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How to spot a problematic job candidate

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
There are factors that should cause you to think twice before hiring a particular job candidate, experts say.  -More

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Restaurant sales rebounded in March, report says

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
Restaurants saw same-store sales growth of 0.7% in March, the first increase since November, as warmer weather melted winter' -More
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Hotel leaders: Industry performance still pointing upward

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
Geoff Davis, HREC Investment Advisors' president and senior principal, said during a panel discussion at the Real Time Hotel  -More
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Companies need to buy into food-safety programs

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
For successful food-safety programs, the company must buy in beginning at the executive level and they must be well-funded as -More

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Robert Cresanti joins IFA's Government Relations and Public Policy Dept.

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
Robert Cresanti joined IFA this week as executive vice president of government relations and public policy, bringing extensiv -More
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Union-backed franchise bill defeated in Conn. committee

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
Last week, Connecticut HB 5069, which would have devastated the franchise model in the state by classifying franchisees as th -More

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Senator questions SBA flagship loan program

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
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I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.

SmartBrief - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:17
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, French diplomat -More
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Brace yourself for 'velocity'

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:06
There's a new buzzword trending through the car business right now: velocity. It has been popping up in conversations and presentations for a while, and is on the lips of visitors here at the New York auto show. And it might be a good thing.
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Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale Promotes Healthy Longevity with the...

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-16 13:43

Home Care Assistance invites caregivers, clients and community members to participate in “The Walk to Okinawa,” a simulated trek from Scottsdale, Arizona to Okinawa, Japan.

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Your Smile is Worth a Thousand Words

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2014-04-16 13:00

We meet so many people in our business activities at events, conferences, meetings, workshops and even randomly.

I have found that if I invite and attract someone to me by my energy, attitude and self confidence all wrapped up in a big, warm smile and a firm handshake, it’s worth a thousand words.

I don’t know why more people don’t smile.  I understand the fear of meeting new people and being at events with a large crowd where they may not know people. It’s daunting and scary. It is for me too sometimes, and I consider myself very good at this. But I have had to work on it – and through it.

I find that if I go into networking and meeting with people from a neutral, fun position rather than with an agenda, things turn out the best. Using the power of a smile can be a secret weapon and superpower. It’s everyone’s.

The power of a smile is transformative and we all have that power when we smile. Turns out, there is a science behind smiling that begins in the brain. Once the smiling muscles in the face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy:

“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”

Our brain can even distinguish between a real smile and a fake smile, and it’s all in our eyes when we smile. Your brain keeps track of your smiles, kind of like a smile scorecard. It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in.

Studies have shown how smiling reduces stress, increases our overall health, well being and attitude. Below are a few things that can help you get your smile on more – especially in business.

Smile Networking Use Your Imagination

Imagine and think about happy, joyful experiences and situations before you go to events. Set up your mindset before you attend.

Researcher Andrew Newberg says:

“We just ask a person, before they engage in a conversation with someone else, visualize someone they deeply love, or recall an event that brought them deep satisfaction and joy. It’s such an easy exercise, and we train people to do it in our workshops.”

Practice Smiling in a Mirror

As silly as this sounds – is as effective as it can be. Practicing smiling with yourself can get you through some of the fear that makes you uncomfortable with smiling at others. Try going through the day and smiling a lot to everyone and everything. You’ll be amazed at how it is reciprocated.

Get Comfortable Drawing People Towards You

Smiling is magnetic and it’s a conversation starter. People who smile are kind of intriguing and magnetic to me. I find myself wondering what they are smiling about, and isn’t that a great conversation starter:

“What’s making you smile today?”

Researcher LaFrance concluded that overall, women smile a lot more than men. She says:

“In general women are more accurate than men in detecting what is really going on with someone by looking at their face and listening to their voice. Women are more likely to tell the difference between a felt and a fake smile.”

I bicycle regularly and have started smiling at other riders, walkers and runners that I pass on the trail I ride on much more. Turns out, they are more than willing to smile back, give me a head nod or a thumbs up.

At business events, I am naturally drawn to people who are smiling and enjoying themselves. When I use the power of my smile, it not only puts people at ease, and gives them an opening for a conversation, but people who smile at me – I am much more inclined to engage with.

Your smile is worth a thousand words. Trust it and use it as much as you can – it’s your superpower.

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New Business Opportunities For 2014 - Empowered Ezine Weighs In

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-16 12:43

A newly released article from takes a look at three innovative new business opportunities new entrepreneurs might want to check out this year.

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Liberty Tax Service Finalizes the End of Tax Season in Times Square

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-16 12:43

For a second year now, Liberty Tax Service, a subsidiary of JTH Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), is completing this year’s tax season with a grand finale finish. Lady Liberty wavers will fill Times Square...

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Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2014-04-16 12:14
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Nina In New York: KFC Redefines Prom Glamour By Adorning Teenagers With Fried Chicken

Topix - Wed, 2014-04-16 11:33

That is the normal human emotional response to learning of the recently unveiled Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick corsage .

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Cape Fear Seniors features Mark Wilson, Cambridge Village Senior...

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-16 11:33

Mark Wilson goes on the air with host Tom Pechar of Cape Fear Seniors to announce new senior living facility.

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Restaurants focus on throughput as a growth strategy

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2014-04-16 11:23
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Hyundai goes mild with 2015 Sonata makeover

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-16 11:15
Hyundai is tweaking the recipe that made the Sonata one of the industry's hottest mid-sized sedans in recent years with a makeover for 2015 that is more mild than spicy.
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Yumz Throws Toga Party to Introduce New Greek Offering

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2014-04-16 11:11
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Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve franchise, announced the addition of Greek frozen yogurt to its stores. To kick off its Greek frozen yogurt launch, an in-store toga party will take place at all of Yumz locations Friday, April 25 through Sunday April 27, 2014. Any customer who visits a Yumz store wearing a toga over their clothing will receive 20 percent off their purchase.


News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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