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You Are God’s Masterpiece

Here are 3 things that happen when God turns you into a masterpiece.

Written by Joy on 01/02/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Jesus, Life Change, New Life, Personal Transformation
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10

The Bible says when we accept Jesus, we are forgiven and given new life. When you start your new life, God crafts you into a masterpiece. Here are 3 things that happen when God turns you into a masterpiece.

You are Forgiven
Do not let your past mistakes keep you from living the joyful life God wants you to have. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s love and grace is bigger than any sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

You Show Other People How Great God Is
You are a living, breathing testimony of God’s grace and love through Jesus Christ. God says He picked you to be part of a new family, meant to show the difference He can make in a life. “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9).

Your life is like a beautiful painting that gives recognition to its painter. As God’s masterpiece, you should “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

You Become the Light of the World
Jesus sets you free from the slavery of sin when you accept Christ. Sin won’t control you anymore. God gives you the Holy Spirit, who is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 8:11) When you have the Holy Spirit, you will reflect God’s love, peace and patience. (Galatians 5:22-23)

The Bible says “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7). That’s why you will lead people to Jesus when God’s light shines through you. Are you ready to let God turn you into a masterpiece? Click here to start your new life with Jesus.

Pray this week:

to shine God’s light in your words and actions

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Google’s New Free Software To Speed Up The Internet

Paul Monckton ,   CONTRIBUTOR
I write about photography and related subjects.  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors 
The common JPEG could be about to get a lot smaller thanks to Google’s new software. This could lead not only to a faster Web, but also to direct savings on storage costs for everyone from hosting services to hobbyist photographers and especially smartphone users on metered connections.

20×24 pixel zoomed areas from a picture of a cat’s eye. Uncompressed original on the left. Guetzli (on the right) shows less ringing artefacts than libjpeg (middle) without requiring a larger file size. Google Research Blog
20×24 pixel zoomed areas from a picture of a cat’s eye. Uncompressed original on the left. Guetzli (on the right)
shows less ringing artefacts than libjpeg (middle) without requiring a larger file size.

Back in 2014, I wrote about BGP, a new file format purported to deliver equivalent quality to JPEG but with much smaller file sizes. The purposes of BPG is ‘to replace the JPEG image format when quality or file size is an issue’.

Fast forward to 2017 and BGP has obviously failed to achieve its stated purpose, with the humble JPEG still firmly entrenched as the file format of choice for the vast majority of users.

However a new, and free to use, compression technology from Google now hopes to revolutionise the JPEG where BGP has failed. Announced earlier this month, Guetzli is a new open source algorithm which creates JPEG files 35% smaller than typical current methods.

What sets Guetzli apart

The crucial difference between Guetzli and BGP is that the latter requires new code to be written before it can be read. Standard browsers and image software would simply fail to read the files without specific support for the format.

Guetzli, on the other hand, continues to use the established JPEG format. So, all software which can currently read standard JPEGs will also be able to read Guetzli JPEGs without modification.

There’s some crossover, in terms of the final outcome at least, with Google’s RAISR technology, announced at the end of last year, which can blow up small images into much larger versions with significantly higher quality than was previously possible.

Both Geutzli and RAISR can cut down significantly on the required size of image files, albeit in rather different ways. There’s also no reason why the two technologies can’t be used together.

How does it work?

The Guetzli encoder works by increasing the level of compression while creating the JPEGs, leaving the standard decompression algorithms for reading and displaying the images unchanged. The increase in compression comes from a new and more sophisticated model of human colour perception than is used by current JPEG encoders.

This results in higher quality images at a reduced file size, but also comes with a tradeoff in speed. Google’s engineers say that Guetzli is currently significantly slower than a standard JPEG encoder. Users of the current Windows version are reporting conversion times of several minutes for a single large JPEG.

Guetzli is potentially great news for anyone who stores or displays JPEG images as the time taken to download and the space needed to store them is significantly reduced. However, there are other options for those who want to create smaller JPEGs.

One such option is JPEGmini which claims even bigger file size reductions than Guetzli, up to 80%, with no loss in perceived quality. The big difference here though is that JPEGmini is a commercial product with prices ranging from $29 for the basic Home User option, up to $199 per month for those wishing to use it on Web servers and large photo repositories.

