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Podcast title Outstanding Women
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Description Outstanding Women Speakers Inc. is one of the first all-women speakers bureaus in the world representing the voices of diverse women from across North America. Find speakers and view information relevant to your business at www.outstandingwomenspeak.com.
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1. Episode 008 - Susan Roane, The Mingling Maven
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 8, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers interviews Susan Roane, The Mingling Maven. Susan is the nation’s undisputed and original networking expert who teaches people how to connect and communicate, has over 40,000 references on google.com.

This best selling author, with over 25 years of experience in communication and business networking will deliver a dynamic, practical, informative and interactive presentation.

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision of the Podsafe Music Network

2. Episode 007 - Martha Zoller, Talk Radio Host
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 7, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers interview Martha Zoller, a force in the talk radio world who began her talk radio career in 1994 after being a regular caller to WDUN AM 550. Martha now does a daily talk radio show and, in 2005, Martha was named to the "Heavy Hundred" Talk Show Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine.

Although a conservative, her passion for politics enables her to take to task the weak arguments of both sides. If you want unique, accurate political analysis without talking points, you need the insights of Martha Zoller.

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision of the Podsafe Music Network

Next podcast - January 4, 2007

3. Episode 006 - Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America By Day
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 6, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers talks to Marilyn Van Derbur, a former Miss America and award winning author, shares her incredible story of being a sexual abuse victim and overcaming her childhood trauma.

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Marilyn Van Derbur's Speaker Profile

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision of the Podsafe Music Network

Next podcast - December 21, 2006

4. Episode 005 - Ruth Klein, The De-Stress Diva
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 5, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers interviews Ruth Klein, The De-Stress Diva, a Life Coach who specializes in managing time and stress.

Ruth speaks to thousands of men and women each year through seminars, retreats, board strategic meetings and company-sponsored training sessions about how to manage their time, personal lives and businesses.

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision of the Podsafe Music Network

Next podcast - December 7, 2006

5. Episode 004 - Arupa Tesolin, Intuition in Business
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 4, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers interviews Arupa Tesolin, a leading voice for intuition in business today. Arupa is a well-published business writer, speaker and seminar leader, and she appeals to a growing number of educated and integrated people who are becoming more curious about the power of intuition in their lives and workplaces.

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision

Next podcast - November 23, 2006

6. Episode 001 - Leesa Barnes, Podcasting Expert (Part 1)
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers is pleased to present The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In this inaugural episode, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers, interviews Leesa Barnes, Podcasting Expert and Internet Maverick, who talks about why podcasting is an important tool in any online marketing strategy.

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Episode Notes

00:28 Introduction of Leesa Barnes, Podcasting Expert
01:20 What is podcasting and why podcasting is growing
02:35 The podcast listening audience, who are they?
03:30 Podcasting did in 6-months what this industry couldn't do in 50-years
05:20 The expense of podcasting
06:10 Podcasting statistics cast doubt (and hope)
07:15 How audio can help you become an expert in your field
08:50 Podcasting Case Study - Carson Daley
10:00 What you really need to start podcasting
11:16 Podcasting Case Study - IBM
12:24 Podcasting Case Study - Dunlop Tires
13:06 Podcasting Case Study - Whirlpool

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Leesa Barnes' Speaker Profile

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision

7. Episode 002 - Leesa Barnes, Podcasting Expert (Part 2)
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Part 2 of our interview with Leesa Barnes, she talks about how to incorporate podcasting into your communications strategy and why it's one of the most effective tools to engage customers and employees.


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Technorati: podcasting, leesa barnes, speakers, presenters

8. Episode 003 - Robin Jay, The Art of the Business Lunch
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Description: Outstanding Women Speakers presents The X-Pert Files, a podcast profiling the best women speakers in North America and around the world.

In Episode 3, Carolyn Parks, President of Outstanding Women Speakers talks to Robin Jay, author of The Art of the Business Lunch, Building Relationships Between 12 and 2. Robin talks about the right way to conduct a business lunch, how to GET that first meeting and creative ways to settle the check.

