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The University of Georgia’s newest pecan variety will be released next spring and has shown good resistance against scab disease so far, according to Patrick Conner, a horticultural scientist at the UGA Tifton Campus.“We always say ‘so far’ because the scab pathogen does tend to adapt to trees over time,” Conner said. “Currently, this variety has no scab in our sprayed orchards, and only trace scab in our unsprayed orchards.”The Avalon variety has been patented by UGA, and four nurseries in Georgia are currently licensed to sell Avalon trees. Conner said the variety is unique because of its size and quality combined with high scab resistance.“That combination of big size, high quality and high levels of scab resistance is fairly unique,” Conner said. “Most highly resistant cultivars are either small in size, or they don’t have the commercial quality we like to see.”The Avalon variety’s biggest benefit is the decreasing number of times growers will have to spray fungicides, which will save a lot of money. Conner said that growers of the Desirable variety, Georgia’s most widely grown variety, were spraying 12 to 20 times a season, depending on rainfall.“This variety would need only a couple of sprays per year,” Conner said. “It’s more profitable because you’re avoiding the expense of the fungicides.”Conner said the new variety will also help growers fight scab during a very wet growing season.“Even with full spray coverage on Desirable trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “Avalon gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Avalon was developed by crossbreeding two scab-resistant varieties. Separately, the varieties lacked sufficient quality, but together they produced seedlings that performed much better. More than 100 seeds were planted from the cross.“We evaluated the trees in the field without spray,” Conner said. “The Avalon tree was the only one that had the combination of good nut quality and high levels of resistance. It’s really just a matter of making a cross, and then looking at enough seedlings to find all the traits you’re looking for.”Conner said that the Avalon variety should be adaptable to any part of the state. It will be most important to south Georgia growers because of the higher scab pressure in the southern part of the state that makes growing traditional varieties, like Desirable, very difficult.Pecans are a valuable Georgia commodity, worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, published by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“I’m hopeful that Avalon will allow growers to plant something besides Desirable that would need far fewer spray applications,” Conner said.
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As the world continues to run from pillar to post in search of solution to the covid19 pandemic, Formula One and University College London have invented a breathing device. The device which took only four days to produce means patients do not need intensive care beds and could leave the hospitals in a couple of days. Mercedes engineers teamed up with UCL to work on the device Dubbed the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), about 100 are currently going into clinical trials at a North London Hospital and could be deplored sooner than later considering the pressure the virus is mounting on the entire world with many getting infected by the minute and other battling for survival. The equipment which pushes air and oxygen into a mask to inflate a patient’s lungs is an alternative treatment for people too frail to undergo invasive ventilation procedures.Advertisement It has already been signed off as safe for medical use by the MHRA safety watchdog and should complete its clinical trial to prove it helps patients at University College London Hospital by the end of this week. The technique has been widely used in Italy, where ventilators are in short supply. Ventilator ‘rationing’ has also begun at one London hospital; with bosses ruling that only patients with a ‘reasonable chance of survival’ should be allowed them. Healthcare Data Company predicts 1.6million Britons already have the virus Read AlsoICF President tests positive for coronavirus Public Health England introduced stricter guidelines for NHS frontline workers saying anyone within 3ft of a coronavirus patient should have goggles, mask, apron and gloves after complaints doctors and nurses aren’t protected FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic Loading…
At the heart of it, however, will be deciding whether what Young did — to which he admitted — is enough to keep him out for the season. That impact will be felt at all these levels.This article has been updated with the reported nature of the loan Young received. