Author: Alina Lee

Are You A Procrastinator? Here Are 3 Ways You Can Use It To Your Advantage.

If you are feeling stressed after procrastinating, don’t fret. Use the shortened timeline to leverage the positives.

📝 3 Benefits to Procrastination

1️⃣ Increased Creativity ➡️ Innovative Solutions
Let your creative juices help you think of better solutions for your task.

2️⃣ Increased Efficiency ➡️ Better Time Management
Center your focus to increase productivity and have more time to do what’s important.

3️⃣ Increased Prioritization ➡️ Greater Clarity on Your Values
Learn from how you prioritize to further grow and gain insight into your values.

But what about the negatives? Here are 3 bonus tips to help you avoid the pitfalls.

✅ Be realistic about your abilities and give yourself enough time to finish your task.
✅ Watch your stress levels to avoid poor performance.
✅ Do a cost-benefit analysis to stay ahead in the long run!

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Figuring out what type of content to post?

Here are 8 post ideas and practical tips to get you going.

1️⃣ Share a personal story with professional themes.
Connect with your audience by sharing a lesson learned or values that are important to you.

2️⃣ Share quick tips.
Share tips useful to your intended audience and align them with your expertise or passion.

3️⃣ Answer a common question asked by your clients or audience.
If you don’t work directly with clients, ask your customer service or sales team what questions are asked the most.

4️⃣ Share an opinion piece.
Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion based on your values, beliefs, and expertise. Being vulnerable can help to build trust.

5️⃣ Share something that inspires you.
Who inspires you? Where do you gather inspiration?

6️⃣ Share your process.
Show your personality and create an informative or comedic post about your work.

7️⃣ Share what you learned from the last book you read.
Ask your audience if they have read the same book and what they learned.

8️⃣ Quiz your audience.
Help your audience interact and learn from you.

Whether this is a refresher or something new, I hope these ideas get your creative content ideas flowing!

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Want to improve your focus and energy levels? Here are 4 simple tips.

Optimize your body’s health and recovery with these quick tips. 🙌🏼
 
1️⃣ Finish eating 3 hours before bed. 
If you can handle more, try eating within an 8-11 hour window for more health benefits.
 
2️⃣ Sleep for 7 hours. 😴
Those who sleep for 7 hours have a longer lifespan than those who sleep less or more. 
 
3️⃣ Exercise at least 1.5 hours a week.
While morning exercise will improve your energy level and mood, your optimal workout window is from 3pm to dinner time. 
 
4️⃣ Consistency 🗓
Having a regular routine is key to long term health. Keep changes to your schedule within 2 hours of your routine if possible to keep your internal clock on point.
 
💡 Bonus tip: Did you know eating and exercise alters your circadian rhythm by increasing your body temperature? 
If you decide to eat or exercise close to your bedtime, take a shower to help your body cool down to signal your body it’s time to sleep. 🛀🏼
 
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Want to be more memorable when presenting? Here are 5 tips.

Make your story stick with these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ Make your message POV the audience and what’s in it for them
✔️Map your message – create a journey that appeals and adds value to your target audience
✔️Open and close with your key message
✔️Share details once you’ve captured their attention
 
2️⃣ Be Concrete
✔️Paint a vivid picture using real examples
✔️Keep language simple to make your message more accessible
 
3️⃣ Be Specific
✔️Clearly define your message to make it easier to be remembered and understood
 
4️⃣ Speak your audience’s language
✔️Connect with your audience using clear language they understand
 
5️⃣ Have a performer mindset
✔️Your audience wants to see you at your best, so deliver that in an authentic way
✔️Figure out your optimal energy state for high performance (pump-up music? meditation?)
✔️Set a goal for what you want to get out of the interaction before you go in
 
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Here are 5 tips to attract more business.

Grow your business with niche marketing using these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ Find what you can offer, what pain you can solve
Go deeper. Become an expert in your area.
 
2️⃣ Find out where you can stand out
If your area of expertise is saturated in your region, consider events elsewhere to expand your network.
 
3️⃣ Build trust and true relationships by being honest, ethical, and caring
Find your ideal client and stick with it. Sometimes that means passing on business that doesn’t fit to maximize performance and satisfaction.
 
4️⃣ Make small tests in the market
See what works and doesn’t work before you invest more resources.
 
5️⃣ Keep in touch
Do everything you can to keep in touch with the connections you make. Consider email blasts, connecting on social media platforms, and reaching out when you’re in the same area.
 
