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Nike Story Details Tenacity, Grit, Sacrifice

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SIR PATRICK STEWART RECEIVES ARTISAN AWARD “Growth almost always requires stepping outside our comfort zone.”


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6 Keys to Success in Business and Life

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SIR PATRICK STEWART RECEIVES THE DISTINGUISHED ARTISAN AWARD 7th Annual Make-Up Artist and Hairstylist Guild Award-winning actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his work in the Star Trek and XMen series, received this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award celebrating his prolific acting career on stage and screen spanning nearly six decades. Sir Patrick Stewart

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Huami, one of the world’s “By expanding our health and fitness technology W i t h t h e c a t e g o r y largest wearable technology expertise beyond smartwatches and fitness bands r e d e f i n i n g A m a z f i t companies, wowed industry HomeStudio, reaching a n d c o n s u m e r s a t t h e to include immersive treadmills and earbuds, fitness goals has never been Consumer Electronic Show Amazfit is presenting a vision of the future of e a s i e r – o r m o r e f u n . (CES 2020) in Las Vegas by fitness in the coming decade and demonstrating Developed in partnership unveiling six new products how health and technology can come together in with STUDIO, the fitness spanning three verticals: the e n t e r t a i n m e n t l e a d e r, futuristic immersive fitness 2020 and beyond.” HomeStudio is a connected Mr. Wang Huang, Founder, CEO Huami and category fitness treadmill paired with redefining Amazfit a 43” HD screen, called HomeStudio; foldable Smart Gym Hub, and treadmill Amazfit AirRun[1]; the true wireless stereo (TWS) surround-sound JBL speakers to provide an fitness earphones with Clip-to-Go design, Amazfit PowerBuds; immersive and highly personal boutique fitness the sleep-comfort and health monitoring Amazfit ZenBuds; the experience. It brings the thrill and inspiration of newly released outdoor adventurer’s watch Amazfit T-Rex, the fitness classes right to your home. new among the seven series in the brand’s smartwatch portfolio; and an upgraded edition of Amazfit Bip S. In recognition of these ground-breaking innovations and Amazfit’s leadership in smart wearables, Huami Amazfit received two top awards from IDG (International Data Group)[2]: “the Most Noteworthy Smart Wearable Innovation Enterprise” for its industry-leading innovations and “Best TWS Fitness Earphones” for the newly announced Amazfit PowerBuds. Mr. Wang Huang, the company’s Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, said, “By expanding our health and fitness technology expertise beyond smartwatches and fitness bands to include immersive treadmills and earbuds, Amazfit is presenting a vision of the future of fitness in the coming decade and demonstrating how health and technology can come together in 2020 and beyond.”



Tech Gifts Can Make Resolutions a Reality



hile many people who make New Year’s resolutions drop them within a couple weeks or months, pulling those newly received tech device gifts out of the packaging and putting them to good use may be just the help you need to keep your resolutions on track. Learn how to get the most out of your tech with these tips from the experts at Amazon.

Prioritize Personal Goals The most common resolutions are centered around getting

healthy or simply living life to its fullest. If you need help staying motivated and keeping your health goals on track, you may be able to rely on Echo, Fire TV or Kindle devices and a voice service like Alexa as partners in your personal health journey: n Inspire you in the kitchen. Get some extra help or healthy recipe inspiration in the kitchen – just ask for “healthy recipes” – or catch on-demand episodes of food and cooking TV shows, and when you see a recipe you like, just ask to save it. You can also access live and on-demand cooking classes, get stepby-step cooking instructions and more. n Create a bedtime routine. A good night’s sleep is key to physical and mental help, and you can set up a nighttime routine with your smart home devices with options like a reminder to meditate, dimming the lights and turning on one of dozens of different soothinginsounds to help lull CA you into a restful sleep Beverly Hilton Beverly Hills, that can be activated just by saying “good night.” n Prioritize some “me” time. Ask for daily affirmations to start on a positive note or ask for a guided meditation to take a break from a

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busy day. An e-reader like the single-purpose Kindle can be another companion for taking a moment to unwind from the hustle and bustle without the potential for interruptions from emails or texts. You can select from millions of books, newspapers and audiobooks, and adjustable lighting lets you read comfortably whether you’re indoors or out, day or night.

Get Organized You may be surprised by how a voice service like Alexa can bring some muchneeded organization and peace of mind to your home. n Set up routines. If you need to know the weather, traffic and headlines before you head out the door for work or want your coffee pot to start brewing as soon as your alarm goes off, you can create a custom routine with your smart devices.

n Create reminders. If it seems as if you are always forgetting to turn on the dishwasher or need an extra push to clean out the garage, set a reminder on your device to provide you with the audible motivation you need to get tasks done. Or, if you struggle to find time to get to the gym for a daily workout, set a reminder to launch a fitness app on your smart TV or streaming media player to get some exercise at home. n Manage your shopping list. Missing an ingredient while cooking or forgetting the office potluck can be problems of the past. Maintain a list to help you remember groups of information, even if you’re busy doing something else: Just say: “Alexa, add (item) to my shopping list.” You can also view your shopping list in the app and check items off your list while at the store. Find more tips for making the most of your tech gifts in the new year at

6 Keys to Success in Business and Life It’s not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fastmoving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you. Carol Lavin Bernick, former executive chairman of beauty conglomerate Alberto Culver, published “Gather As You Go: Lessons Learned Along the Way,” a book sharing insights she’s learned through her many roles as a corporate leader, working mother, philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit organization Enchanted Backpack. Bernick offers these tips to be ready for the good times and difficult situations, highlighting the importance of loving what you are doing in both business and life. Attitude is Key A person who is passionately committed to the success of his or her business – who has an “I-can-do-it” attitude – is more likely to succeed. One person can make a difference, and it’s up to you to demonstrate you are one of those people. If You Never Fail, You Will Never Grow If it’s always comfortable and easy, you can’t know the big win. When challenged and stretched, you may have a greater chance to learn. Reach out, get involved and take a risk. Oftentimes, the best talent has multiple experiences to share and on which to reflect.