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended Friday and will miss Saturday’s game against Maryland. Young is being investigated by the school for a potential violation in 2018. He posted on Twitter that he accepted a loan from a family friend and repaid that loan in full. That puts his status in jeopardy for the rest of the season. The length of Young’s suspension will have an impact on the Big Ten championship race, the College Football Playoff race, the Heisman trophy award and how the NCAA will handle cases like this in a new-world order. Here’s what it could mean for each.’FREE CHASE YOUNG’Criticism of the NCAA trends after Ohio State star’s suspensionOhio State can win Big Ten without Chase YoungOhio State can still win the Big Ten championship without Young. Just look at last year. Standout defensive end Nick Bosa, who was earning fringe Heisman praise at the time, suffered a season-ending groin injury. The Buckeyes lost the following game at Purdue 49-20 but still managed to win the Big Ten championship in Urban Meyer’s final season.This Ohio State seems better equipped to absorb that loss, at least in the short term. The Buckeyes play Maryland and Rutgers the next two weeks, and those should be easy victories. Keep in mind the Buckeyes allowed 404 yards per game in 2018. This year’s team allows 224.8 yards per game. Young’s absence would be especially noticeable in looming high-profile showdowns against No. 5 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan. The Buckeyes should still be favored in those games, however, and on pace for another trip to Indianapolis. We still think they will win the Big Ten, but this does put the pressure on Ohio State to go 13-0. If you don’t believe that, just look back at last season. Will Chase Young’s absence impact Ohio State’s CFP hopes?Why do we think Ohio State — which is No. 1 in the current CFP rankings — needs to win out? Rewind to last year. The Buckeyes lost to Purdue, and that egregious loss kept Ohio State out of the Playoff despite a Big Ten championship. Now imagine that team with Bosa back on the field. Perhaps they would have been given the benefit of the doubt over Oklahoma, which took the final spot in the Playoff. Perhaps that gives Ohio State the final spot. Follow that thinking into next year. With Young, who has 13.5 sacks and is considered the best defensive player in the country, Ohio State is a national championship contender. Without him, well, the committee might take a different view of the Buckeyes compared to LSU, Alabama and Clemson. For example, what would happen if Ohio State loses to Michigan and wins the Big Ten championship? Or if it wins out in the regular season and loses the Big Ten championship? Those scenarios are more uncomfortable for Ohio State if Young is not back on the field. MORE: Ohio State, LSU, Alabama all have reasons to be happy with first CFP rankingHow Chase Young’s suspension will impact Heisman votingFair or unfair, Young’s Heisman campaign is probably over. At minimum, it’s going to be a mammoth challenge to overcome knowing Michigan’s Charles Woodson (1997) is the only defensive player ever to win the Heisman. That’s not the only challenge. Florida State’s Charlie Ward (1993) is the last Heisman winner to miss a game during the regular season and still win the award. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa missed a game this season, but he has the dual benefit of being a quarterback and having a chance to erase that in the “Game of the Century” against LSU on Saturday. Other Heisman contenders have been suspended during the season, including Georgia’s Todd Gurley (2014), but it’s happened to defensive players, too, but it did not happen during the regular season. LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the school in 2012; a year after finishing fifth in the Heisman voting. Brian Bosworth finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1986, but he was suspended from the Orange Bowl for a failed drug test and did not come back for his senior season. Auburn’s Cam Newton is the exception. He was briefly suspended in 2010 before winning the Heisman Trophy, but his performance in the comeback victory against Alabama in the Iron Bowl outweighed the suspension. Young could theoretically come back and dominate against Penn State, Michigan and in the Big Ten championship game, but it might not be enough to overcome Heisman voters who will not be able to turn away from the suspension.MORE: Clemson should thank Playoff committee for so-called snub in initial rankingsWhat will the NCAA decide?The NCAA’s decision on Young will be the next step, and that’s going to be polarizing either way. Young tweeted that he accepted a loan from a family friend and paid it in full, and his lawyer tweeted that “unfair and outdated (NCAA) rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.” The #FreeChase hashtag has started. (The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported late Friday that Young borrowed the money to fly his girlfriend to California in late December for the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.)Perhaps a one-game suspension is enough, but that decision won’t make everyone happy. If Young isn’t held out, then detractors will say the NCAA is toothless and powerhouse schools such as Ohio State get preferential treatment in cases like this. If Young is suspended, then this case will get entangled with the player likeness debate — which the NCAA has shown progress on — and will lead to larger discussions about the pay-to-play debate and how schools can protect student-athletes from agent types who provide improper benefits.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, according to a Purdue Extension expert.Mark Kepler, Extension educator in Fulton County and a goat producer, said the barber pole worm, the most common internal parasite among small ruminants, lays its eggs around the time of lambing and kidding, typically in late winter and early spring.Kepler said the parasite eggs survive longer on warmer ground, increasing the chances they hatch and develop into worms to infest animals.“At kidding and lambing time, the potential worm load is a lot greater,” Kepler said. “It is a killer. The eggs are excreted and after hatching they climb up a blade of grass to be consumed, affecting the animal. In usual springtime conditions, the process proceeds quickly.”Most lambs and kids are turned out to pasture when the weather warms.