Here’s why I love LinkedIn

Paul Hurdsfield first advised me that if I wanted to be successful that I needed to get on LinkedIn as soon as possible. Since signing up I find it hard to imagine what I would do without it these days.

It is easily the best social platform for professionals who are looking to further their career or boost business for their company. I can’t thank Paul Hurdsfield enough for the advice to join the site, since then I have found a new job – without the site that wouldn’t have happened.

So what is it that makes this social platform so special? Here are some of the main reasons why I think everyone who uses the site will love it.

No Cold Calling

Before I get on any call to a prospect, my first point of call is to check out their LinkedIn profile. I may have been passed their contact details by someone, but by reading their profile I can learn more about them, their experience and if we have a common connection on the platform. This gives me something to start the conversation off with and turns a cold call into a warm one. LinkedIn gives me the ability to break the ice as soon as the call starts and demonstrates that I have done my due diligence before contacting them.

No Lost Contacts

Back in the day people would have a rolodex on their desk full of all valuable contacts they had made. Well, now LinkedIn is that rolodex and that makes life a lot more easy indeed. You may have a really high tech management system set up in your office or none at all to help you manage your contacts – regardless of what you have, you can always go to LinkedIn because the site organises your contacts and keeps them up to date. The feature I love is that LinkedIn will even update you from time to time to let you know when people change jobs or companies, if they have been promoted and then you know if their contact details have changed.

Do you use LinkedIn? If so, I would love to hear all about your experiences and tips for using the platform. All you have to do is pop your thoughts down in the comment section below this site. Thanks for sharing guys, I am looking forward to reading everything you have to share.

Is Instagram The New King?

Are you like me and find yourself checking out Instagram much more than Facebook? It used to be that Facebook was the only option for us to see what our friends were up to and also post pictures.

It does seem that Instagram is becoming the new king of social media. When I was on the road with Paul Hurdsfield he agreed with me that Instagram is definitely taking over.

It’s Simple

For Paul Hurdsfield and me a social platform should be easy to use. The Instagram app just couldn’t be easier to use. If you want to post a picture, story or scroll through the content you can so very simply indeed. With just a click of a button you can also check out what your friends have liked that day.

The Filters

People are in love with the filters on Instagram, I think that is why a lot of people choose to publish their photos and videos here. Every time you choose to upload your media you are given loads of options to add to your picture and to improve it. You can add locations, date, text, frames and much more. It makes publishing content fun and a lot more appealing than Facebook.

Young People Love It

If there’s one way to make your idea the new king it is by making young people buy in to it, judging by how many young people use Instagram it is the new king and it is here to stay. The youth are always updating their IG much more than Facebook. Celebrities also have bought in to IG and that is why young people love more than Facebook. The above two reasons are also major factors for them using IG, kids are in love with filters and they use them with almost every picture they post!  They also like things to be simple and straight forward, so IG offers them the perfect platform for them to use for social media.

Which social media platform do you use the most? Do you agree that Instagram is the new king? I would love to hear all about your ideas, thoughts and experiences. All you have to do is pop your comments in the box below this article. Thanks for sharing guys – I’m looking forward to reading everything you share!

Tips on Picking a Campsite in Cornwall 

Cornwall is a very popular destination for many British travelers going for a camping trip, and as such the county is awash with some brilliant campsites. Most campsites in Cornwall are absolutely outstanding but we have had a few situations in the past which left a little bit of a sour taste in our mouths. Having been to Cornwall as many times as we have, we now know what to look for in a campsite down here, and this is why I wanted to write a quick post to offer you some advice on how to make the right choice for your upcoming trip. 

Distance

For many campsites it can be hard to juggle being close to the action whilst remains super remote and quiet for visitors. In Cornwall however this is not difficult because the places where you will want to visit are sparsely scattered around the county, with lots of nature and quiet areas in between. With this being said there are some campsites which are absolutely miles away from where you may want to go, and this can mean either staying on the site for the duration, or undertaking a long day of driving around. Make sure that you pick a place which is close enough to the beaches and to a main road, yet quiet enough to enjoy some peace. 

