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Public Speaking – How to Best Present Yourself & Your Ideas in Any Situation

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By Patricia Fripp

Good presentation skills are no longer a nice skill to have; they can mean the difference between career life or death.

  • Do you have great ideas, but don’t have the confidence to present them?
  • Are you someone with true expertise, who is unsure how to let others know?
  • Is there a natural leader trapped inside you?

Fortunately, even if you are not a born speaker, the ability to present yourself and your ideas effectively can be learned – just ask my executive speech coaching clients.

Here are some tips to help you sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate and confident the next time you have an opportunity to present, have a conversation with senior management, or network in your professional community.  After all, outside of the privacy of your own home all speaking is public speaking.

To sound more intelligent:
Pace your words, speaking just a bit more slowly to allow yourself time to select the most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.

To sound more powerful:
Use short, simple declarative sentences. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Cut out any useless conjunctions, adverbs, and adjectives – especially superlatives.

To sound more polished:
Never answer a question with a blunt ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, “No, I did not see it.” “Yes, I know Mary.”

To sound more articulate:
Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to final ‘t’ and ‘ng.’

To sound more confident:
Take control of your message by making sure that your gestures and facial expressions support your words. Maintain an upright posture. Hold your head as if you are wearing a crown. Do not allow your arms and legs to move carelessly from side to side. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body.

Use these strategies to improve the quality of your speech in conversation, company meetings, and when you present. Nothing will help your career more than developing the ability to speak well with confidence.

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More About Patricia Fripp

sme_frippHall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation skills expert, and author, Patricia Fripp (http://www.fripp.com) simplifies and demystifies the process of preparing and presenting powerful, persuasive presentations. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance identified her presentation training as one of the best investments you can make in your career. Called “one of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America” by Meetings and Conventions, Patricia delivers high-content, entertaining, dramatically memorable presentations. The first female president of the National Speakers Association, she is now virtually everywhere with FrippVTCE.com (http://www.frippvtce.com). Learn essential new skills and accelerate your career while maintaining your professional accreditation.
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What Is a Business Relationship?

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By Jim Cathcart

I’ve been speaking and writing about “Relationship Selling” since the 1970s, in fact, I wrote the very first book with that title. Since then the phrase ‘relationship selling’ has fallen into common usage and people often tell me, “That’s what I do…Relationship Selling.” When I ask them what that means they usually say, “I believe in building a business relationship with all my customers.”

Well, that’s nice, but what does it really mean?

Out of over 2,700 speeches I’ve delivered around the world I have never encountered an audience where most of them agreed on a specific definition of a relationship. They seem to be guessing when they answer my query, “what is a business relationship?”

So I decided to come up with a definition we can all use. If you find a better definition for business applications then please share it with me. Until then please use mine.

A Business Relationship is:

A Direct Connection Between People In Which Value Is Exchanged.

All the words in this definition are intentional. “Direct Connection” says that a relationship needs to have two or more participants. You cannot build a business relationship from one side only. Nor can it be done without direct contact in communication, preferably face-to-face, but certainly one-to-one.

“Between People” says that you do not have a relationship with a company or a product. It is only between living, breathing, thinking humans.

“Value Is Exchanged” indicates that without contribution from both parties there is no true relationship. If only one party is bringing value to the connection then it’s a transaction, not a relationship.

All of this begs a bigger question: How do I increase the value of my business relationships?

Give more value.

It really is that simple. Find out what the other person values and then give more of that to them. They will consider their connection with you to be more important and they will work to sustain the relationship. So if you want the other person to look forward to the next contact with you, to consider you an important part of their network, or to value what you have to say…then give them more value.

The issue here is increasing your Relationship Intelligence®, that means becoming more intelligent about your relationships, seeing them as assets and making better choices.

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More about Jim Cathcart:

Selected for 5 consecutive years (2010-11-12-13-14) as one of the Top 5 Speakers on Sales & Customer Service, and listed as one of the Top Minds in Personal Development, Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is a leader among professional speakers and authors. Recognized as one of the world’s best keynote speakers Jim is one of only 5 speakers in the world who hold all of the following honors: Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award (2001), President of the National Speakers Association (1988-1989), Speaker Hall of Fame, CPAE (1985), Certified Speaking Professional, CSP (1981), and winner of The Cavett Award (1993). Most recently he has joined the faculty at XTRAcredits. Learn more about Jim at http://cathcart.com/

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Leadership Under Rigorous and Grinding Experiences

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by Mike Staver

Judy House, the best boss I ever reported to, used to say to me, “Mike, the higher you move in an organization the less freedom you have.”

