April 7, 2009
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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the desk of Bob Meyer...04/07/2009
Emotional Stimulus Plan To Manage Your Fear
In today�s economic environment many Americans are feeling
anxious, edgy and vulnerable. While our government and
others are instituting a variety of measures to stimulate
economic growth, there are things that we as individuals can
do to control anxiety and stimulate our emotional growth.
with your family and loved ones more frequently. Emotional
and physical intimacy offers comfort when one is feeling
that when you feel victimized, anger is an appropriate
response...diffuse it in a constructive way.
good relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, soft music, a
hot bath, and turning off the phone, pager and PDA can offer
things you can control. Learn a new skill or sport, or spend
time on a favorite hobby.
religious or spiritual services. Let go of problems and open
your heart to feelings of peace and love.
It sweeps the cobwebs out and encourages more restful sleep.
that give you pleasure. Go for a hike, read an escapist book
or watch a funny movie.
allowances. Be aware that you�re not functioning at
100%...allow yourself and others more time to complete
personal and professional chores.
it one day at a time. The onset of stress may be rapid, but
getting rid of it can take a while. Try to resume the
comfort and predictability of everyday routines.
your fear, getting professional help if you need it.
Counselors and therapists have lots of tools that can help
you get through the troubled times.
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TTi/eValues Unveil First Quarter Volume
Lasater, CEO of TeleTrade int�l, has announced that the first
quarter total volume for all worldwide platforms using its
proprietary systems for the commercial barter industry showed
figures of $17.7 million. The total volume on
came in a little over $10 million. Total transactional volume for
all platforms since TTi took its systems online in 1999 is $673.9
eValues system is an exclusive system designed for independent trade
exchanges to run their day-to-day operations, yet maintain an
ability to trade in the global marketplace. The total transactional
volume for eValues now stands at $377.7 million.
has some of the fastest growing and larger exchanges in the
industry. Growth figures have been varied this quarter ranging from
a modest increase of nearly 25% of an exchange of near 500 members,
a 63% grow in activity for an exchange near 300 members, and nearly
172% in another 300 member exchange.
Lasater as an industry veteran has over 38 years in barter and trade
exchange experience, with 28 years dedicated to designing
sophisticated systems for the organized trade and barter industry.
information, contact Gary Lasater, CEO TeleTrade int�l/eValues, at
303.840.7172 ext. 1, or e-mail
Attention Trade Exchange Owners. . .It�s GROW OR GO!
The magic bullet for growth is sales, always has been and always
will be...yet the industry�s overall growth is anemic. Why? Maybe
it�s because we�re not providing on-going education about our unique
way of doing business. Knowledge is always a pre-requisite to taking
And for those newcomers, the lifeblood of an exchange, awareness of
and understanding about the value of trading is even more important.
If you expect prospects to come aboard and your members to be more
active traders, but you are perplexed when the results are less than
you desire...there�s a good reason. You must continually educate
and motivate every month--month after month after month!
Such action is necessary because, let�s face it, more cash business,
not trade, is of paramount importance to your members. You must
break through this �cash only� focus and redirect their thinking
toward barter. Although most exchanges don�t see the importance of
doing so, many industry leaders are taking action and so can you.
As the owner of your own operation, there is an easy and
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Digital Billboards Growing In Popularity
digital billboards have been in use for less than a decade,
according to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.
Although only 1400 of 450,000 billboards nationwide have the
advertising companies must make a substantial investment to go
digital � at a cost of $175,000 to $500,000 per billboard. However,
costs can be recouped by having multiple advertisers rotating on a
looks bright as the billboards give advertisers unprecedented ease
for updating their messages. That�s because the signs can be
International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter
Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower
left of the page. (Click
Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month
visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have
names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange
isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the
situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click
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One Person Businesses To Swell In United States
businesses with no employees have become an important part of the
U.S. economy, and will increase in number over the next decade. The
growth will be driven by shifts in larger company employee practices
and changes in technology, according to the Intuit Corporation
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foresees a new breed of entrepreneur emerging. Entrepreneurs will no
longer come predominantly from the middle of the age spectrum, but
instead from the edges. People nearing retirement and their children
just entering the job market will become the most entrepreneurial
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past conferences and found them to be very educational and
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breaks is possible. (Bob Meyer)
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Searching For A Financial Advisor?
Many of us are clueless when it comes to choosing a financial
expert. Victoria Collins teaches a course about it at the UC Irvine
business school. She suggests you always remember to ask the right
questions and consider all of the options.
When you�re getting started, never interview fewer than three, and
use a standardized form of questions. Then rate their answers on a
scale of 1 to 5. And stick to your agenda, not theirs. If they all
rate high, ask the adviser for two or three referrals. Also look for
mutual clients who have done business with this adviser.
Questions Collins recommends for your list would include:
How long have you been in business? What type of services do you
offer? How do you differ from your competitors? How does your firm
add value over your competitors? How many clients do you have? How
much money do you manage? What�s your investment philosophy? How do
you review and evaluate performance? How will you communicate with
me, and how often? What was the worst investment mistake your firm
has ever made, and what did you learn from it?
Be careful of big box firms, she advises, because they usually have
their own agenda. You need personal attention that a boutique firm
can offer you. One last caveat: always choose a financial adviser
who uses an outside custodian to control the funds. That way, the
adviser does not have access to your money.
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