They’re Here – New Accenture Alumni Network Offerings

The Accenture Alumni Network is excited to announce two new offerings delivered through the newly launched website,

* Advantage MarketPlace your online discount shopping center

* Benefits and Insurance best in class benefit and insurance plans

Experience Advantage MarketPlace Has the after holidays advertising blitz given you the urge to splurge? Why not satisfy your urge with a visit to the

MarketPlaces section on the member-only Accenture Alumni Network website. Available now via the Advantage MarketPlace tab is almost anything you want to buy in your community ?shopping center, ranging from business and lifestyle offerings to great discounts at over 20,000 brand-name online retailers. Check it out now and maximize your spending power.

Save Time and Money with Benefits and Insurance Calling all business owners and self-employed professionals with the start of a new year, now is the perfect time to take advantage of individual/employee benefits and insurance being offered to registered Accenture alums with Gold Membership, an upgrade of the basic alumni membership. The Accenture Alumni Network has designed a comprehensive benefits plan for you and your company’s employees offering best in class insurance carriers with online capabilities, competitive rates and plan design options. Even if you are not a Gold Member, you can obtain rates and benefit descriptions to help you decide whether to join this premier membership level.

The Benefit and Insurance services include:

Market exploration for medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance

* Consulting and advice

* Benefit plan implementation

* Employee enrollment support

* Customer service and claims advocacy

Go Gold! It Pays

In addition to benefits and insurance, the Gold level of alumni membership allows you access to the Accenture Resource MarketPlace section of the website. The Resource MarketPlace offers business leads to those in consulting practices as well as a broad selection of some of the best, most up-to-date Thought Leadership papers produced by a diverse range of Accenture professionals.

Business owners, your search for added visibility has ended. Gold Members get up to 3 separate storefront advertisements in the Accenture Business Marketplace and 15 job postings in the OpportunityCenter, putting your company in front of thousands of potential buyers already familiar with the high caliber talent of Accenture people. You do realize that Once Accenture,

Always Accenture.

Go gold and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to fully leverage the power of the Accenture Alumni Network while simultaneously watching your membership pay for itself within the first year. Extended through March 31, 2008, Gold Membership is being offered at a special introductory rate of just $49 for 18 months, an additional 6 months of membership for free. Sign up now!

Visit today to begin experiencing your Accenture Alumni Network offerings. Visit often to check out new offerings that are being added to the site.

Sitting on Your Laurels

Most of us spend a great deal of our time thinking about our ultimate achievement. Maybe yours is writing a best-selling book. Maybe it is making some financial goal. Whatever the ultimate goal, once you achieve it, where do you go from there? Do you just say “Well, I made it, time to relax?”

If you stop once you’ve achieved your “ultimate goal,” you are really cheating yourself. You made that goal, what is to keep you from doing more? There should always be something else you want to try, something else you want to do. Are you sure that this achievement is it? Can you improve on it? Maybe you wrote that best seller. Can you update it? Can you expand on it? Is that really all you have?

Many of us work so hard to reach that ultimate goal that we burn ourselves out a long the way. Take a little time once you get there to reflect on the journey. But don’t spend so much time reflecting that the world passes you by. Maybe you never want to do it again and that’s fine, but are you really so secure that you really think you never need to do anything else again?

Have you become a mushroom? Sitting in the dark,having stuff growing on your head.Being a real fungus among us? Have you really taken a look in the mirror and did a true and fierce moral inventory as to what you are really sitting on? Today is the wake up call to change that once and for all.

Times change, people changes, things happen. Sitting back and basking in your own glory can be dangerous. After all, there is always someone else out there ready to steal your limelight. After all, if it worked for you maybe there is a way to improve or change what you did and be even more successful. Even if what you did was great, you probably learned something along the way that no one else knows. No one else has your experiences and your knowledge, but, as time passes, that knowledge can become outdated. Becoming older can also mean becoming wiser, but if you stop learning and are content to sit on your laurels, you will almost certainly be left in the dust.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.Winston Churchill

Fan Base

Building a fan base is an important step for any band interested in elevating their recording and performing career. With attention and planning, even a modest following can become a powerful tool to support an artist’s work and expand their popularity.

Building a fan base is an important step for any band interested in elevating their recording and performing career. With attention and planning, even a modest following can become a powerful tool to support an artist’s work and e xpand their popularity.

People are attracted to bands on Contraband musical, cultural, social, sensory and spiritual levels. While fitting in to current trends may result in a rush of flavor-of-the-month fans, the artists who pursue and stay true to their own musical vision appear to have a greater chance at creating a broad, dedicated fan base. Rolling Stone contributed Kentucky-based band My Morning Jacket’s broad success to their unique musical vision, noting “The band’s ecstatic, spacey records and improv-heavy live shows are as popular with Bonnaroo hippies as they are with New York hipsters.” Frontman Jim James told the magazine, “We love that…Looking in the audience and seeing frat boys, indie rockers and maybe some sixty-year-old women.”

