Charity Bank raises nearly £5 million in subordinated debt

first_img Advertisement Charity Bank has announced the successful raise of nearly £5 million in subordinated debt as well as plans to attract an additional £10 million in new equity investment from charities, trusts and foundations.This capital will enable Charity Bank to grow its support for the social sector and increase its capacity to respond to a growing demand for repayable finance, including the significant unmet demand for unsecured funding.Charity Bank has grown its loan book by an average of 28% over each of the past four years and is now seeking to secure further investment to meet its objective of doubling its lending to charities and social enterprises by 2024 and extending its offering to smaller organisations where the funding gap is most acute.As a regulated, deposit-taking bank, Charity Bank can leverage equity investment to multiply its social impact: for every £1 of capital raised, Charity Bank can raise about £7 in deposits from retail savers and therefore lend approximately £8 to organisations delivering positive social change.78% of Charity Bank borrowers that took part in its recent social impact study say their project would not have gone ahead without the funding, and 30% said it helped keep their organisation afloat.Ed Siegel, Chief Executive, Charity Bank, said:“We believe that the current expansion of our investor base represents a potentially very powerful opportunity for many charities, trusts and foundations looking to use social investment as one means to achieve their social objectives. We will leverage every pound of the investment we raise to make around £8 of loans to help charities and social enterprises fulfil their missions and tackle some of the most challenging issues facing UK society today.“Further equity investment will help Charity Bank become an enduring institution that can continue responding to the needs of the sector and allow more savers to put their money to work for the benefit of society. Having recently made our 1000th loan, we’re now in a strong position to move into the next stage of our growth journey, supported by £10m in new equity investment and the recent successful raising of almost £5 million in subordinated debt.”The subordinated debt initiative – which benefitted from specialist advice and capital raising support from ClearlySo and Allia C&C as well as the impact wealth manager Tribe Impact Capital – successfully attracted nearly £5m in long-term capital, raised almost exclusively from eligible individual investors that will benefit from the Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) that is attached to the offering. Melanie May | 28 November 2019 | News Tagged with: Charity Bank Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  422 total views,  2 views today Charity Bank raises nearly £5 million in subordinated debt  423 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Prior censorship, legalized secret detention and increased Internet control

first_img RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the prior censorship that the propaganda ministry imposed on domestic media coverage of the news conference that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao gave on 14 March, on the last day the annual National People’s Congress.The organization is also very worried by the introduction of a system for identifying bloggers (实名制), the increased cooperation by the companies Sina and Baidu in monitoring Internet users (described in a report in the official periodical Frontline), and the adoption of a new detention law on the last day of the congress. “What with draconian directives on how the media should cover the news, increased online censorship and the legalization of secret detention, the Chinese government is attacking freedom of information from all sides,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The new restrictions are the complete opposite of what the public wants and even Prime Minister Wen had indicated this.“The big Internet companies that are helping the authorities to monitor and control the Internet are just as responsible as the government for the cyber-censorship. We urge the companies that own micro-blogging services such as Tencent, Sina and Baidu to assume their responsibility and not turn them into government surveillance tools.”Prior censorshipAll the news media that were planning to cover the prime minister’s news conference received a directive from the propaganda ministry the day before ordering them to carry only the reports provided by the official news agency Xinhua and not to add any comments. The news conference concluded the annual National People’s Congress that began on 5 March.Secret detentionOn the final day, the congress approved an amendment to the criminal procedure law allowing the authorities to detain persons suspected of crimes “endangering national security” in a secret location for up to six months without bringing any formal charges. The police had already been making broad use of “house arrest” as way to detain people in their homes or other locations in a completely illegal manner.Under other amendments to the same law, the police are supposed to notify relatives within 24 hours when someone is arrested, but are not required to say why or where they are being held. The amendments also ban using information obtained under torture as evidence, require that video recordings be made of interrogation sessions, and give lawyers the right to attend if the suspect is facing a possible sentence of 10 years or more.Xiong Wei, a researcher specializing in legislation, launched a campaign on the Sina Weibo micro-blogging site called for the vote on the amendments to be postponed. His campaign message was forwarded 18,000 times before being deleted on 12 March. Company responsibilityCooperation between China’s leading Internet companies and the government has intensified since the end of 2011. According to a report published recently under the propaganda ministry’s aegis by the Communist Party periodical Frontline (前线), nine Beijing-based Internet companies including Sina and Baidu have created internal grass-roots party committees with the aim of “purifying” online content by identifying and denying “false rumours.” The report urged other website owners to create similar committees and said the government and party have set aside special funds for this purpose.A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States highlighted the effectiveness of the censorship of social networks in China, especially in sensitive regions. Nearly half of the messages posted on social networks in Tibet are deleted, compared with about 10 per cent in Beijing and Shanghai.Both online censorship and disappearances have increased in 2011. Around 100 journalists and netizens are currently detained. Of those who have been able to talk about their detention, many have said they were tortured or mistreated.End of micro-blogging anonymityUnder the new regulations for micro-blogging sites that took effect in Beijing today, users have to provide their real name and phone number to register. If those who are already registered do not provide the required information, they will be unable to continue blogging. According to Reuters, 19 million of Sina Weibo’s 300 million members have so far registered under their real identity.The cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou are expected to follow Beijing’s example and impose similar user rules soon. This initiative is particularly worrying as it will almost certainly lead to self-censorship by users. Until now, China’s micro-blogging sites have been a source of alternative news and views in a country where the media are closely controlled by the authorities.China is ranked 174th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the list of “Enemies of the Internet” that Reporters Without Borders released this week. Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News Newscenter_img March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prior censorship, legalized secret detention and increased Internet control April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

