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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Developing Strong Business Skills

  1. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    We could all benefit from focusing on our careers every now and then. How are you developing your business skills? What advice on business and professionalism can you pass on to others? Share your tips and lessons learned as part of this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge!

    I’ve done some keyword research for you, so if you can’t think of a title, consider nabbing one of these:
    Good Leadership Qualities You Need: A Leadership Qualities List
    A Top Ten List of Interpersonal Skills to Boost Your Career
    How to Write a Professional Letter: Letter Writing 101
    A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Great Professional References
    How to Compose a Professional Cover Letter
    Getting Ahead at Work: Goals to Move You Forward
    What Should I do for a Career? How to Choose Your Path
    Getting Hired Out of College: Career Planning for Grads

    If you'd like to join in on this week's topic by writing a Hub, follow these steps:

    1)    Click here to visit this week's topic.
    2)    Click the green button "answer this question".
    3)    Click the gray button below the box (leave that empty) that says "make a Hub about it."
    4)    Give your Hub a very specific title, like Easy Summer Gardening Projects for Kids or Challenging Summer Activities for Teens
    5)    Create good quality original content that hasn't been covered before.
    6)    After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this forum thread and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.

    For more information on the Weekly Topic Inspiration program, check out the Learning Center guide.

    I look forward to reading your business advice!

    1. Linda Bliss profile image84
      Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I hope mine isn't too off-topic - I was inspired by Peg's hub and loved how she used real examples from her career. It made me think 'hold on, I have worked in retail for years, what advice could I share?'

      How Do I Increase Sales? 15 Methods to Increase Retail Sales

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Are you kidding? Sales skills DEFINITELY fall under the category of business skills, and it's awesome that you're drawing on personal experience. That's the best way to go!

        I love the advice you've shared and all the original images you've used. They really do add authenticity to the Hub, which is big, because a lot of business-related guides online are written by people who don't really know what they're doing.

        You know, with that in mind, I might even recommend mentioning your experience somewhere in the first text capsule to let readers know right away that you have had real experience and really know your stuff wink

        1. Linda Bliss profile image84
          Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That's a great suggestion Simone - will definitely add that to the first capsule! :-)

          1. farmloft profile image87
            farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Your first capsule is great -- definitely would make me want to read the whole hub!

      2. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I just saw my name and did a double take! Wow. Thank you for that and I read your article and it was fabulous and I think, right on target for this inspirational topic and the challenge. If retail sales improved then it might improve the economy, Right? Hooray!

        1. Linda Bliss profile image84
          Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Isn't it great how you can get ideas from each other's work? :-)

    2. nifwlseirff profile image95
      nifwlseirffposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      A little more focused perhaps, but I hope it's useful - Business skills for teachers

    3. Linda Bliss profile image84
      Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh I enjoyed this topic so much I feel like I'm on a roll! Here's my second hub:
      [url=HubPages ]11 Secrets to Great Window Displays: Make Your Your Shop Window Increase Retail Sales[/url]

      1. Linda Bliss profile image84
        Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this
  2. PegCole17 profile image92
    PegCole17posted 5 years ago

    This is a rich topic and a great inspiration for those who've spent a lifetime at work like me! Thanks for this challenge. Here is my contribution.

    http://pegcole17.hubpages.com/hub/Getti … ou-Forward

    Just published this afternoon.
    Peg

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      This is really great! Your advice is fantastic, plus I love your formatting and the original images you used! Awesome Hub.

      1. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Wow. Thanks for sharing this and for your great response to the article! Simone you rock!

    2. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Great advice: "Don't be lazy in learning." I wish I could count the times my co-workers have scoffed at the idea of taking a course or learning something new. They say, "is it going to cost me money?" or "I don't have any time," or "I'm too old to go back to school..."

      Also like your subscripting.

  3. theclevercat profile image92
    theclevercatposted 5 years ago

    http://theclevercat.hubpages.com/hub/To … our-Career

    ~Top Ten List of Interpersonal Skills to Boost Your Career~

    I was tired of the same old boring skills information that passes for improving one's career. So I wrote my own list!  smile

    1. Denise Handlon profile image90
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      wonderful hub. smile

      1. theclevercat profile image92
        theclevercatposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Denise!  I appreciate that. smile

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, I really like this! It's nice to read something that's not a broken record, and the interpersonal skills you chose to feature are stellar.

      1. theclevercat profile image92
        theclevercatposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Simone! I love to share this type of info... although it is tough love. :-\

    3. Docmo profile image93
      Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Superb hub, loved it!

    4. Linda Bliss profile image84
      Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wonder ful hub, with lots of superb advice and its fun too :-)

    5. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Great idea and a clever first capsule.

  4. rosika profile image79
    rosikaposted 5 years ago

    Here is my contribution to this weekly topic:
    How to Compose a Professional Cover Letter

    http://rosika.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-C … etter?done

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oooh, this is fabulous!! Your template and tips are great, plus I love the illustration you did at the top!

      1. rosika profile image79
        rosikaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you for your great comment..I am now encouraged to share more of my original illustrations in my writing that are sitting in my computer.

        1. Simone Smith profile image92
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That's fantastic! You really should big_smile

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 5 years ago

    Wow!  I enjoyed this topic.  To the point where I want to give up retirement and go back to work. (N-O-T!!!)

    http://arlenevpoma.hubpages.com/hub/14- … ities-List

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hahaa, well, your list certainly has me amped up!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image90
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I second Simone's comment here:   lol    hahahahahahahaha

      Just read the hub and it was very good.  smile

    3. Docmo profile image93
      Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Cool list, great hub!

  6. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    Excellent!