In any endeavor where you have people looking to you for leadership, they are watching you and waiting to see how you will respond to each situation you face. I work with organizations every day and encourage them to live and work courageously. In these turbulent times, it is critical that there be leadership models in organizations for how to live and work in the culture. Courage is not just about living boldly — it’s about the ability and willingness to take a stand and live that stand in the choices you make.

If the people who work with you were given truth serum and asked to write down the three words that best describe the experience of working with you, what would those three words be? This month’s tips are about how to demonstrate that leadership courage and then hold others accountable for living and working courageously in the culture you call work.

Courageous leadership:

Stays focused on the desirable results and is unwavering in pursuing it.
Removes the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving the result.
Acts decisively and takes responsibility for the choices that they make.
Avoids excuses and the people that make them.
Listens openly and non-judgmentally.

Here are action steps:

  • First, clarify expectations in your mind.
  • Communicate expectations that may be ambiguous.
  • Collaborate in setting specific and measurable performance standards.
  • Follow-up to hold people accountable.

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About Mike Staver

sme_staverAn internationally respected coach and professional speaker who has been labelled the “rebel with a cause.”  With a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Mike has found a way to make complex ideas simple, memorable and immediately applicable.  The Staver Group and StaverOnDemand works with leaders at all levels within businesses or corporations to challenge them in driving performance, confronting problems and making a difference in the culture of those they influenceMost recently Mike has joined the faculty at XTRAcredits to help professionals across the country hone their leadership and earn continuing education credits at XTRAcreditsVT.com as they advance in their career.

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3 Ways to Put a Potential Client at Ease

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By Tom Hopkins

To grow a successful business, it’s important to learn to put a potential client at ease. I’ve seen some salespeople in financial services so intent on controlling the sales process that they act like demanding choreographers training young dancers for a Broadway show. “Five-Six-Seven-Eight! Dance-Dance-Dance!!!” Dancers, military recruits, and members of the high school marching band may respond to that kind of direction. Prospective clients will respond by finding another salesperson. Yes, the salesperson has to control the process, but you don’t and can’t do that by being pushy or demeaning. You do just the opposite and put your prospects at ease and doing everything you can to make the process an efficient and pleasant one.

The nature of prospecting dictates that there will always be some element of tension in every contact. As a champion sales person, your success is mentally-accomplished before you even begin. Your prospects haven’t accomplished anything other than using all their fears and worries to build a wall of sales resistance.

“What if we lose all our money?”

“What if that salesperson takes all our money?”

“What will we do if we lose all our money?”

Chances are your potential clients are in fact a bit mind-numbed by the experience of actually having to do something with their finances and by the commitment they’re mentally debating. To them, you are a stranger who (they hope) has the reputation and answers to their questions that they so desperately need.

Initially, in their eyes you’re someone who could just want to make money off them. Maybe you’re trustworthy. Maybe you’re not. “We’ll be on our guard just to be safe” is the likely attitude. You know you’re a champion, but you have to keep earning the title every time you step into the ring. Here are three simple steps that help put the skeptics at ease so you can move right into building rapport and trust.

1. Compliment your client. It’s easy to find something to compliment if you just pay attention to what you see and hear. Select your compliment carefully. If the prospect’s child-beast is yelling at the top of his lungs, tearing your office to pieces and kicking you in the shin, the term “delightful” will not only be (and sound) false, it will mark you as a liar. Of course, you could say, “Ouch. Quite a little kicker you have there. He’ll be a star on the soccer field someday.” Take care of your shins later. Take care of your potential client now.

Your compliment must be sincere. People can spot a phony a mile away and these people are probably within arm’s reach of you. Remember they’re nervous, on guard and are in a position to easily misunderstand the things you say. They’ll notice your body language that indicates falsehoods. They’ll soon see right through your false front. No one likes, trusts or wants to do business with a faker. Just look hard enough and even in the most challenging situations you can find a legitimate compliment even if it’s simply that he or she was punctual in arriving at your office. Use it to break the ice and to propel you into your presentation.

