When you do something you’ve never done, it’s a good start to do more things you’ve never done.
Last week I was super fortunate to go across Canada as one the global entrepreneurship week ambassadors in Canada selected my Futurpreneur.
My “job” was to visit different Canadian cities, to share the stories of other entrepreneurs , and to capture the spirit of what it was like to run a business in those particular cities.
My home is in Vancouver Bc, and I was selected to go to Ottawa, Halifax, ST John’s Newfoundland and Montreal.
The trip was awesome for a few reasons.
I’m getting ready to do the biggest work trip of my life.
2 Days in Seattle to meet with a client, and then a 12-hour leadership course.
4 cities across Canada (Ottawa, Halifax, St John’s and Montreal) in just over 5 days.
Back to Vancouver to catch another flight to do a 3 day facilitation with 22 people for www.smestrategy.net.
The facilitations themselves, are still lots of mental energy.
And then this whole adventure
And having/choosing to go to Seattle just before that, and having full days with not alot of sleep.
Every time I think about this topic, I can’t help but think about Blink 182.
Seriously, I’m sorry if I got that song stuck in your head, but a bit of nostalgia never hurt anyone.
The impact of the small things.
You’ve heard about compound interest for finances, and I’ve written about compound interest on learning; those same principles will pay dividends in ALL the areas of your life.
What area of your life right now…
One of the
daily habits that has made a significant different to my life and mindset is making the choice to listen to a podcast when I get a chance to.
Right now I’m at a really good place business wise where opportunities are coming, and I feel I’m always busy with important activities.
That said, I’m putting a focus on doing the little things that I need to do to grow into the person that I want to be.
As in: Someone who is working X days a week, with the clients that I want, with the desired amount of travel, making the amount of money, and doing all the things that I feel I should be doing.
I was invited to the University of Washington Multicultural Alumni Partnership Bridging the Gap breakfast to support my friend who was on the committee and was one of the MC’s for the day.
I thought I was coming for breakfast and networking, but I got so much more.
Being part of this experience showed me on one hand how there are so many more challenges in the world that I was lucky to not have to face, and on the other hand, people out there who are committed to spending their time and money to addressing.
As a business person you should always look to improve your communication.
Not only will it help you sell more, but it also helps you avoid frustration when trying to get your point across to people.
No one wants to waste time and money in your marketing, here’s a great tip to help you in both online and offline marketing via hubspot.
Whether you’re networking all the time, or you hate networking and talking with people, here are 3 tips to make the process enjoyable and profitable.
As a business owner, networking is almost inevitable.
You have to meet new people to increase your circle of influence, to learn from others, and to connect in your community.
Even if you don’t “network” you’re probably put in positions where you have to socialize and talk about your business or your work.
You might as well take these opportunities for what they are: OPPORTUNITIES, and make the most of them.
I love rap music.
Mainly because rappers become great rappers because they rap.
They don’t think about rapping. They Rap.
They hone their craft, practice and work hard everyday because that’s their ticket to improve their situation in life.
One of my favourite rap lyrics is from Kanye West’s Spaceship.
Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for three summers.
Kanye is Kanye because he put the work in to get where he is now.
Many of the artists that you see on the radio (rap or otherwise) get there because of their work ethic and drive.
First of all, sorry for the click bait headline, but as I was thinking about: What the “secret” to all marketing and sales for entrepreneurs would be it was actually something that took me a really long time to understand and master.
Here’s the thing with sales and marketing: It’s the key to the success of all businesses. If you don’t have sales you don’t have a business.
So how do you get the products in the hands of your customers?
What is that magic ingredient to a sales letter, to a marketing campaign or strategy?
What does a broken window do to your brain?
What does a made bed do to your brain?
In a strange way they do the opposite thing. (Backed by science, sort of)
The broken window effect.
Have you ever heard of the broken window effect in regards to crime?
You can google it if you want.
Picture a broken window on a car or building.
The theory states that if a window is broken and is left unfixed then it leads to more crime and serves as a signal for negative urban behaviour.