If you care about your health, most likely you see your physician for a check-up at least once a year. As your coach (well, at least through my writings), I’d like to complete a goal check-up with you today. If you are like most business owners, you set some sort of 2013 goals for your business, either in late 2012 or in January of 2013. Unfortunately, if you are like most, you also haven’t paid attention to those goals much. I don’t write this to insult you or to make you feel bad. I write this because I care about you and the health of your business. I also know that sometimes “stuff” gets in the way of progress. So here we are in the fourth quarter of 2013. There is still time to pull those goals out of the fire if you act now.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Did you set too many and too lofty of goals?
Yes, it’s possible to set too many and too lofty goals for yourself! Some goals can take months and even years to achieve. If you have too many of these, you will probably stretch yourself too thin. Ideally, you should only…
8 Quick Reputation Building Tips – Part 2
This is the second part of last week’s article where we talked about the old cliché, “Under-Promise and Over-Deliver”. It might be cliché, but it is still relevant to having a good reputation.
Take, for example, the story of Daniel Ruettiger, better known as “Rudy”. You may have seen the movie Rudy about his life (and if you haven’t, you should). His story is about overcoming obstacles, making mistakes, and getting back up – time after time after time. Even when your reputation gets damaged because of mistakes made, you push on and overcome.
Today, there are many people desperately trying to grow their business through what I call desperate measures. They will put down the competitors, cut their price to the slimmest margins, and quite frankly, lie to prospective customers. If you stay clear of these mistakes and move forward with the techniques I’ve described today, you and your business will…Read More
8 Quick Reputation Building Tips
We have all heard the old cliché, “Under-Promise and Over-Deliver”. It’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Today, in these challenging economic times, many people tend to promise prospective customers more so they perceive the value as better than what a competitor can offer. Those same people also enjoy over-promising to make themselves feel more valued. Do they not think these actions will come back to haunt them? The overall point I’d like to make today is…Read More
Our second step is to prepare. While the details will be different from event to event, the basics of what we need to prepare are the same.
First, think about what you have in common with the others who will be there.
Knowing the common ground will provide the topic for you to start a conversation. Commonality builds rapport. It is the foundation to relationships.
Second, plan and practice a self-introduction.
You want to state your name, possibly what you have in common with others there and something interesting…
Speaking is an art and therefore as speakers we must deliver a relevant, engaging, and entertaining talk to our audience. One mistake I see many speakers make is one I always strive to avoid. I arrive early, introduce myself and chat with the people in the room. By “working the room” prior to speaking, the sea of faces are no longer completely unfamiliar, I gain insight into what they need, and it helps lower any anxiety and nervousness I might have. What a fabulous idea, right?
Now the reality of what I just said…Read More