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Team-Building and Expectations – Mom's Scrambled Eggs

My mom's kitchen was off limits when I was growing up. Mom viewed the kitchen as her private domain; she did all the cooking for our family and yes, all the cleaning, too. A pretty good deal for me, my brother and my dad, you say? Yeah, mostly. But looking back, it would've been nice to have had cooking experience when I was young, rather than having to teach myself how to do it as an adult. But that's all hindsight, right? At the time, I was happy to have extra play time – and fortunately, I also really liked my mom's cooking (still do).

One of the things I recall in particular from Mom's cooking is the way she had with eggs. Scrambled, to be exact. Mom's eggs always came out firm, but never over cooked, with a slight fluffiness. Beside salt and pepper, her eggs always carried a taste of something else … some mystery spice. Now, of course, when I ask her about it, Mom says, "Oh, I do not know, I just played with them until they tasted right." Well let me tell you, as an adult, I spent years trying to recreate Mom's eggs in my own kitchen! I'd try butter; I'd try margarine. I'm try cooking on high heat; I'd try saute-ing on low heat. I'm trying adding salt and pepper in advance; I've tried adding the spices at the end. I'd try adding a dollop of milk; I'd try adding a teaspoon of water. And you know what? I was never get able to get my eggs just right, the way Mom made them. How frustrating!

It's funny how our experiences from childhood shape our ideas of what is "correct" and "right" – to the point where we can dismiss the beauty of what might be happening in the present. The fact is, my scrambled eggs these days are pretty darn good! Different from my mom's, to be sure, but equally tasty. I cook 'em slowly with olive oil, add a bit of milk, and inject a variety of spices that would likely shock my mother, including thyme, dill, garlic and onion powder, oregano and even a touch of cinnamon. They taste nothing like the eggs I grow up with, but they're mine – and even my wife likes them (or so she tells me).

It's all about expectations. When leading my corporate team building activities, I find it helpful to remember that people come in with a variety of pre-conceived notions. Perhaps they recall with fondness the particular type of scavenger hunts they did as children; sometimes they are expecting a familiar brand of treasure hunt clues, a customary level of competitiveness, or a remembered quality in the prizes. I think our job as facilitators of team building exercises is to remind participants to have an open mind to what's happening in the present. Our programs are bound to be slightly different from what people are expecting, but who knows? The new experience could just present a mighty tasty new plate of eggs!

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Muscle Mass Building – 4 Steps You Can Rely On

Are you sick and tired of not getting the results you want in the gym? Does it feel like you're being dropped in 20 different directions, as everyone seems to have "advice" for you? How do you know which advice is bogus, and which will will definitely help you on your quest of muscle mass building?

Let's cut through all the hype, and get down to business. There are 4 simple steps that you need to know in order to build muscle quickly. ( Not to mention safely )

If even one of these steps is being missed, then you're not going to get the results that you need or want, so please listen up:

Step 1 –

Spread your meals out. Each meal needs to consist of the proper balance of proteins, fats, and carbs. If you're trying to build muscle mass, then you should be consuming at least 14 – 17 times your body weight in calories each day. (This is a rough number) 35% of your calories should come from protein. (Hey, protein is the foundation for all muscle growth – skimp on this and you might as well wear a sign that says "I'm wasting my time" on your forehead)

Do not get carried away with fats! Limit fat to 20% of your calories, and let carbs take care of the rest. Oh by the way, eat whole foods whenever possible! Sure, meal replacements and shakes are fine, but you need to have about 60% of your calories coming from whole foods to assure you are getting proper macro nutrients.

Step 2 –

Stay away from fad supplements! Ok, I'm going to show you how much I care … I'm going to do this by saving you a big, fat wad of cash! Ready? "Stay away from fad supplements!" I can not begin to describe to you how much money is wasted each year on fad supplements that are advertised in glossy magazine ads that weight trainers readily on for their information. ( It's a multi-billion dollar industry ) DO NOT get sucked in! Your muscle mass building does not need any help from useless magic pills and powders!

If the supplement has not proven itself for at 3 – 4 years, then do not buy it. 98% of the supplements on the market today are pure and butter garbage. EXPENSIVE garbage to be sure, but they belong in a hefty cinch sack, not in your home …

Whey protein, creatine, multi-vitamins … There are a few others you may benefit from, but these 3 are winners that you can not go wrong with. All the rest, well, we'll talk about those at another time.

