Monday, March 23, 2015

What do you need to succeed?

What does an entrepreneur need to succeed?  Determination and perseverance are very important.  A good business owner also needs to be able to admit when he is wrong or when she needs help.  Many entrepreneurs are daring and bold, but they also need to know when to follow the rules.  The government frowns on those who don't follow payroll laws or file their sales taxes on time.  They will even send you to jail if you don't pay your payroll taxes as required.  While being bold is generally a good personality trait for a business owner, the successful ones also value good planning and strategic thinking.  They surround themselves with good advisors and skilled employees if employees are needed.

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?  It takes more than just a great product or service idea.  It takes organization and some money for the start up.  Taking the time to develop a solid business plan and making sure you have adequate funding along with the daring will insure success.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Communication skills

Beth posted an interesting article on her Facebook page recently about how to be a better listener.  This is a skill many of us need to hone and I wish this was mandatory for all those serving in a political office!

The article advises people to make one simple change when engaged in a conversation: focus on what is being said and not on what your response will be. This is a simple concept, but it is harder than it sounds.  Think about how often some of us have to restrain ourselves from jumping in before the speaker even finishes their thought!

The writer of the article advises people to learn to summarize what was just said before launching into a response.  Summarizing what was heard shows the speaker that you were really listening and gives the speaker a chance to clarify in case there was a misunderstanding. How often do you find that you weren't disagreeing with someone, you were just not communicating clearly!

Here is a link to the article: http://www.fastcompany.com/3042330/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/how-one-simple-change-can-make-you-a-better-listener

The world will become a better place if we all become better listeners!