2. Sit facing your client. That’s easy enough to do, especially if they’re coming to your office to discuss their needs. If you are at their home, use these words to get to the kitchen or dining room table: “Mr. & Mrs. Kraft, to do my best for you this evening, it would be best if you two would sit side-by-side at the dining room table. You don’t mind, do you?” As you say these words, gesture toward that room and in the majority of cases, they’ll do what you’ve asked. And, you’ll be in a much better position (literally) to “read” what they’re saying “between the lines.”
3. Establish commonalities with your client. Many salespeople feel that this area of finding common ground with people means that you talk, and talk and talk about many different subjects until you find a chord that resonates between you and them. While it’s important to establish that you’re “just like them” in some way, don’t flounder when trying to establish common ground. Show your prospective client you’re in the same or a similar position in a professional and champion-like manner.

“Bob and Betty, when I’m not helping people acquire the best investments, I’m just like you – a consumer. And just like you I always shop for the best product at the best possible amount. But I’m not an expert on everything I buy. So I look for someone who knows the products and who can help me understand the ins and outs of what I’m shopping for. That’s how I make wise decisions. Today, I want to earn your trust in me as an expert on financial strategies. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.”

Not only does that short speech position you as an expert, it helps put your potential client at ease and at the same time builds rapport because you have that in common. They know or should be beginning to believe that you are the genuine article and that your sole purpose is to help them find the best investments for their specific needs.

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Tom Hopkins, is world-renowned as an expert and authority on the subject of selling. He has helped over four million students on five continents to enhance their careers and earn higher incomes through his proven-effective selling strategies. No theory here, Tom’s training is specifically “how-to” and “what to say.”  Most recently Tom has joined the faculty at XTRAcredits.

 

 

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What is SMPS?

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smpsThe Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their A/E/C companies. Through networking, business intelligence, and research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. Society for Marketing Professional Services offers members professional development, leadership opportunities, and marketing resources to advance their careers.

SMPS, the recognized leader in education and information for marketing professional services, offers a credential that recognizes the marketing expertise you have achieved: Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Eligibility Requirements

To sit for the CPSM examination, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree plus four years of experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services, or
  • Possess an associate’s degree plus six years work experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services, or
  • Without a degree, have eight years of experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services

In addition, all candidates must pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics.

Re-certify the CPSM credential – Continuing Education

Attend educational programs related to the knowledge and skill sets outlined in the Domains of Practice for Professional Services Marketers to earn 50 continuing education units. One continuing education unit (CEU) is awarded for each contact hour of instruction.

The Society for Marketing Professional Services Approved Provider Program (APP) formally recognizes providers of continuing education that supports the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) Program. XTRAcredits has been approved as an eligible provider focused on providing high-quality training focusing on marketing and business development topics that fall within the SMPS Domains of Practice for Professional Services Marketers—the basis for the CPSM program. Approved Providers may advertise that SMPS CEUs can be earned through participation in their training courses.

Society for Marketing Professional Services mission is to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry. SMPS’s vision is to be the vehicle that validates the practice of marketing and business development as essential to the success of all professional services firms. The core purpose of the society is to enrich knowledge and advance practices that build business for professional services firms. The core values that guide the behavior of SMPS are Innovation, Integrity, Life-long learning, Relationships, and Service.

 

More About SMPS:

The Society for Marketing Professional Services is the only marketing organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. Society for Marketing Professional Services represents a dynamic network of 6,000+ marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their design and building companies. The Society and its chapters benefit from the support of 3,500 firms, encompassing 80% of the Engineering News–Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

Chapters:

  • SMPS Alaska

 

 

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Do Something That Scares You – Experience Growth!

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By Wayne Lee

To experience growth we have to get out of our comfort zone and do something that scares us. Go into uncharted territories and do something uncomfortable. This is how we become more confident and competent. Do one thing that scares you today! Make the breakthrough you have been thinking about for so long – experience growth in both your personal and professional life.