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Credibility is Everything Some of the most important career-saving words are “I don’t know.” Never fake it. If you’re wrong, admit it and correct it. If you’ve made a mistake, fix it and learn from it. If it’s going to take some time to find an answer, set a timetable and stick to it. Complaining Gets You Nowhere People, especially in business, simply do not want to hear complaints. If you are frustrated, it is probably best to keep quiet and figure out how you can fix whatever it is, and if you can’t change it, try changing how you think about it and alter your mindset. Give Back Communities are not perfect. They are the responsibility of business, government and citizens. If you don’t commit to making a difference, you’re instead leaving the burden to others. Nice Guys Don’t Finish Last; They Win Aggressive and passionate shouldn’t equate with unpleasant. The higher you rise, the more pleasant and understanding you typically need to be. Never underestimate the importance of being thankful and the value of recognition. Ego has no place in business. If you have one, try to lose it. Find more tips and inspiration at Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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reating a business from the ground up is no small endeavor. From planning to financing to putting standard business services in place, there’s a lot to tackle. All of that is in addition to operating the day-today business. To overcome these obstacles, franchising is an ideal solution for many aspiring business owners. It provides the advantages of business ownership, but with the added support of a recognized brand and an established method of doing business. Partnering with a franchise like The UPS Store offers numerous benefits. Flexibility. Opening a franchise allows you to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of making your own business decisions and being your own boss, while working toward your goals of personal and financial independence at your own pace. Start-up resources. Getting a new business off the ground

requires a wide range of activity, from site selection and lease negotiation to hiring and training staff. A franchise can help you navigate these early decisions and needs with a deep pool of experience and knowledge to help overcome the hurdles you may encounter. Training. Even a well-educated business owner has room to learn. With a franchise, you have the opportunity to receive in-depth training in areas such as business operations, technical systems, human resources, marketing and financial management. Networking opportunities. Connecting with other franchisees at area meetings, regional conferences and national conventions helps you stay informed of industry trends, discover new tools and resources, and develop lasting relationships with fellow franchisees. The result is a peer group that has intimate knowledge of your business model that can serve as a valuable resource as your business grows.

Product development. Part of developing your business is understanding your customers’ needs and introducing new products and solutions. As a franchise owner, you can contribute insight to the process but focus on running your business while development experts dedicate themselves to researching and innovating new products and services that can help you better serve your customers. Marketing support. Many franchises conduct national advertising campaigns to build brand awareness, while regional efforts and local store marketing can build excitement in your market. A layered marketing plan extends the reach of your marketing budget and lends credibility to your business. Financing assistance. Funding your franchise according to your unique goals and background can help eliminate many of the financial pitfalls that those without experience or industry expertise may encounter. Learn more about franchising and the options available to aspiring small business owners at Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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5 Tips for Creating a Business Plan Once you’ve settled on a business model that meets your needs, developing a business plan is an essential next step. These five tips can help you get started: n Think

A focus on small business is driving big results for one national retailer. The nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, print and business service centers, The UPS Store, Inc., is now 5,000 locations strong. “The UPS Store network is made up of dedicated individuals and families who are committed to serving small business owners, customers and their communities,” said Chris Adkins, vice president of franchise development for The UPS Store. “We look forward to welcoming more franchisees into our network as we continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways we can bring convenience and value to our customers.” Over the years, the retail concept has expanded to include a range of solutions for small business owners, creating a one-stop shop for small-business support. Small business owners can find resources such as notary services, shredding, mailbox and locker rental, and, in some cases, even inventory management solutions, as well as the packing and shipping services that business and non-business customers alike can utilize.

long-term. A solid business plan should account for your start-up, of course, but also the longer range future of your operations. Consider how you want your business to look five years down the road. Create goals and build in milestones to chart your progress on that longterm path. n Write it yourself. No one can embrace your vision as completely as you can and developing the plan yourself gives you a deep understanding of every aspect of the business, which is essential for good management. Even if you hand over certain responsibilities down the road, being aware of each aspect of your business can make you a stronger, more successful leader. n Review the plan over time. Know that time brings change. The business climate and other variables that influenced your original plan will likely shift over the course of your ownership. That’s why it’s important to revisit your plan at least annually to ensure your original roadmap is still on the right track strategically. n Share your plan with others. Inviting input from an adviser or experienced friend or colleague is a great way to spur new ideas and identify potential problem areas. Be sure you’re prepared to accept constructive criticism to help shape the best possible business plan. n Stick to it. After all the sweat equity you invest in creating your business plan, the worst thing you can do is allow it to collect dust on a shelf. Use the plan to guide you in launching and growing your business. When business is booming and you’re too busy to think strategically, you’ll be grateful to have a well-conceived plan to rely upon.

Satoshi Nakamoto is the inventor of Bitcoin and the developer of the first blockchain database. Devised to rectify double spending on cryptocurrency and create dependable ledgers, blockchain technology has spread to health institutions, financial entities, and other societal corporations ("The great chain of being sure about things", 2015). Nakamoto created blockchain, a digitally encrypted chain of sensitive information, to advance security. But how does it protect against infiltration? Security, Filesharing, and Cloud Storage Cloud-based storage is a necessity for most organizations. Purchasing on-prem storage devices has become too expensive, especially for small businesses. Without utilizing cloud-based storage, employees are left with the frustration of wasting time to hand-deliver documents and information. File-sharing is not a commodity; it is a necessity. Malicious hackers take advantage of this need by intercepting information that is personal or confidential. “Blockchain and its smart contracts offer ways of reducing this threat substantially ("How blockchain technology works").” Blockchain is not equipped to handle big data itself but instead uses decentralized partners, which is how blockchain protects data in transit. Tamper-proof Data & Transactions - Is It Possible? According to Matteo Cagnazzo and Chris Wojzechowski, researchers at the Institute for Internet Security, blockchain ensures “it is practically impossible to manipulate data without the network knowing about it (2017).” Historically, what security product has remained impenetrable? The Internet comes with data theft and personal risk. Will blockchain end that risk? Not likely. It is only a matter of time before blockchain becomes as riddled with risk as standard databases. Technology only continues to advance and will soon introduce better methods for designing the next layer of security. Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency - The Future of Money? When speaking to professionals, blockchain and Bitcoin go hand-in-hand. Why? What does Bitcoin have

to do with blockchain technology? First, understand exactly what Bitcoin is. Bitcoin, at its core, is the electronic version of printed money. The dollar became the USA’s monetary unit in 1785. As time progressed and technology blossomed, new forms of transactions dominated the dollar: debit/credit card, Apple Pay, CashApp, tap and go, and Bitcoin. The Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and other financial institutions came from the need for a centralized system to regulate currency. As it stands, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are decentralized and free of government regulation. Is it safe, and how is the money protected? That’s where blockchain comes in. New Age Spending Instead of cash or debit/credit cards, Bitcoin is intangible money. There are two major benefits of using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies: 1. 2.