Step 3 –

Lift at 3 – 4 times per week – no more. This is not a race to see who can cram the most volume into their workout! If you burn yourself out, you're not going to stick with it. 3 times per week will work wonders for you compared to the guys who think they're going to accelerate their results with a 5 – 6 time per week split.

In reality, most of them are simply killing their results, and injuring themselves. Look at it this way … How much muscle do you think you're packing on when injured? Answer: none! Do not risk it with too much time in the gym! All it accomplishes is an abrupt halt to your muscle mass building!

Step 4 –

Stretch! Boring I know. But if you want a great looking physique, you'll suck it up and stretch religiously. Your muscles take a pounding from your workouts. Your workouts cause your muscles to contract, and even shorten after lifting weights. If you're not taking the time to stretch an hour or 2 per week ( The rule of thumb is to spend 50% of the time you workout stretching. 3 hours of lifting per week would mean 1.5 hours of stretching for the week too ) The stretching will loosen the muscles and lengthen them again. This allows you to keep lifting heavy without undue risk of injury.

See? I delivered! 4 simple steps that you can trust will lead you down the proper path to muscle mass building. If you're ready to pull back the curtain and see how quickly you can get the muscular physique that you really want, then take a look at this:

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Autographed Baseball – Building a Collection

Autographed baseball are among the most popular types of sports memorabilia, with a history that dates back decades. Teams have been writing on them since the earliest days of the game when the teams, score and other details of a game were written on the ball, which was then preserved as a 'trophy'.

Signing, or autographing, a ball did not become popular until the 1920s, although earlier balls do exist, of course. Fans and collectors like autographed baseballs for many reasons. They're easy to store thanks to display cases built especially for them. They're easy to look at and each one tells a story. Where did the ball come from? What does it represent?

Team signed baseball can place you in a great moment, whether they are from a World Series winner, All-Star team or just an ordinary club from an ordinary year. Collecting World Series champion baseballs is one way to build a collection. You can decide to collect only baseballs signed by Hall of Famers. Or, you can collect a team signed ball from each year from your favorite franchise.

You can pick a stone, such as members of the 3,000 hit club, Cy Young Award winners, World Series MVPs or anything else you can think of.

Be sure, if you're building a collection revolving around a player that the ball is only signed by that player if you care at all about future value. While balls signed by multiple players may seem like a good deal, their value is not as strong a ball carrying just the one autograph.

Baseball signed on the sweet spot-the narrowest area of ​​white between the stitches-are held in higher esteem than those that are not.

Be sure to invest in ball holders to display your autographed baseballs. They'll keep them free of dirt, fingerprints and smudging and be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. Nothing fades a ball faster!

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Discover the Best Internet Marketing Techniques

Developing a brilliant home business scheme to make money on the internet is a great idea, but it'll get you now if you do not understand the basics of internet marketing. Every year, some sixty percent of new home businesses go bust because they do not understand the importance of promotion on the internet. Marketing in this medium has become essential to success in the modern age – so here are five top tips to help you go about it.

1 – Get Listed! Whether you do this manually, which takes time but enables very precisive targeting, or whether you pay an experienced promoter to do it for you, it's an essential part of internet marketing. Make sure your home business website is listed in every relevant search engine and related trade directory as well as on hobby sites where people might find your product or service useful.

2 – Get Reviewed. The web is covered with review sites, and even mediocre reviews are worth having, as they'll get your name out there – ideally with a link to your site. Though it's often overlooked, this can be a very effective form of internet marketing. Encourage satisfied customers to leave reviews for you, or ask your friends to help.

3 – Talk About It: Become an expert on subjects related to your product or service. Discuss it on web forums and in newsgroups. Write free articles to distribute around the web, where people are always looking for free content for their sites. Short videos are an increasingly popular form of internet marketing.

4 – Become a Sponsor. This can be cheaper than buying advertising. It certainly gets you more exposure on the sponsored site, which should be relevant to the customers you're looking for. It means that you'll not only get noticed, you'll also make a good impression on potential customers, increasing the likelihood of sales and recommendations.

5 – Join an Affiliate Scheme. This form of internet marketing is currently the fastest growing method out there. It can enable you to benefit from internet marketing done by people with complementary products and services, generating interested customers for you, and it can earn you a residual income when other members make sales as a result of your internet marketing skills.

Using these simple techniques, you'll find that internet marketing is easier than it looks!

