Mistakes Event Planners Make When Renting an AV Equipment

Whether it’s a board meeting, a large conference or a gala dinner, event planners juggle all sorts of details for any event that they plan. All too often, however, these organizers overlook a crucial aspect of their event planning checklist:

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the audio visual setup. Having a solid AV equipment setup is critical to the success of any event, regardless of its size or location. Audio visual production can be a complex process, which is why event organizers tend to commit mistakes that threaten the success of their event. Here, we have rounded up some of the common errors that event planners make, as well as ways on how you can avoid them.

1. Failing to Properly Budget for AV Needs

Many event planners tend to overlook audio visual rental costs, causing them to be surprised with the extra charges later on. To avoid this from happening, hold your AV equipment and PA system rental provider accountable by asking for guaranteed pricing. Have them provide you with a change orders slip for any deviations that you make from your original contract to avoid getting any surprise charges in your final invoice. Be sure to understand the pricing for replaced batteries and lights, as well as your total labour expenses, including both regular and overtime charges.

2. Deciding Based Solely on Price

This is one of biggest mistakes that event planners make when renting an AV equipment. While there is nothing wrong with bidding out your suppliers, do understand that a low price is not equal to quality audio visual services. Instead of immediately signing up with the provider with the lowest charge, check around and ask for references from family and friends. Get into LinkedIn groups and ask about AV providers like http://soundimage-pro.com/ in Singapore.

Also, find out what type of equipment the company is bidding, how experienced their technicians are and how long the AV equipment rental company has been in the business rather than just focusing on the price of their product and service charge.

3. Sticking to Just One In-House AV Bid

Opting for an in-house AV equipment and PA system rental company can be good, since they know the venue intimately and can get any last minute gear you want with their on-site inventory. However, not every in-house audio visual company is capable of providing the needs of every event, which is why it’s still a good idea to get multiple quotes from outside vendors before signing a contract.

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Getting multiple quotes will allow you to compare prices and services, and help you find the best AV provider that can really cater to your audio visual needs. Just make sure that you inform your venue about this plan beforehand, since some venues in Singapore charge fees for using outside vendors.

4. Assuming That Your Venue Has the Equipment You Need

Event planners who scramble to find an AV equipment at the last minute often do so because they discovered that their venue doesn’t have the right microphone and sound system for their event. Some venues have audio visual systems in place – especially for those who host multiple conferences and events – but not all of them are equipped with the latest AV equipment.

Plus, venues that offer sound system usually don’t have audio technicians and engineers to operate the equipment. This is why it’s crucial to ask about audio equipment and production engineers while you are still looking out for a venue. If you don’t have your own equipment, but want to avoid the hassle of renting one, choose a venue in Singapore that offers on-site AV equipment and technicians that could cater to your event’s audio visual needs.

5. Neglecting Equipment Set-Up and Tear-Down Time

Underestimating the importance of having an extra equipment set-up and tear-down time often result to stressful and costly situations. For this reason, be sure to book enough time at your venue prior to and after your event so you won’t be surprised by the unexpected costs of overtime charges for your venue. Don’t expect your venue to give you extra time to set-up and take down your sound system – ask them beforehand to ensure that you got all your bases covered.

6. Cutting Corners to Save Money

As an event planner, you know that setting and sticking to a budget can be very challenging. Still, this doesn’t mean that you should already cut corners just to save extra bucks. Microphone systems are one of the common tools that get to suffer from this.

It has happened so many times that an organizer hoped to save money by renting just one or two wireless mics from their AV equipment rental provider. Yes, the need for mics would vary depending on the size of the audience and the venue – but using only one or two microphones in a large space leaves a lot of room for human error. Your guest speakers might accidentally turn off the mics or worse, the microphone cable might get unplugged. So put the risk in cutting corners into consideration during your planning process. After all, you wouldn’t want to make a decision that you will later regret.

Having a well-planned audio visual setup is crucial in making any event a successful one. So make sure that you keep these mistakes in mind so you could avoid committing them as you plan your own event in the future.