It places the power to control the money in the hands of the people. Money is more secure using cryptocurrency.

Even physical cash and cards are not as safe as cryptocurrency. The U.S. dollar faces counterfeiting threats. Credit card theft has become easy, even elementary. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s implemented security measures - watermarks, UV lights, and 3-D Security Ribbon, etc. – only encouraged these new age options for spending. Blockchain Security for Bitcoin Currency Blockchain technology protects Bitcoin currency, leaving people with little to no concern for the safety and security of their money. Blockchain Luxembourg’s website lists three primary reasons for using Bitcoin. 1. “As a global currency you can send bitcoin to anyone, anywhere in the world without worrying about cross border remittance fees.” 2. “Keeping your bitcoin safe in a non-custodial wallet (like Blockchain’s) means there is no entity that can lock you out of your funds.” 17


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“I think it’s held true since the first time we made a movie a hundred years ago..“It doesn’t matter if the person at the center of the story is a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter the color of their skin. It matters that they are human. And the human condition is that we all see ourselves in that person.” by Vikki Jones

Scott Stuber, Netflix’s VP of films, participated in an hour-long exchange with Ron Howard at the Produced by New York Conference. The acclaimed filmmaker Howard, whose credits as a director include Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and other successes, queried Stuber on his career path, his perspective as a former studio exec and now producer, and the production content at Netflix that he oversees. Stuber reminisced on his childhood in Hollywood Hills—where he claims to still have been far removed from the glamour of the film industry— and later on his college baseball career at Arizona. He recalls applying to hundreds of assistant production gigs that he gleaned from the Hollywood Reporter’s industry production schedule, to no avail. He eventually got his big break and secured a role in the marketing and PR department at Universal Pictures under Lew Wasserman, where he was tasked with physically cutting out media clippings that made mention of the iconic Hollywood studio.

After a stint at Warner Brothers, he eventually transitioned back to Universal; this time, however, as studio president. It was here where his career began to really take off, and where he learned the dealings of the movie business. And while his time spent as a studio exec has informed his understanding of production, he still says the two are quite different. “When you’re a studio executive you’re an indoor cat, when you’re a producer you’re an outdoor cat,” he jokes. “Producing is just a slower rhythm, and you have to celebrate the wins and the details. The script getting better for you with those twohour script meetings is a giant win for the studio, but it’s one of sixteen things coming in and maybe they don’t have the time to recognize the success,” Stuber says. “But I love it, I love producing. I know how painful it is and the struggle, and it really helped me be better at this job.” Overall, Stuber credits his prior experience as a producer with instilling a sense of understanding of the difficulties of his producer counterparts. “Empathy is everything in life…having the ability to know what it’s like to be in a trailer at two in the morning with bad coffee and

something went wrong; it’s not like you did it on purpose,” Stuber says. “But when that call comes and you’ve lost three hours of shooting for another day, sitting at my home in Burbank and yelling at you is not the way you run a studio. If you’ve been on the other side, you say ‘”I trust them, we’re going to figure it out.’” And what about Netflix? The streaming service has completely modernized the way viewers consume content, and Stuber has been the leading figure guiding Netflix original films since his arrival. Stuber attributes Netflix’s cinephile culture as the driving force behind its success in original features—in particular, he points to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, as a true lover of film and the production process. “He’s a great enthusiast,” Stuber says. “A lot of times people want to get into film and come at it from a mechanical way. Or ‘I can do it and I can sell foreign films and it’s a business model way. He said, ‘the one I would’ve liked to have done, I would want to do that (in reference to Wolf of Wall Street.)” And it just struck me. This guys an enthusiast of modern cinema, and he’s been a great friend and mentor and partner and all this.” Stuber works alongside Sarandos to manage the various content divisions at Netflix, which include production supervision for an animation group, an indie film team, documentaries, and even Christmas films. For Stuber, one of the great advantages of Netflix lies in the fact that they house so much talent under one roof. “One of the things I love the most about the company is that every version of the company is in our building. So when you come into the lobby it’s kind of great, because you see everyone…It’s a dream world,” Stuber says. “The fact that you can walk in and you can sell Sydney Hall on a series, and you can sell a documentary, there’s an excitement to the opportunity. It’s what makes great art.”

Scott Stuber seen at the Produced By: New York Conference at Florence Gould Hall on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/ Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

two people falling in love in a café and whoever’s at the center of it better be someone I recognize,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if the person at the center of the story is a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter the color of their skin. It matters that they are human. And the human condition is that we all see ourselves in that person,” Stuber continued. “We all want love. We all hate indignity. We all strive for greatness. We all want to be the bad guy. If that story is us, the collective us, that story has an infinite potential. If you’re developing something you better make sure that person who’s leading us through that thing is something that we all find inside of us, because we’re all the same inside,” Stuber said.

