Everything first begins in mind. If something, like our export sale, doesn't go well, it is probable that the problem lies down in the way of our thinking. After all, it is the real source for everything that is happening to us. Therefore, even a slight improvement in the way of thinking or removal of a mental block can advance our business significantly as well as our life.Mental blocks don't always come across like a threat or even a problem. They may seem pretty innocent approaches to the issues. However, they can also be the real cause for the problem in the first place. I frequently notice wannabe exporters having some kind of mental blocks. Below I have listed 7 kinds of them.
In a fast-changing world economy, investors and entrepreneurs are always seeking new lands of opportunities for their business adventures. I wanted to take a look at Estonia if it is such a place.
Indrek Pällo, who is currently Head of the Estonian Investment Agency, kindly gave answers to my questions on investment and business opportunities in Estonia. In this short interview via email, we also discussed about e-Residency which many of you might find interesting. Happy reading!
I love Latin American countries and their people and encourage companies to do business there. Starting or doing a business in a foreign land might be intimidating as it brings risks. Thankfully, there are some facilitator organizations who provide help on this. I made an interview with someone from such an organization. Beatriz Fonseca, who is the president of the Brazilian Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Culture, kindly answered my questions on Brazil-Turkey relations. Happy reading!
If there is another thing as enjoyable as eating chocolate, it is talking about chocolate. As I don't know much about real chocolate, I had to choose second option first. So, I wanted to make an interview with an expert chocolate blogger about chocolate and chocolate business. Sharon Terenzi from The Chocolate Journalist generously accepted my interview request and gave great answers on my questions. I really enjoyed this interview and I hope you will also enjoy it. Happy reading!
Finding your passion in life is a real treasure. Some people achieve this. They find passion, love and fun even in their business fields or they simply turn their passion into a successful career. I must confess that I secretly envy them.
I interviewed such a person, Şeyma Baş Kaben who is a successful wine expert, about wine and wine business. Happy reading!
Market research is very crucial for a successful export planning. It is not a one-off thing. In a changing world, it is a constant process of collecting information about markets. And sometimes, it looks like a kind of detective work. You should ask right questions, collect as much relevant information as possible and eventually, bring together all clues in order to understand the market.
I have listed some questions which one could use in conducting a market research for export business.
Antonio José Casas is currenly Export and Marketing Manager at Vinispana, S. Coop. I am very glad that he generously accepted my interview request. I love to interact with such people who have great personality. Here is our interview.
Finding potential customers is one of the first things to do in export marketing. Basically there are two ways to accomplish this. First, you find them. Second, you let them find you. Therefore, following list will also include ways to be found by customers who are in search of suppliers.
In this blog post I will focus on a very important quality of a successful speaker. Draft version of this article was originally written as a speech a few years ago. It was my second speech in Istanbul Toastmasters Club.
Among our friends or in clubs like Toastmasters, we deliver our speeches in a very secure and friendly environment. We will get applause or approval in any circumstances. But outside, we can meet very cruel audience. Indeed, they can be very cruel. If they feel that you are not secure or you are not confident or you do not believe in what you are saying, you might have trouble with them.
A few years ago, when I was working in the field of steel industry, I had taken many notes on Turkish steel market. I think that it is time to write down some of those notes which might interest international steel traders.
Perhaps you have already decided your life goals and you know where you are going. You are a person with dreams to follow. However, maybe some times, you don't have the necessary enthusiasm to fulfill your dreams. You are frustrated with obstacles on your way or because of people around you. Your motivation goes down. You find yourself stuck in self-doubt, procrastination, lack of passion, and all other bad habits.
“Depressions, recessions, don’t matter. There’s $15 trillion in the (US) economy. You’re allowed a piece of it.” - James Altucher
“What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Do you think it is the right attitude to place blame on the global financial crisis for your company’s bad export performance? Think again.
In the case of purchasing from Turkey, after a little research most probably you will find manifold manufacturers and suppliers for the product you are looking for. However, I believe that what matters most is to choose the right manufacturer or supplier for you. This is the key point which will define the success of your business interaction.
In this blog post I am going to present some tips on purchasing from Turkey.
Is that surprising for you to know that some people around you, who actually don’t know you well, even people who didn’t talk to you once, have a strong opinion of you in terms of who you are? Maybe you noticed or not, but people do this every day.
There is a very good book about this topic I can highly recommend. It’s called “First Impressions”, written by Ann Demarais and Valerie White. This book gives a clear understanding about this human behavior. I will now share with you some key points from this book together with my comments on the topic.