At the moment, JPEGmini is still a good option for everyday use as it is a polished end-user product, complete with plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. However, a free algorithm such as Guetzli, once the speed issues are addressed, will most definitely pose threat to paid-for products like JPEGmini which hope to charge for exactly the same final result.

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With So Much Evil in the World, is there Hope?

We have hope, because God is going to make everything new!

Written by Hope on 07/09/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Devil, Evil, Hope
“Nothing evil will be allowed to enter.” Revelation 21:27a

The Bible teaches us that God loves and cares for His Creation, and that includes us. This love caused Him to offer us Salvation through Jesus Christ. God promises eternal, peaceful life with Him. Our current existence is filled with temptation, sin and evil; but God’s plan includes removing all remainders of evil in His creation. We have hope, because God is going to make everything new!

Evil Won’t Last
In 2 Timothy, Paul says we will have a “difficult” time on earth before Jesus Christ returns: “People will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, and love pleasure rather than God” (II Timothy 3:1-4).

Does this sound familiar? Although it was written about 2,000 years ago, this description of people choosing to live without God is a picture of our world today. People choosing to ignore God’s way, by doing whatever they want, is still the cause of the world’s problems. But evil won’t last. When Jesus returns, things will change.

Perfection Will Come
God has a plan to recreate this fallen universe as “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1). God’s new creation is called “a world filled with God’s righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13), where “no longer will there be a curse upon anything” (Revelation 22:3). God promises to cast away “the devil, who had deceived [people]” (Revelation 20:10), and that “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4).

Despite the evil in the world, we must continue to follow God. When we do, we can rejoice in God’s promise of His reward in His new creation. We should continue to have hope. Perfection will come when God creates a new heaven and new earth.

Pray this week:

To thank God for His promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

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Digital transformation: Making it work in the real world

It takes more than shiny new technologies to remake business processes. Here are a few ideas on how to make digital transformation projects work in your organisation.
 Mark Samuels
By Mark Samuels | March 1, 2017 — 16:17 GMT (16:17 GMT) | Topic: Digital Transformation: A CXO's Guide

Having the right skills in place is key to engendering full cultural change, both in terms of understanding the customer and linking those trends back to the business."

Digital transformation is the process through which companies can take a new look at their existing processes and remake them with the help of new technologies and new ways of thinking.

The aim might be to cut costs, understand customers better, or create new revenue streams. It's a relatively simple concept but hard to put into practice; here we look at some of the issues involved in such a project.

Marketing: How to create a digital-first attitude

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Customer experience (CX) is the big priority for marketing professionals through 2017, says Jim Clark, research director at Econsultancy. He draws on evidence from the research firm's recently released Digital Trends 2017 report, which surveyed over 14,000 marketing professionals globally. Almost a quarter (22 per cent) of marketeers say CX is their key concern this year.

Clark, however, issues a word of warning and suggests great experiences are by no means a given: executives must focus on techniques that help their business exploit data in an integrated manner. "CX is in itself important, but marketing professionals must think now about how they implement experience as a strategy," said Clark, speaking at Adobe's recent Digital Trends Forum in London.

The good news is that almost half (46 per cent) of firms believe that digital now permeates their marketing efforts. Clark says easy access to the cloud and software-as-a-service is helping marketeers to harness digital technology quickly in their attempts to change business processes and customer experiences for the better.

There is interest in technology to spread insights, too. Almost half (49 per cent) of marketing professionals intend to increase their investment in analytics this year. However, the research suggests that digital transformation is a far from straightforward process. Just 14 percent of marketing chiefs described their business as a digital-first organisation in 2015; today, that figure is even lower at 11 per cent.

"The reality of the situation is that implementing digital transformation is tough," says Clark. "Some boards might not be as fully behind change as others. Having the right skills in place is key to engendering full cultural change, both in terms of understanding the customer and linking those trends back to the business."

Clarke points to best-practice examples in strategy. He says smart companies are findings ways to converge sales and marketing teams, ensuring customer data is pooled across the business, rather than being held in isolated and unconnected stove pipes.

