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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we
see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" --
standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident
-- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might
even have an impact on our chances for success.

Make a Presentation Like Steve Jobs

How to Start a Speech

What are the first words of a speech? What should be the first sentence of a speech? How can you engage an audience from the first moment? There are 3 ways to start a speech.

Influence, Persuasion and Personal Presentation - Look Your Best Interac...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mr. Tod's Pie Factory - An entrepreneur who once had to live in his car

Published: Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 2:14 PM ET
By: | Senior Writer 
Tod Wilson is the owner of Mr. Tod's Pie Factory, a wholesale and retail bakery with locations in Somerset and Englewood, N.J. He's also the first person ever to win "Shark Tank," and his life and business have both changed considerably in the more than four years since.
The path that led to his appearance was not an easy one. He was reduced to living out of his car at one particularly low point. But the sharks—the tycoons who decide whether or not to invest in each business—found his story compelling, and offered him a deal.
It may surprise some to learn that he ultimately decided not to take the $460,000 that he was offered, as he didn't want to give up a 50 percent stake in his business. But he said in an interview with that it hasn't really mattered.
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Source: Liza Hughes
Some of the goodies produced by Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory
"You get on these kinds of networks and it's an open door," Wilson said. "My pies have been on 'Rachael Ray;' Jet magazine had me in their holiday gift guide. … I was there in 2009, and every day I still get phone calls about it. People say, 'I remember you on "Shark Tank"—it was inspirational. Can you come speak at our school?' Nobody knew it would be so big."
The exposure generated by his appearance on "Shark Tank" was enough to keep the company afloat. Mr. Tod's is now on the verge of entering its 13th year, and "on the whole, the business has grown tremendously," Wilson said.
(Read more: Ten tips for the perfect pitch)
Source: Liza Hughes
Tod Wilson, owner of Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory, says "Shark Tank" opened doors for him.
What advice would Wilson give fledgling entrepreneurs? It would primarily be the counsel he wishes he had received when he was starting out.
"You'll always need more than you budget, so if you think you need $50,000, ask for $100,000," he said. "It never works out like you say it's going to, so be aggressive in how much you ask for and be conservative in your projections."
Another bit of tried-and-true advice bears repeating to any rookie entrepreneur.
"You have to have persistence to weather the storm," Wilson said. "That's par for the course if you want to be a great one, like Ray Kroc or Howard Schultz. If you don't have that kind of mentality, it's not the kind of thing to sign up for."

How 'mompreneur' turned $500 into multi-millions

Once stay-at-home mom, Kendra Scott, a panelist on CNBC Prime's "Crowd Rules," shares how she turned $500 into a multi-million-dollar jewelry empire that now spans the globe. The CEO and "mompreneur" also offers up advice about starting a new business and balancing work with family.