What’s New — Legal Mistakes

LegalMistakesA verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, goes the adage. While it’s unlikely that most small-business owners will ever be on the hook for breaking an oral agreement, as Mark Zuckerberg was – for $65 billion – when the Winklevoss twins claimed he stole their social-network idea, legal mistakes can be costly. Read on to learn how to avoid them by clicking here, or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Pornstache Speaks!

SchreiberGrowing up in what he calls “beautiful and utopian” rural British Columbia, Pablo Schreiber never imagined he’d one day be famous for portraying a sadistic prison guard with the moniker “Pornstache”. The Orange is the New Black villain had hoop dreams, and the taller he grew the better his shot at playing for a big-time NBA team. So, at 6-foot-4, he enrolled at the University of San Francisco with the goal of scoring a spot on a Division 1 team. But when he didn’t make the cut, he traded the court for the stage, and headed for Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University to study theater. “It was acting or nothing else. I didn’t have any other skill sets to fall back on,” says Schreiber, 36. To read more about the nice guy (really!) from Winlaw, B.C., my latest piece for Emmy Magazine, click on the image above.

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What’s New — 44 Blue Productions

DrachkovitchThirty years ago, when Rasha and Stephanie Drachkovitch founded their company, they called it 44 Blue Productions, after a good luck play in high school football. So it made sense that they would kick off their reality programming with syndicated sports shows, including Bob Uecker’s Wacky World of Sports. The good luck play held; the show was a winner. So when the Drachkovitchs branched out into action-adventure, lifestyle and documentary programming, they pushed their luck, going boldly where no camera had gone before: to dangerous places, places like prisons and war zones and pirate-infested waters. “We were creating a reputation as extreme human condition producers,” says Rasha from 44 Blue’s Studio City offices. No kidding. To read more, click on the image above to go to my latest story for Emmy Magazine.

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What’s New — Fabulous Food Photos

6TipsThese days, the trend to document anything sauteéd, smoked, baked and broiled to keep the delicious memories of a good meal alive is gaining steam. But you want the shots to be a feast for the eyes and not to gag with a spoon. For my latest piece in Connected Rogers, Melissa Hartfiel –food stylist, writer and photographer for eyesbiggerthanmystomach.com and co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada– shares six tips for taking food photos good enough to eat. Savour them by clicking here, or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Smile-worthy Selfies

Selfies

Everybody’s doing it. From Michelle Obama to Kim Kardashian (who even offers a tutorial featuring the finer points of duck face) to, well, anyone with a smartphone, really. They’re digital self–portraits, better known as selfies, a term that has become so ubiquitous that Britain’s Oxford University Press named it 2013’s word of the year. People have gone snap happy because they can control their own image. But just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should do it badly. Check out the four tips for smile-worthy selfies by clicking on the icon above, or here.

 

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What’s New — The Price That’s Right

PricesAs a small business, sometimes you need to raise your prices just to break even, but you’re afraid to lose your loyal customers. What do you do? Communication is key, say the experts. Tell them why their costs are rising, and what they’ll get in return. Read all about it in my new story for Rogers’ Connected For Business Magazine, by clicking here or on the story icon above.

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What’s New — Let’s Make a Deal

MakeADealThe faintest whiff of desperation during any negotiation – with a client, a supplier, an investor or employee – not only makes you vulnerable, it creates concern about the value of your product or service.  For tips on successful negotiating, click here or on the icon to read all about it in my latest piece for Rogers’ Connected For Business.

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