How to Use Facebook for Business

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How to use Facebook for business. Facebook offers many features and benefits for businesses and that is why it is growing at an accelerated rate. Interestingly,it is now generating more traffic than Google, and is reflecting the fact that social media marketing is here to stay, and would only get stronger. It is now an effective platform for increased brand exposure, traffic and revenue generation.

Create a fan page. If you don’t know how or are unfamiliar with creating a fan page, either hire someone to do it for you or simply follow the instructions that face book provides and they will help you create your business page. I do recommend to at least consult with someone before creating your own page because setting up a fan page is similar to building a house. You’ve got to lay the foundation properly or else the rest of the house just wont be right.

Also following up your message in your subject line for example, should be some type of free Facebook training. You should again refer to them by name and invite them to a free training Webinar or phone conference bridge to learn how to generate tons of leads. After this, you can funnel them to your landing page as you have built this relationship based on free education which gets a better response.

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Create a community around your business and join groups and communities. Update your profile page on a regular basis and offer incentives to your fans. Search for new ways to attract people! Provide interesting information and show yourself interested in other people business.

Facebook was created based on the concept of connecting with friends. You can send and receive “friend requests” and once accepted, your friend can view your profile and you can view theirs. To begin connecting with people that you know, you can either import your address book/ contact database, or you can also search Facebook for individual people.

Notes and Photos – you can share photos and blog posts and by ‘tagging’ they can appear in your friends’ News Feed. This is not an opportunity for you to broadcast your stock product photos. You need to be creative in everything you do. It is the unusual and different that gets passed on. Bore them and you will be ‘disconnected’.

However, it looks like Facebook is going to teach that lesson much quicker. The company has added a new feature to the Friend Request popping up a statement that says, “If you send a friend request to a stranger, it will be considered spam, and your friend request will be blocked temporarily.”

Actually Use Facebook. Many businesses just sign up and think that’s all you need to do, well, that’s not enough. Facebook is a vibrant community where people check in often throughout the day, if they connect with your business and like what you do, you can’t just sit back and pat yourself on the back, you need to engage them. Ask them questions about one of your products, maybe send them a quiz and reward people who fill it out with a gift certificate, etc.

Dengue – Basic Facts for Public Education

Dengue is the most widespread mosquito-borne infection in human beings, which in recent years has become a major international public health concern. It is usually found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, particularly in urban and semi-urban areas. Over the last 15 years, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the global incidence of dengue and its severe manifestations such as dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Almost 95% of Dengue cases are amongst children under the age of 15 years. Without proper management, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever case fatality rates can exceed 20%, however, with modern intensive supportive therapy these rates can be reduced to less than 1%.

Transmission

Dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bite(s) of infective female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. After incubation for 8-10 days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding, of transmitting the virus, to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. Infected female mosquitoes may also transmit the virus to their offspring by transovarial (via the eggs) transmission.

Humans are the main amplifying host of the virus, although studies have shown that in some parts of the world monkeys may become infected and perhaps serve as a source of virus for uninfected mosquitoes. The virus circulates in the blood of infected humans for 2-7 days, at approximately the same time as they have fever Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes may acquire the virus when they feed on an individual during this period.

Prevention and control measures

Presently, the only method of controlling or preventing DF and DHF is to combat the vector mosquitoes. Aedes Aegypti breeds primarily in man-made containers like earthenware jars, metal drums and concrete cisterns used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres and other items that collect rainwater.

Vector control is implemented using environmental management and chemical methods. Proper solid waste disposal and improved water storage practices, including covering containers to prevent access by egg laying female mosquitoes, are encouraged through community-based programmes.

The application of appropriate insecticides to larval habitats, particularly those used by the households, such as water storage vessels can prevent mosquito breeding for several weeks therefore these insecticides must be used periodically. The use of family size insecticide treated nets (ITNs) is also recommended. General insecticide spraying targeting mosquito breeding habitats need to be carried out to kill adult mosquitoes using portable or truck-mounted machines.

Guidelines for the families of affected persons

Keep body temperature below 39oC. Give the patient paracetamol (not more than four times in 24 hours) according to the dose prescribed below:

Age
Dose (tablet 250 mg)
Mg/dose

< 1 year
¼ tablet
60

1-4 years
½ tablet
60-120

5 and above
1 tablet
240

  • Do not give the patient Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Give large amounts of fluids (water, soups, milk and juices) along with the patient’s normal diet
  • The patient should rest
  • Immediately consult your physician if any of the following manifestations appear: Red spots or points on the skin; bleeding from the nose or gums; frequent vomiting; vomiting with blood; black stools; sleepiness; constant crying; abdominal pain; excessive thirst (dry mouth); pale, cold or clammy skin; or difficulty in breathing.