In the digital age, artists shouldn’t be afraid to give music away in order to reach more people. Andrew Dubber of wrote an article titled “The 20 Things You MUST Know About Music Online” which counsels musicians to “forget product–sell relationship.” In a recent interview, Dubber told “I recommend (musicians) recognize that their recordings are not the totality of their economic value. Recordings are idealized performances that show musicians in their best light. These are the best promotional tools available…And if records are the way you want to make your money, just think of it this way: it used to be that you’d press 1000 copies, give away 200 promos, and hope to sell the other 800. Now you can press 1000 copies, give away a million copies and sell the thousand.”

Once a band has earned a few fans by playing shows and giving away music, it’s important to retain their interest and encourage networking by keeping them up to date with current songs, concerts and a steady flow of appealing merchandise. The digital Contraband age presents a number of ways to accomplish this, with maintaining a web site, posting profiles on social music sites like, email, internet radio, podcasts and social video sites. Performing Songwriter Contraband suggests networking through cell phones using fan club text messaging services like Broadtexter, which “enables North America-based musicians to create free Mobile Fan Clubs which easily allow them to use regionalized text messaging to stay connected with fans.”

Networking Tips For Internet Marketers

In order to be a successful Internet marketer one must network with other marketers to build their business and reputation. Most marketers do not realize the importance of this, miss some excellent opportunities, and capitalize on networking with other Internet marketers.

There are networking tips for Internet marketers that can catapult their online business, put them in front of their competition, and increase their popularity with search engines and Internet users all around the world.

Every one of us has different experiences and knowledge but we all have unique information that can be helpful to others. You need to think of yourself as an important resource of information. Most marketers have more knowledge in some areas of their business and should share that knowledge with other marketers to build their reputation.

Networking is a two way street, be useful to others as you gain information from others. By sharing your information and showing gratitude, you will become someone that people will want to work with. Always think of ways to help each new person that you meet.

By networking and making new contacts you will be able to become more knowledgeable with a wider range of subjects and techniques to take your business to a new level. By taking action and having the courage to meet new people will only make you more knowledgeable and more of an asset to others.

Realize that your positive attitude and self-confidence is an important asset in gaining new contacts and making a solid good first impression. By doing this you will gain trust; be looked at as a successful Internet marketer.

Having good discipline and being proactive about gaining information you want or need. Getting to know the people that may be able to help you with the information that you are looking to gain, will also give you a new contact to add to your network.

When making a promise be sure to follow up and do everything in your powers to see that the promise is kept. By doing, this you become a valuable asset and a trusted marketer that keeps your word.

Whenever needed always express thank you by letter or by e-mail. If possible, do it verbally and in correspondence. By doing this you acknowledge the importance of their information or services, gain a new contact, and build a business relationship and trust.

By building, your reputation and building a network of new contacts you will be able to build a solid business. Remember everyone needs help in different areas of their business, by sharing your knowledge with others you may gain the knowledge that you need. When looking for information that you need and being persistent, you will gain the knowledge and build your network at the same time.

Reunion for Happy Life

Human being is being social around this world. It means human being only will be ‘what’ and ‘who’ depends much on who they are mixing with. In society, people have various functions. As a living thing and social people, the need for good relationship between human grows rapidly as fast as birth rates and people growth in this world. People in their life always want to reach a good life and none wants to have a bad one. Most of us try to find anything which can make us happy and most people like having good relationship each other to get happiness. Even, sometime we can’t buy human relation with money.

As human being, we need love and affection. We also need affirmation from others. But we can’t get it if we live for our own selves. We need other people to share anything, whether it’s a family, friends, or a community of certain theme.

There are a lot of ways for people having a relationship. Relationship isn’t only able to do physically face to face, but it’s also able to do in long distance relationship. Human need for relationship is higher than time they have. That’s why some of them try to create a new concept of relationship. We can see there are a lot of facilities for social networking and online community. They make people easier to know and meet each other. But life always changes and so does human being. When people meet each other, sometime on the other time, they have to apart. They begin to create a reunion concept.

What is ? is a meeting or social gathering of persons acquainted with each other through some former event or connection. It’s a gathering of people who have been apart too. To hold a reunion, people usually use a reunion planner, so that the event can be held well. In fact, long distances make them difficult to keep in touch. By using a social networking sites and community reunion, they can hold reunion online. Let’s say it as a ‘reunionster’.

Reunionster contains a lot of community. Let’s say there are classmates and high school reunion, also family reunion, these are the biggest theme of reason why people have reunion. Another kind of reunion is religious reunion, for example church reunion. Meet with old buddies can bring them to their memory in the past. Sometime they talk about funny stuff, sad, happy, or any feeling in the past time, and it make them feel different. They get more meanings in their life.

This social networking facility also can be used to make friends. People can find friends around the world by using only one quick connection. Some of them have romance and dating relationship too. There is no wrong with that, because any relationship they make is for their life. That’s good if they can build a family from it. Even many people hold a travel with their online buddies when they visit each other in different places. Travel can be one of reunion plan.

Finally, there are always new concepts for relationship as long as human need. People don’t have to worry about little time to meet physically with their relation because now they can make fast connection to keep in touch each other.