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How to Make the Workforce Happier for Higher Productivity

 

Singapore takes pride in its workforce. You know that natural resources are limited as well as workforce which is why employers and the government are doing its best to improve productivity. Improving productivity is an essential key in achieving economic success as well as sustained prosperity.

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In fact, the government stressed that improving productivity and raising it is at the core of the economic agenda. There are different ways to raise productivity. In the case of the country, it focuses on capital investment, skills training, business and technological innovation as well as importing foreign labours. All these things but they overlooked one factor that can make or break the workforce’s productivity – power of happiness.

Employers and business owners fail to consider this important factor. Happiness refers to an emotional or mental state defined by enthusiasm, passion, joy and even satisfaction. There is no doubt that happiness can improve memory and innovation. This is according to many psychologists. There is a clear and positive connection between the employee’s happiness and productivity. In simple terms, happy employees are more productive.

There was a study in 2014 conducted by the University of Warwick’s Department of Economics about worker’s productivity. According to the research led by Daniel Sgroi and Andrew Oswald, happy employees are 12% more productive while unhappy employees are 10% less productive. The research had more than 700 respondents.

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Fortune Magazine listed Google, a US internet giant, as the world’s most valuable company and it is regarded as the pioneer when it comes to the happiness of their employees. In fact, Google is considered as the number one employers of Fortune – this is actually their seventh time this 2016.

However, Singapore’s workforce is not known to be happy. Actually, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network put the city in the 24th place (out of 158 countries) in the 2015 World Happiness Report. To further strengthen United Nation’s claim, there was a study conducted by the Human Resources Institute and Align Group way back 2014. The study revealed that employees here are “under happy” – with a score of fifty nine out of one hundred in terms of workplace happiness index.

Traditional employers would not usually care about the emotional wellbeing as long as the employee achieves deliverables and targets. Little do they know that happiness is an important thing. It is like a fuel that can drive the economy. The employers should look for ways to boost productivity through programs that seek to create a happy workplace for everyone. Cooperation from the private sector and the government can make a difference at the end of the day.

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Would You Consider Leaving Singapore?

 

Many people are contemplating of leaving Singapore not just for travel but to seek for more profitable jobs as well. Many people consider Singapore because of its favourable working condition. You see many foreign workers here and that will show that there are lots of opportunities – it is yours for the taking.

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However, there is a recent survey that begs to disagree. While there are many migrant workers here, most of Singaporeans are considering working overseas. A poll was conducted by Hays, a recruiting firm. It found out that 85% of job-seekers said that they are willing to relocate for better job opportunities or career development while 12% will leave for lifestyle and the remaining 3% would never consider leaving.

Hays polled 2,553 respondents looking for jobs from here to Malaysia, Japan, China and Hong Kong. A whopping 97% of these jobseekers said they will leave the city to work abroad. You cannot blame the population for thinking of looking for greener pastures considering that the economy is taxing and life is getting more difficult. Prices are high, housing is expensive and education is costly.

However, in the case of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), deploying local stags to relocate overseas seems uphill. SMEs have problems with deploying workers overseas. Take the 2014 Development SME Survey. It revealed that 23% of SMEs admitted shortage of manpower to drive sales overseas. 23% was a big jump from 7% in 2013.

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This goes to show that less and less people are thinking of moving for SMEs. According to the survey, the problem is with the mindset of people. People would relocate willingly if it is jobs from multinational corporations but when it comes to SMEs, they are adamant. Another factor why they are adamant is the length of stay. If it is for few days or months, it is acceptable since you can just think that it is for exposure.

However if it last for more than a year, you will become doubtful whether you still have a job when you get back. With this, SMEs should be clear from the beginning especially with the policies about overseas pay packages. This is to entice more locals to consider deployment overseas for the SMEs.

Hays concluded that the city has the most mobile workforce in Asia followed by China and Hong Kong. Local talents consider overseas in the hopes of gaining high value international experience. Job-seekers realized that employers give importance to local talents with international experience.

