We have all experienced adversity or some set-back at some time or another. That nauseating, gut-wrenching feeling when something goes wrong (trust me, I have had this feeling MANY times in my life).
It might be something simple like a car break-down or getting stuck in a traffic jam. Or it might be something more significant like losing a key client, missing a tender submission deadline, the sobering realisation that your project will horribly run over budget, or even being the victim of crime.
You have probably attended at least a few in your lifetime. Those boring, brain-numbing time-wasting meetings that drone on forever. The meetings where nobody ever seems to get to the point and most people leave wondering why they were even present.
Well, you have to admit that meetings are sometimes a necessary evil. They play an important part in planning, preparing, communicating, influencing and concluding business. So, how can you ensure they creat great results?
Having an effective, productive meeting that leaves you energised and satisfied that you’ve really accomplished your goal is not that difficult. Here are six top tips to get the most out of your meetings.
Looking at figures released by the US Small Business Association in 2011, it is interesting to note that according to its surveys, 30% of small businesses will not survive their first two years in business. Even more alarming is that only 50% will make it past the five-year mark! These statistics look much better than other (unsubstantiated) ones that have been circulating in recent years, but it is still disturbingly high.
The main reasons cited for failure include:…
For most of us in business or in a workplace, the professional journey is hardly a smooth ride. Getting and staying in business, or in a top professional position for that matter, usually comes with a magnitude of challenges. And, well, from time to time we get tempted to walk away from it all – to give up.
I often talk about success factors for business and life in general. As a matter of fact, it is one of those common threads in my business and the messages I share. One of the key professional success factors is tenacity, or the ability to persist and navigate through tough times (even when it is REALLY tempting to just give up). Yes, giving-up on professional hopes, dreams and desires is a significant reason why businesses cease to exist in tough times.
Gratitude, or the emotion of appreciation and joy in response to receiving a gift, is one of the basic ingredients for experiencing a good life. Research in recent years has indicated that an attitude of gratitude has many benefits, including improving mental and physical health. But that’s not the only benefit. In business, gratitude enables us to maintain a mindset of positive expectation, attract opportunity and move into our higher professional purpose.
Studies over the last decade found that adults who regularly feel grateful have increased energy and optimism, more social connections and are happier than those who do not. They’re also less likely to be envious or greedy, PLUS they often earn more money!
Networking is well known to be one of the most effective mechanisms to build and develop business- and social relationships. After all, most of us prefer to socialise and do business with people we KNOW, LIKE and TRUST. Master networkers know that not only do they connect with and attract ideal clients as a result of networking, but they often have more influence in business and in the workplace as well! Learning how to network effectively can enhance your credibility and boost your business or career in a big way, BUT there are a number of critical do’s and don’ts.
Here are some practical pointers to guide you in becoming a Master Networker:
I have a personal motto that “Life is too short not to love what you are doing”. Unfortunately, many professionals have not yet discovered their true passions and purpose, let alone aligning their business, career or life choices to these.
Let’s take a closer look at PROFESSIONAL PASSION – It is not only the fuel that gets us out of bed in the morning, but it is also an essential differentiator in determining our probability to succeed in the long-run!
Are you and your business on PEAK PERFORMANCE? Do you start your business day feeling energized, motivated and ready to take on the challenges at hand, or are you not quite as productive and focussed as you would like to be? What would happen to your business or your career if you are unable to work – would it survive?
Well, whatever your situation may be, it is essential to take stock of your personal health and wellbeing on a regular basis and how it is IMPACTING your professional life. As an executive, independent professional or business owner, your professional future DEPENDS on you being healthy (and not just in survival-mode)!
While you may be considering various strategies to maximize your business performance, growth and productivity, you need to ask yourself, what are you doing to maximize your personal health and wellbeing?
You need your health to build your wealth – Here are a number of things to consider if you want to take better care of your biggest asset – YOU:
Have you ever wondered how some people just seem to attract success? Here you are, slaving away at your business, doing the stuff marketing textbooks tell you to do and yet other businesses and professionals in your field, doing seemingly very little, has a constant queue of prospective and new clients. How can this happen? What is their secret?
Well, let me share my take on it – They are probably very CLIENT ATTRACTIVE! To some out there, Client Attraction may sound a little new age, but if you really need more clients, you may need to pay attention!
How can you become REALLY attractive to your ideal target market? What can you do to get the right people queuing up to do business with YOU?
In life and in business, most women typically have to wear many hats – that of partner, mother, daughter, career-woman, home-maker, care-taker, girl-friend…. You name it! Achieving a balanced and more fulfilled life is not always easy, yet some woman seem to pull off this juggling act better than others – How do they do it?
There is no single formula for achieving work-life balance – It is pretty much a personal decision of how you integrate the various areas of your life, as well as the ability to formulate creative solutions as you approach the challenges of multiple responsibilities and roles.