“It’s the hardest thing about producing; you’re the believer always, and your job is to make others believe,” Stuber continued. “It is belief, and you can get broken from that sometimes. The studio isn’t buying, you can’t get that access to that filmmaker or that writer, but that is the core of what your job is. You have to be a believer because it starts with you. You have to be the one that finds that piece of material and says ‘I believe this can be great’. So I’m a huge believer in that energy,” Stuber said. When it comes to best practices, however, Stuber still believes in the tried-and-true methods of story writing and producing that have animated the film industry since the beginning. “I think it’s held true since the first time we made a movie a hundred years ago— I think character is everything. I think story is everything. I think I can have an alien attack and I can have 5

PHIL KNIGHT’S SHOE DOG A story of devotion, vision, belief, purpose, sacrifice and the finish line. NIKE. Opt-Ed by Vikki Jones

I don’t know what prompted me to purchase Phil Knight’s book, entitled SHOE DOG, but I’m happy I did. I’m grateful for the time he took to write this book; the world needs it. He didn’t publish his journey for money, nor celebrity status. No, I suspect his reasoning for writing this book coincides with that of creating his brand, NIKE. The success that we know NIKE has achieved, the founder, the brains behind NIKE, struggled on many occasions to keep the boat afloat. Even his wife Penny suffered but was determined to support the brand and her husband by simply being herself. I can visualize the scene of Penny changing a car tire, a man sitting in the car while she labors over the greasy chore; or her overwhelming anxiety, lethargy and sheer fatigue from the pressure of work, coupled with a 9-hour flight to Japan. I would have fallen over if a stranger, a business guest at my house, used my toothbrush as if it were his own. What a strongminded, powerful woman. Phil, you must know it, but you married the right lady. After all I’ve learned, I have nothing but respect for her. Mr. Knight and the shoe dogs are no exception. I don’t want to go through the strife that Phil Knight went through. So, I’m trying to avoid long flights, lethal competitors, financial crises, deadly marketing and the stress associated with the developing my brand. There must be other ways to accomplish my goal and impact the world without the nervewracking traditional consequences of being at the top. I’ve suffered for my work already. The reason I’m on this path of storytelling is that my family lived the story I wrote. Anyone that lives at any length does not lay on a bed of roses. No matter your situation, unkind feelings and challenges arise. I digress. I came to this place of books, magazines, media and video productions because of a life I’ve lived, which has included a great deal of suffering. I’ve experienced some of the three S’s. From a practical, brand-building viewpoint, I’ve felt some of

the same challenges as Phil Knight, Johnson and the other shoe dogs mentioned in his book. I can see the parallels in Phil’s work and how my company came to be. In the beginning, he borrowed $50 to get started. His friend simply dreamed of the name NIKE. He encountered tough funding decisions. People were speaking for him when the company was about to sink after a neglected or intentionally withheld payment that tanked bank accounts. NIKE’s record sales, growth year after year - a lack of cash seemed impossible. Aggressive demands for the products and shoes but no money – absurd. But Mr. Knight describes how this could possibly happen. At the height of success, the company faced increased funding issues. The pressure to meet the demand was intense, not to mention how to achieve such a feat - IPO, Bank Loans, etc. And on top of everything, the stress. He faced mountains such as competitors seeking to destroy, defame or slow his work. The ploys failed, but their ugly tactics seem highly unnecessary. Everyone can get a piece of the pie. Fighting, clawing and killing for the largest piece is unrealistic. I digress again. More positively, Phil’s life work employs over 68,000 people, has impacted the lives of professional athletes, brought change to manufacturing working conditions and is a historical example of a man with tenacity, faith, and good oldfashioned morals and principles. I think some people are destined, or perhaps selected, for greatness. They are equipped and built in a way that demands success. I also believe these elected individuals are aided with the ‘right’ people that are made for success as well. Such is the case with this story. Before reading this book, I wasn’t necessarily a NIKE supporter, but NIKE stands for something. That ‘swoosh’ deserves respect and should be worn with pride. NIKE is exemplary. Knight built it from the ground up, starting with a simple objective. I connect with that as an entrepreneur, a human being and someone who desires to do my part to contribute to the world. If you haven’t read the book, read it.

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Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade FAMILY FEATURES


or many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures. When booking your future destinations, consider these spots and tips recommended by travel expert and Bank of America ambassador, Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country plus the North and South Poles.

England, Germany, Scotland, Azerbaijan and more While technically more than one place, these locations have one thing in common: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2020. The international soccer event marks the first time the games will be held across the continent in 12 host cities. “The year is a big one for sports,” Abbamonte said. “From sporting events in Europe to Japan, it is a fun year for travel and to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”


From its deserts to tropical beaches, Australia is a beautiful country to explore. While many people might be familiar with the Sydney Opera House and the unique wildlife, there are many hidden gems in Australia. “I’ve been to Australia 10 times and I still can’t get enough,” Abbamonte said. “One of my favorite cities is Melbourne. While it’s one of the largest cities in Australia, the heart of the city is hidden and secretive. It comes to life when you visit the alleys, laneways and arcades. The vibrant city has so much to offer: cafes, a unique street culture and street art.”

New Zealand

If you are going to New Zealand for the first time, Abbamonte recommends boogie boarding down the sand dunes, hiking up a volcano and visiting the Moeraki Boulders. However, if you are really interested in getting the blood pumping, take a leap from Nevis Bungy near Queenstown. It is among the highest bungy jumping experiences in the world, measuring 440 feet.


“Mexico City has two of my favorite things – great food and sports,” Abbamonte said. “The street tacos are to die for, and I love going to soccer games at Estadio Azteca.” In 2020, there will be many festivals to explore. The city is a cultural hub with music, theater, dance and food events throughout the year. While experiencing the festivities, it is also an opportune time to take a step back and enjoy Chapultepec Park.

Brazil One of Abbamonte’s favorite waterfalls is Iguazu Falls located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. While Iguazu Falls might be well known, the falls themselves are truly unique. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls that stretch over approximately 1.68 miles. The Devil’s Throat is the tallest fall with a drop of more than 262 feet.

Melbourne Victoria, Australia

While traveling internationally can be fun and exhilarating, there are also places throughout the United States that offer memorable activities:

Scottsdale, Arizona

If you enjoy being outdoors, Scottsdale is an ideal place to visit. There are many trails to explore in Camelback Mountain, Papago Park and Hole in the Rock. After hiking, follow Abbamonte’s example and golf at The Short Course at Mountain Shadows. “Scottsdale has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the States, and from The Short Course at Mountain Shadows, I get to enjoy the view while practicing my swing,” he said.

