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Many salespeople spend the majority of their time sending e-mail and doing research, which leaves them precious little time for sales activities. Reducing information-gathering activities could allow salespeople to spend more time interacting with customers, according to Alice Heiman, founder of a sales consulting firm.
Startup events can be fun, but they're not always productive, writes Tracy DiNunzio, founder and CEO of Tradesy.com. The problem is that the high-impact individuals you want to meet are unlikely to attend, DiNunzio writes. You have a better chance of reaching these important people by sending out carefully targeted e-mails, she writes.
Getting an MBA won't automatically help your career -- you have to be savvy about how you put it into play, Suzanne Lucas writes. "You may know a ton more, but does that translate into things that are helping your company? For instance, you may have studied complex international finance policies in school, but if your company deals with nothing more international than ordering Mexican food for lunch, it's not helpful to them," Lucas writes.
Social-media campaigns are valuable small-business tools, but maintaining a brand's social presence can easily start to suck up too much of your time, says BNI.com founder Ivan Misner. The key to efficient social marketing is to set boundaries and to have reasonable expectations, Misner argues. "Entrepreneurs need to understand that social media is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It's a way of building up you, your expertise, and your brand," he writes.
Educators say that young students spend less than 10 minutes each day learning about penmanship, including cursive, which has all but disappeared from classrooms as teachers fill class time preparing for mandatory state exams and teaching students about new technology. "Nowadays, parents would be pretty upset if we sent kids to handwriting camp," said Carl Brown, principal of Manatee Elementary in Viera, Fla. "Kids just don't write letters now. They send e-mails or text messages. ... A lot of those old ways are going away. How many bills do you pay by writing a check anymore?"