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Voice Intro by Carolyn Parks
Music by Bob Hughes Inside Decision

Next podcast - November 9, 2006

9. Search for Black Women Business Bloggers a Bust
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Description: As I was searching today to add to our Hot News section I was stunned to discover how difficult it is to find black women who blog on business. Not surprising, however, since they still lag behind black men and white women.

For the first time since the government began counting, black women now likely own more companies than black men, assuming growth rates stayed constant after 2002, says Gwen Martin, director of research at the Center for Women's Business Research.

I hope they start blogging soon!

10. Podcasts Reveal the Amazing Nature of our Speakers by Carolyn Parks
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Description: I have been starting to interview some speakers for our brand new podcasts that should go into cyberspace very shortly.
To date, I've conducted 5 interviews. I have another five lined up as well.
I am amazed by the intelligence and passion of each woman I interview. So far I've spoken to Leesa Barnes, Robin Jay, Ruth Klein, Arupa Tesolin and Marilyn Van Derbur. These women have such diverse backgrounds and stories, but each one is just amazing in what she has done. I am put to shame when I learn how fast their brains work!
There IS one thread that connects them all. Each woman truly has the drive to positively affect the world she lives in. Sure, money might be nice, but I get the distinct impression that for our crew of talented speakers, money and recognition and all other material aspects of authoring books and giving presentations are just byproducts. These women are out to change things. To make the world a better place for their clients, friends, and public. I have a lot to learn from these people and am thankful for that. They prove that the Power of One truly is infinite!
Did I say before that I love this business?!!?

11. Disturbing E-mail Reaffirms our Business Mission
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Description: Last week I received an e-mail (anonymous) from an individual who suggested that one of our speakers is making false claims and that we should immediately cease to represent her. As President, I was pretty concerned. Of course it is against our Code of Ethics to have a speaker misrepresent herself!
This individual initially 'laid into' the existence of women's organizations, suggesting that they run men down. The same individual also suggested that he/she would be forwarding documents to 'prove their claim' about this speaker.
I of course responded, as I should. I spent some time dealing with the first issue (i.e. women banding together and 'running men down'). I stated our reasoning on presenting a women's bureau, and stated that we do not exist to discredit men in any form; clients should choose the best speaker/expert for their function! And then I stated our policy on how we will act or not act based on e-mails of this nature.
At the end of the day, I told this individual that I would not accept any documentation as we are not legally able to authenticate such material. I did alert the relevant speaker. Her response was as I expected. And as I expected also, there is more to this story. I will not get into it here out of respect to all parties. Of course we take what we do seriously and will act on any definite information that is provided to us.
BUT - to get to the real point here - this experience reminded me of why we are here and of the seriousness of what we are offering...We are representing women's voices from all industries and sectors. Women who are not only shaping the world through what they do, but also by the challenges they face in their lives WHILE they are shaping the world.
We are fortunate to be working with many inspirational people. We are fortunate to connect these people with audiences that are hungry to be motivated and to learn.
Because of the number of powerful women we represent, e-mails like this will continue to come our way most assuredly. We will continue to act with the greatest discretion, honesty and adherence to our policies. We will protect our speakers' rights to share their inspiration with the world as long as we know it is the right thing to do.
We wouldn't be 'outstanding' if we didn't.

12. Big Numbers
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Description: "Don't be scared by big numbers. It takes just as much effort to think small as it does to think big. Set your sales or revenue goals high and you'll be surprised at how quickly you reach them!"

We love this quote and decided to reprint our Top Ten Tips on Being an Outstanding Woman:

1. Decide what you believe in and then act on it
Do not waffle on your beliefs! Outstanding women know who they are, what they stand for, and reflect this sense of purpose in their every word and deed.

2. Consistency is Key
When you are consistent in your reliability, your quality of service and friendship, your interpersonal skills, you reassure those around you.

3. Collect Friends and Help The Friends you Collect
It's nice and perhaps impressive when you make many new friends and contacts. But it's outstanding when you truly attempt to understand and assist those people on their own paths.

4. Be Bold
Bold does not mean arrogant. Bold means that you do things with certainty and with purpose. Outstanding means going all the way PLUS a bit more.

