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11 ways to excuse yourself from a conversation (without looking like a jerk)
Ah yes, the old nod-and-smile. You may have read articles on great conversation starters and mastering in-person networking situations, but what about dealing with those conversations you desperately want to leave? Whether at a conference or a party, we can all…
It is always a choice...And there are always more choices!
Imagine driving to a destination using one of those fold up maps to guide you. Now in order to make the Map easier to use, you would usually re-fold the map with just a small portion of the map you are focussed on. You do this so that it is easy to use, a quick…
You only have 7 seconds to make a good first impression.That's it. And even though it may feel like you have no control over how others judge you in this short space of time, there really is a lot you can do to make sure you radiate your best and true self. We…
20 conversation starters to help break the ice at networking events
I'm going to the Sales 2.0 conference on Monday with my colleague Emma. I've never been to a conference with her before, so we were talking about whether we each like networking (or whether we dread it). Personally, I don't mind it if I'm in the right frame of mind…
Everything is hard before it is easy
“To get to easy you have to go through hardScreen Shot 2014-07-08 at 8.34.51 pm.” This was a recent Mountain Dew advert on the back of a bus and on billboards in Wellington. This parallels a message I have been teaching students about learning – “Everything is hard…
Excuse making and excuse breaking: 5 simple ways to kick the 'buts' out of your vocabulary
The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start out on top. – O.J. Simpson Justin Crisp “I would really like to travel one day, but I’m far too busy at work.” “I would really love to write a book…
Circle of excellence – enabling you to prepare for success
Have you ever been about to do something, say a business meeting, public speaking, visit the dentist and felt nervous or a lack of confidence? Here is a quick little technique you can do to change your undesired feeling into something more resourceful and…
What to obsess about at start-up - and why
Most business owners obsess over the wrong things at the wrong time, costing time, money and even the business itself. What should you obsess over? When? At startup we obsess over three things we shouldn’t: 1) The beauty and design of our product. 2) The beauty…
The 'looking good' mask or being real - which one are you?
They say the first impression is what people judge you by. It's not just what you are wearing and whether you are good looking. There is something else. It's about that sense we have, or feeling about how we connect or do not connect with others. - Which are you?…
Personal development for networkers
If you want to be valuable to your network and your customers/clients, you must be constantly improving what you can offer. Your competitors are constantly getting better, and you cannot afford to be left behind. In fact, being technically competent and highly…
Peak performance mindset is not just for elite athletes
To consistently perform at our best- reliably applying our experience and skills to the best of our ability - in any arena, depends on understanding and managing our focus and optimum state of mind – success is a mind game. The book and foundation of our work with…
Time to review our gifts
Our talents are our gifts! Talent is the growth within us all, Its rise, its fall, its call Is ours, to hear and understand, For we are the one whose helping hand, Gives birth to the worth That we, and we alone, expand. As Christmas and the holiday season…
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