Hello, this week’s post is a little different because I want to share with you a quote by Arthur Ashe that motivates and keeps me going and it goes like this:
“You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.”
I believe this is a powerful quote which ultimately wants all of us to understand that it’s not about winning or losing it’s about having the courage of going for what you want. Often times we are afraid of going for what we want because we think we will fail. But that is what life is about: winning and losing. When we lose, we get a chance to redirect our focus. We are able to learn from our mistakes and start over. Fear should not be an obstacle that holds you back from fulfilling your dreams. Nothing in life is certain, except death, and we have the power to reach our dreams and make things happen. If you are stuck in a dead end job which you hate, have the courage of going for what really makes you happy. You are in charge of your destiny. Make the change and notice how life gets better. Don’t be afraid of what people may say. You are the director of your life, you make the shots.
As an entrepreneur, learning how to network effectively is a great way to build and grow your business. Everyone needs help along the way and networking makes it easy to ask for help as well as it is to give help. Below are some tips to help sharpen your networking skills.
Have a game plan. For every event you attend, set goals and determine the number of people you will connect with. The key here is to make sure the people you connect with are new.
Dress like a Professional. Remember first impressions matter and if you want to be taken seriously go the extra mile and make sure your clothes are impeccable.
Go getter attitude. Ask people for their business card and hand out yours. Say hello and shake hands firmly with everyone you meet. Eye contact is very important.
Stay in touch. Staying in touch is essential. Stay up to date with their social media platforms if they have any. Know what your contacts are up to.
Be visible. Reach out to your community and hold seminars or event. This will help you be more visible. Keep your social media accounts up to date and with new content.
Take genuine interest in people. Be fully present and listen. Ask questions. Engage with others and be courteous.
View networking as a priority. Every contact you make is important and can undoubtedly be key on your next job search.
Building a team to help your company grew and succeed is sometimes a difficult task. Team members different have skills, talents, and personalities. The following are tips to help build your team successfully.
Clear Direction. In order for your team to succeed and help your company grow they need to know where they are going. Goals and objectives will not be accomplished without a good sense of direction and guidance.
Measurable Expectations. Being realistic when setting goals and objectives is very important. Projects and timelines need to be measurable in order to be successful.
Resources. What tools are available to help you understand the scope of the project you and your team are working on? Make sure your team has the resources needed in order to complete set projects.
Communication. Communication within team members is important because communication is the backbone of any group. Are team members clear about the priority of their tasks? Is there an established method for the teams to give feedback and receive honest performance feedback?
These are just some tips that will help team building. You may find, however, that not all tips work for everyone. Get to know your team.
Business Development Is Not Sales
Business development helps identify and create partnerships that enable leverage for driving revenue, distribution or that enhance your product. Sales is focused on driving revenue.
Listen To Advice
This will give you an idea of what other entrepreneurs went through so you won’t make the same mistakes. Ask around. Investigate.
Try New Things
Trying new things is valuable. For example, if you don’t use social media give it a try. Start off with Twitter and gradually switch tactics once you are more comfortable. Twitter allows you to contact your potential new clients directly. Simple tweaks in your business development plan can go a long way.
Follow up with the strategies that work. This is important because it allows you to see what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. If something is not working drop it. There is no need to keep doing something that is not yielding the results you want. It will save you time and energy.
And last but not least: Be Patient!!
Success takes time. It often takes a while for the true benefits of a change to become apparent.