5. Be Yourself
Outstanding is not being afraid to stand out. Be authentic to who you are show everyone your best, most unique traits.

6. Laugh and Smile
Outstanding women love their lives and love to show it.

7. Don't Act Like you are Above Others
The outstanding woman knows she has an expertise or talent, but she knows that others have theirs too.

8. See Opportunities in Everything you Do
The ordinary woman will swear in traffic jams. The outstanding woman will listen to a motivational tape or hand out her cards to other drivers. You get the point…

9. Embrace Continuous Improvement
Outstanding women always think they could become more outstanding. As in, outstanding outstanding outstanding!

10. Be Very, Very Good at What you Do
Very Good is actually not good enough. The outstanding woman will only be happy with an outstanding performance.

13. The World is Filled with Good
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Description: Getting the newspaper every day is very informative, but also very depressing. I often become fixated on all the horrible events that take place either naturally or criminally.
And with that, it's easy to forget what a wonderful place the world can be (a la Louis Armstrong).
Just yesterday I got two calls from speakers who are interested in being considered for our bureau. One is an American woman who won a Gold medal at the Olympics in Nagano. And she did so against great odds. She faced an extreme physical challenge and overcame it. And then, later, I received another call from a woman who helps organizations determine the technology that will work for their particular needs and help them succeed.
While both of these women are so very different, I felt energized after receiving a voice mail from one, and talking briefly to another.
Interacting with our current speakers and potential speakers is an amazing experience for Sue and I. We are reminded every day of how many unbelievable talented, inspired and empowering people are out there.
We are reminded that the world is a good place and there are people striving every day to make it a bit better.
Gee - could we have a better job?

14. Fewer Women at the Top - Should We Be Insulted?
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Description: My partner Susan just gave me the most recent issue of Canadian Business to look at. And on the front cover it reads, "Ultimate Power List - the Big 50". This list reviews the most powerful CEO's in Canada.

And when I scan the list of names, I see that all are men's names, from Bill to Mike to Gordon to Andre. Not one woman's name. And this statistic would be quite similar in the United States.

Am I worried about this or insulted in some manner? Should women everywhere feel that they are not making 'progress' after decades of hard work? Or that there is still an impenetrable glass ceiling?

I would like to suggest "absolutely not". I think that women should worry if there were an equal number of females vying for this power as there are men. Then certainly we need to review why women aren't getting those opportunities.

But let's consider a couple of important facts:

1. Someone needs to raise the children!

Do I sound 'backwater' to you? I really hope not. As you can see, I am running an all-women's bureau dedicated to bringing the most talented and powerful female voices to the foreground. No, I'm not backwater. I am simply reasonable (well, I like to think I'm reasonable. My partner may disagree!). In order for us to remain an economically viable continent, flush with innovation, we need to create well rounded people. And in order to do that, SOMEONE needs to perform this oh so important job called Motherhood. And I personally am not sure how two parents - both powerful in their respective fields - can give the attention necessary to raise a caring, intelligent, contributing human being. While these 50 men are CEO's running their empires, who do you think is raising their children? Perhaps boarding schools. But I know that Research in Motion, which appears in the Big 50 List, consists of powerhouses Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridus. And since these two business forces come from the city within which I reside, I am a bit familiar with their lives. From my knowledge, their wives are raising their children.

Women, do not be affronted by the fact that the Big 50 List is all male. To be a CEO, you need to work ridiculous hours and even when those hours end, you are still thinking business. This list does not offend me or worry me. It tells me that as a society, we still honour and respect the most difficult and necessary role of all - motherhood. And in those instances where women are CEO's AND have children...all the power to them! Somehow those women are doing their job and ensuring their children are raised well (either through a stay at home dad or a wonderful support network).

2. There IS power behind the throne

Women have a gift when it comes to people skills, multi tasking, innovation, etc. And these skill sets are most needed in roles that exist on the front lines of organizations. Therefore, while women may not be as prevalent in the uppermost 'ranks' of business, they most often constitute the infantry of business. They are making our businesses tick away. No war can be won with just a General. He needs his army. A measure of women's success in the business world should not be measured by her annual income only (Fortune, Forbes, Profit, etc. - take note!). I think that we need to look at the types of roles women are taking on and how those well executed roles are seriously contributing to the upward mobility of an organization.

