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Joel Block, Business Writer

Often dubbed a "Growth Architect" by his clients, Joel Block advises companies on explosive growth strategies by driving revenue and sales. Well known in the capital markets, Joel is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, advisor and faculty member of the iLearningGlobal community. To bring Joel into your company, visit or

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Do You See What I am Talking About?
The applications for this are enormous; possibilities include improvements or enhancements to any company's customer service. But there are also tremendous opportunities to improve sales and marketing opportunities.
13:57 Jan 27, 2011 PST
Could Your Business Use A Few Good Volunteers?
Do you dream of winning the business lottery? If so, I might have found the jackpot that you have been looking for. I hope that you can benefit tremendously from this windfall program which is a real sign of the times.
12:26 Dec 28, 2009 PST
Does Customer Service Get Any Better Than This?
A couple years ago, I leased a new car for my oldest daughter when she turned 16. She drove the car for a couple years, went off to college, and at then we gave the car to my son when he turned 16.
08:03 Nov 3, 2009 PST
Sensitivity to Words
Being a salesman at heart, I am very sensitive to the words that people say - and the body language that they say it with - so that I can figure out what people really mean.
16:38 Sep 29, 2009 PST
The Mathematics of Your Credit Score
The way that our credit scores are actually calculated is 'top secret.' No one seems to know exactly how they are calculated - and that means that no one can actually take decisive action to improve one's score.
11:21 Aug 28, 2009 PST
What's the Problem with Having a Sugar Daddy?
It's a little harder at first, but I promise that if you follow this advice it will make your life significantly better for years into the future.
15:51 Mar 6, 2009 PST
10 Tips for Minority Shareholders
We often kick around concepts that affect the entrepreneurial community and below, I want to share another piece of work that Steve produced as a result of a recent conversation that we had.
10:05 Feb 26, 2009 PST
Do You Want a Little Friendly Advice?
This particular company was very interesting. They were in the business of prepaid credit cards or gift cards that could be used at malls and other shopping environments.
08:40 Feb 23, 2009 PST
Isn't it Just Economics 101
My kids have been asking what exactly is going on with the economy and what exactly happened that made the situation so bad, so fast.
09:51 Feb 16, 2009 PST
Where are the Loopholes in Corporate Liability Limitations?
Shareholder immunity, even if not pierced, is somewhat a misnomer because any shareholder who acts in an additional role opens himself to liability for actions in that other role.
07:22 Feb 12, 2009 PST
Is It Ever Worth Taking A Short Cut?
Earlier today, some crazy guy flew by me on a Los Angeles freeway. First, he was in the far left lane. He cut in between everybody, moving himself to the far right lane.
06:17 Feb 9, 2009 PST
What are the Red Flags that Point toTroubled Accounts Receivable?
Eric is a rock star when it comes to networking. He has a lot to offer and I would like to bring it to my readers over the next several weeks...
14:46 Jan 28, 2009 PST
Why Won't You Just Give Me the Money?
They make their pitches with great enthusiasm. They have projects. They have talent. They have attachments. And they may even have some credits to their name.
07:31 Jan 21, 2009 PST
Is There Any Business Credibility Left After the Crisis of 2008?
The business world left many dazed and confused after a wild ride filled with economic turmoil and criminal wrongdoing. Is it possible to trust the people on Wall Street, in Washington DC or regulators after this train wreck?
07:00 Dec 29, 2008 PST
Thirsty Horses
One of the main problems that I notice in business owners is that they generally don't understand the difference between sales and marketing.
06:36 Nov 3, 2008 PST
Angel Investors Modeled on Horse Racing Gamblers
Always remember that bankers, lenders, shareholders, and investors of all kinds have many different choices. And you have to make yours be the one that they want to put the money on.
12:27 Oct 6, 2008 PST
Speak Softly, But ...
So, as you are working hard every day to build your company, or as you're building your career, speak softly, be nice, and carry a big stick while you're trying to bring success to your organization.
10:19 Oct 3, 2008 PST
Case Study: Thinset Tile Lock Company - Part 1 of 2