 

 

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More about Wayne Lee:

One of North America’s premier Corporate Presenters, Entertainers, and Peak Performance Experts, Wayne Lee is a veteran of thousands of successful shows and presentations, a published author, and mentor to professionals of all walks of life. As a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion and a beloved classroom instructor, Wayne has spent his whole life practicing what he teaches. To learn more about Wayne go to http://www.waynelee.com/

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5 Reasons Why You Need Media Training

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media-tipsby Grant Ainsley

I admit I’m biased. I do media training as part of my living, so when I explain to groups why they should do media training, it seems a little self-serving. It’s like doctors telling you to have an annual check-up, or tire companies extolling the virtues of winter tires. However since they both tell you to watch you health and the rubber on your vehicle, I will tell you why you need media training. The answers may surprise you. They have very little to do with being able to answer questions from the media correctly. Here are my top five reasons for your organization to commit to media training.

1. Brand Protection and Enhancement

I don’t think there has ever been a time that it’s been more difficult to protect personal and corporate brands. We have seen a load of stories that have got into the media and then gone viral on social media, or have made the rounds on social media before getting into traditional media and making it big there. Add to this “citizen journalists” who have phones that take photos and shoot video and can post it on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube in seconds. One wrong move by one of your employees or co-workers can result in the media asking questions. Doesn’t it make sense to be prepared to speak to the media if the time comes?

I’ve done media training a couple of times in the past few years for an Alberta construction company. It’s a great company that’s done incredibly well and is concerned about its image, as every company should be. In the past two months I’ve been contacted twice by representatives for this company after a couple of incidents have occurred onsite. In the first, a worker for one of the trades companies they hired committed suicide on the job and in the other one of their projects under construction was destroyed by fire. They wanted to make sure if the media called that they had their key messages prepared. We talked, they were in good shape and everything went well. That shows you what can happen to any company today. Through no fault of their own they had two potential media stories on their hands, but to their credit they were prepared when both happened. Remember, you can’t always control things that happen to you, but you can control your reaction to them.

2. Improved Communications

I remember a media training session I did about three years ago.  A young woman at the end of the day said something along the lines of “Because of the other spokespeople we have who have more experience than me, I may never speak to the media, but I can use these techniques to speak to members of the public who call every day.”

My first response wasn’t very positive. After all I had just finished a media training course and spent a lot of time preparing for it. But then I thought about what she said and realized she was bang on. Many of the tips I provide about speaking to the news media can be used in conversations with clients, co-workers and others. In fact, when I deliver my Talk Like a Leader keynote presentation or workshop, I borrow some of the media training techniques that I’ve been using for years.

The simple fact is good communication is good communication regardless of whether you’re speaking to the news media, a customer or your spouse. You have to know what you’re going to say before you say it. You can prepare in a similar fashion because you want the same outcome.

3. Team Building

At the start of my media training sessions I let participants know they’re in for a lot of fun. Most don’t believe me and understandably so. How can being forced to stand in front of a camera and do an interview (something many people haven’t done before) be a lot of fun?

Strangely though it is. Everybody taking the training is faced by the same challenge – being able to effectively answer questions from me as I play the big bad reporter. I normally do two rounds of interviews. In the first round everyone gets an easy interview with softball questions, but the second round becomes much more difficult as I’m confrontational, challenging and difficult to deal with. I remind everyone to stand their ground and give me the same answers as they did the first time regardless of my attitude. Most people do a better interview the second time than the first regardless of my behaviour.

4. Value for Volunteers

I work with a lot of not-for-profit Boards and volunteer-based organizations. Many of those volunteers tell me that the media training gives them something in return for their involvement. I remember one Board member telling me “I’ve been a part of this Board for eight years and this is the first time I believe they did something for me.”

I thought about that statement and found it to be really interesting.  As a person who ran a large not-for-profit organization for 12 years, I knew what we was talking about. Volunteers are asked to do a lot. The good ones as asked to do even more, but rarely are they given personal development training. That’s something typically left for the company they work for because associations don’t have very large training budgets and simply put, it’s not what they do. They try to use the strength of their paid staff members and volunteers to do the best work possible for the membership. Giving formal training for volunteers isn’t part of that mandate. There’s no question volunteers learn on the job, but training isn’t normally part of the equation.

5. Learning a New Skill

Understanding how to figure out what to say to the news media and figuring out how to say it isn’t something that most people would put on their training list at the start of the year. It won’t rate of there with leadership or sales training, but media training is something that can sharpen your leadership skills. It’s typically leaders who do speak to the media and some of them don’t do a very good job.