I am not suggesting we should stop evaluating whether or not women are receiving fair opportunity. Of course not. But let's also read a bit further between the lines of lists like the Big 50.

15. Politically Correct or Politically Direct? by Carolyn Parks, M.B.A.
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Description: We have become sensitive as a world community. And this sensitivity shows a positive movement toward tolerance and understanding. And I think most of us can buy into the logic that increased tolerance and increased understanding most certainly leads to lesser conflict.

But is there a point in time in which political correctness in our words and/or life actions can be taken to another type of extreme? Where we are afraid to talk directly about certain issues or live directly for fear of being ostracized?

Perhaps sometimes, there is context for political directness. And perhaps directness is sometimes confused with correctness. When this happens, we may run into some dangerous traps. I am only scratching the surface and touching upon two:

1. We may focus so much on semantics of 'correctness' that we don't actually deal with the issue at hand and recognize it for what it is.

Consider the terminology surrounding individuals who are mentally 'slow'. Two-three decades ago, the word 'retarded' was used. Then, the word retarded was considered ignorant, and was replaced with 'disabled'. And then, as far as I am aware, 'disabled' became inappropriate and was replaced with 'challenged' and then, 'gifted" (or specially abled?) to eliminate any negative connotations. Please forgive me, as I'm sure I've missed some words inbetween or mixed these up. If I am called on this, my point may just be confirmed (issue getting lost in the words).

The word 'retarded', when looked up in a dictionary, means "slowed down in mental achievement'. Now. I ask you to please put aside years of political conditioning aside. If such negativity had not been associated with this word, would it really be far from accurate when describing an individual who is not able to achieve the pace of learning that you and I achieve? If your car reaches the finish line before my car, my car is slower.

I am going to head out on a limb and suggest that in this case, the word retarded was originally NOT meant as a bad word. And now, we use the word 'gifted'. Ask yourself if that word is more compassionate than it is accurate? If you think I am not caring, then you are not correct. I am MORE than aware of the power of semantics and their potential to harm. I believe that titles and adjectives used to describe people should be equally accurate and compassionate. I understand why the word 'retarded' was changed. It became insensitive as it was used in a negative tone. But my worry is this...when the words change frequently, I become so phobic that I am not using the RIGHT word that I stop talking about it (IT being the topic). We need to be DIRECT as well as compassionate so people can openly talk about issues without fear of banishment.

2. We may avoid differences of opinion.

Differences in opinion are what make this world grow and develop. Differences don't always point to conflict. And the other thing to note is that differences DON'T disappear. They will just become more potent, as the nature of mankind is to argue and to think for himself. If we quash opinions too much, we may create a bigger problem in the end when there is the inevitable explosion of will. Political correctness, while absolutely noble in its intentions, has the danger of quieting important conversations if taken to extremes.

Consider the women's movement. In the 1950's and 1960's, women considered motherhood, wifehood and managing a household to be 'their role' and it was NOT politically incorrect at the time to say the word 'housewife'. And then, in the 1970's, the pendulum started to swing the other way, encouraging women to recognize their choices. This was a great thing. But then it became more politically incorrect for women who wished to remain in the home when they 'should have' been out blazing the career trail in the 80's. Those women must have felt very alienated, because they could have been seen as assailants to the women's rights movement. And now, in the new millennium, motherhood is coming 'back into style' and the pendulum seems to be reaching its rightful place in the 'middle' (where choice of career and motherhood are personal).

However, during each of these phases, it took crusaders to stand up and be politically INCORRECT on the matters of motherhood, being a wife, etc. It was precisely very strong differences in opinion that led to a new generation of thinking. Being direct and often vehemently opposed was necessary in order to create change. Imagine exactly how wrong or radical some of these women would have sounded during the time at which they spoke out or stood up!

I think that the most important gift we can give ourselves is the understanding of when political correctness may overshadow political directness and therefore stymie open discussion and action.

