I was having a bad day today. It didn't start off that bad. It was okay. I was excited about a Smart Woman Conversation I had scheduled. I took my shower, fixed my hair (and I like it, my hair, I mean... good hair, good day, right?), put my makeup on and chose an outfit.
I asked Katherine McGraw Patterson to be a Smart Woman Conversation member because I know she brings authenticity, experience, and insight to the world of business. Her focus is women. And, with all of that, she recently became an author. Her book, Lunching with Lions: Strategies for the Networking-Averse, tells us right on the cover that "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
We build connections that spark with talent, excitement, laughter, tears, emotional bonds that are forged in iron! These are connections that will not be broken. When you forge something in iron, it builds tensile strength and beauty in one glorious piece of metal.
I tried to imagine where it had hung, once upon a time. I read the inscription over and over, and imagined it as part of a large, heavy door, facing the public square in some mid-sized city. I could see people look at it, turn their eyes away, hurry along, hoping no one they knew would ever have to go through that door.
Yes, being polite is a good thing. Knowing when to express apologies and when not to, is a learning experience. The message here is that you cannot fix the whole world, and being sorry for that is not endearing you to customers or clients or prospects. In fact, it may be harming your growing relationship.
How many emails did you answer today? Ten? Twenty? More?Are you a bit overwhelmed with emails - watching hundreds come dinging into your mailbox every morning, noon, and night?If you are, you’re like hundreds of other small business women who feel overwhelmed with all the content being thrown at them, like rice at a wedding.It’s time to stop. Stop! STOP! JUST STOP!
I remember one day, back before I became independent, sitting at my desk while one of my bosses (I had four at this one company) sat across me giving me the evil eye. I remember being shy and afraid, but holding it in check.
It’s merely a regularly updated web page or web site. A good many folks talk “blogsite” now, instead of website or blog.The origin comes from “web log”… and dates far back into a galaxy far far away. But, really, just on the internet. Techies were using web logs long before business folks, like us, hopped on the band wagon.
Your muse may be an angel. An angel you know. We all have them. I am not religious, let’s put that out there, but the concept of an angel at your side is a universal one, and the warmth of such comes from a caring Universe. A Universe I tell you all the time that wants you to be wildly successful!
Do you want to be disruptive? Is radical change too much for you?This isn’t a new concept. If you study Blue Ocean Strategy, you get a sense of how to use disruption to your advantage.First, recognize your talent. Embrace the magic of it. Close your eyes and imagine holding it in your hands. Not the product of the talent, the talent itself!