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Seven actions to developing your power – Part Two

If you missed the first seven Power Action tips, you can read them here!

Here are the next seven actions to developing your power.

Power Action #8 – Listen!

Listen to what the other person is telling you. When he or she is talking, give direct eye contact and don’t think about how you are going to respond. Process what they are saying and then formulate your answer. Too many people do not listen when people talk but instead, think about what they will say next and miss most of what that person said.

Power Action #9 – Do Your Homework!

Don’t go into anything unprepared. Plan and organize what you need to do. Checklists work great, reason why pilots use them, so they don’t forget anything! Wasting someone’s time due to poor planning leaves a bad impression. Even a little preparation, if rushed, goes a long way.

Power Action #10 – Be Disciplined!

Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual discipline is at the core of your being. Work on improving it every single day.

Power Action #11 – Stand Up Straight and Fly Right!

Good posture commands attention. Shoulders back, stomach in, butt in, and direct eye contact give you a commanding presence.

Power Action #12 – Be Compassionate and Caring!

The world is a hard place, but by caring and being compassionate people always make a difference in an otherwise selfish world.

Power Action #13 – Find a Mentor!

Emulate someone you admire. Good role models help us build our unique model of who we are.

Power Action #14 – Associate with Positive People!

If you want to be upbeat, positive, and confident, don’t hang around with petty, nasty, complaining, whiney people. They’ll bring you down if you let them or you’ll become one of them. You know the type, complains at work but does nothing to change their unhappy situation. Life is too short to be pessimistic. Choose people who laugh, have goals and objectives, and are interested in living life to the fullest.

Power Action #15 – Give!

Give your time or money to worthwhile causes. What you give and how much you give will come back to you in spades in all kinds of ways. Misers are unhappy people.

Remember – your attitude determines your altitude in life. It’s never too late to start!

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Seven actions to developing your power – Part One

As an introvert, I have always wondered, what makes some people so energetic and admired that they become a people magnet? You know, the kind of person you enjoy being around anytime. It has little to do with good looks, being abundantly wealthy, owning an expensive car, or wearing the latest fashion. Of course, these can’t hurt if you are lucky enough to have them!

Then I discovered that Personal Power has to do with how you think, react, interact, and manage your time efficiently. Being successful in life, love, business, and all personal activities take work, and a conscious “awareness” of the qualities and traits make you a confident, take charge person that attracts people.

I’ll share with you 7 Actions to Developing your Power that you can implement daily. Progress is not made overnight, but by taking small chunks and tackling them one at a time.

Power Action #1 – Maintain an Even Temper!

Have you ever met a hot head, angry, bitter person that you love to be with? Probably not. Your temperament and how you handle yourself in all situations can determine your “cool” factor. Keep steady, sturdy, and stable. Think before you act. Don’t get this confused with personality. Some folks are laid back; some are lively and animated. It’s perfectly fine to be who you are, but when losing your cool or you are being pulled in five different directions, how you react is what’s important.

Power Action #2 – Have a Sense of Humor!

Be self-deprecating and disarming. You must be willing to make fun of yourself from time to time, rather than being serious all the time. Like anything else in life, humor should be used in moderation and at the right time to be effective.

Power Action #3 – Smile!

People love to feel valued and important. You can make someone’s day just by giving a simple smile.

Power Action #4 – Treat People Like You Would Want to be Treated!

What goes around comes around. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Don’t get caught up in vicious gossip.

Power Action #5 – Remember People’s Name and Small Details About Them!

More importantly, use both in conversation. People love to hear their names and being asked questions about their life; it shows you have an interest in them on a personal level.

Power Action #6 – Be Honest!

If you lie, even a small little white lie, you’ll eventually get caught in it. Everyone appreciates direct honesty, even if it’s not what they want to hear.

Power Action #7 – Let Other People Talk!

A conversation needs to be two-sided to take place. Let the other person do most of the talking. Remain attentive and interested in what the person has to say.

Every day strive to be the best that you can be. Will you stumble along the way? Sure, but it is how you get up and continue that counts. It’s the small daily effort that you take that can lead to the dynamic, “gee I wish I were like him/her” person you deserve to be.

Your attitude determines your altitude in life. It’s never too late to start!

Here’s Part Two!

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10 Tips to start and run your side business

You’ve decided that you’re ready to start your own business, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Entrepreneurship can seem very overwhelming with so many things to consider.

