First Line Manager: Understanding Vested Interest

Vested interest exists. This means an individual has a special interest in protecting or promoting that which is to their own personal advantage. Or, there are groups that seek to support or control an existing system or activity from which they derive private benefit.A first line manager’s vested interest are in their functional area goals. A first line manager’s external business environment is also important. Effective first line managers must support a balance between their and others’ vested interest. A first line manager is like a fish in water; the fish contains water and is in water. There is internal business vested interests and external business vested interests. Let us consider these interests.First consider, a business’s internal interest and the manager’s role in each. There are two types of first line managers; functional line managers and general managers. I was a functional line manager as a restaurant manager, an accounting manager, and a territory sales manager, in these roles, my success was dedicated to that function. I was a general manager of hotels and a Business Office Manager; in these roles, my interest was in accomplishing all the functional goals of the organization.Functional first line mangers have to make sure their area of responsibility is accomplishing the assigned departmental goals. A functional manager’s is a success if their departmental goals are accomplished. Managers that are removed of not successful. Acceptable managers goals are within the acceptable range. Managers that consistency exceed their goals are considered for higher management. They are top performers. Here is the rub, functional managers must maintain a delicate balance between their department’s interest and other department’s vested interest.As a District Accounting Manager I approved the credit on sales contracts for appliance sales, a marketing function. If I was too selective marketing did not make quota and the salesperson salary suffered. If I was too lenient, the marketing department made above quota and the salesperson was very happy. In my accounting function was responsible for the payment of the contracts. I reported to a Division Accounting Manager who expected me to collect the money for the appliances. I received my promotions and my bonus on how effective I was in collections not in sales. This is the conundrum of a first line manager; how do you carry out line goals while not alienating other departments.Now think about this, if a first line manager wants to become a general manager, they must keep the other departments goals in perspective. Other first line managers must know, even though, you have departmental interest; you understand other departments have vested interest. You must be seen as cooperating with them to make every manager and the company successful. This is very important, and an extremely difficult balance.If you want to progress to a mid-level manager within your functional area, cooperation with other departments vested interests is important. A mid-level functional manager most times reports to a middle level general manager and higher level functional manager. Progression to a functional middle manager is difficult, most times, you have to be on the top of the department’s functional goals. In addition, you must be acceptable to the mid- level general manager. A mid-level general manager will not want a line functional manager that creates problems for other functional areas as a mid-level functional manager.Now, consider the first line manager as general manager. I was a first line business office manager and general manager, I was responsible for all the functions of the company. I had an interest in the accomplishing the goals of accounting, marketing, and operations. I had goals in each of these functional areas. I reported to a middle level general manager. I was given these positions because I was a successful first line manager. Also, I was chosen for these positions because of my expanded activities in the community and within the company. I achieved my functional goals and helped other departments make their goals; or, I would never been given these general management positions. As a general manager my energy was divided among the functional areas of the company. My success was based on my teams success in all the functional areas. I had a vested interest in all functional areas. Now, I had to deal with reporting to functional middle managers whose vested interest was in their area.Second consider, a business’s external interest and the manager’s role. A couple examples are the vested interest of Labor unions, and the community.Labor unions are an external vested interest. Unions present a unique problem for a first line manager.I remember my Dad explaining mistletoe to me. Mistletoe gets it food from the tree. If the tree dies the mistletoe plant will die. I wondered if the mistletoe knew it could kill the tree. Labor unions have a vested interest in keeping the union alive. Do they care if the business survives? I think that to a great extent a union does.As a first line and general manager, I had to contend with union concerns. This meant, I became an expert on the union contract. I realized the written comments in the contract did not always mean what they seemed to mean. This conundrum meant, I had to know the memorandum of understanding of the comments between the company and the union. Also, I made use of a company industrial relations person when there was confusion.A union employee’s interest was not always in the best interest of the company; it was with the union. Seniority is a vested interest in unions. This means that seniority was a interest of union employees. Our contract gave certain entitlements for seniority. I had to know how to manage seniority. If I was not careful, union employees would use seniority entitlements to their advantage. For example, union employees that reported to me wanted all new vehicle to go to the senior employee. This entitlement was not in the contract and was not in the interest of the company. I refused to allow the senior employee to get the new vehicle. Why is knowledge of the contract contents important to a manager? If you are not careful, you will set a precedent in your department that will be used against the company in negotiations or arbitrations.First line managers must understand community interest. First line managers must at times place these community interest ahead of company and personal interests. This is very important today because of social media. A manager must always be aware of risk management and ethics in their decisions. Some decisions may seem correct for your department or company; but, will not for the interest of the community. Your decision could become a risk management issue for your company.Consider, General Motors, because it did not consider the interest of the community when it did not recall the cars because of the starter problem in their cars. This decision had a tremendous negative impact on the image of General Motors with the public.I will not continue with other examples of invested interest first line managers must consider.The point is, a first line manager must be sensitive to other’s vested interest; then, manage their vested interest accordingly.