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Instagram-Worthy Spots in Singapore

Whether they admit it or not, most people get a twinge of satisfaction after seeing the likes stack up on their perfectly composed image on Instagram. Singaporeans, in particular, are one of the most avid users of social media and with a city brimming with insane architecture and diverse cultural artefacts, it’s quite easy to see why. That said, we’ve rounded up some of the cool and quirky places to snap the Instagram photos of your social-media dreams, while having a great time in the process.

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  1. Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is simply a kaleidoscopic mix of colonial Singapore and futuristic skyscrapers. Once known as a centre place of the local trade, it has now turned into a haven for foodies who enjoy relaxing outdoor drinks in bars and restaurants.

Going on a trip from Clarke Quay to Marina Bay would also be a good idea if you want to capture that perfect lens flare between the buildings or the otters that live in the waterways.

  1. Koon Seng Road

After capturing the modern side of the city, it’s now time to juxtapose your Instagram feed with a bit of colonial history by strolling in the colourful Koon Seng Road. The block is a stretch of rainbow-coloured buildings showcasing the influence of the East and West in their architectural style. The northern side of the street is considered as the most picturesque, so visiting the place in the morning will allow you to snap the sun perfectly hitting the façades.

  1. Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay

Time to celebrate and take amazing snaps of the trademarked Singaporean ingenuity by visiting the Cloud Forest at the Gardens by the Bay. Like something out of the movie Avatar, you get to see sky-bridges float over the lush rainforests and waterfalls splashing all around you, all housed in sci-fi movie inspired bio-dome. Although it’s a popular attraction among photographers, there are endless crannies and nooks that you can check to get your own original shot.

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  1. Palawan Beach, Sentosa

The three main beaches located in Sentosa Island are Tanjong, Siloso and Palawan, each with their unique characteristics. Siloso beach is for the more adventurous locals and tourists with its manmade whirlpools and waves, while Tanjong caters to the city’s elite group with its popular Tanjong Beach Club. If you’re a photography enthusiast, however, then Palawan beach is for you. The Robinson Crusoe vibe of its rope bridge is definitely a good addition to your feed.

  1. Singapore Flyer

You’ve probably sized this up as some kind of a tourist trap but we assure you that it’ll surprise you with the absolutely stunning scenery that it offers. So enjoy it and you’ll be rewarded with a snap that’ll surely make your followers hit the ‘like’ button.

With its amazing sceneries, getting an Instagram-worthy photo in Singapore isn’t that difficult. So go ahead, capture some great photos and enjoy these places at the same time.

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Moments When You Unwittingly Betrayed Your Partner

A loving and romantic relationship requires both parties’ honesty and commitment. But despite your best intentions, there are still some things that you do that might not appear harmful to you, but can actually hurt your relationship. This means that even though you’re not cheating, there will be moments when you do a certain thing that’s actually a form of betrayal even if it’s not what you intended.

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  1. Lying

You’re expected to be honest with your partner all the time, but there will be times when you’ll be forced to lie to keep your relationship peaceful. Although it might seem necessary at times, it’s important to think about what your motives are every time you lie.

If you lied because you did something that you’re not supposed to do, then understand that you’re in the wrong and have to stop.

  1. Flirting With Someone Else

Whether it’s your neighbour, a co-worker or someone else, flirting with someone because you like them is wrong. It might seem innocent when it starts, but it might lead to situations you wouldn’t want to and shouldn’t be in the first place.

  1. Criticizing Your Partner in Public

 There are times when arguments happen in public, and since you’re exasperated, you can’t help but give some sarcastic remarks. But whatever it is that you do, understand that it can be hurtful to your partner and that regardless of the mistake they made, they don’t deserve to be humiliated publicly.

Also, remember that what you do reflects your character and you definitely don’t want people to see you as a horrible girlfriend.

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  1. Spending Most of Your Time With Others

Spending some time apart is understandable, especially if you have deadlines to meet or if you work long hours. But this is also the reason why you need to recharge and relax with your partner on your days off. Ask yourself as to how you spend your free time. Do you still spend it on work, or do you use it to bond with your significant other? Your answer will tell whether or not you’re betraying your significant other.