Boston, Massachusetts

“I love sports, so I visit Boston regularly for the professional games,” Abbamonte said. “I’m also fortunate that Boston is a beautiful city I can enjoy along the way.” Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country. Founded in 1630, Boston is filled with history, museums and universities. If you are interested in a more unique attraction, check out the Warren Anatomical Museum, which is one of the last of its kind in the United States.

Portland, Oregon

Scottsdale, Arizona

Financial Tips to Help Boost Your 2020 Travel When booking a trip, almost half (44%) of Americans don’t use a rewards credit card that earns points or cash back, according to a Bank of America survey. No matter where you plan to travel, it is helpful to have a financial strategy in place to maximize rewards and help offset future travel costs. n


Use a credit card that allows you to earn and redeem points for travel such as the Bank of America® Premium Rewards Visa® credit card, which earns 2 points for every dollar spent on travel and dining purchases and 1.5 points for every dollar spent on all other purchases. Layer your rewards programs together to maximize points with each purchase.


For example, when booking a flight and hotel package, include your frequent flier number (layer No. 1) and hotel loyalty program details (layer No. 2). Pay with a rewards credit card (layer No. 3) that’s eligible for bonus points with a banking rewards program (layer No. 4). A banking rewards program like Bank of America® Preferred Rewards lets you earn even more. Members receive a credit card rewards bonus of 25-75% on every purchase. For example, members in the Platinum Honors tier, the highest tier of the program, earn unlimited 3.5 points per dollar on travel and dining purchases with the Premium Rewards Visa® card and unlimited 2.62 points on all other purchases.

What makes Portland unique are the bizarre and wonderful things you can do when you visit. For example, you can try bone marrow ice cream, stop by Mill Ends Park (the world’s smallest park) or attach your wish to The Wishing Tree. “Portland is absolutely beautiful,” Abbamonte said. “It has a bit of everything – restaurants, bars, parks – and I enjoy the people watching. Portland has some of the nicest people while maintaining an edgy vibe.”

Tampa, Florida

Tampa might be known for its spring break party scene, but it has so much more to offer. For example, the city’s zoos and aquariums provide opportunities to interact directly with animals. Then you can take a break at Clearwater Beach, which is known for its soft, white sand and calm waters.

Santa Barbara, California

“I go to Santa Barbara when I want to recharge,” Abbamonte said. “I enjoy the food, walking around, talking to the locals and even watching a football game or two.” There are wine tours, zoos, beaches, museums and restaurants. While taking in the city, also make time to visit the hidden gems such as Knapp’s Castle ruins. Find more solutions to make your travel goals attainable at


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alentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones. Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special. This year, it can be easy of to Apple share Photo Courtesy in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an afterschool treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen. If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing. Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterolfree, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day recipes. Find more Valentine’s Day inspiration and recipes at

Frosted Watermelon Cutouts 1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices 4 brownie bites 1 cup frosting (any flavor) Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.

Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board Servings: 6-8 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh red cherries 1 cup strawberries, trimmed and halved 1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews 1 cup chocolate covered almonds 1 bar dark chocolate, broken into squares 1 cup coconut chips mint leaves, for garnish On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish.

Make the Most of Your Renovations Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.Before you get started, take into account these considerations about the design and function of your new bathroom from the remodeling experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

of the family, a separation of the sinks from the rest of the room may be helpful.

Space A primary consideration is the available footprint to create your new bath. This is often a concern as children reach their teen years and also with expanding families. If there aren’t enough bathrooms in the house, you may want to add another, or it may be that you simply need to improve the layout and features to make better use of the existing space. For example, if the bath will be shared by multiple members

Storage Storage is one of the biggest concerns in any design, particularly in rooms as small as typical bathrooms. Carefully consider this aspect of the room during your pre-planning phase. To help determine how much space you need, make a list of all the items you need to store in the bathroom, including cleaning agents, toiletries, linens,

Features Determining how you will use your bathroom dictates the features you’ll want to include. A guest or hall bath is likely to have far fewer features than a master bath but may share some similarities with a kids’ bathroom. First, you’ll need to make decisions about basics like lighting, the number of sinks and amount of counter space you’ll need. If you like baths, you’ll need to decide between a tub and shower combination unit or separate facilities. With a separate tub, the style you prefer may guide your overall design. The aesthetic for a bathroom with a focal point like a claw-foot tub is likely different from a jetted tub.

Make Your Weight Loss Goals a Reality What is OEA? Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is a metabolite of oleic acid, a naturally produced substance that interacts with appetite-controlling receptors in the small intestine to signal the brain you are full. It also helps boost metabolism. However, as a result of food choices and excess body fat, naturally produced OEA may require supplementation to achieve the desired effect on appetite or body fat. Created to mimic this naturally occurring metabolite, RiduZone is the only weight management supplement that contains OEA as an ingredient. Its production has been reviewed and is accepted as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

Less fat A clinical study published in the “Journal of Lipid Research” shows higher blood levels of OEA, which is derived from oleic acidrich olive oil, correlate to lower amounts of body fat. This means weight loss results may be more visible.

Fewer calories A prominent research study published in the journal “Food & Function” shows higher circulating levels of OEA can result in a significant reduction in calorie intake. Over time, OEA users become satisfied with smaller, healthier-sized portions.

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osing weight is a highly personal journey as a wide range of factors can affect a person’s ability to do so. There’s no one approach to weight loss; rather, the best approach is the one that fits your life and body best. Get motivated to reach your weight loss goals with these expert tips.