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Selling – Art, Science, or Just a Knack?

Good salespeople aren’t born – they are made…That’s true! It is not some special birthright. Although a dose of natural charisma certainly goes a long way, there is no escaping the fact that people become good salespeople, some become even better salespeople, and a few become truly high-performance salespeople through learning, practice, and plenty of dedication. Sure, selling is a lot of fun, it generally pays well, and there is no doubt that top salespeople are often the envy of others, but there’s no free lunch involved – it does involve some serious effort!Still, not everyone is convinced of this. While many of us who are close to the selling profession maintain that the true ‘science of selling’ involves a production-like process that can be systematically taught, there are just as many others in the wider community who are adamant that there is no such formula. They believe that selling is the domain of the chosen few, those who were born with some sort of mystical genetic gift – the ‘art of selling’.It seems that this ‘art or science’ question has been bandied around forever, so it comes as no surprise to find that, in my training sessions, the attendees are keen to tackle it as well – perhaps to satisfy themselves if they are wasting their time or not. So we usually start out with a vigorous discussion about it. Invariably both sides of the story get to hit the table, and we wind up conceding that it’s really a bit of both – the science is surely the method, the steps in the sale; the art must be the magic, the subtlety of how we go about it.While agreeing that the ‘magic’ may well take a little longer to master than the ‘method’, we always wind up accepting that both are perfectly trainable… we just have to develop the KNACK:Knowledge of peopleNegotiating techniquesAttitudeCommunication skillsKnowledge of productThis simple acronym really does define the essential portfolio of skills we need to attain, maintain, and sustain if we are to enjoy a long and successful career in selling. It gives us that combination of ‘magic’ and ‘method’, and is certainly worth remembering:Knowledge of People – creating empathy by understanding the elements of emotional intelligence, particularly the characteristics of behavioural style. This needs to extend to the psychology of buying and selling, and cannot ignore the subtleties of age and gender.Negotiating Skills – consistently practicing the essential selling and negotiating dialogue skills, from initial meeting and greeting, to closing the deal. Sometimes over-shadowed by our hunger for improved product knowledge, dialogue skill is the one ingredient that must not be overlooked – the ‘how’ part of the ‘know-how’.Attitude – maintaining the appropriate temperament and personal standards, and having the wherewithal to manage not only our mood of the moment, but our ongoing attitude towards our customers and their needs.Communication Skills – keeping on top of the basics by maintaining our vital conversational skills toolkit covering questioning techniques, convincing presentation, body language, and the most important of all, listening disciplines.Knowledge of Product/Market/Industry – staying in touch with the full range of market information through product and market trends, competition, social and economic trends, technology, right down to internal sales operations – the all-important storeroom of knowledge that gives top salespeople their aura of confidence.Once we feel proficient and comfortable with this knack of selling formula, we really do get to understand the very direct association between interpersonal selling skills and general life skills, to appreciate that the very fabric of our existence is dependent on how well we relate to each other in every aspect of our lives. Any attempt, conscious or otherwise, to influence the opinion or decision of a fellow human being really involves some selling. So developing the knack of selling brings us closer to many facets of those wider relationships, making the assumption that, while not all of us are actually employed in the business of selling, we are all, in a sense, ‘salespeople’.It just so happens that those of us who sell for a living are lucky enough to enjoy a kind of utopia, a place where lifestyle and livelihood can become one – where pleasant, meaningful interaction with our fellow human beings is the common denominator. This knack of selling is certainly a knack worth having!

