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Business Plans: 10 Tips For "Riding In The Rain" & Scoring Big

Business Plans: 10 Tips For "Riding In The Rain" & Scoring Big | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
The best tips from expert business plan reviewers for bplans, templates and more

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:45 AM

Thanks to Marc for making this suggestion on Scoop.it. Biz Plans are something I like about as much as going tot he dentist so any helpful tools or suggestions are WELCOMED.

Writing a business plan reminds me of Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer. In the summer of 2010 I rode a bicycle across America over 60 days. Based on weather patterns we predicted riding in the rain 10 days. We actually had to ride in the rain for 6 days.

Since we were going to need to ride in the rain I practiced in it and worked on convincing myself that I LOVED riding in the rain, that it was fun. Not so much and NEVER made that sale (lol). Appreciate anything that will help me create Biz Plans.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:09 AM

The business plan creation process can be very time consuming and the benefit of this exercise can be invaluable. I am at FAU in a session right now about how to develop the financial models needed for the business plans. We're talking about the assumptions we are making and justifying where we are getting our numbers and amazing things such as going out into the marketplace and doing the research about what people are willing to pay for. There's an upcoming business plan competition and a room full of people who intend to compete in this huge event at FAU. I recently met several business plan competition winners who have used this money to help them launch their businesses-there can be a huge benefit in creating excellent business plans. Too many businesses go out of business because they don't have the money to stay in business. Many companies that don't make it are gone because they didn't have plans and they weren't prepared for the challenges they actually faced. 

Lou Hemmer's curator insight, February 16, 2014 12:20 PM

Good article about steps to cover when seeking investment dollars for start ups.  A solid management team and understanding  where your business fits in the marketplace a essential.

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Want to Start a Business? Why You Should Keep Your Job - Fox Business

Want to Start a Business? Why You Should Keep Your Job - Fox Business | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

After @Hannah Kramershared a great post about Creativity being more important for startup entrepreneurs than passion I wanted to weigh in and share related experience growing up with the right side of the brain being my dominant hemisphere (lol).

I share 5 ideas from the daughter of Gatorade's inventor:

* Creativity Bigger Predictor Than Intelligence.
* Creativity Can Be A Hard Row To Hoe.
* Creativity & Structure.
* Creativity can be learned and taught.
* Creativity happens at intersection of disciplines.

Great post hope my hard won experience contributes something helpful.

 


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Dennis Staples's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:35 PM

Creativity can guide your business growth!

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:08 AM

Make the right brain and left brain intersect 

Dennis Staples's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:30 PM

Make cREATIVITY the foundation of your actions

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7 Ways To Reignite Your Passion For Success

7 Ways To Reignite Your Passion For Success | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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And let's put in place what it takes to make sure you don't hit that "wall" again...

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Success Freaks's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:34 PM

Some pretty good tips to get you back on track....

Paul Dixon's curator insight, February 5, 2014 12:27 PM

Follow your passion and success will follow you. We all hear this gem over and over but what happens when your passion starts to fade? This shows you ways to reignite that passion.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 13, 5:16 PM

LORD GOD YOU DID NOT GIVE US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR AND WE FRET NOT BECAUSE OF EVIL DOERS AND ASK OU TO HELP US EVEN THE MORE TO OVERCOME THAT WHICH WE MUST IN JESUS NAME AND FOR YOUR GLORY WE THANK YOU FOR CONTENDING WITH THOSE THAT CONTEND WITH US AND EVEN DESTROYING THE TRAPS AND HENDERANCES LORD WOR IN US WE OURSELVES BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND TOGETHER AS A FAMILY ND YOU LORD GOD AS OUR LEADER AND FATHER. FOR YET THOUGH THEY SLAY US WE WILL TRUST IN YOU LORD GOD ALL MIGHTY FOR DELIVERING US FROM ALL THE THINGS EVEN THOSE WE DO NOT EVEN HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THAT NOT ONLY EXISTS BUT ARE IN OPERATION SITE UNSEEN IN OUR LIVES AS  YOU LORD GOD ALMIGHTY THANK YOU FOR IT ALL   

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10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic | e-Learning ...

10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic | e-Learning ... | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic By 2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. In 2012, 65% of workers.

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Joseph Hill Ed.D's curator insight, December 30, 2013 7:51 AM

How might this shape our investment behaviors in 2014?

