Category Archives: Focus

LearnTeachBlocks 11-20-17

You may have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, and you may have discovered that leadership is part of your work.  You may have only started your business to be home with your children.  If you’re thinking, “This is not what I signed up for!”, consider that leadership in some form is part of most businesses, organizations, corporations, home-based businesses, associations, meetings and even families.

Don’t let all the chatter these days about leadership stress you out. Be yourself, be open, be kind and continue to learn.  There are many definitions of leadership, but one that I especially like for the purposes of this article is this:

Mirriam Webster

: the act or an instance of leading
  • leadership molds individuals into a team
  • —Harold Koontz & Cyril O’Donnell
I also liked one definition that said that a good leader,  “Creates an inspiring vision of the future.”  You are probably already doing these things in some way in your day to day activities.
Leadership on Pocket Watch Face.
Do you have a home business where there is a need to stay in touch with your customers to educate them on the products they are using?
Do you teach people in your organization how to give presentations?
Do you have kids that each have different needs, but also need to be taught to work within the family arrangement?
See, you’re already doing it.   Here are three tips to help you continue to lead, teach and inspire:
1.  Accept feedback.  Everybody is different in their likes, dislikes, learning styles, ability to communicate clearly,  etc.  Ask  for feedback from your team, customers, family.  Then, when they offer it, accept it with a smile and where you can, genuinely put it to use.  This can inspire confidence in them that they are valued and that in the future they can feel comfortable giving their feedback.
2.  Listen.  When people sense you are really listening, they know you care about them. Listen to understand, not respond.
3.  Inspire cooperation. No one is an island, and in most groups of people, there is a need for cooperation among them.  As an illustration, in the example above, you and your customers need cooperation for you to teach them the full benefit of what they are purchasing and using. You need to show, talk and educate; they need to listen and be attentive to learn, and then do what they learn, to appreciate the full value of the product.
These are just a few aspects of leadership. There are many more.  I would love to show you more about leadership and the company I work with.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Making a Good Presentation

If you present at one time or another in your

‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business,

get good at it. Know what you are doing. mlr

Woman Presenter 9-27-17

Here’s how:

Make an Emotional Impact:

Use pictures, graphs, illustrations, but keep them simple.  Don’t put too much on one slide.

You want them to help your audience make a decision, not give them so much information that it makes it difficult for them to make a decision.

Information:

Use facts that can be checked; be honest, transparent, and never misleading in any way.

Storytelling:

Tell your story briefly at different points through the presentation.   People want to hear a little about how you got here.  It adds to the emotional impact.

These tips came from INC.com.

Additional tips are:

Be prepared.   Practice, practice, practice.

Know your product or what you are talking about.  Spend the time.  It’ll be worth it.

Know your audience.  Spend a few minutes letting them know at the beginning of your presentation that you hope to be reaching each one of them in some way.

Be yourself and be natural.  Smile.

Go here for more ideas on giving and preparing presentations.

 

Difficult to Control

So many things in our lives are difficult to control. When we have our own home-based business, again, there are many things that are difficult to control. Fortunately, there is help.

Time: We can’t control time. We can, however, control our own business hours. Make them, abide by them. Conversely, do not work during times that are not business hours. Your family will appreciate that.

It’s difficult to control runaway time, but when we begin to control our time more, we see how valuable it is. It makes good business sense.

Activities: We Can’t Control What Others Do. We can control only what we do. Do activities every day that will benefit and grow your business. INVITE, INTRODUCE, EXPLAIN, TEACH, COACH. Whatever it is that you do, do it. If you must make phone calls to make appointments, do it; or connect with people on LinkedIn or other business websites, do it; or go to networking meetings, do it. It’s difficult to control what others do, but when we begin focusing on our own actions, things begin to change.

Focus: We Can Only Focus on One Thing at a Time. Multi-tasking can be great and many people pride themselves on their skill at it, but really, when we have to give something our whole self, we must focus on that thing. That’s okay. By focusing on that one thing, we have control over what we are doing NOW.

I would love to hear your comments on this article. For more information on my home business, please contact me, Martha, by private message through LinkedIn, email at marthapmintl@gmail.com or by phone at 505-750-7847 (cell). My health and wellness website is www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, and my mentoring website is www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.

 

Chasing Two Rabbits

If you try to chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.  The point here is that focus is crucial to accomplishing things.  We have better mental and emotional health when we feel good about accomplishing things.   When we focus on the tasks that will help our business grow and we accomplish these tasks, we get results.

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Make it a Habit – Consistently!

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
– Anthony Robbins

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To build a wall, we have to put down a brick. Then we have to put down another brick next to it. Then we have to …. It becomes a pattern. As you lay each brick over a period of time, you develop certain ways of doing it more efficiently and quickly. It becomes almost second nature. Those little things become habits that help you with your work.

To build a network, a business, a group, a team is exactly the same. You lay a foundation. You do activities every day that begin to develop your goal, your vision. Those activities become habits. They become things that you do consistently.

The time you spend on your activity is not as crucial as doing it consistently. When you do something every day, whether you spend five minutes on it, or 60 minutes, the important thing is that you do it every day.

Here are three ways to help us begin to make a habit – consistently:

Think about something you want to do every day. Find your direction. What is it you want to accomplish.
Choose a time and way to do it. When is the best time and what is the best way for you to accomplish this goal. If its to say ‘good morning’ to your teenager, think about the best time (first thing on rising or after coffee) and the best way (from across the room or in your arms) to do that, then every day, say good morning to your teenager.
Be determined. Don’t let anything stop you from being consistent and making it a habit. If someone (could be anyone) gets up on the wrong side of the bed and isn’t happy, don’t let that stop you from your goal of that day. If the greeting takes a little different tone from the day before, okay. If it happens a little earlier or a little later, okay. But don’t not do it.

As we do this every day, we begin to see the shape it is giving our life.