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07 Dec 10 How to Read Anything Faster?

Many readers are voracious readers, but still haven’t been able to master speed reading. Many of such readers fear speed reading thinking it does hamper the comprehension and retention level. Initially learning speed reading may take some time, but once you master the art it’s very helpful. Speed reading will help you to read all those which you always wanted to finish but never got time for that. It will increase your productivity. The day you can read 1000 words in a minute, you master the art of speed reading. It will happen only over a period of time and with immense practice. So start the practice now, soon you will master it.

Focus on specific words or sentences

One effective way of speedy reading is not reading the whole of a paragraph, but in bits in pieces. Pick up the important words, phrases and sentences. You can skip conjunctions and elaborations. They don’t carry much significance. Rest will automatically bring the essence.

Know your capability

Figure out your capability and grasping power of words, how fast can you read and understand in a minute. It will help you to know your average standard which you can improvise. Timing yourself will help you to improve every time and motivate you to beat the old score. Check how long it takes for you to finish one page of book. Jot down the speed in a paper. Don’t forget you shouldn’t read it blindly, you need to understand the meaning too.

Take speed reader tests

To gain mastery participate in computer based online or offline speed reader tests. Don’t lie to yourself about the output. Cheating won’t improve your performance. Also measure your comprehension level, to re-assure that you are not merely competing with fast reading but also comprehending the message and retaining the same. It will give you a realistic idea and steady improvement. You can search for such tests on search engines.

Let fingers guide you

Let your fingers scan the text, it will increase your reading speed.

Remove distraction

Make sure you remove distractions like television noise, music, pet’s disturbance, too much of talking and noise in your surroundings. Such distractions won’t give you the picture of your actual speed. Make sure you are at peace and not pre-occupied by tension and thoughts which can hinder your learning.

Speed reading learning is definitely not a child’s play. But consistent efforts do show results.

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04 Sep 10 How a Virtual Assistant Could Skyrocket Your Profitability

A virtual assistant is one whom you hire off the Internet and who lives in a remote location away from you. In most cases he or she lives in a developing country, and because of which he costs less to the employer than a regular employee would.

But, why people got involved with virtual assistants, if their works were successfully done by regular employees, and whom the employer can monitor from the comfort of his office? This question quizzes everyone who has never used a virtual assistant for his business and for these people only I have written this article. Read it to the end and you will know why to use a virtual assistant.

Why to hire a virtual assistant

Low cost

By charging less and allowing extra cash to sit in the employer’s pocket, a virtual assistant gives a competitive advantage to its employer which is hard to match using a regular employee. A small business owner hiring a virtual assistant has an unfair advantage. He can attack the competitors by lowering the price below the industry’s norm. He can do it as his operation cost is low.

Comparable quality

When compared, the output produced by a virtual assistant is same as the output of a regular employee of the similar capability. If both of them produce comparable results then why to hire one who costs more?

Operational flexibility

A company that runs an online business could keep his operation manned 24X7 by hiring a person from across the globe. If you are in the United States then you can hire a virtual assistant from Asia, so that your virtual assistant works when you sleep and sleeps when you work. This way you could keep your online shop open and manned the entire day.

Use as a Swiss knife

You can use a virtual employee as a Swiss knife by making him do all kinds of administrative and promotion jobs. Unlike most of the regular employees, a virtual employee keeps himself involved in many fields.

Hire a virtual assistant and see your profit skyrocketing. I have seen many small and mid-size businesses transforming themselves by hiring one to do the works for which the presence of an employee in the office is not required.

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02 May 09 Hey Buddy…Let’s Call it home!

Many of us were not around, probably sleeping, probably away, or may be just not interested, when the important developments on the Internet was taking place. This is happening again. It is an opportune moment. Whoever is reading this can be a part of this revolution and can be among early adopters of the new change. A new revolution has just begun. BuddyPress has just come. BuddyPress will do to social networking sites what WordPress had done to websites. Yes, BuddyPress is your own, homegrown, open-source social networking platform with all the capability of WordPress MU (multi user).

BuddyPress has all the thrills and frills of its sister WordPress with an added color of social networking. Now having a blog networks is as easy as having a blog. With BuddyPress, you can be the ringmaster of your own blog network while others will play by the rules set by you. You can think of starting a topical blog network or if you wish you can create network blog for a certain age group, let’s say for teens.

BuddyPress is a suit of WordPress plug-ins and themes that allows users to add many social interaction features like activity streams, groups and forums. It can be installed separately or as an add-on to the existing WordPress MU installation. Just like any WordPress installation, plug-ins of the BuddyPress can be themed to match the style of your blog network. All BuddyPress plug-ins are independent identities in their own right, and they can be used in two way. You use it either all the plug-ins to build your own social networking site from scratch or you can use only the selected plug-ins to add the features you want in your social networking website. With its many plug-ins BuddyPress will give you more control, and as with any WordPress installation, BuddyPress is 100 percent customizable. Some of the features that you can enable on your base installation of BuddyPress are:

Extended profiles: This component will give you the power to create specific profile field that user needs to fill in.

Private Messaging: This is akin to internal e-mail system using which a user can send, forward, and reply to messages to people on his or her friend’s list.

Like any other social networking site, social networking websites build using BuddyPress allow you to add friends, create interest-based groups, and gives an opportunity to the users to create their own forums. Other feature includes activity stream, blog tracking, and the wire. BuddyPress will add Photo albums and status updates features by the end of 2009. Status update will be added by mid 2009, whereas photo album will be added by late 2009.

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