Anyone can cook

first_imgRatatouille’s famous Chef Gusteau once stated, “Anyone can cook.”  Greatness therefore is not limited to a select few, but available to all.  Leaders have the distinct honor and responsibility of crafting an organizational culture that fosters creativity, empowering all those whom they lead to become the great innovators they were destined to become.  In any game of life, including business, there are clear winners and losers.  So, what makes a championship team?  Simply answered, it is how leaders capitalize talent.  To win, you had better capitalize better than the competition and that is impossible unless you harness the creative power of your team members.  Three core concepts will assist any leader, whether starting a new venture, or maintaining an existing organization, to build and sustain a people of purpose and a culture of excellence, dedicated to becoming innovating machines.  Anyone Can CookFirst, destroy the notion that good ideas only come from the top.  Unless you believe and practice the concept that good ideas can come from anywhere, you will risk stifling creativity in your organization.  In today’s ever increasing competitive environment, organizations cannot hope to win without first demonstrating a commitment to building high performing teams which are dedicated to a common vision, and that vision must include encouraging all employees, from the part-time teller to the CEO, to express their ideas.  One of the simplest recipes to remedy stifling innovation is to believe and practice that anyone can cook.  Then you will build winning teams, comprised of individuals who believe in the journey.  That flexibility will help to ensure that you are always at the cutting edge of innovation, as you empower your cooks to create a delicacy.     Inclusion: Recipe For SuccessSecond, foster an atmosphere of inclusion in which diversity and empathy are flourishing.   A diversity of perspectives and opinions is crucial for organizational success, especially for those that compete in a highly commoditized market.  A higher level of perspective can assist the organization in meeting and exceeding the needs of a larger group of current and potential members.  Understand however, that with diversity, conflict is inevitable.  Organizations can sometimes be plagued with judgment and ridicule from supervisors and co-workers alike.  A negative, judgmental working environment can quickly stifle creativity and innovation.  Without these two components, an organization cannot hope to identify opportunities, let alone be on the cutting edge of adding member value.  However, it is not the conflict itself that will destroy an organization; it is the inability of leaders to effectively manage it.  When properly managed, conflict can present great opportunities for growth and development, spurring creativity and innovation.  To ensure highly effective idea generation, leaders should tirelessly work to create an open-minded organization in which ideas are shared, mutual respect is embraced, diversity is encouraged, and empathy is a core practice.  Empathy leads to the path of understanding and inclusion.  The most successful leaders will be those who constantly observe the behavior of others, especially members.  Observing human nature will teach you more than any survey you could ever conduct.  As you observe and interact with existing and potential members, you will form relationships of trust that will shape the user experience and bring your brand to top of mind.   Never Skip DessertThird, reward good ideas immediately and consistently.  Recognizing and rewarding creativity can act as a strong catalyst in promoting a culture of innovation.  This process first begins with eliminating the notion that mistakes cannot happen.  If simple mistakes are punished, you will create an atmosphere of secrecy.  As a result, training suffers, trust deteriorates, and members suffer the consequences.  Change this mindset by instilling in employees the knowledge that mistakes can and do happen, and that they are accepted as opportunities to learn.  Further encourage idea generation by rewarding employees for positive impacts their ideas have on the organization.  Rewarding employees builds confidence and successful innovation is inseparably connected to the human condition.  People-focused creativity can be cultivated, taught, and mastered.  Leaders should encourage and reward small successes, as this will instill confidence in your team, inspiring them to share more ideas and embrace more challenging goals for creativity and innovation.  Leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s DNA.  Innovative individuals exist everywhere and the savvy leader will build a championship team by ensuring the creation of an innovation machine within their organization.  Inspire your people to share your vision and perhaps more importantly, your insatiable curiosity. 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: https://www.brecofcu.com Detailslast_img read more