“Come spring and warm temperatures, those worms are just itching to go find some young animal to prey upon,” Kepler said. “Older animals are more immune, but still susceptible.”If left untreated, worm infestations can cause anemia by consuming the host’s blood and eventually damaging an animal’s vital organs, including the lungs, liver and stomach. Producers can use fecal testing to determine whether their herds have been infested.But treating the parasites can be difficult.“There is a lot of parasitic resistance to deworming medications,” Kepler said. “Control of these worms is just not as simple as repeatedly giving the same drug over and over again.”Kepler offered these tips to avoid major worm problems in the spring.• Do not overuse deworming drugs. Overuse can lead to the parasites developing resistance to the drugs.• Use fecal samples to determine if the deworming medication is working.• Rotate pastures to reduce worm potential. Do not let animals graze pastures into the ground.• Cull members of the flock or herd that are genetically more susceptible to worms.Although worms are less active in winter months, Kepler said animals could be susceptible to external parasites such as mites in colder temperatures.“There are several different types of mites that affect animals in different locations,” he said. “Goats can lose hair around their lower legs, eyes, muzzles or ears, and the skin will redden and become crusty.”Kepler said it is necessary to work with a veterinarian when treating goats or sheep for any major parasite issues.“Effective parasite treatment takes management, knowledge and professional advice,” he said. “I really encourage people to speak with a veterinarian about treatment.”More information on managing sheep and goat parasites is available at Purdue Extension’s sheep and goat website at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/sh/.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Employee participation and information overload are two of the most common concerns regarding enterprise 2.0 adoption, but Carl Frappaolo, writing at Information Architected, highlights a significantly greater concern: accuracy of information. The problems of cultivating collaboration and creating, finding and filtering information are secondary to the problem of ensuring that the information that both employees and the public access is up-to-date and factually accurate. Fortunately, read/write technologies can be a boon to the correction of error in the enterprise.Frappaolo makes a surprisingly relevant reference to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, comparing BP’s PR spin to incorrect information in enterprise content management:I keep my outrage and disgust about this entire situation in check – the point I want to raise here is this, if left unchecked and un-managed, garbage such as this could potentially be retrieved as “fact.” Content authentication and source identification are critical to a comprehensive ECM strategy.Internet and intranet sites alike have the potential to provide access to a wealth of content, but can contain “garbage” among the “jewels”, garbage as rank and lethal as the oil “spill” itself. (OK I snuck that in.)Consumers of content need to be diligent in filtering garbage from “fact”, or be assured, as is the case with our client going forward, that systems are in place to control publication. I am not advocating censorship, but ECM systems need to provide some approach to quality control, tailored to the scope and needs of individual situations. Fact checking, authority and credentials of authors, and/or providing clear and blatant identification of authorship are all steps that can be taken to at least let the reader decide what is content and what is “garbage”.But, in the work place, deliberate deception isn’t the the most common source of incorrect or misleading information – human error is. And mistakes are inevitable. In a true “read/write enterprise” employees are not only empowered to contribute information, but to draw attention to and correct false information. Unlike a binder on a dusty shelf, a corporate wiki can be instantly updated with correct information if an error, or need for clarification, is found. Also, the corporate intranet, employee manual and other formal documentation probably aren’t the enterprise’s only repositories of knowledge – employees’ minds often hold far more organizational information than any physical or digital information system. And employees transmit that information verbally, sometimes in trainings but often in informal ways. And when information travels through imperfect, noisy channels – like word of mouth or gossip – error creeps in. If a group of employees receive false information and spread it around, it can take days, weeks or even years for someone to realize the mistake and try to let the right employees know.When discussions are made public, searchable, and – as Frappaolo calls for – attributed, it becomes much easier to transmit information accurately and trace down the source of incorrect information. A correction can be mentioned in a discussion thread or appended to a document immediately, hopefully before false information becomes ingrained in an employees consciousness.For example, if an employee asks a procedural question on the company’s microblog, they can receive answers from people outside their immediate area and department – and managers can see how the question was answered and give a prompt and authoritative correction to any mistaken answers. In this case, errors can become useful learning experiences instead of of malevolent contagions.It may take years for organizational culture to make the shift from the proverbial water cooler to participatory digital media (and unfortunately, this paradigm may not translate well to news media), but the sooner it happens the sooner information can be codified and corrected.Photo by o b s k u r a Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley
