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Like a Casino—Making Your Trade Show Booth Exciting

March 10, 2014 Leave a comment

DisplayOutlet-FirstBatch-3-1Ask any expert the best way to garner customer interest at your trade show booth and they’ll usually tell you the secret is to first generate excitement. Many say the goal is to create a Casino-like atmosphere. That accords with what behavioral scientists tell us, that people are attracted to noise and bright lights. Think in terms of “see it, feel it, hear it” —you want all three of these senses (sight, touch, and hearing) working overtime for your customers. That means the attractions in your booth should be more interactive and hands-on. Modern audiences have too little time (and short attention spans) and won’t stand still for the boring sales pitches or product demonstrations common a generation ago. That’s why you want to create an exciting atmosphere—just like a Casino’s, at your booth. Here are a few great ideas to punch up your presentations at shows.

Bright lights

Remember when we said people were attracted to lights and noise? You will need some professional-quality halogen lights and will find them invaluable for illuminating presentation boards, games, and products. They will also help your booth stand apart from the crowd, which is what you want. Whatever you do, don’t forget the lights.

Games, and Make Some Noise

Nothing says “Casino Experience” like a game of chance are perennial favorites at shows and for good reason. They are one of the most versatile, portable, and effective tools you can have in your trade show arsenal.  You can let your customers spin the wheel in exchange for filling out a contact card—if you aren’t already using badge or other electronic scanners for that. Make sure everybody wins a little something to generate excitement. The chance of winning something big makes for even more excitement. A money blowing machine (like a phone booth with money or vouchers swirling around inside it) is also great, as is anything that makes noise.These games might be derided by some as mere “gimmicks,” but anything that draws a crowd and generates excitement is the kind of gimmick you want. It’s all about attracting the crowd and getting what you need from them, whether it is filling out contact cards or watching a presentation. Just remember what the scientists say attracts people (noise and lights) and you will be at least one step ahead of the competition.

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Categories: Business School, Life, MBA

How Does Public Administration Differ from Business Administration?

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you thinking about getting an online masters degree in public administration? If so, it may serve you well. However, it’s important you understand the difference between public administration and business administration. Understanding the distinction between the two will help prepare you for the type of education that will most benefit your desired career path. 

Career Path Distinctions

Public administration is primarily suited for individuals seeking a career aligned with public and/or government service. Interestingly, public administration covers a broad scope of career paths. For example, someone with masters degree in public administration can assume many different titles including a Human Resource (HR) Coordinator, Energy Consultant, or even an Agricultural Marketing Specialist and work in school systems.

In contrast, business administration is primarily suited for individuals seeking a career aligned with private sector administration or management. A business administration background is not industry specific. However, many career-oriented employees focus on either industry specific specialties or administration specialties. Some of the jobs you can qualify for with a business administration degree include a Managing Director, Financial Analyst, CEO, CIO, or Public Relations. It is also a basic background for entrepreneurship.

While it’s not guaranteed that a certain degree type will yield specific job roles, more often than not experience and relevant educational credentials will increase your potential to fill the role you desire. Imagine for a second you were applying for an engineering position with a non-engineering degree. This dramatic difference in terms of position and educational background may raise a red flag for an employer who is seeking an employee competent in a specific duty or field. This is why it’s so important to be mindful about your career path and how that falls in line with your chosen degree or educational program.

Educational Background Distinctions

When considering the educational distinctions of public or business administration several components including objectivity, audience, decision-making, and regulatory components play a substantial role in educational variances. For example, course work for an online master of public administration will focus largely on governmental decision-making processes and public accountability. Consequently, course objectives like Finance and Accounting will focus more on government budgeting processes, fund allocations or fund pools. Business administration will focus on revenue generation, working capital, receivables, and profits. As you can see the educational differences focus on the context or environment where administration will occur. Those working in public administration fields are more likely to deal with government budgets and legislative processes. Whereas, those working in the business administration field are more likely to work with revenue generation, 10k’s, quarterly statements, and a board of directors. Understanding these differences is very important to your future because it will help you be prepared to successfully fulfill your role within any organization.