So, the benchmark? For myself, I ask a simple question. Am I hurting the person I am talking to or about? Am I limiting their potential? Am I presuming things I know nothing about? If not, then let me speak. After all, it's a free world (or shall I say, 'global community')?.

16. Top Seven Women Wonders of the World
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Description: We are premiering a new feature on our site which will highlight different categories of women who have made or are making a difference in our world. This week the category is environmentalists.

Many of these women have risked their own personal safetly, indeed their lives, as well as their careers to make themselves heard on these issues. Here are a few examples:

Erin Brockovich - her solo investigation established that the health of countless people who lived in and around Hinkley, California in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s had been devastated by exposure to toxic Chromium 6.

Lois Marie Gibbs - her 7-year-old son's elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York was built on a toxic waste dump - The Love Canal.

Hazel Henderson - an authority on global economics and human development issues, was labeled by corporate CEOs the "most dangerous woman in America."

Check out http://www.outstandingwomenspeak.com/hotnews.htm for more names.

Do you have a top 7? We'd love to hear from you.

Susan

17. People are our greatest asset
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Description: North Americans are working more hours and some are making more money, but many are working more for less.

-We're putting in longer hours on the job now than we did in the 1950s, despite promises of a coming age of leisure before the year 2000.

-In fact, we're working more than medieval peasants did, and more than the citizens of any other industrial country.

-Mandatory overtime is at near record levels, in spite of a recession.

-On average, we work nearly nine full weeks (350 hours) LONGER per year than our peers in Western Europe do.

-Working Americans average a little over two weeks of vacation per year, while Europeans average five to six weeks.

Is this your scenario? We need to start taking care of ourselves and the people we work with. I'd love to hear your comments.

18. Applause for Queen of Jordan
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Description: The Queen of Jordan made a speech on Monday in NY introducing the media to the animated series "Ben & Izzy". It is about two 11-year-old boys, one from America, one from Jordan, who go on time-traveling adventures with the help of a genie named Yasmine. Neither boy is specifically identified with a religion.

"Whether we are Muslims, Christians or Jews ... whether we live in the Middle East or the Upper West Side (of New York) ... we all want our children to be able to make the most of their potential in a secure, peaceful and just world," Queen Rania said in a speech at the event.

"There is no magic pearl we can rub to make all the people in the world get along," Queen Rania said. "But projects like 'Ben and Izzy' go a long way to ensuring that the next generation grows up with a mind-set geared toward trust and tolerance."

19. Sales People: Sit up and Take Notice!
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Description: I attended a great teleclass yesterday by Jill Konrath of www.sellingtobigcompanies.com. I really thought she nailed the state of the corporate world these days. Executives are:

-Stressed out, burned out, overwhelmed - working long days
-Operating quarter to quarter
-Have 59 hours of work every day that they have to take care of
-About 200 emails per day
-No free slots in their day - meetings all the time
-will only get worse - putting out fires.

Where does that leave those of us who want to get the attention of these people and offer them our products and services? Well, thankfully, not out in the cold. Jill stressed that the most important thing is to clearly state your company's value proposition:

-think SMALL - think of how you recently solved a problem for a big customer
-what kind of problems are these companies having that you can solve?
-get a slice of business your competitor isn't paying attention to - it doesn't have to be the whole pie.

Just be specific and using business terminlogy, tell them the bottom line results of what you can do. Use industry stats, case studies, etc. Don't waste their time!

-use a minimum of 7-10 contact efforts
-always have something new to say - it's okay to leave voicemail.

I got a lot out of the teleclass. I encourage you to check Jill's site out when you have a moment. Outstanding Women Speakers Inc. will be taking her advice.

20. What's In It for Me? by Carolyn Parks
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Description: What keeps people coming back to a website? From our experience, there is only one reason why people will come back again and again to a site and that is by reflecting upon what we ALL think whenever we do anything:

What's in it for ME?

There has to be a reason for people to spend the time to type in "www......com" in the navigation bar of their search engine. If a site is strictly promotional and fairly static in nature, people will visit when they have a specific need for your organization's product/service. If you are ok with visits being associated with a specific need that is urgent, then great.