A tax-free income streamFor the purpose of this exploration, we used a 30-year time horizon, because that is the duration of most mortgages in the U.S. today. We compared the return our customers will realize by having no energy bills, to the returns they could receive from a variety of common investment vehicles. To make this a fair comparison, we assumed that you would draw from the initial investment each month to pay your current energy bills.You would be required to pay income tax on the income from your investments. There is no tax on your energy savings! We were so surprised by what we found, that we ran additional calculations, using actual energy savings from other homes we have built, and savings from some high-performance energy remodels we have completed over the last few years. What we found is that the energy savings in all cases provided a higher rate of return, with a higher level of security, than any other secure type of investment. Plan for energy inflationOver the last few months I have done a lot of research on energy costs, and have uncovered a lot of useful information. I have compiled that information into a series of spreadsheets that examine every aspect of the relationship between investments in your future energy consumption and other types of investments. I have also consulted with several investment advisers, including one top money manager at one of the nation’s leading investment firms.One of the first things I found is that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce has been keeping track, since 1974, of the price that consumers pay for energy. Energy is a separate component of the Consumer Price Index. As we all know, gas prices have gone up, then come back down, then gone up again; lots of volatility, and not much predictability, but over time the result has been an upward spiral.Electricity rates, on the other hand, seem much more stable. Yet they have risen at almost exactly the same rate over time as gas prices. When these prices are averaged with other energy prices, such as natural gas, heating oil, and propane, the average annual increase has been 6.33%. Have you taken the time to have a hard discussion with your investment adviser about how you should adjust your investment portfolio as you get closer to retirement age? If you have, he or she probably told you that the closer you are to retirement age, the more secure your investments need to be.You will need to draw regular payments to support your lifestyle. Some investment vehicles, such as stocks, typically have too much volatility to be depended upon as a source that can be regularly drawn upon by retirees. A balanced portfolio usually includes some combination of bonds, stocks, real estate, and cash. The percentage invested in bonds and cash will increase as you approach retirement age. During your retirement years, you will deplete your stock holdings in the years when stocks are doing well and draw from your less volatile investments, like bonds and cash, during more troublesome periods. Drastically reducing energy demand can be an important hedgeWhat is required is either an energy upgrade investment in your existing home, or to sell your existing home and purchase one that is truly energy-efficient. I am not just referring to today’s code-minimum home. While today’s homes are indeed much more energy-efficient than homes of just a few years ago, they still are using energy at a rate that could bankrupt you a just few years down the line. A better choice is to upgrade your existing home or buy a below-net-zero-energy home. Does such a thing exist? Yes, it does; my company and others are now building homes that produce enough energy not only to supply themselves, but also to power your electric car. How much does such a house cost, you ask?That depends on how big or how fancy a home you would like. We are currently building a very simple, 1,915-square-foot house in Seattle, Washington, that looks just like many of the other homes in its neighborhood. The difference is that this house will power itself and the owner’s car for about 8,000 to 9,000 miles per year, using a 10-kW solar electric array on the roof.The total cost of this house is right around $250,000 (including the solar panels, but not including the land). That is actually just about at the median price for an existing home in that neighborhood. You could say that the net cost of going to way below net-zero, in this case, is zero. That would not really be true. Trade your granite countertops for a better envelope and solar panelsTo get to net-zero and below requires a complicated set of calculations and trade-offs that are very climate-specific. In rough numbers, the solar energy systems for this house cost about $50,000, other envelope upgrades cost about $10,000, and the heating, ventilating and hot water system will cost about $7,000 more than what most new homes would spend. In addition, the owners are willing to forgo a few amenities that most new homes in the neighborhood have, such as granite countertops.A more accurate estimate would be that it costs about $75,000 more for the