to them. You’ll discover opportunity through interaction with others. As you develop relationships with your team, colleagues, and network connections, you’ll enter into conversations that lead to professional relationships. Offer assistance, expertise, and information to others and they will reward with the access to unlimited opportunity.

You have the map. You’ve assembled all of the tools and supplies required. You’ve alerted your crew about your voyage and the goals you’re focused upon. Don’t wait any longer. Follow theses strategies and you’ll soon land your first opportunity.

How do you recognize an opportunity when you find one? Do you work with others to find opportunity? Please share a story about opportunity’s impact on your life so others can benefit from your experience. Comment below and tell your story on Twitter. Follow us @Cydcor and please share this article with your friends and ask for their thoughts.

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales services. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company based in Canada, to garnering a reputation as the global leader in outsourced sales, Cydcor has come a long way. We’ve done this by having exceptional sales professionals and providing our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

November 6, 2015

Use Design Thinking to Increase Collaboration and Craft Creative Solutions

Cydcor Sales Use Design Thinking to Increase Collaboration and Craft Creative Solutions
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Design thinking builds a creative mindset that improves problem-solving skills and deepens communication and understanding between team members

As creatures of habit, we develop routine ways of completing tasks. After time has passed, a once efficient routine can sometimes become a relentless rut. Transition from routine to rut is gradual and sometimes we fail to notice when it happens until we’re stuck in an unproductive loop without recognizing our situation.

A rut leads nowhere. It’s cramped, uncomfortable, and even though it’s familiar, you start to feel bad about being there. Spending too much time stuck in a rut can lead to a negative outlook on life and poor performance at work.

In order to prevent yourself from falling into a rut you need a new toolbox: one that contains innovative and inspiring processes for solving problems. Design thinking is that toolbox. It’s a problem solving process initially created by designers who were tasked with creating solutions to complicated problems.

Design thinking requires that you access your imagination, intuition, logic, and reasoning. Your goal is to establish a new mindset for creating solutions to your problems. Use the following steps to craft a design thinking process that works for you.

Identify the Problem

You need to get your problem out of your head and into the world so you can look at it and begin your problem-solving process. Schedule a specific time to identify the problem. Give yourself 30 minutes to simply analyze the situation and identify the problem and how it impacts your process at work.

Think About the Problem

Don’t just do something—sit there. It’s time to stop using routine and unproductive approaches to problem solving. Engaging a design thinking mindset requires that you actually think about the problem. Do your research. Brainstorm with the team. Investigate possible causes and pain points.

Create a Problem Profile

Assemble your materials into a clear profile of the problem. The shape of the problem becomes clear when you list the negative impacts it has on your team, your department, and your company. We often fail when we try solving problems because we haven’t identified the actual problem, just its impact or symptoms.

Imagine Your Solutions

Review the material you have gathered and begin creating solutions to the problems. Consider the positive and negative impacts of each proposed solution. Identify the solutions that offer the best outcomes for your problem and company and make sure that they’re in alignment.

Make a Decision and Act On It

At some point you have to put your solution into action. Work with your team members and monitor the results of your solution. The powerful quality of design thinking is that it allows you to test and retest solutions. Observe how the new process works and make changes as required using your new design thinking mindset.

Build a Parking Lot

Using a parking lot of ideas allows you to save important ideas that may not be related to the problem you’re trying to solve but might have potential for solving other problems. Use a notebook, sticky notes, an idea board, or a spreadsheet. Consider keeping your parking lot in view. A glance at it while you’re pondering a problem might provide inspiration you need at that moment.

What approach do you use for problem solving? How does it impact your productivity at work? Your experience is important to us. Please comment or this page or tell your story on Twitter and follow us @Cydcor, and please share this article with your friends.

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales services. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company based in Canada, to garnering a reputation as the global leader in outsourced sales, Cydcor has come a long way. We’ve done this by having exceptional sales professionals and providing our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

November 5, 2015

Stars Earn Recognition By Exceeding Expectations

Cydcor Sales Stars Earn Recognition By Exceeding ExpectationsIn order to shine bright as a star in your workplace, you must establish a set of goals and not only achieve them but exceed them. A star never lets obstacles get in their way.

The first step to stardom requires an attitude adjustment. Start by examining your outlook about work to see if you’re being influenced by negative thoughts. Rethink your negatives and turn them into positives. That’s how you ignite your spark and shine like the star. A star is rewarded with recognition not because they’re good at their job. A star earns recognition because they’re providing exceptional service to their company.

Here are some thoughtful methods for building recognition for your achievements:

Communicate Effectively

A star at work shines because coworkers talk about the unique qualities they saw in you. You need to be a good communicator in order to get people talking about your shining achievements. You don’t need to talk a lot; you need to provide information that matters.

Develop Valuable Skills

Recognition and awards are often given to people who have special skills or expertise in an area. Identify the skills most valuable to your company and become more skillful in those areas. These can range from soft skills like creative problem solving, writing, or negotiation to technical or computer skills.

Document Your Wins

No one else is going to remember what you’ve done. You’re not necessarily on your own but you’re part of a large system where everyone has their own goals and achievements on their minds. Make a record of your star-making achievements. It’s the hard proof you need to show your supervisor that you’re valuable to the company and deserving of recognition and advancement.

Do More

Once your work is done, your job is just beginning. You must regularly ace your everyday assignments and then provide your company with the innovation that makes you a visible and valuable member of the organization. If there is an opportunity to take on a new assignment, take that opportunity. Before saying yes be certain that you have the time to excel at star level tasks.

Create a Network

Review your list of contacts and identify their areas of expertise. Figure out how you can help them and identify possible solutions you might be able to provide. These people are your allies and will help you to build a reputation that leads to recognition and awards.

Always Be Willing to Help

A star is humble and always willing to pitch in when help is required. You’re ready to listen to other people and aren’t defensive when you’re given an assignment. A star focuses on what needs to get done and gets it done.

It’s time for you to shine. Your colleagues, team members, and supervisors are committed to the success of the company and, therefore, they’re committed to your success as well. It’s a win-win situation. So, what are you waiting for?

What’s your strategy for earning recognition at work? Your experience is important to us. Please comment on this page or tell your story on Twitter and follow @Cydcor, and please share this article with your friends.

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales services. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company based in Canada, to garnering a reputation as the global leader in outsourced sales, Cydcor has come a long way. We’ve done this by having exceptional sales professionals and providing our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.