personal development

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? 
 
Being good at networking actually involves quite a few complex skills, and as with all skills, the more you practice, the better you get.  Read on for six tips that will make you a much more effective networker.
 
1. Build your verbal fluency 
In coaching a wide range of entrepreneurs I frequently, see ways that people hold themselves back from their success and have experienced many myself. I'm sure we've all heard the phrase of "getting out of our own way", well, here are 6 ways that you might be sabotaging your success. 
 
Have a read through and see what your favorite is. 
 
Are beginnings tough for you? If they are - don't worry you're not alone! 
 
If you've ever had writers block you'll understand marketing block - it's when you know you need to get some marketing happening but you just can't get anything going. Whether it's attending a networking event, doing some follow up, sending out a newsletter, writing some marketing collateral, or booking a speaking engagement. 
 

Business Lessons from Marketing Guru Arlene Dickenson  

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Arlene Dickenson, a Canadian marketing professional and CEO of Venture Communications speak. She made some great points in her presentation that I want to share some of the highlights with you. 

Recently I came across a postcard that said, "Perfect is the enemy of good." At first, I thought: now wait a moment - isn't perfect good?

I was brought up believing that doing something perfectly was... well, good. It was, after all - perfect! Now before I get carried away here splitting hairs between perfect and good, I must admit I've been a victim of holding back, waiting till everything is absolutely right before I begin or complete a task.

We all started the year with excitement and hope of new and better things to come. But then as the months chug by we can often find ourselves a bit off track... and for some of us... way off track. 
It's essential in business to stop and take stock of how we're doing - at least mid-way through the year. Actually, monthly is better and perhaps I'm biased here, but working with a Business Coach weekly is BEST! Ok... I just had to say it. ;-)