Help wanted: Appraiser Clerk I

first_imgHelp wanted: Appraisal Clerk I – Appraiser’s OfficePay range: $7.96 – $13.06/hrHS diploma or GED.  Position performs a variety of limited complex clerical tasks.  The position is responsible for clerical support tasks and assists other department personnel and the public in obtaining accurate data about personal and real property.  Responsible for providing property values and related information to the public.Apply on line www.HRePartners.com.  Application closing date:  09/30/2016.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Wellington, KS  67152.  Phone 620 326 3395.  EOElast_img

LIVE: Peruth Chemutai to lead Uganda in women U20 race

first_img5Hellen Ekalale LOBUNKEN12:49 POSBIBATHLETEMARKDETAIL 1Letesenbet GIDEYETH12:48 Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai (2L)2.30PM: Uganda steeplechase runner Peruth Chemutai will lead Uganda quest for glory in the U-20 women’s event. The Ugandan junior women won a bronze in 2010.RESULTLetesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia defends her World U20 cross country title #iaafkampala2017 2Hawi FEYSAETH12:49center_img 4Sheila CHELANGATKEN12:49 Share on: WhatsApp 3Celliphine Chepteek CHESPOLKEN12:49last_img

Washington State Department of Transportation to be the First Statewide Agency…

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationAn artist-in-residence will spend a year working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help develop new ways to achieve agency goals through a first-of-its-kind program created by ArtPlace America and Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will be the first stage agency in the country to pilot an artist-in-residence program.Applications are now open for artists interested in the year-long position, which will be located within WSDOT. The call for artists and application can be found here: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/arts-culture/wsdot-air/Recognized as a tool for pioneering innovative and creative solutions, artist-in-residence programs have been piloted across the nation in municipal governmental agencies, including the Los Angeles and Seattle DOTs, but never before at a statewide agency.Several organizations collaborated on the artist-in-residence program. ArtPlace America is providing a $125,000 grant for the program, including a $40,000 stipend for the selected artist and $25,000 for a final project(s) the artist and staff develop. Transportation for America (T4A) will administer both the funds and the overall program, including providing staff and consulting assistance. The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) will also provide staff support. Both T4A and SSTI are programs of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will supply in-kind contributions consisting of work space for the selected artist and staff time for agency workers to collaborate on the groundbreaking new program.“Artists can provide fresh approaches and new ways of doing things, interpret complex processes, and provide unique perspectives for existing programs,” said Ben Stone, Smart Growth America’s director of arts & culture. “While a handful of cities have embedded artists in various departments over the years, WSDOT will be the first statewide agency to embark on such a program. We’re excited to be a part of helping Washington state harness arts and creativity to create better supported and more beloved transportation projects that help accomplish the state’s goals.”Why employ an artist-in-residence?“This type of program has a proven track record at the municipal level by bringing creativity to design challenges, increasing community buy-in, fostering deeper community engagement, building relationships with underrepresented communities and helping improve processes for day-to-day work,” said Roger Millar, WSDOT’s secretary of transportation. “Our goal is to find innovative ways to better engage the communities we serve and deliver the best possible transportation projects.”What will an artist-in-residence do?The residency will run for one year with rotations through WSDOT’s core divisions to gain knowledge on the agency’s operations, priorities and challenges. The artist will then propose projects to address WSDOT’s overarching goals while improving community engagement, supporting alternatives to single occupancy vehicle transport and enhancing safety and equity. After four months of rotations, eight months will be devoted to the artist’s project(s) development and production.Cities across the country have engaged artists-in-residence to support their efforts. The Seattle Housing Authority has engaged artists-in-residence to collaboratively produce art with residents of Yesler Terrace that celebrates the community’s culture and history, builds connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and connects residents to the arts. The Seattle Department of Transportation has embedded artists-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge to produce art and performances that explore the historic bridge’s role and meaning in Seattle.The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s artists-in-residence have installed interactive artistic elements to bus shelters, taught storytelling skills to the DOT staff to help them better communicate their projects to the public, and served as a bridge between transportation advocates and DOT staff. In Minneapolis, artists-in-residence have used theatre to help the city’s Regulatory Services Department staff develop more empathetic policies and better relate to their constituents, while St Paul’s artists-in-residence have worked to make community meetings more creative, fun, and productive.“We are thrilled to invest in the first artist-in-residence program within state government, and to share the results with state departments of transportation across the country,” said Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America’s executive director.  “WSDOT will establish a valuable model for how artists can contribute toward the planning, creation and utilization of safe, sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.”The artist will be based in WSDOT’s headquarters in Olympia, but may also work from one of WSDOT’s regional offices in Spokane, Wenatchee, Shoreline, Tumwater, Union Gap, or Vancouver for part of the residency.Interested artists can learn more about the position and apply for consideration here: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/arts-culture/wsdot-air/.Equal Opportunity EmploymentEqual opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.Featured photo credit: jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