  1. Being Unreasonably Selfish

There will be times when you need to put yourself first, but being unreasonably selfish is a completely different story. In fact, it’s even worse when you don’t tell him why you’re acting that way. Understand that your guy will never be a mind reader, so help him out by explaining why you’re acting the way you are – even if you think the reason for it is pretty obvious.

Although cheating on your partner is the ultimate form of betrayal, doing these little things could still lead to the destruction of your relationship’s foundation. It’s always best to address such issues now to avoid the harmful effects it may cause to your relationship.

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How Singapore captures the limelight?  

 

The world is evolving and developing each day which leads to the countries competing for the standards. Wherever they belong, a third world, industrialised or a developing country, they have only one priority – that is to pride itself for being the best and the ideal nation. It is then the responsibility of every country to commit itself to producing competent citizens as well as a culture and practices where every country can look up to. One Asian country, Singapore, emerges from the typical nation to one of the most admired nowadays due to the fact that the said country has achieved so much stability both in economic and social aspects.

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If we try to take a look into the causes which might have brought Singapore to the limelight is its culture which remains unfading up to these times. As it has been stated, economic and social stability have something to do with the national culture of a nation and that is where Singapore is best at showing and sustaining. In their culture, they have what they call as Kiasu. To acquaint you, Kiasu, referring to Singaporean context is pointed to maintaining the national tradition culture so as to achieve economic and social stability. Moreover, according to terminologies, Kiasu means afraid to lose and the mind set of always wanting to be first in line, thus, driving to excel always in competition, in negotiation. Kiasu is evident in the culture of Singapore. They just don’t simply settle for what is ordinary and regular because they aim for something greater, anything that can possibly surpass the average and the typical capacity of a nation. This, in fact, is a good and commendable attitude which every country must follow, if they desire too.

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Some say that kiasu creates a selfish mentality because you only consider and think of and for yourself, no other more. If we take into account this side, it perhaps deliver that sort of attitude but sometimes you have to compromise a good thing to arrive at a common good. It is not sufficient all the times that you adhere to what is the standard for humanity’s sake because most of the times, to be genuinely compassionate, you have to keep one thing to be able to consider helping others too. Furthermore, what may be good to one may not necessarily good to you. Practices and traditions are relative; it is dependent on what works for you. And Singapore evidently shows economic, social and political stability by utilizing this kind of mentality; hence, the inclusion of this in their culture.

If Kiasu works for one country, then there can be a possibility that it can also be feasible to Singaporean-like economic and social structure countries.

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How Arts Keep A Nation’s Identity

When talking of identity, there can be different aspects and factors to help keep this. In particular for nation, the identity can be a crucial indication of its standing and status in the world. However, this identity can also emanate from various aspects like culture, traditions, foods, people, ways and arts. Arts, one of these aspects can contribute to establish and later maintain the identity of a certain country.

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Arts then is a vital and can be a primary factor for creating a county’s identity. Most nations have complex arts because of the inclusion of other cultures like European infused in Asian arts. But there are also some countries which have a discernible and unmixed arts. One country which manifests somewhat a combined arts is Singapore. Unlike the other countries which have concentrated on visual and performing arts, this Asian nation merges European arts with notable arts of Asia, thus, producing a distinctive arts. Utilizing the diverse cultures that make up its society, Singapore created an extensive set of art types ranging from universal paintings, dances, theatre, music and sculptures. They have varied ways on presenting the arts the country possesses and not only confined to the visual and performing arts. To elucidate, there are some works of notable Singaporean artists which are made available for viewing in the Singapore National Gallery.

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There can also be some countries which can influence the art of one nation. This can sometimes be referred as cultural immersion. Maybe because of some geographical and political alterations and occurrences, a specific art of one country greatly impacts the art of another country and this leads now to the formation of an identical art of the latter. The mixed customs and traditions are being utilized by the people for expression of these arts, of whatever forms. This also leads the easy identification of origin of one country and if developed, into its own identity.

