What Do Teamwork and David Letterman Have in Common?
To succeed in business, it takes teamwork; you can’t make it without help. The day of the Lone Ranger is long gone and even he had his trusty sidekick. Business is now a team sport.
Think how many credits run at the end of a motion picture — they can scroll for dozens of screens. People in pit crews at NASCAR races or those who back up the star attractions at live performances are only the ones you see;
You Can’t Do It Alone! A Little Help Can Go a Long Way in Business- Here’s How you Find
When I first started my business, I felt that I should be able to run every aspect of it myself. After all, I reasoned, it was my business and I should handle whatever was involved. Soon, I found that although I had skills, I also had holes; big, gaping holes where I was deficient. I knew publicity and I had a talent for connecting people, but I didn’t understand what a P & L was and why I needed it.
Don’t Talk in Code: Making Your Business Message Clear
Language can be unclear so define all key terms to make sure that everyone is speaking the same language. For example, I tell people that I am going to help them create a message that the media will say yes to. Many people may not understand what I mean by the word “message,” so I define it for them. Their message is a one or two sentence introduction that explains the benefits they will provide.
From Email Inquiries to Tangible Contracts: Communicating Properly to Create Working Relationships
As soon as possible, confirm all verbal agreements. Take the initiative and contact the other party while the terms are still fresh in your minds. Confirm your agreement even if you plan to execute a formal contract so that no questions exist on the basic deal.
In early June, Stan, a motion producer, called me. He said that he was interested in working with me on a project that would not start until the fall.
“If you have integrity, you will get noticed,” T. Harv Eker believes. “So few people have integrity that if you have it, you will standout. Keep your word, be reliable, do what you said you would, over deliver.”
Businesses that last are based on integrity. They always do a great job, strike fair deals, and treat people well. They exist to serve their customers, not just their shareholders. Reliability and value are the foundation, the base,
GETTING IT STRAIGHT
Get noticed by being professional please your clients and customers by learning what they want and always delivering it. People have many choices, they can give their business to many companies. So consistently provide what they want or they won’t continue to do business with you. And they definitely won’t recommend you to others.
When sellers court customers, they make many promises. Words are bandied about; expectations are formed as are misconceptions. Misunderstandings can undermine relationships so avoid them by identifying everyone’s expectations as soon as possible.
Most people are uncomfortable promoting themselves. Debbie Allen, the author of Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters (McGraw-Hill, 2005), and a professional business speaker polled thousands of members of her audiences. She found that 85% were uncomfortable with the idea of promoting themselves. Their feelings stemmed from their being taught that modesty is a virtue and they boast or brag.
Noted speaker, Mimi Donaldson (www.mimidonaldson.com, Bless), author of Bless Your Stress It Means You’re Still Alive (Yes!
Remember back in school how different personalities emerged and distinguished themselves. Every school had characters such as the nerd, the rocker, the jock, the babe, and the brain. Yet the one we tend to remember most fondly is the clown.
We all noticed the clown because he made us laugh. He connected with everyone through his humor; by making everything funny. The clown could make the most ordinary situation, the gravest circumstance, and the blandest personality absolutely hysterical.
Quick Tips to create solid connections and more meaningful relationships
Connecting is the art of building relationships; relationships that last. It’s the forming of bonds with people that can grow into deeper, closer, more meaningful relationships.
Making close connections is essential because people prefer to work and interact those with whom they feel connected. They share common interests, feelings, values, and beliefs. They trust them and want to help them more. Instead of concentrating on closing one-time sales, work to build close, long-term connections that will endure.
Being completely present
Get noticed by being completely present. “Lots of people attend events, but are distracted and are not in the present moment,” Sandra Yancey finds. “As they talk to you, they scan the room for better opportunities. I call that ‘arriving,’ not being ‘present.’
“When I meet people, it is my responsibility to make the most of it: to be more aware, intentional, cognizant, and present. I must understand that this is a new relationship for me and that I have the choice of acting in ways that take this relationship to the next level.