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Time To Make A Change!

One of the greatest challenges in life is that we are constantly giving away our power.

 

We give our power away at work, in relationships (both personal and business), with our families and certainly with the society in which we live.

 

The best way in which to regain our power is to constantly improve what we know and make a decision to reduce our ignorance in areas that are important to us.

 

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being ignorant… what it means is that at any one point in time we didn’t get the knowledge or information that we needed… to help us in this moment… because that is something we can ALWAYS change, (stupid on the other hand, is another matter :-)).

 

Our business and work lives are such an important part of who we are and the success we create for ourselves, yet we do very little to make the necessary changes to improve what we do and how we do it.

 

Instead of worrying about what is going on in the world and how little power we have, we need to take steps to change what we are doing so that we can guarantee our future successes in our job or business.

 

Making the right connections, learning to have great conversations and building powerful and profitable relationships is a great place to start.

 

Come and check out the FLOW Australia YouTube Channel , learn many greats hints and tips about networking and discover how you too can grow your business and personal skills for profit and success…

 

To become part of a global community and create significant change… contact me by clicking here, to find out if you have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams and impact powerfully on our community.

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What Can You Achieve?

“It’s not just what’s inside you, it’s what you do that defines you!”

I heard this phrase recently, and it made me think quite a bit about how we do or avoid things.

When I first heard this phrase I thought, “That can’t be right, what we are inside makes a huge difference… our passion, our love, our values”, I recently thought this phrase was so wrong…

Then I started thinking, and soon other phrases start to pop into my head that actually supported this statement on so many levels. For example:

“All it takes for evil to flourish, is for good men to do nothing.”

A more contemporary phrase is, “Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk!”

And from the book ‘Magic Kingdom’ – “What you do thunders above your head is so loudly, I cannot hear a word you say.”

 

I started to realise that you can have all the passion and intent in the world, none of that really matters until you put it into action. Not activity… which is just doing stuff, but action – on purpose, which creates results that impact on yours and others reality.

Too many of us hold back, spending time learning about ourselves, our world, the universe, without realising that knowledge without purpose… active purpose, is as fruitless as no knowledge at all.

The greatest inspirations in history were men and women of action, some of that action was spectacular, for example, creating atomic fusion, exploring outer and inner space. Some of it has been sublimely subtle, like helping lepers in India, but action, it is nonetheless…

So back to the statement, ‘If what we do, defines us’, then we really need to look at how we do what we need do.

How do we move through the world, to make it a better place, not just for us, but for others? What is our purpose in life? Why are we here? What do we need to do to make us better people? Who do we need to connect with to fulfil our lives? Where do we start to achieve what we want to achieve?

These are pretty amazing questions, and each and every one of us is going to answer them in a very, very different way.

 

For my part, I would like to make a suggestion. It is only a suggestion because I feel that this may be valuable for me, and hopefully, it could be valuable to you, if for no other reason than to give you an idea to set you on your own path.

When I quit smoking, what helped me was to have a small daily goal. Now I know the word goal has a lot of different connotations for different people, however, I use the word goal in its broadest sense. My small daily goal was very simple, it was to ‘not light a cigarette… today’. When I got to tomorrow, my goal was to ‘not light a cigarette… today!’

I kept this up, until I had actually quit smoking.

If we select any goal, whether it is to quit smoking, or to lose weight or to learn public speaking or to simply learn how to make scrambled eggs, when we follow a simple daily goal, we will be able to achieve what we set out to achieve, taking action, real action. This daily goal needs to be simple and achievable, and something you can focus on every single day without too much difficulty.

By achieving our goals, one day at a time, our results start to define us in a very real way. So, as I challenge myself, I challenge you, to find out what it is you want to achieve, set a small daily goal, and move forward in your life, one day, one moment at a time.

I look forward to hearing about your successes, as you define yourself, and as you change your reality around you.

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The Power of the Introduction.

