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Starting a Business . . At The Begining

Starting a BusinessStarting a business is an exciting, exhilarating and yes, scary time. There are so many questions and the first one to ask is “Where do I begin?” Some people take the “swim or sink” approach and dive right off the high tower into the deep end of the pool. Others tip-toe into entrepreneurship, take swimming lessons and gradually reach the deep end of the pool. Both approaches have been successful under certain circumstances but most people would at least like to know how to swim (even if it is just dog paddle) before they jump into the water. In addition to having a great product or idea, you will need to rein in your enthusiasm (don’t jump in yet) and complete some mundane tasks associated with starting a business. READ MORE »

 

Listening Skills Play

The following items provide some clarification about what listening is and is not, as well as what role listening skills play in effective communication. Some you may have already thought about, others perhaps not. READ MORE »

 

Branding

brandingBranding is not about getting your target market to choose you over the competition; it is about getting your prospects to see you as the only one that provides a solution to their problem.  Branding is another critically needed component for business sustainability.  READ MORE »

 

Presentations Sell

presentations sellDo you have a great business idea? Having an idea for a business can be the impetus that gets us started in our own business. But, do you have the wherewithal to do the work, day in and day out, to bring that idea to life? According to GrowthWheel there are seven action steps to move your idea to fruition. They are, Ideation, Research, Decision-Making, Sparring, Testing, Documentation for conviction, and Presentations sell ideas. I will be sharing a series of blog posts to discuss each of these ideas. I hope they strike a chord for you and help you move your idea forward. READ MORE »

 

Small Business Growth

Small business growthIt is a wonderful thing for a business to step from start-up into the threshold of small business growth …but often this is a pivotal moment for many businesses.   I have a saying or mantra that I refer to when working with business owners and students, “It isn’t what happens to you that counts the most, but rather how you respond to what happens.”  This is very true when it comes to organizational change.  If you don’t respond well, it can be the deal breaker for your business and before you know it things are spiraling out of control, and possibly be at risk of circling the drain. READ MORE »

 
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