August 6, 2013
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
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
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.
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
Street Firms Taking Advantage Of Real Estate Foreclosure
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
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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
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?
your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you
are definitely missing out on new business. The web site
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thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday
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companies with which to do business.
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keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A)
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To Avoid Meeting Killers Be
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:
greatly overestimates value of his/her personal views
Modus operandi: disrupts discussion and induces information
Level: first-degree nuisance
practices passive-aggressive insubordination
Modus operandi: remains quiet at meetings, later undermines
bosses and decisions
Level: first-degree nuisance
Modus operandi: waits until consensus is almost reached and
then derails meeting with major objections
Level: first-degree nuisance
inflicts death by boredom
Modus operandi: takes discussions to far-away places so
people forget why they�re there
Level: second-degree nuisance
assault with a deadly punchline
Modus operandi: cracks jokes (appropriate or not) and awaits
response from others
Level: misdemeanor nuisance
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.
advice from executives, meeting planners and trainers, for
accomplishing productive meetings that�ll get more done include:
number of meetings scheduled.
Set a clear
Impose a �no
device� rule or schedule periodic tech breaks for e-mail, texts
and phone calls.
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.
objections early, to keep them from derailing discussions later.
length of slide presentations.
people who talk too long or talk to each other.
Set an ending
time for the meeting and stick to it.
Does Your Company Slogan
following slogans show innovation is valued over possible mistakes:
the right to make mistakes. (Hewlett-Packard)
good judgment at all times. There will be no other rules. (Nordstrom
shoot managers that err; we shoot managers who do not take risks.
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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
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
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?
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