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Do you provide a warranty for a consumer product or a combination sale of a product and service? Here are 3 essential rules to keep in mind.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (the Act) sets specific requirements for the warrantor of consumer products and combination sales of a product and service when providing a written warranty. Here are the basics you need to know.
 
1️⃣ Disclosure Rule
✔️ All consumer product warranties must be titled “full” or “limited”
✔️ Limited warranties must be made available in a single, clear, easy-to-read document

2️⃣ Pre-sale Availability Rule
✔️ The warrantor and seller must ensure that warranties are available wherever consumer products are sold, with the exception of products that retail for $15.00 or less
 
3️⃣ Dispute Resolution Rule
✔️ Makes it easier for consumers to take a company to court
✔️ Creates a framework for companies to set up procedures for resolving disputes informally and with minimal expense

📚 The Act also prohibits specific types of conduct
❌ You are not allowed to disclaim or modify implied warranties, such as the warranty of merchantability, during the term of your express warranty or condition warranty service on registration or return of warranty card
❌ You are not allowed to include a tie-in sales provision in your warranty, which ties your warranty coverage to the use of the warrantor’s parts or service providers 
 
📚 State specific warranty laws
✔️ Some states have warranty laws applicable to specific types of products, such as cars or recreational vehicles, and are intended to provide additional protections to the buyer
✔️ Some states have laws specifically applicable to extended warranties or service contracts and are more of a form of insurance
✔️ Check your state for more information! California’s Song-Beverly Act is the strictest state warranty law in America with numerous requirements

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Are you selling a product to American consumers? Does it comply with product safety laws and standards? Here are 5 tips.

Be in the know and make sure your product is safe and compliant with these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ If you make consumer products, register your company on www.saferproducts.gov
✔️Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports consumer incidents on this public database website, so when you register, your company can receive reports or notices when an incident has been reported, including who filed the complaint. 
✔️This is important because the CPCS has the authority to ban products deemed dangerous, pursue recalls, and impose significant civil monetary penalties on companies that fail to report violations, such as product defects and safety incidents, in a timely manner. 
 
2️⃣ What are the typical violations reported?
✔️Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) requires mandatory reporting on any product within its jurisdiction that 
・fails to comply with product safety standards, rules, regulations, or ban
・substantial risk of injury to consumers
・creates unreasonable risk of serious injury or death
 
3️⃣ Anyone in the distribution chain, such as the manufacturer, importer, distributor, or retailer, has a legal obligation to report any violations
✔️While manufacturers have more information and a higher duty to report violations, retailers also have an obligation to report any information that indicates a problem with a product they have sold. 
✔️The CPSA states that you must report “immediately” (within 24 hours) upon receiving information that reasonably supports the conclusion of a failure to comply with product safety standards. 
✔️The affected party has reasonable time (generally 7-10 days) to investigate the claim and determine if the information is valid and should be reported. Failure to report in a timely manner can result in significant civil monetary penalties and increased compliance requirements.
 
4️⃣ How do you fulfill your duty to report a violation as a retailer or distributor?
✔️There are two ways. 1) File a section 15(b) report. 2) Write a letter to the manufacturer or importer, saying you have received these reports of product incidents or defects that need to be addressed. Send a copy of the letter to the CSPA.
 
5️⃣ Don’t know if a product you’re manufacturing or importing complies with product safety law and standards?
✔️CPSC’s Regulatory Robot (a series of questions) will guide you through important product safety requirements that can be reviewed prior to production or import to ensure your product is safe and compliant for American consumers.

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Does your business provide subscription services in California? New changes to California’s Automatic Renewal Law for Subscription Merchants will be in effect in July 2022.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed new legislation earlier this month to protect consumers and increase transparency. So what does this mean? Here is a quick breakdown.

New notice requirements:

1️⃣ For free trials and promotional periods longer than 31 days
・When a consumer accepts a free gift or trial lasting more than 31 days that turns into an automatic renewing offer (“free gift” excludes a free promotional item or gift different from the subscribed product) OR accepts a promotional or discounted price for an automatically renewing offer in which the promotional period lasts more than 31 days
➡️Notice for an upcoming automatic renewal is required at least 3 days before renewal and up to 21 days before the promotion ends

2️⃣ For offers with an initial term of 1 year or longer
・When a consumer accepts an offer where the initial term is 1 year or longer and automatically continues until the consumer cancels
➡️Notice for an upcoming automatic renewal is required at least 15 days before renewal and up to 45 days before automatic renewal offer renews

📝The notice must clearly and visibly state 
1) that the automatic renewal or continuous service will automatically renew unless the consumer cancels
2) at least one cancellation method
3) for electronically sent notices, a direct link to the cancellation process or an accessible electronic method to direct the consumer to the cancellation process if a link doesn’t exist
4) length of service and additional terms of the renewal period 
5) business contact information

New cancellation requirements:

1️⃣ Merchant must provide an online cancellation process that doesn’t “obstruct or delay the consumer’s ability to terminate the automatic renewal or continuous service immediately.” 

