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e-NewsLetter Volume 16 Issue 24
Tuesday December 15, 2015

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Learn the Secret to Cutting Your Finishing Cost By 3000% The Choice is UV Clear
The Facts are clear. Wide Format UV Coaters are the future of wide format finishing. TEC Lighting, Inc.
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Smoldering New Colors from 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080
Stop car enthusiast in their tracks. Eight new colors, including Satin Smoldering Red and Matte Riviera Blue, bring the 3M collection to 83 colors and finishes. This high-performance film needs no printing or overlaminate, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. See colors and get samples online.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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New Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
Introducing VectorState, a new online library of exceptional quality royalty-free vector art, created by top artists around the world. Their limited availability ‘Early-Bird’ pricing gives you a year membership for just $49 – click above to take advantage.
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Ideas Change The World

    "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
      --- Robin Williams

Taking a long walk down by the edge of the river to sit and contemplate the next moves in business and sit for a few hours writing down great ideas with the sound of the rushing water in the distant and the birds chirping... Oh Horse Pucky! Who really has time for this kind of luxury?

For most of us, the only quiet time we really have is early morning, late at night, or during those rare moments of a vacation. But we still need to find new, creative ways of doing business. Sometimes those ideas come while driving to work, in the shower, at workshops and seminars, or even during sleep. In order to generate even more great ideas, we have to work our idea muscles on a regular basis.

    "Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress."
      --- Charles Kettering

One great way to come up with really good ideas is to force yourself to keep an idea journal and write in it on a regular basis. This requires energy and it is work-- at first, but then it gets easier. To begin, take a spiral notebook and jot down three ideas that come to mind. That's it. Just three ideas and close the book. The point of the exercise is that doing this on a regular basis increases the strength of our idea muscles and helps us to come up with some real winners.

    "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
      --- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you find an idea that really piqued your interest and seems really doable, bring it to your team, mentors, family, or whoever to get their input. Take all advice, comments, and suggestions as constructive and don't allow negativity to enter into the discussion. Follow your gut and play out the idea until it generates great revenue, improves business productivity, sells more products, or even dies on the shop floor. You will never really know unless you unroll the idea and play with it.

    "The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
      --- John Maynard Keynes

After the first couple of weeks of daily ideas generation, which will become very taxing, increase the number of your ideas to five. This is very challenging, but it really stretches your mind and makes you more creative. Jotting down five ideas a day in your journal can take five minutes or one hour, depending on how quickly the ideas come to you. Really focusing on idea generation can become a fun habit, but it must be followed regularly or your idea muscle will atrophy and become weak.

Keep the ideas flowing and increase the number of ideas you generate per day every two weeks until you get to ten ideas a day. Some of them may never get implemented. Some may be so outlandish and silly that you discard them for now. But keep in mind that your journal may hold ideas that you can go back to weeks, months and even years from now. You will find that your idea journal will be a great resource for you and your business and even for areas outside of your business life.

    "Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around."
      --- Anna Quindlen

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Feature Articles

Fire Your Consultant

Do your consultants have a interest in your long-term success, or just the short-term check? Know before you go forward.
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Funny Signs

Sign in front of bankrupt store:

    "We Undersold Everybody"

In a grocery store in Dennsiport, MA:

    "Snickers, 5 for $1.00(limit 4)"

On a dock in Juneau, Alaska:

    "Safety ladder, climb at own risk"

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