January 26, 2016
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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IRTA Launches New Modern Website
In an effort to
improve IRTA's communication capabilities with its members, all
barter industry sectors, and the public at large, International
Reciprocal Trade Association launched its new, modernized website
January 21, 2016 at www.irta.com.
The newly redesigned website provides access to a wealth of
barter industry news, resource materials, and includes a new advocacy section.
The site provides complete indexing and searchable functionality for
any topic. The user-friendly website also features member access, so
that IRTA members can contribute news articles, videos, and press
releases about their company. This will create valuable back-links
and help to advance IRTA members' SEO.
Keeping current with
the latest online technology is critical to IRTA. "It's only been
two years since we last re-designed the website, but the technology
has changed so fast since then, we felt we needed to act now to keep
pace. The new site is built to be responsive. It will accommodate
all browsers, on all devices, from desktops, to tablets, to
Additionally, the new site's attractive
UX/UI design will allow greater public access to IRTA’s important
resource materials and Advisory
Memos," explained IRTA Executive Director, Ron Whitney.
IRTA would like to thank the whole team at Kode3
Web Solutions for their fine work developing IRTA’s new website.
"We are very excited to launch this new IRTA website portal," said
Kode3 co-founder, Barry Carter. "We believe in IRTA, their mission
and advocacy, and feel honored to be entrusted with the
responsibility of redesigning and managing IRTA’s web presence."
Additionally, IRTA would like to thank Bruce Kamm of
VirtualBarter for his excellent work on the IRTA website during the
last two years.
Please go to the new IRTA
website now and check it out.
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10 Ways To Ensure 2016 Is Your Year
For Positive Change
If you're ready to make 2016 the year opportunity knocks on your
door, read on for a few of successful entrepreneur Vickie Milazzo's
suggested action steps:
1) Go boldly after your biggest
goals. When is the last time you set a goal and truly went after it?
Milazzo encourages people to identify their "Big Things" — those
goals that connect to their passionate vision. Then choose one to
schedule their day around.
Be your own number one fan. If
you don't announce your own achievements, you can bet that no one
else is going to do it for you. With humility, make sure that you’re
keeping your name, your accomplishments, and your skill set in front
2) Don't under-price yourself. You'd love to
ask for more money but frankly, you're afraid to. The economy still
isn't great so I'd better lie low, you reason. This just seems like
common sense. But settling for less than you're worth is a big
mistake — even in the wake of the Great Recession. In my eyes and in
the eyes of many other CEOs, job candidates actually lose
credibility when they under-price themselves.
3) Make sure
you stand out. Many people get stuck in ruts at work because they
become viewed as commodities. Commodities are easy to obtain and
easy to replace. And that's certainly not how you want to be
perceived at your job — whether you're an employee, a leader, or an
entrepreneur. Do everything you can to ensure that you aren't seen
as interchangeable or dispensable.
4) Network with big
players. Generally, we tend to gravitate toward people who are
similar to us: those who think similarly, who find similar things
fun, and who are in similar walks of life. That's fine when it comes
to your friendships, but you need to aim higher when it comes to
networking. More than 60% of people find jobs through networking,
for example, and you can bet that most of them didn’t achieve this
goal because they knew someone at the bottom of the pecking order.
5) Turn off cyberspace. There's no greater blow to productivity
than breaking your concentration to reply to an e-mail as soon as it
hits your inbox. Remember, no award will be handed out at the end of
the day for the person who responded to the most e-mails the
fastest. If you're doing nothing but responding to e-mail, you're
bouncing around like a pinball.
6) Break the feel-good
addiction. In today's world, we're constantly sabotaged by
nonproductive energy-wasters. There are emails to read. Facebook
statuses to update. Receipts to locate for that already late expense
report. Dishes to be washed. Files to be organized. And on, and on,
and on. These are the easy, albeit often unproductive, tasks that
make us feel good. They may not get you any closer to accomplishing
your greater goals, but at least you've checked a couple of things
off your to-do list.
"Unfortunately," says Vickie Milazzo,
"this addiction comes at a high price, because that cheap check-mark
high is guaranteed to frustrate, overwhelm, and stress you out in
the long term. By majoring in minor things, we never get to our big
commitments. Breaking these addictions opens the door to
achievement, because what you focus on is where you will yield
7) Set aside sacred "momentum time." Momentum time
is precious time you are able to set aside for yourself each day, to
work uninterrupted toward achieving your goals. To carve out time,
examine every activity and decide how to eliminate it, delegate it,
hire it out, or do it faster.
"If part of your day is rarely
interrupted (such as early morning or late evening), reserve it for
momentum time. Keep your momentum time sacred. Use phrases such as,
'I'll be available in one hour. What time after that works best?'
Start your day with a two-hour uninterrupted chunk, and then
gradually add more two-hour momentum sessions each day. Claim your
momentum time and you'll find those lost hours you've been looking
8) Have confidence in your abilities. It's highly
unlikely that you'll reach any goal you set for yourself if you
don't believe with your whole heart that achieving it is possible.
Among other things, you won't be confident enough to take calculated
risks, if you don't believe that the limitations in front of you are
surmountable. Anytime you find yourself entertaining doubts or
trying to limit what you think is possible, remind yourself of your
past successes. Let them infuse you with pride and bolster your
"Believing you can do it—whatever 'it' is—is 90
percent of the win," assures Milazzo. "When I walked into my first
meeting with a potential client, my legs were literally shaking. I
forced myself to remember that this attorney needed specialized
knowledge that only I—a critical care nurse—could give him. I walked
out of that meeting with my first client. Plus, I learned that when
you expand what you're willing to believe about yourself, you can
transform who you are and what your life looks like."
Surround yourself with mentors. There are two ways to develop the
skills, habits, and mindsets that you'll need to achieve wicked
success. The first is to go it alone and learn by trial and error in
the school of hard knocks. The second (much smarter) path is to
learn from others who have encountered and surmounted problems that
are similar to your own. That being the case, surround yourself with
as many mentors as possible and practice the skills they pass on to
10) Safeguard your momentum. Accept that you won't
please everyone. Someone is bound to be unhappy about the changes
you make to focus on your big things. A friend might get upset
because you can no longer meet for lunch on Wednesdays. Your spouse
might complain because you won't run his errands on a weekday.
"Bottom line, they'll get over it," says Milazzo. "Stop feeling
guilty and stay true to your goals. Surround yourself with friends,
family, and peers who support your vision. Discard all discouraging
messages. These are your passions and goals, not anyone else's."
"You can't snap your fingers and suddenly become successful,"
admits Milazzo. "And the successful people you envy weren't able to
do that either. They worked for it. They set big goals. They didn't
settle for small-time achievements. Wicked success can be yours too,
if you make the same big commitments."
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