Activities 

There are so many opportunities for outdoor activities in Cornwall and this is why you should ensure that the campsite which you choose offers as many of these activities as possible. The natural landscape of the Cornish countryside lends itself to caving, climbing and abseiling, hiking, cycling, archery and much more, and the coastal side of the county offers swimming, kayaking, sailing and surfing to acme just a few. The best campsites in Cornwall are those which both offer these activities and are close enough to the action for you to be able to have some fun without having to travel too far. 

Spacious 

Something which I would urge you to pay attention to is the space of the campsite and the capacity which they say that they have. The reason for this is that there are some campsites here which try to squeeze in too many people and that means that you end up with little space around your tent. 

Central 

Cornwall is not the type of place where you are going to be spending all of your time at the campsite which is why you need a central location. You will want to visit the beach and all of the small towns and villages which are dotted along the coastline, so ensure that you have a place which sits in amongst it all. The idea of a holiday is to relax so you don’t want to be racking up the hours of driving whilst you are down there. 

Beyond these tips there isn’t much more to watch out for, just get yourself the best campsite and then have a great time in this beautiful county. 

Lip Fillers, Answering The Most Frequently Asked Questions

 

Would you have lip filler treatment? This was something which I had never really considered until a friend of mine had it done a couple of years ago. I loved the results and how she looked afterwards and so I decided that I would give it a go myself. In terms of treatment for lip fillers Cardiff has an abundance of options and so after finding the best one for me, I signed up and had the procedure. I love how my lips looked after this and I will definitely be going back again in the near-future. There can be a lot of incorrect information online about lip fillers and so here are some real answers to the FAQs around filler treatments. 

 

How Does it Work?

 

Basically you can expect a small injection into various parts of your lips and the solution which is injected is usually a made up of hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced by your body, this is a great hydrator and and gives the appearance of fuller lips. The acid is gradually broken down by the body after a couple of months and your lips will return to normal. 

 

What Results to Expect ?

 

The overall result is a fuller lip and you should speak with the surgery about what kind of results you are looking for, because they can make them plumper for some than for others. The aging process can leave our lips thin which is why many opt to have a little filler put in just to give a more rounded lip, giving confidence. 

 

Will it Look Natural?

 

Many people are worried that they will have a ‘trout pout’ or an unnatural look to their lips after the procedure but this isn’t the case. The trained professionals will endeavor to give your lips more volume without changing your appearance to heavily. The look will be natural and other than your friends and family, nobody will have any idea that you have applied filler to your lips. 

 

Suitable Patients?

 

Almost everyone is suitable for this treatment and the only people who won’t be able to have it are those who are allergic to the filler, this is extremely rare. Essentially if you just want your lips to be a bit fuller and a bit more plump then this is a great treatment option for you. 

 

Does it Hurt?

 

The burning question on everyone’s lips… is whether or not having fillers hurt and the truth is that it doesn’t hurt, but it can be uncomfortable. The treatment itself can be a bit uncomfortable as the gel is injected into your lips and you can expect some light swelling in the days afterwards, this is perfectly normal and even a bit of bruising is to be expected. 

 

I’d really recommend this treatment for your lips, the results look great and it can give you more confidence when smiling and give your facial appearance a really nice boost. 

What to Expect From Invisalign Treatment?

 

If you are looking to straighten out your teeth and get that smile that you deserve then the best course of action which you can take is to get Invisalign treatment. In terms of looking for dentist that offer Invisalign Bristol had a huge number of people who offered it, and I have since learned that this is the same all over the country. The usual options for people who want a new smile is to either have metal braces or veneers, but Invisalign is the one which makes the most sense. If you plan to get this treatment done, here is what you can expect. 

 

What is Invisalign?

 

Very quickly I want to talk about what exactly is this treatment, basically it is a clear and invisible gum shield which is placed over your teeth, which re-aligns the teeth which need to be moved. The process takes less than a year and costs around £3,000. 

