7 Communication Skills Every Entrepreneur Must Master
Your success as an entrepreneur is determined in large part by your ability to communicate. You can be the best at what you do, but if you’re not communicating effectively with clients, staff and the market, then you’re missing opportunities.
Good habits are known to increase overall well-being and happiness; whether it’s engaging in exercise, meditation, or eating well, there are still days you may not feel jovial or serene.
Take stock of what you have, notice small things that are going right, look for ways to laugh and things to laugh about, try to increase your knowledge, do something kind for yourself and for someone else everyday. This may awaken happiness deep within your soul.
"Your profile is the place to show off your greatest successes and future aspirations. It’s also one of the first chances you have to make a good first impression for anyone discovering you on or off of LinkedIn—whether it’s a future colleague searching for you on the Internet, a potential client looking at your past work before a meeting, or a recruiter deciding whether to reach out to you for your next dream job. Even if you understand why it’s important to have a killer profile, knowing just where to start, or what information matters most, can be a bit intimidating at first."
Link Humans has pulled together some great tips and tricks combined with stats to help you find the best way to amp up your profile.
Casual attire has become the norm in most workplaces. Certain circumstances call for a bit more formality, though, and fundamentals of decorum must still prevail.
Here are a few rules of thumb to consider:
Your comfortable clothes shouldn't make any of your co-workers uncomfortable.Customer-facing employees should dress to or slightly above their customer's standards in face-to-face meetings. Formal dress should be the default for public appearances, meetings with public officials or foreign dignitaries, or meetings for new business opportunities.
It’s a visual world and images touch us in a direct, visceral way unlike text can alone. They make us happy, they make us laugh, they make us inspired — they can also make us deeply sad — all in just a fleeting glance.
A laser-sharp, visually-powerful brand is the single most important step you can take to reach, excite and inspire people to take action — and hire brand “you.”
Whether you realize it or not—or even wish to admit it—you already have an online reputation to protect. It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college and hoping your past Facebook indiscretions don’t torpedo your career prospects, or a Fortune 500 company trying to make a name for itself in a crowded market, your reputation online is vital to your success.
Take a moment to answer this question…Why do you use social networks?
Is it to communicate your life to friends and followers?
Is it a form of self-expression?
Do you cast your actions to the proverbial audience to enchant or entertain them?
What is it that you value and how could that change with a bit of self-reflection?
All of us have faced failure at some point in our lives. Failure by itself is not the end of the road. It is how we deal with it that determines whether our lives move forward or get stuck in a downward spiral.
We may not have the perfect childhood and our path to redemption may have many roadblocks, but the lesson is clear: anyone can reinvent their personal brand.
There’s no cookie-cutter blueprint to ensure success. All you can do is align with what feels good and right to you, because when it’s authentic and shows your inner light ablaze, your people will love it.
If you are looking to get back in the workforce or feel now is the time to switch jobs, it is important to polish up your interviewing skills in order to put yourself in the best position possible to attain what job you want.
Remember, your non-verbal communications can actually kill or deliver the results you want.
You know, a few short years ago if anyone in the business world suggested that how you managed your own and others emotions had a direct impact upon the results you and the business were getting, would have been laughed at.
Since Daniel Goleman started to gain prominence with his work on Emotional Intelligence in the 90s, we have come to realize and recognize the direct correlation of emotional maturity and sustainable business results.
Metrics and big data are on everyone’s minds it seems these days – a symptom of the market’s continuing obsession with quants as measurement of proof, and indeed proof of measurement. The framework of financial measures (and acronyms) that dominated investor reporting has today been supplemented by a plethora of social measures intended to track every click, count every interaction and in the process derive sentiment and “truth” from every social engagement.
“Measure what matters because it matters what you measure”
The 6 Essential Elements of a Powerful Unique Selling Proposition
A USP stands for "unique selling proposition." It’s the thing that makes you unique in the marketplace—it’s what customers can get from you that they can’t find anyplace else. Having a clear USP gives you a clear response for these questions:
How are you unique?In what way are you different from your competitors?Why should I buy from you, rather than from someone else?Why should I care at all about you or anything you sell?
Leah Bowman used Lego to construct the ultimate first impression on her job search.
When a potential employer asked Bowman for a persuasive advertisement, she used her graphic design skills and love of Lego to advertise herself for the position. The brick version includes assembly instructions that highlight Bowman's skills, creativity and initiatives.
It is with great pleasure that I offer you this unique compilation of 85+ personal branding experts from around the world. I think the numbers speaks for themselves: personal branding is not a fade, it is here to stay, and you can now find someone to help you establish your brand in your own country and language.
Glad and honored to be among many talented professionals.
"Have you been working on your personal brand for a while? If so, you may be ready to take bigger steps to grow your personal brand even more. Here are five ways you can get bold with your personal brand, spreading your message to an even wider audience"
Reimagining our lives and rebranding for a different work style and lifestyle is possible.
You don’t have to have a health crisis like me to take stock of your life and your brand. Your goal may be to create a new brand or to tweak an existing one, but you’ve got to know yourself and what you want. Have a goal and make a plan. It’s as simple as following your heart.