Leadership matters, too. More than three quarters (77 percent) of blue-chip firms now have a chief customer officer or equivalent, according to analyst Gartner. These C-suite executives are focused on building and pushing the focus on customer experience across the business' various operational activities.

"Data-driven marketing technology is now a lot more accessible but there needs to be an awareness in terms of engaging audiences," says Clark. "Your business needs to fully understand the key trends to engage with customers personally. As new technologies like VR roll out, that focus on personalisation becomes even more critical."

All firms, he says, must look to continually surprise and delight their customers. "It can be difficult to engender digital-led change, particularly in a sector like finance," says Clark. "One way is to start small on key projects, and to hope these examples pick up traction and that the benefits permeate across the rest of the organisation."

Building a digital foundation in financial services
Chris Worle, digital strategy director at Hargreaves Lansdown, is one executive driving transformation in a finance firm. Worle manages digital-led change at the FTSE 100 business, which manages £70 billion of assets on behalf of its 876,000 clients. Worle and his team run a website that receives more than 100 million visits a year.

"We find ourselves today in a constant cycle of measure, understand and improve," says Hargreaves Lansdown's Chris Worle.

"We're seeing huge growth in mobile, both in terms of the use of our apps and direct visits to the website," he says. "The number of trades via mobile is up 200 per cent year-on-year. This has consequences in terms of the experiences we provide, because we pride ourselves on a high quality of service."

Worle recognises the number of channels to market has grown rapidly since the firm started its transformation journey in 2008, as has the number of products offered to clients. The digital team started sifting through huge volumes of data to keep a tight grip on customer experiences, but found itself swamped with information.

"We took a breath and decided to start small instead," he says, looking back on the digital change process. "We then took a strategic approach to testing and optimisation. Rather than focusing on the entire website, we focused on quick wins connected to high-volume web pages. We used that insight to drive improvements."

Worle and his team honed website content and launched the firm's first app in 2011. Yet transformation in the mobile age remains a work in progress. "We find ourselves today in a constant cycle of measure, understand and improve," he says.

The modern digital challenges facing Hargreaves can be summed up by three key terms, says Worle: complexity, speed and expectations. "There's a requirement to create a consistent experience across multiple channels and that's incredibly difficult," he says, referring to the issue of complexity. "We're actively working on cracking that approach."

When it comes to speed, Worle says his organisation feels the pressure to innovate and deliver solutions increasingly quickly. "Technology is moving faster than ever before," he says. "People will drop off, and you will lose their business, if they have to wait even just a few seconds for a web page to load."

The final challenge is around expectations and the ever-demanding nature of modern customers. "Your business will be judged against the digital experiences that people get everywhere else, be that from technology companies like Google or via online retailers," says Worle. "Customers don't care that you're a regulated finance firm — they just expect the same high quality of service, regardless of sector."

The good news is Worle continues to deliver great customer experiences. The key lesson for other CXOs is to recognise the importance of mobility. "Most of our clients use mobile as their main communication channel of choice," he says. "The business needs to focus on the fact that mobile is more than just another channel — and that's a constant battle."

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How to Make Bible Reading a Daily Habit

Begin a practice that nourishes your spiritual life and makes you useful to God

Written by GodLife on 07/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Reading, Peace, Faith, Wisdom
Be like newborn babies who are thirsty for the pure spiritual milk that will help you grow and be saved.

1 Peter 2:2
When Peter compared the Bible to the milk which feeds a newborn baby, it was a picture we can all understand. Have you ever seen a baby hungry for food? Every attitude and action comes from intense desire. This is how God wants us to approach His Word.

But the Bible is a big book! It can’t be read in one sitting. How is a new follower of Jesus supposed to get the nourishment he or she needs for growth? Read on for practical encouragement to get you started on a lifetime of growth.