 

Regular Appointments 

 

Because teeth move so quickly your dentist needs to be able to keep up, and that mens plenty of changes to the mouth piece. The dentist needs to ensure that pressure is constantly being put on the right teeth in order to get the result which they need, and that is why you can expect a number of appointments during the process. This isn’t a bad thing however because it means that you’ll get lots of face time with your dentist, giving you the chance to ask about any concerns which you may have. 

 

Wear Time

 

You can expect to have this piece in your mouth for 22 hours per day, this is what most dentists will recommend. Whilst people may not be able to see the piece, you can certainly feel it and after a while it will just become the norm. In the first couple of weeks it may feel slightly uncomfortable as you get used to it, but soon enough you will hardly even notice that it is there. 

 

Weight Loss

 

A surprising benefit which I encountered was a little bit of weight loss. This is of course not guaranteed for everyone who undergoes this treatment but because of the short two hour window which you are able to eat in, the result is that you may well try a few pounds. 

 

Brushing 

 

You’ll have to clean your teeth a lot more than normal as it is easy for bacteria and plaque to get in under the mouth piece. Expect to brush those teeth at least 6 times per day, maybe more. 

 

Results 

 

The success rate of this treatment is incredibly high and that is why above all you can expect real results for your teeth and your smile. No matter if the process takes 9 months or a year, at the end of it you will have a smile to be proud of and you will get your confidence back as a result of Invisalign. 

 

Go get that smile which you have always wanted! 

How to Minimize the Turmoil of Taking Your Nervous Child To The Dentist 

There are few things more traumatic than taking your child to the dentist when they are completely petrified and looking to you for help. Thankfully only 1 of my 3 are like this and it is an ordeal which we have had to deal with for many years. After so many years of trying to find a way around this, we have just about managed to minimize the level of trauma, rather than allaying her fears entirely. Trying to help someone get over a fear of the dentist is all but impossible but there are ways of ensuring that it goes as smoothly as possible. If you are in the same boat as I am then here are some tips on making that appointment just a little but easier on all involved.

 

Get a Great Dentist 

 

Some dentists are naturals around nervous patients and this is something which you need to find for your child. Some dentists even specialize in treating children because of their fun and relaxed approach and I was even able to find a Cardiff orthodontist for children, who has greatly improved my child’s dental experiences. Don’t settle with the dentist which you have unless they are great with kids, if you think that you can do better then look around your local area for a specialist. 

 

Early Morning Appointment 

 

My newest idea to help my child worry less about their appointment is by springing on her first thing in the morning. I found that when we had appointments after school that she would spend all day working herself up into  frenzy in anticipation of the dreaded appointment. With an early morning appointment this doesn’t happen, and I have also found it best not to tell her until about an hour before we go. This may not sound conventional but it really does work. 

 

Use The Fear 

 

Another slightly unconventional method which we have used is taking the fear which they have of going to the dentist and utilizing it as encouragement and motivation to take better care of her teeth. She knows now that the better her dental hygiene is, the less she will have to go to the dentist and this seems to have really helped. Such is her fear that she is militant with brushing and flossing her teeth, and avoiding things that may pose a risk to her dental health. The ultimate way to get over this fear is to remove it altogether, and that is why we encourage better oral hygiene with our daughter. 

 

Rewards 

 

A long term favorite of ours has been to reward our daughter after she makes it through an appointment, incentivizing her to make it through the appointment as best as she can. Naturally the other kids are a bit jealous of this, but anything I can do to make the appointment easier is more than worthwhile. 

 

What are your tips to get your child through a dentist appointment unscathed?

The Best Campsites In Cornwall

Camping is always a great family focused activity any time of year, and with summer holidays coming up soon, you might find that you want to get to it with your camping plans. Cornwall has some of the most picturesque campsites in the UK, with rolling green hills, rugged coastlines and small back country villages just waiting to be explored, it is one of the most popular summer destinations for holidaymakers. If you want to explore the region for yourself this year, check out this guide to Cornish holidays.

