listening

SSSHHHH…ARE YOU LISTENING?

Here is a lost art…the art of truly listening. Tumultuous times like these may provide an impetus for people to speak in order to make themselves feel better. Perhaps they are commiserating about the economy, perhaps they are looking for advice or ideas on how to improve sales or save money, maybe they just want to vent. Here’s an idea…JUST LISTEN! Listening is a true skill, and not always an easy one. There are so many “triggers” in a conversation that make you want to jump right in and make a comment. You have some knowledge of what is being…

manners

Manners Matter: Thank You for Reading and You’re Welcome for These Good Ideas

Trying times often ferret out who’s got their manners screwed to them tightly, and who is just being buffeted by the winds of chance. Don’t let the recession sour your outlook so much so that your good manners slip. On the contrary, with some of your newly-found extra time, how about improving your manners… WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE! That’s right…a good, old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note. TO WHOM DO YOU WRITE IT? How about ANYONE! A new client, an old client, a special vendor, a prospect, a business associate, a boss, an employee, your mailman, your great aunt, whomever!…

book

Water, Water Everywhere, Not A Drop To Drink

So, here you are, stuck in the middle of a recession. You don’t know when it will end, and you feel like it has already been forever. You worry. You complain. You stress over it. You toss and turn at night. What can you do? READ A BOOK! In the midst of all of this turmoil, you are veritably surrounded by thousands of books that can help you not only survive, but get stronger! Don’t waste precious energy fretting…DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! There are many authors and many topics dealing with this business downturn. How about picking one up? Business…