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QT Hotel Gold Coast by Nic Graham

Nic Graham & Associates have designed the interior of the QT Hotel Gold Coast located in Queensland, Australia.

The Six Rules of Personal Success

Of all human abilities, one stands out, the ability to see the <i>Big Picture</i>, the things that are important in life, and not to be distracted by small, trivial, and irrelevant things; the intelligence to separate the message from the background noise.<p>‘The Big Picture’ is about the grand goals; the big …

How To Be An Irresistible Target For Attention And Altruism From Powerful Business Leaders

I do a lot of matchmaking or introduction brokering in my business. If you tell me what you do or what your need is and I know someone who does something complementary or who has the ability to meet that need, I’m usually happy to connect the two of you. Likewise, I’m often inclined to pass along …

Stellar Sales Pitches Start With This

Why should anyone buy anything from you? A good answer to that question is crucial to your success.<p><i>Editor's note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster's blog Both Sides of the Table.</i><p>In my first enterprise software company we developed a methodology for sales that we called PUCCKA, which I …

8 Words to Avoid When Selling

These words really raise your customer's hackles.<p>Over the two years, I've read hundreds of sales messages and heard dozens of sales presentations.<p>Probably 90 percent of them are full of words that are both trite and ineffective.<p>Here are the worst offenders:<p><b>1. "Exciting"</b><p>There is no word more boring …

Selling

6 Ways Successful People Stretch Their Comfort Zones

Truly great entrepreneurs aren't satisfied with comfort. Pushing their own limits is how they get to greatness.<p>Everyone has a so-called "comfort zone." You know what I'm talking about: that mental space you live in where there are boundaries and you feel a sense of emotional security with your work …

Self-improvement

12 Mistakes Start-Ups Make the First Year

From going out too much to having too many founders, here's what you've been doing wrong.<p>When you write and read about start-ups all day long, you see founders make a lot of mistakes.<p>As an observer of and dabbler in start-ups, I've kept track of all the things I'd try to avoid as an …

The Real Reason You're Not Closing

You've done everything right. You know what you're selling--and why your customer should buy it--but you just can't close the sale. Perhaps the missing ingredient is why a customer should buy...now.<p><i>Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Mark Suster's blog</i> Both Sides of the Table.<p>Every …

Business Strategy

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.<p>Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make …

18 Things Hotels Could Do to Be Truly Brilliant

Marriott unveiled a new ad campaign this week that encourages consumers to "Travel Brilliantly." To which I reply, "We beleaguered, nickel-and-dimed hotel guests are doing our best to work with what you're giving us."<p>Marriott unveiled a new ad campaign this week that encourages consumers to "Travel …

The Case For Losing Your Sales People And Killing Cold Calls Forever

Generating sales can cost almost as much as the revenues they bring in. Here’s how three companies are conquering the top line without a single sales person and zero cold calling.<p>Think about the last time you wanted to make a major purchase.<p>Did you pull an Amy Poehler and unleash a barrage of …

Stock 360 Panoramic Images and Videos for VR and more

×<p>N<p>Projections and Nav Modes<p>Normal View<br>• Fisheye View<br>• Architectural View<br>• Stereographic View<br>• Little Planet View<br>• Panini View<p>Click and Drag / QTVR mode<p>LICENSE …

It's Official! The End Of Competitive Advantage

Readers of this column will hardly be surprised to hear of the death of Professor Michael Porter’s concept of “sustainable competitive advantage”. My article on the topic elicited over 200,000 pageviews, along with articles from concerned strategy professors.<p>Now with the publication this week of <i>The</i> …

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

The lowdown on low-season travel

Great weather can be a trade-off for high prices and huge crowds in peak tourist season – and to a lesser extent, in increasingly popular shoulder seasons. Before you consider travelling in low season, though, give your expectations a reality check...<p>The down side<p><b>Sights, activities and tours</b> …

Neighbourhood watch: five Singapore micro-'burbs on the rise

Already know your way around central Singapore? Just a stone's throw beyond, a clutch of bustling neighbourhoods home to quirky shops, trendy eateries and cool bars are just waiting to be explored. So head out and experience the up-and-coming areas of Singapore that won't stay a secret for …

Asia

The latest travel scams – and how to avoid them

Have you ever arrived at a hotel to discover that the 'sea view' room you fell head over heels for online doesn't actually exist? Or examined a restaurant bill only to find it includes items that you never ordered?<p>It's easy to become too paranoid while travelling and turn everyone you meet into an …

Creative Commons Attribution

Is it stealing if you take certain items in your already paid-for hotel room like soap, shampoo, stationery, etc?

We <i>expect</i> guests to either use or to take consumable items - soap, shampoo, stationery, etc. You're welcome.<p>Things like towels, hair dryers, lamps, …

12 Top Spa Resorts in the Himalayas in India

01 of 12<p>World famous Ananda in the Himalayas is one of India's top luxury spas, built on a Maharaja's palace estate. For holistic wellness, there's …

Start By Being a Leader of One

Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.<p>The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs and Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a …

Is a branded operator really a failsafe option for every hotel owner?

There's been a flodding of research over the last several years about the increasingly blurry debate of branding a hotel and the benefits it provides …

The Whimsical Interiors Of Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel | iDesignArch | Interior Design, Architecture & Interior Decorating eMagazine

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel, located between two major canals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, distinguishes itself by its whimsical and …

Ikibana Restaurant by El Equipo Creativo

El Equipo Creativo have designed the Ikibana Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain.<p>Description<p>The Ikibana restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese and …

Finding Small Ways to Solve Big Problems – How Leaders Can Get Unstuck

Whether you’re working at a startup, a mid-sized company, or an enterprise organization, leaders at all levels typically find themselves stuck at one …

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better

Exceptional leaders differentiate themselves by doing a few things better. Here are six things you can learn from them.<p>What makes an exceptional leader exceptional?<p>This was the topic I had the fortunate opportunity to discuss recently with a class of graduating university seniors. Many of the …

How to Get Things Done

There are definitely times when I lack the motivation, drive, or structure to get my work done productively. Most of the time I struggle with getting …

Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

It's noble to promote from within, but irresponsible if it's without preparation. Here's what you should do.<p>I'm sure this is familiar. You have a great employee, who does strong work, and is ready for more responsibility. So you make him or her a supervisor, manager, or leader of others, and you're …