Sue Clement's blog

When you get a referral, you may wonder what you can do to inspire the referral source to refer even more people to you. You'd think it would help if you rewarded them. And to a point that's true. However, getting this one right can be trickier than it seems.

It's been said that "Relationships make the world go round". As business owners, relationships are at the core of our business  and our abillity to develop strong relationships is key to our success.  That includes relationships with our customers and clients, with our suppliers, our referral partners and all those people we network with year in and year out.
This is a strategy I use a lot, especially for evening networking events - "Go Tag Team!"
Yes, I often entice my husband to join me at networking events especially evenings when I'm tempted to opt-out and not attend.  This way I get there and it generally makes the evening more fun... and successful. 

It's hard to believe that just a month ago I was on vacation in Oregon.  It all seems like a blur now so I couldn't help but take a peek at some of my photos to remember the rolling waves and sandy beaches.

As I was flipping through the images I was reminded of the  4th of July celebrations in Yachats we enjoyed. Yachats is a village of about 1000 people with loads of character a just a few miles down the road from the cabin.   

As the year passes through the midpoint  now is a perfect time to review how you've been doing and what it takes to achieve or even exceed your goals for the year.

One of my favorite sayings is "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."  Since it's St. Patrick's Day today, I wish that quote had been by someone Irish, but it's in fact by Seneca, a Roman philosopher who lived in the first century AD.

Do you find yourself frequently thinking or say "I know that"?  If you do, you may want to pause and ask yourself... Is that really true? 

Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Don't be too hasty.

Personally, I'm not really a big fan of New Year's resolutions because most people don't follow them through. And that can be much worse than not making any at all. But there are ways to use them to good effect.

Read on to find out 4 steps you must do if you're serious about having greater success in 2015.

December is an interesting month for business. Many of my clients find that sales soften and slow down - some industries more so than others. I frequently hear the comment that now is not a good time for business. 

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