Why Choosing the Right Online Degree is Important

Choosing the right online degree for your future career path is essential because acquiring and developing the appropriate skill sets necessary to successfully pursue and fill specific roles in organizations is essential. For example, becoming an accountant and becoming an accounting professor requires two similar yet distinctive educational credentials. Accountants interested in sitting for the CPA exam should focus on courses that prepare them for the exam and meet the credit hours criteria for their specific regions. In contrast, accounting professors should ensure they have not only the required levels of education but also the necessary instructional credentials required to teach at a specific college or university. In the same way government accountants seeking employment in high level government positions, agencies, or departments may benefit from an online masters in public administration in addition to their credentials in accounting and public finance.

Categories: Life, MBA

My brother lost the car, laptop and mobile!!

March 3, 2013 Leave a comment

I just got a phone call from my father that my elder brother got robbed!! Even at the first ring of phone I was suspicious that something unusual has happened because my parents never call me at this odd time – 11:30pm! My brother was beaten by 4 people and he was robbed of car, mobile, laptop and money he had. I am really worried about him, his condition. I’m least worried about the money or things lost, and I am getting an urge to talk to my brother pretty soon. An urge that led me turn on my laptop and talk to myself on this blog. I wish he is safe and isn’t hurt much. He is surgeon and I know he can handle pain but still my love for him is making me nervous.

Did you ever feel such a strong urge to talk to someone? I do.  I am felling helpless, sitting 1500km away from home.   

My elder brother has always been a hero, an ideal for me. I always wanted to be like him. He was very-very good at studies. Yes, and extra ‘very’ mean that. He did his medical degree from No. 1 medical college in India! It is unusual when you are born in a family living in remote village and you daily paddle your bicycle 5km to get a bus so that you can reach a school 35km away from your house. And yes, then walk for school from the bus stand. Yes, it is hard. Elder brother set the example for two of his younger brothers. And, my younger brother did followed the same steps and he surpassed my elder brothers legacy and may be he is better surgeon than him. Yes, he is also medical doctor. About me, I come in middle, I have tried my best to follow the footsteps but may be I have if you think earning money is one of those steps. I make enough money to live good live in India. Yes, till Feb. this financial year my earning is in 7 figures, yes mind that it is in Indian rupee! :) But do earning money matters? I always have felt lonely in all that money. 

Enough self talking! I am waiting to talk to my brother. 


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Student loan

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment

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Future Impossible Tense!!

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

English class

I get this in the email today and I must say it is hilarious but true for every country, especially my home country – India!!

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Happy B’day to ME!

October 30, 2012 2 comments

Yes, it was my b’day today and I have turned 27!

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The NCIDQ: What it is and How to Prepare

October 13, 2012 5 comments

When aspiring interior designers begin exploring education programs, one thing that they may notice is that most programs refer to the NCIDQ, or National Council for Interior Design Qualification, exam. Most programs tout the fact that their coursework is geared toward successfully passing the exam – but many prospective students aren’t exactly sure what the exam is, or what it means for their careers.

Essentially, the NCIDQ is the objective standard by which interior designers can prove that they have the required knowledge and experience. However, it’s not a test of whether a designer has the taste or ability to create an attractive room. Instead, the NCIDQ is devoted entirely to ensuring that designers know what needs to be done to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people using and living in the spaces they design.

Qualifying for the Exam

Like many examinations that lead to a credential, the NCIDQ exam is limited to those who meet the requirements for education and experience in the field, who can demonstrate their knowledge of the subject area.

There are six paths to meeting the eligibility requirements for the NCIDQ exams, each with varying combinations of education and experience. For example, those who hold four-year degrees from Council of Interior Design-accredited interior design schools can qualify for the exam after 3,520 hours, or about two years of full-time paid work experience. Those who hold degrees from non-CIDA accredited schools, or hold degrees in other fields, can also qualify with more work experience and additional approved coursework.

It’s important to note that the work experience requirements are very specific. For example, if you received academic credit for the experience, such as through an internship, then those hours cannot count toward meeting the testing qualifications. However, it is possible to start fulfilling the work experience hours while you are still in school, once you have completed at least 96 hours of formal design training. In addition, you can only receive 100 percent credit for the hours you’ve worked if your supervisor is NCIDQ-certified. If your supervisor holds other credentials – or none at all – the experience is then evaluated and rate accordingly.

You will need to provide proof of both your education and work experience when you apply for the exam; however, the exam board doesn’t review portfolios, client lists or other evidence to prove your eligibility, or make exceptions to the rules.

