learning

Is motivation all you need?

In my last blog I wrote about keeping motivation up for long periods of time.  But is this going to guarantee success? No.

There was an article in the business insider online magazine that was quite blunt about it, if motivation or visualisation was all we needed why was everyone not millionaires and happy? Because if you don’t have something else then your chances of making it are slim.

I have been talking about this thing for years, it is skill.  You can have all the motivation in the world but if you do not have the skills you need you are probably not going to make it.  I say probably because there are a very few cases in which someone makes it by chance but can they replicate that success over and over again, no. Those who can replicate success are those who have both the drive and skill.  Drive is just another way of saying that their motivation is high.

Residual income – are you missing an opportunity?

Computer with booksThere are lots of people who talk about ‘making money while you sleep’, usually network marketers, but there are other ways to make money without exchanging your time for money.

Want to really make your linkedIn profile more interesting?

 

One of the biggest complaints on Linkedin has been the difficulty in adding media rich items to your profile. Before you had to embed a video into a slide share or google presentation but now there is a little icon you need to make your friend.

linkedin media add in icon

 

this little square with a plus beside it allows you to add a portfolio, presentation, photo or video as long as it has an http:// address attached to it.

Do you want real results from your goals this year?

If you do then you probably need a plan

As business owners we are told we must have business goals and we have to achieve these goals, and that we have failed if we don’t achieve them.

But how realistic are our goals? For me the piece I most often find missing is the plan to achieve these goals.

It’s all very well setting yourself a goal, but is it actually achievable? And I’m not talking stretch goals here. I mean the goals where you say you can do something in 12 months, but based on your current performance it will actually take 16 months. Now you can cWordle: goal settinghange the goal to achieve this in 16 months, or you have to change what/ how you work. Again both valid options. But what isn’t valid is saying “I will achieve it in 12 months but I won’t change how I work/ what I do”. This means you have set yourself a goal that you can’t possibly achieve. And unfortunately we live in a culture where failure is criticised. This isn’t a failure of the goal. This is a failure of the planning process that should be part of the goal setting process.

The 3 Secrets Of Successful People

Do you want to achieve all of your goals and dreams?

Do you want to live a successful life?

If your answers are ‘yes’ to both of these questions, then read on.

A lot of people fail to live the life that they desire because they do not have what it takes within them. As a result, they fail to produce the outcomes that they wish.

So, if you’re different and you’re prepared to do what it takes to be successful on your own terms, here are the three secrets that will get you there.

The first secret is knowing what you want

The Unexpected Outcome

I know social media still has such a buzz about it in the business world and when I joined twitter it was purely for business reasons as I was looking at developing business opportunities. However as I was new to it I played with it a little before I sorted out a business twitter account.  The unexpected outcome from this is that it really has had an impact on my personal life as well.  All for the better.

I have been using twitter for quite a while now after much persuasion and encouragement   from @EssexSocial I have grown a substantial following resulting in some great friendships and business opportunities.  In fact I have found some people I actually feel closer to online than some people I know offline.

This last month has been an interesting time for me with lots of positive outcomes, some of which were totally unexpected. This has been both on a personal and professional level.

C’mon I Want to Know Now!

Why training doesn’t work

Good training means cost and you want to see a return on your investment and these uncertain times and understandably you want to see immediate results. Read the rest of this entry »

Should forums be used for doing homework?

I look at a lot of forums or applications. People ask questions and answers are given, like if you need to create a complicated excel calculation for work you can post the question about how to create the calculation and someone usually posts the solution.

But should students be allowed to do this?

It reminds me of an owner of a large business networking site who was so happy that her daughter was giving answers to homework to all her friends online.  Does this not defeat the object of education?

how sharp is your saw?

How sharp is your saw? When I use the analogy of sharpening the saw, I of course refer to Stephen Covey’s habit #7 from ‘ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ I would like to look at this from a training perspective. If you take a step back, think about your effectiveness. Just how effective are you ?Do you still have the same levels of motivation you did this time last year or is work a chore?

How do you keep your saw sharpened?