Learning any new skill can be beneficial. Obviously if the day does come that you need to speak to the media on behalf of your voluntary position or your 9-5 job then you have the knowledge and some experience to do so. Understanding how to speak to the media and communicate better can be the difference in getting a promotion or staying where you are. Even if you don’t speak to the media, it’s a skill you’ve learned and it’s one that not many others have.

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ainsley_smeMore about Grant Ainsley:

Grant Ainsley works with CEOs, politicians, association leaders and others to make sure they’re ready to speak to the news media and their brand is protected in any situation. A veteran of 20 years in the media and public relations, Ainsley now speaks across the country about the need for organizations of all sizes to protect their brand, as a growing number of things can go wrong. His sessions provide audiences with immediate takeaways than can quickly provide value. Learn more about Grant at http://www.grantainsley.com/home

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What is NBC?

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what-is-nbcThe National Board for Certification (NBC) in Dental Laboratory Technology is the independent board founded by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). It was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians.

Today the NBC has over 5,500 active Certified Dental Technicians (CDT), 200 active Certified Dental Laboratories (CDL), and 350 Recognized Graduates (RG).

The NADL is the national trade association representing the interests of individuals and businesses involved in the commercial dental laboratory industry. Through our sister organizations, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, our combined efforts are working diligently every day to advance the role of the dental technician, foster an environment of formal education and administer professional standards for certification.

Certification Program Standards

While dental laboratories and technicians are required to adhere to certain regulatory standards, voluntary certification programs are not regulated by any government body. However, there are organizations that exist to ensure that certification programs themselves set minimum standards. These standards address the structure/governance of the certifying agency, the details of the program, program transparency, information available to certificate holders and the public, and the recertification policies and procedures.

One such organization that publishes national certification standards is the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Complying with certification program and psychometric standards is extremely important to the Board. To assist with compliance of standards, NBC works with a third party testing company, Professional Testing, Inc. They assist NBC with several facets of creating, maintaining and operating NBC’s extensive testing program and bring reliability and validity to the testing process.

In addition to psychometric and operational standards, the organization works to ensure governance and structure standards. For example, one of the standards refers to the composition of the board and outlines that, the governing board must include individuals from the certified population and a system must be in place through which all are represented, with voting rights, on the board.

NBC works to ensure that standards are met in a multitude of ways including, but not limited to:
  • Job/Task Analysis
  • Item Writing
  • Item Review
  • Pilot Testing
  • Examination Form Development and Equating
  • Examination Security
  • Passing Score Studies
  • Exam Maintenance
  • Examination Materials Preparation
  • Storage, Shipping and Psychometric Consulting and Review
  • Documented Policies

The NBC Board of Trustees is composed in a manner to represent all of the certified population and shall determine the policies and manage the affairs of NBC. The Board is comprised of nine members, all of whom must be CDTs, with the exception of the dentist representative.

The Trust recently recommitted the organizations commitment to standards by voting to develop an internal audit program that could serve as a formal review of current and future certification processes. This will ensure that the certification program will continue to adhere to national standards.

Why a CDT designation

A Designation That Lasts The CDT designation is a great achievement and demonstrates a significant mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. Individuals achieving this designation have demonstrated a competency not all of their peers will achieve. The CDT designation illustrates a technician’s commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in all six specialty areas. The pride of earning a CDT is personally rewarding and the CDT designation places the certificant among a group of individuals who are at the top of the dental technology profession. This group forms a basis for networking, professional recognition, friendships and life-long learning.”

Although certification is costly and requires a sustained commitment, it has many benefits for dental technicians, laboratory owners and the dental customer. CDTs and RGs have not only demonstrated competency, but they have shown determination and commitment in completing the certification process. The attained skill and knowledge of the CDT is highly desirable to laboratories. Having this certification provides the dental technician with the advantage of higher salaries, advancement and job satisfaction.

This value is affirmed by statistics that show almost two-thirds of CDTs have held their certificate more than 10 years. Today’s CDTs are dedicated individuals who believe strongly in improving themselves and their profession.

The extensive knowledge gained by the CDT and RG during the required continuing education process assures the laboratory owner, dental customer and the public that this individual is a true student of the profession with a solid commitment to remain at the cutting edge of his or her field.

