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February in Small Business



Wow, it's hard to believe we're at the end of the month already!  Was February a productive one for you and your team? Did you hit any milestones in your business or are you ramping up for a busy Spring and Summer season just around the corner? 
Last month was the kick-off to our new blog series "This Month in Small Business" where I recapped some of the interesting, and often helpful, resourses I shared throughout the month with our social media community.  
If you missed these, no problem! Here is a selection of what I came across during February that includes a video, an infographic, and two articles:  

Shawn Anchor: The Happy Secret to Better Work [Video] 

If you're not already a TED Talks enthusiast, I'm going to make a fan out of you with this one!  The Happy Secret to Better Work talk is given by Shawn Anchor, the CEO of Good Think Inc, where he researches and teaches about positive psychology. If you're having difficulties with low team moral or just need a good laugh, check out this talk.  

(To my delight, Shawn Anchor even thanked Errol when he shared the video with his own network!)


10 Body Language Tips Every Speaker Must Know [Infographic]

Speaking of great presentation skills, here's an infographic that offers a few easy to implement tips for improving your skills as a presenter. (Note: To zoom in on the infographic for better reading press Command and + on a Mac or Ctrl + scroll mouse wheel on a PC)

The Miracle & Mystery of Sleep: 12 Remarkable Psychological Studies [Article] 

This article features the results of sleep tests that are quite amazing.  Who knew our sleep was affected by a full moon?!

“The data show that around the full moon, brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by 30 percent. People also took five minutes longer to fall asleep, and they slept for twenty minutes less time overall."

The important take-away from this article is the importance of sleep, especially for those of you running a small business. It may seem like a good idea to sacrifice sleep to continue working, but it's about working smart, not hard. You'll be able to think with more clarity and creativity if you're rested, so go to bed! (Eeks, I sound like my mom!) 

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused [Article]

I may not be willing to sign up for those brain-training services, but I thought the notion of training your own brain through productive work habits was an excellent idea.
If you're interested in becoming more focused and productive in your daily work routine, check out this article from Entrepreneur Magazine.
I hope you enjoy these pieces and if you've come across a great article, video, infographic, or cat pic, please share! You can always tweet me at @MethodCRM
Have a great weekend everyone!

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About Lynda Byrne

Lynda is Method's Loyalty Marketing Manager. Having grown up in an entrepreneurial household, Lynda has a keen interest in the strategies and stories of small businesses. When she isn’t connecting Method users with solution based content, she can be found spending an unhealthy amount of time curating her Pinterest boards.