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Pro’s and Con’s of Starting A Home-Based Business

Why would a person want a home-based business? More people today are asking themselves this very question. Working at home can mean a lot to a family today and it can be said that a home-based business is a smart and reasonable move to make today when just a few years back it was much more difficult to achieve.Now why is a home-based business easier today? Well it has to do with a certain technological
innovation called the internet. Every day profits in the hundreds of thousands are being made from home-based businesses through this thing called the internet. Many people now choose to choose to stay at a home office because they fill they can do better or can successfully reach their goals in life. Of course like everything in life’s journey, to reach our goals successfully we have to Be Motivated, Stay Motivated.It can even be said that starting a home-based business and running it successfully is not as easy as it looks. It does come with it’s own sacrifices. I mean you have to realize that at times you might be working more hours than if you still worked for someone else. That being said I don’t mean to take the fun out of the idea of starting a home-business I just want you to realize that it will take motivation and dedication to the task. Don’t you think that there would be a lot more
folks starting their own home-based business if it was so easy. How much you will earn can very well depend on how much you can learn. We need to ask ourself are we willing to make that sacrifice to have a successful home-based business. It will take a certain amount of skill and training for you to succeed on the Internet with your business.As for myself I was 50 years old before I learned how to use a computer. Now today it is being taught in schools from the very early grades and by the time these younger folks graduate from highschool some of them could be even called Guru’s, But that doesn’t mean they would be successful in their own Home-Based business. There are many ways you can fail to succeed in starting a Home-Based business. Some of them being; Be sure you have the right reasons. We have already mentioned Motivation, Dedication and Sacrifice. Just to ad to those, as if Motivation, Dedication, and Sacrifice are not enough Right! You have to believe that you can and will succeed in the type of Internet Marketing you want to work in.Be sure you realize that the Only Way to Succeed is Not To Quit. When you encounter failures don’t give up, instead correct the problem and move on. Remember if starting a Home-Based Business was as easy as it looked, a lot more folks would be doing it.
Another would be not doing anything about the areas of running a Home-Based Business that we know we are weak in. Yes this can lead to Real Failures! Remember you will the Boss, if you are having a problem in some area of your home-business be sure to take care of it. If you need help, ask someone who knows the answer to your problem. Don’t let it go!The cost can be more than you planned for. It is true you can get into marketing online without much capital but if you really want to grow you business you will probably need to invest in it. You will need your own website, not just some fancy landing page, although money can be made with these.I think you will need a real picture in your mind of your goal for you to have real success. Have you done all the planning, I mean if you want to be Really Successful you need a business plan. Such as advertising and a budget that will work. Are you fully ready to manage your company growth?So what advise would I have for you at this point? I would say to you Go For It! You will not know what kind of problems you will really have till you get started building your home business.With the advent of internet marketing there has come a multitude of business opportunities. Even if you just start working your online business part time, a Home-Based Internet Business is a excellent way to make extra income. Just imagine being able to turn that alarm clock off and sleep another hour if you want to. I mean you are the Boss remember. Now is a excellent time to start you a Home-Based Business online. There are many great opportunities for the Entrepreneur today.As long as you realize that it is going to take real Motivation, Dedication and Sacrifice you will be on your way to success. Those flashy websites that advertise instant cash or riches in 30 minutes of work, Forget it, that’s not the way it works. Remember, how much you earn will very likely depend on how much you learn.

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Home-Based Business Grows in Popularity Due to Substantial Lifestyle Benefits

