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  • Auteur:
    Peterik, Jim, Austin, Dave, Lynn, Cathy, DioGuardi, Kara
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    Proven techniques for songwriting success  This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of the recording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harness social media networks to get your music "out there." You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing — and selling — meaningful, timeless songs. * Songwriting 101 — get a grip on everything you need to know to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice" to creating a "mood" and everything in between * Jaunt around the genres — discover the variety of musical genres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel, country, or more * Let the lyrics out — master the art of writing lyrics, from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to using hooks, verses, choruses, and bridges * Make beautiful music — find your rhythm, make melodies, and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song * Work the Web — harness online marketing and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heard by a whole new audience Open the book and find: * What you need to know before you write a single note * Tips on finding inspiration * Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics * Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamline songwriting * A look at famous songwriting collaborators * Writing for stage, screen, and television * How to make a demo to get your song heard * Advice on how to make money from your music Learn to: * Develop your songwriting skills with tips and techniques from the pros * Use social networking sites to get your music out to the public * Break into the industry with helpful, how-to instructions

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    Jankowski, Greg
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    Whether it’s your first venture into 3D technical drawing software or you’re switching to SolidWorks from something else, you’re probably excited about what this CAD program has to offer.   Chances are, you figure it’s going to take awhile to get the hang of it before you can begin cranking out those perfectly precise 3D designs. SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can help you dramatically shorten that get-acquainted period! SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help you get up and running quickly on the leading 3D technical drawing software. You’ll see how to set up SolidWorks to create the type of drawings your industry requires and how to take full advantage of its legendary 3D features. You’ll discover how to: * Work with virtual prototypes * Understand the user interface * Use templates and sketch, assemble, and create drawings * Automate the drawing process * Review drawings and collaborate with other team members * Define and edit sketches * Create dimensions and annotations * Print or plot your drawings * Leverage existing designs Sample files on the bonus CD-ROM show you how to apply the latest version of SolidWorks and accomplish specific tasks. Even if you’re brand-new to CAD software, SolidWorks For Dummies, 2nd Edition will have you feeling like a pro in no time. You’ll find you’ve entered a whole new dimension. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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    Ramlow, Bob.
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    Heating water with the sun is a practice almost as old as humankind itself. Solar Water Heating, now completely revised and expanded, is the definitive guide to this clean and cost-effective technology. Beginning with a review of the history of solar water and space heating systems from prehistory to the present, Solar Water Heating presents an introduction to modern solar energy systems, energy conservation, and energy economics. Drawing on the authors' experiences as designers and installers of these systems, the book gus on to cover: -Types of solar collectors, solar water, and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, including their advantages and disadvantages -System components, their installation, operation, and maintenance -System sizing and siting -Choosing the appropriate system This book focuses on the financial aspects of solar water or space heating systems, clearly showing that such systems generate significant savings in the long run. With many diagrams and illustrations to complement the clearly written text, this book is designed for a wide readership ranging from the curious homeowner to the serious student or professional. Bob Ramlow has been involved in renewable energy system sales, installation, and manufacturing since 1976. He is an IRECSPQ certified solar thermal independent master trainer and a NABCEP certified solar thermal installer. He writes and teaches workshops about solar energy. Benjamin Nusz has worked as an installer, site assessor, designer, and consultant for solar thermal systems. He currently trains renewable thermal technicians at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin.

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    DeGunther, Rik
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    The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition  Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible. * Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home * New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications * Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm Featuring 10 of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

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    Chiras, Dan.
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    The future will be powered by renewables. As we transition away from finite and polluting fossil fuels, clean, reliable, and affordable renewable technologies such as solar electricity will become the mainstay of our energy supply. Solar Electricity Basics provides a clear understanding of electricity and energy. It discusses the types of solar electric system you can choose from, their components, solar site assessment, the installation of photovoltaic systems, and much more. Whether your goal is to lower your energy bill or to achieve complete energy independence, Solar Electricity Basics is the introduction you need.

