How to Handle 3 Types of Conversation Hogs

There are certain people who need to have their egos stroked constantly. If you have ever found yourself stuck in a conversation at a party with one of these people, you can relate to how horrible conversing with them is..

Despite this torture, these people can be tolerated.  Here are 3 types of difficult people to talk to and how to best handle them:

1. The braggart. The braggart is all about money, and likes to talk about their wealth in an ostentatious way.

If you know the humble-brag, you have an idea of the braggarts main weapon of choice. “The insurance premiums on my yacht are killing me, I might only be able to get myself the 30 footer instead of the 40 footer”, he might say. If you find yourself speaking to a braggart, acknowledge his good fortune and try to steer the conversation to something else.

2. The rumor-monger. The rumor-monger intentionally puts themselves into the center of attention by gossiping about others.  If you find yourself talking to a rumor-monger, change the subject or better yet, get away from them.  Never ever tell them anything confidential under any circumstances, unless you want the news spread around.

3. The one-upper.  The one-upper is the first congratulate you on your accomplishments but telling him he’ll get to your level soon. Oh you just went on a ski trip to Aspen, my family went their when our kids were beginners, it’s a great small town slope if you can’t handle a real mountain.”

The one-upper has to feel like they matter – ask them questions.  Grit and bear it.

Now that you know how to handle some difficult conversationalists, you are ready for your next party!

from Steve Kaplan, The Entrepreneur


4 Tips for Building a Startup Without Needing to Code

Steve Kaplan Startup:

These days, every startup under the sun, even non technology based ones, seem to always need fancy websites, apps, and backend systems that could launch a rocket.   Really, these fancy finishes won’t make or break many startups, at least initially.  Many entrepreneurs are able to launch with little more then a WordPress and a Shopify account.

Here’a few tips that will take from entrepreneur with a powerpoint all the way to the bank:

1. Focus on your Customers:

At the end of the day, whether you work for yourself or you work for a boss, your customer is the one who pays the bills.  If you find that there are people chomping at the bit to use your product, the technology is not as important.  Focus on acquiring customers and serving them.

2. People First, Tech Second:

Think about what your startup special.  Is it possible a person could do this until the technology is there?  A proof of concept perhaps? Consider this before you spend or don’t spend on tech.  It can really a=effect your business.

3. Go Off the Shelf:

Are there any off the shelf systems you can turnkey to get off the ground? Do your homework about this, because it might just save you a headache and some money.

4. WordPress, WordPress, WordPress:

Ahh, wordpress is magical.  Everyone uses it, including developers who make plugins that are available for a low price or sometimes free.  See if you can get a plugin to worpdress before you hirer a coder.

Now that you have a different perspective, don’t run to a coder or spend all of your time learning.  See what else is out there and make some money.

from Steve Kaplan Startup

Yahoo Fires Facebook and Google and Welcome Vizify

Recently, Yahoo has been trying to regain their internet prominence. Although they haven’t always succeeded, they keep trying. They have been experimenting with mobile advertising and creating native ads. Today they took another step in the right direction, and they might have to pay a big price for it if this bet doesn’t pay off.  They removed Google and Facebook login options from their sites.

Yahoo will require their users to create and use a Yahoo User ID for their services, like fantasy sports and flickr. According to a recent study,  91% of internet users encounter social log-ins and at least half  of them use them to gain access to at least one site or more.  Facebook is the most prominent one of the bunch.

Yahoo purchased the social visualization company Vizify.  They are now shutting down the site, or as they call it, sunsetting.  We will see what happens with that.

from Steve Kaplan Digital