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Using Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) For Email Privacy

Need for Privacy

People have become hypersensitive about their privacy during the last few years. They now expect that their details will be used only for the purposes for which they have been provided and not shared by original trustees. This is especially true of email addresses due to the huge volume of unsolicited commercial email (spam) circulating the web.

In Australia and elsewhere, there are statutes requiring privacy when collecting and using personal information. (In Australia the Privacy Act (Commonwealth) was recently amended to include private sector use of personal information eg, medical records retained by private practices).

In an increasing litigious society, there are not only sound business reasons, but legal reasons why you should ensure the strictest standards of privacy are applicable to personal information of which you are custodian. Despite this, numbers of people using email unwittingly reveal the email addresses of other people to what they are sending email .

This article tells you how to maintain client confidentiality when sending email to multiple addressees using using Blind Carbon Copy or BCC.

Blind Carbon Copy

The term Blind Carbon Copy is a hangover from the dim, dark ages before word processors when we used typewriters (some of you have probably never seen a typewriter). To produce multiple copies of a document, one had to place a sheet of carbon paper between sheets of plain paper so that the type key impact on the top sheet would be copied to the second sheet (and any odd sheets).

It was a somewhat messy, but competent process. When one wanted to send an original letter to one person and copies to several other people without showing each recipient who the other recipients were, a BCC appointment was made on the original. Each copy displayed only the name and address of the individual recipient, but the BCC notation on the original showed to what the copies had been mailed. A BCC looked like this: Bcc: Mr Tom Jones, 14 Weaving Court, East Melbourne VIC 3000

Some email programs allow you to enter email addresses into the BCC field and send them. When you do that each recipient receives your message, but the names of other recipients are not displayed.

That is why they are called 'blind' – they are not seen.

By using the BCC feature you reserve the identities of those who are on your mailing list and ensure that anyone receiving your email can not email your list or harvest their email addresses and sell them.

Your Email Program

When you obtain an email program, make sure it has a 'Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)' feature. Programs such as Outlook Express and Outlook 200? have BCC capability. Although I have never used it, I'd be surprised if Eudora and other common email programs did not have it too.

If when you click to send a new email your email client displays only the To … and Cc … boxes it may be that the Bcc feature IS available, but is simply not displayed. Try the View menu or Help menu to see if you can find a Bcc option.

If your email program has a BCC option that you can select as a permanently visible option, select it. If it does not, you may need to think about getting a new program.

How to Use BCC

When you send email messages to multiple addressees and you do not want each addressee to know who else has received a copy, use the Blind Carbon Copy field.

Simply enter all the addresses in the BCC field separated by a semi-colon, comma, or whatever your program uses. When you click the send button, your email will go to each individual with only his or her name in the To field. None of the recipients knows to who else the email has been sent.

Outlook 200? will allow you to send BCC addressed email without an address in the To field. Other email clients require at least one address in the To field before they allow multiple recipient addresses in the BCC field. Test the program you use to see if it needs to have an addressee in the To field. If so, address it to yourself. (Surprisingly, email programs usually allow us to email ourselves … that's why I receive so many emails from Jennifer Lopez (just joking).

If you need to make an entry in the To field, place your own email address in that field and everyone else's address in the BCC field.


What you need to know about BCC is that some spam filters automatically delete email addressed in the BCC field so it never reaches its destination. This means that while sending BCC is okay for privacy, your email may not always reach the intended recipients.

A problem I had with Outlook Express 2002 was that if I sent my email using BCC I could not print a hard copy of the sent message with the addresses on it. I had to write address details on my file copies for record keeping purposes.

If sending BCC email is likely to be impractical for you, then you need to consider upgrading your email client from the standard run-of-the-mill version to a professional version. That's what I did.

Email Management Programs

If, like me, you distribute large quantities of email regularly to newsletter subscribers, clients, club members, colleges or anyone else, you will be better off getting a program designed for high volume mailings.

I use and sell a heavy duty bulk email program that lets me do simply, many tasks not easy to achieve with standard email clients like Outlook 2002. For example, the program I use will allow me to:

  1. Automatically record subscriptions to my newsletter
  2. Personalize each email with a recipient's name or any other information I choose to include eg, place of residence
  3. Send as HTML or plain text with or without attachments
  4. Do a partial send to my distribution list eg, if I wanted to email everyone in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, clients 64-73 of 3,000 or all people whose title is Ms I can do it

By having a separate program for bulk emailing, I overcome the problems involved with privacy and reduce the likelihood that my messages will be eliminated by overzealous spam engines.