A Home-Based Business Offers FlexibilityMany women who have children of school age often find it challenging to balance work and family life. Many employers demand strict adherence to the firm’s hours. When a child gets ill at school, for example, the mum must leave work and bring the child home. You may have found yourself in this type of dilemma before and know how frustrating it can be.This need for flexibility can be viewed in broader terms as a desire to gain personal freedom. The most alluring aspect of starting a home-based business is the opportunity to gain control over your own life. As a home-based business owner you can shape your work life around your own goals. There are no bosses to follow, no corporate cultures to live by and no rigid work schedules. If you enjoy getting up early, you can start work early and finish early. If you enjoy getting up late, you can start your workday later and finish later. You have the freedom to work and earn as you choose..
A Home-Based Business Can Save You TimeYou can gain financial and time benefits by working from home. Just think of the time and transportation costs you can save by not having to commute to an office each day. Even if you commute half an hour each way to and from work, it adds up to 5 hours each week, or 250 hours each year. You probably can find much better ways to use this time. If you now drive to work, you can eventually save thousands of dollars by reducing the amount you spend petrol and car maintenance costs by starting a home-based business.A Home-Based Business Can Be Beneficial For Family RelationshipsMany decide to start home-based businesses to strengthen family relationships. Most parents have to work full time just to provide for their families. They don’t have the time to enjoy parenthood. Home-based businesses makes it possible for parents to enjoy parenting. Husbands and wives can assist each other with various parts of the business while older children can also be directly involved. Even younger children gain from seeing how business is conducted. Children learn about working together as a team and goal setting, which often isn’t taught in their schools. A home business can be an important part of the child’s education and help build stronger family bonds.A Home-Based Business Can Reduce StressMany men and women have chosen to start home businesses to reduce stress. Much of the stress today is caused by the attempt to juggle work and family commitments. With a home business you can stay at home to care for a sick child, or older relative. You can prepare and share dinner with your family without feeling rushed.Office politics and personality conflicts are another part of corporate life and are causes of work stress. By working from home you can decrease stress by avoiding these politics and personality conflicts. You can also decrease stress by freeing yourself from the deadlines that are imposed on you from above. In addition, having to drive to your work adds stress at the beginning and end of your day. Many people find this to be a highly stressful part of their lives.Home-Based Business Trends Home-based business is becoming more and more popular in the Asia-Pacific region in countries such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.A recent article in the New Straits Times presented several women who operate successful businesses from their homes. The article also showed the government’s positive attitude towards the trend. Several government officials quoted in the publication believe that home based businesses add entrepreneurial vibrancy to the communities in which they are located.Home-based business is becoming more popular in Australia. In June 2004, there were 282,400 home-based businesses in the state of New South Wales in Australia. This represented 63.8% of small businesses in New South Wales.

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Keep These 5 Rules in Mind for Successful Commercial Designing

Who doesn’t want an excellent commercial design? Excellent commercial design is important to maintain the reputation and brand image of the company. As it is said, the first impression is the last impression, a good impression always attracts potential customers. It’s obvious no one would ever love to walk in a congested environment with bad lighting.

Bad design and interiors deteriorate the productivity of the employees. It can be a confusing task when planning a commercial designing project for the first time, hiring expert Commercial Architects Melbourne can be the best option to know about the latest trends and perfect matching designs.

This blog is about some basic rules to consider for making the commercial project successful.
Keep structures versatile

When it comes to transforming any commercial space, focusing on convertibility and keeping office interior decor versatile can be the best option. It can be done by implementing a versatile structure to spaces such as cafeterias, offices, and many more. Everyone gives preference to comfort hence, focusing on spatial and versatile design will help to complete commercial designing projects in an optimal way.

Consider the latest technology implementations

Technology plays a supportive role to enhance the commercial designing project. Moving forward with the latest technology is important to execute any business smoothly because technologies make the work much easier and comfortable for the employee as well as organizations. Implementing centralized and decentralized digital control is much needed in any commercial design.

Keep office aesthetics updated

Good aesthetics and interiors impact the overall representation of the office and make the place functional and attractive. Hire a reputed designer for modern d├ęcor and furniture ideas. Hiring a designer reduces half of the project stress and helps to meet the contemporary fashion and latest trends. They can help to choose the perfect theme that blends well with the office decor, atmosphere, and colour.

Provide personalized space to prevent congestion

Majority of customer prefers personalized space such as different seating to seat comfortably and do the personal work. Personalized space is one of the crucial factors for customer-based service offices such as hotels and cafeterias to provide an ambient and comfortable place.

Always keep safety first

Safety is the central feature of every construction and designing project. Hence, it’s the high-priority factor to keep the aesthetic and functional safety at the working place. It can be compromised for interior decoration and design purposes but it’s not at all affordable to compromise for safety purposes.

