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South and West are lovin' it but McDonald's faces test in North and East

Topix - Sat, 2017-08-19 02:25

McDonald's problems couldn't have surfaced at a worse time. Cut-throat competition, rapid expansion and a slowdown in consumer spending in the wake of demonetisation have seriously dented the overall quick-service restaurant business.

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China eclipses U.S. in Honda's world view

AutoNews - Sat, 2017-08-19 01:01
Honda's rapidly expanding footprint in China spotlights how the world's biggest auto market is pulling focus and resources away from the United States. The Japanese automaker is setting priorities in everything from production to product development.
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Yang's, a one-item chicken sensation from China, to open first U.S. restaurant in Tustin

Topix - Fri, 2017-08-18 21:47

If you think In-N-Out Burger has a bare-bones menu, just wait until the arrival of Yang's Braised Chicken Rice. The fast food chain, with nearly 6,000 units in China, is bringing its one-item menu to Orange County in September.

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Working Lunch: Trump’s controversies topple business priorities

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 20:18
The policy priorities of employers continue to fall apart as President Trump's escalating controversies drag the business agenda far off course. The Align crew also explains how things went for a billionaire restaurant owner who stuck a three percent

Zoës Kitchen to slow unit growth in 2018

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 20:01
Moderate expansion forecast as 2Q same-store sales fall 3.8%

Opinion: Employers pay the price for chaos, inaction in Washington

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 19:01
Companies need predictability, clarity around looming CEO pay disclosure rule

Would you like some stock with that?

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:48
Blog: Small chains are trying mini-IPOs, but getting investors — and keeping them — will be a challenge

How Being Out Front Can Help Women Be Great Public Speakers

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:30

For women, there are unwritten rules about how to communicate at work. If a woman is aggressively confident (or even mildly so), she can be ostracized. If a woman doesn’t speak with enough confidence, however, she can be ignored or undervalued. Neither situation is good for women or the businesses that hire women. Out Front: How Women Can Become Engaging, Memorable, and Fearless Speakers, written by a former TV and movie director turned communications consultant, helps readers (particularly women) learn why they need to speak boldly and authentically to get where they want to go.

What is Out Front About?

Out Front tackles the “psychology” of the double bind in women’s communication. One of the biggest problems women face is anxiety while speaking. This anxiety comes from a variety of sources: workplace policies that allow men to dominate the conversation, the social stigma of women who speak their mind unapologetically on under-representation of women in positions of power, and a workplace environment that judges women by appearance instead of their competence. This is in addition to the normal fear that most people have about public speaking in the first place.

The other issue concerns the way that women (and men) are trained to speak in public. They are taught to give formal presentations with specific guidelines. (Bring notes. Look directly into your audience’s eyes, etc.) The key missing ingredient, Out Front would argue, is personal style. One of the chief measures of a public speaker is his (or her) ability to engage an audience. That engagement begins when a person presents an authentic version of themselves to the audience. That “authentic version of ourselves” is something that usually doesn’t make it to a public speaking class on your local college campus.

Deborah Shames, author of Out Front recalls the performance of talented actors from her days as a film and TV director. Talented actors not only need to deliver the lines. They need to deliver those lines convincingly. Shames argues public speakers need to “perform” their messages as well. To do that, they need to break from the overly formal and stilted presentation style of the past and break out of their speaking “comfort zone’. By doing so, aspiring public speakers can find a personal style, the very thing that will help them connect and engage with their audiences.

Shames is a former TV and movie director turned communications consultant and the co-founder and CEO of Eloqui, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in communication. Shames is also a keynote speaker, trainer and group leader for Provisors, a community that connects business professionals with advisors.

What Was Best About Out Front?

Out Front diverts from traditional books on public speaking where the focus is on delivering a message the right way. In this book, the focus is on something much larger and closer to the actual goals of public speaking: engagement. You don’t speak in public to win points for the best PowerPoint slide ever. You speak in public to connect and engage with others. This key insight, along with Shames’ insightful discussions on workplace communication issues for women, creates a book that is uniquely empowering in the growing tide of books on public speaking.

What Could Have Been Done Differently?

Most education on public speaking focuses on making students fit into a specific mold at the loss of their distinctive style (and personal comfort!) Out Front celebrates that personal style and urges readers, especially women, to leverage it for engagement. One area this theme could be more developed is where it applies to the social context of communicating as a woman at work. Specifically, readers might be interested in more of the author’s recommendations on facilitating a more gender-inclusive work environment from the ground up.

Why Read Out Front?

Out Front urges readers, both men and women alike, to break out of the perceived “mold” of what it means to be a good public speaker and instead embrace the comfort of being yourself. The book helps readers transform their anxiety about speaking in public (“butterflies in the stomach”) into energy that can be used to “work the room” like a professional actor or entertainer.

Out Front places special emphasis on getting women to speak with boldness and authenticity. Many women have been culturally conditioned to believe that speaking boldly is reserved for men. As a result, women are simultaneously underrepresented in leadership and stereotyped when they attempt to break the glass ceiling.

This article, "How Being Out Front Can Help Women Be Great Public Speakers" was first published on Small Business Trends

FDA supports restriction of NYC nutritional labeling laws

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:30
Delay of federal regulations leads to confusion for restaurants and grocery chains

Oceanaire rescinds 3% meal surcharge

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:23
Brand offers to refund amount to customers with receipts

McDonald's could face first UK strike after workers back industrial action

Topix - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:14

US fast-food giant McDonald's could face its first strike on British soil after workers at two restaurants backed a call for industrial action. Staff at restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, near London, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike, amid concerns over working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts.

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Operators aim high with solar eclipse promotions

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 17:12
Restaurants mark rare event with parties and special deals

Yang’s Braised Chicken and Rice comes to U.S.

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 16:28
One-dish concept hopes for franchise growth

The restaurant business is simple. Simple is hard.

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-08-18 16:21
Today’s training programs don’t acknowledge how complicated operations have become

Combining Marijuana Growing and Wine Making Could Be the Latest Small Business Trend

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-08-18 15:30

Some California wineries are considering a unique new way to diversify their offerings — adding marijuana.

Growing Marijuana and Making Wine

As the state prepares to begin handing out marijuana licenses to businesses on January 1, this new opportunity has a lot of existing winemakers thinking. Since they already have the land and many of the supplies necessary to grow crops, adding a marijuana component makes sense.

In fact, California isn’t the only state where this trend has started to take hold. Oregon wineries have also begun considering the possibilities of offering wine and weed together.

Of course, you don’t have to be an established vitner to take advantage of this opportunity. Opening a vineyard and a marijuana business could be a great way to start a business with multiple income streams right from the start. And both also represent great business opportunities for entrepreneurs with vacant land.

There are some major obstacles though. Of course, you’ll need to start up in a state that has legalized recreational use of marijuana. There are also a lot of regulatory hoops to jump through in this new industry. And as marijuana continues to be legalized in more places, the prices are likely to go down a bit, leading to potentially smaller profit margins over time.

Wine Cork Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "Combining Marijuana Growing and Wine Making Could Be the Latest Small Business Trend" was first published on Small Business Trends

Franchising attracts millennial entrepreneurs

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-08-18 14:14
Dylan Patel got his entrepreneurial career off the ground by signing a deal to open an Orangetheory Fitness franchise while h -More
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Church's Chicken prepares for the future

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-08-18 14:14
Church's Chicken, which is marking its 65th anniversary this year, has reorganized its management, and CEO Joseph Christina s -More
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Hallmarks of a happy, effective workforce

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-08-18 14:14
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people to be happy and perform effectively and creatively, Larry S -More
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