Characteristics

Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death. The clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient. Infants and young children may have a non-specific febrile illness with rash. Older children and adults may have either a mild febrile syndrome or the classical incapacitating disease with abrupt onset and high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, and rash.

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, hemorrhagic phenomena, often with enlargement of the liver and in severe cases, circulatory failure. The illness commonly begins with a sudden rise in temperature accompanied by facial flush and other non-specific constitutional symptoms of dengue fever. The fever usually continues for two to seven days and can be as high as 40-41°C, possibly with febrile convulsions and hemorrhagic phenomena.

In moderate DHF cases, all signs and symptoms abate after the fever subsides. In severe cases, the patient’s condition may suddenly deteriorate after a few days of fever when the temperature drops, followed by signs of circulatory failure, and the patient may rapidly go into a critical state of shock and die within 12-24 hours, or quickly recover following appropriate volume replacement therapy.

Immunization

At the present time, no vaccination is available against Dengue Fever or Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever.

Prevent mosquito bites

  • Dengue mosquitoes bite during the daytime – protect yourself from the bite
  • Wear full-sleeve clothes and long dresses to cover the limbs.
  • Use repellents–care should be taken in using repellents on very young children or the elderly
  • Use mosquito coils and electric vapour mats during the daytime to prevent mosquito bites
  • Use insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to protect young children, pregnant women, old people, in addition to others who may rest during the day.
  • Curtains (cloth or bamboo) can also be treated with insecticide and hung at windows or doorways, to repel or kill mosquitoes.

Prevent multiplication of mosquitoes (Vector Control)

Mosquitoes which spread Dengue live and breed in stagnant water in and around houses, and places where solid waste is dumped.

  • Drain out the water from desert/window air coolers when not in use, in addition to tanks, barrels, drums, and buckets.
  • Remove all objects containing water such as plant saucers from the house.
  • All stored water containers should be kept covered at all times.
  • Collect and destroy discarded containers in which water collects, such as bottles, plastic bags, tins, tyres, etc.
  • Efficient disposal of all solid waste/garbage.

Basic facts about Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

How does dengue spread? Dengue is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes Aegyptimosquito. The mosquito gets the virus by biting an infected person. The first symptoms of the disease occur about 5-7 days after the infected bite. There is no way to tell if a mosquito is carrying the Dengue virus. Therefore, people must protect themselves from all mosquito bites.

Where does this mosquito live? This mosquito rests indoors, in closets and other dark places. Outside, it rests where it is cool and shaded. The female mosquito lays her eggs in water containers in and around homes, schools and other areas in towns or villages. These eggs become adults in about 10 days.

Where does the mosquito breed? Dengue mosquitoes breed in stored, exposed, water collection systems. The favoured breeding places are: barrels, drums, jars, pots, buckets, flower vases, plant saucers, tanks, discarded bottles/tins, tyres, or water coolers, and other places where rainwater collects or is stored.

Paperless Office – With Multiple Monitors

Going paperless in professional offices, such as those of CPAs, sometimes could become inconvenient for the professional to work. When a CPA is working on a client’s tax return and needs to refer to prior year return, it is easy for her to look at the paper printout while working on this year return on the computer. However, if her filing system is paperless it would be very inconvenient for her, sometimes, to switch between screens to take a look at the prior year return and come back to this year return – back and forth. This could even result in use of more paper than before if the CPA ends up printing a copy of the prior year return to refer during the return preparation and then destroying it. That would result in her printing almost all her clients’ prior year returns and then destroying them because she has an electronic copy of the return.

The technology available at this time makes it easy to avoid this problem. Over time it has become more and more easier for CPAs to go paperless as some of these inconveniences have been addressed by the available technology.

A small investment can help CPAs resolve this problem forever and would save them all the inconveniences related to it. Windows XP allows the use of multiple monitors with one computer. This feature is already there in the Windows XP. However, the user would need to buy a special video adapter to attach to the computer to connect multiple monitors. Multiple means up to 10 monitors can be attached to one computer. There are numerous benefits of this convenience in Windows XP.

If all your prior client documents are already in electronic format on your server and you need to refer to several of them at once to work on a particular project, you could open each of those on separate monitors connected to the same computer. This would eliminate the need to switch between different screens each time you need to look at another document.