In these times, the art is the ideal representation of a country. Arts can be opulent in custom, tangible representation and blends the tradition and impacts not only of its primary cultures nevertheless that of the world too. As every country is targeting to be the key inventive and societal core in the world, the artistic prospects of each have magnificently developed to put up its global audience, but have maintained its distinctiveness and national identity. An identity is indeed vital for a nation’s existence. Since art is one component, it should continue to be developed and patronized as well.

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10 Helpful Tips in Choosing the Right Bridal Salon

Choosing a bridal dress can be stressful, but you can make it less daunting and even a pleasurable experience when you work with the right people and the right company. If you go the wrong way, you may end up spending more on your dress than you intend. To jumpstart your wedding dress shopping adventure, here are some smart tips on how to choose the right bridal salon to work with.

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1. Location

The location of the bridal boutique is significant if you want to save on shipping fee and for easy access in case of last minute alterations. Find out what salons are available in your area—your local phone book is a good place to start. You can also ask your relatives, friends, and colleagues for recommendations. Aside from collecting suggestions, you’ll also hear honest feedback from their experiences.

2. Trunk Shows and Sample Sales

When new lines of dresses are released and older lines discontinue, bridal shops and designers host sales with ridiculously low process for try-on sample dresses. As long as the gowns aren’t stained in a way dry cleaning can’t handle, sample sales and trunk shows are great places to score designer gowns for a fraction of its original price.

3. Sales Staff

Another important point to consider is the sales staff of the bridal studio. Try calling the shop for a few questions. Not only will this help you get valuable information, but the conversation will help you gauge of what a company’s sale staff is like in person. Are they welcoming and eager to help you out with your queries? Are they friendly and courteous? Whitelink is a beautiful bridal studio in Singapore that has great staff to help you in your wedding dress shopping. Shopping in a salon with rude and snobbish sales people will likely make your dress shopping more stressful. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t hesitate to patronize a bridal shop that offers better services.

4. Taking Pictures and Revealing Names of Designers

Some shops don’t allow taking pictures and won’t reveal the designer’s name because they know it’ll be easier for you to run to other stores and compare prices. If you have less information, you’re less likely to go somewhere else to find the same dress. However, keep in mind that you have the right to know whom you’re wearing; and instead of getting in an argument with the bridal staff, research about the store’s policies beforehand.

5. Available Sizes

Many studios only carry up to bridal size eight, which is actually a size four in standard women’s sizes. So if you’re bigger than this size, you’ll not find anything that’ll fit you. Although it’s not necessary to zip up every single dress to figure out whether you like it or not, you should be able to try on a variety of styles close to your size.

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6. Price Range and Inventory

Among the first questions you should ask a bridal studio is the price range of their gowns. The average price should fit into your budget. However, the inventory should also be extensive enough to provide you plenty of options in sizing and styles. Also ask whether alterations are included in the pricing, bridal accessories are available at their shop, and the store hours.

7. Business Status

While some brides found excellent deals from salons going out of business, others have horrible experiences with these establishments—taking the dress of their dreams or a portion or all of their money. Because of this, it’s important to be cautious of shops that are about to close their business. The best you can do when transacting with any boutique is to pay via credit card instead of cash, so you can file a dispute claim if things go awry.

8. The Shop Itself

Another factor to consider when choosing a bridal studio is the place itself. A good studio should be clean, organized, have good lighting, and have plenty of mirrors so you can see yourself in every angle. The shop should also have ample space for you to walk and move around to test the fit of the dress. After all, you will be dancing, sitting, hugging, standing, and many more on your wedding day.

9. The Type of Boutique

If you’ve been researching enough, you should be aware by now that there are two types of bridal shops in your local area: the designer boutiques and the one-stop bridal studios. The latter is popular because brides can find almost everything they need for a wedding. From the bridal gown to photographer, these studios make it easier and more convenient for brides who want to deal with fewer vendors. On the other hand, designer boutiques focus more on creating unique gowns. If you want a dress that’s created for you alone, then a designer boutique is more suited for you.

