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Twitter announced back on April 8th that they are rolling out a new layout and expanded capabilities for your Twitter Profile. As these rollouts tend to develop, celebrities and others with large follow counts get the new layout first.

Tired of waiting? Here is the link to get your account switched over NOW.

I recommend that before you make the switch you gather and prepare a few new images and photos that you will need to take advantage of the new layout.

Twitter Image Dimensions for the new 2014 layout:

  • Your Profile Photo is now more prominent. The recommended dimensions are 400 x 400 pixels. It will resize if larger but a crisp image at 400 x 400 will look best.
  • You now have a Header Image (similar to Facebook). Dimensions for this area are 1500 x 500 pixels. Same as with your profile photo, a crystal clear image with those exact dimensions will yield the best results.
  • Select a favorite or popular tweet of yours that you can now pin it at the top of your feed.  I am thinking this will be a great way to make sure your most important tweets are always seen by a visitor to your profile.

Twitter new look

Those are the key visual changes that have been made. Other things you might notice are that your most popular tweets will show in a noticeably larger font as a way to highlight the information. You now have the ability to your follower list. It is now actually a small visual collection of those accounts that you are following. It is a very busy graphic look so be aware of it. You can now filter your feeds to only show those with video or images, or even only those that are replies to tweets.

As with all change, it will take a bit to get used to them, but my overall impression is that this will be an enjoyable switch-over for your Twitter experience.

Gather the new images with the appropriate sizes, select that favorite tweet to highlight, and then click the link and make the switch.

I’m working on getting mine done today. Check it out and follow me at https://twitter.com/milesaustin

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Your communication skills could be killing deals and your career!

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In business, as in all areas of life, communication is everything. How well you communicate with others is a major determinant of your success. All to often, we don’t give communication the consideration it deserves. Like other skills we use in our lives, it is something that needs to be studied and practiced. Communicating well is a skill you have to learn.

Good communication does not come naturally to everyone that and to those who already communicate reasonably well, there is always room for improvement.

Clear, concise communication is at the heart of every business deal. The ability to effectively share information that can help customers decide is usually at the core of every successful sales person and leader.

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.     — Lee Iacocca

Getting good and staying good at communication requires practice – lots of it. That by itself is why most people do not achieve a high level of success. Practicing things like communication can be boring. Unless you have the end goal in mind it can seem like a tedious exercise. Communication is also perfected over time rather than in a few short efforts at learning.

A commitment to improving your communication skills has never been more important. The opportunities to apply communication skills are increasing with the growth of webinars, video and even audio podcasting. Ignore the opportunities to improve your skills and you will see others passing you by, both competitors and others inside your own company.

Communication is not just about getting your words out. Listening is, without a doubt, the most important business skill you should master. It’s crucial to success in any situation, whether it be a group meeting, an interview, giving or receiving feedback, or handling customer complaints. You must understand fully what the other party says, the way it’s said the motivation behind it and the speaker’s feeling.

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  • It breaks down tips into easy to apply areas including:
  • How to be the best listener in the room
  • Ten ways to ask terrific questions
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  • Tips for effectively communicating over the phone
  • Tips for communicating effectively with an angry customer
  • Tips for giving effective feedback

Grab a copy and see how many of these tips you can apply in your daily activities. I know if you are like those that I have been teaching these skills to, you will achieve greater success than you have in the past. Give it a go and grab your free copy now.

Read through and then come back and let me know other tips that I have missed, or how one of the tips improved your results.

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