What kind of leader are you? Do you know? Have you ever even asked yourself that question? When I work wtih business owners in my coaching program I work with them to ascertain what type of leader they are. Are you a weak leader? Are you a strong leader? Knowing which one you are can help you motivate your team and move them forward and your business toward higher successes.
Are You A Weak Leader?
Do you make decisions? If you’re so-so when it comes to making decisions — whether you’re paralyzed by fear or whether you’re afraid you won’t get a return on your investment or whether you’re simply thinking, “We’ve never done it that way before… will it work?” If you hesitate to take action, you are showing signs of weakness, regardless of the reasons why you’re hesitating.
When you have to say “no” to a project or idea do you follow that up with, “because we just don’t have the money/time/manpower?” Don’t tie the “no” in with a complaint about a lack in resources. If you have to say no, then do so. Don’t continually complain about a lack of resources or your employee morale is certain to suffer.
When things go wrong do you look for someone or something to blame? Stop! You have to take responsibilty even if it was an underling who made the mistake. As a supervisor or business owner you need to take responsibility for both the good and the bad.
Do you abuse your position of power? Are you a “do as I say, not as I do boss?” If so. Stop! You need to set the bar by which your employees measure their own behaviors. You may have privileges in your leadership role, but don’t take advantage.
Treat others with respect. Don’t intimidate your employees. Don’t be disrespectful to higher-ups.
When I coach wtih business clients, they sometimes tell me that they know they should be blogging but they just don’t know how or where to start. I uncover that for many, there is a fear of blogging and that is what makes them procrastinate. Here are some ways to break through your fear of blogging and get on a regular schedule for your business.
Your potential clients will thank you for sharing your unique expertise with them on your blog posts.
Break Through Your Fear Of Blogging
- Understand your niche. If you narrow down your niche you can focus your efforts and truly impart the knowledge your clients and your ideal customers need.
- Know your blogging objectives and put metrics in place to help ascertain whether you are being a blogging “success.” Remember, it won’t happen overnight — blogging success or blogging traffic. Give yourself a deadline for trying your hand at blogging them track your metrics at the end of that time. You will need to know whether you’re looking to make sales, get comments, drive people to your social media pages for likes and comments or get them to sign up for your newsletter. If you don’t know your goal, you won’t be able to measure success.
- Realize that “not everyone is looking at you.” What we mean by that is that sometimes bloggers feel self conscious — like everyone is staring. They get social anxiety when their finger is hovering above the “publish” key. If you’ve researched your topic, stayed on topic, have shared quality and relevant information you have nothing about which to be anxious. Also, remember, everyone makes mistakes and typos. If you look at your post later and discover one — change it then re-publish. Viola! Problem solved.
What’s preventing you from blogging or from blogging regularly? What roadblocks are you putting in your own path to blogging success? Let’s talk, during a coaching session and break through the blogging writers’ block you might be experiencing.
Are you looking at another sixteen hour — or longer — work day? Do you ever get a weekend off? Have you stopped meeting friends and family for lunches, dinners or other get-togethers? Are you working on or in your business? If you’re being run ragged by all you have to do — you are working IN your business and you need to find a way to step back, get out of the overwhelm and get back to a work-life balance?
Are You Working ON or IN Your Business?
Here are some ways to tell whether you are runnign your business or if it’s running you:
- You answer the question, “How are you?” with “Busy!”
- You can’t remember the last time you were home in time for family dinner.
- You feel it will be quicker for you to “just do it yourself” rather than hire someone or delegate a task.
- You tell yourself, “I need to make more money” or “I need more clients” but you’re not even sure if that’s true.
- You are reactive to the tasks of the day rather than being proactive.
What can you do to take control and regain your life? Here are a few.
- Put together systems and business processes for your daily tasks.
- Take time off for yourself and your family. Make your business work around your schedule instead of the other way around.
- Delegate. Hire someone to do those tasks that don’t truly need your input.
- Understand your budget so you can determine whether you can say “no” to a new project when you’re drowning with the ones you currently have.
- Find a coach, mastermind group or a mentor. An outsider’s perspective might be just waht you need.
If you’re looking at your day with dread, you need to reach out and find someone with whom to interact and who can help you learn to work ON rather than IN your business. Is today the day you’re going to take that step and regain your life? Give me a call, if you said “yes!”
Have you ever wondered how to become a better public speaker? Do you go to networking events and listen to colleagues regale the audience with stories and share their unique knowledge and wondered, “how can I do that?” Public speaking is a matter of knowing your stuff and understanding how to deliver it to an audience in a concise manner while making it both entertaining and useful.
How To Become A Better Public Speaker
- Practice. Don’t imagine that the great orators of our time simply took to the podium and were stellar speakers. Sure, some of them might be able to deliver a moving speech or lead a networking event with no preparation, but for the rest of us mortals, we need to practice. Write your speech then read it through several times a day before you deliver it. Read snippets of it aloud. Stand in front of a mirror and read it. Once you’re comfortable with the content, then deliver it without reading. Notice how the best speakers rarely resort to reading notes.
- Change your mindset from one of fear to one of knowledge and power. YOU are helping your audience and that is empowering. Focus on your experience and unique expertise.
- Welcome everyone to your session. Walk around the front of the room, make eye contact, offer up a “good morning” or a “good afternoon.” This relaxes both you and the group. Make a connection with the audience.
- If you’re anxious and have sweaty palms, take some deep breaths. Get up and move. Don’t sit in a chair and let anxiety take over. Move around and walk it out.
- Remember, everyone gets the pre-speach jitters. It’s normal and natural.
Do you seek out speaking opportunities? When is the last time you gave a presentation to a group? If you have always wanted to speak, but haven’t, what’s stopping you? I’d love to know.
Businesses are downsizing and many “older” employees are finding their positions cut to make way for younger (usually with lower paychecks) staff members. There is a boom movement in Baby Boomers becoming entrepreneurs — and why not! Sixty is the new fifty and if you want to know how to join the Baby Boomer Entrepreneur crowd, read on for tips to do just that.
Grab your pen and paper and make notes of the unique areas of expertise you bring to the table and how you might be able to parlay those talents or other talents you may have never had time to pursue into a new career as a business owner.
How To Join The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur Crowd
- Delve into your passions. If you had a job that you loved, find a way to continue pursuing that as an entrepreneur. If you have a passion you never had time to follow because you were working, find a way to make that generate income. What do you love? What will people pay for? How can you marry the two? Search your soul for those things at which you excel; write them all down and see if any of those items are something you could see as a business endeavor.
- Put together a business plan. Whether unemployment is looming or if you are already retired. Put your plan in writing. Have a business goal, or more than one. Know what you need to spend for start up costs. Know what you need to make in order to consider the business a success. If you put your thoughts in writing you are more likely to follow through.
- What skills do you need to brush up on? If you aren’t as technical as you should be, take a class. Look at your potential business ideas and know what skills you need to hone. If you are starting a business you will also want to build a team of at least an attorney (to have on call for contracts and other legal advice and to assure you’re setting the business up correctly) and a financial person — bookkeeper, accountant, etc. — to assure you’re setting up your accounts correctly and are staying in good standing with the IRS. You need to know what skills you need to hire for and what skills you want to learn.
If you’ve never been self-employed, this could be a worrisome time, but I urge you to embrace this new challenge and let it bring you joy! Do you wonder whether you have an idea that could warrant a business? If you’re unsure of where to even begin, drop us a comment and let’s set up a time to talk!