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August 6, 2013

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/06/2013

“First Lady of Barter” To Receive Award At IRTA’s Convention

The Hall of Fame Committee has announced that Lois Dale, barter industry veteran and past president of IRTA, has been selected to receive the 2013 Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented at IRTA’s 34th Annual International Convention, being held September 19 through 21, at the five-star Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of the former recipients of this award.



Lois Dale's 25+ years of advocacy for the barter industry was recognized by the famous American financial-journalist and host of Wall Street Week, Louis Rukeyser, when he dubbed her the “First Lady of Barter.” Lois’ trade exchange, Barter Advantage Inc., was a major factor in the New York City market for decades. She is congratulated on her well-deserved 2013 IRTA Hall of Fame Award.

$1.1 Billion Investment Dumped For 7-Cents On The Dollar

Imagine making a huge investment and then selling it for less than 7¢ on the dollar … over a $1 billion loss. That’s exactly what the New York Times experienced since purchasing the 141-year-old Boston Globe newspaper back in 1993 for $1.1 billion.

The new owner is businessman John Henry, 63, better known as the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. He paid $70 million for the asset that declined in value due to the digital era changes taking place in today’s world.

Lab-Grown Burgers Could Be Globally Transformative

In another decade or two it’s conceivable that the world’s population will be eating and enjoying laboratory grown beef. The first public tasting of the laboratory meat took place on Monday (8/05/2013). The research-bankroller of the project for creating meat fibers from beef muscle stem cells is Sergey Brin, the billionaire founder of Google.

Brin, along with others, believes that the world needs a way to produce meat that’s less demanding on resources than rearing animals, and the ensuing continual environmental harm.

Wall Street Firms Taking Advantage Of Real Estate Foreclosure Crisis

Major investment firms have quickly become major landlords after buying tens-of-thousands of single-family homes in beaten-down markets — and they say they are in it for the long haul. New research by Morgan Stanley predicts that the buy-to-rent sector will grow from $17 billion now, to $100 billion over the next several years. The two biggest players to date are the Blackstone Group, which has spent $5 billion (through a subsidiary) on 30,000 homes, and American Homes 4 Rent, which has spent $3.1 billion on a portfolio of nearly 18,000 homes.

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The Hunt For Capital Is Easier Through Your Trade Exchange

Depending upon your company’s ability to earn trade dollars, when it comes time to search out additional capital for financing your business’ growth, the fastest and easiest way to proceed is a visit to your member trade exchange.

That’s because the entrepreneurial owner of the exchange knows how easy (or difficult) it will be for your business to earn additional trade dollars — to pay back the loan from the exchange.

It’s a given that every situation is different, and your desire for capital may be even greater than what the exchange can provide you. But remember this, contacting them first is always a smart move.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic — with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly “Tuesday Report,” and the “Contacts Section” of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company’s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company’s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here’s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

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To Avoid Meeting Killers Be Prepared

When it’s time for a meeting, most companies have them: co-workers that hijack discussions, wander off topic, send texts, disrupt decision-making or behave in other dysfunctional ways.

The five most common disrupters come under these categories:

The Dominator

Crime: greatly overestimates value of his/her personal views
Modus operandi: disrupts discussion and induces information overkill
Level: first-degree nuisance

The Quiet Plotter

Crime: practices passive-aggressive insubordination
Modus operandi: remains quiet at meetings, later undermines bosses and decisions
Level: first-degree nuisance

The Naysayer

Crime: premeditated negativity
Modus operandi: waits until consensus is almost reached and then derails meeting with major objections
Level: first-degree nuisance

The Rambler

Crime: inflicts death by boredom
Modus operandi: takes discussions to far-away places so people forget why they’re there
Level: second-degree nuisance

The Jokester

Crime: assault with a deadly punchline
Modus operandi: cracks jokes (appropriate or not) and awaits response from others
Level: misdemeanor nuisance

Meetings are supposed to be a time of creative problem solving, where the best ideas emerge. Yet even some of the best managers have a difficult time running them.

The following advice from executives, meeting planners and trainers, for accomplishing productive meetings that’ll get more done include:

  • Limit the number of meetings scheduled.
     

  • Set a clear agenda.
     

  • Impose a “no device” rule or schedule periodic tech breaks for e-mail, texts and phone calls.
     

  • Redirect people back to the agenda when they ramble or digress.
     

  • Draw out quiet people by asking them in advance for a specific contribution.
     

  • Do a “round robin” when appropriate, to allow everyone to contribute.
     

  • Ask for objections early, to keep them from derailing discussions later.
     

  • Limit the length of slide presentations.
     

  • Interrupt people who talk too long or talk to each other.
     

  • Set an ending time for the meeting and stick to it.


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Does Your Company Slogan Encourage Innovation?

The following slogans show innovation is valued over possible mistakes:

Ø  We reserve the right to make mistakes. (Hewlett-Packard)

Ø  Use your good judgment at all times. There will be no other rules. (Nordstrom department stores)

Ø  We don’t shoot managers that err; we shoot managers who do not take risks. (Dell)


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Expand Your Bartering Efforts By Thinking Outside The Box

Almost everyone does business with smaller service providers, routinely paying them cash. And those expenditures, when added up over the year, amount to a surprisingly large sum. As a member of the trade exchange here’s an idea to consider. Give some thought to how you can work with these various service providers on a trade basis.

To begin with, learn of their interests through your conversations. Later on you can engage them in conversation wherein you could offer to pay your manicurist, hair dresser, dry cleaner, or get a massage, shoe repair, tailor, etc. by offering them a case of wine, restaurant scrip, or possibly a weekend get-a-way at a local resort — available through your trade exchange.

Maybe they would like a gift certificate for an auto detail for a son or husband. Perhaps they would appreciate your taking care of their dental bill at a member dentist. It only requires a bit of conversation, conscious listening, and some creativity in obtaining what they like through your trade exchange.

Best of all, there’s no real trick to it ...  it’s just a matter of having a little tenacity and ingenuity. Plus, over time, you’ll have the satisfaction of turning a cash transaction into one involving barter.


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The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today’s New Age Of Possibility

There are many forms of secondary capital—which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our “Secondary Capital Section.”

Check it out... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


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