Following the above useful ideas can easily help in the successful completion of a commercial designing project in a safe and pleasing way. In today’s, modern construction, reliability, and comfort is also an equally important factor.

Final words,

It’s important to hire the experienced Building designer Melbourne to make the commercial designing project worthy. Hope the above rules helped you to scale up your interior designing projects with a better outcome. Follow the above tips for any renovation or remodelling project and surely you will get award-winning and achieve a better office experience.

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How Long Should A Laptop Battery Last And How To Increase the Battery Life

No matter how expensive your laptop is, its battery won’t last more than four years. According to experts, a new laptop battery gives you as many as 1,000 cycles. In other words, you can charge and recharge the battery up to 1000 times. However, many factors play their role to increase or decrease the lifespan of a laptop battery. For instance, the material used for producing the battery substance. So, if you want to ensure that your battery stands the test of time, given below are some of the tips that can help.

1. Install a good battery monitor

If you are looking for an alternative, you can choose from tons of third-party utilities. Basically, the software programs help you monitor your laptop battery. These programs have no compatibility issues with any type of laptop.

Using these tools, you can find out which programs are using most of the battery power. You can then close the unwanted programs to save battery power.

2. Install maintenance apps

You can use some manufacturer-recommended maintenance tools for maintaining your laptop battery. Based on the type of your battery, you will receive different suggestions. Apart from this, your operating system will come with a built-in utility that can help you keep an eye on your battery condition.

3. Maintain your device temperature

You should try your level best to ensure your laptop maintains its temperature. In summer, electronic devices tend to heat up, which negatively impacts the life of the battery packs.

Therefore, you should make sure that there is a little bit of space between the bottom of the device and the table you have placed your device on. Besides, the ventilation system of your device should be working properly. For this purpose, regular cleaning of your device is quite important.

4. Don’t use maximum brightness

When your screen brightness is at maximum level, your device will use the maximum power. So, turning down the brightness is the first thing you can do to save power. Also, it is not a good idea to keep the brightness at max level as it can have a negative impact on your eyesight.

So, by following these simple tips, it will be easier for you to extend the life of your laptop battery.

5. Change the power-saving settings

Before you do anything, go into the power options of your laptop. If you are using Windows operating system, you can go to the control panel to access the power options. The control panel can be accessed from the Start Menu.

Some users have MacOS. If you are one of them, you need to access Energy Saver, which is found in the System Preferences. If these values are set to default, your computer will use the least amount of power.

So, what you need to do is make small changes to the settings so that you achieve a balance between power and performance. For best performance, there is always the choice to connect your device to the AC outlet.

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The Best Ways I’ve Found To Make Money Online From Home

Have you been looking for a way to make money online without having to know much of the internet stuff? Wanting to work at home but don’t know how to do it? Here is the key gem: Between all the tricks on joining the craft beer movement, opening a gallery or being a tour operator, you will find clever advice that anybody can apply to make money online quickly.

The most basic way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. It is really easy. Basically you set up an ad for someone she is selling something and when they click through and buy it, you make money! Simple enough if you have no technical skill at all. Here are some simple tips on how to earn using affiliate marketing:

Drop-shipping is one of the most useful methods. You select a product in which you believe there is a demand and then drop-ship it to your customers in small quantities. You make money from the difference between what the stock costs and what you sell it for. For this method, it is important to note that you may need to make space for your inventory on your premises or perhaps wait until you have a build of an inventory before you can start drop-shipping; but the advantages make it a good choice for those seeking to make money online from their spare time.

Paid surveys are a great way to earn some extra cash. These can be accessed easily and there are many sites where you can get paid from spending your spare time. There is one site, though, which is said to pay $200 a week for twelve weeks straight – you can’t beat that kind of money making potential. With paid surveys, it is important to note that the sites are generally scams, and that you need to do some research to ensure you are making good money making opportunities.

Finally, a passive income generating method that can bring in money on autopilot is eToro’s Forex trading. This works by allowing you to invest on a demo account and earn money from the performance of the currencies being exchanged. The best thing about this system is that it allows you to do virtually anything and still see profits coming in. eToro has an average starting price of less than $50 and can generate an income of five figures in just a few months.