The Exam

Once you qualify, the NCQDQ exam itself is a comprehensive exam covering several subject areas. It’s not a test of your knowledge of facts, but instead, how you would apply your knowledge to real life situations. It’s divided into three sections.

  • The first section covers your knowledge and skill in codes, building systems, construction standards and contracts.
  • The second section tests your knowledge of design application, practices and project coordination.
  • Finally, the third section is more practice-based; you’ll receive a series of design challenges in several areas, including lighting, space planning and restroom design, and need to come up with solutions that follow the established guidelines.

The NCIDQ exam takes place over two days and is broken into four sections that last four hours each. It’s offered twice a year, usually in a major city. You’ll need to apply to take the exam at least four months in advance.

Why Take the NCIDQ?

In some states, the NCIDQ designation is actually a requirement for anyone who wants to work as a licensed interior designer in that state. Not all states license interior design professionals, but for those that do, the NCIDQ is the standard for determining license eligibility.

In addition, holding this credential indicates to potential employers and clients that you have at least a basic understanding and competency of interior design principles. You can have all the talent in the world when it comes to creating attractive spaces, but if it is not safe or healthy for inhabitants, then the design could be considered unsuccessful.

While the requirements are stringent, and the exam itself challenging, earning the NCIDQ credential is a worthwhile endeavor. It demonstrated your commitment to the field of interior design, and helps you earn more assignments, and eventually, more money. Look for an interior design college that will prepare you for this important exam and you’ll be on your way to a successful career from the start.

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Paula Willette is an NCIDQ-certified interior designer. She works for a large architectural firm, designing interior spaces for office buildings. She enjoys creating hip, functional and sleek spaces that inspire people and make them happy to come to work. 

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The Top Degrees in Healthcare Administration

October 6, 2012 8 comments

The healthcare industry is seeing massive growth. As long as there are people, there will be a need for healthcare. There is no way to change the simple fact that people get sick and injured every day. They need help in order to get better. These people are the doctors and nurses that we rely on, but there is an entirely different population of the healthcare industry; the healthcare administrators. These jobs do not require a medical or nurse related degree, but they will require a specialty healthcare administration degree. Choosing which degree is the best for these job positions can be confusing. Each degree is unique, and because each degree is unique, they all have different requirements. These requirements are typically the amount of time it takes to earn the degree.

How Much Time Do You Want to Invest?

Any career path is a huge decision. Part of that decision will be determining how much time you want to invest in your education. Degrees are usually categorized by the amount of time that is needed to earn them. Deciding how much time you want to devote to your education will make it much easier to choose the right degree for you.

Many people will choose an entry level degree that will grant them an entry level position into the job market. This will allow them to get a taste of what the career choice is really like without having to devote a lot of time towards their education. You can always choose to further your education if you really enjoy the career path that you have chosen. Researching healthcare management online will give you a better understanding of the different types of jobs available in this industry.

Associate Degree

This is an entry level degree that is perfect for anyone that might not be 100% certain that a career path in healthcare administration is right for the individual. This degree typically takes 12 months to earn. Many students are choosing to enroll in online courses that allow them to learn at their own pace. Some students are earning their Associate degree online in less than 12 months. This might not be the best opportunity for everyone. Earning a degree online grants a student a lot of freedom. It is easy to abuse this freedom. Earning a degree online takes a lot of hard work, dedication and self-discipline.

Many jobs in healthcare administration can be obtained with an Associate degree. If this career path is something you enjoy, you can always further your education by earning one of the other two degrees mentioned below.

Bachelor’s Degree

This is the next level of healthcare administration degree. It will open more doors simply because it requires a longer period of time to obtain. This specialized degree will provide students with a better understanding of health services. It will also give students the chance to work in many different areas of healthcare. It touches on some of the fundamentals of marketing, financing and leadership within the healthcare industry. This degree can take anywhere from 2-5 years to earn. If you already have an Associate degree, many schools will allow you to apply the credits that you already earned from your Associate degree towards your Bachelor’s degree.

There are also many great Bachelor’s degree programs available online. This makes it easy for anyone who is currently working a full time job to further his or her education and their career at the same time.

Master’s Degree

This is usually the highest degree that a person obtains in healthcare administration and management. If you already have an Associate degree, or a Bachelor’s degree, then obtaining your Master’s degree will be much easier. Every school is different, but the average amount of time needed to earn a Master’s degree in healthcare management is anywhere from 2-5 years. Just like the other two degrees, students have the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree online.

