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Scottie Nell Hughes on US foreign policy impact on business

Scottie Nell Hughes on US foreign policy impact on business

Scottie HughsScottie Nell Hughes joined me on my show again today and we had a terrific discussion on how the US Foreign Policy is having an impact on business. She discussed examples of what could happen if things do not change, and she also discussed things you can do to help change things for the better. Here are a few points she touched on:

  • Thanks to technology all Countries of the world are on an interconnected system
  • Look at Greece for what can happen to us if we become a truly entitled nation.
  • Raising minimum wage in Washington State is driving businesses to move out.
  • If they continue to raise gas prices the auto industry go back into recession.
  • Americans need to become informed and engaged and they need to care.
  • We don’t need to take bail outs from foreign Country’s. Our Country was built on personal responsibility.

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About Scottie Nell Hughes

Prior to stepping in front of the camera just over a year ago, Scottie Nell Hughes, established her conservative foundation in the talk radio media. Having started at the very beginning as the executive producer of the Steve Gill Show in Nashville, TN, Scottie used her early years in radio to learn every element of a successful talk radio program. She eventually accepted roles with several nationally syndicated talk shows like the Rusty Humphries Show, The Michael Berry Show, The Mark Skoda Show and many others. Her stories include on the street interview packages to entertaining yet revealing interviews with some of the most notorious names in both politics and Hollywood. Scottie Nell has also appeared numerous times on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Fox and Friends, America’s Newsroom, among many others.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a broadcast communications/ political science degree, Scottie realized her calling for a life in political journalism at the young age of 12 with her first reporting job as a Kids to Kids Reporter for WKRN-ABC Nashville. She went on to win the top High School Broadcaster Award for the state of Tennessee and the Broadcaster of the year for her college class 3 years in a row.

Scottie Nell Hughes currently serves as the News Director for the Tea Party News Network.

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What Is A Christian Businessman?

What Is A Christian Businessman?

Does a Christian businessman naturally conflict with his business responsibilities? Does survival in the modern business world mean ignoring Jesus’ teaching on personal conduct? Some would say it does. They argue that a capitalist economy is founded on greed and self-exaltation, so no one can do business according to Jesus’ teaching on compassion. On the other side, some believe that God is not concerned with secular things like business life, so a businessman who simply donates to the church is obeying all that God asks of him. They say that God only cares about what a man believes in his heart, not how he lives in the world. That is – He isn’t concerned so long as the man stays within a few general principles on being nice to people.

In my opinion, nothing in the above paragraph could be further from the truth. I believe with all my heart that God does indeed care about our businesses, what we do for a living, and how we conduct ourselves as Christians in the business world.

In the Bible, in Romans 12:1 and 2, Paul urges people to present themselves – all that they are – as living sacrifices to God – and to not conform to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. When one gives himself to God and surrenders his life to God through accepting Jesus as both Lord and Savior, I believe that means that he gives everything over to God’s control – and that includes his business life.

With that said, what is the practical application of being a Christian businessman? How does being a Christian businessman affect the leadership and organizational culture of your company? If we, as business owners, surrender ourselves and our businesses to God, how does such a sacrifice manifest itself in our daily business lives? Consider the following words:

Integrity: The word integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” As Christians, we are to live in the world with integrity, being honest and moral in our business dealings. We are to operate from a foundation of a knowledge or right and wrong. Doing so puts us above reproach in every situation.

Fairness: Fairness is the quality of making judgments that are free from discrimination. Being fair as businessmen means that we treat everyone with equity. It means that we have rules and standards that we, and our employees, abide by when dealing with customers.

Quality: My personal definition of quality is “conformance to the requirements of my customer.” Customers have certain expectations of the goods and services that we provide. It is our job as businessmen to (a) make sure that the customers knows what he is getting when purchasing our products or services, and then (b) to make sure that he gets it. We deliver what we promise and we stand behind what we do. I have found that the best way to delight a customer is to always deliver more than I promise.

There are many more words that we could explore to further expand upon what it means to be a Christian businessman, but applying these three words in your every day dealings with customers will get you well on your way to running a successful operation that is thoroughly pleasing to God.

Ten Commandments for Thankful Living

Do you believe yourself to be a thankful person? Do you live your life with a sense of both gratitude and expectancy? If so, you are most assuredly blessed. If not, here are ten helpful suggestions for getting yourself on the right track to living an amazingly blessed and happy life.

1. Be thankful for prayers answered.
2. Be thankful for habits broken or avoided.
3. Be thankful for sins forgiven (both public and private).
4. Be thankful for healings seen and unseen.
5. Be thankful for the storms of life that have blown over or blown out.
6. Thank God for friends both old and new.
7. Thank God for impossibilities that became possibilities.
8. Thank God for gifts given and received.
9. Be thankful for the possibilities that lie within you.
10. Be thankful for hope that springs eternal and never dies.

I have found that it is impossible to be thankful for all of these things without realizing how truly fortunate and blessed I really am. What about you?

Ten Steps To Finding The Right Speaker

The selection of a speaker is one of the most important and challenging aspects of when it comes to creating a successful meeting or event. Selecting the right speaker for your meeting can be a daunting task because speakers are available in every fee range and topic specialty.

How do you make sure that you engage the best person for the job and get the highest value for the money you are investing?