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    Robichaud, Valois
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    Docteur en gérontologie sociale, l’auteur aborde la question du soin relationnel prodigué par les soignants à l’adulte âgé vivant chez lui ou en maison de soins de longue durée. Il propose aux soignants, quels qu’ils soient, un guide psycho-gérontologique qui les éclaire et les soutient dans leur travail quotidien et qui se résume par cette recommandation fondamentale : accompagne l’autre pas à pas et reconnais-le dans sa dignité par la qualité de ta présence. Il croit que l’amour de soi et de l’autre est la première compétence pour intervenir authentiquement auprès du malade. Enfin, la présence devient thérapeutique pour quiconque croit dans l’inaltérable potentiel de la personne humaine.

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    Luckey, Teresa
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    The increase in project outsourcing has forced traditional programmers to take on the role of project managers and quickly learn how to manage software projects The author discusses all of the essentials in widely accepted project management methodology, from managing programmers to assessing and eliminating risk The book covers the iterative development model, using Microsoft Project 2003, as well as a variety of methodologies including eXtreme, open source, SQA testing, software life cycle management, and moreThe companion Web site contains tools, case studies and other resources to help even novices get up and running

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    Lothian Murray, Jane
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    Hick, Steven F
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    Widely used in introductory social work and social service worker programs across Canada, Social Welfare in Canada provides an introduction to the key concepts and contemporary issues. This book is intended for students currently studying social work, for those who may be thinking of entering the social services as a career, and for allied professionals seeking a basic understanding of the field. This is a uniquely Canadian text reflects Canadian values and experience. Social Welfare in Canada provides an overview of the income security system in Canada, its development, programs, and the major policy debates. It is intended for those seeking an understanding of the many income security programs and policies, how they fit together, and how they work (or fail to work) in practice. This volume on income security is a companion to Social Work in Canada (also by Steven Hick), which focuses on the social services side of the Canadian welfare system. Together, the two books provide a comprehensive survey of the two components of the welfare system, the wide-ranging policy debates taking place over the role that the welfare system should play, and the many challenges facing it today.

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    Kassin, Saul M.
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    The most up-to-date account of social psychology, this text introduces students to key concepts through balanced coverage of classic studies, contemporary research, and current social issues. The authors use vivid examples from Canada and the rest of the world to illustrate social psychology concepts. The use of current events, social issues, and evocative photographs make the text compelling to students, helping them relate the concepts to their own lives and see the world through the eyes of a social psychologist.

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    Singh, Shiv
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    If you're not tweeting, Facebooking, or blogging by now, your business is getting left behind. Social media marketing is a highly effective way to engage with your customers. It's an easy, inexpensive way to enlarge your audience, add customers, and build your business. This guide provides an indispensable resource for small businesses and start-ups looking for low-cost online marketing strategies, as well as for marketers in larger companies who want to be more involved with social media. Learn which social media sites best fit your business and how to take full advantage of them. * Explore the many aspects of social media, including reviewing sites, monitoring competitors, and fitting social into your current marketing plans * Launch a campaign, develop a voice, reach your audience on key and niche platforms, and embrace the influencers * Identify social media sites that appeal to your target audience and learn which social platform works best for which objectives * Learn to monitor results and assess your program's effectiveness This straightforward guide is exactly what busy marketers and entrepreneurs need to help them get up and running!

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    Zimmerman, Jan, Ng, Deborah
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    Learn the latest social media marketing techniques.  Social media continues to evolve at breakneck speed, and the savvy marketer needs to keep up. This bestselling guide to social media marketing has been completely updated to cover the newest vehicles, including Groupon and Rue La La, location-based services like Foursquare and new social networking sites like Google+ and Pinterest. Checklists, case studies and examples will help you decide the best places to spend your marketing dollars, and you'll learn about valuable social media tools and analytics methods that can help you assess the success of your efforts. This book: *Is a completely updated, all-in-one guide to social media marketing and a valuable way for businesses to reach current and new customers to assist with problems and complete transactions *Covers the latest sites and location-based services including Groupon, Rue La La, Foursquare, Google+, Pinterest and more *Contains minibooks that examine: the social media mix, tools and techniques; using content to grow your brand; Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ marketing and other sites and how to measure results and build on success *Is the perfect guidebook for the social media strategist, website manager, marketer, publicist or anyone in charge of implementing and managing an organization's social media strategy Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you get the most from every minute and dollar you spend on marketing.