The set up for connecting additional monitors to your Windows XP computer is not very complicated. If you use a notebook computer you can use the feature of Dualview which is also available in XP. You can just connect an external monitor to your notebook and set up your XP, from Control Panel, for Dualview. The limitation with Dualview is that your notebook or laptop monitor would always be the primary monitor. The other feature, that of multiple monitors, allows you to set any of the monitors as the primary monitor.

Once you set up your computer with multiple monitors, you can eliminate one of the major inconveniences that staff faces in a CPA offices, that of referring to multiple documents from the file and having to switch between screens while working. Even if you have already become comfortable switching between screens on one computer, you may still want to test out this feature of multiple monitors and you may be pleasantly surprised by the ease it brings to your life. The details on setting up multiple monitors are explained on the Microsoft website.

Sialkot Case Brutal Killing of 2 Brothers Final Decision: 7 Get Death Sentence

GUJRANWALA – An anti-terrorism court Tuesday announced its verdict on Sialkot lynching case and awarded four times capital punishment to seven accused and life imprisonment to six others besides three years imprisonment to each cop including former Sialkot DPO Waqar Ahmad Chohan.

The court comprising of presiding officer, Ch Mushtaq Ahmad Gondal, announced its verdict an hour before the midnight in Central Jail Gujranwala where proceedings continued till afternoon and it took him (judge) hours to dictate the decision before announcing it in the packed courtroom. All accused including the police officers were sent to jail before the verdict.

The two brothers, Hafiz Mughees and Muneeb, were brutally lynched to death on August 15, 2010. Saddar Sialkot Police had lodged an FIR on August 20 after the Supreme Court took suo moto and directed the anti-terrorism court, Gujranwala Division, to decide the case within three months. The case was lodged against Jamil alias Jeela, Qaisar Ali, Hassan Raza, Jamshaid alias Sheeda, Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Iqbal, Sarfraz Ahmad, Muhammad Amin, Asghar Ali, Shamus Ali, Ali Raza alias Peter, Ateeb alias Nosha, Awais and Shafique Fauji besides the then Sialkot DPO Waqar Ahmad Chohan, SHO Rana Muhammad Ilyas, ASI Muhammad Waris, Constables Nazir Hussain, Bashir Ahmad, Tariq Mahmood, Muhammad Akram, Mubarak Ali, Naseer Ahmad and Muhammad Yasin alias Yamin.

The apex courts had nominated Justice (r) Kazim Ali Malik as the judicial inquiry officer who had cleared both the slain brothers of any robbery or killing charges while the joint investigation team had exonerated five accused – Qaisar Ali, Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Asghar, Shamus Ali and Awais. The team had submitted the challan on October 9, 2010, in the ATC which took more than a year to announce its verdict. During the hearing, the court recorded 42 witnesses of prosecution and used video footages and pictures to reach the final decision.

Pakistan complete Zimbabwe clean-sweep

HARARE, September 18, 2011 (AFP) – Pakistan completed a clean sweep of Zimbabwe by winning the second and final Twenty20 international by five runs at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Pakistan made 141 from their 20 overs with man of the match Mohammed Hafeez top-scoring with 51 before Zimbabwe were held to 136 for seven as the tourists gave coach Waqar Younis a winning send-off.

“We really thank Waqar. The way he worked with everybody. He did a wonderful job, the way he came in at a difficult time. He had good inputs. A lot of youngsters came in. I’m going to miss him,” said skipper Misbah Ul Haq.

“I’m really satisfied with the way the team played. All the players got a fair chance and everybody performed.

“It’s been a good tour for us. The Sri Lanka series (in the UAE in October) means a lot for us, we’re going to prepare well and play well against them.”

Hafeez added: “It was a great tour for me. Thanks to the team, they supported me, our coach Waqar Younis. I’ll miss him.”

The home side went down fighting, with Tatenda Taibu at the centre of the action in a dramatic last-over finish.

With 20 runs required off the final six balls, Taibu smacked the first for a six over long-on and took a couple off each of the next four deliveries to leave six required off the last ball.

But Sohail Khan coolly bowled a full toss, wide outside off stump which Taibu was unable to get his bat on.

Zimbabwe openers Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha had struggled to keep ahead of the run-rate and the brakes were slammed on by slow bowler Saeed Ajmal, who dismissed Chibhabha.

Hafeez then caught Sibanda before getting rid of Cephas Zhuwao, Hamilton Maskadza and Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor.

Elton Chigumbura (24) and Taibu (37 not out) provided late fireworks, but the home side fell short.

Pakistan had been 34 for three at one stage before Hafeez, who scored 71 and took four wickets in Friday’s 85-run win, took charge.