These are the best things I have found for making money online from your home. Though none of them are as good as, say, a paid-online course, they are much more affordable and can provide a valuable education to start earning money immediately online. With just a little research, you should be able to find a legitimate opportunity to get paid to learn the basics of making money in the currency markets. This is a truly remarkable opportunity.

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Finding the Best Business Idea For Your Home Based Business

How many home based business opportunities are available to you? If you want to make money online at home, you really have many options to choose from. The big question is – which one will give you the biggest chance of success? Is there a ‘one size fits all’ answer? The simple truth is that not every opportunity is right for everyone, and not every opportunity will bring you the greatest amount of profit.

So, what are some home business ideas that can make money online for you? The quick and dirty answer is: the one that best suits your particular set of needs. Make a list of your priorities, including a high income; a low-risk schedule; freedom; flexibility; work-life balance; independence; something in your range of skills and expertise; and interesting work that you have an interest in… You can take this list with you and talk to people who are working from home on the same things that you would be considering. Chances are that you will find some great niches that fit your standards and your desires.

But what if you want to get started right away? It’s easy to think that you can jump into a new business idea and be successful immediately, but this often isn’t the case. It takes many different things to make sure that you will be able to get through the hurdles and actually make it to a point where you are seeing profit. If you don’t work at it slowly, you will be setting yourself up for failure. Here’s the lowdown on some different things that you should consider as you create your own business idea:

First, you need to think about what you have to offer. If you don’t have any ideas as to what to do as a freelance writer, a lowdown on finding a niche is very important. Many beginners go into this completely clueless. But if you know that you have a skill that others are desperately seeking, you may be able to provide them with the service they are looking for without having to spend much time building up a website or getting traffic to it.

Another thing to consider is what kinds of products or services would best fit a niche that you would like to get started in. In this case, the lowdown on finding the best business idea for you would include taking a look at what you love to do and what you can offer others. If writing is not your strongest point, but you love to get creative, consider freelance data entry. Freelance data entry does not require a lot of startup capital, but you still need to have the skills that will allow you to be successful in this area. The best lowdown on finding the best business idea for you is to simply start looking at what you like to do and what you can offer others.

There are many other areas of freelance writing that you can explore in order to make the most out of your home based online business. Freelance writers are in high demand online. If you have the skills that are needed to do well in this field, there is no reason that you should not be able to find a great home-based online business that will give you the income that you want.

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Earn Money Writing From Home And Never Run Out of Ideas

Is it your dream to work from home as a writer and earn money from everything you write? That was my dream for years, and 20 years ago it became my reality.

One of the hardest things at first was to come up with ideas of what to write about. I started by doing freelance writing and I also set up my own website and I wanted to write and publish books. It was all a great plan, but it meant coming up with thousands of ideas.

At first I didn’t think it was possible, but it turned out that not only was it possible to come up with endless ideas for writing, but I ended up with notebooks full of ideas because I had more than I could ever use at once.

And I’ll tell you 3 things that helped.

1. I write fast. Once I’m into writing an addictive story or an interesting article – or series of articles, I get into a writing ‘flow’ and can write for hours. I never stop and second-guess myself. I just keep writing because fast writers are mega producers and never have time for writers’ block.

2. The more I write and the faster I write, the more writing ideas I have. Productive writers always get an abundance of ideas as they write. When I’m immersed in my writing, my creative mind goes into hyper-drive. Even if I started with only one or two ideas, once I sit down and start writing the ideas start flowing. And it doesn’t matter what I write. Even if I’m journaling or copying out someone else’s writing by hand (just for practice), it inspires ideas.

3. I love to write. Most days I’m excited and motivated to sit down and write. I hurry through other chores I have to do so that I can get to my desk and write.

At first, being a writer was hard because it’s not easy to work from home with no boss, no set hours and too many distractions. But once I got a writing routine, I found that once I sat my backside in my chair and started writing, it was easy to ignore everything and motivation arrived and kept me going.

So if you find yourself longing to write but stuck for ideas, just sit down and start writing. Write anything even if it’s just nursery rhymes you were taught as a kid, or open a book and start handwriting it out.

And if you’re like me you’ll find that even on days when you think you don’t feel like writing and the ideas just won’t come, sit down and write anyway, and before you know it you’ll be overloaded with ideas.

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