The number one piece of advice given to anyone seeking to persuade or influence others is to tell stories. And no wonder, since storytelling has been one of our primary methods of learning for centuries. That is why the art of storytelling is one of the key skills every manager and marketer should master. There is no shortage of advice on how to do it in practice, but the first prerequisite is that you need to have a story.
Emails and instant messages are a great way to communicate important information to several people at the same time. However, expressing our emotions in writing can be a challenging task. Especially for a manager, the risk of misinterpretation and confusion is high, particularly on sensitive topics.
When you are starting a business, there are many questions you need to answer. They are all important, but most of them have one problem in common: They are all focused around ME.
However, if I want other people to invest their time/money/effort on me doing something, I need to be able to know what the value is I bring to THEM, not myself. That is why I think it is important to spend some time to answer these questions before everything else.
I have always been a keen reader and eager to learn new things. That is why reading and nowadays also listening to books is one of my favorite ways to spent time.
For me, 2018 was the year, when I started to work for myself so many of my book choices were focused on the business and self-development side. All together I read 18 books related to those topics and all of them were good in their own way, so I listed them all along with a short description and link in case you are wondering what to read next.
A new year is just behind the corner, so many of us are already thinking about how to improve our lives and businesses in 2019. Unfortunately, our good intentions to change our lives are usually forgotten by February and we go back to live and work as we did before. That is why I think its important to take enough time for setting meaningful goals and planning how you can effectively achieve them.
In order for making this easier for you, I want to share the goal setting process I use with my coaching clients. It consists of eight steps: