THROWBACK THURSDAY: Have a Coke and a Smile

coca-cola 2 coca_cola-white-sOn January 31, 1893, the Coca-Cola trademark for “nutrient or tonic beverages” was registered. The flowing script of the trademark which is today recognized around the world, was designed by Frank Robinson, the accountant for John Styth Pemberton who first blended the elxir in an iron pot in his backyard. Robinson also thought up the name.

On May 1, 1889, Asa Candler published a full-page advertisement in The Atlanta Journal, proclaiming his wholesale and retail drug business as “sole proprietors of Coca-Cola … Delicious. Refreshing. Exhilarating. Invigorating.” Sole ownership, which Mr. Candler did not actually achieve until 1891, cost a total of $2,300.

By 1892, Mr. Candler’s flair for merchandising had boosted sales of Coca-Cola syrup nearly tenfold. He soon liquidated his pharmaceutical business and focused his full attention on the soft drink. With his brother, John S. Candler, John Pemberton’s former partner Frank Robinson and two other associates, Mr. Candler formed a Georgia corporation named The Coca-Cola Company. Initial capitalization was $100,000.

TIP TUESDAY: 5 Smart Time-Managing Tips

by Elizabeth Fels, from Business Know-How online

Time management tipsIf you are an employer or small business owner, time management is critical for making the most of your business and achieving your goals. The following time-saving tips will help you get more done in your available time without generating stress or working 80-hour weeks.

1. Plan Your Work

  • Prioritize tasks in order of importance and urgency.
  • Put a checkmark beside tasks that only you can do.
  • Carry a schedule, and refer to it often.
  • Keep a phone, tablet, diary or daily planner handy to record appointments, deadlines and ideas.
  • Ignore phone calls and emails until the time you’ve set aside to deal with them.
  • Spend the more time on activities that produce the greatest business benefits.

2. Prioritizing According to Urgency or Importance

More is demanded of a business owner than ever because customers expect to interact with their favorite companies digitally and in the social media. You can use several effective methods to prioritize your work, according to the Small Business Administration. President Eisenhower once said, “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.”

3. Clustering Similar Tasks

Organizing similar tasks can save a lot of time in the course of a day. Set aside time to deal with employee problems, complete and file paperwork, listen to messages, read emails and handle other business tasks that are exclusive to your business or industry, such as inspecting the warehouse, testing products, meeting with vendors or touring the building.

4. Organizing and Delegating Responsibilities Responsibly

  • Tasks that you have to do
  • Work that you can do but others can help you complete
  • Jobs that others can do but you can help them finish
  • Work that others can complete without help

5. Minimizing Distractions

Distractions at work can easily cause any business owner to give up on his or her daily plan. In business, every vendor, customer and worker usually wants to talk to the boss, so it’s important to control your work environment, restrict access and avoid personal distractions like reading emails and answering the phone. Regaining your concentration after an interruption wastes a significant amount of time. Build a wall against distractions by locking your door and disabling your phone. The more you can concentrate on work tasks, the faster you’ll complete them.

Click here to read more details about each of the above. You’ll do better work, avoid stress and generate more income when you approach time management proactively.


THROWBACK THURSDAY: On January 21 in the year….

1789 – W.H. Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” was published, the first American novel to be published. It is also known as the “Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth”.

The first envelope-folding machine

The first envelope-folding machine

1846 – The first issue of the “Daily News,” edited by Charles Dickens, was published.

1853 – Dr. Russell L. Hawes patented the envelope folding machine.

1865 – An oil well was drilled by torpedoes for the first time.

1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile.

1908 – In New York City, the Sullivan Ordinance was passed. It made smoking in public places by women illegal. The measure was vetoed by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. two weeks later.


Early Kiwanis Peanut Day Fundraisers

1915 – The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, MI.


1927 – The first opera broadcast, “Faust,” over a national radio network was presented in Chicago.

1970 – The Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American.

1970 – ABC-TV premiered “The Johnny Cash Show” in prime time.

1980 – Gold was valued at $850 an ounce.

1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12  sports car began in Northern Ireland.

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack

2002 – In London, a 17th century book by Capt. John Smith, founder of the English settlement at Jamestown, was sold at auction for $48,800. “The General History of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles” was published in 1632.