below-net-zero-energy house than it would cost for a similar home of standard construction in the same neighborhood. This represents a 40% increase in costs over that of standard construction, if you added back in the amenities that other homes would have. In a more expensive home, that percentage would be much smaller, perhaps as little as 15%.So, what do you get for your $75,000 investment? Better than traditional ‘stable’ investment optionsIf you invested in money-market funds or Certificates of Deposit, your energy bills would have eaten up the entire investment within the first ten years. Investments in the bond market would have fared much better, not running out until just over twenty years into the investment period. Investments in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 Index, with all dividends reinvested, would have netted you a larger return, but with way too much volatility to be worth the risk.For example, if you had started your investment period about ten or twelve years ago, you would be almost out of money by now, and we have no way to predict that the next ten years would be any better than the last ten, even though the last thirty-five years have been very good. The energy investment, by comparison, will save our customer over $350,000 over the next 30 years!What this means is that any other investment could end up leaving you having to make some terrible choices in your future, like whether to pay your energy bills, your grocery bills, or your medical bills.While past performance of any investment cannot predict the performance of future returns, it is clear that having a zero energy bill will always effectively net you a return, and that return will become even more significant over time. Ted L. Clifton is a designer, a builder, and the founder of Zero-Energy Plans in Coupeville, Washington. The energy retrofit optionOne final note on energy improvements to your existing home: If you have a great house, in a good, central location, nice yard, everything you want, but just too many energy bills, what should you do? This is where a high-performance energy remodel comes in.We have done high-performance energy remodels that have reduced the over-all energy consumption of existing homes by up to 66% and the heating and cooling energy use by over 83%. These results were before adding any alternative energy production like solar hot water or photovolatic panels. Because the previous energy use of the existing house was way above the national average, the savings experienced by the owners was even greater than those experienced by the purchasers of our new homes.Every home is different, so it is impossible to predict exactly how much it will cost to achieve what result in an existing home. A qualified Home Energy Rater should be able to help you with these calculations.My conclusion is that investing in the energy efficiency of your home today could well be the wisest investment you could make to assure a worry-free future. Energy prices increase faster than Social Security payoutsBy comparison, the Consumer Price Index, used by the government to calculate increases to your Social Security check, has only risen at an annual rate of just under 1.54% during that same period. It is clear just from looking at these two numbers that if you are trying to use your Social Security check to pay for your energy use, you will be falling behind by about 4.8% per year. The average American living in a 2,000-square-foot house is currently paying home energy bills of around $214 per month. In addition to the home energy costs, the average American is also spending a similar amount on gasoline for transportation. At the current rate of energy price inflation (over the last 38 years), this number will double in about twelve years. Yet your Social Security check would only increase by about 18% over the same time period. It is obvious, then, that you will need some other source of funds from which to purchase energy some other portion of your investment portfolio.On the surface, the solution might seem simple: If you could use the equity in your home to buy your next 30 years worth of energy at today’s prices, you could lock in a rate of around 5% interest on the loan, and receive a return of 6.33% over time. This would allow you to earn a return of 1.33% per year on the bank’s money. The opportunities are actually much better than that, but the mechanism for doing so is much more complicated. To start with, you just don’t have room in your back yard to store that much gasoline, and surely the neighbors would complain about the smell! Value of Energy Investment over time.xlsx
Is AI Really a Threat to Traditional Jobs? The Significant Role of Smartphones in Human Lives Related Posts Tags:#App#app building#app development#gamification#kid-friendly gaming They might not look much alike, but smartphones are tools just like axes and hammers: They can build, but they can also destroy. A student can use her smartphone to study for a test, but she can also use it as a replacement for social interaction. It’s that second kind of smartphone use that concerns companies like Mappen. Because appmakers are incentivized to maximize retention, many use gamification, in-app purchases, and design tricks to keep users engaged. Although those techniques may not harm adults, a growing body of research shows that they endanger the mental health of children and teens. Addiction, believe it or not, may not be too strong of a word: Pew Research Center found that teens feel a variety of negative emotions, from anxious (42%) to lonely (25%), when separated