2️⃣ Method of cancellation must be provided in one of the formats below:
・A direct link or button prominently located in the consumer’s account, profile, device, or user settings
・An immediately accessible termination email provided by the business in which a consumer can send to the business without additional information

*Businesses may require account authentication prior to cancellation, but they must also permit consumers to cancel offline, such as a toll-free number, should the consumer be unable or unwilling to authenticate their account.

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Want to make your life better? Here are 5 tips.

Make a simple, impactful change with 5 emails.
 
1️⃣ Email someone you don’t know well and check-in
✔️ Looking for more opportunities? Strengthen your “weak ties” to expand your network. More career opportunities are found through acquaintances than close friends as they usually belong to social groups outside of your inner circle and are more likely to bring you opportunities you haven’t heard about yet. Think about a simple little thing that you can share that will benefit them to get the conversation started.
 
2️⃣ Send your boss a summary of what you accomplished at the end of the week
✔️ If you aren’t already having weekly/bi-weekly meetings with your boss, be proactive and send a quick email summary to help with productivity and showcase your efforts. When you keep in mind that your boss is also busy managing his/her own career, your weekly summary can become something appreciated and relied upon while also giving your performance constant visibility.
 
3️⃣ Write an email to a potential mentor
✔️ Whether it’s in your field of work or outside, finding a mentor you admire is critical to your growth, and with the digital age, it’s possible to find a way to reach out to most of them. Most likely your mentor is extremely busy, so take some time to write an attention-grabbing utility subject line, followed by content that shows you did your homework on the person, why you chose them, some unique commonalities, a short and direct request, and last but not least, gratitude.
 
4️⃣ Send an email of appreciation every morning
✔️ Boost your happiness and improve your relationships with this simple step that takes only a few minutes of your time. Write a short and sweet gratitude email to anyone you can think of thanking, from your friends and family to your coworkers. Studies have shown this simple act can increase happiness over time.
 
5️⃣ Message a good friend and make plans
✔️ Social media interactions make it easier than ever to keep in touch with people, but when online interactions increase in place of face-to-face interactions, your feelings of loneliness increase. Utilize social media platforms as a tool to increase your in-person interactions to feel less lonely, and make plans to do something fun.
 
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Want to get people to like you? Here are 5 tips.

Build deeper connections with these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ Seek thoughts and opinions without judgment
✔️People take pleasure in talking about themselves, so take time to understand people’s thoughts and opinions. Really listen. If you don’t agree or understand, rather than judge them, sincerely show interest. You don’t have to agree to validate someone’s thoughts and feelings.
 
2️⃣ Put your ego aside
✔️Put your own needs, wants, and opinions aside. Suspend your desire to correct or be correct, and focus more on them. Don’t let your emotions hijack the conversation if you don’t agree. When people hear ideas contrary to their worldview, the logical part of their brain quiets down and the fight or flight response activates. 
 
3️⃣ Be a good listener
✔️It’s common to have a story or thought to share while listening, but being a good listener is about letting those thoughts go. Stop focusing on what to say next. Instead, lead with curiosity and ask more questions about things you find interesting. 
 
4️⃣ Check availability
✔️Ask if now is a good time. People need to feel safe and in control and are more likely to help or comply with requests when first asked about their availability. Setting a time constraint at the beginning will also help people feel more at ease, knowing when the interaction will end.
 
5️⃣ Show positive and open body language 
✔️ Smile! The act of smiling and seeing a smile stimulates and gives the brain pleasure. Uplifting your facial features, like your eyebrows, is very comforting. Palms up signify openness. Keep your chin down to avoid the appearance of looking down on someone. A slight head tilt can make you appear more approachable. 
 
Bonus Tip! Dealing with people you don’t trust? Be direct and clarify their goals.
✔️When interacting with people you don’t trust, be direct and ask what their goals are for the conversation to avoid being manipulated.
 
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