Healthcare management jobs are predicted to grow by as much as 16% in the next few years. It is an industry that is in high demand, and every job position within this industry earns a competitive salary.

Jane Steward recently completed her BA in healthcare management. She has worked for a private healthcare clinic near Mt. Hood, OR for the last 2 years.




Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Kids On Father’s Day

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Kids On Father’s Day

10. “And you are?”
9. “Father? We always kind of assumed you were our mother.”
8. “I’m supposed to give you a gift to thank you for ruining my life?!”
7. “Hey Dad, on your special day, how ’bout updating your will?”
6. “It’s not just a nose hair trimmer, it’s a nose and ear hair trimmer.”
5. “All eight of us got you a subscription to US Weekly, so you can read about how you’re cheating on Mom.”
4. “It’s a restaurant, Dad; they require a shirt.”
3. “I know you don’t play golf, but golfballs were easier to shoplift.”
2. “It’s nice to go through the motions like this every year.”
1. “Here’s a couple bucks. Get yourself a McDLT.”


Categories: Life

So You Got an MBA. Now What?

June 16, 2012 3 comments

You’ve spent the past two years taking courses, writing papers, preparing case studies and perhaps completing an internship to earn your Master of Business Administration or MBA. When you entered the program at first, you had a vague idea of what you wanted to do when you graduated, but now that the day has arrived, you’re feeling a little lost and unsure of which path to take.

The good news is that now that you have the MBA, you have opened the door to a wide assortment of options. Thanks to your commitment and all of the hard work you poured into your studies, you have far more career options that you did before you began the program.

Move Up the Ladder

Many people enter MBA programs with a desire to move to the higher levels within their career, whether at the company they currently work for or at a new company. With the practical knowledge and skills that you gain while studying for your MBA, combined with your performance on the job, you can often rise to the top of the candidate pool for open positions. In fact, in a survey by the staffing firm Accountemps, more than 80 percent of top-level executives indicated that an advanced business degree is a required for moving into executive positions.

And, in most cases, the work that you put into your MBA shows in your paycheck. As you move up the ladder, you can expect to earn more than you those in lower level positions, and those who do not have the advanced degree.

Get a Job

Almost no one enters an MBA program thinking that they are going to immediately retire or head to the unemployment line. It’s a sad fact though, that many college graduates these days finish school without a job lined up and it often takes them months, even years in some cases, to find a well-paying job in their field.

While getting an MBA is not a guarantee that you’ll get a job, it increases your chances of joining the working world exponentially. A recent survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that the job market for MBAs has improved considerably over the past few years. Of the 216 international companies that were surveyed, almost 75 percent indicated that they plan to hire MBA graduates in 2012, an increase of nearly 20 percent over 2011.

And it’s not only domestic opportunities that are increasing. MBAs have more international employment opportunities than ever before, especially in Asia with its rapidly growing economies.

Change Your Career

MBA programs today offer more specialization than ever before; in fact, very few students actually earn a strict “Master of Business Administration” but instead choose to focus on a specialty area, such as marketing, accounting, finance, organizational leadership or economics. While the core subjects of the MBA program are similar across the board by specializing in an area outside of your experience or undergraduate degree, you open the door to more opportunities. For example, you may hold a degree in accounting – and have several years of experience in the field – but studying marketing at the master’s level allows you to move into those types of positions.

Keep On Going!

For many students, earning an MBA is the end goal; they do very well with that as the terminal degree. However, for others, the MBA is just a stepping stone to further education. Accountants, for example, may seek an MBA in Accounting to meet the prerequisites for becoming a Certified Public Accountant, while finance majors seek an MBA in preparation for taking the Certified Financial Analyst exam. In many cases, the work you do as a graduate student will meet the requirements for standard certification, which improves your employment prospects and earning potential in the long run.

Earning an MBA is an accomplishment that cannot be understated. Unlike other degrees, which may prepare students for a specific career path, MBA studies open a whole world of opportunity. Whether you want to climb to the top of the ladder, change your career, move forward with a higher level of certification or even own and operate your own business, this versatile degree will help you to meet your goals.

This article was written by Justin Davis who has been pursuing his MBA online and expects to have his degree by next year.


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