from their phones. Even when they have their phones, though, they feel uncomfortable, with 90% claiming excessive online time is a problem in their age group.For better or worse, teens aren’t about to stop using digital devices. Rather than turn parents into the smartphone police, software companies should be more responsible in how they build and market their products to teens. Essentials of Kid-Friendly AppsKids and teens don’t know to treat apps, and social apps in particular, with the caution they deserve. To build an app that’s safe for them:1. Limit gamification.When an app like Candy Crush plays an exciting noise and awards you a badge for completing a level, it’s downright difficult to not click through to the next one. You may know when it’s time to take a break, but you can’t assume kids and teens have the same sense of responsibility. What if your boss won’t let you cut out gamification completely? Build in a break reminder. Although multiple standalone apps offer the functionality, few social networking or entertainment apps do. Differentiate yours while doing good for the world by incorporating one. 2. Avoid in-app purchases.Another potentially addictive element in apps is purchased content. Young children, in particular, don’t understand the idea that they can spend real money in virtual games. “Black hat” designers can and do take advantage of that innocence, but those gains never last long. Parents inevitably learn about the purchases, at which point they delete the app. If you must offer in-app purchases in apps for children, make the opt-in process obvious and adult-oriented. Let the parents decide whether the added value is worth the extra dollar.3. Segment communication channels.If your app has a chat feature — even if it’s limited to those in a certain game or room — be sure to segment minors from adults. Although some apps use algorithms to check for inappropriate comments or requests, filters only go so far. Instead, take your cue from social network Yubo. Not only does Yubo confirm the age of its users, requiring those between the ages of 13 and 17 to get their parents’ permission, but it also provides separate chat spaces for minors and adults. Anything less is an open door to predators. 4. Don’t collect data unnecessarily. Because adults are consumers, companies are champing at the bit to gain all the insights they can about how those adults shop and spend. But time and time again, those data stores are breached by people looking to sell or steal the information inside. Not only do companies have comparably little to gain by collecting demographic and usage data about children, but they put both themselves and those kids at risk. When TeenSafe, an app parents use to track their teenagers, suffered a breach last year that exposed the data of minors, the media wasn’t kind. Had a child been abducted, TeenSafe may have been legally liable as well. Apps for children shouldn’t just be simpler versions of apps for adults. Kids use their phones to connect, explore, and grow. They deserve safe spaces to do. As you design your app for kids, keep safety and simplicity top of mind. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 5 Trendy Gift Ideas for the Secret Santa Exchan… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite
Gratitude is completely free. You can say thank you over and over again, and it won’t cost you a thing. But, if said sincerely, it will be priceless to the recipient.Recognition also costs you nothing. Recognizing the effort someone made–win or lose–is easily done. There is always someone who has done something that deserves to be publicly celebrated. Priceless to them; free for you.You can ask someone if they need help. There are people who need your help. They need your support. You don’t have to open your wallet to help someone. Sometimes all you need to give them is a little bit of your time.People need to be heard. You can help them with that need by sitting quietly and listening. Make listening your agenda instead of listening to respond. If you really listen, you will be giving someone else an enormous gift. It costs you nothing.Ask someone to help you. Some people need to be needed. Asking them to share their opinion, to share their ideas, or to share their experience proves you believe their thoughts and feelings are important. Totally free.Encouragement is free. You can support someone in their endeavor by reminding them that you believe in them even when they don’t. It’s sometimes all they need.You know how I feel about relationships. People need friends. They need human relationships. You can offer your friendship to someone who needs it without spending a dime (if you don’t want to). Knowing that someone cares for and about you is a deep human need, easily satisfied by a thoughtful action.All of the things on this list will improve your results because they improve your relationships. They directly improve who you are a person (and especially as a leader). None of them costs you anything other than the tiniest bit of effort and your time. But they produce outsized results.Don’t skip the questions.QuestionsWho are you going to say thank you to right now?Who are you going to recognize right now?Who are you going to offer to help tomorrow morning at 8:35 AM?Who are you going to sit and listen to with no agenda other than ensuring that they know they’ve been heard?Who are you going to call to ensure that they know you need their advice?Who is about to give up and needs an encouraging word?Who could use a real friend? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now