7 Must-Read Books for Personal and Professional Growth

True professionals embrace lifelong learning. As busy as we get—no matter what our role is—it’s still important to stay up to date with the latest industry information, trends and technologies. That makes prioritizing professional growth through continued education an essential habit to help us improve job performance, boost innovative thinking and capitalize on marketplace changes.

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20 Ways to Incorporate Gratitude into Your Daily Life

By now, you’re probably tired of hearing how 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in decades. We are too. As the holidays approach, let’s shift our focus to gratitude. In times of strife, gratitude can serve as a beacon, reminding us there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Burnout Is Real: How to Recognize and Prevent It

Burnout is a psychologically recognized type of work-related stress that results in emotional, mental and physical exhaustion. A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23 percent reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44 percent reported feeling burned out sometimes.

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Work-Life Balance: Are You Working Too Much?

The United States has been coined “the no vacation nation” due to its major focus on work productivity and financial success. Even when much of the workforce takes official vacation time, it doesn’t mean unplugging. We bring our to-do list with us, check email regularly, work on projects and juggle all the balls we do while we are in the office, at school or in the field.

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Time to Celebrate Successes and Foster Positivity

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 took an unexpected, albeit unwanted, turn for most of us. Suddenly, health and safety awareness became a top priority, and daily life changed significantly. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in the tragedies and statistics posted by news outlets, not to mention the political, healthcare and financial implications associated with the pandemic. But as we move to the “new normal,” a focus on positivity will pave the way for success.

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Boost Your Marketing With These 17 Digital Resources

As marketing communications strategists who work with a variety of business professionals, it’s important for us to stay current with digital resources to help us learn and grow in order to exceed our clients’ expectations. To accomplish that goal, we participate in industry webinars, listen to podcasts, attend industry trade shows and read a variety of books, magazine articles and internet stories. We believe some of the digital resources we’ve discovered and use can help you expand your marketing horizons and achieve your business goals. Here’s our digital resources list broken down by categories.

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Positivity in Productivity: Nettie Owens Shares Her Rearview Vision Technique

Recently, Trade Press Services had the pleasure of talking with Nettie Owens, an entrepreneur and business consultant with expertise in management, productivity, accountability and organization. She is founder of Sappari Solutions and Momentum, companies that help fellow entrepreneurs balance a busy life and grow a business.

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Words of Inspiration and Wisdom

As summer rolls to a close, vacations days are used up and tans are starting to fade, it’s time to regroup and refocus on year-end goals. At Trade Press Services, we believe a meaningful quote can go a long way to getting and keeping our team inspired. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of sayings and want to share this inspiration with you. We hope you’ll use them as themes in your sales meetings, post them in your offices and distribute them throughout the organization.

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Tis the Season…to Celebrate

During the year, we get so busy that we forget to relax, unwind, have fun and be thankful for the relationships we’ve developed, built and sustained over time. So whether you’re working during the holidays or taking time off, think about how you can celebrate this special time of year and bring joy, peace and comfort to others. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays.

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Tips for Unlocking the Keys to Success


As a result of a recent flood in our house, I found myself going through boxes and belongings, cleaning out, sorting and reorganizing. During the process, I came across a letter written almost 100 years ago by my grandfather. Today we might call his letter a blog. His letter was titled SUCCESS and here’s what he wrote.

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Sharpen the Saw: The 7th Habit of Effective Marketers


The first six habits create a foundation for success. According to Stephen Covey, the seventh and final habit is “sharpen the saw.” It seeks to uphold and further build upon the foundation established by the rest. As an example of this habit, Covey cites the story a worn-out man who has been sawing down a tree for hours.

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How to Create Synergy in Marketing


This week we continue with our series, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marketers. The first five habits uncover vital principles and best practices of effective individuals and teams. These five habits identify values that lead to interdependence and meaningful communication. Now that we are near the end of the series, we combine the efforts of all the previous habits to form the sixth: synergy.

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Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


For the last four weeks, we’ve been discussing the habits of highly effective marketers based on the principles described by Stephen Covey in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The first four habits are: Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first and Think win-win. The fifth habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

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How to Create Marketing Win-Win Scenarios


This is the fourth blog in a series of seven on the habits of highly effective marketers. They are based on the principles identified by Stephen Covey in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The first three habits are: how to be proactive, how to begin with the end in mind and how to put first things first. Next comes “win-win.”

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Priority Management: Put First Things First

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Continuing our series about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marketers, based on Stephen Covey’s principles, this week we’ll discuss the third habit: “Put first things first.” (If you missed our last two installments, you can find them here: Do You Know the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marketers? and It’s Important to Begin With the End in Mind.) “Put first things first” is not about time management. According to Covey, it is about priority management.

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Do You Know the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marketers?

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In his best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey, outlined the traits of successful individuals. According to Covey, our character is a collection of habits, which have powerful role in our lives, including for effective marketers. Habits consist of knowledge, skill and desire. Knowledge allows us to know what to do, skill gives us the know-how and desire provides the inspiration.

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It’s Time to Focus on the Positive


There’s no question about it. The daily news provides a heavy dose of economic, societal and political woes. In the face of all that negativity, it’s a good time to focus on the positive and remember the value of gratitude. If you’re having trouble visualizing or verbalizing what to be happy about, here are some ideas to consider.

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Motivational Quotes Are More than Warm Fuzzies


If you’ve taken a sales training course or self-improvement seminar, you’ll remember how positive you felt during the training session. That’s because some trainers and speakers are so charismatic that they leave you feeling like you can accomplish anything. That’s the good news. The bad news is: when you walk out the door, what are

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Want to Keep Learning? 7 Books for Personal Development

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It’s early in the year, so there’s still time to focus on how you want to grow and develop during 2016. Here’s a list of personal development books I’ve compiled through the years that I think are meaningful, profound, thought-provoking and helpful. It’s an eclectic list. How many of them have you read? 7 Personal

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Is There Really a Life Outside Work?

In today’s do-more-with-less reality, a balance between work and a personal life seems like an elusive accomplishment. Technology makes employees accessible around the clock. Flexible work schedules and work-from-SCEX合约交易home models blur the lines between office and SCEX合约交易home. A more competitive workforce and marketplace means longer hours and increased stress. The compounding negative effects of a

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Turkey Time! 5 Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving

Americans cherish Thanksgiving celebrations surrounding the fourth Thursday of every November. Here are five fun facts you can use to impress friends and family around the Thanksgiving table. Facts about Thanksgiving Benjamin Franklin lobbied to have turkey replace the eagle as our national bird. Benjamin Franklin argued that the wild turkey was a more appropriate national

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Do You Suffer From the Impostor Syndrome?

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The Impostor Syndrome was first acknowledged in the 1970s. People who have it do not accept their own accomplishments, dismiss them as luck or timing and believe they are deceiving the outside world. It is found more often in high-achievers than in the general population. While the Impostor Syndrome was thought to be more prevalent

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