Camping

The best campsites in Cornwall are a great place to start your Cornish holiday.  The likes of Perran Springs in Perranporth is ideally located and central to the county, making it easy driving distance for those wanting to explore all of Cornwall over their week or two in the region. Camping is an amazing family friendly activity that will get everyone out and about, back to nature and away from video games, the internet and unhealthy habits. What’s not to like about camping?

St Ives

St Ives is one of the most beautiful towns in the county with cobbled back lanes, amazing cafes and beautiful sandy beaches. With arcades, seafront cafes and a number of impressive art galleries, St Ives boasts a beautiful harbour front as well as welcoming locals who will be happy to tell you about the history of the town. St Ives is probably one of the most ideal places to stop for a pub meal on your way along the coast towards Land’s End, with a number of back alley pubs offering up everything you could hope for.

Sights

The coastal regions of Cornwall are the major draw of course, but some of the other unique destinations you don’t want to miss include the likes of Boscastle – a small village on the north coast, famed for its witchcraft museum featuring different artifacts from around the world, having belonged to famous witches like Alex Sanders. Boscastle is near to Tintagel, making both an easy day out when coupled together. Land’s End is probably the most popular site in the area and a bit like a theme park with amusements and shops, but still interesting nonetheless with coastal walks and photo opportunities with the famous ‘Land’s End’ sign to be had.

The Lizard

Arguably the best place in the county to stop for a cream tea, the Lizard is a rocky outcrop of land lined with coastal walks right on the very southern tip of the whole of the UK, a famous point due to this fact. Be sure to stop at the cafe at the southern tip for possibly what can be described as the biggest cream teas you will ever come across. The Lizard is also known for its hiking and scenic drives through small villages with lots of opportunities to stop in local pubs for traditional pub grub type meals, with each pub being unique and welcoming. The landscape is lined with flower farms which bloom in the spring and summer, a beautiful sight to see if you happen to time it right.

With so many amazing things to see and do in Cornwall that you may not have expected, it’s no wonder it continues to be one of the most sought after summer destinations in the United Kingdom. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or just you and your partner, there’s something for everyone here, and it will keep you coming back time and again.

Dental Implants and What To Expect  

Just before Christmas I knocked out two of my front teeth whilst playing football and as you can imagine the difference in my smile was pretty noticeable! I decided that the best option to replace my teeth was to get some dental implants and given that I hadnt been to the dentist in quite some time, I had to find somewhere new. As it happens there are plenty of specialists in my area and when it comes to dental implants Surrey is awash with specialists in this field. I thought Id speak a little about my experience with you so that you know what to expect should you decide on dental implants.  

 

What Are They? 

Dental implants are basically false teeth which are attached directly to your jawbone. There are various reasons why you may opt for this surgery, it may be as a result of an accident like mine, or perhaps the dentist has been forced to extract your old tooth because of decay or disease. There are two types of implants you can get, the first is a single tooth screwed directly into the jawbone and the second is a metal bracket which is attached to the jawbone which then houses the tooth or teeth which are to be implanted.  

 

Pre Op   

Prior to the operation you will talk through the process with your dentist and you will also have a CT scan so that they can highlight exactly where the tooth will be going. This CT scan will also be able to show the dentist whether or not you have sufficient bone in the jaw, which is required in order for the implant to stay fixed.  

 

The Surgery   

I decided to be put to sleep for this surgery because I just loathe any kind of treatment like this, but you can opt for local anesthetic when you have your implants put in. I have friends who did this under local anesthetic and they said that other than it being uncomfortable, they felt no pain at all during the implant procedure. For me I simply breathed in the air and then fell asleep, before waking up to a dull ache in the mouth.  

 

Post Surgery  

The entire recovery process is actually between 3-6 months but you will only feel pain and swelling for the initial few weeks. Your doctor or dentist will have a solid plan for your recovery which will involve taking pain relief to help you during the initial recovery. For me the only times that I felt pain was first thing in the morning and whenever the pain relief wore off. The biggest thing that you will struggle with is the uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, and you will have to make sure that you are careful in terms of your food intake, soups, smoothies and yoghurts will probably be your life for the first few days. Once you get past the 7 day mark you will feel infinitely better, and the swelling will have reduced entirely.  

