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How To Profit From And Cash In On The Economy Of Ideas

How To Profit From And Cash In On The Economy Of Ideas
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If you’re like most people, you’re interested in leading an enjoyable life. If you share even more in common with most people, you’re interested in making more money. Let’s face it: Money problems are something the majority of people face, and even when you’re making enough to survive, there’s always the allure of being able to accomplish something even more fulfilling, with a bit more dough.

However, it can seem like making money or starting a business is even more difficult than it used to be. And on one level, this is kind of true. But on another level, it’s never been easier (or more worthwhile) to get a business started. But in order to stay in the game long enough to truly be a business, change lives and make some cash, the new economy of ideas must be embraced.

Old Versus New

Let’s back up for just one second before we dive into the meaty stuff. The idea economy isn’t exactly “new”, but for the majority of people who have the desire and ambition to get a business going, it’s definitely still fresh. Exchanging ideas as goods and services, instead of the thousands of other products the world has known for much longer, is an enthralling opportunity.

Over the past 100-150 years, most of the developed world has been used to the “industrial revolution economy” – in other words, an employment system where individuals are monetarily compensated in exchange for their time as they produce some kind of service, product or task for a company. The world has seen large firms and small businesses, but one thing has been increasingly pervasive: The scarcity of time and money has thrust its way into the working class.

Little by little, growing numbers of people have become discontent with this scarcity, and rightly so. Before 1971, money in the United States was real money. In other words, all printed money was backed by gold, giving it real value. When you spent money and exchanged it for another good or service, this was as close as it got to real bartering.

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Money Changed In 1971

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    When Nixon took U.S. money off the gold standard in 1971, money became a currency, and its value has steadily dropped ever since then, because more and more has been produced. Any time more of something is produced, the value plummets. Just look at cars, many homes and pieces of artwork. Hundreds of examples of rare or exclusive (and therefore highly valuable) items in all three aforementioned categories can be found, because given examples in each category are regularly produced with value aforethought.

    When people grow dissatisfied enough with something, they typically look for or build a new solution. If you can create primarily intangible products and services and enact a new economy on them, you can in many ways leave the old one behind. Enter the new economy of ideas. (Remember; “new” is relative here, because certain individuals and groups have been engaged in the new economy for years.)

    For the typical American that relies on a job for their paycheck, it can be daunting and downright painful at times to learn about how to approach the new idea economy. This article seeks to break down the fundamentals of the idea economy, and how anyone can figuratively and literally profit from it.

    Ideas Are The New Economy

    Alright, we’ve talked enough about the changing pace of things; let’s dive into what ideas actually are, and how they can improve the lives of humans. An idea is a nugget of possibility. There are good ideas and bad ideas.

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    Obviously the good ideas are what improve the world, and that’s what you should be aiming for. Ultimately, the best ideas are translated into action, and receive enough reinforcement to bring about better results in the world.

    Ideas can be used as “currency” in the new economy, because ideas can be productized and applied to other businesses. In other words, one business or venture can benefit from the ideas of another. Ideas are ways to help other people (and occasionally yourself) patch up broken spots.

    Most importantly, ideas provide opportunity for freedom and expression. The light bulb was a new way to increase productivity and time for enjoyment. The Internet was a new way to bring people together, store information, disseminate information and deliver products and services. There are hundreds of new ideas around the corner; all we need to do as a global society is enact the discipline necessary to bring about good results from them.

    Information Products Are The Future

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      Info products are, in many ways, hybrids of two types of economic vehicles: The desire for info from an expert, and a commodity that is easily transferable and readily consumable. Hundreds of information products are already being made and thousands more purchased every day, and this trend will only swing upward.

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      An info product is convenient because it can be highly customized to the end user’s experience. Examples of info products are eBooks, audio recordings, online courses, videos, membership sites, interviews and podcasts.

      Now Is The Time To Become An Expert

      All of that being said, there’s no better time than today to become an expert. The best part is, you likely already are! But hold on. You’re probably saying something like, “Hey Brad, my friends have never labeled me an expert, and I certainly don’t consider myself one!” The truth is a bit more gray.

      When taking the concept “expert” at public face value, most people equate that with a college professor, an esteemed medical professional or perhaps a popular entrepreneur. In other words, someone who has spent the vast majority of their life pursuing one corner of the world, so to speak. Reality tells a different story. In truth, everyone’s an expert, because expertise is relative.

      Where Are You An Expert?

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        For example, if you love gardening and have been recreationally growing fruits and vegetables in your backyard for even five years, you know tons more than someone who shows passionate interest but is just starting. Obviously, this is even more true if you’ve been gardening 10 years or longer.

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        Utilizing this knowledge, everyone (in accordance with their hands-on experience and longevity in their given field) is an expert to most other people in the world. As another example, I’ve been drumming for close to 17 years now (most of my life). I’ve taught drums in formal and non-formal settings, as I’m able to provide reliable information for people who are presently dipping their toe into music. I’m positive the same scenario is true for you, give or take a distinct field of expertise.

        There Are No Excuses For Following Your Dreams

        There is more opportunity today than there ever has been in the history of the world combined. If you want to profit from and cash in on the new economy of ideas, you must start today. It’s true that seemingly every year there are more business opportunities than the last year, but this is no excuse to get lazy. Those who succeed are those who give themselves no other option.

        Grandparents of today could have only dreamed of the freedom, fluidity and empowerment that comes from today’s entrepreneurial and technological landscape. You have to utilize the freedom you’ve been given, or it will pass you by unannounced.

        Begin Developing Your Ideas And Creating Products Today

        The time to act is today. Those who live the life of their dreams are the ones who recognize that today is the only day they’ve got. So how do you actually make money from the new economy of ideas?

        Simply begin creating info products about what you’re already an expert on. As long as you’re passionate about it and committed to seeing it through, you will be able to reap the harvest of what you’ve already planted.

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        Sometimes it takes longer than expected, but if you commit to the long haul, there’s always an opportunity to use what you’ve already created. Once you’ve built some products that can serve a market, start bringing it to them. Share what you’ve done with your niche and openly receive feedback.

        Get out there and make your dreams happen!

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        Published on July 27, 2021

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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        During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

        But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

        Put the Pro in Professional

        After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

        1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

        The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

        Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

        2. Dress the Part

        While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

        Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

        For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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        Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

        3. Stage Your Workspace

        Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

        Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

        4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

        Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

        Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

        Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

        Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

        5. Arrive on Time

        In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

        Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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        6. Turn on Your Video

        Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

        If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

        Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

        7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

        Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

        Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

        Attend to the Pesky Details

        8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

        With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

        Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

        9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

        Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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        Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

        10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

        As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

        Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

        Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

        Talking Has a Time and a Place

        11. Chat Appropriately

        Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

        At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

        12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

        The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

        Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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        13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

        In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

        Manage Yourself

        14. Minimize Distractions

        While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

        Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

        15. Save Snacking for Later

        Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

        However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

        Final Thoughts

        Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

        Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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