Set realistic goals. Most experts agree you shouldn’t lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. More rapid loss may shock your system, and chances are you’re depriving your body of important nutrients. More aggressive loss is also less likely to be permanent or sustainable; long-term results generally come with steady loss over a period of time.

patented supplement that gives your body more of a substance it already creates called Oleoylethanolamide (OEA). In essence, OEA tells your brain you are full and it’s time to stop eating. Developed and endorsed by Dr. Jay Yepuri, a boardcertified gastroenterologist, the supplement is a non-stimulant that may help you feel full faster to reduce caloric intake and boost metabolism to burn stored fat. Get active. Creating a calorie deficit is necessary to lose weight, and increasing your physical activity helps ensure you’re burning calories. However, getting active isn’t just about playing the numbers game. Physical activity also promotes overall wellness with numerous physical and mental health benefits, including improving circulation and stimulating feel-good endorphins.

Eat well. Regardless what eating plan you choose, recognize the importance of nutrition in your weight loss program. Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume, so build your menu around nutrient-rich foods that fill you up. Strive for a well-balanced diet that encompasses all the food groups and, if necessary, discuss your goals with a doctor or nutritionist who can help you identify the best foods to enjoy and those to avoid.

Stay committed. It’s easy to fall off your weight loss plan when unexpected circumstances arise. Give yourself a little grace and permission for occasional misses so you stay motivated to get back to your program. That may mean waiting for a cold to pass and doing less strenuous workouts at home or making extra healthy choices at mealtime in advance of an indulgent event. To help make keeping your commitments easier, consider an option like RiduZone to boost your body’s natural appetite-curbing power.

Consider a supplement. If managing cravings or your appetite hinders your weight loss, a supplement may be a good solution. For example, RiduZone is a

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(cont. from pg. 27) It’s a good idea to also think about where in the

room you would like to store each of these items. You may want some of the toiletries in the shower area, while others will be used near the sink or dressing area. Sustainability Many contemporary bathroom fixtures are designed with sustainability in mind, so you can manage your water usage while still enjoying a water-rich environment. You can find water-saving features on everything from toilets to shower heads to even sink faucets. Accessibility Applying universal design principles to your project can promote safety and increase your home’s appeal to a wider range of buyers in the future. In the bathroom, you can improve safety by incorporating non-slip flooring surfaces and ensuring the space is well-lit. Other ideas include adjusting counter and toilet heights to make bathrooms more accessible (wall-hung toilets should be approximately two inches higher). You could incorporate structural bracing around the tub, shower and toilet for grab bars. You might also consider a walk-in tub or stand-up shower with no threshold, levered handles for faucets and an adjustable showerhead. Find more ideas and inspiration for your bathroom design at

Breast Cancer Battle - Marlaina Browning Life is a wheel of many colors. What it throws at you is what you get to wrestle with. A woman named Marlaina Browning, popularly known as MiMi, has been the victim of a plethora of physical feuds. She was an athlete, prior to being diagnosed with cancer on her left breast. In the course of her athletic career, she received a college scholarship for Volleyball. Marlaina is a single mother. She raised her 15-year-old boy, who also took part in high school athletics. Coupled with her involvement in athleticism, Marliana chose teaching as her career. She always wanted to be a teacher or nurse. Her desire to pursue teaching or nursing was rooted in her passion to help kids below, or around, the age of five. She eventually picked up a job as a Pre-K teacher. From her reactions, it shows that she feels so blessed to have been a teacher. The diagnosing of her breast cancer brought an abrupt end to her athletic career. This could be noted as one of the ills that she has encountered in her journey, in this world, as a human. Growing up, Marlaina’s grandmother instilled moral and societal values in her being. Her ability to graciously navigate through the tempest that practically took over her life, wouldn’t have been so if not for her grandmother’s tutelage. Browning visits her OBGYN during the March of every year, for her pap smear. She was diagnosed by her doctor, just a moment into her medical examination, as it was discovered she had breast cancer behind the nipple of her left-breast. The detection of her cancer, at first, was impossible to locate, traceable to the dense tissue on her breast as an Afro-American woman. The doctor took s e v e r a l examinations in order to establish whether or not what he had examined was cancer. After receiving communication from her d o c t o r , Marlaina found it very hard to believe that she had cancer of the breast. She

sat on the test table, looking perplexed, augmented with skepticism, stop playing you’re lying. Her ears could not believe all that she had heard the doctor say from the results from the examination. To cap it off, Marlaina was further diagnosed with a condition that made it practically impossible for her thyroid gland to produce the hormones needed to function properly: hypothyroidism. The results from the test really hurt her. She couldn’t relay what had transpired, during her examination at the hospital, to her beloved and only son. The life of Browning has been centered on drawing support from her only son and grandmother. She kept the results of the test to herself, not even revealing them to her confidant (Grandmother). They didn’t disrupt her involvement in her daily activities, her being mother of the football team, or her work. The doctor told her she would have to stop working around August of 2019. Browning acted on the advice of her doctor. She visited the hospital to check on the level of her cancer every other week. Surprisingly, on the right arm, a mass was located. However, the MRI did not reveal anything wrong with her right breast. Painfully, the right breast was diagnosed with cancer, upon running of tests and a biopsy. This recent development energized Browning’s courage to tell her son about her breast cancer. The young boy couldn’t comprehend the effects of breast cancer, due to his little knowledge of what it mean. Innocently asking his mother, Mom are you going to die? She responded to her son, optimistically saying, “I am not going down without a fight! This fighter in her wouldn’t allow her to be defeated by cancer. Fortunately for her, the cancer was identified at the first stage. Unfortunately, her ability to get a surgical operation to stop the cancer had been impeded by the cost and insurance. Marlaina’s doctor told her that body configuration wouldn’t be suitable for transplanting and the best alternative surgery for her is DIEP flap. The DIEP flap method is considered, by some, as time-consuming, as it could take up to 12 hours of operation in the theatre, 2 weeks in the hospital, followed by around 2 months without being able to work. This technique includes the removal of the blood vessels under the skin, coupled with the muscle, and uses other tissues from the abdomen, back, or buttocks to develop new breast for the patient. Without health insurance, breast reconstruction using implants typically costs $5,000 to $15,000 per breast, for a total of $10,000 to $30,000 if both breasts are reconstructed. Without health insurance, breast reconstruction with "flap" techniques (using tissue from the patient's own body to create new breasts) typically costs $25,000 to $50,000 or more per breast, or $50,000 to $100,000 for both sides. Total costs of $100,000 to $150,000 are not uncommon. Reference: Cost Helper 28