Continuing Education Requirements:

NBC believes in dental technicians keeping current in the advances that are occurring in the field of dental laboratory technology. Through continuing education courses, testing, instructing and bringing together leaders of innovation, we share our commitment to raising the standards and improving results for all professionals in the dental laboratory industry.  XTRAcredits is a CE provider for NBC.

CDTs must accumulate 12 hours of continuing education credit during each one-year renewal cycle. Those requirements are:

One hour of documented Regulatory Standards
Six hours of documented Scientific credit
Five hours of any combination of the following: additional documented Scientific or Regulatory Standards credits, Professional Development credits or other non-documented, self-reported credit.

Why a RG designation

The RG designation is a great achievement and demonstrates a significant mastery of the knowledge needed in dental technology. Individuals achieving this designation have demonstrated a competency not all of their peers will achieve. Each Recognized Graduate (RG) has met industry standards of required knowledge through the successful completion of their education and an independent examination. Following that, RGs must be in compliance with continuing technical and regulatory education requirements to maintain the designation. The pride of earning an RG is personally rewarding and the RG designation places the certificant among a group of individuals who are at the top of the dental technology profession. This group forms a basis for networking, professional recognition, friendships and life-long learning.

Continuing Education Requirements:

RG’s renewing on an annual basis must accumulate 6 hours of continuing education credit during the one- year renewal cycle. Those requirements are:

One hour of documented Regulatory Standards
Five hours may be Scientific, Professional Development or additional Regulatory Standards credits.

 

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nbc-cdt-credit-approval-logo1More about NBC:

The National Board for Certification (NBC ) in Dental Laboratory Technology provides professional certification to both dental technicians and dental laboratories.  NBC is dedicated to administering and promoting globally recognized certification programs to assess the knowledge and skills of dental technicians and to review facility and staff training criteria for dental laboratories.

Contact information:
325 John Knox Road, #L103
Tallahassee, Florida 32303

PH: (800) 684-5310

NBC’s Headquarters are open Mon-Thur 8am-5pm EST; Fri 8am-3pm EST.

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Success Velocity

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By Jim Cathcart

In Science they make a distinction between Speed and Velocity.

Speed is the rapidity of movement; how much time it takes to cover a particular distance.

Velocity, on the other hand, is about a change of location or position.

For example, if you travel at 100mph in a circular racetrack you will have a speed of 100mph and a velocity of zero because you are returning to your starting point again and again.

In life your Velocity is much more important than your Speed. This is also certainly true when it comes to your career success. The more skills you acquire and use, the more accomplishments your make, the more people you connect with, the more ideas you put into application, the more…yes, the more money you earn; these add up to your Success Velocity™.

For 40 years I’ve been a Success Consultant and have been “Helping People Grow™” (my company’s trademark slogan) since the early 1970s.

What I teach is also what I’ve applied in my own life. Imagine that, a teacher who practices what he preaches! The reason I tell you this is that I’ve personally proven these concepts and I’ve seen thousands of others do likewise. Later I’ll tell you my personal story but let’s talk about you for now.

How different is the life you want from the life you have? Have you taken time to write out what you really want from your career, your relationships, your physical experiences, your finances and your inner satisfaction?

My second question is this: what is your current rate of movement toward what you want, your Success Velocity™?  Notice that I didn’t ask about how hard you are working (speed) or how many things you are doing. What I asked is how quickly are you getting to where you want to be? (velocity)

Velocity is something that is within your control. Increasing your personal Success Velocity™  is a known science with proven results. So let’s explore how much more successful you could be.

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XTRAcredits is a full service boutique that provides continuing education led by top performance leaders from across the globe. The yellow pages for everything continuing professional development credit related.  XTRAcreditsVT.com coming this summer will be offering on demand 24/7 access to online professional development courses for continuing education credit anytime anywhere.

 

sme_cathcartMore about Jim Cathcart:

Selected for 5 consecutive years (2010-11-12-13-14) as one of the Top 5 Speakers on Sales & Customer Service, and listed as one of the Top Minds in Personal Development, Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is a leader among professional speakers and authors. Recognized as one of the world’s best keynote speakers Jim is one of only 5 speakers in the world who hold all of the following honors: Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award (2001), President of the National Speakers Association (1988-1989), Speaker Hall of Fame, CPAE (1985), Certified Speaking Professional, CSP (1981), and winner of The Cavett Award (1993). Most recently he has joined the faculty at XTRAcredits. Learn more about Jim at http://cathcart.com/

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Get rich not fantasy

You Being Rich Isn’t a Fantasy

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Get rich not fantasyBy Grant Cardone

How to become a millionaire or multi-millionaire or even hecta-millionaire (100 million units) isn’t taught in schools or colleges. In fact, most of society frowns on anyone who talks about getting rich; some even protest against those who have created financial independence.

