Appreciation, Communication, Culture, Leadership, Teamwork

The holidays are the perfect time to bring team-building activities to any company.  They help relieve stress and teach employees to work together more effectively.

Here are some fun team-building activities:

– Divide employees into teams.  Challenge the teams to raise money or items for charity. The idea is to get the team members to work together toward a goal.  Decide on a suitable prize for the winning team.

– Start a Secret Santa project.  Decide on a cost limit as a team.  Have each team member write down on a piece of paper their name, some gift ideas, and something about themselves that others might not know.  Pass out a name to each person.  Reveal the secret gifts at a company holiday party.

– Give employees an intellectual challenge.  Organize a scavenger hunt in the office.  Divide employees into small teams, and supply them with a set of clues for finding certain items.  After they’ve all been found, donate them to a local strategic partner or shelter.

– Have a decorating contest.  Encourage employees to decorate their offices in a departmental theme.  Each department will work together to come up with ideas.  Make it fun and encourage original ideas.  Have a potluck dinner to hand out prizes to the winning team(s).

Team building activities bring the workplace closer and promotes healthy company culture.  The holidays are a great time of year to provide these opportunities to your staff.

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Productivity, Success, Time Management

With our lives becoming more busy these days, we need to find a way to help prioritize our time.  Here are some simple ideas to help make your time in the office less stressful.

  1. Plan your day the night before.  Try to figure out how long each task with take, so you can map out your day.  Make sure to include your morning routine and your lunch break.  Making a list of these timed tasks will help you stay on a routine throughout the day.
  2. Be flexible.  You may need to adjust your schedule for new projects or other unplanned things that come up during your day.  To do this, add a couple 15-minute slots into your schedule with no tasks.  You can use these to catch-up on unplanned tasks, to read or go for a walk, or to just get ahead on your to-do list.
  3. Do the most important tasks first.  Plan to take on the tougher, more important projects first, when you’re the most alert and ready to work.  Plus, you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day.
  4. Eliminate distractions.  Don’t check your phone and email all day long.  Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes at the top of every hour, or every 2 hours, to check your messages or respond to emails.  This will help keep you focused and on track.
  5. Stay mindful.  Keep your calendar close and your desk clear of clutter.  Remain mindful of where you are, giving yourself ample space to work, and checking tasks off your list as you go.   
  6. Delegate some projects.  Put some trust in others and give some of your not-so-fun work to someone who doesn’t mind doing it.  When we work on tasks we don’t like, if often pushes us off course because we find ways to avoid them.  Try to only work on tasks you enjoy.  It really does make a difference.

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Communication, Planning, Public Speaking, Success

If you were asked to speak in front of a room full of professionals, or colleagues, what would you do?  Would you gladly walk to the stage, or sprint in the opposite direction?

Most of us would probably decline the offer because of insecurities, nervousness, expectations, or whatever stops us from agreeing to take on the task.

Do your hands sweat?  Do your knees shake? Does your heart pound fast? Here’s the thing…even the best public speakers have had these happen to them .  They just may not feel it as strongly as you do because of experience.  Speaking in front of a large crowd is not the most natural activity for anyone.  But, if you want to get better at it, you’ll need to prepare and practice.

If you’re in introvert, you’re more likely to get overstimulated and overwhelmed when a room full of people focus on you.  If you’re an extrovert, you’re more likely to thrive on the excitement, even get energized by the thought of actively engaging with your audience.

There isn’t an official checklist to change someone into an instant public speaker.  But if you want to learn to become a better public speaker, you’ll need to remember these 3 key principles:  Prepare. Practice. Feedback.

You’ll also want to dive deeper into the following:
Be OK with your feelings (like shyness or nervousness).  Recognize them but don’t let them stop you. It’s a natural feeling and it’s part of the process.
Remember to communicate with your audience.  Pay attention to them, instead of feeling self-conscious about yourself.  Find out who they are and what they need.
Plan ahead.  Figure out the best way to get your message out.  Find the perfect way to keep your listeners’ attention.
Outline what you plan to say.  Don’t write out your speech word-for-word. You want your language to feel natural, not scripted.
Listen to your audience.  Don’t just talk to the crowd, communicate by listening as well.  If you speak about a topic that interests your audience, your speech should engage them in great conversation.
Be yourself and be confident.  People notice when others are fake.  Be genuine.  Be yourself.  Focus on your passion and run with it.  Your audience will appreciate you!

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Communication, Goal Setting, Leadership, Networking, Success

All business owners interact with other professionals to exchange information and develop some kind of working relationship.  But, if you’re always stressed and feel insecure or uncomfortable in networking situations, then I have some tips to help.

Always Show Up
Make sure you show up, even if you don’t want to.  You’d be surprised at how many people are motivated to meet you and share valuable info about themselves.

Think Strategy
Try and seek out who’s attending, and then plan to meet that person about 5 mins before lunch, or dinner (if it’s an evening event).  More often than not, he/she will ask you to sit with them.  Here’s your opportunity!! Have business cards ready to share!

Be Confident
Always enter a room smiling and ready to have a good time.  Put your phone away.  Stand up straight.  Look friendly and eager to connect. And wear your name tag on your right shoulder to it’s easy to see when shaking hands.