To Fuel Your Desire for God’s Word:
Think of the many benefits the Bible promises the reader. Within its pages, you can read the confirming stories from those who read and treasured it while it was still being written. They experienced:

Growing faith (Romans 10:17)
Clarity for knowing and following God’s will (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Knowing God’s character (John 1:18, 16:14)
Better insight into their own nature (Hebrews 4:12)
Instruction from the successes and failures of others (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)
Increasing peace (Psalm 119:165)
Growth in purity (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26)
Here’s How to Make Reading the Bible a Habit
First, know the benefits of doing this. (See the list above.) “By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.” (Psalm 19:11). Meditate on these things. Appreciate what is to be gained. Do you want to know God and experience His guidance? Do you want to be instructed in how to avoid pitfalls? Do you want purity, inspiration and peace? Committing yourself to daily time in the word is the first step toward making real gains in these important areas.
Go public with your commitment. Knowing your friends, your spouse, children or parents want you to succeed can make you rethink any thoughts of simply giving up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Set aside a time each day, in a quiet place where you can focus on the most important thing — hearing from God. (Luke 10:41-42) For many, that time is first thing in the morning.
Have a plan. (Proverbs 21:5) We already mentioned that the Bible is big: 66 books, with 1,189 chapters containing over 31,000 verses. It may seem too much at first, but it isn’t hard to manage with a good plan. And there are many good ones. For example, reading about three chapters a day will allow you to read the whole Bible in a year or you can read through the New Testament in a year if you read only about five minutes a day. Whatever you choose, make a decision to eventually get to it all. As Paul advised Timothy: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Take notes. (Jeremiah 30:2) If you had the opportunity to spend the day with an honored mentor, would you take a notebook with you? Of course. Why not make notes about what God shows you each day? If you do, you’ll get more lasting benefit out of it.
Don’t have an all-or-nothing attitude. (Matthew 21:28-31) Set modest goals, but take them seriously. Forgive yourself when you miss a goal, but don’t give up.
Physical growth can only happen when a child has plenty of nourishment. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. Followers of Jesus need a good diet of God’s Word. Otherwise, our spiritual lives begin to suffer. If you read the Bible and pray daily, you will be surprised by how much you grow in your knowledge of God and His will for you.

And just as activity as well as nourishment are necessary for healthy growth, Jesus challenges His followers, “You know these things, and God will bless you if you do them.” (John 13:17) It is when you put what He shows you into practice that “what you know about our Lord Jesus” makes your life “useful and meaningful.” (2 Peter 1:1-8)

Pray this week:

God, I thank You for these invitations to appreciate the value of Your Word. Please open new ways for me to consistently read it so that I can be more in step with You.

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Honda S Dream Streamliner Is Now Fastest Car Honda Ever Made

The Honda and its Honda S Dream Streamliner, which set a brand-new FIA world record for a vehicle in its Category-A Group-1 Class-4 by knocking a normal top speed of 261.875 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats. It also affixed a normal of 261.96 mph over the flying kilometer. The Dream Streamliner finished its content using a heavily altered model of the 660-cc three cylinder engine that was designed for the Honda S660. Using that 660-cc engine to set the world speed record remained company’s main objective said by Keisuke Tsuta in a press merchandise.

The record-setting run may have looked uncomplicated as the affixed moment of 261.865 mph over the flying mile was already faster than the 227.776 mph it set on the first day of the fight to end the FIA record. Getting there, though, were to be the strenuous part as the faction moved through every retreat and depression of the S660 engine and worked on its elements to get three times the power than the engine was able of making in capital form.

Several runs soon acted place, including some at the Bonneville Speed Week where the team was unable to come the speed it needed to end the record. Despite all of the contents that the team had in preparing the Dream Streamliner, the vehicle stood gangling when it was finally moment to strive the world record run, not only becoming the swift vehicle in its collection, but also becoming the swift vehicle Honda has ever created, brooding the room Honda F1 race vehicle that knocked a normal top speed of 246.9 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats in 2006.

Honda’s record-setting run is a large determination for the company as it reinforces the content within the Japanese manufacturer that it is able of enormous things if it collections its cognition to it. The action is especially more superb thinking all of the difficulties the team encountered along the path. There were issues with the engine, canopy design, with failed strive at Bonneville Speed Week.

All of these difficulties could’ve compelled Honda to elevate its guardianships and call off the whole situation. But it spent on and the phenomenons have certainly made it all worthy it for Honda. And for what it’s worthy, the accepted record normal top speed wasn’t the swift the faction earned during its run. The streamliner actually went fast on one of its advanced runs, coming a normal top speed of 266 mph. Unfortunately, that strive could not be accepted because the vehicle was not able to replicate the speed on its return run as demanded by FIA rules. Honda commodities have triumphed dozens of motorsports championships throughout the world, dominating tournament at heroic locations from Indianapolis to Monaco, and on surfaces being from the seashores of Dakar to the dust of Carlsbad.

