How Conversations Will Help Your Business

According to research conducted by Gallop, trusting conversations between a manager and their employees is the best way to engage employees.  Engaged employees are happier, more productive (c) alexwhite Stock Photographyand innovated.  These factors boost the success a business can achieve.

So, my question for you, how do you, as a manager, leader or entrepreneur (particularly if you are at the top) stay motivated and engaged?

A New Approach

I am thrilled to be introducing a new program designed to stimulate great conversation between participants, help you learn more about key business successes, and motivate you personally and professionally to take action and lead change.

Leading business books like Good to Great, the Purple Cow, Pivot, Developing the Leader within You and many more offer readers great success insights that can help each of us be better at what we do.

How many of these insights do you implement after reading a book?

If you’re saying to yourself, not too many, you are not alone.  We are all busy and implementing new habits into our busy lives is difficult without daily commitments to yourself and your goals. Consistency = change success.

Amplify Learning

Coffee and Conversations offers a unique approach to network with other motivated, like-minded business leaders, help identify and extract key learnings from leading business books, dissect and share insights with the group, and create an action item you can commit to for 30 days.  Our daily on-line check-ins take less than 2 minutes a day for 30 days but, most importantly, they keep your action item top of mind.conversations-iphone

Unlike book clubs where you must commit to reading a different book each month, Coffee and Conversations provides you with a short synopsis of the book which take about 10 minutes to read prior to the meeting.  During the meeting, your Leader will facilitate discussion by asking probing or thought-provoking questions. This approach not only amplifies your learning, it also saves you time and improves your own engagement in your job.

Will You Join Me?

Join me in late March 2017 for our first 4-month Coffee & Conversation series.  I will be hosting a group in the Metro Vancouver area, and an on-line group via video-conference.  Space is limited for each group to ensure each participant has an opportunity to share.


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PS — If you aren’t in Vancouver BC, or you would prefer a Virtual Group format, please add your name to our notification list.  We will launch a Virtual Coffee & Conversations Business Group in April 2017.

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What Do You Say?

Ever wonder what to say when people ask “What do you do?” You know you’ve lost business because your answer lacks that certain “Wow” factor. I know I have. And we all can do better than that!

Imagine this scenario instead…

You’ve got 60 seconds. Everyone is expecting that same old ‘elevator pitch.’ Instead, you wow your audience with your killer 60-second introduction that’ll make jaws drop and heads snap to attention, and attract prospects & referrals. Wishful thinking? Not at all! [Read more…]

Add SPARK to Your First Impression

On Saturday afternoon, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Young Women in Business – Simon Fraser University group.  This group of young business students are very astute and soak in information.  Maureen McKinnon began the afternoon session with her “May the Force Be With You” presentation on resumes, portfolios and interviews.  Even I learned some new tips.

I was the second speaker.  My presentation focused on making a good first impression.  More about this in a moment.  I was followed by Chelle Morgan who helped us with her fashion and cost saving ideas — a great job.  Lastly, the YWiB executive shared tips on dinner etiquette.  A wonderful addition to a well rounded program.

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Can You Answer “What Do You Do” Clearly?

Over  the past several weeks I have been attending a lot of networking events.  Each time I meet someone new, I get asked what I do.  I am sure you can relate to this if you attend a business meeting, conference or networking events.  When asked this question, are you able to answer the question in  clear and concise way that results in intrigue and interest yet is authentic?  Will you be remembered after the event is over?  Does your response get you referrals? [Read more…]

Three Keys to Grow Your Business

The focus on small business  continues this week in recognition of Small Business Week.   A recent article by featured the secrets to small business.   This article cites  a survey conducted by RBC Small Business by Ipsos Reid.  The survey results revealed  the following as the top three components business owners need to focus on in order to grow their business:

1) develop an effective business plan (44 per cent)

2) manage your time well (43 per cent)

3) engage in networking (38 per cent).

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Don’t Be a Lone Ranger

As a business professional you are a leader in your own right.  You are the leader of your career – whether that is as an employee in someone else’s company, or as an entrepreneur leading your own business.  Each of us become part of a larger network in the business world.  Our relationships with others becomes our power network – a platform from which we can grow and develop.  Many entrepreneurs and professionals become lone rangers… working in isolation because they have an insurmountable list of things to accomplish.

When I attend networking events with a lot of employed professionals, I find networking is very different than when networking in a room filled with entrepreneurs.  I often wonder why the two groups are so different. Connecting with others, regardless of your employment status should be the same — to build relationships with others. [Read more…]

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