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Helping

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It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Renewing the Passion for Your Business

Guest post by Jeanne Riley, LMT (*)

renewalA recent focus group explored the topic “Renewing the Passion for Your Business. “

One of the benefits of starting or running your own business is you have the opportunity to do and share what you love.  Your business is something you are drawn to, something you are good at and committed to, something you really enjoy focusing your time and energy on.

Still, starting up a new business is hard work and it can take several years to build up a thriving business.  The stress and workload can be daunting.  Temporary setbacks can be demotivating.  The lag time in profitability can make you question your business plan and sometimes maybe even your sanity.    So how do you maintain the motivation, the commitment and the stamina to keep doing all the things it takes to run your new business?

We consulted many resources and discussed some of the tactics entrepreneurial experts and business coaches advise.  We also found some fun simple exercises to help boost your productivity and creativity.

1) Take care of Yourself First.  If you do not take care of your own health and wellbeing, you will not have the stamina to continue breathing life into your business.  Think of this like putting the oxygen mask on yourself before the kiddos in an airplane.  If you are unconscious so is this business you are trying to nurture.  Serial entrepreneur Jen Groover says making your health a priority can help you maintain the mental clarity you need to stay at the top of your game as an entrepreneur.1  So, remember to eat well, exercise both your body and your mind and find the time and resources to help take care of you.  It’s not a luxury to take care of your SELF.  It is a necessity.

2) Delegate or automate.  Even if you love what you do, there are business requirements that are tedious, repetitive, that you do not like to do, or that you do not have enough expertise to do well yourself.  This may mean taking on an additional expense, but the time saved means you have time to find more ways to increase your profitability.   This also means building a support network.   Scott Gerber, founder and chief executive of Sizzle It! and the Young Entrepreneur Council, says automate the mundane, partner with local business and create a boredom back-up plan to avoid burnout.2  (note from Susan – WBN members may want to follow this up with the upcoming Break-Out Session – “Delegating and Outsourcing” – scheduled for 11/29)

3) Walk away when you need to.  OK, not really.  It’s not that simple, but you need to have boundaries.You need to have enough space in your life to allow for other outlets.  Startup America Partnership Chief Executive Scott Case calls this ‘white space’  and advises 15 to 30 minute breaks to step away and release the pressure.3  We all have days where we need to put in 110% effort, but if you do this constantly you are creating a big deficit.     These other activities feed who you are and help you maintain the creativity you need to find flexible, simple, creative solutions to grow your business.

4) Be larger than life.  Power poses help your body feel good and feel in charge and the physiological effect of simply moving can be significant.  “Posture affects how we think,” says Sian Beilock, cognitive psychologist and author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To (Free Press, 2010). “One of the ways we shape our thoughts is through our physical movements.”4

There are many resources available to help with each of the above points, in fact you do not need to look far since many of the resources can be found right here within our own WBN group.   So thank you for the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you in our monthly meetings and in these smaller breakout groups.  I love what I do and I look forward to working with you and getting to know all of your businesses.

(*) Special Submission by:
Jeanne Riley - Renewal Therapeutic Massage

IJeanne Riley, LMT, CPMT I
Renewal Therapeutic Massage

 

RESOURCES:

1) Video:  How to Maintain the Focus to Run a Business  http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223167
2) Video:  What’s the Best Way to Stay Motivated?  http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/217835
3) Video:  What’s the Best Way to Beat Startup Stress? http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/220057/playlist/1
4) Article: 3 Postures to Boost Productivity Now,  http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223678
more:
5 Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business – Jane Porter – Entrepreneur http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224379
6 Tips for Staying Super Charged – Grant Cardone http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224545?fb_ref=fbrec
Six Signs You Need a Break From the Startup Grind – BY Gwen Moran http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223742
How Google’s Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout – BY Nadia Goodman http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223723
How to Stop Stress in 60 Seconds or Less –Lisa Girard http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220080
How to Build a Support Network http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/224730
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No Holiday Blah-Blah Content

no blahHere’s some very helpful advice from Constant Contact:

 How do you create share-worthy content? 

1. REMIND YOUR AUDIENCE OF YOUR SHARED VALUES   ~~  People like to support and spend money with businesses that share the same values and support the same causes. They also like to share information regarding those values and causes. If there’s a particular cause your business supports or values you stand behind, the holidays are a great time to remind your audience.

