A Skiing Tip – Don’t Look Down

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A Virginia native, Bradford Jacob serves as the president of EPC Consulting, an agency that works with energy and construction clients. In his leisure time in Virginia, Bradford Jacob enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including skiing.

With an opportunity to enjoy lush, powdery landscapes while jetting downhill, it’s no wonder that skiing is a popular pastime. For those looking to get started, however, there is one fundamental principle to keep in mind in order to stay safe and learn the right way to ski: look ahead instead of looking down.

The most common mistake that beginners make, looking down can quickly lead to serious accidents. If you’re looking down at your skis, you’re not looking ahead, which means you can crash into objects or other people.

Fix your eyes approximately 10 feet in front of you while you keep the tips of your skis in your lower peripheral vision. This way you can see where you’re heading while you’re still keeping an eye on your skis.


NDA Negotiation Tips

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Bradford Jacob serves as president of EPC Consulting, LLC, which maintains offices in Midlothian, Virginia, as well as Houston, Texas. Attorney Bradford Jacob possess more than 20 years of experience in the legal field, and has also successfully negotiated over $25 billion in commercial contracts.

Negotiating non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) can sometimes be a difficult venture. Here are two tips to keep in mind when trying to work out these sorts of contracts.

One of the most important elements of any NDA is the actual term of the agreement. This determines how long the confidential information is to be protected by the other party in the negotiations. Businesses that try to negotiate NDAs without a term typically find themselves countered with a term limit proposition by the other side, typically ranging from one to three years in length. It may be tempting to push for longer-term NDAs, but most buyers tend to balk at terms over three years long.

Making the distinction between trade secrets and confidential information is also a key component of NDA negotiations. Trade secrets are the most coveted information by a company, but the way they are defined is somewhat vague. The general rule of thumb is that a trade secret is any information to which a competitor does not have knowledge or access. Secret formulas for food products typically fall into this category. But all confidential information does not qualify as a trade secret. If you as a company, however, do believe you are sharing information so sensitive that it can be construed as a trade secret, the NDA should restrict the other party from disclosing that information for as long as possible.