Inspiring Motivational Videos Launches

brian and tinashe vengeInspiring Motivational Videos was launched last week after several months in the pipeline. This innovative daily personalized video service allows members to receive emails, directly to their Mailbox, that deliver a massively inspiring video on a daily basis.

These beautifully crafted videos, deliver a key motivational message that anyone can act upon, inspiring you to live your life to the fullest. Imagine if in each and every day of the next 12 months, you had a spark of inspiration to motivate you into taking action, nudging you to make a difference to your life, whether it be business, relationships, career, faith or wisdom and suggesting ways that will help you succeed and holding yourself accountable for taking action. This is what Inspiring Motivational Videos is set out to do.

“We know what one can do when one feels motivated. Coming up with the Inspiring Motivational Videos website and service is our own proof that daily inspiration indeed goes a long way” said Brian Venge, one of the co-founders of the service. The other co-founder is  Tinashe Venge, his son, a Journalism and Communications student.

Brian is a naturally gifted video producer, freelancing on odesk whilst Tinashe, also an odesk freelancer,  is a prolific writer and editor. So when you bring these complimentary skills and talents together you create an unstoppable force that became the inspiration behind this product.

Brian went on to say ” We saw a great opportunity in the market to introduce this innovation to people like ourselves, business and family oriented individuals with ambitions, dreams and beliefs.  Although motivational and inspiring words and quotes have been shared for thousands of years, packaging them into a captivating video to deliver this message is truly revolutionary.  If words can move a person, and a if a picture says a thousand words, just imagine what video can do. ”

“We not only wanted people to enjoy our videos, but importantly, to do something about them , every single day. this why we close off each video with a specific Call to Action , for the viewer to take immediate action as a result of the motivation for the day”  added Tinashe.

“The Smallbizkaizen blog reader is someone I always  had in mind when developing this product because I’ve been there when the chips are down, when the going gets tough, so rather than throw in the towel, all one needs is a spark of motivation to ignite inspiration” went on Brian.

Immigration Solicitors based in London also agreed with this idea and so do Zaidi Solicitors who are immigration solicitors from cambridge uk

Watch the Brian and Tinashe Venge video for more inspiring reasons behind the creation of this product and Sign Up a free 7 day Trial and see for yourself how these videos will change the way you look at the day ahead.

 

 

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Sack the Agency – Be your Own Web Designer

Article first published as Sack the Agency and Be Your Own Web Designer on Technorati.

girl pretending to fly like a mocking birdPlanning a website design for your business can be one of the most strategic tasks in bringing your business online yet if you don’t know where to start, this can be a daunting, costly and time consuming  exercise. Fortunately, there are now available a number of free online website design tools to help put your website project ideas onto a framework that you can share with your colleagues or web designers. Website mock ups now make the task of designing a simple website user interface quick, creative and fun.  As an online web design tool, we recommend you try out a free version of Mockingbird, an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or application.

Being an online tool, one needs to create a user account that allows you to save your projects and access them from any PC using an internet connection. This also makes it possible to share your designs easily. Designs can also be exported as pdf files for sending via email or for printing.

This website mock-up tool features commonly used user interface elements such as text area, drop downs, tables, buttons , images , breadcrumbs , videos maps and so on, which are added to your design by simply dragging and dropping onto the workspace. You can then move, resize and add links to the various functions, preview and share designs by a simple click of a button.

For any small business going online with a website, we highly recommend “gomockingbird” as the ideal tool to save you loads of time, money and resources. You can sign up for a free account that will allow you 1 project with a limit of 10 pages free for working with up to 1 design – ideal for the smallbizkaizen entrepreneur.

We’ve put together a website Wireframe Tutorial Video you help you get started.  Go on, be your own web designer.

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How your Business can Benefit from 5S Principles

Whenever I’ve come across an article or examples of where 5S principles have been applied, there’s almost always two images displayed depicting a “before” and “after” image of a typical section of an office, warehouse, factory or piece of a machinery. Invariably, the “before” picture shows a grimy, dirty state of affairs and the “after “ picture as if by some bit of magic shows the same item now cleaned and looking bright and shiny. This is NOT 5S!  The problem with this portrayal is it only demonstrates one aspect of the 5S – the cleaning.

Let’s start at the beginning. What is 5S? Very simply, this is a way of working (a methodology) used initially to organise workplaces to be more efficient and streamlined thereby consistently striving for more outputs, lower costs and less waste. So in essence, as this is what Continuous Improvement is mostly about, 5S is one of the commonly used Continuous Improvement tools.

5S is widely believed to have originated or least initially widely used in Japan and the term 5S is derived from 5 Japanese words-  seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke which loosely translated into English stand for: sort, simplify, shine, standardise and sustain.

The principle activities taking place at each of the stages are  :

Sort –  All unnecessary items, parts, files, supplies are removed from the area

Simplify – (or Set in Order) – A place is created for everything and everything is stored in its place

Shine – (Sweep) – Clean up the area

Standardise – Apply the same standard throughout (to other similar areas)

Sustain – Maintain the new standard and avoid slipping back to old habits

The recommended way to adopt and live 5S should be to approach it as a journey rather than a destination.  Once you reach the standardise stage, it can be quite easy for standards to slip back to old ways, hence the sustaining stage should go on for as long as necessary up until it has been embedded as part of a new culture.

finger touching gold buttonAt SmallBizKaizen , we have a few practical recommendations to make 5S a key part of your Continuous Improvement machinery, regardless of the type of business you are in.

  1. Prioritise conducting 5S in workplaces where the efficiency improvement would benefit the business most, especially where there is a customer impact or interface. For example it’s more essential to do a 5S in the order processing office rather than the staff coffee making machine area.
  2. Stating the overall intention and anticipated benefits will add weight to every 5S initiative. Consider linking it to some tangible benefit such as: By conducting 5S we aim to reduce our customer waiting time from the current 10 minutes to about 5 minutes.
  3. Create a team building atmosphere and conduct 5S in teams rather than as individuals. This allows a common approach, making the standardisation stage more representative and giving it a greater chance to succeed.
  4. There’s normally no need to go out of your way and spend loads of money on 5S. Basic discipline and common sense is mostly what is required.
  5. 5S principles go beyond the office, consider using the 5S in today’s increasingly information technology driven environments for the efficient storage, protection retrieval and maintenance of data and files.

Watch the short video to see our tips on how you can apply 5S on your computer or hard disk drive as from today.

Lastly, if you’ve got a 5S success story to share, we’d love hear your it so do leave a comment or two.

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Continuous Improvement Process needs a Checkpoint

Is Your Business Improvement Ready ?

Whilst every business wants to improve performance month on month, year on year, the reality is not all businesses have the basics in place to allow continuous improvement to take place naturally. A lot of this boils down to basic essentials such as management commitment and the approach in embracing this way of doing business. In this video we look at a quick way check and assess how ready your business is to deliver change.  After watching the video, we recommend you download the “Action Sheet” to get your improvement journey on the road or back on it.

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