Failure to me is when you lose tons of money and your world bottoms out. That I have never experienced. Have I made mistakes? You bet, but to me they are lessons to be learned. I have learned to let go of the need to be perfect, because I am not.
Founder, Company of Women
Anne Day is the Founder of Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business -- <a href="http://www.companyofwomen.ca" rel="nofollow">www.companyofwomen.ca</a>. <br> <br> She is the author of <em>Day by Day - Tales of business, life and everything in between</em>. and Editor of <em>One Red Lipstick</em> Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org <br> <br> She has recently launched Full Circle Publishing to help authors take their books from concept to completion. <a href="http://fullcirclepublishing.ca" rel="nofollow">http://fullcirclepublishing.ca </a>
Danielle has realized that this way of life can't continue; that's she saying "no" now from a place of fatigue and exhaustion rather than from a place of joy. As she observed, she needs white space in her life. So often she's said "yes" to something that is six or nine months down the road, but it comes up so quickly and just adds to her stress.
10/15/2013 05:37 EDT
While as small business owners we are moving in very different circles, we can all learn from what is happening in the big business world. Take your lead from your customers, not your competition -- it is your customers who will tell you what they want, and don't want. So listen, and act accordingly.
09/23/2013 05:10 EDT
Much is written these days about storytelling as a way to make yourself or your business stand out, and it is a strategy that I strongly recommend. Yet recently I have witnessed ways how, as a speaker, it can backfire on you and instead of winning over your audience, can alienate the people listening to your talk. How?
09/19/2013 12:08 EDT
Have your childhood experiences with money impacted your relationship with it later in life? If you answered "yes," you would be falling in line with some recent research from Australia where they found that these factors underpin or influence how women make decisions about money.
09/09/2013 12:39 EDT
If you do a favour for someone, do you keep an internal tally card tracking who has done what for who and then feel abused when the person or company doesn't reciprocate? You wouldn't be alone. But authors Bob Burg and John David Mann point out in their book, <em>The Go-Giver</em>, that it is the giving without thought of a return that really counts.
09/03/2013 08:15 EDT
When you are at a conference for a couple of days and listening to presentations back to back, you really get a sense of what works, and what doesn't and you can learn from that experience. I have heard numerous speakers, and here's my list of what works, and what to avoid.
08/18/2013 11:17 EDT
I often find that "newbies" don't spend enough time digging deep to unravel who their ideal customer is. Without doing the necessary due diligence of working out exactly who your target audience is, your business is doomed before it even starts.
08/12/2013 05:31 EDT
I have often said "I don't do vulnerable," and yet there have been times in my life when I have had to rely on other people to take me for cancer treatments, for example. Somehow we believe by asking for help, we are being weak, are letting ourselves down, when in reality our family and friends are only too happy to help out.
08/05/2013 09:39 EDT
Sold. A four-lettered word I was longing to hear. And finally after five l-o-n-g months, and one false start, the deed is done. We've sold our home of 28 years. To be honest it has seemed quite the marathon and I've learned a lot about myself in the process. But I have also learned some important lessons.
07/31/2013 12:06 EDT
Some of the matches, especially in the semi-finals once you got down to the really skilled players, could have been easily won by either opponent, it was that close. But just like in business, you can be neck and neck with your competitors, and suddenly one of you gets ahead. So what did the winners do to make that happen?
07/12/2013 01:50 EDT
If you had to give some advice to young graduates, what would it be? I threw out this question on LinkedIn as I had been asked to be a commencement speaker at the Sheridan College convocation. The responses were fascinating, varied, and often said much about the person offering the advice. So now I pass on some of this collected wisdom to you.
06/17/2013 12:30 EDT
Always start with yourself, not a power point slide. You have only so much time to hook people in, and your audience wants to get to know you. While you need to be a bit of an actor, don't ham it up too much as it detracts from your authenticity.
06/07/2013 10:01 EDT
Take a blank piece of paper, head it My Purpose in Life, and then start writing. It doesn't have to be sentences, just words that resonate with you. When you have exhausted all your possible thoughts look at what you have written. Condense the core themes into one sentence. And you've done it.
05/13/2013 07:52 EDT
The best mentoring relationships happen organically, where you click and connect with someone else. There has to be some chemistry. You need to like and respect each other. You need to enjoy spending time together. When you are "matched" by someone else that element is not always there.
05/05/2013 11:15 EDT
It's not all about you. Yes, you can promote your own programs, services and products, but if that is all you do, you won't attract the following you want. Just as in face-to-face networking, givers gain. Try to make it 80 per cent about your industry and 20 per cent about your business.
04/28/2013 11:21 EDT
It is frequently said that people do business with people they know, like and trust. But how do you build that trust? From a business perspective, time is money and so there is a price tag attached to that lack of trust. Building your credibility is how you create trust.
04/21/2013 11:00 EDT
It is 5.00 am. Friday April 12, 2012 and outside a terrible ice storm is taking hold. I am working by candlelight as we have
04/14/2013 11:19 EDT
Recently I was asked for advice from a couple of women -- a small business owner and a would-be entrepreneur and in each instance, the answer was the same -- they needed to do the math. In fact, it really was all about the bottom line.
04/07/2013 11:09 EDT
I am sure many of us can think of examples of those who are the "takers" in life. They run their business in a transactional way. I actually feel sorry for people who have a scarcity or competitive attitude because they miss out on so much. As Dr. Ivan Misner advocates, "givers gain."
04/01/2013 12:23 EDT
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