Instead of going into panic mode, use these tips to help you get your start-up started!

1. Be Clear on Your Plan

Clarity will get you far in your business. Be sure to have a plan in place to ensure your success. How will your business operate? How will you make an income? What kind of clients will you work with? These are all decisions you should make in the early planning stages of your business.

2. Set Goals

Once you have a plan in place, you’ve got to measure your success. Set up some goals that you’d like to accomplish, it’ll not only help you understand if you’re heading in the right direction but also gives you something to strive for!

3. Market Yourself

When running the day to day operations, expanding your business through marketing can fall to the side. If you want growth, you must get your business out there. Create a marketing strategy and set funds aside to promote. What ways will you advertise? What social media channels will you be visible? Who will create your promotions? When creating a strategy, consider all of these questions.

4. Keep Track of Your Tasks

Having some sort of daily planner is going to work wonders for you! In the mix of clients calls, client work and managing the business itself, you will need something to keep your tasks in order. Invest in a planner or calendar that has all your to-dos in front of you.

5. Manage Your Finances

Money is a big issue for a business. It determines your success, it’s needed to get started, and it might be the reason you want to get started! As a business owner, you need to be able to keep track of expenses going in and out of your business. Tools like Quickbooks make it easy for small businesses to do so. An accountant is also a smart investment for anyone!

6. Connect with other Entrepreneurs

If you’re a solo entrepreneur, you might be spending a lot of time alone in front of a computer. Surrounding yourself with other like-minded people has multiple benefits. You have the opportunity to learn from others, can brainstorm ideas, and have someone who understands your entrepreneurial journey.

7. Network

Having connections is like having gold, especially in the entrepreneur world. A person in your network can lead to speaking opportunities, clients, mentors and more. Be sure to spend time networking and making connections!

8. Learn and Research

When you’re starting out, there is a lot you don’t know. When you’re five years in, there is still a lot left to learn. Always spend time learning about your field and researching new trends in your industry. The more you know, the more room to grow!

9. Work on Your Mindset

One of the biggest roadblocks to success is our mindset. Without a healthy state of mind, we tend to stifle our growth with doubt. When going into business for yourself, the mindset is the one thing you’ll constantly have to work on to survive the challenges of being an entrepreneur to be able to break barriers, shatter doubt, and overcome obstacles.

10. Get Help

As a business owner, you’re taking on a lot of roles. You’re the accountant, salesperson, marketer and everything else. However, you don’t have to do it all alone. Outsourcing and hiring out can help fast-track your success instead of trying to learn it all yourself.

While starting and running a business is not an easy task, the outcome and rewards can make it all worth it. Let’s work on getting you to those rewards together.

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How to Plan Your Marketing Successfully

Marketing isn’t simple, but it can be. To do it right, it requires a great deal of planning. Entrepreneurs and small businesses without massive marketing budgets have to handle this aspect of their business themselves, and for many, this is no easy task.

Therefore, businesses create a marketing plan. A marketing plan is a detailed document that includes the data you need to make marketing decisions and set a course of action that you can implement immediately. Drafting a marketing plan takes a great deal of time and work, but here are a few questions to get you started.

Who Is Your Target Market?

If you’re already selling, look at your existing customers. Who are they? What do they like about you sell? Try to recall any positive feedback you’ve gotten from them. Naturally, if your brand resonates with these individuals, it will resonate with others like them.

If you don’t already have customers, defining your target market may take a bit more work. Look at companies that offer similar products to yours. Who is buying from them? Who could benefit from your products? Try doing some market research to glean some idea of who your target market is.

What Makes Your Products Unique?

There are bound to be other companies out there selling services and products like yours. So, what makes you different? Why would someone buy from you and not your competition? Remember here that ‘products’ means your offering, which includes services as well. The term refers to whatever people buy from you.

If the unique qualities of your services or products don’t come to mind immediately, it’s time to do some work. Do some soul searching and look for the strengths of your products. If, in the end, you find that your product, unfortunately, resembles everything else on the market, how can you change it to make it unique?

What Do You Want Your Marketing to Achieve?

Every business takes for granted that it needs to market, but why? The ‘why’ is critical. You need to identify what you hope to achieve through your marketing because this will guide your efforts and help you choose which tactics are most appropriate.

Once you know who your target market is, what’s unique about your product or service, and what you want to get out of your marketing efforts, you’re ready to get started with your marketing plan.

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