1. Determine the needs of your audience. Thorough knowledge of the needs of your group is essential to selecting an appropriate speaker. Who are the members who will be attending? What are they interested in? What are some of the current goals and challenges they have on their minds? Does the meeting require that your audience leave with specific information? Do you need someone to motivate the group to sell? Are you looking for after-dinner entertainment with a message?

2. Establish your date, time, and budget.

a. Start looking for a speaker as soon as the date for your meeting is set. Many speakers book engagements up to a year in advance, so you will want to get on their calendar as soon as possible.
b. Consider how much time you have to fill and where that time falls in your overall program. If your time-slot is flexible, a professional speaker can often tell you the right amount of time for the job. A professional can also make recommendations about the order of topics to be addressed (i.e., it may not be wise to follow a humorist with an educational presentation).
c. Factor in the fee you are willing and able to pay for a speaker. Your search for a speaker can be very narrow or very broad depending on your budget. Fees for professional speakers vary greatly depending on experience, demand, and the particular niche in which they speak. The range for a professional speaker can go from $2,000 to $25,000 or more.

3. Identify the type of speaker who will best match the needs of your audience. A speaker’s expertise in a given field may be a big draw, but a well-known name does not guarantee a professional presentation. High profile does not always equal high quality. Will your audience and the overall program benefit most from a celebrity, and expert in the field, a popular sports personality, or a best selling author?

4. Locate your resources. Personal referrals are a great way to narrow your search. Ask colleagues and friends for their recommendations. Also, speakers bureaus can be a great way to find out those speakers who are available to speak on the topic you are contemplating.

5. Review your options and interview speaking candidates.

a. Expect a professional speaker to be a partner in your meeting process.
b. Make sure that a potential speaker has addressed groups similar to yours and talk to him about his experience.
c. As for a biography, testimonials, and recordings of presentations.
d. Find a speaker who will tailor his presentation for your group, not someone who gives canned speeches.

6. Select your speaker. Hire a professional and your hiring an ally, someone who will invest himself in the success of your meeting. Consider that you are not just paying for the time that the speaker in on the platform, but also for the hours spent researching, creating, and customizing his presentation. Also, be aware that some speakers may negotiate their fees when they are doing more than one program for you or when they are allowed to sell their products or get copies of your audio and video recordings of their presentations. Always ask about options.

7. Get it in writing. You should have a letter of agreement that clearly outlines the expectations of both you and your speaker. Consider:

a. Travel arrangements and transportation
b. Accommodations and meals
c. Fees, reimbursements, and payment terms
d. Whether you will want the speaker to attend social events
e. If the speaker may say product and, if so, how this will be handled
f. An agreement on any audio or videotaping of the presentation
g. Cancellation policies
h. Audio/visual requirements
i. Any legal implication

8. Work with your speaker. Share information about your group or company, such as:

a. Company newsletters, brochures, and annual reports
b. Key challenges your organization may be facing in the near future
c. Key people, buzzwords, and insider news and views
d. A clear outline of what you expect
e. The size and demographics of your audience
f. Other speakers on the program and the subject on which they will be speaking. (This avoids program overlap)

9. Set the stage.

a. Make sure the room is set up for optimum impact. Consider the number of chairs and how they are arranged. Also consider room temperature and lighting.
b. Stay on schedule. Keeping your program on schedule will allow your audience to get the full impact of the program you have created for them.
c. Make sure you get a good introduction bio from your speaker. The introduction should be short, energizing, and create positive expectations.

10. Evaluate the results. Have your audience complete evaluations on the speakers and his presentation. This will allow you to gauge your results and plan for future programs. Send copies of the evaluations to your speaker.

Playing The Game of Life

Are you attempting to play the game of life without goals? Maybe you are and don’t even realize it. If your goals are not clearly visible, they might as well not exist.

A great French naturalist conducted a most unusual experiment with Processionary Caterpillars. These caterpillars blindly follow the one in front of them – hence the name. He carefully arranged them in a circle around the rim of a flower pot so that the lead caterpillar touched the last. Inside the flowerpot he placed pine needles, which are a primary source of food for these caterpillars. Hour after hour, day after day, these caterpillars marched around the pot. Finally, with an abundance of food less than six inches away, they died from starvation.

Many people make the same mistake of confusing activity with accomplishment and, as a result, they reap only a small fraction of life’s harvest. Are you blindly, without question, following the crowd in a circle to nowhere?

Why not sell your possessions, go to Las Vegas, and gamble it all? The odds are very great that you’ll lose everything, but there’s a chance you hit the jackpot. Believe it or not, your chances are better in Las Vegas than they are in life, unless you learn to set goals and follow a plan.

Do people plan to fail? NO! The real problem is that they fail to plan!!

Since goals are so important, why do only three percent of American people commit them to writing? They are four basic reasons:

  1.  They have been told by others, and by society, that setting goals is a waste of time.
  2.  They don’t know how to or understand the tremendous benefits of setting goals.
  3.  They fear that they won’t reach their goals and that they will be embarrassed.
  4.  They have poor self images and believe that they don’t deserve the good things life has to offer.

Do you have written goals? Are you taking action toward their accomplishment every day? Do you review them regularly? Are they a dynamic part of your life? Are you accomplishing your goals and making the kind of progress you want? If not, contact us right now! Call us at 203.599.1467 or email us at gary@optechs.com. We can quickly get you on the road to achieving your dreams.