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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 »

 

Five Reasons to Have a Coach

Five ReasonsThe coach doesn’t play in the game, but they know the game inside and out and provide invaluable input that leads to improvement and, ideally, a win.  A professional executive coach can provide you with things that you might not be able to do for yourself. Here are five reasons to have a coach READ MORE »

 

Small Business Development

Small Business DevelopmentIf you are looking to start a business or ways to develop your small business check out Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). SBDCs provide low cost or no cost  assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories.

SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisers provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including.

Small Business Development

Here are just a few of the services SBDCs provide:

  • Develop your small business business plan
  • Manufacturing assistance
  • Financial packaging and lending assistance
  • Exporting and importing support
  • Disaster recovery assistance
  • Procurement and contracting aid
  • Market research help
  • 8(a) program support
  • Healthcare guidance.

With dozens of host networks branching out with hundreds of service delivery points throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, SBDC assistance is available virtually anywhere.

 

Dynamite Business Relationship

Here are some simple tips to get a dynamite business relationship started:

  • Check your body language, words and voice. Your non-verbal signals tell the real Dynamite Business Relationshipstory of how you feel. Ensure that if your words are positive, the body and facial
    expressions are too. Tight fists or angry eyes with positive words will tell the listener that the message is not sincere or truthful.
  • Shift your concentration and put the spotlight on the customer. This is a powerful way to break down barriers and gain cooperation.

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Testing Your Idea

Do 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 to 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.

The first is, Inspiration for Ideation. Ideation is the act of getting ideas to move us forward. There are several ways to get an idea chain moving. (See prior blog post on this topic.)

The second is, Research that provides knowledge. Perhaps you already have a plethora of ideas or have a couple that you are trying to choose between. What’s next? Research. Doing research up-front will say you a lot of legwork and heartache. (See prior blog post on this topic.)

The third is, Decision-Making that leads to action. A strong decision leads to action. This step of creative business development is vastly important because it will lead you forward from the first two steps. (See prior blog post on this topic).

The fourth is, Sparring that provides improvements. Sparring in this sense means to meet and discuss with others the ups and downs of your business idea. (See prior blog on this topic).

The fifth is, Testing that gives realism.

Beyond the research and sparring is testing. Some entrepreneurs find that the “Just Do It” approach works better for them. The idea being that trial and error is the best teacher and too much time in the lab just doesn’t tell them what they need to know.

Depending on the type of business you have, manufacturing, service, delivery, or a new or improved product, you will have to determine what type of testing will work best to give you the information you need to move forward. You may need to create a prototype, implement a pilot project, make test deliveries, or set up a consumer test that allows you to observe the customer using the product and then asking them questions afterwards.

Testing can be a very creative way to work, beyond the research and sparring steps outlined earlier. The step is a great way to get hands on knowledge prior to sending a product or service out into the world.

Are you ready to test an idea? What steps do you need to take to share your product or service with the public to get some feedback? It may take a little up front time, but the knowledge that you gain from testing can give you an invaluable boost.

To learn more about these actions steps check out some of our workshops and seminars or check out the book A Guide to Developing Mission, Vision, and Value Statements