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    Collier, Marsha
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    Capture customers and sales with social media commerce. Social media commerce is a booming industry. By using social networks in the context of e-commerce transactions, brands large and small are making their products more available and more convenient for customers. This one-of-a-kind guide introduces you to social media commerce and explains how you can use social media to provide better customer service, collect payments online and build your customer base. Online marketing expert Marsha Collier helps you determine where you have the best opportunity to reach your market, which sites you should integrate with and much more. *Your customers are communicating with each other via social media; making purchasing opportunities available on social media sites adds convenience for your customer and opens up new sales opportunities. *This step-by-step guide explains social media commerce and shows what you can accomplish. *Collier helps you determine the sites where your business should have a presence. *Social Media Commerce For Dummies demonstrates how customers can help promote your brand as they recommend products and services to others on their social networks. *Author Marsha Collier is the undisputed expert on eBay and a recognized authority on social media marketing. Social Media Commerce For Dummies helps you offer your customers better service while giving them the opportunity to share information about your product with their social media contacts.

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    Lewis, Michael, Bach, Greg
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    Soccer basics in a day? Easy.  Do you get a kick out of soccer, but need to brush up your knowledge on the key elements of the game? Look no further! Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies quickly brings you up to speed on one of the most popular sports in the world. From essential information on the sport to expert coverage of the game's rules, regulations, and players, this book provides invaluable insight to new and veteran fans alike. * The essential information you need to understand and enjoy soccer * Expert coverage of the game's rules and regulations * Helpful breakdowns of soccer positions and their roles in offense and defense * Online component takes readers beyond the book with bonus content and features Get set to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge in no time!

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    Meinzer, Kristen
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    A comprehensive step-by-step guide to creating a hit show, So You Want to Start a Podcast covers everything from hosting and guest booking to editing and marketing - while offering plenty of encouragement and insider stories along the way.Though they are the fastest-growing form of media, podcasts are actually difficult to create-and even harder to sustain. Few know the secrets of successfully creating a knockout podcast better than Kristen Meinzer. An award-winning commentator, producer, and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate's sister company, Panoply, Meinzer has also hosted three successful podcasts, reaching more than ten million listeners. Now, she shares her expertise, providing aspiring podcasters with crucial information and guidance to start their own audio forum. Meinzer believes that we each have a unique voice that deserves to be heard. But many of us may need some help transforming our ideas into reality. So You Want to Start a Podcast asks the tough questions to help budding podcasters define and achieve their goals, including: Why do you want to start a podcast' Think about specifically why you want to start a podcast versus a blog, zine, YouTube channel, Instagram feed, or other media outlet. Find out if a podcast is really the best way to tell your story. What is your show about? For any advertiser, corporate partner, or press outlet, you need a snappy pitch. How would you describe what you want to do in two to three sentences? Who is your podcast for? Who are you trying to reach? How will your content and tone appeal to those listeners? How is your show going to be structured? Create a step-by-step map planning the show out. Think about length, segments, interviews, advice, news reads, and other aspects of successful podcasts you can adapt for your own. With this motivational how-to guide-the only one on the subject available-you'll find the direction you need to produce an entertaining and informative podcast and promote it to the right audience. So You Want to Start a Podcast gives you the tools you need to start a podcast-and the insight to keep it thriving.

