In my public speakingclasses, one of the first things I teach is that you won’t improve your speaking skills unless you get up in front of an audience and speak. I was sharing this story recently at a networking event and a friend said to me “wait a second, don’t you sell CDs and books about speaking?” When I confirmed that I did, he asked then how do I expect anyone to buy them.
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What inspires you? Do you have a place that helps you think more clearly? Do you find a certain book, movie, song, video or sound clip helps you think more clearly? We all have our different sources for inspiration, but often we forget about them.
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Your email address is an extension of your business — especially if you are the business owner. This is why most companies have an email policy discouraging employees from using email for anything that’s not business related. They’re trying to avoid having their business linked to anything that might make them look bad.
It’s always a good idea to be careful about how you use your business email account and what gets associated with it. Read more...(433 words, 2 images, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Do you ever find yourself so focused on your professional goals that you just feel burned out? This happens to me frequently, despite my best efforts to plan and schedule things effectively. Let’s face it: there really is a lot to do and time is at a premium.
I sometimes find with my writing that I’ll be on a roll for a while and then get stuck. When this happens, I step back and do something else. Ideally, the activity meets the following criteria: Read more...(416 words, 2 images, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Have you ever noticed how often people lie during a given day? From “that dress makes you look slim” to “No Officer, I didn’t realize I was speeding” many of us are guilty of “white lies.” A while back, I actually decided to take a conscious look at my own white lies and was surprised at how many I was telling.
Fortunately, most of my white lies weren’t serious enough to need cover up lies. Lies have the tendency to multiply as you need to tell other lies to cover up the first one, and depending on how bad you are at lying, you could end up making up your own fictional story that requires you to kill off characters to make it believable. Read more...(553 words, 2 images, estimated 2:13 mins reading time)
Quality is extremely important in the business world – if you make crappy products or provide horrible services, you won’t survive. Even as speakers, a good talker can get anyone to hire him/her for a presentation, but only if that person is a quality speaker will he or she be hired for a second engagement. Quality also affects our online presence – probably in more ways than you realize. If you’re just online for casual conversation, then this may or may not concern you. If you’re online to promote your business, cause or idea, then it’s something you want to pay attention to. Read more...(767 words, 2 images, estimated 3:04 mins reading time)
Setting goals can be a fun process. Many programs have you do things like turn on music that inspires you and imagine your life ten years out if you could have everything go your way. It’s a fun exercise and can get you excited and maybe even motivated. But it’s just that – the fun part.
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