Birthdays: Roger Nash Baldwin, co-founder of the ACLU, 1844; Telly Savalas, actor, 1922; Wolfman Jack, radio personality, 1938; Jack Nicklaus, golfer, 1940; Richie Havens, musician and Placido Domingo, tenor & conductor, 1941

Workfact Wednesday: A Few Simple Truths About Work

If no one goes to work, the world stops.
If farmers do not work, no one eats. If teachers do not work, no one learns. If nurses and doctors do not work, no one is cured. In order for our modern world to work, someone still has to fix the phone lines, stock the grocery shelves and refill the ATMs.

You will spend at least 60% of your life working.
That includes the time you spend at work, as well as all the time you spend preparing for it, looking for it, commuting to it and recovering from it on the weekend.

You will probably have to work for a majority of your life.
Most people live at the highest level their income will allow. Simply put, they spend everything they make. And since most people also want to live at the same level after they retire, it takes roughly 40 years to save enough to comfortably retire.

You can’t earn a high income just by showing up on time and doing an average job.
People who do average jobs get paid average wages. Doing a good job earns you a good salary. But to get paid a high income, you need to offer your employer or clients work they value highly. Exactly what that is (and what you really get paid for) is not always listed in your job description.

Your job description defines your workday but your performance review is how you earn raises and bonuses.
A job description tells you what you do all day. Your performance review answers the simple question, “how much are you delivering the things your boss and company value?” It is easy to confuse the two, and that is one of the reasons why so many people (bosses and employees alike) are frustrated and confused by the performance evaluation process. Since raises and bonuses are based on performance reviews, the sooner you figure out what your boss values and what you really get paid for, the sooner you can start making those things an integral part of your workday.

Getting noticed is an essential part of increasing your salary and work experience.
Excellent job performance does more than just earn a pay raise – it gets you noticed. That means that you can be considered for promotions and special assignments that will allow you to increase your skills and experience. It also increases the likelihood that if you are being underpaid, someone else will come along, notice you are undervalued, and steal you away with a better job, paycheck and benefits.

Networking for Nerds: 8 Tips to Help Reluctant Networkers Make Connections That Pay Off by Alaina G. Levine

by Alaina G. Levinehate networking

Does your idea of “networking” involve nursing a drink in the corner while your more gregarious colleagues mix, mingle, wheel, and deal? Whether you consider yourself an introvert, socially awkward, or just a networking newbie, here are 8 tips to help you connect more confidently and take your business to the next level.

1. Look for positive partnerships. Successful networking is about crafting win-win partnerships that bring value to both parties—it is never about trying to extract something from someone. Approach networking with the fundamental idea that you are seeking to find out what people need or what problems they have that you can help them with.

2. Look at networking through a new lens. For many people, networking has a place on the “dreaded chore” list. Others erroneously think that networking takes time away from the outputs associated with success in your profession. But, it’s important to see connecting with others as a positive activity that advances your success and that’s even (gasp!) enjoyable.

3. RSVP to professional events with a “yes.” You might not always feel like attending those Chamber of Commerce mixers, receptions, and industry conferences. But if you want to emplpoy netweorking as a business growth strategy, it’s crucial to get yourself to these professional events — and also be on the lookout for get-togethers hosted by your alumni association or regional chapter, local charities, or other organizations for which you volunteer.

4. Keep business cards in your wallet at all times. You never know who you might sit next to on your next flight, at a meeting for volunteers, or in line at the grocery store!

5. Don’t be afraid to make fellow networkers come to you. If you’re really feeling adventurous, be entrepreneurial and throw a “meetup” for people in your industry. Use Meetup.com and LinkedIn to promote the gathering.

6. Find a fun new group—and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities. Are you feeling a bit bored by your regular routine? Consider joining new clubs or taking classes in subjects that interest you.

7. Be open to connecting with friends of friends…and their friends, too! Try connecting with people who are not in your industry or who seemingly don’t have anything in common with you. Remember the six degrees of separation theory – you might be surprised how true it is!

8. Give yourself a goal. If the thought of networking still makes you uneasy, set a goal to reach out to just 5 or 10 people a month with whom you would like to build a partnership.

Hidden, game-changing career opportunities are everywhere, but they won’t magically reveal themselves. The only way to access these clandestine gems is via networking. Most people feel that they lack the confidence to network, which gives you a distinct advantage if you do. Believe it or not, making fruitful connections really does get easier with practice!

Get more details about these and other networking tips at Business Know-How online.

About the Author: Alaina G. Levine is the author of Networking for Nerds as well as a celebrated and internationally known speaker, comedian, career consultant, writer, and entrepreneur. To learn more, visit www.alainalevine.com or follow @AlainaGLevine.