If you rely on email to carry out business activities (and who does not?), It may be time to consider how well your email strategy meets the needs of your business in today's security conscious society.

Copyright Robin Henry 2005

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Article Writing Can Build Your List

Writing articles is another effective way to build your list with quality leads. Most article directories like to see articles of about 500-700 words. And they give more exposure to articles of that size. Your articles are designed to give valuable content, information, and resources that will build trust with your prospects and filter out the people who don’t resonate with you.

In your articles you will want to include the keywords (which you found from your market research) that your target market is using. Writing keyword-focused articles will help you get your webpages ranked well in search engines like Google, Yahoo and others, and thus will generate highly targeted traffic from the article directories.

The articles that you submit include an author’s resource box where you provide information about yourself and your business, including a link to your website.

Then the directory allows other publishers and webmasters to reprint your articles as long as the resource box that you carefully crafted is left intact.

Your resource box should emphasize the benefit of joining your list along with a description of your opt-in gift.

The more articles you have in the directories, the better chance you have of building your list quickly and having your targeted leads find you.


Writing live can be a very lucrative way to get your message out and get clients. Here are some tips of where to find writing opportunities:

  • Write a blog post and then repurpose it as an article
  • Post your articles in articles directories such as

  • Post your articles in LinkedIn’s Pulse article directory
  • Create an opt-in gift such as a free report where you write out steps someone can take to achieve a goal related to your topic.
  • Write out an email series that can be sent out in your autoresponder to those who opt-in to your list.

Buy professionally written articles that you can customize and use as your own. Two sources are:

WordPress Blogs is a free blog software program that you can upload to your own site and it allows you to have your own domain name. WordPress provides files that you download from their site and upload to your site. There are developers all over the world who create plug-ins (tools) and themes for WordPress, so there are many options to choose from. Most of the plug-ins and themes are free.

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Building Muscle The Right Way

Everyone these days, men and women alike, dream of having that perfect body, but what people do not realize is it does not have to cost the earth to have your body look good.

There is a whole industry out there dedicated to selling you everything from annual gym memberships and the latest keep fit machines to fat free food and not forgetting the health food supplements that the health industry says you need to attain that "Adonis" look.

Some people in their quest to get that "perfect body" will spend thousands of their hard earned cash not realizing that the perfect body can be attained for less money that you think, all it takes is knowing what system will work for you.

People even put their own body in danger by delving into that murky world of steroids that, like smoking, is definitely not good for you. The whole billion dollar industry is based on a promise that you can not tone your body without some type of artificial interference, people have got to realize that they do not need steroids in any shape or form.

The way forward in all this body is beautiful trend is now leaning toward the natural way of doing things, by making your body work and gain muscle naturally for itself. Steering away from such things as high impact exercises that will in time damage your joints, vitamin supplements that your body does not need and steroids that are just plain dangerous.

What you need is to exercise with a regime or system that suits your lifestyle and of course, eat more healthily as well as cutting down on your daily calorie intake.

How many of us have bought that gym or exercise bike that is used with gusto for the first few weeks then retires from its intended keep fit role to sit in the corner of the bedroom forlorn and unused and now is used to hang your clothes on !

But there is hope for you … you can start easy at first, try walking outside in the fresh air for at least 45 Minutes four times a week to build up your body's stamina then after a few weeks try walking for 4 minutes at a normal pace then alternate to walking at a harder pace for another 4 minutes then back to walking at a normal pace. By simply alternating your walking pattern every 4 minutes between a normal and hard walking pace you will almost double your body's stamina and will build up your leg muscles.

By walking and getting your body used to exercise you will find it easier to loose weight and tone up your body's muscles making it easier to stick to the work out program you choose to do.

Not only is walking in the countryside good for your body, it is also good for your own sense of well being and contentment. There is also the added bonus of no gym fees to pay to exercise in the great and beautiful outdoors.

To get more information about Body building, body toning and weight loss techniques please visit our brand new website called .. Resources for Healthy

Copyright Roger Cantrell 2008.

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Do it Yourself Wind Turbine Building

In the 20th century people in several countries realized that the pollution of our world is getting serious. Using steam energy, atomic energy or just starting an auto engine pollutes our planet. Earth is in danger but we can give some time to our planet to regenerate! Using wind or sun sun power is just the first step to a cleaner, eco friendly living space to our children.