Mingle Around Food
Food and conversation go hand-in-hand.  Hold your drink with your left hand so you’re right hand is free for handshakes.  Don’t go to the event overly-hungry.  And always remember your manners.

Care About Others
Show how you’re willing to help.  Provide introductions or offer resources.  Follow through on commitments to display trust.  Remember, this is all about building relationships!

Follow-Up
Make sure you mail a note or email the professionals you received business cards from.  Let them know how much you enjoyed meeting them and that you’re glad they’re part of your network.

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Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Productivity, Success

Employee engagement indicates how happy/content employees are in their jobs.  It goes beyond activities, games, and events.  Engaged employees see the whole company and understands their purpose/vision.  They also know exactly where and how they fit in.

When a company has employees who are engaged appropriately, they get the following:

– High levels of productivity
– Better retention rates
– Better decision making
– Increased sense of health and well-being
– Decreased healthcare costs
– Boost to their bottom line

Having engaged employees lead to a great company culture, which can be a powerful way of transforming an organization.

Employers should make sure their employees:

– Feel that their work is meaningful and makes a difference
– Feel valued, trusted, and respected
– Feel secure and self-confident

An effective engagement strategy and a highly engaged workforce is more likely to retain top performers and attract new talent.  This leads to a more successful organization!

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Appreciation, Communication, Employee Engagement, Productivity, Teamwork

Company culture is extremely important in a business and it affects almost every aspect of the company.  Having a positive company culture will allow employees to find real value in their work, and it will lead to many positive outcomes for the business’ bottom line.  Employees who say their company has a strong culture feel happy and appreciated.  They go above and beyond their employers’ expectations.

Some Benefits of a positive company culture:

1 – People WANT to work for the company.
2 – The company has a good reputation.
3 – The company attracts top talent.
4 – Employees foster a sense of loyalty.
5 – Employees retain their positions longer.
6 – Employees enjoy going to work every day.
7 – Job satisfaction remains high.
8 – There is more social interaction.
9 – There is more teamwork.
10 – There is more open communication.
11 – Employees are more likely to collaborate as a team.
12 – Employees have a higher rate of productivity.
13 – Employees tend to be more motivated.
14 – Employees tend to be more dedicated.
15 – Employees naturally feel happier.
16 – Workplace stress will be reduced.
17 – Employee health is boosted.
18 – Work performance is boosted.

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business coaching, Goal Setting, Marketing, Planning

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important to start thinking about your holiday marketing plan now.  Here are some tips that may help make this holiday season a more profitable one for your business:

  1. Start a seasonal campaign before everyone else does.  Avoid fighting all the noise.  Get your plan ready to launch before everyone is expecting it.
  2. Don’t reinvent the wheel.  Use holiday marketing materials/ideas from past successful years.  Save the content and reuse it again next year.
  3. Change images and marketing content on your website to promote seasonal events or upcoming holidays.  Add snowflakes or fall foliage to enhance your online presence.
  4. Try to customize your services/products to what your customers need.  Provide these based on the current season or upcoming holiday.  This helps you leverage those limited customer needs that may only come around once a year.
  5. Create a strategy early, to plan out holiday discounts, or create free giveaways to kick off the new year.  These seasonal plans boost sales and are great for business.
  6. Set time aside to start sending personal holiday notes to your customers/clients.  Take this opportunity to connect with your audience so you are at the top of their mind this holiday season.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Planning, Productivity, Success

It’s important to set goals for your business.  When you have well-defined goals, they will help your business grow, help you achieve your objectives, improve teamwork, improve collaboration, and help everyone understand the direction your business in heading towards.

Remember to set SMART goals:

– Specific
– Measurable
– Achievable
– Relevant
– Timely

Here are some tips to help you establish and reach your goals:

Create a clear statement for your purpose. Clear mental images help you see through any setbacks that may come along.

Make sure you consistently go over your goals (monthly, quarterly, or annually).  This helps you keep them relevant and achievable.

Take action.  Be sure to fit the type of action to the scope of each problem.  Some problems may require a longer detailed plan of action.

Keep yourself scheduled, but stick to it.  Use a calendar app to help you, and you’ll see your productivity level rise.

Remember that not everything works out the way you want it to.  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Respond to challenges and opportunities positively and flexibly.

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Appreciation, Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Teamwork

All business owners want their employees to love coming to work.  Employees should not dread their jobs every day.  They should find it very hard to leave, but that’s not always the case.  Most of this is because of workplace stress, created by leaders, co-workers, or challenging projects.  Company Culture should ease some of this stress because culture is supposed to sustain employee enthusiasm.

Here are some tips to help business owners build a great company culture:

1 – Hire only people who fit into the current company culture.  Many qualified individuals may have a solid performance, but if their attitude clashes with the company culture, it can be detrimental to the business.

2 – Make sure all employees are in line with the company’s values and mission.  Those who are passionate about what the company is doing, become more dedicated and strive harder to accomplish goals.

3 – Help the team members feel like they’re part of a team, not just an individual.  Individuals can break down during conflicts and become ineffective.  Team members work together and work best when they are feeding off each other.  Teams get things done!

4 – Allow all the team members to help in decision making.  If employees just go to work and do what they’re told, they are only helping someone else achieve their dream.  Involve all employees in making company decisions.  They want to have a voice that creates meaningful impact within the company.

 

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