Do I Need To Upgrade My Network?

4 Amazing Benefits You’ll Experience

A business owner has many responsibilities within their business. They can be so busy that sometimes things are overlooked for an extended period of time. For example, many business owners may forget to upgrade their network infrastructure. In actuality, upgrading your network is extremely important – and it is one of the smartest things you can do as a business owner.

Technology has rapidly advanced over the past few years, and network traffic continues to grow. If you’re still using the same network from even five years ago, you’ve probably noticed your network speed has decreased dramatically. In fact, old networks struggle to keep up with all of the advancements and traffic growth. They can even open your business up to a cyber-attack.

Your network infrastructure should be upgraded every few years for many reasons. If your business has grown

consistently over the last few years and your current network can’t keep up with your business needs, it may be time to upgrade. If you’re continually running into issues with your current network, an upgrade will help. Some industries may even be legally obligated to upgrade their network in order to keep their customer or client information secure.

Upgrading your network comes with an abundance of benefits. Here are four of the best for any business.

Better Network Security
Cyber criminals are much more cunning than we often give them credit for. They continue to develop new cyber threats and ways to attack various networks. If you haven’t upgraded in some time, you are opening your business up to a cyber breach. New networks come with a plethora of added security benefits that aren’t possible with the old and outdated ones. You want to make it as

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difficult as possible for a cyber criminal to hack into your system and steal valuable information – and one of the best ways to stop a cyber criminal in their tracks is by upgrading your network.

One cyber breach can be incredibly detrimental to your business, so don’t take that risk.

Faster Internet Speeds
Think about how much more productive your business would be if you had faster Internet speeds. Your employees can get more done without having to deal with lag from poor Internet services. Older networks can’t keep up with the demands of modern technology.

With an older network, you will see slower Internet speeds that won’t allow your employees to utilize cloud storage systems and business applications at high speeds. Even your customers will notice improvements in the speed of your network if you use client-facing applications in your business. Everyone wins when you have faster Internet speeds.

New And Better Hardware
One of the best parts of upgrading your network is that you’ll receive new, more reliable hardware than what you’ve had in the past.

You’ll gain access to more computing power and larger storage space. More than anything else, your new hardware will be dependable, and you won’t have to worry about it failing on you.

Improved Compatibility
Remember how we said earlier that technology has advanced rapidly? It’s true – and there are new advancements made every day. Without an upgraded and updated network, you may be unable to use many applications and technologies that could improve your business. An upgraded network will allow you to connect with any apps you think will benefit your business. You can explore new tools without worrying about crashing your network. You’ll also gain more freedom in choosing your new tech investments as you would be more limited when using outdated technology.

Upgrading your network is the best way to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the digital world. If you haven’t upgraded your network in a while, now is the best time to do so. Plenty of benefits come with it, so don’t wait until you have to make a change. Be proactive!
"Upgrading your network is the best way to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the digital world."
Unfortunately, That Excuse Doesn’t Replenish Your Bank Account, Resolve A Data Breach Or Erase Any Fines And Lawsuits. It’s coming ...

• That day a hacker steals critical data, rendering your office useless...
• That day when your bank account or credit card is compromised...
• Or that day when your customers’ private lives are uprooted...

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They Will Love Your Reflection


Would you love to be 20% better at persuasion, improve your chances of landing your dream job or maybe even become more well-liked socially? There is a very simple conversational tactic you can use, and it will help you accomplish these goals. You know what it is, but chances are that you aren’t using it enough. It’s called "reflective listening."

Reflective listening is the process of reflecting back what the person you are talking with is saying, feeling, aspiring to or worrying about. For example, let’s say you’re talking with someone at lunch and they say, "The energy stocks got hammered again today; my firm insists on staying long in this sector, but I feel it’s time to go in another direction." You could reflect by saying, “It sounds like you had a hard day, and you feel trapped on a boat that’s going in the wrong direction.” They’ll respond with, "Exactly!" and will appreciate that you cared enough and were confident enough to reflect their emotions.

Too often, people will try to offer a premature solution off the cuff, say something competitive or completely ignore their concerns and try to change the subject. When you reflect what you hear someone say, it makes the other person feel like you are not only respectful and attentive but that you are also empathetic and willing to put yourself in their shoes.

People who feel you understand them are much more likely to listen to your persuasive ideas, hire you for the job of your dreams or want to spend time with you socially. When you reflect, you aren’t asking more probing questions; instead, you’re meeting that person where they are. You’re advancing a conversation on a topic that’s important to them. Reflecting is easier to do, way more powerful and more about building trust and mutual understanding than it is about collecting details.

I didn’t learn this valuable listening tactic from a book, seminar or class. I learned how to fully utilize this while working as a suicide-hotline volunteer during grad school. We weren’t psychologists in this role. The best strategy for helping people decide to not commit suicide was to effectively reflect what they were saying – to genuinely empathize and understand while helping them sort out their goals, concerns and any reasonable next steps.

I encourage all of you to dial up the reflective listening in your professional and personal conversations. You’ll quickly notice improvements in your persuasion skills. It might even seem as if people like you more or gravitate to you more often. They will love your reflection!

Robert Stevenson is one of the most widely recognized professional speakers in the world. Author of the books How To Soar Like An Eagle In A World Full Of Turkeys and 52 Essential Habits For Success, he’s shared the podium with esteemed figures from across the country, including former President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Anthony Robbins, Tom Peters and Steven Covey. Today, he travels the world, sharing powerful ideas for achieving excellence, both personally and professionally.


Overcome Stress And Doubt About Your Business

Entrepreneurs face many challenges when trying to build their business, but possibly the greatest obstacle comes from within. It’s their doubt and stress about their business. They worry they’re not doing enough or the right things to build a successful company, and soon they start wondering "what if" as they think about their decisions. To overcome that self-doubt and stress, you should continue to be productive, but there are also three other tools you can use to ease your mind.

Expectations: Starting a business is complicated, and you can’t expect your company to see extreme success from the first minute. Reset your expectations to be realistic.

Tools: Find tools that will help your business succeed – and make use of them. These tools can be anything from vision boards to having counseling sessions with a mentor.

Motives: Why did you start this business? Understanding why you started your business and figuring out why you want to assist people who have a specific problem will help you refresh your mindset.
Taking Action After Receiving A Bad Review

You’ve built up your business, trained your team and are assisting customers on a regular basis, but every now and then, a bad review might come in. Although negative reviews can be disheartening, there’s a lot you can learn from them. Here are two things you can take away from getting a negative review.

Identifying And Fixing Communication Breakdowns
A customer may have been misinformed about something or could have been spoken to in a way they didn’t like. You can take their concerns and fix the issue so future clients don’t have a similar experience.

Using Negative Reviews To Train Your Team
A negative review is a sign something did not work out for your customer. Use their feedback to create training resources that will help your team better assist and understand your clientele.

When your team is well-trained, your customers will be much happier and more likely to leave positive reviews in the future.

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