10. Work Samples

If the bridal studio offers other services, like hair and make-up and photography, don’t hesitate to ask for work samples. Don’t make a decision based only on the salesperson’s words. Make it a point to view samples and portfolios. If the studio has more than one make-up artist or photographer, ask to each of the staff’s works. Lastly, don’t forget to ask for discount or any incentive if you book multiple services from the same studio.

Bridal dress shopping, like the rest of the wedding planning process, doesn’t have to be stressful. Working with the right bridal boutique can make it easier for you to look and feel perfect on the biggest day of your life.

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Tips on How to Mend Broken Relationships

Starting a relationship for some Singaporean couples may be a quick and easy process made possible and acceptable by modern times but it can also be a result of long and patient hard work. It’s just ironic that most relationships that end apart may be a quick and instant affair regardless of how they were started. One partner may have seen it coming for a long time but the other may just find himself/herself waking up to the reality of the breakup. Fixing a broken relationship is a long shot for most couples where broken relationships are likened to shattered glasses. But for those who are still hopeful in mending their broken relationships, here are some tips to help you:

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Realize the real reasons behind your breakup

The first step to mending broken relationships is to realize and completely understand the reasons why you two broke up. Breakups may be triggered by petty reasons but the real reason behind the breakup is more complicated and serious than meets the eye. You may realize that the root cause lies on a far past that was only taken for granted but it may also be a continuous issue that has built up over time.

Learn to completely forgive your partner

If you’re both willing to start anew in your relationship then you need to also learn how to completely forgive each other for your past mistakes. You’re only taking your relationship nowhere if you insist on holding on to keeping tabs of everything your partner has done wrong. Part of attaining a successful relationship is accepting your partner completely – mistakes and all.

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Make renewal of commitments

Once you have both agreed on renewing your relationships, consider this as the perfect opportunity for renewing your commitments with each other. Renewal of commitments after overcoming serious obstacles in the relationships will make couples feel like they have achieved something big as well as grown in their relationship. This signals a renewed hope for a better chapter for you two.

Be willing to change yourself

The best way to correct anything wrong that has happened in the past is for you to be willing to become a better person because of it. Your willingness to work on yourself and avoid on placing the blame on other people or situations show that you have matured as a person. This makes you more appealing to your partner, too.

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Tips on How to be a Successful Forex Trader

The Forex Market is the world’s largest and busiest financial market. It is played by mainly the major leagues in the world of financial trade such as institutional banks, multinational corporations, and hedge funds. The currency trading takes place in the world’s biggest financial centers as well such as London, New York, and Tokyo. The potential of earning huge profit in Forex trading makes it attractive not just to the major big leagues but even to   dreamy ambitious individual. Singaporeans who are dreaming of making it big as a successful Forex trader may bear in mind the following tips:

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Set clearly defined financial goals

Set clearly defined financial goals as you enter the world of Forex trading. This helps you consider carefully the methods you need to take in order to achieve those goals. Just like any goal-setting, make sure your method is specific, measureable, attainable, relevant, and has a timeline. This will greatly help you in your trading strategy.

Identify your risk profile

There are different risk profiles as there are different personalities trading the Forex market. Identifying your risk profile is important as this will determine your trading attitude, trading approach, and even preferred trading timelines.

Get a reliable Forex broker

Getting a reliable Forex broker is a crucial step to successful Forex trading so make sure that you only deal with brokers that are duly certified. You cannot do without a broker as they are the ones responsible for giving you the trading platform to make your trade orders as well as supply you with useful trade tools that are necessary for making wise trading moves.

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Plan out a systematic methodology

There are different trading strategies to choose from but you only need to choose one methodology that you can consistently use and rely on. There is no such thing as a perfect methodology so you may have to make some trial and errors with the most widely used and popular strategies and consider which among these are most suited to your trading attitude and style. Relying on a consistent methodology will help you gain extensive learning as you learn through trial and error.

Be willing to take some losses

Forex trading is as risky as it gets. Make sure you are emotionally and mentally ready to take some financial losses while trading. Also, you can cushion the pain of your losses by only investing money that you’re willing to part with.

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