Whether you are being introduced, or you are introducing someone, getting the introduction right makes all the difference in a presentation.

 

As a professional networker and speaker, I have had the opportunity to hear thousands of introductions over the years, some were for me, most for other presenters. The most common thing about all of these introductions was that the presenter, the MC, was not prepared and delivered a poor and inadequate introduction, and didn’t engage the audience.

 

Most speakers or presenters are not professionals, and poor introductions make their task of delivering an informative talk or a presentation to create action by persuading you to a particular point of view, very difficult.

 

Even professional speakers get “put off” by introductions that give inaccurate facts about them; getting their name wrong, (YES, this happens more often than you think); or they have to step up after an introduction where the introducer has delivered an “off-coloured” joke by way of introducing a speaker… these things can be very off-putting.

 

Now I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking that that’s no big deal, what’s so important about an introduction.

 

My answer to you is… everything!

 

Whether you are addressing a networking function, your sales group, being an MC at an engagement or wedding or any number of opportunities for speaking engagements, an introduction is extremely important.

 

In fact, the introduction is a speech all its own. It may rarely be longer than a minute, but it serves to engage the audience with specific information about the topic to be presented, the qualifications and credentials of the speaker and give the audience the speakers correct name.

 

The introduction is designed to grab the audience’s attention and make them more receptive to the speakers talk and message.

 

The best and simplest way to create an awesome introduction is preparation.

 

Whether it’s for a Featured Presentation to a networking group, like NRG, Business Network International, BforB or Business Referral Exchange etc, or a presentation to your local Chamber of Commerce, or introducing a speaker at Rotary, Apex or Lions club, preparation is the key.

 

Follow this simple formula, and you can’t go wrong:

 

Always start your introduction by giving the exact topic of the speakers presentation. Find out from the Speaker, the name of their presentation.

Unfortunately, many speakers don’t give a lot of thought to topic names, however, this process always helps the speaker to create a more focused presentation when they are speaking to a specific topic.

 

  • Create a level of importance and relevance, let your audience know WHY the topic is important to them, what they will learn and what the benefit is to them in listening to the Speaker.
  • Next, make it about the Speaker. List their qualifications and credentials… keep this simple, accurate and not too long.
  • In the delivery of an introduction, remember to be enthusiastic. Your enthusiasm with a well-prepared introduction will do these important things:
  • Engage the audience and warm them to the presenter, and their topic.
  • Makes the presenter more comfortable and relaxed so that they can give a great presentation at the audience deserves.
  • And lastly, the hidden element… YOU as the introducer are looked on favourably as a professional who is thorough, enthusiastic and caring.

 

Remember, introductions are as important as the presentation itself. They can make or break a presentation.

Accuracy – Brevity – Enthusiasm.

These are the keys to an awesome introduction.

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Why Is Business Networking Confusing?

Business networking, like social media means so many different things to so many different people and as a consequence there is a lot of confusion in the marketplace about what it is, what it is used for, and how effective it can be.

I can understand when people use the term “networking”, and put a great deal of emphasis on coffee catch ups, social networking, getting together for drinks etc., but when you confuse this with “Business Networking” then it can create a problem because expectations can be very different.

In the last few months I have had the privilege of engaging with 273 people and asking them all a very simple question.

That question was, “What is your understanding of business networking?”

Interestingly, there is no wrong answer to this question, however, in my opinion, only two people actually nailed the most appropriate answer to the question.

Many people said it was to make connections, to make sales, to build relationships, to build my database and so on… each of these are valuable perceptions.

As I stated, there is no wrong answer!

Two people on the other hand categorically stated that business networking was a system.

A system that is not just valuable in business but needs to be used by everyone, in everyday life, in every situation where we connect and communicate with others. In fact, everything we do with other people is networking.

Most people don’t actually understand the importance of “networking” in their life, and they are never taught the fundamentals of developing an effective networking system.

The system has a number of components, the first of which is actually an understanding WHY we network.