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Ways To Make Your Office Neater

Looking for that pen, article, post-it note, or business card wastes your time and costs you vital revenue. So keeping your workspace neat and organized has a big pay-off.

Does your office feel cluttered? Does your desk have any part of its surface that’s free for you to work on? Are you shuffling piles of paper from one place to another? Read more

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Q4 Is Here; Finish The Year Strong

finish strongQ4 is here. As we head into the final quarter of the year, there’s a lot of hype out there from various coaches, consultants, gurus, trainers and writers. They’re pushing their services to business owners to help us finish the year on a strong note and go into 2020 as a force to be reckoned with.

Do you feel tired, overwhelmed and slightly burned out? With Q4 upon us, we are in the home stretch, and we need to get our mojo back to finish strong. Do you want to crawl across the finish line, or do you want to be a winner in this race? Let’s do a little review and revamping so we go into the final quarter with the attitude of champions. Read more

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How to be Absolutely Dependable

dependabilityAs business owners, we recite the mantra, “We do business with people we know, like and trust”. Implicit in that statement is the expectation of dependability. It’s not possible to have a good reputation and be referable without dependability.

Keep Your Word

Dependability can be defined as keeping your word. Truthfully say what you’re going to do and then do it. It’s as simple as that! Have you ever had the experience of exchanging business cards with someone at a networking event where they Read more

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Embrace Awareness

awareness1Since awareness is a skill, it’s possible to engage in practices that will deepen and build increased proficiency. Expanded awareness brings increased success.

What are you aware of right now? The room temperature? The chair you’re sitting on? The sun shining through the window? The music that’s playing? The hum of the A/C?

Awareness practices require keen listening and observation. Read more

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You Gotta Like Making Muffins!

MuffinsPicSeveral years ago, a colleague and I were having lunch. She shared news that she was quitting her boring job and starting a business. Because she enjoyed making muffins, she was opening a muffin shop where she’d serve coffee and muffins from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and then enjoy the rest of the day off.

Carla (not her real name) borrowed funds to design and equip her little shop.

Rising at 4:00 am to bake the muffins and make coffee was fun for about 2 weeks, but soon Carla became weary of the early morning rush and preparation to open the doors at 6:00 am. Customers straggled in, and she barely made enough to pay the first month’s rent. The remaining expenses came out of borrowed money and savings. Read more

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7 Great Tips To Make 2018 A Great Year

Make 2018 GreatYou’re planning how you’re going to make 2018 a great year, right? Here are some ideas for actions to take now to make that wish come true.

Flush out all the tail chasing ”prospects” in your system.
We all have ”prospects” in our pipeline who take up time and energy. And, we know in our hearts Read more

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Are You in the “All Over the Map” Trap?

Whether you’ve been in business for many years or just starting out, target marketing is an approach you must use. It will save you time, money, frustration, and aggravation, and it will help you develop a marketing message.

A bow and arrow with the words Niche Market and aiming at a red bulls-eye target, illustrating the pintpoint precision and focus needed to hone in on a specific market or audienceDefine Your Niche

No matter what business you’re in, you’ve got competition. Luckily, there’s the idea of the “niche market”. Identifying and carving out a niche – a special space — in the marketplace, allows you to discover the buyers looking for your products or services there. You can then focus, or target, your appeal toward them. Read more

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It’s Not Procrastination At All

ProcrastinationWell, not really procrastination, but rather about delay, which is so often mistaken for procrastination.

Consider a major league baseball slugger at bat. The ball is barreling at him at maybe 95 miles per hour, enough to solidly intimidate most of us. But the slugger waits and waits and waits…, and at the precise right moment he swings his bat and sends the ball flying out of the park. Read more

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Procrastination: Celebrate It!

Did you know that March 5th – 11th is National Procrastination Week? Let’s celebrate procrastination. Embrace your ability to procrastinate. Rather than see procrastination as a fault or weakness, notice how it might actually be a strength and skill. Most popular advice on productivity admonishes you to banish the thought of procrastination. The writers want to kick you into action and get things done. Read more

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It’s Personal

Personal1All experiences are personal. Each of us has our own story about every experience. Have you ever noticed that two people can be in the same situation at the same time, and still tell different stories about the experience? Read more