Research big purchases. What constitutes “big” may vary depending on your circumstances and financial status, but regardless of the dollar amount, doing some due diligence before purchases is a good idea. The average millennial will do 4.6 hours of research before buying a big-ticket item like a mattress or car, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Firm. Millennials are also likely to seek input from others, with one in five consulting four or more people for their opinions on a purchase. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

5 Tips to Manage Money Smarter There’s more to managing your money than paying your bills and successfully avoiding overdraft charges (although those are definitely steps in the right direction). Effectively managing your money takes time and planning, but the payoff may be a stronger financial future. Create a budget. Some people avoid making a monthly budget because they think they don’t need one. However, having a clear idea of the money coming in and going out of your bank account each month can help you make better spending decisions. A budget doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as simple as a spreadsheet that lists your monthly income and expenses. Be sure to consider long-term debt, like student loans, and treat your savings account as a payee you owe each month. Track your spending. In a similar vein, it’s a good idea to see where your non-bill-related spending goes. For example, you may stop by the grocery store more to those enter trips text is frequently than you realize, and Type each of likely going to cost you more than if you limited it to just once or twice a week. Many banks and credit institutions offer charts and graphs that break down your spending so you can see exactly where your money is going and use that information to make adjustments.

“Doing research before making a big purchase can make all the difference,” said Timothy Mayes, Mattress Firm’s senior manager of eCommerce merchandising. “There are several resources available such as online reviews, blogs and even guides on the best time to buy that can help save you money on larger purchases. If you find yourself overwhelmed with too many options, recommendations from friends and family are the best resources to help you narrow down your choices.” Prepare for emergencies. If a single unexpected event would cripple you financially, it’s a good idea to build an emergency fund that could help you weather through a storm. A job loss, accident or illness would substantially alter your income, expenses or both, so having at least a few months of salary stashed in savings could make a major difference in how long that unfortunate scenario affects your life. Finance purchases responsibly. Building credit takes time and responsibility, but if you don’t ever borrow money, you won’t have a chance to earn the rates reserved for exceptional credit holders. Financing a moderately sized purchase, such as a mattress, is a good starting point. It may be out of reach for a cash payment, but the balance you carry could be paid in a reasonably short timeframe. To build good credit, always make payments on time and make monthly payments larger than the minimum payment – which is usually just the interest – so you’re actually paying down the principal. Following these tips and taking advantage of product sites that offer resources and information on a potential purchase may aid in your long-term financial health. Find more information at blog.

Invite the Outdoors In children are mitigated by views of and interactions with nature in a host of different ways. Worker productivity, how people feel about espite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern by Vikki the work they do and the level of engagement, improves with a view society is contributing to a vanishing relationship withJones the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways by Vikki Jones of nature.” Despite ample research demonstrating the benefits, the study to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy revealed a common theme, with 85% of participants believing they connection inside your home. spent more time in nature as children than children do today. That’s According to a survey commissioned by the Velux Group, a gap is growing between the time Americans spend outdoors and the time a trend that translates into adult habits, too. “With work and family responsibilities, we can’t always they’d like to spend in nature. fit spending time outside into our busy schedules, effectively In the United States, 63% of survey participants said they average making us the indoor generation,” said Peter Foldbjerg, head one hour or less a week in nature, but 88% agreed they would like of Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate for The Velux Group. to spend more time. In addition, the majority of respondents said “One thing we can do is improve how our homes connect to they believe nature, daylight and fresh air have a positive impact nature: From houseplants and nature-inspired art to skylights on stress levels, and most also agreed those factors have a positive and screened porches, there are a wide variety of options for impact on mental well-being. creating nature connections in the place we spend most of our “Exposure to nature such as trees, plants and views of open spaces has been found to improve the cognitive ability to focus time – our homes.” and read social cues,” said Arie Greenleaf, associate professor Learn how to bring more nature into your home with these of counseling at Seattle University. “Even ADHD symptoms in decorating and design ideas:



Houseplants Living plants not only add a touch of the outdoors, but they also help clean the air inside your home. In smaller spaces, even a few pots of herbs can add a refreshing touch of nature. If flat surfaces and floor space are at a premium, get creative with your wall space and incorporate shelving and wall-mounted planters.

Sunshine and fresh air Whether it’s from windows or skylights, bringing natural light and fresh air inside can keep your space fresh and inviting. There are scientifically proven correlations between natural light exposure and mood, as well as your body’s ability to maintain its circadian rhythm. Refreshing the air in your home can help eliminate volatile organic compounds, pet dander and microparticles from cooking and cleaning. If your home is lacking in natural light, a skylight may be easier to add than a window, and skylights bring in twice as much light as vertical windows; their angle allows more of the sun’s rays to reach farther into the room. Some skylights, including many offered by Velux, also offer venting options that can contribute to cleaner air.

Nature-inspired art Studies have shown that simply viewing photos or paintings of nature scenes has mental and physical benefits. You can also use decorative mirrors to reflect natural light and make a space feel larger and brighter.

Botanically inspired patterns Look to pillows, area rugs and wallpaper to incorporate patterns inspired by flowers, foliage or landscapes outside. These decorative elements can boost your spirits and create a welcoming environment indoors by reflecting the outdoor world.

Natural materials Sisal rugs and baskets, wood planking and stone countertops or side tables can add texture and a touch of the natural world to your interiors. These materials let you incorporate nature into your design aesthetic with natural textures that not only look stylish but feel great, too. Find more ideas for integrating the outdoors into your home design at

Connect with Nature at Work If you work outside your home, at least a third of your day may have you stuck inside an office. Make your work environment more appealing with these ideas that let you embrace nature even while you’re on the clock. n

Incorporate natural life with a desk plant. You may feel more refreshed by that touch of green, and it helps clean the air around you, too.


Find the sunlight. Today’s offices actively promote free-range working, so find a sofa near a window and get your best work done there. Or spend a few hours working outside each day. If your office design is behind the times, take a daily walk outside during your lunch break.