Lessons Learned from June Water Emergency

first_imgBy John BurtonLast month’s water emergency for much of Monmouth County may have been something of a teaching moment for the water utility and governing bodies about how they keep the public informed.“There are always lessons to be learned,” said Peter Eschbach, director of communications and external affairs for New Jersey American Water, about his company’s communications response to the collapse of water mains on June 29 near the company’s Middletown treat­ment facility. The break impacted hundreds of thousands of customers in 22 towns in Monmouth County.“I’ve had residents who’ve contacted me, who felt there was an inadequate message system,” Monmouth County Free­holder Director John Curley said.Among the issues officials found they need to work on is encouraging area residents to register on town websites for emergency notification, particularly if they did not have a landline telephone.County government doesn’t have a direct system of individually notifying residents to keep them abreast of breaking developments in emergency situations, said Curley and Laura Kirkpatrick, a county public information officer.The notification is left to individual municipalities and, in this case, the water utility company.Members of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) kept local OEMs apprised of the situation. The county’s public information office issued a series of press releases; posted them to the county’s website, contacted media, posted on its Facebook page and used its Twitter account to get the word out.“We are trying to maximize these tools,” Kirkpatrick said.Municipalities, in general, rely on two methods for direct contact to homes and businesses. There is what is commonly referred to as “reverse 911” and another system through which residents must go to a town’s website and register to receive important notices.Reverse 911 systems have access only to landline telephone numbers. Residents must register through municipal websites to receive notification through mobile devices via cellphones, texts or emails.The problem for town officials is to get people to register.New Jersey American Water has two reverse 911 systems; one relies on a private company, the other uses company records to access phone numbers, Eschbach, said.“Here’s the glitch,” he said. “We contacted as many as we were able to,” with the company’s system. The problem was “customers are not required to give out phone numbers and many do not.”In Little Silver, Eschbach acknowledged, a system glitch went even further, as the water utility’s system somehow overlooked all its customers there and did not issue the recorded robo-call to residents.“I’m not sure exactly what happened with Little Silver,” he said. “As soon as we found out about it, we looked into it and we were able rectify it quickly.”“I have to admit this was a bit of an education for me, too,” Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said.The incident exposed a need to re-evaluate the town’s emergency notification system, he said. “Really, it was something of a blessing in disguise.”Neff has sent a letter to everyone in the community asking them to register online at the borough’s website to ensure they will be notified in case of another emergency. Residents can use any telephone number they wish for notification and can also get texts or emails. They can limit notification to bona fide emergencies only or get updates about other non-emergency events, too.“We want to get a better handle on whether we can help residents clarify what lists they’re on and when they get these emails and text alerts,” Neff said.As the county’s largest muni­ci­pality and site of the collapsed mains, Middletown became a focal point for the emergency. Adminis­tra­tor Anthony Mercantante said he felt “it went very well,” with the town’s communications system.Middletown initially issued emergency notification using reverse 911 and information collected through its website registration. “After that we pretty much relied on our website and email blasts,” to keep people up-to-date, he said.After such events, “there’s always a spike in registering” for the communication system through the township’s website, he said. “People suddenly realize how useful it is.” Middletown has about 8,000 of its 68,000 residents registered, a number that Mercantante said is a pretty good percentage.“Obviously one lesson is more people should register,” he said. “You learn about these things and you improve for the next time around.”Eschbach said the water company also learned about improvements that need to be done to its website and its contact system, including reaching out to customers to secure emergency phone numbers.Some customers told company representatives that when they received the notification calls, their caller ID came up as an unidentified number and the customers ignored it, thinking it was a telemarketer. “That’s one thing we’re looking at,” Eschbach said.The company’s website contained the latest information but didn’t highlight it well to draw people’s attention. That is another issue that will be addressed.The water main collapse impacted roughly 150,000 to 200,000 people in 22 communities, who were advised to boil water before using and to stop using water outdoors.American Water reached the majority of those customers, Eschbach said. He acknowledged that when reaching out to that many people “there are going to be some slip-ups.”Curley, however, criticized the company for failing to contact him as head of county government, failing to maintain the mains to prevent the collapse and for its water-use restrictions going much further than needed.Curley has asked the state’s Board of Public Utility to investigate the incident and the company’s handling of the situation.last_img read more