  7. StellaSee profile image90
    StellaSeeposted 5 years ago

    Hi guys! Hi Simone! It took me some time before I landed my first job after graduating from college and these are some things I learned while searching for that next job.

    http://stellasee.hubpages.com/hub/Job-S … -but-didnt

    1. Linda Bliss profile image84
      Linda Blissposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      This hub brought me back to my University days and I remember how difficult it was to land that first job! Some great tips, and the hub looks great too!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I really appreciate this! If only every college freshman entered school KNOWING that these things are important. It seems as though these lessons are usually learned too late.

  8. kgala0405 profile image86
    kgala0405posted 5 years ago

    This was a really fun topic. I haven't tried these inspiration hub ideas before, but I think I'll have to try it again in the future.  I ended up wrting a hub I wouldn't have wrote otherwise, but I really enjoyed doing it.

    http://kgala0405.hubpages.com/hub/Picki … eer-Choice

    1. Denise Handlon profile image90
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Very interesting hub.  smile

    2. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      This hub may change my mind about personality tests...We have a running joke in my family of when my son took an assessment test to find out what type of career he should have and one of the top answers was "River Boat Captain". He has no desire to have anything to do with bodies of water.  I still sometimes refer to it and call him "Captain". Yet, as I think about it, he is his own boss and works outside...hmmm

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm so glad you like the topic, kgala0405! I do hope you'll join in on the fun more often big_smile

      The Hub is fantastic! I love your simple, clean layout and how useful it is! Love the table and listings, plus the way you've broken down the info.

  9. Docmo profile image93
    Docmoposted 5 years ago

    Hi Simone, this is a brilliant inspiration topic - as always you know how to pick the ones that stimulate great hub ideas and get our creative juices flowing.

    Here's my contribution. I have used inspiration from a speech I gave last year...

    Thanks to your wonderful suggestions, as always.

    Top Effective Leadership Skills and Qualities #1

    Hope folk find it useful.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image90
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Well written.  Enjoyed.

      1. Docmo profile image93
        Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Denise- really appreciate your feedback!

    2. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Great hub. I liked the "powerpoint" pictures and your formatting.

      1. Docmo profile image93
        Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks farmloft- appreciate your comments!

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Docmo! Your Hub is so inspiring! Thanks so much for creating it.

  10. WorkAtHomeMums profile image82
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago

    My submission is about business etiquette

    http://workathomemums.hubpages.com/hub/ … -Etiquette

    How knowledge of etiquette in the business world is key to success.

    1. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Good job. I'm not sure about the ending, unless it was "time to leave" smile Maybe a summary capsule could be added.

      1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image82
        WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Good point. Thanks

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, this sure is packed with useful tips!

  11. cardelean profile image90
    cardeleanposted 5 years ago
    1. Docmo profile image93
      Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      nicely done, succinct and superb!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed! It's wonderful to get people thinking about the important differences between leadership that is transactional and transformational.

  12. farmloft profile image87
    farmloftposted 5 years ago

    Here's my contribution. Thanks for the ideas!

    http://farmloft.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Te … areer-Path

    1. Docmo profile image93
      Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      This is a highly useful hub with plenty of practical sensible advice!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, this is great! I know too many people who are looking for jobs in only one or two ways. It's important that people utilize all channels possible!

  13. CASE1WORKER profile image84
    CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

    Just finished mine

    http://case1worker.hubpages.com/hub/Goo … -list?done

    Will read the others a bit later when I have had a rest!! ( I didn't want to read what anyone else had written as I didn't want to be influenced)

    A great topic, I guess I found it a little hard!

    1. farmloft profile image87
      farmloftposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I like the "exit your ivory tower" advice. I enjoyed the longer narrative over the bullet points. Also like the video. I have to learn more about putting them in hubs.

      1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        farmloft- Thanks, yes sometimes it is hard to escape from the office and be with the staff; but I have worked with managers who have made it into an art form-
        Putting video clips in is easy- though I have not tried making my own videos yet!

    2. Docmo profile image93
      Docmoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Great hub. Effective list of skills and descriptions.

      1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, I really wasn't sure about it as I used a totally different style to my normal work

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I quite liked this! Your points about having a strong vision especially rang true with me.

  14. Docmo profile image93
    Docmoposted 5 years ago

    Here's Part II of Effective Leadership skills - thanks for everyone who gave such positive feedback!

    Top Effective Leadership skills #2

    Part III is in preparation- I am on a roll! wink

    Thanks,

    Docmo

    1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
      CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You certainly are!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, really! I'm loving these Hubs, Docmo!

  15. Global-Chica profile image94
    Global-Chicaposted 5 years ago

    Hi everyone! I forgot to post my contribution when I published it on Saturday to this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration. Here it is: http://global-chica.hubpages.com/hub/Go … ities-List

  16. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    OK Everyone! The new thread is up- this week's theme is cosmetic surgery. Certainly an interesting subject, no?

  17. algarveview profile image90
    algarveviewposted 5 years ago

    Hi, everyone, I'm a bit late on this one, anyway, here is my contribution:

    http://algarveview.hubpages.com/hub/Dev … r-business

    Some tips and advices on how to handle clients, giving the best customer service and enhancing our people's skills to make our business work and be a hit.

    1. Global-Chica profile image94
      Global-Chicaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, this is full of really great advice! I voted it up.

  18. Jared Zane Kessie profile image92
    Jared Zane Kessieposted 5 years ago

    I neglected to push the create a hub from answering, but thought I would share anyways!

    http://hubpages.com/t/2f5d32

    Leadership Qualities: Teaching Kids to be Leaders

  19. rosika profile image79
    rosikaposted 4 years ago

    Finally published a hub on "A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Great Professional References"------I was holding it for long time as I didn't had time to edit it...what a pity! Now I feel relieved.
    http://rosika.hubpages.com/hub/A-Beginn … References

 
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