Are your decisions based on urgent demands for your immediate attention?
Do you find that your intuition is speaking but you’re not listening?
Do professional demands overshadow your personal well-being?
5 Guiding Statements to Help You Mind Your Business and Busyness
Guiding Statement #1
Awareness helps me make thoughtful, purposeful decisions based on my inner wisdom.
Contemplation and discovery:
What will help me deeply connect with my values and life’s purpose?
How can I better listen to my inner wisdom?
How can I remember to connect my choices with my purpose and values?
Guiding Statement #2
As I learn to wait, watch and be guided by the wisdom from each moment, I am more comfortable with the unknown.
Contemplation and discovery:
Knowing that change is natural and inevitable, how could I welcome the continuous flow of new experience and information?
How could I expand my capacity to practice present moment awareness in order to reduce stress?
How can I begin to give up...
There is no more effective marketing than powerfully delivering your own message to a rapt crowd.
And yet far too many solopreneurs shy away from presentation opportunities due to a fear of public speaking, a fear of putting themselves “out there” before an audience of people that may or may not receive them warmly.
Fortunately, there are effective ways of conquering those fears and putting a presentation to work for your business.
Follow these tips for each of the three stages of a great presentation to have a successful, confidence-building experience when you speak.
Preparing Your Presentation
Start as early as you possibly can—months in advance, if at all possible. There’s a reason the list of tips for this section is much longer than for the two sections that follow it. That’s because when it comes to presentations, preparation is everything!
When it comes attracting clients, coaches may be tempted to tell people what we do and assume what they need. A better (and more coach-like) approach is to LISTEN – what are the needs, frustrations and wants of your ideal client? What’s the conversation in their heads, then use their words. If a client is thinking: I’m sick and tired of feeling tired, our marketing message is “Are you sick and tired of feeling tired?”
Another “key” to reaching our ideal clients is to be mindful. How can you be aware of what you are thinking, feeling, saying, doing and being in any given moment? Are you clear about your values and 100% aligned with your purpose (or do you doubt, compare, fear when it comes to new customers/clients)?
Five simple steps to expand your awareness:
Most of us run our lives on a handful of systems. Between our cellphones, our planners and our e-mail inboxes, we have organized ourselves and our time. And if you ever doubt the importance of these systems, recall your panic the last time you lost your planner.
Yet as important as these systems are, most of us don’t take advantage of what systems can do to improve our businesses. Systems are simply ways of automating or structuring processes so that they can occur systematically without so much thought or attention—and by more than just one person, so that the business can continue to run if the owner takes a vacation.
Figuring Out What to Systematize
For most of us, there are dozens of similar repetitive tasks, large and small, in our businesses or jobs that could be systematized. To identify where you can apply systems, step back from your enterprise and try to look at it objectively. Ask yourself questions such as below:
Where are your frustrations? This is an...
With the Enron and other scandal opening our eyes to corruption at the corporate level, the importance of ethics and integrity in business is at the forefront of America’s awareness. We hear the words “ethics” and “integrity” a lot, but what, exactly, do they mean?
Ethics are a set of principles of right conduct. Integrity is the strict adherence to this set of principles, which does not waiver depending on the circumstances. For businesses and individuals to operate at their fullest potential, both ethics and integrity need to be solidly in place.
“I would go so far as to predict that most new businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have a solid ethical foundation will fail within five years,” writes Peter Koestenbaum, author of The Philosophic Consultant. “Conversely, those who do behave ethically will thrive, both financially and in other ways. Every conscientious businessperson should make it a priority to explore what ethical...