Gayle, Bravo cameos in vain

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 stars Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo reeled off cameos but failed to prevent Melbourne Renegades from slumping to a three-wicket defeat to Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League yesterday.Playing at Docklands Stadium, the hosts piled up 172 for four off their 20 overs, but Sixers chased down the target with seven balls to spare, to condemn Renegades to their first loss of the campaign.Sent in, Renegades were powered by a top score of 46 from Gayle and an equally thrilling unbeaten 45 from Bravo, with Tom Beaton chipping in with a breezy 41 not out at the death.Renegades lost captain Aaron Finch for 13 with the score on 18 for one at the end of the third over, but Gayle combined with Cameron White (15) in a second wicket stand of 56 to inspire the innings. The left-handed Gayle faced 33 deliveries and smashed three fours and three sixes.White fell in the 10th over at 74 for two and Gayle followed in the next over from South African off-spinner Johan Botha, holing out to deep midwicket.When Matthew Wade fell for four at 94 for four in the 14th over, Renegades were fading quickly, but Bravo arrived to lift the innings with a superb knock.The right-hander counted three fours and two sixes off a mere 29 balls, adding 78 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Beaton, who thumped two fours and two sixes off 23 deliveries.In reply, opener Michael Lumb hammered 63 off 35 balls with four fours and five sixes, while Moises Henriques struck 62 off 38 balls to propel Sixers.Bravo proved economical with only 22 runs coming from his three overs and five balls, while Gayle’s one over cost 14 runs. Both bowlers went wicketless.In Hobart on Tuesday, Darren Sammy’s Hobart Hurricanes scored a 20-run win over Brisbane Heat, featuring Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons.In a contest at Bellerive Oval, Hurricanes piled up 184 for three off their 20 overs with opener Tim Paine hitting an unbeaten 87. Leg-spinner Badree went wicketless in four overs that cost 37 runs.In reply, Heat were limited to 164 for eight, with Simmons striking a four and a six in scoring 16 from 17 deliveries at the top of the order. Sammy’s one over cost 10 runs.last_img read more