Surround yourself with natural materials. Transform your desk-scape with a bamboo monitor stand, stone smartphone holder or woven seagrass inbox.


Trick the senses with natural soundscapes. Earbuds are a must in today’s open-plan offices. Instead of playing music, escape with nature-inspired tunes like rain, wind in the trees or forest birds.


Select art influenced by Mother Nature. Decorate with nature-inspired art, whether it’s photos of landscapes or a sunflower print.


“Growth almost always requires stepping outside our comfort zone.”

Zoë Chance by Vikki Jones Many budding salespeople or account representatives may spend years perfecting a sales pitch, or mastering the art of the cold call. However you want to call it, any sales professional—or even social media influencer— has a toolbox of certain persuasive strategies in their possession that can be employed to influence consumer or target audience decision-making. Zoe Chance is an expert in these very strategies. As a lecturer at the Yale School of Management, Chance imparts a popular elective course titled Mastering Influence and Persuasion. According to her website, the course could be alternatively titled “Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person.” It turns out the same techniques we use to influence others can also used be to change our own minds. At WOBI NYC, Chance elaborated on the powerful effects of influence strategies on personal growth, giving back, and the upcoming book based on her popular Yale course. “’Doing uncomfortable things to make you a better person’ is the nickname my students came up with for me for my class,” Chance jokes. According to her, the pithy moniker is actually pretty on the nose. “If you want to grow…if we keep doing the same things we’ve been doing, it’s very comfortable, clearly we’re not going to grow,” Chance explains. “Growth almost always requires stepping outside our comfort zone.” Chance describes the growing potential inherent to discomfort, which tends to bring it with an increase in the range of possibilities open to us in different aspects of our lives. Exposing ourselves to discomfort is an essential element of positive change, whether you’re a CEO or a college student. However, not all forms of discomfort are equal, Chance says. She credits American writer Tara Mohr’s book Playing Big as identifying two different types of fear. One version of fear causes undue anxiety and stress; the other is the feeling of trepidatious excitement one feels when confronted with the newness of change. Chance says it’s important to be able to distinguish between the two. “That feeling of standing at the edge of a precipice and you don’t know what comes next…it’s an elevated or expansive kind of discomfort or fear, that’s the sign,” Chance says. “Stepping into that, even if it feels like

you’re stepping off, this is you can use to grow and expand your possibilities.” However, “the other kind of anxiety isn’t just something to go into and say ‘Oh yes, I feel terrible, that’s a good thing.’” Sometimes fear is a projection of rationality; she gives the example of fear generated by a risky business investment. This type of fear, far from misguided, helps with self-preservation, both within and outside of the business world. Later on, Chance addresses the problems of rising tensions in peer groups when one member begins to succeed. “For many of us who have big hearts, we’re never going to be comfortable rising above our peer group,” Chance says. “Social comparisons within our group of peers, when one person begins to rise above others, can be super uncomfortable.” However, “please whatever you, don’t not let yourself rise,” Chance says, arguing that there are methods of adaptation to help upwardly mobile professionals confronted with this issue. When it comes to the origin of her desire to help people overcome both professional issues and personal setbacks, she acknowledges one person as the architect of her inspiration: her mom. “She’s the most loving person I know. She was a single mother, and she was never chasing money, but she was always committed to doing the right thing and helping people,” Chance says. “So even when we didn’t have money, she would be helping someone else pay rent.” Finally, on the topic of her teaching career, she credits her students with asking the questions that prompted further examination of her assumptions about teaching marketing and strategy. “When I first started teaching my course, I was just teaching standard influence techniques that I had learned through marketing and sales training, and the books on influence that I read. It was very transactional: here are things that you can say or do to get somebody to buy that thing or click that button; where you have all the agency as the influencer and there’s this passive, reactive person and you’re going to get them to do stuff,” Chance says. “But when I started teaching, my students, being MBA students and executives and leaders of non-profits, they held me to a much higher standard.” Chance is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A.), the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (M.B.A.), and holds a PhD from Harvard. As a consultant, her past clients include Google, Goldman Sachs and the American Red Cross. Her writing can be seen in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Economist.

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How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier Tubi, we’re excited watch it again from the beginning,” Lindsay said. “It’s nice that fans of the franchise have the opportunity to relive some of our happiest memories as well as those of other couples that have found love on the shows.” Storage Because media is available on-demand – provided you are connected to the internet – there’s no need for an extra storage device or an attachment to plug in to view your favorite movies or television shows.

At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

Price The cost of streaming services typically pales in comparison to the monthly price of cable or satellite television. A service like Tubi, for example, is advertising-supported, meaning the 20 million people who use it each month can access their favorite shows and movies for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees.

With a video on-demand service like Tubi, which offers access to more than 15,000 movies and TV shows – more than double the content library of other popular streaming providers – you can watch your favorite shows both new and old on more than 25 different streaming devices, including Android and Device Flexibility iOS mobile devices, video game consoles and more. Your device needs can vary depending on what type of entertainment attracts Consider these ways streaming services make it easier to stay up to date on you. For example, streaming video the latest in entertainment: requires more sophisticated features than basic games or downloaded music. On-Demand However, many devices, including One of the biggest benefits of streaming media is the ability to watch shows smartphones, tablets, laptops and game and movies on your schedule. There’s no need to program your DVR to consoles, can provide the display record your favorite show, and most services make the whole season capabilities to deliver the experience available all at once so you can binge watch to your heart’s desire. you desire. To learn more and start streaming for free, visit Tubi.TV. Content One of the latest examples to make its way to Tubi is season 13 of “The Bachelorette” featuring Rachel Lindsay. After missing out of the final rose during season 21 of “The Bachelor,” Lindsay, the first African-American Bachelorette, got her redemption by awarding her own final rose to Brian Abasolo. Viewers can see how their love story developed, culminating in marriage, in October as the latest season will be offered alongside several past seasons of “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” on the platform. “Now that our season of ‘The Bachelorette’ is available on 23

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