 

This sounds like a horrible surgery but you really shouldnt worry, the dentists know what they are doing and you will be absolutely fine.  

Dental Implant FAQs Answered  

 Last year I knocked out one of my incisors when I was playing rugby and instead of leaving a gaping hole in my smile I decided to get an implant. In terms of dental implants Sheffield has some of the best dentists who offer this service and so after seeking the right dentist to perform the surgery, I decided to get it done as soon as possible. Whether you are afraid of going to the dentist or not, this is certainly a procedure which can instill a bit of fear in you and so today I want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, in order to put your mind at ease.  

 

Why? 

 

Dental implants are for patients who have their adult teeth and they either lose one in an accident or because of health issues or if the dentist needs to remove one.  

 

How Do They Do It? 

 

To place an implant into your mouth the dentist will need to use the jawbone to fix the new tooth and ensure that it is just as strong as the others. There are two procedures which are used here which are endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. In the case of the endeosteal implants these are teeth which are screwed directly into your jawbone. Once the gum tissue around the area is healed, a second surgery will be needed where the dentist will then fit a supporting post, which is what the tooth will fix on to. The subperiosteal implant will involve the dentist screwing a metal frame to the jawbone which will then support the tooth or teeth which will then be implanted.  

 

Requirements? 

 

In order for you to be considered for implants you should have healthy gums and and adequate bone in the jaw in order to support the implant. Additionally you should ensure a commitment to meticulous oral hygiene and taking care of your teeth and especially the implant.  

 

Cost? 

 

These implants arent cheap and whilst prices vary from dentist to dentist, the average cost of a treatment such as this is £2,340. Many dentists may offer payment plans which you can utilize to financially support you in getting this treatment completed.  

 

Expectations? 

 

Even though you already know that I have had an implant put in my mouth, if I challenged you to guess which one when looking at them then you wont be able to do so. The implant is shaped and colored to seamless slot in amongst your regular teeth and the results look great.  

 

Pain? 

 

You will most likely be put to sleep during the procedure and so the only pain which you will feel is during your recovery. There will definitely be some aching in the days and weeks after the surgery which you can manage with over-the-counter pain relief. Remember that both your jaw and your gums are affected so it will take some time. Be prepared with foods which are easy to digest and make sure you have plenty of pain relief.  

 

Any more questions please dont hesitate to get in touch using the comments section below.  

Building a Brand for Your Business

When you’re building a business you can’t just think about the nuts and bolts of what you’re doing: the logistics of delivering the goods or services that are you specialism are important of course, they’re absolutely vital. But people need to discover your business, and they need some way to make a choice about whether it’s the best one for them. People make their choices based on their emotional reactions just as much as the bare facts: your customers perception of the value of your product is just as important as the factual price point.

What you need to do is learn how to create a brand that the customers you’re targeting will be drawn to: one that’s attractive to their sensibilities, that will call out to them from even a cursory contact like seeing a single poster or catching the end of a broadcast ad.

But what is a brand? Counter-intuitively, there’s more to it than simply branding. Branding is design, it’s how you put a stamp on things that say ‘this is mine’ and it’s a big part of your overall brand. Your brand though is a bigger construct: it’s made up out of every way your customers can interact with your business. That includes explicit advertising, of course, but also the design of your products, the furnishings in your branches or offices (if you operate a bricks and mortar business) and the design of your website.

You need a lot of skills and data to build a brand that will see your business safely thriving in the long term. It makes sense to work with market research agencies and marketing companies to gather your data and turn that into the actions that build a brand: from placing carefully created adverts with precisely the hosts that your customers will browse and be attracted to, to schooling your customer service staff in the image they need to project. Are you a generous company when things go wrong? Are you austerely professional? Are you the sort of company people read about in Mail on Sunday colour supplements or do you appear in their Facebook feed?

All these choices build your brand, with even the smallest decision factoring into what customers feel about you. Ideally you want the maximum number of people to think yours is the business for them, but what helps you build a brand people can understand is specificity. Choose an identity for your company and work out simple things you can do to project that image as widely as possible.