2. PROVIDE ADDED VALUE ~~  Content that people find valuable will get more use and more shares.   ~~~   According to a recent study: Nearly 75% of those polled said they prefer information from companies in the form of articles over ads.

3. ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH SOCIAL CAMPAIGNS AND SPECIAL OFFERS ~ As you might imagine, people still love to get a great deal. And they love to share those savings with their friends. Especially when email and social media are used together

  • An offer of a free item increased open rates by 47.3%
  • Coupons increased click rates by 52.7%
  • A percent off increased revenue per email by 95.4%

BE SMART WITH YOUR HOLIDAY CONTENT —  As you put together your plans for the holiday season, look for ways you can create share-worthy content in the form of shared values, added value, and social campaigns and special offers to make this your most successful holiday yet.

This is Great Stuff.

Read more from Constant Contact.

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40 Ways to Get Banned From the Top 5 Social Networks

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This is from a recent article on Hubspot :

Did you know, there are actually some rules and regulations that go along with participating in social media?

It’s not a perfect system the social networks have worked out, but it’s important for marketers to know — because believe it or not, lots of marketers are breaking these rules and don’t even know it.

This post in Hubspot’s blog reviews the policies the most popular social networks have set up that  you should be aware of. Hubspot has put them in plain English, too, devoid of confusing and boring legal babble. If you’re accidentally breaking any of these rules, at least now you can put the kibosh on your illicit activities before it’s too late!

Read more: Hubspot’s 40 Ways to Get Banned.

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Inspiration

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Inspiration expressed as action gives you the feedback you need.  And leads to the next inspiration  – Mark Silver, Heart of Business

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Connections to Others

circle people”The easiest way to get people to do what you want them to do is to start with people who want what you want.

Identify, organize and excite people who are already predisposed to achieve what you had in mind and you’re much more likely to have the outcome you seek. ……. Over time, an engaged and motivated base of followers is the single best way to earn more followers.

You used to be stuck with whoever walked in the door or opened your mail. Today, you change minds indirectly, by building a tribe that influences via connections to others.  ”                                                      ~~ Seth Godin

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Establish Trust

trustIt’s so exciting to find an online resource where I can just keep learning more and more each time I visit their website.  It’s funny, I follow the Social Media Examiner with Michael Stelzner.  It’s a great website/blog/resource for folks in business, but at first, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to  take the site seriously.  It has a cutesy cartoon safari-guy logo, lots of info-graphics and just a bunch of busy-ness happening on the site.  But all of that aside, it really does have content that I find I am consistently referring to.

Today, I stumbled upon the entry entitled, “Establishing Trust: How to Build Relationships with Social Media“.  This is a very comprehensive entry on just that – establishing trust with in your cyber-reach.

Topics include:

  • How social media has changed over time
  • Good email marketing vs bad email marketing
  • It’s not the platforms that fail, it’s the community – and thus, how to make your social media audiences count
  • How to establish your cyber-reach
  • How to gain trust online –  That’s the nugget I liked the most.  They say that the formula for gaining trust is:
    • Be helpful
    • Do something for the other person
    • Ask for nothing in return
Michael Stelzner’s conversation with the ever-compelling Chris Brogan is very informative and easy to listen to.   I guess that’s the point of it all, isn’t it.

To learn more, visit the Social Media Examiner Website, and by all means, check out Chris Brogan’s website, as well.

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Anyone Can Start Today

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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.    -Maria Robinson

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Thank you, Gmail

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Thank you, Gmail, for reminding me to attach the attachment I said I was going to attach.

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Follow your Instincts

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Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. – Oprah Winfrey

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Elevator Story

hear moreFor 8 years we have been encouraging the members of the Women’s Business Network to create, refine, rework their “Elevator Pitch”.  With only 30 seconds to introduce themselves in a network meeting, we wanted to make sure that they had their message clear and ready to go.

The article I read this morning by Seth Godin just made this concept so incredibly clear and meaningful to me.  It’s not a pitch – We are not going for the 30 second sale – We are beginning a story that just needs to be continued.  Seth  says  “The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.

I love this concept and can’t wait to share it.
There…..I  did.
This is Great Stuff!

Read the whole, short article by Seth.

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The Road to Happiness

road to happiness

“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: Find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.”         – John D. Rockefeller III