But this ago week, a bold team of youthful Honda people acted to the Salt Flats of Bonneville, Utah to position the swift speed ever saved for a honda vehicle. Not only did the Honda position a brand-new FIA World Record of 261.875mph(1mile), 261.966mph(1km) for a vehicle in its collection (Category-a team-1 collection-4), it affixed a speed faster than any Honda-powered vehicle ever including the record opened by room Honda F1 vehicle at Bonneville in 2006, by using a 660cc engine three cylinder designed for the Honda S660 sports vehicle. The project Bonneville Speed Challenge was internally publicized at Honda R&D in Japan in 2015 and 16 associates were appointed from an excavation of 100 servicemen, including the project leader Keisuke Tsuta, to make the vehicle that would be known as the Honda S-Dream, to attain world speed record with 660cc engine.

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5 Topics networking …

Networking to make new friends … to make professional contacts … to increase the chances of finding a job … to release some work … in short, there are many reasons to have and be part of a network of contacts. 

Networking is an English word that indicates the ability to establish a network of contacts or a connection with something or someone. This network of contacts is a support system where there is the sharing of services and information between individuals or groups who have an interest in common.
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5 Topics networking …This concept also brings us to the  Affinity Networking !!  This term is relatively new, is connected to Bebee  and that basically means connection between people who have the same personal interests or belonging to the same professional sector. The Bebee  was launched in 2015 by Spanish Javier Cámara Rica, Juan Imaz and Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

In Bebee you are a bee and finds several hives , leading you to become more comfortable making your networking by affinities. In Bebee you also find knowledge, can disseminate their work to other bees and the hives, can write articles ( honey production ) in the producer and disseminate them … well, there are countless ways to make networking by affinities. Enjoy!! Ahhh … I would ever forget !! Networking by affinity is the best way to do quality networking. 

Well … much has been spoken in Networking and everyone knows the advantages of having a good network of contacts (I myself have talked about it here). But in this article I will emphasize Networking by topics and also serve to Affinity Networking. 

1 What you need to avoid in order to network: 

In professional relationships have sincerity and transparency are essential but make sincericidio is very dangerous and harmful, so avoid …

5 Topics networking …Ask the person 's name into the conversation: This is distracting signal and disinterest. One tip is to speak the name of that person during the conversation, making it easier to memorize, and make the person feel important.
"The sweetest sound in the world for a person is the sound of your own name." – Writer and American speaker Dale Carnegie.

I want a job or indicating you: This indicates that you are being selfish. Here the trick is to talk without showing interest, the only interest that you can demonstrate is the person with whom you are talking. 
To speak of the evil boss, co-workers, the company …:   This sounds intolerant and aggressive. If you have not been or is not having a good experience in the job, not speak or speak only what positive happened.
Lamentations and lack of enthusiasm: You will be labeled a complainer and unpleasant. Be positive and optimistic. The negative label is in people's memory. Caution!!
Flatteries: Praising only want to draw attention is not recommended. Be courteous and only praise if sincere in his praise.
Staying is "bragging": To speak only of himself and autoelogiando is not recommended and even harmful. Be humble, show interest and listen more. 
Talk only about work: Networking should not be taken with excessive formality, people value more interpersonal relationships, so do not deviate from it when people talk about themselves. 
The whole image you have built before a contact can go down because of an unfortunate phrase.
Marcelo Derossi, Co-founder of Networking Club.
2- Your networking is not taking effect? See the possible causes: 

Many people think that networking is to exchange cards, cajole people or possibly participate in meetings and events. In fact, many people do these things and in order to just get a job. Therein are some of the errors, confer other …

5 Topics networking …

You do not focus on the person: Focus on the other it is essential for successful networking. So it is natural, ask questions and make informal comments on any subject. 
Lack of dedication: You do not take care of your network, does not participate in events, not seek to talk and also does not seek help. For networking to work it needs to be an ongoing process. 
You do not leave the front of the computer and social networks: It is true that the internet and social networks are great allies, but the network must also be made ​​in person. 
You focus on people who can not help you or just sight in a small amount: A network with many contacts is ideal and with those people who you can exchange experiences and help each other.