It’s a funny thing that schools teach you how to read and write, how to do math, how to know history and geography, and how to pass a test—but they never broach the subject of how to get rich. Getting super rich seems to be a topic reserved for fantasies, movies, and drunken what-if games. Most have come to believe that becoming a millionaire is for the lucky sperm club, business owners, gold diggers, lottery winners, athletes, rappers, and inventors. But it’s not true. Millionaires and the super rich come from all walks of life. In fact, just to debunk one of the myths, I’ll tell you that four out of five millionaires today work for someone else.

The reason most people never get rich is that they never even consider it a possibility. They are convinced by those close to them to simply be satisfied with whatever their financial situation is. The other reason is that people fundamentally do not understand money. Very few people know how to get money, even fewer know how to keep it, and almost no one knows how to multiply it. Just look around and you will see signs of this everywhere.

Even in one of the richest countries in the world, America, 76 percent of people live paycheck to paycheck, some 50 percent of Americans have no money for retirement, and 47 percent of Americans don’t have $400 for an emergency. If these statistics were true in a poor country, it would be one thing, but America is considered a wealthy country.

Turn on the television or go online and you will see endless, ridiculous financial advice. Financial pundits suggest saving tricks where your path to wealth is finding the lowest price for a product or putting more air in your tires to save gas. This piece of advice always cracks me up: “If you don’t drink coffee out, you’ll save another $700 a year.” You can save $700 a year for the next fifty years and you won’t be rich, you’ll just be old.

Another pundit preaches all debt is bad, and that by avoiding debt you will somehow be financially free. “Never borrow money under any circumstance,” the previously bankrupt advisor promotes. He overlooks the reality that almost all the super rich have used debt to multiply their wealth.

Flip the channel and you’ll see fancy graphics making a case that you should turn your money over to the boys on Wall Street who, smarter than you, will invest in stocks, bonds, and financial instruments they can’t even explain. Ask your parents for money advice and they will recite their path: get a good job, buy a house, contribute to your 401k, be grateful you have more than most, and pray everything goes right.

I have never wanted to just have “enough,” in fact, truth be known, I have always wanted to be rich. While I do believe in prayer, I don’t expect God to take care of my finances and I certainly don’t want to leave it up to everything “going right.” At a very young age, I noticed how the people who made the decisions and had the power of choice all seemed to be the people with money. I wanted to be one of them. I didn’t want money for the sake of money, but to be able to have the power of choice.

At the age of eight, one of my first experiences with money was walking to the local grocery store. I had a quarter in my pocket to spend at the store. I was excited, giddy, and I felt powerful. I was walking to the store with my brother fondling my quarter when I dropped it in the street and it rolled into a manhole. I got onto my hands and knees, only to discover my arms were too short to retrieve the quarter. I got up wet, dirty, angry, and wanting to cry.

I remember going home and telling my father how I had lost my quarter. My father said to me, “You shouldn’t play with money.” My grandfather later grabbed me and said, “Son, the problem isn’t simply that you lost the quarter; the problem is that it was your only quarter.” Since that loss I have been fascinated with the idea of amassing enough money so no single event or loss would ever cause me to be without.

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XTRAcredits is a full service boutique that provides continuing education led by top performance leaders from across the globe. The yellow pages for everything continuing professional development credit related.  XTRAcreditsVT.com coming this summer will be offering on demand 24/7 access to online professional development courses for continuing education credit anytime anywhere.

 

More about Grant Cardone:

sme_cardoneHe is an American entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, motivator and online sales training expert. Cardone is a respected, highly regarded master salesperson whose passion is to teach people how to sell themselves, their products and services regardless of economic climate. His books, audio packages and seminars provide people of all professional backgrounds with the practical tools necessary to build their own economies towards the path to true freedom. Most recently he has joined the faculty at XTRAcredits.  Learn more about Grant at  www.GrantCardone.com
“Success is your duty, obligation, responsibility.”

 

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