Miguel Garcia Mulet's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:40 PM

If you're in the Training business, you need to look at your phone more closely.

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Craig Seasholes's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:39 PM

Gotta stay mobile (and infographical) because that's where we're all headed.

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The Role of Psychology in Business Coaching | Society for Clinical ...

Traditionally, coaching had been used in a business context as a remedial process – now usually referred to as Performance Coaching. However, as the corporate sector has come to realise the impact of fully utilising and ...
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Very good overview of the science behind efficient coaching

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Why You’ve Got To Get Addicted To Delegation

Why You’ve Got To Get Addicted To Delegation | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Isn’t this ironic? As entrepreneurs, we easily whip out our credit cards to pay for online courses to “fix” ourselves or our businesses, or we splurge on the latest software to stay current but. . ...
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So, What is Executive Coaching? | Fox Business

So, What is Executive Coaching? | Fox Business | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
The move from employee to manager can be tough. Companies are hoping to ease this transition by hiring executive coaches to work with newly-promoted managers. So, this begs the question: What exactly is an executive coach?

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Executive coaching has one of the highest ROI of all types of coaching

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Greg Clowminzer's curator insight, October 30, 2013 4:57 PM

First it’s important to note that executive coaches don’t just work with executives per say. Most of those in the executive coaching profession tend to work across the management and executive ranks. Executive coaches typically focus on the issues that come with managing people.

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Mentorship: A Key Element to a Thriving Canadian Economy - Techvibes (blog)

Mentorship: A Key Element to a Thriving Canadian Economy - Techvibes (blog) | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Mentorship: A Key Element to a Thriving Canadian Economy Techvibes (blog) The Challenge, powered by Startup Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), is a national effort to mentor 10,000 enterprising Canadians by teaming up with...
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6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again

6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
People desire a “leadership refresh” in their organizations.

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Chery Gegelman's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:01 AM

What have you done or experienced that made your workplace fun again?  

David Hain's curator insight, November 3, 2013 4:38 AM

We perform, learn and treat others better when we are having fun.  How much is there in your workplace?

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:14 AM

Now, that's a tricky area... there are bosses who says straight: "OK, it's work, we pay them, let1s them find fun elsewhere..." Do you think it's so rare? Well, I don't think so... might be that the time is mature not to show this in full scale but that it's there in lots of bosses' mind, you know, I have made already less sure bets, too...

 

1. Allow people to fail, encourage them to test their ideas - one of the most controversial - how many times is it still OK? I understand but come on... even at home,  with your loved family, just try to reframe it...:-)))

2. Build team that last - yes, absolutely, that's may favorite, I have always done that, it's crucial, true... the type of "people are interchangeable" is laughing staff... while of course, they (we) are... but that's another level, please...

3.  Hold no secrets, be a good communicator - yes and know and work on it... try to be as open and transparent as possible (what you are not saying they will found out, and the result might be disastrous because they will not necessarily have a good guess... they might guess much worse than the reality... so, transparency pays...). To be a good communicator might be difficult for some, but a passable level is learnable for anyone... work on it...

4. Be the real you, don't hide behind the title... you know what? Everybody will read you more or less exactly... even when you try to hide... it's a looser game if you try (and how many try it...)... no alternative, I think...

5. Keep people on their toes... as McCormack has written: "110%" (perhaps today his book's title would be "130%" who knows...) Never allow your employees to get complacent... that's important and difficult to keep... tough one...

6. Keep it simple, make it fun... true... for that you should be such a guy who has the right mix of serious and fun.... not many I have met such.... but good luck...:-)))

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You Can't Coach Attitude

You Can't Coach Attitude | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
I wish I had a dime for every time I have experienced this story . . . I’ve just finished giving a workshop or a keynote, and someone walks up to me with a question. It is seldom a question asked i...
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5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated

5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Many leaders in the workplace have lost their competitive edge. They lack the substance that is required to be an effective and sustainable leader.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 29, 2013 3:34 AM

Is it time for a review of your leadership approach and impact?

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"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge

"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
The world requires a new paradigm, where empathy is innovation and vulnerability is strength.

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20 Tips for Achieving Better Results from Small Business Social Media Activities

20 Tips for Achieving Better Results from Small Business Social Media Activities | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Tooliers's curator insight, February 6, 2014 10:38 AM

Social media can be easily used by any small business.  But are we using it in the most efficient way possible?  Take a look at these 20 tips for social media activities!

