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Wednesday April 26, 2017
We live in the age of non-stop communication. For example, the 24 hour news cycle, mobile phones and tablets, smart watches, email or text, and the 24 hour social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Regardless of what your schedule may be, you can send a message or a photo and express yourself at any length, at any time to anyone. These various types of communication can enhance your ability for success. But what is really being said with all this opportunity to communicate so freely? Have you ever noticed how, in general, people can have a tendency to repeat themselves over and over and over again? The message is not concise. The message is not direct. Sometimes, the message isnt delivered at all. Often simply ignored. Thats why brevity can go a long way towards... Read More
Friday March 24, 2017
Visualize this scene: Youre in a restaurant. You have been wanting to eat at this restaurant for a long time. Its on all the best of restaurant review lists. Its trendy. Its a see and be seen kind of place. The food is fresh, creative and delicious. The atmosphere is perfect to dine in. Then there are the desserts. Chocolate desserts are a specialty of the restaurant. You came for the food but you really want the dessert. You are at the restaurant with a friend or a business associate. The meal is finished. It was quite enjoyable. Now youre waiting for dessert. The waiter comes to the table, smiles and says: Would you like dessert? Before you can say anything, the other person at the table says: No, thank you. Im full from the delicious meal. Just coffee for me please. Then the waiter... Read More
Monday February 27, 2017
Business is a mixture of so many things happening in your business day all at the same time. As a successful business person you have to wade through many, many things simultaneously. Some would refer to it as multi-tasking, but its much more than that. Theres What you want to have happen in your business day What will happen What can happen What you and your co-workers can do. Thats why the role of common sense is essential to business success every day. When you write your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly business plan, it is usually written with what should happen. Yet you need to pause and consider carefully both the short term and the long term business viewpoint. Asking yourself: Whats realistic? If the business plan isnt realistic. If you cant produce... Read More
Monday January 23, 2017
The legendary ads of Nike feature the slogan: Just do it . Yet when it comes to managing your business day perhaps you shouldnt always follow the same words. Smart daily business strategyrequiresclear thinkingat all times forbusiness success. Consistent business success involves many factors. Such as: The business marketplace The economy The industry you are in such as IT, manufacturing, software, construction, digital marketing and social media, etc. Your business knowledge and experience The people or co-workers on your business team Customer or client needs Significant developing trends impacting business Plus many other aspects targeted to your unique way of doing business. There are so many business related matters on your mind each day... Read More
Monday December 12, 2016
Ive heard people say over and over again: Everything in moderation . For example: The secret to losing weight is to eat in moderation. Tempted to have a second helping of cheesecake? Instead, walk away from the table before you put an extra big slice on your plate. Dont go to an all-you- can-eat salad bar or buffet because for sure youll over eat and possibly regret it later no matter how good the food was. One of the secrets to great looking skin is limiting your time in the sun throughout your life. If you moderate how much time your skin is exposed while gardening, spending a day at the beach or skiing in the mountains, youll know when to apply sunscreen or to put a hat on. Avoid the burn and protect your skin in the long term. What about all those year-end holiday... Read More
Tuesday September 27, 2016
Business is your world, isnt it? Even when you are enjoying time off on the weekend or on vacation, business probably pops into your mind. Its just who you are. When youre in business this may sound obvious but you need to sell products or services to customers. Why? The simple answer is because the customers pay you for whatever it is your company specializes in. Think about it for a moment and lets look closer: Why do your customers pay you? Do customers pay you because you show up when they need you? Do customers pay you because they especially like your website? Do customers pay you because you have a great presence on social media? Perhaps it helps to attract customers to your company. But its not why customers pay you. There isnt anything... Read More
Monday August 15, 2016
You go to the office or to work and consider yourself to be a business person. Whatever your current occupation is gives you an additional company title. What tends to be forgotten about is that you are a human being. You have a life outside of the office and work. Yet you choose to live a majority of your productive hours each week working. When working, your goal is to do a good job even more than just a good job. Always, to be successful at what you do. Yet because you are human, youre also to some degree or another a creature of habit. All of us are. For example, you get up in the morning at a certain time every work day and do the same things to prepare to go off to work. You arrive at work and behave in similar ways each business day. In the process of these daily... Read More
Thursday July 7, 2016
Theres no doubt about it: We live in a fast paced, ever changing world. That brings with it demands on our daily business lives and for many of us, a lot of stress. Are you stressed? If so: What are you stressed about? In order to resolve the business stress, you need to: Identify exactly what is creating or causing the stress. For example: Is it because youre not getting enough of your work done? Is it because you dont have enough incoming work to do? Is it because of a co-worker you work with? Is it because of a client you work with? Do you have a computer or other office equipment that doesnt work right and needs replaced? Do you need a different work space to improve your work flow? Is it because of something else that needs addressed... Read More
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Many times business people find themselves in the midst of a high pressure business situation. There are business problems. Business decisions need to be made. When you find yourself in such a business situation, ask yourself: What should I do in this high pressure business circumstance? How should I behave? How should I respond? What should I say? The key is to act calmly. To think through the situation presented to you. Do you have a plan to solve the business situation? If yes, get into action. If not, make a plan and execute the plan. Whatever you do in a high pressure business situation, dont panic. That will only make matters worse than they already are. When you panic, everyone around you is then going to panic. It then becomes more difficult... Read More
Wednesday April 20, 2016
There is something that all very successful business people have in common: They failed at something. They failed at a business, they may have failed at several businesses. They may have failed with a marketing plan or make a mistake in the production of a product. The business landscape is littered with failures. The difference is these business people may be failing but they are not failures. Theres a big difference. These are business people who are willing to try something. Theyre willing to take calculated risks. Theyre willing to absolutely understand exactly who they are as business people and what they need to do for more success. Theyre willing to step out and try something that will add to their business. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt work. When... Read More