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Category: Professional Development

How NOT to Introduce Yourself

Filed under: Branding, Career Advice, Professional Development, Skills

Networking is one of the most challenging skills you may have to learn in the world of business. It can be an awkward experience, having the attention of a group of strangers focused on you, and trying to make a good first impression.

It’s an important moment. The person opposite you might be someone who could make or break your career. If you make a good impression, he or she might be able to refer your next big client, or have the influence to help you land that next big contract.

On the other hand, if you act like a doofus, you might alienate someone who might have been an otherwise important connection and relationship.

If you’d like to avoid looking like a jerk, avoid being this guy when introducing yourself:

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4 Reasons Successful Entrepreneurs Need Executive Assistants

Filed under: Career Advice, Professional Development, Success

As an entrepreneur, you put a great deal of thought in surrounding yourself with talented and dynamic people who add to the success of your business endeavors. The abilities and contributions of your team often determine the overall outcome of your project.  Yet there is one position often overlooked by the most ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. No, it isn’t your VP or manager. It is your executive assistant.

I’m not referring to someone who spends the day merely opening mail, pouring coffee, and answering the phone. I am talking about an individual who, if well placed, can enhance your productivity and brand ten-fold by compensating for weaknesses, enhancing professionalism, expanding productivity, and increasing the organization of your company.

While some entrepreneurs utilize current software or mobile devices to help with their administrative tasks, nothing compares to the benefits of a skilled executive assistant.  Here are 4 reasons why hiring an executive assistant is a great idea.

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7 Things Exceptional Leaders Know

Filed under: Insights, Leadership, Leadership and Management, Professional Development

1.Exceptional Leaders know that leadership is influence.

When you boil down everything a leader can do to succeed with a team, you end up with one word:influence. Exceptional leaders influence decisions, enthusiasm, actions, possibilities, confidence, beliefs, direction, and culture. Influence is what an exceptional leader does, and it shows up in myriad ways. The tactics can and will change; the definition will not.

2. Exceptional leaders know that leadership is not a talent.

Leadership is a skill and a craft. It can be learned only through a unique combination of study and experience. When people describe a “talented” leader or a “born leader”, they’re either mislabeling the leader’s hard work or they’re describing the leader’s charisma. Of course, charisma and leadership are mistaken for each other very often, but they’re not at all the same. Charisma is to leadership what a fresh paint job would be to a car. It can make for a more appealing presentation, but the actual performance will come from some deeper and more powerful place.

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How To Make Friends With Ambitious People

Filed under: ambition, Professional Development, Quick Tips, Skills

If you’re trying to take yourself and your life to the next level, it makes a lot of sense to aim higher when it comes to making friends. The right friends will support you emotional and provide practical help along the way.

If you have exiting friends that aren’t as ambitious as you are, chances are that they’re unconsciously holding you back. You don’t have to stop seeing them right away; your best bet is to focus on building friendships with new people.

If you want to make friends with ambitious people, read on. In this article, I would like to share with you three important steps. These steps will help you go to the next level in your social life, meet many ambitious and interesting people, and have them stick around for a long time.

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The Three Secrets to Engagement

Filed under: Best Advice, Professional Development, Social Impact, Your Career

Companies are taking an increasing interest in employee engagement, and rightly so. Studies continue to emphasize the correlation between levels of engagement and levels of productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

But improving engagement is a challenge. Offering better perks and better benefits helps, but not much. In fact, according to the latest Gallup study, overall levels of engagement haven’t improved much over the last 10 years. The truth is that improving engagement isn’t about adding benefits. It’s more comprehensive than that.

There are three types of engagement and they all need to be addressed if improvement in overall engagement is to be achieved. An organization’s level of engagement is only as strong as the weakest of the three. The three types of engagement are Personal EngagementOrganizational Engagement, andSituational Engagement. Here are insights into each type along with suggestions for improving engagement.

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Urgency in the Millennial Workforce – Possible!

Filed under: Attitude, Professional Development, Social Impact, Societal Shifts

One of the great struggles leaders face is creating urgency in their followers to strive towards organizational goals. A problem that becomes quickly compounded when those followers are millennials and new to their career field. They are dipping their feet into the waters of the “real world” and generally far more committed to finding a job rather than selecting one they’re fully invested in. This creates a unique set of challenges for the leader trying to build urgency in their team. Here are some suggested techniques to implement:

1. Be Chatty – have frequent, consistent conversation with your millennial team members. They have come up in an age and culture where communication never ceases, so become part of it. Utilize different mediums until you learn their patterns and preferences, and be sure to make your conversations about more than just work. Having open lines of communication will allow you to check in on their progress toward goal achievement frequently and will stimulate proactive conversation from them. Knowing they will be talking to you daily will naturally increase the urgency to achieve progress.

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4 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Career

Filed under: Best Advice, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

Do you feel stuck in a dead end job? Do you wake up every day, go to work, and do exactly the same thing over and over again? This is no way to go through life. No salary is worth being miserable over. You can get out of this mundane career without even changing jobs. All you have to do is have a little tactful motivation and take advantage of what is right in front of you.

Here are some ways you can breathe new life into your career:

1. Take Advantage Of Opportunities

Many of our jobs get us in this dull routine, which eventually becomes a perpetual rut. Getting out of that rut requires desire and motivation. It’s never just going to happen for you. What can you do to recharge your career? Start by being open minded. This means not only looking for opportunities, but also creating them for yourself. The best chances in life are often only there for a fleeting moment, and you have to be prepared to jump on them at any time.

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Do You Have a Vision of Where You Are Going?

Filed under: inspiration, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” Ralph Lauren

All successful leaders have at least one thing in common – a strong vision that they truly believe in. An outstanding leader makes that vision come alive by motivating others to share in that vision while compelling them to act.

Creating the Vision: Think First, Act Second

A great leader plans ahead, setting the tone for an energetic, balanced atmosphere. Plan ahead by creating a vision – think first, act second.

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Not All Advice is Good Advice

Filed under: Professional Development, Quick Tips, Rational Thought, Strategy

What to do when you don’t like the advice you have been given.

Making decisions is part of the life of a small business owner. You make so many decisions every day, it becomes second nature. As your business grows, you face challenges and decisions outside your comfort zone. When that happens, it’s wise to look to others for advice and information. Over the years I have turned to my husband, brother, employees, friends, other business owners and paid professionals for advice.

Sometimes the advice is great, and other times, it just doesn’t feel right. When that happens to you take a minute before you decide to ignore the advice and ask yourself a few tough questions.

Why don’t you like the advice?

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Want to Be Successful? Get Angry

Filed under: Attitude, Professional Development, Rational Thought, Your Career

We’re human, every single one of us. We feel happy, and sometimes we feel smart. Other times we feel stupid. We enjoy feeling loved. We cringe when we feel hated. We all get angry for sure. Some handle it better than others. Sometimes in my life I’ve been quick to anger.

Throughout my entire career I’ve been told that I should never get angry. I’ve been advised that it’s a negative emotion that shouldn’t enter the workplace. However, when I look back at my biggest wins, my most impressive accomplishments have all started with the same common denominator.

I got angry.

I didn’t let it control me. I felt it. I tried to identify what it was that had pushed my buttons, and I went about solving that conflicting emotion. I find that getting angry (in a controlled sense) has helped me. I think it can help you too.

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