@business2community

Michael Wilcox's curator insight, February 6, 2014 4:43 PM

Great insight and basic framework for Social Media. In today's business world, Social media is not an option, it is a reality ... not to mention extremely fruitful when done properly.

Lou Hemmer's curator insight, February 16, 2014 12:36 PM

Basic insights that are great to keep handy when working on you SEO plan.

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24 Networking Tips that Actually Work

24 Networking Tips that Actually Work | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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A few basics

A few food for Networking thoughts

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Tooliers's curator insight, January 30, 2014 11:51 AM

Networking - too terrified to do it or simply loving it?

@passivepanda

Cathy Matthews's curator insight, January 30, 2014 2:00 PM

Especially liked the point that networking should be done with the  initial intention of helping other people, not yourself

Miles Mercy's curator insight, March 26, 2014 3:04 PM

I found it really helpful !

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The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business

The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Very Basic, but essential.  The key from my point of view ? Make sure  that the "checking the number" becomes a monthly routine that you stick to stubbornly. Block the time, no compromise!

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Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, January 28, 2014 9:27 AM

Of all the numbers mentioned in here, I find the pipeline one the most challenging to manage as you grow. It's that aged-old problem of not enough time to work on and in the business and not enough cash to hire additional resources. So what do you do when you reach that point? How do you free up time and/or resources to help you continue to market as you grow?

Des Kirby's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:18 AM

Some  financial management health checks to help you keep your business profitable.

Marie Clement's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:28 PM

This is an excellent article that helps you to get a grip really quickly on the information that needs to be reviewed constantly and encourages setting up schedules to do this.

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10 Powerful Online Business Tools

10 Powerful Online Business Tools | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Tooliers's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:36 AM

@michaelhyat.com 

Tia Ribary's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:38 PM

Apps and online tools can make your more efficient, for sure! If you're looking to discover a few for 2014, here is a great start. I've used a few myself. Take a look and see if one of these would make a difference in your business.

Marcellus Maxximus's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:16 AM

I read this one because I thought it would kinda go along with the ways to make your business site better. Theses tools make your online site more productive. 

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5 Reasons Why an Entrepreneur's Network Is the Ultimate Asset

5 Reasons Why an Entrepreneur's Network Is the Ultimate Asset | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
It is from networks that I personally and professionally grow most as an entrepreneur, gathering the knowledge, stamina and motivation necessary to build a business. Here are five reasons why networks are an entrepreneur's greatest asset.

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, January 6, 2014 1:31 AM

Networking is probably the most cost effective way for way for us to build our business.

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Sharing Bad News: Transparency At Your Startup | Foothold Coaching

Founders often struggle with how transparent to be with their team about the setbacks or challenges they encounter. If your fundraising isn't going well, how much should you really tell your team? If a key teammate is ...
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By Jenny Dearborn, Vice President, Chief Learning Officer, SuccessFactors – an SAP company Source: Shutterstock The Baby Boomer generation pursued pension plans, corner offices and a linear career path.
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How to Simplify Your Approach to Business Improvement Strategies

How to Simplify Your Approach to Business Improvement Strategies | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Check out the one page plan in the video. Good one!

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9 Tips For More Powerful Business Presentations

9 Tips For More Powerful Business Presentations | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Adrian Fuller's curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:57 AM

PowerPoint is not dead but needs to be livened up with personal insights and powerful images.

Angela Heath's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:18 PM

Creating a great presentation is like creating great content. Start from a position of authority and build your case. Support your opinion with powerful statements and prepare for difficult questions.  This article offers some great tips for hitting your presentation out of the park everytime.

MBA Admissions Coach's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:37 PM

Great tips for a good presentation.  You can also apply these same principles to developming MBA admissions essays and your answers to MBA interview questions. 

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12 Things All Successful People Do

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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Whether in business or life, we often walk a fine line between success and failure.

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How To Ask Questions That Uncover Your Company's Values - Fast Company

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Fast Company How To Ask Questions That Uncover Your Company's Values Fast Company And it will inform the one question you should be asking your team on a weekly basis to ensure alignment, momentum, and the kind of progress that will turn you into...
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5 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Risk-Taker

5 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Risk-Taker | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Even successful founders can start to lose confidence and prefer the confines of their comfort zones. Don't let it happen to you.
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