It is after watching the process that the genius occurs. One of the tile guys asks the million dollar question: 'Isn't there a better way to do this?
19:48 Sep 24, 2008 PST
The 90 Second Rule
My experience is that people who 'over-talk' tend to do so because they're nervous and they feel a need to fill up the air with noise.
10:39 Sep 19, 2008 PST
Conduit to the Money: My Friend, Jerry Knotts
The money people are very hard to find. It is a closed business, and most everything in this business happens by referral.
16:48 Sep 12, 2008 PST
Meet My Friend Mike Podolny
That roughly means that you put cash into a deal, the cash generates some amount of return to you, and that is the return on investment that you receive.
12:36 Aug 19, 2008 PST
Leave The World Better Than You Find It...
The world is complicated enough and our relationships already strained. Work hard to repair these situations and one of the most important things that we can do is clean up after ourselves.
06:40 Aug 1, 2008 PST
The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster
Get help from someone you trust. Get help so you and your company cross the finish line, because the entrepreneur game is a great game. But make sure you turn the game and your chips into real wealth.
09:30 Jul 29, 2008 PST
Why Lock Down LinkedIn?
I would be embarrassed to be in a senior management position at a company that used policies of secrecy and protectionism to retain employees.
06:23 Jun 30, 2008 PST
The Most Dangerous Word in The English Language is Very Scary
I frequently hear people use the most dangerous word in the English language. It is really scary in a little phrase.
07:38 Jun 16, 2008 PST
Real Estate Syndication Questions & Answers
In the coming weeks, I will continue to answer the real estate questions that come in using our Wednesday column. Feel free to submit your own questions as well.
15:22 Feb 27, 2008 PST
Don't Make a Bad Situation Worse
If you watched the NFL championship game on Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, then you know that this exact situation occurred.
09:58 Jan 23, 2008 PST
Learn How to Raise Money for Real Estate Through Syndication
By now, you are probably well aware of the fate of Countrywide Financial Corporation, the leader in the sub-prime mortgage debacle that has gripped the United States' economy as fiercely as a shark that thrashes its prey before consuming it.
11:38 Jan 16, 2008 PST
Working the Southwest System
In early November 2007, Southwest Airlines announced a new boarding procedure - and this procedure has been difficult for some people to catch on to.
18:11 Jan 2, 2008 PST
A Chance to Give Back by Helping Others who are Down and Out
I know that I have a lot to be personally thankful for but there are some people who wonder how they will get through the holiday season. They face cold, dark nights without shelter, food and clothes.
22:44 Dec 25, 2007 PST
A Product is Not Necessarily a Business
I've seen many products that have multiple applications or that could be added to a line of products and marketed much more effectively than if they were presented on a stand-alone basis.
09:43 Dec 18, 2007 PST
Don't Push the Envelope Too Far
I usually write columns about business topics that help entrepreneurs make good business decisions. Sometimes, however, the most important lessons come from non-business situations.
02:51 Nov 13, 2007 PST
Ask for Directions
Navigators exist in business. They're a little harder to find than people who know a geographical area, but as you grow your business, you'll want to hook up with an expert navigator.
05:08 Jul 16, 2007 PST
Having a Partner
Entrepreneurs need to remember that the goal is to get to the other side of the river. It's not quite so important who paddles the boat.
03:27 Jul 14, 2007 PST
Know What You Know
When you are growing your business, it's imperative that you know what you know - and what you don't know. I always recommend that entrepreneurs and service providers of all stripes specialize in some field.
13:14 Jun 18, 2007 PST
Someone Always Knows More
I'm talking about someone from a different discipline who, by virtue of his or her training or experience, sees a problem from a different perspective than others.
02:38 Jun 4, 2007 PST
Corpra-Preneurship: The Trend that is Taking Corporations by Storm
Corpra-Preneurial corporations adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and culture. Examples include Microsoft and Google - companies that take an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving...
02:56 Apr 18, 2007 PST

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