I was recently at a networking lunch where I was mentioning the benefits of using LinkedIn. A guest at my table shared how she is does not like the feature, Who’s Viewed Your Profile. When I asked “why”, she said she didn’t want other people to know that she was looking at them – it was almost like stalking! While some of us might want to guard our privacy or don’t want to seem egotistical by being visible in this way, this feature has many benefits!
Watch this video to find out why the LinkedIn feature, “Who’s Viewed Your Profile,” is a must use feature to help you connect, engage, and grow your business and career.
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Did you know that Facebook is the most popular social network for all ages?
According to Forrester Research -State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2011, US Report, 96% of the total US adults online using social networks have an account with Facebook. With Facebook ranking as the number one social network of choice, the obvious question might be why isn’t your business on Facebook?
Creating a Facebook Business (or Fan) Page is easy and free. But once you’ve created the page, you can immediately benefit from the features pages offer.
Business page content is in the public domain (where your individual profile is managed by your privacy settings) and is indexed by search engines. Every bit of content – status updates, photos, links, events and videos – are able to be found by Google, Bing, etc. Continue reading »
Have you noticed that suddenly everyone “wakes up” after Labor Day? I call it the “Back to School” mode. During the summer months, and especially in August, most people are in “Vacation Mode”, so when September hits, everyone realizes we only have four months left of this year and we better get moving.
Are you ready to re-engage and get the most out of this year? The first eight months are gone and the economy is not going to change in the next four months, so what are you going to do to complete the year on a positive note?
Every great performer, professional athlete, business legend or performing superstar is surrounded by coaches and advisors. Do you know why? Because they know the key to their success is by having a coach. It’s been proven and it would be foolish to think they could make it without one.
Do you have someone in your life who is always in your corner?
Do you have someone who helps you achieve your best in your career and your personal life?
Do you have someone who helps you to develop skills for effective decision-making?
Do you have someone who in your life who always tells you the truth?
A coach is purposefully-driven and focused on your success. Your coach honors and celebrates your wins in life and helps you to develop your best tools to learn from failures, successes, and life experiences.
Your Coach = Your Success Partner!
Click here to read my latest article in Jersey Shore Woman Newspaper on what to look for and expect in a coaching relationship.
The podcast below is from my Blog Talk Radio Show, 30 Minute Business Dig, with co-host Deborah Frey. This 30 minute episode explores reasons people hire coaches, what is expected in the coaching relationship, what results you can expect from using a coach, and how to choose a coach.
Procrastination. We all do it to some extent, but did you know that the degree to which you procrastinate can keep you from success? When coaching my clients on time management issues, undoubtedly procrastination comes up as one of the stumbling blocks to getting things done. Do you make any of these statements?
I work best under pressure.
I’m much more creative when I do things at the last minute.
I have plenty of time. My deadline is not until tomorrow.
So why do we do it? People procrastinate for different reasons. Do any of these ring true for you?
Poor time management, often associated with a distorted sense of the time available
An inability to prioritize tasks
“Biting off more than you can chew” – creating an overload of tasks at a specific time
Not knowing what is required to do the task
Feeling overwhelmed by the task(s)
Fear of failure or not meeting your own standards
Fear of success and its possible consequences
Perfectionism, having unrealistic standards
Boredom – task is not interesting or not important to you
Avoidance of things which are disliked or difficult.
How to Overcome Procrastination
Procrastination is a habit and to overcome procrastination you need to create new habits. As you know, habits are hard to break. Before you can create new habits, you need to take an honest assessment of how you manage your time; identify the reason(s) you’re procrastinating (see list above); and examine the typical procrastination excuses that you use. Once you have a clearer understanding of your behavior patterns, you’ll be able to develop new behaviors that are related to your specific issues.
A misconception is that this is a one size fits all solution. Only you can discover what obstacles are in your way so that you can overcome them. Your reasons for procrastinating are personal to you, and once you bring them to your awareness level and create a plan of action to make changes, you will see results that will work for you.
Tips to Create New Habits
Think about the consequences (identify the negative results of not completing the task).
Get organized. Make a “to do” list of what needs to get done.
Schedule your activities that need to get done when you are at your peak productivity time. So, if you are an early bird or a night owl, take this into consideration.
Don’t over schedule yourself. Be realistic in what you can get done.
Break large tasks into smaller, more manageable projects.
Visualize yourself completing the task successfully and how you will feel at that time.
Research what you don’t know.
Delegate it to someone who can help you (get some coaching).
Motivate yourself with a reward for completing the task (make it exciting — something you wouldn’t ordinarily give yourself).
Dwell on your strengths on tasks you have accomplished.
Stop trying to be perfect. Are your standards too high? It’s better to produce something rather than nothing!
Make a decision. Sometimes it is better to risk the possibility of making a mistake than to not make the decision at all.
Minimize distractions. Turn off the email notification sound on your computer; silence your phone; or hang a Do Not Disturb sign on your door.
Implement the “Do it now!” mantra. Whenever you catch yourself thinking, “I can do this later,” think “DO IT NOW!” Every time you follow through and do it now you are reinforcing the positive habit of action.
Success = Action
Successful people take action. They manage their time by planning for the future and setting goals and action plans. Habits of procrastination will keep you from taking action and acquiring the success you deserve in your life.
The challenge is to consistently practice new behaviors and overcome self defeating habits that keep you from your goals. There is no magic wand. Increasing your awareness and having clear strategies to stay focused will show results.
If you have any stories or comments about dealing with or overcoming procrastination, please place a comment below or go to my Facebook Fan Page and post it there.