Nikki Fica

73 Added | 13 Magazines | 6 Likes | 355 Following | 209 Followers | @NikkiFica | CEO of Social Media Facelift, LLC, #SocialMedia, Speaker, Mom, Ex- Sponsored MMA Fighter, Millennial, Michigan Native, Detroit Red Wings Fan, NAU Alum

8 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Before 8 AM

What you can learn from the CEO of Starbucks about how to become successful.<p>Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz …

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.<p>If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching our new cover story on the dramatic impact he’s had on …

Books

How 5 Minutes Can Change Everything

Our minds create success. If you don’t believe that, you might be losing the game of life or at the very least feeling like the odds are against you. …

Meditation

5 ways to stand out on YouTube

If you’re ignoring video as part of your digital marketing strategy, you might be well behind the competition.<p>YouTube has become the second largest …

Marketing

How Much Should You Really Be Spending on Influencer Marketing?

Between 1 to 25 percent of your marketing budget is the broad rule of thumb.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As more and more companies consider investing in influencer marketing, the question that repeatedly arises at conferences, dinners and client meetings is: How …

Marketing

How to Know When a Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

Finding a winning idea, and building a company with that idea in mind, is always a struggle.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a stat that every entrepreneur has heard at least once -- nine out of 10 business ideas will fail.<p>Entrepreneurship is a gamble. And with …

Entrepreneurship

3 Unconventional Sales Tactics That Will Close More Deals

If you keep marketing the same way you have in the past, you'll keep getting the same results. Try something different.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are a lot of articles on how a business owner can learn to close more deals or sell more product. These articles …

Journalism

5 Mindset Changes You Must Make When Going From Employee to Entrepreneur

As one prominent author wrote, "Entrepreneurs don't finish when we are tired. We finish when we are done."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thousands of people dream of the day they can quit their jobs and escape the 9-to-5 life. In fact, Gallup found that 87 percent of …

Entrepreneurship

The 6 Essential Elements Of An Effective Marketing Strategy

Do you sometimes get the feeling that your marketing strategy is missing something? Maybe sales leads just aren’t closing, even though you have a great product. Or perhaps your top-of-funnel efforts simply aren’t generating enough leads in the first place.<p>You aren’t alone. Most businesses — a full …

Marketing

The 10 Best Travel Tips of All Time

With these insights, going from tourist to traveler just got a whole lot easier.<p>In our office, between conversations about visas and gorging on international chocolate, we often discuss the difference between a tourist and a traveler. There's a quote by English writer G. K. Chesterton that we keep …

West Palm Beach

Life Lessons from the World's Most Extreme Cyclists

Early one August morning in 2013, I joined a small group of cyclists gathered on London Bridge. I could feel the nervous energy as we did a final gear check and said goodbye to family and friends. As the second hand on Big Ben ticked out the final minute, 31 racers lined up at the starting line. At …

Bikepacking

The 8 Persuasive Words That Instantly Help You Sell More

There are 8 intoxicatingly persuasive words in the English language that are more effective than any other words for convincing a person to take …

The 49 U.S. Restaurants We'd Travel For

We asked ourselves to be really honest, like “last meal” honest, about the food we live and fly for, and we canvased our trusted network of writers, chefs, and restaurateurs for the dishes they can’t stop dreaming about thereafter. Below, find the full list of restaurants across the U.S. we'd plan …

New York City

The Hard Truth About Life That Will Set You Free | Inc.com

One day, you will return to the source that created you. While this reality is an overwhelming concept, it is the secret power for many of the most successful people. Why? Accepting the reality that your life will end is the very thing that frees you to live.<p>Steve Jobs said it best in his …

Motivation

These 5 Financial Apps Will Help You Save Thousands Of Dollars Every Year

Being from the 21st century and a part of the millennial era, virtually everything is going mobile. Whether it’s getting a lift on the countless ride sharing apps like Uber, making a late night dinner reservation or ordering lunch to be delivered straight to your door, and even booking a last …

Personal Finance

TED Speakers Use This Pro Trick to Instantly Improve Their Presentations | Inc.com

If you want to improve your speaking skills, you can learn a lot from watching TED speakers. After all, the best among them are some of the most accomplished presenters around. But there might be an even better source of presentation wisdom out there -- those folks whose business it is to coach TED …

Public Speaking

1 Simple Way to Tell If You Were Born for Entrepreneurship | Inc.com

<i>What is the best way to mentally prepare to become an entrepreneur? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Stan Hanks, CTO of Columbia Ventures Corp, on Quora:</b><p>Let me illustrate this with a little …

Business Strategy

Comparing the Latte Macchiato and the Flat White

The difference is in the details<p>Our new Latte Macchiato and signature Flat White are pure, simple espresso creations with two simple ingredients. The …

A 15-Point Checklist for Outsourcing Your Content Creation

Does your blog have enough quality content?<p>There’s a good chance it doesn’t.<p>Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the Content Marketing …

5 Signs You Were Born an Entrepreneur

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Many of the qualities that combine to create an entrepreneurial mindset are not always viewed as positive attributes, particularly during childhood, adolescence and while in formal education. But these specific signs demonstrate that an individual has the early …

Entrepreneurship

How Facebook's Social Network For Work Will Change Business

Technically speaking, Facebook at Work, a social network for the workplace, isn’t an official product yet. But that’s likely to change within “coming …

Project Management
Marketing

Not A Morning Person? This 10-Minute Routine Will Change That

I can't lie — some days I wake up in such a cloud of grumpy gloominess that the act of getting out of bed seems nearly impossible. I slowly wake up …

Business Roles Are Changing – Embrace Social Selling!

Do you use social media in your current business role? We’ve all heard the saying, “Change is inevitable”. So, in a world driven by technology, it’s …

Public Relations

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Mindfulness

Mark Cuban: Here's Why Millennials Love Bernie Sanders | Inc.com

Could billionaire entrepreneur and <i>Shark Tank</i> host Mark Cuban be considering a run for president?<p>You'd think from the tone of a blog post he published Monday, entitled "Some Thoughts on the Presidential Race and Socio-capitalism," that it has at least crossed his mind. In the post, the outspoken …

Government

Snapchat may be adding audio messages and video calling, experts say

Snapchatmay be preparing to launch new audio messaging and Skype-like features, according to a pair of software developers who regularly examine the popular app’s programming code.<p>The developers, who produce software to add additional features to Snapchat on specially unlocked smartphones, recently …

Privilege and inequality in Silicon Valley

<i>Why “few successful startup founders grew up desperately poor”</i><p>My co-founder David and I both grew up in poverty and can call ourselves …

5 Things You Can Do To Instantly Increase Your Likability

Consumers buy from people they know, like, and trust.<p>It’s a common saying in the sales world.<p>Even if you’ve never heard this saying, you still know …