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Lynn Flynn, a business consultant in Tulsa, recommends that as the year comes to a close, write a note to somebody who inspired you but probably doesn't know it; and resolve in the coming year to pay more attention to the people around you rather than your electronic tethers. EricJacobson on Management

Want radio ads to grab ears? Make them vivid and tight

Many radio ads are being tuned out, judged as being unimportant because they fail to keep up with today's giddy pace, says advertising whiz Roy H. Williams. Speak more quickly and say more in your commercials, using big ideas presented tightly. Introduce a new mental image every three to five seconds. And say things plainly – even bluntly. The Monday Morning Memo

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Consider free trials to nurture new leads

Make the nurturing of leads a top priority in 2013, says Toronto-based marketing consultant Lisa Shepherd, and consider offering free trials to potential customers. At the same time, don't neglect existing customers' potential: Prepare new initiatives for them, such as bundling products and services. The Mezzanine Group

Keeping it simple: Keep KISS in mind

Olof Schybergson, chief executive officer of global design consulting firm Fjord, urges you to KISS in the coming years: The "keep it simple, stupid" concept will make a comeback because in a complex era it can have a transformative effect on our businesses.

Free app keeps tabs to keep you on time

Want to be on time more often in 2013? Try Leave Now, a free app that tech writer Kim Lachance Shandrow says will post a reminder on your Apple home screens telling you when you need to leave for a meeting. If you're running late, it sends "on my way" texts and e-mails on your behalf, with your estimated time of arrival.

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More


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