He hit 51 off 38 balls before eventually falling to off-spinner Ray Price.

Pakistan‘s run-rate was slowed and they scored just 36 runs in the last five overs, but it eventually proved just enough.

BEDAR PAKISTAN – MUST SEE

Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan, FRCS, PhD , This man dr Niaz Ahmed Khan is a gift of God to Pakistan. He started a campaign all over TV in early 2000s during Musharraf/shaukat term to implement this system but perhaps us/imf-world bank was pressurizing not to because it would seriously shut down their revenue streams from Pakistan. He traveled all over Pakistan for the campaign but according to one source govt had to ban the TV program.

His mission, to establish this dream of an interest and tax free country, to help those living in poverty, and even further improve the lives of all other inhabitants of our country. How Bedar Pakistan plans to remove poverty is by purging the current tax system and replacing it with a system that is not only compatible within the Islamic Laws, but also one that would transform the present economy into an almost ideological super economy, cleaving a path to a revolution in this country. His program will take Pakistan out of debt into surplus where Pakistan in less than 10 Years would have enough to spend in all sectors without asking imf/world bank and other nations.

1. At least Rs. 2 Trillion will be guaranteed to the Government in few days.
2. Nobody will be asked to pay any tax.
3. Massive employment (without any cost to the Govt.) will be guaranteed.
4. At least $ 8 to 15 Billion remitted through banks from overseas Pakistanis.
5. No help from IMF.
6. No devaluation of Pakistani Rupee will be required.
7. Smuggling of goods into the country will be eliminated.
8. Law and order situation will improve as the economy recovers.
9. Industrial revolution and Electricity, telephone, gas theft as well as over charging will be eliminated.
10. Salary of all government employees will increase three folds, which will reduce the rate of corruption to a great extent.
11. Interest free banking.
12. End of the era of feudal lords.
13. Complete eradication of Hasshish, Heroine and other drugs.
14. Complete eradication of terrorism in Pakistan is guaranteed.
15. Spread of true spirit of Islam throughout the country.
16. 100% literacy rate within 5 years.
17. 0% unemployment in one year.
And More..

Q: How do you control the artificial raised prices and subsidized prices of the commodities/services produced by private sector?
The MBC System does not control the prices of private sector but only help in reduction of production of cost by at least half with the help of cheep coupons and zero tax with zero duty. So there is no artificial price or over price in private sector, but with each product sold in the market it will be offered cheaper if 15% coupons are also paid with the cash.

Q: Why should one make an advance payment for the expenses that has to be done in future?
Yes it is an advance payment for the expenses to be borne in future but the benefit of this advance payment is threefold. The user will get the benefit of reduced prices, which will not be available if coupons are not utilized. The cost incurred on purchase of the coupons is far less and the benefits are tremendous.

Q: Is there any financial incentive for such an advance payment other than coupons?
No there is no other financial incentive and the payee will get the coupons according to the prescribed sliding scale. However incentive in the shape of extra coupons or waiver in import duty etc. would be available in earlier months of the financial year but the real financial benefit is also available of coupons are brought at cheaper price and then sold at a higher price when the rate of coupons is lower in the later months.

Q: Worth Rs. 100,000/- purchase of coupons allow a person a duty free import of Rs. 500,000/-. Is it whether a) Cost of the item? b) CNF value of the item? or c) Amount of duty and taxes to be waived?
Option to import any lawful item into Pakistan would be available to the person spending Rs. 100,000/- on purchase of coupons in the very first month of the financial year. This will be the waiver of Rs. 500,000/- in the import/custom duties.

Q: In the situation mentioned in Question No. 6 how would you control the risk of under invoicing of goods and commodities?
Under invoicing is done to evade duties and taxes. In situations where custom duties are completely or partially waived off there will be no need of under invoicing to evade duties.

Q: Incentives of extra coupons or duty free imports are offered to persons investing Rs. 100,000/- or more and nothing is offered to persons buying lesser coupons. Why?
Incentives like extra coupons or waiver of duties are available to persons spending Rs. 100,000/-. Such big incentives are not available to person spending lesser amount. But such class of society can pool their friends to avail this opportunity. However, the benefit of reduction in cost of living by 30-60 % would always be available to everyone utilizing coupons at the time of conducting any transaction. A clever business man will get extra 5 to 7 % from the selling agent so he cost of coupons is even less and hence will sell the coupons at one \rupee to 6 coupons to every body and will sell his entire stock over night and will keep on purchasing and selling coupons to every body and selling coupons till the offer losts and hence earning 100 to 150 profit in a month and this source will gave poor man rate of coupon whiich 6 coupon to one rupee market.