3- You are shy ?? Here are some tips: 
Making networking is not a difficulty for the timid, but are at a disadvantage compared to extroverts. Learn how to take advantage of shyness …

 

5 Topics networking …

Be careful when choosing who will make contacts.
Ask a colleague, friend to introduce you who you want to meet.
Use and abuse in moderation of social networks.
You have to go to some event? Come early to go getting ready.
Enjoy shyness and listen more, asking the right questions.
Study and research a lot about your area of ​​expertise and on the labor market.

4 Some profiles that can not miss in your network of contacts: 
The Huffington Post site selected 5 profiles that are needed in your network …

5 Topics networking …
Veteran: Get to know someone who already has a long experience and a well – established career. That someone can open doors for you in the future.
Innovative: Have someone with experience in technology, so it can keep you well informed about the platforms and tools that will improve their networking on the internet.
Lawyer: This profile can help spread your reputation and increase the chances of making new connections. 
The Negotiator: This profile is essential, as is always willing to help you. 
Someone out: This profile can bring you new connections and new business prospects. You can contact with outsiders in forums, meetings related to work and events. 

5- 4 rules for productive networking in this economic downturn: 
 With the crisis still reigning (the number of unemployed increased), despair is also in full swing, many people accepting any job and putting curriculum in any job that appears. And networking … poor thing, being misused, many people are coming into a run behind us to help get work. You need to create a strategy to better utilize your network … to do so, see 4 of these estatégias …

 

5 Topics networking …

Mire in few people and focus on quality.
Show interest by those few people (this is essential and very important).
Nothing pessimism, lack of enthusiasm and complaint … conquer and attract people with good humor.
Take advantage of the crisis to leverage your network of contacts. The crisis favors new connections. 

EXTRA: You can do networking? Take the test! – Site Examination. 

 

Sources: 7 phrases banned in time for networking ./ 4 reasons for which your network is going wrong ./ 5 networking tricks to shy ./ Five types that can not miss on your networking ./ 4 rules for networking ( really) productive in crisis .

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People around the world waited in line for 13 hours to buy this new phone

It's approaching midnight when the last customer finally scurries out of the door and into the crisp London night. The shop doesn't normally keep such late hours, but tonight is a special occasion.

The customer stands in the dim light outside of the storefront, giddily looking through the contents of his shopping bag, but it doesn't contain a new suit or any other tailored piece of menswear that would typically be sold during the bespoke tailor’s business hours.

It's a smartphone.

Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people anxiously awaiting the store opening at 3pm.
Like hundreds of eager Londoners before him, he had to brave a massive crowd that lined several blocks on Brushfield Street since the early hours of the morning in order to get it. Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people who anxiously awaited the store opening at 3pm.

Just hours before, the scene looked the same outside of Colette on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris — before that, outside of Firmament on Mitte, Linienstraße in Berlin.

And as the doors of Joshua Kane locked in London, a line started to form outside of Magnum Soho in New York City.

Over the next few days, thousands of fans flocked to the bustling streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore as the anticipation and excitement spilled over to India. Each location had been transformed, for a mere handful of hours, to accommodate the most anticipated smartphone release of the year.

But this phone — the one that compelled fans across the world to travel up to hundreds of miles to eagerly wait for hours on sidewalks — might not be the one you have in mind.

The phone you'll be willing to wait for
On June 14th, OnePlus launched its newest flagship device, the OnePlus 3. The following day, the phone was made available at a series of pop-up stores across the world. Now, for any casual smartphone user, it would be enough to sit back, order the phone online and patiently wait for the new device to arrive at their doorstep days later.

But for the OnePlus community, waiting isn't in the cards.

Eager to scoop up the phone at the first opportunity, rabid technophiles flooded the streets outside each pop-up location in New York, London, Paris and Berlin.

Thousands showed up for the phone's debut, and each store stayed open longer than anticipated in order to meet the demand.

While they were waiting, some OnePlus fans shared why they were so excited for the new phone, and why they keep coming back to the growing tech player.

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