Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sometimes we find ourselves complaining about our jobs. Each day seems like the next and we feel like we are going no where. Below are five tips to help you improve work productivity to help you get the job done!

Focus On One Task At a Time
Working on too many projects at a time will only overwhelm you. Prioritize the tasks that are important against those that are urgent. Understanding the difference between the two is crucial to getting things done on time. Set deadlines and keep them; this will help you stay on track.

Time is Valuable
Don’t waste your time on distractions. The organization you work for comes first, so try your best to avoid distractions and focus on getting your job done.

Ask for help
Sometimes we think that we can solve anything without asking for help. Asking for help, however, can give us a solution to a problem or task that seemed difficult. Seek advice from people whose opinions and values align with yours.

Be a Good Listener
This is very important! Good listening skills are key to your productivity because they help you understand what is asked of you. When you are a good listener you avoid misunderstandings and are able to get your job done efficiently.

Be Grateful
Take time each day to be thankful for what you have! Be thankful for the opportunities that are given to you and continue learning!

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In business, a great listener gains respect and builds rapport with the people around him or her. Listening is one of the key business communication skills. Listening has the power to make or break your success in leadership, or client relationships. Therefore, improving your listening skills means enhancing your business success. An important aspect in being a good listener is to pay close attention. Listen to the speaker’s message without interrupting because when you interrupt, you limit yourself from understanding the message and end up frustrating the speaker. Also, take note of their nonverbal messages because they help in understanding the overall message. Listening enables you to acquire facts so that you can make decisions that benefit your business. In a business organization, listening is key to effective working relationships among employees and between management and staff. Listen to employees to discover what aspects of the job they find most rewarding and challenging. An important fact to consider is that the reputation of a business depends immensely upon listening skills. When you fail to listen to a client, the client might not receive the service or product he or she expected. Listening helps you solve problems before they happen because you are paying attention to your client’s needs.


Optimization Coach Cochran has decided to head in a new direction and has changed its focus from life coaching to business coaching. Below are 5 business strategies that our business coaching will target. We are excited about this new adventure and invite you to stay tuned.

1. BUSINESS 101

Our business coaching gives clients the tools they need to succeed in the thrilling venture of business ownership; whether it is buying or selling. We identify and develop systems that work for you in any business context and situation.

2. GROWTH: PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL

At OCC, our goal is to help you, the client, grow as a business professional. Business coaching will focus on developing your skills and at the same time, help you grow and discover hidden talents you do not know you have.

heightened skills + hidden talents = GROWTH

3. NEW VISION

You must view the next generation of entrepreneurs as important elements for your company, not necessarily as threats. New vision is needed in order to break molds and improve your company’s brand. At OCC, we help clients understand this new vision and coach them on how to embrace it.

4. VALUE POTENTIAL

Your employees are the individuals that help your company grow. At OCC, we will show you how coaching the potential employee will bring value to your company. Remember: A dedicated employee = Success for your company.

5. DAMAGE CONTROL

Our business coaching prepares entrepreneurs for the unknown and helps them conquer uncertainty. We give our clients the tools they need to visualize any potential businesses risk and solve it before it even happpens.


In order to be successful you must remove the limitations that you have placed on yourself. Most of the time we limit ourselves because we think we deserve what we have, not what we want. When we believe in boundaries we fail to believe in ourselves and what we are really capable of doing. We place ourselves in categories, so to speak, and we stay there. We complain that we are not smart enough, rich enough, etc. We allow our personal conditioning to limit what we can and cannot do. For example, if you are always living with the “I can’t” mentality then chances are you will not be able to accomplish what you want. If you think about this, limitations really exist only in our minds, not in our hearts. I challenge you to remove your limitations. It’s not an easy task but you can do it. Take it step by step. Say, for example, that you have been thinking of running in a marathon, but you think you are not fit enough. This in itself is a limitation you are placing on yourself. Begin by eating a healthy diet and running a set amount of miles every day. Train as much as you can, but do this at least six months in advance. If necessary, find a personal trainer that can coach you through the process. You can do anything you set your mind to. Remember: Removing limitations is about finding ways to say “I can” instead of “I can’t.”


Words can be portrayed as the smallest meaningful unit of speech. Although small, words act as “triggers” for the people who hear them. What I mean by this is that words have the power to influence and control how we respond. As a result, they enable us to be influenced by their meaning. Take a minute and think about songs for example. Some songs make us happy while others make us sad depending on the message they convey. Language patterns are words that people use to display positive or negative emotions. As human beings we all have sets of negative and positive words that we use every day. Often times, these words or language patterns hinder our chance of being successful. For example, when someone says “I don’t think that I can be an artist” this tells me that the person has no confidence in drawing and/or painting. Targeting and interpreting instances of negative language patterns can help us work towards improved positive thinking patterns. What I want you to do know is to sit down and write out what you believe your weaknesses are. Once you have your list look for ways to improve those weaknesses. Let’s go back to the example I mentioned earlier about being an artist. What you can do here is take art classes to improve your artistic skills. Look at it as a hobby rather than a chore and have fun with it. You can only be successful if you think positively and have the courage to be the person you want to be.



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