I go to a lot of trade shows and I get a ton of swag from openings as well as just random companies looking to send me stuff. What most brands don't 'get' is that the most common stuff just gets put in a box or worse, simply thrown away. While you might think that re-usable shopping totes are the rage, let's look at some different items that are actually useful and that means a long life reminding your target about your brand. Here's some tips that you can use to help make the smart decision when selecting swag items for your next promotion!

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If you’ve been in the world of work for any length of time, you know that after a while purpose becomes more important than the amount of money going into your bank account at the end of the month. You want to feel as if what you’re doing is making a difference to someone, somewhere. The last thing you want is to spend your days accumulating wealth but feeling as if you’re not doing anything of importance, or worse yet, harming people.

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Blogging can be a lot of fun ... but it's also a lot of hard work. While it's easy to dismiss people who constantly share amazing photos of them doing incredible things, it's a business. Luckily, I've learned a lot over the past decade and here are some of my tricks and advice that I'd pass on to anyone looking at blogging as more than just a way to share their random thoughts with others. If you are looking to succeed and get all the fun "perks" then you need to work hard. Here's how you can make that happen!

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Years ago I had a startup idea that others told me was golden ... I had clients pre-booked and I even had an industry association willing to help promote the new company. All I needed to do was present our concept publicly at an upcoming trade show, meet with people in person and start signing contracts. The only hitch is I was short on cash. Since this was a "sure thing" I looked at my credit card as a way to float the $5-10,000 startup costs. It would only be a month or two till I could pay it off I thought. Unfortunately, due to issues with my partner the company disintegrated at the show and I was left holding the bag for all those costs. Poor business planning, poor financial management, and bad luck for sure. More than a decade later I still have the scars from that decision. While I couldn't have prevented what happened, I could have improved the recovery process by consulting a company such as Lexington Law to help repair and restore my good credit faster.

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There is a sense of freedom that comes with being behind the wheel and thankfully a lot of well paying jobs involve driving. I started thinking about this while on a press trip to Flint Michigan earlier this week. While walking around the historic GM Assembly plant where the original Corvette was built and now Sierra and Silverado HD trucks are born it struck me that these guys on the line really love building trucks. There's a sense of pride that comes across while talking with most auto workers that doesn't happen at other businesses. I know a lot of you guys are also passionate about cars. So, it got me thinking ... What are some of the best jobs for car lovers? Keep reading to find out!

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