5 Lessons from a Missed Business Appointment

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OMG, I missed that appointment! Have you ever missed an important business appointment? I missed one this morning and was both embarrassed and annoyed with myself for doing so. Ironically, although I had the appointment date and time correctly listed in my Google calendar, I’d been using a separate backup/reminder system and that had a […]

Being Busy is OK, but it’s not an Excuse for Discourtesy

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The old “I’m very busy” fob off A couple of recent experiences have reminded me that being busy is no excuse for being discourteous. Or for fobbing people off just because you don’t want to say no. I’m sure we have all had some version of the following. You go to a Chamber of Commerce […]

Time to Refresh Your Business Plan?

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Here in Australia today, July 1, marks the beginning of the new financial (fiscal) year. I’m thinking this is a good time to have a look at my business plan and check to see whether it still makes sense or needs a refresh or even a complete re-think. But we don’t need to wait for […]

Amplify Your LinkedIn Presence with a Company Page

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I never cease to be amazed by the fact that many companies, small and large, are missing out on the opportunity to promote their company or brand via the LinkedIn Company Page feature. One of the many recent changes in features and functionality on the LinkedIn professional networking platform is that the company page is now able to […]

How to Close Deals Without Trickery

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One of the toughest challenges for so many professionals setting up their own business is surely the need to become effective in selling. I’m no exception. I don’t like being “sold to” and I did not like the idea of being seen as a salesman. Before I go any further, I acknowledge unreservedly that there […]