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    Schenk, Barbara Findlay
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    Having your own business isn't the same as having customers, and one is useless without the other. Whether your business is a resale store or a high-tech consulting firm, a law office or a home cleaning service, in today's competitive environment, strategic marketing is essential. If you want your small business to grow, you need a marketing strategy that works. But how do you get people to notice your business without spending a fortune? Packed with savvy tips for low-cost, high-impact campaigns, this friendly guide is your road map to launching a great marketing campaign and taking advantage of the newest technologies and avenues for outreach. * Using social media as a marketing tool * Communicating with customers * Financing a marketing campaign * The companion CD includes tools and templates to give you a jump-start on putting your new skills to work If you're looking to give your small business' marketing plan an edge over the competition, Small Business Marketing Kit For Dummies has you covered. CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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    Tyson, Eric, Schell, Jim
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    Want to start the small business of your dreams? Want to breathe new life into the one you already have? Small Business For Dummies provides authoritative guidance on every aspect of starting and growing your business, from financing and budgeting to marketing, management and beyond. This completely practical, no-nonsense guide gives you expert advice on everything from generating ideas and locating start-up money to hiring the right people, balancing the books, and planning for growth. You'll get plenty of help in ramping up your management skills, developing a marketing strategy, keeping your customers loyal, and much more. You'll also find out to use the latest technology to improve your business's performance at every level. * How start-up and established small businesses can use the Small Business Jobs Act to their advantage * Enhanced and expanded coverage on using technology in your small business * Hiring employees using online resources including LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites * New coverage of the recent health care bill, health savings accounts, and their implications for small business * Updated coverage of the best places to get small business loans * What it takes to achieve and maintain success in an ever-changing economic landscape You have the energy, drive, passion, and smarts to make your small business a huge success. Small Business For Dummies provides the rest.

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    Abdulezer, Loren, Dammond, Howard, Abdulezer, Susan
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    See how to use Skype for secure chats and connect SkypeOut and SkypeIn. Here's the fun and easy way to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You'll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones. Discover how to: *Install Skype and start making calls *Create a contacts list *Set up voicemail and call forwarding *Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting *Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless and video

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    Gygi, Craig, Williams, Bruce
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    The world's largest and most profitable companies—including the likes of GE, Bank of America, Honeywell, DuPont, Samsung, Starwood Hotels, Bechtel, and Motorola—have used Six Sigma to achieve breathtaking improvements in business performance, in everything from products to processes to complex systems and even in work environments. Over the past decade, over $100 billion in bottom-line performance has been achieved through corporate Six Sigma programs. Yet, despite its astounding effectiveness, few outside of the community of Six Sigma practitioners know what Six Sigma is all about. With this book, Six Sigma is revealed to everyone. You might be in a company that's already implemented Six Sigma, or your organization may be considering it. You may be a student who wants to learn how it works, or you might be a seasoned business professional who needs to get up to speed. In any case, this updated edition of Six Sigma for Dummies is the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide on the market. * New and updated material, including real-world examples * What Six Sigma is all about and how it works * The benefits of Six Sigma in organizations and businesses * The powerful "DMAIC" problem-solving road map * Yellow, Green and Black—how the Six Sigma "belt" system works * How to select and utilize the right tools and technologies * Speaking the language of Six Sigma; knowing the roles and responsibilities; and mastering the statistics skills and analytical methods Six Sigma For Dummies will become everyone's No. 1 resource for discovering and mastering the world's most famous and powerful improvement tool. Stephen Covey is spot-on when he says, "Six Sigma For Dummies is a book to be read by everyone."

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    Phillips, Pamelia S.
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    Take your voice to the next level and grow as a performer   Whether you're a beginning vocalist or a seasoned songster, Singing for Dummies makes it easy for you to achieve your songbird dreams. This practical guide gives you step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful tips, hints, vocal exercises, reminders, and warnings for both men and women, including advice on the mechanics of singing, discovering your singing voice, developing technique, singing in performance, maintaining vocal health, and performing like a pro. This Second Edition is an even greater resource with additional vocal exercises, new songs, and information on the latest technology and recording devices. * Covers comprehensive singing techniques, finding one's pitch, the importance of posture and breath control, and taking care of one's voice * Discover how to sing alone or with accompaniment * The updated CD features new tracks and musical exercises, as well as demonstrations of popular technique, scales and pitch drills, and practice songs for singers of all levels Singing for Dummies, Second Edition contains all the information, practices, techniques, and expert advice you need to hone your vocal skills with ease!   Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. These materials are available for download upon purchase.

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