5 Ways To Become A Great Conversationalist

Having spent a few days at a conference recently, I had the opportunity to connect with many people of different ages, different backgrounds and different experiences. I observed how people interacted with each other and the types of conversations they had.

Naturally, most of the conversations were around the theme and information shared at the conference. The interesting thing was that I found it easier to have conversations with some people but with others, the conversations didn’t flow as freely or as naturally as I had expected it to.

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How To Make A Comeback After A Major Setback

When I first started my personal development journey, the ones that were doing well in the industry all seemed to have one thing in common — they all had books on their area of expertise.

I thought having my own book would benefit me too so when I transitioned out of my corporate career, I took a few months off to write my first book. While I did not find the writing part of the book difficult, the challenge I had was I did not know much about marketing or the book publishing industry. I self-published my first book, Hoops and Freedom however I wasn’t able to sell as many copies as I wanted to. I eventually learned that writing a book is only 10% of the process. The other 90% is in getting the book out to readers. In fact, in the first year after the book came out, I sold less than 500 copies. I didn’t feel very successful as an author.

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My Review Of Experts Academy And The Five Commitments I Made

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy seminar in Sydney. Brendon is the author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge, and it was the first time he had hosted his seminar in Australia.

This is my summary of what I experienced at Experts Academy, both the good and the not-so good along with five commitments I made as a result of attending the event. I believe that no matter how good something is, there is always room for improvement which is why I am sharing what could have worked better for me.

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7 Things Every Coach Needs To Be Aware Of

Each time I attend a networking meeting, seminar or any business-related event, inevitably I will meet different types of coaches. They range from business coaches, health and fitness coaches, life coaches, relationship coaches or wellness coaches. And it’s no surprise! Coaching is a billion-dollar industry and growing!

When I am speaking to them, I typically ask questions like:

  • What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
  • How did you get started as a coach?
  • What are your biggest challenges being a coach?
  • What are some things that you have done to expand your coaching services?
  • Where do you think you could improve as a coach?

The interesting thing is that although the market the coaches serve may be different, their responses to the questions are usually very similar and have common themes.

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10 Questions You Can Ask When Going Through Tough Times

We all go through tough times and how we respond to the tough times defines who we are as a person. In recent years, especially after the global financial crisis, a lot more people experienced tough times financially, emotionally, physically, mentally and relationally. There are people who thrived during that time and there are people who really struggled.

Going through tough times can bring up our beliefs about ourselves, others and the world. It also amplifies the little voice inside of us that tries to protect us and keep us safe.

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5 Simple Ways To Shrink Your To-Do List

If you’re like me, you probably have a To-Do list that never seems to shrink down. If anything, you keep adding more things to your list, right?

While on one hand, having a To-Do list is important as it gives us direction for doing things in a prioritized order, however if we don’t see progress, it can cause us to feel overwhelmed and stressed.

The unfortunate thing is our To-Do is not a fixed list. Each day, there is new input coming in, which can either add to our list or replace something we had on our list. The ideal situation will be to only have things on our list that’s going to matter in the end when we complete them.

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5 Reasons To Stop Multitasking Now

I remember when I finished my university studies and was applying for jobs, during interviews with employers, I used to say that I was good at multitasking and could cope with multiple priorities at the same time. Oh boy! Was that a lie or what?

The term multitasking originated in the computer industry and referred to a multiprocessor’s ability to process a number of tasks simultaneously. The idea of being able to multitask is almost an expectation if you’re an employee however if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, it may not necessarily be the best practice to adopt.

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5 Strategies To Create A Business Based On Your Values

If you have a business, it is really an extension of who you are and what you value. Put simply, our values are the things that we define as being important to us. Our values represent the kind of person we are and what we want to express out in the world.

As an entrepreneur or business owner, it makes a lot of sense to create a business centred around our values because we generally tend to act according to our values. For example, if there is something we need to be doing for our business that is not in harmony with our values, the chances are we will avoid doing it, procrastinate or even not do it at all.

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The One Principle That Keeps Me Motivated Through The Good And Challenging Times

Wouldn’t it be great if any new thing we try gives us the result we want straight away, like applying a new strategy in our business or learning a new skill?

As business owners, the harsh reality is that most things we try in our businesses often do not give us the outcomes we want straight away. In fact, most things will not or do not work. I once heard the concept of marketing described as an experiment where over 80% of the things we try will fail. I don’t know about you but for me, that can be pretty disheartening.

When I first started my business, I was quite naive. Having had years of experience in managing large multi-million dollar manufacturing operations, I thought I would be able to apply the same methodologies to build a small business around what I loved to do. Unfortunately, I found out soon enough that building a profitable business starting from scratch required a new mindset, new strategies and new actions.

And for the first few years, there were more challenging times than good times. Through those difficult periods, there was one principle that kept me motivated and moving forward, one step at a time.

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10 Marketing Rules All Entrepreneurs Must Master

As an entrepreneur, being able to succinctly convey to our audience our message, whether that is on a website, marketing material or in a conversation, is one of the key skills we must develop. Success in business largely comes down the way we market our business.

Over the years, I have learned some valuable marketing lessons, a lot of them through mistakes I have made, and some through modelling other highly successful marketers. Here are 10 so-called marketing rules that can either give a major boost to your marketing efforts or prevent you from wasting valuable resources.

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