Sometimes when you sit behind your desk repeating the same process’ and going through the same cycle every month do you ever question if you could work smarter or achieve more of your monthly objectives? Do you leave everything till the last minute and wonder why you are always constantly running round like the proverbial ‘headless chicken’? This isn’t going to be a session on time management, more why training and development is so important for keeping that all important saw sharpened. If you need training, do not be afraid to ask for it, it’s an investment in your career and from your employers perspective it will reap rewards, remind them of the following:   Why train?Well it’s simple, if you want highly effective people who consistently deliver above your expectations,then training is a necessary cost, a cost which is measurable and has a high return on your investment. If you don’t have a learning and development programme in place in your organisation then it is definitely food for thought, particularly if you are looking for the following:

  • Better management and leadership
  • Motivated teams
  • Increased skills
  • Increased revenue and yields
  • Better customer focus
Why wouldn’t you want that for the people who in effect keep your business profitable?
The days of ‘plonking’ a business directory on someone’s desk and telling them to ‘get on with it’ with the words ‘ In my day….’ are long gone. The need for people to connect with customers in the smartest way possible within this competitive environment are key. If you think I being over dramatic, I am not, these strange ‘working’ practises still exist in some places, in an industry that is supposed to be progressive!
So how do you measure the effectiveness of training?

Are you a busy fool?

Do you run around here there and everywhere, mobile phone in one hand, documents in the other? Do you hear yourself telling everyone you are ‘too busy’ to do something or that you ‘haven’t got enough hours in the day’? Are you working from morning til night, and even on weekends?

If this all sounds like you, I don’t think you are alone. I’m not sure if its down to the economy and people being desperate to survive, or if it is a competitive thing that has got out of control, but more and more I see people just like this, people who leave you feeling exhausted after just a few minutes in conversation with them.

If this is you, do you really feel, at the end of your 16 hour day, that you are achieving? My view is that people like this are busy fools, people who convince themselves they are really busy but in actual fact are just avoiding making time for the things they really should be doing.

I have known people who spend the week plodding along in the office, making regular cuppa’s, going for a stroll and then they moan that they have to work all weekend. It’s like a form of self flagellation. Instead of knuckling down and methodically working through their ‘to do’ list, they prefer to work all hours so that they can tell people how busy they are.

But surely it has the opposite effect? People wont think ‘wow you’re busy’ but are far more likely to think, ‘you haven’t got time for me’. In a business sense this can be very damaging as potential clients may perceive you are at capacity and then decide to go elsewhere.

At times we can all be busy fools, I know I have run around like a headless chicken convincing myself that I didn’t have time to stop and think about what I really needed to do next, it becomes a hamster wheel that is very difficult to get off. The most important thing is recognising this and addressing it before it damages your business and maybe even your personal life.

So how can you stop being a busy fool and become more productive? Here are a few ideas:

Unaccustomed as I am

Presenting can be a daunting task if you let it be. The first time I did presentation training we were preparing to apply our new found skills and I opted to go first. I was asked to walk through the door at the end and present to the people in the room – I had no idea that behind the door was an auditorium with 300 seated in it! total heart-stopping moment. I recall my knees knocking behind the lectern which I clung onto for dear life and I spoke for 20minutes about my magazine.

use you props effectively

The feedback from my trainer was remarkable the trainer said I didn’t look nervous – no one could have been more surprised than me. It is highly unlikely that you will have to present to that number of people very often but even if it is a handful you should think about the following:

LinkedIn : Connections – who should I connect to?

This post is by Philippa Bowen

 

 

As I work with clients on their social media strategies I often get asked about how to grow their connections on LinkedIn. And who should they connect o? Accept invitations from?

 

Well LinkedIn is very specific in its terms and conditions about why it exists and who you should connect to:

A. Purpose.

When an organisation is anything but…

This post is by Rosie Garwood

Surprising as it may seem, the vision of a business, even its organisational structure can be the management’s best kept secret.

Given this, it’s not hard to see why many teams seem to lack direction or a sense of purpose. I’ve lost count of the number of times a boss has complained that his people fail to see the bigger picture, and every time my response is to ask when was the last time they shared this bigger picture with the team.

Do you or your staff need training?

If you needed a contract written you would seek the advice of a professional, right? Training is as important investment as seeking the right insurance or legal advice. In order to get the most from your computers and staff you need to ensure you are using them efficiently.

How to get a custom picture beside your comment

It you read a lot of blogs you will notice that the comments at the bottom may have pictures beside them. Some are generic, like the monsters you see on this blog, some are customised. Mine for example is my networking picture . How is this done?

Easy when you know how. Start by visiting a site called gravitar.com you can create a free account that you can associate different email addresses with specific pictures.