Q: How do you generate the same amount of revenue in subsequent years since the coupons are valid indefinitely and are in circulation right from the very first day?
The use of coupons is not restricted to only individual consumers. Traders, manufacturers, importers, agriculturists and corporate entities will also require coupons for their day-to-day usage. These segment of coupons users sale and purchase their merchandise through Pakistan Monetary Fund (PMF). It has been discussed in detail under the heading “MBCS and Business” above and every body is wise enough to buy coupons according to his needs and the spare coupons are sold in the open market at a profit or will srrender coupon to get duty free options. So there are two doors for the extra coupons to be used.

Q: Conversion of black money in this system could not generate the same amount of Revenue in subsequent years. In such circumstances what remedies would be available to government?
Black money or extra cash is used by the Govt. to invest in high tech industry or even big business and in land reforms and will get the profit every year and will not need the black money to support the govt. sd this source of investing will creat much more than black money avaiable in the next year.

Q: What is the organizational structure of PMF? How does it operate?
This will be a private organization selected by open bidding process. It shall be responsible to sell coupons through agents, collection of funds from agents and deposit the same into government treasury. The PMF shall open its regional offices, which monitors the branches in each city of their region. These branches will be linked to each other through the use of latest IT infrastructure and will be available even in a smallest village as it will help P.M.F. to get share of profit of each coupon sold. So it is in the ——- to establish a wide spread custom friendly structure.

Q: How would you ensure transparent operations of PMF?
As discussed earlier that PMF will be selected through open bid. Next three lower bidders will be appointed as auditors for a fixed fee plus 50% share in penalty (10 times of amount involved) imposed on PMF, in case of any fraud or mistake found in the operations of PMF. Government will be the fourth auditor to check the accounts of PMF

Very Impressive Indeed this is the solution to the Pakistan’s problems only if Govt seriously consider this system the best thing is apart from our current economic system it will be working parallel to it.

link page BEDAR PAKISTAN

Top Six Steps To Becoming A Powerful Public Speaker

Public speaking ranks right up there in terms of the things we are afraid to do. Whether it’s the fear of being watched closely by others, or the insecurity and self-conscious feeling of slipping up during the presentation, these six tips will help you give a polished, professional speech that you (and your audience) can be proud of!

1. Know your audience. This is the single best piece of advice for delivering a presentation. What are there interests? Their backgrounds? Why are they coming to hear you speak? What ideas do you have to share with them? Approaching your speech as more of a “me-to-you” discussion rather than a full-blown broadcast makes it less stressful.

2. What do you want your audience to do as a result of your speech? What’s really at the heart of your presentation? By concentrating on the “end result” rather than slogging through the beginning, you create a powerful punch that drives home your message instead of rambling on.

3. Share a story. In public speaking circles, this is called a “hook” – something that gets your audience’s attention and makes them sit up and listen. Start off by asking questions or sharing an experience you had. People like to be active, rather than passive listeners. By giving them something that they can identify with, you’ll find that these people are just like you; that makes giving a presentation a whole lot easier. Be sure your story has a beginning, a point, and an ending. There’s nothing quite as bad as telling a story to an engaged audience and then forgetting why you told it!

4. If you’re selling a product, focus on the benefits instead of the features. People would much rather hear WHAT a product can do for them than HOW it does it. Narrow down your product’s features until you get to the core of how it solves a problem. If you need help with figuring out the difference between a feature and a benefit, ask yourself “So What?” For example, if you’re selling a vacuum cleaner that has a hypoallergenic filter, put yourself in the customer’s shoes and ask yourself “so what?” The answer would be something like, “It picks up dust, mold and pet dander”. Again, “so what?” Answer, “You’ll feel relief from runny nose and sneezing plus itchy, water eyes.” Now THAT’s a benefit!

5 Powerpoint presentations are great but they can be overwhelming – or downright boring. Instead, give your audience something to DO by providing them with fill-in-the-blank flip charts or “team activities”. These help reinforce and emphasize your message in ways that a computer presentation simply cannot.

6. Make sure your speech ends in a way that reiterates the beginning. Speakers can get carried away with the details and leave their audiences asking, “What was the point of all that?” People naturally digest information in “chunks”, so focus on the big picture rather than all the pieces. If the details are just as important, save it for an after-speech handout that the audience can take with them and read over at their leisure.

If you keep these six tips in mind, you’ll not only have an easier time overcoming your fear of public speaking, but you’ll have a very appreciative audience who will in turn be more receptive and eager to try your product or service. Go get ’em!