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Improve Your Skills Online to Progress in Your Career

Posted by Carl Gould on June 07, 2017
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Starting and running a business requires many things and having certain skills is definitely one of the things that you should put your focus on in this 2017. Lack of skills is one of the main reasons why people are not making progress in their careers. Skill gaps often lead to lower customer satisfaction, delays in product presentation and many other problems. (1) The same goes for those running a business. The good news is that acquiring skills today is much simpler than 10 or 50 years ago. Namely, you can now learn a wide range of skills online. There is no doubt that this practice is convenient, flexible and provides comfort and lets people get a new perspective on business. The following is a short list of 6 skills everyone can learn online for a productive and profitable 2017.

1. Statistical data analysis

This might sound like something very complicated, but once you start learning it online, you will see that you were wrong. Besides business owners, students can benefit from acquiring this skill too. There are many software solutions for this type of analysis and it is up to you master these programs. In this way, you can make better market shares predictions, analyze profit tendencies and do other things that will improve productivity.

2. Web design

Now here’s another skill that is great for business. As you are probably aware, almost every modern business is looking for a way to be presented online and websites are still the most wanted form of presentation on the World Wide Web. There are many websites that provide online courses and tutorials that can help you become a good web designer. (2)

3. Fashion design

This might not be the favorite choice for everyone, but the truth is that this skill can help you make this year more profitable and more productive. Clothes are one of the basic items in the lives of almost every individual. This means that people will always buy clothes. Use online videos found on video sharing website and websites where you can get step-by-step guides related to fashion design and how to draw the perfect piece of clothing.

4. Business research

Business research is a broad term which usually involves things like researching a few businesses in one industry or researching the structure of a business for investments or presentation. If you conduct some research you will notice that there are many online articles and videos related to business research that can help you.

5. Make-up skill

Did you know that this is one of the fastest growing businesses today? If you are prepared to start a new business, you might take this skill into account. Obviously, the best way to master this skill is to watch videos and to visit websites that have articles with many how-to images.

6. Run a blog

Finally, it’s a smart move to master the art of creating and running a blog. With the help of a blog, you can showcase your work and skills and establish yourself as an authority. Choose the form of your blog and the things you share on this blog wisely.

Follow these timeless tips for acquiring useful skills over the Internet for a successful 2017.



Carl Gould is a business growth expert, mentor and entrepreneur. He built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40, has mentored the launch of over 5,000 businesses, and has trained and certified over 7,000 business coaches in 35 countries.  Carl has written 3 best-selling books on business strategy and growth (Blueprint for Success, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success, and most recently Biz Dev Done Right). Gould regularly appeared on the home improvement reality TV show “ThisHouseToo”, and each week he co-hosts “Quit and Get Rich” on iHeart® radio.  Carl is married with three children and lives in New Jersey.


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The Power of a Master Mind Group

Posted by Carl Gould on September 21, 2010
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The mastermind group started with the High Council of King Arthur’s Roundtable. Later popularized as the mastermind concept in the Napoleon Hill’s Book, Think and Grow Rich. The idea is that a collection of minds working towards an objective is more effective than anyone person working alone. This concept has proven successful and continues to be a very strong model for person and business growth.

Are you a business owner who belongs to a mastermind group?

CLG: Yes, I actually belong to two mastermind groups. I joined these groups for a variety of reasons. Since business owners make up only one in fifteen people, it is often difficult to have any dedicated time with one other business owner, let alone a group of them.  I enjoy the camaraderie of like minded individuals. I joined mostly for the social interaction. As a business coach, I also facilitate mastermind groups and I am the person that business owners come to for help. So where do I turn to? As a person who offers guidance and advice on a regular basis, it is refreshing to be able to take advice and be more of a participant as opposed to the facilitator. The two groups I belong to are The Winner’s Circle (TWC) and Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).TWC meets 3x/yr and comes with an annual fee of $25,000; and EO meets monthly and costs approximately $3,000 per year. The major benefits are receiving feedback from other entrepreneurs and business owners, the networking, deal brokering, social interaction and just letting loose!

What are the drawbacks?

CLG: Not enough time together. Because we meet so infrequently, there are more ideas, conversations, and connections that need to be made than the time allows.

What have I specifically achieved because my participation in mastermind groups?

CLG: first and foremost, the friendships and relationships that I have created. I have made some great friends that will last long beyond my membership and participation in any group. New clients. I have expanded my business and generated new customers because of the high quality referrals that I have received. I have also discovered new and better ways to run my business by sharing Best Practices with other colleagues.

I would highly recommend looking into joining a mastermind group to take your personal and professional life to the next level. I can’t say enough about TWC( and EO ( Look into both of these organizations and I hope you find them as rewarding as I have.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (, the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.


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