After several years scientists and inventors found the way to use clean, natural energy. Our Sun is the best power source we have, but the wind and water elements are important too! The most common answers to energy problems are the sun and the wind. These two elements can be found everywhere on Earth and building power plants based on these renewable energy sources is quite easy. Building a wind turbine is the easiest way to produce energy without any cost. If you want to build a turbine for your home, you will need these things: a generator, minimum 3 blades, a mounting (that keeps the wind's direction), a tower to get it into the way of the wind and some electronic things like batteries and control systems. At the start, you will need a DC motor to produce electricity. When you choose a model you must choose a low RPM model which can produce 12 volts with 2-300 RPM's. After you find your motor, you can start the building. You can made blades from an iron barrel or some half cut iron pipe. Just cut a blade from it and lock it symmetrical on the front of the motor. After this, use something thin and massive iron object to mount the structure in the best way of the wind.

Now build the tower to place the motor on the top of it. You can use a massive tree-stump or just weld a massive structure from some iron stick. After you locked the tower on the ground and placed the motor on the top, use the batteries to store the electricity and save the planet for our children!

Visit EcoTaz [] for other interesting information on the subject!

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6 Key Ways to Excel at Traffic Building

Traffic building is not as difficult as it sounds. It is really just a matter of finding the right people and convincing them to click on a link to your site. If you have the right knowledge, lucrative traffic building is easy – here are six keys to building traffic on your website.

Key 1: The Website Itself

Have a website ready that is visually pleasant and friendly to use. People will not stay at a site that is difficult to see and read. Lucrative traffic building involves keeping people as much as getting them.

Key 2: Target Content

You can do this by knowing what search terms your customers type into search engines. Use those same terms in your writing and metatag and you will show up higher in the search rankings.

Key 3: Blog Up

Get membership on blogs and journal sites where you can put links to your website when you sign off a blog post. This way people will read your copy (which will be related to your business and have the keywords mentioned from Key 2) then will read your address and click on it.

Key 4: PPC Ads

These controversial but effective ads can add a lot of traffic to your site. Lucrative traffic building should involve many different kinds of advertising.

Key 5: Expertise

Share your expertise with others through writing and posting articles offering free help and advice. Keep the articles restricted to your business concerns as much as possible.

Key 6: Consistency

Lucrative traffic building will not be lucrative for long if you let up. Keep your visibility high at all times for continued success.

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List Building: How Important is Your Welcome Email?

When people come to your squeeze page, they give you something very valuable — their names and email addresses. Not all of them will buy from you, but when you're collecting names and email addresses, it's inevitable that some will buy from you. Did you ever stop to think that YOU are what will impact that outlet? You can have no sales and then, you can have an incredible response rate!

And it all comes down …

To one thing —

Your welcome message.

Yep. People sign up for your list because they like your squeeze page. They're interested in what you have to deliver, and in some respect, they like you. Otherwise, it's certain that they would not have signed up. I mean, think about it. If you do not like someone, are you bound to sign up to do business with them? No. Of course not.

So, these people like you, if only just a little, because they do not know you.

That's where your welcome message comes into play. Make it great! Seriously, tell them something about yourself. What you're doing online and bring them into your life, if just a little. If you have kids, let them know that. If you're into a completely different profession, like maybe you're a Pediatrician or you train horses or whatever. People want to know you, and the more you let them know about you, the closer they will feel to you.

Now, I'm not saying that you should tell list members everything. Do not give them your bank account and social security number. Of course, that would be stupid. But there's no sense in being in this business if you're paranoid. There are bad people out there, but you can not worry a whole lot about that. You just have to be careful, not afraid to show your picture, for instance. People like to know you're a real person. You can not hide in your rabbit hole.

So, do not go on for days, just tell them a little something about yourself – a story, and welcome them to your list.

Then, carry on business as usual. This entire email should be the same tone and composition as any other mail you send to your list, actually. By that I mean, it should contain the same type of information. If you always put three links in your email, put three links into this one. If you provide tips on your particular niche, then, give readers some tips. And if you always sell something, and you should, then sell something.

This sets up a pattern. Readers will always know they'll find a story from you, some tips, and an offer of something to buy with a link that you instruct them to click. You're training them to click. But more than that, you're going to do the same thing in each and every future email you send to them. You're being consistent. That's important in the trust issue. You want to be consistent, which helps deepened trust.

Do not worry too much about writing your welcome e-mail to start. Just get it written and get it out there. But once you're list building , you might want to think about going back and making that email a bit more interesting, more profit-pulling, and a tool of bonding with your audience. That's very, very important.

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