Le Clos sets world record in World Cup

first_img8 August 2013 Racing out front, he was chasing the world record of 1:49.11 and managed to better it with a mark of 1:49.04. Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov was a distant second, almost two seconds behind the South African star. SAinfo reporter He came close to defeating the favourite, Yannick Agnel, eventually finishing just 0.16 behind the Frenchman. His time was an African record of 3:37.91, which bettered the previous mark, set by Ryk Neethling in 2004, by a clear two seconds. He followed that up with a silver medal in the 50 metres butterfly, finishing just behind the winner, Germany’s Steffen Deibler, in a time of 22.22 seconds. Le Clos placed third, clocking 22.62. Outstanding performanceMyles Brown, who usually swims the 800 and 1 500 metres freestyle, moved up to the 400 metres and produced an outstanding performance. Roland Schoeman proved yet again that one should be judged on performance and not age. The 33-year-old sprint specialist raced to victory in the 50 metres breaststroke in a fast 25.85 seconds.center_img The next Fina World Cup event takes place in Berlin, Germany, on 10 and 11 August. It has been a wonderful month for the 21-year-old Le Clos. At the Fina World Championships in Barcelona, he claimed two gold medals, doing the double in the 100 and 200 metres butterfly. His achievements, along with those of Cameron van der Burgh (gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 100m) and Giulio Zorzi (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), helped South Africa finish a high ninth on the medal table. South African Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos was in world record-setting form on Wednesday evening at the Fina World Cup in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as South African swimmers shone in short course action. Competing in the 200 metres butterfly, Le Clos – who rose to fame by defeating the legendary Michael Phelps in the long course event at the London Olympics in 2012 – was in a league of his own.last_img read more

On Writing 2,500 Blog Posts

first_imgThis post is 2,500th post I’ve written on this blog. Here is some of what I have learned writing and publishing every day. Well, almost every day. There was that one time . . .I didn’t need to take off time writing to visit Tibet. In 2010, less than a year after I started blogging, I had the chance to go to Lhasa. I decided not to blog while I was in-country. I soon discovered that if there was one thing I had, it was time to write. China Mobile was impeccable. It turns out, nomads don’t use a lot of mobile bandwidth. I had a clear signal from Basecamp 1 on Mt. Everest and could have hit publish from there. How cool would that have been?The discipline of writing has improved my thinking. Writing requires that you have a dialogue with yourself about your subject. You ask yourself questions, and you answer those questions. You also consider what your readers need to know and what questions they’ll ask. You don’t know what you really know or believe until you start writing.The act of writing a daily post has helped me become a better writer. I’m not sure anything else would have had the same effect. When I started writing, I wasn’t very good at it. I’m a bit better now. I was sloppy. I typed in WordPress (horrible idea). I wrote and edited at the same time, learning the hard way that those are two very different disciplines. Doing something every day brings improvement.Writing here has opened relationships with people around the world. I have spoken in 10 countries. I have friends in all of those countries, and more. I have relationships with businesses across the globe, and we found each other here. I’ve also made a lot of friends in the space where I play, some of whom are more like family now.This blog helped me with a publishing deal. I was going to self-publish my first book in January of this year. I wrote the book, paid to have it edited, and I was working with CreateSpace to publish it when Portfolio sent me a direct message on Twitter. How did they know me? Yes, this blog. At the end of last year, I signed a two-book deal, the first of which goes on sale October 11, 2016, with the second a year later. I wrote The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need.It has provided me with the opportunity to develop content that I am using in other places. It’s amazing how often content you create for one purpose ends up being useful for other projects and clients. It would take months and years to develop this content if you had to stop everything and create it from scratch. Big chunks of content were first created here, including some of what I believe to be my best ideas (along with some of my worst, no doubt). Ideas that started here also sparked content that I have never published here.Writing has produced way outsized business outcomes. On December 28, 2009, I decided to step onto this path. I told my wife I was going to write every day and within a year, I would be keynoting. I was delivering keynotes within ten months. Where’d that company find me? Right here. I even know which post caused them to pick up the phone and call me.Most of all, I’ve learned how much I appreciate the people who share their more precious resource with me: their time and attention.Thank you – sincerely,Anthony Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more