But perhaps you are interested in more freqent visits (because let's face it, more frequent visits means a stronger relationship and better awareness of what your organization offers). What keeps people coming back more often? Well...what's in it for them?? Give them the frequent urge to pop back in. This could mean you offer exciting promotions, hot news, resources that are useful to them, etc.. If people feel they might be missing some kind of proverbial party, they'll keep checking in.

In our case, we at Outstanding Women Speakers believe that the best value we could possibly provide our visitors is INFORMATION...expert insights on the most topical organizational issues of today. Sure, we provide talented speakers which will ultimately help our clients. This is a given and people already know they can find this on our website. But it will be our goal to give them added value for visiting our site...if a potential client can take away an article or a set of tools that will help them within their own organization, then we feel we have contributed in a real way. If they decide to go with one of our speakers or not, their visit to our site has hopefully still been worthwhile. So, we will be committing ourselves to building a virtual treasure chest of the most credible expert insights in a variety of topics...we call it our Xpert Files - an exciting storehouse of leading edge knowledge.

So, to bastardize one of the most well known calls to action of all time: "think not what your clients can do for you, but what you can do for your clients!". We will be asking ourselves this question all the time and determining if we are actually thinking of our visitors as we develop our site.

21. Aggressive or Assertive: You Tell Me
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Description: Do you agree or disagree?

"For women, the point of life is to make connections. They'd rather cooperate than compete. They want everyone to cross the finish line at the same time, preferably holding hands." - Bridget Brennan, managing director of Speaking Female, a marketing company owned by Zeno Public Relations in Chicago.

I know I don't really want to hold hands, but that doesn't mean I won't give one to help you cross the finish line. Cooperate or compete? Can't we do both?

22. Robot Receptionist?
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Description: The Japanese HR firm People Staff has launched a service that could drastically trim the cost of hiring front-desk help, but it's unclear whether the device has a future in the U.S. Robot Dispatch can recognize up to 10 faces and hold 20,000 stored conversation patterns, songs and riddles.

I'm not sure I would want to be greeted by this "receptionist". Although fun, I think it would be wise to have a back up humanoid on hand.

23. Do women use the internet to improve relationships?
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Description: According to a recent report from Pew Internet and American Life, women view the Internet as a place to extend, support, and nurture relationships and communities.

While both sexes equally appreciate the efficiency and convenience of email, women are more likely than men to value the medium for its positive effects on improving relationships, expanding networks, and encouraging teamwork at the office.

If you are a woman, this is no news to you. Just take a look around at the number of women-oriented internet communities popping up - from networking to mom groups. Women tend to use email more and write about a variety of subjects.

What is a surprise is that men tend to be more intense Internet users than women, being more likely to go online daily (61% of men and 57% of women) and more likely to go online several times a day (44% of men and 39% of women). Men are more likely to use the Internet to check the weather, get news, find do-it-yourself information, acquire sports scores and information, look for political information, do job-related research, download software, listen to music, rate a product/person/service through an online reputation system, download music, use a webcam, and take a class.

This is useful information for the savvy marketer to keep in mind.

24. Japan Most Difficult Country for Career Women
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Description: The Japanese word for wife, “kanai,” is formed from two characters meaning “home” + “inside.” This traditional view starkly contrasts with a modern world where women make up about half the workforce. A belated recognition of the changing role of women in society led to theenactment of Japan’s Equal Opportunity Law in 1986, an event accompanied by a fanfare of press releases about how companies were going to implement the new order. Yet 18 years later, women wishing to pursue a career still find the going hard although Japan is not alone.

A study this April by the U.K.’s Ethical Investment Research Services found that overall, only seven percent of company directors in developed countries are women, while over 46% had no women on their boards. North American companies were among global leaders with women representing about 13% of their boards.(The study covered 24 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, basedon the 1,817 firms listed in the FTSE All World Developed Index.) Pride of place went to Norway, where over 21% of board directors are women. Japan is at the other extreme; only 0.4% of board members are women, easily the lowest score for any major economy. Similar findings came from an earlier study by Corporate Women Directors International that found only 3% of 2,396 listed Japanese companies had even one woman director,the lowest figure of any major economy. Though not alone, Japan is evidently the most difficult developed country for a woman to pursue a career.