6 Ways to Become the Most Interesting Person in the Room

6 Ways to Become the Most Interesting Person in the Room

In a noisy world where personal branding is a professional imperative, and where we constantly compete with equally qualified rivals for clients, jobs, promotions, assignments or funding, being just a little more interesting and memorable can be the deciding factor in our favor.The following list of six rules should yield some promising results for those who want to up their game with some new skills and behaviors to become a more distinguished individual:1.Learn to make a solid business case. Occasionally we get lucky. We ask for something- resources, money, time, support- and we get it. But for the most part, the higher the stakes, the more scrutiny our requests are under. Entrepreneurs, managers and executives who cannot make a solid business case, linking needs to strategic goals, detailing risks, opportunities and projected ROI, based on research and analysis, are discounted by the decision-makers who can green-light a project. By clearly showing value, telling a compelling business story and answering tough questions from stakeholders, we become valued players in a serious game2. Master conversational skills. The ability to converse is a key competency for successful client pitches, board room presentations, management meetings and the myriad hallway conversations that influence major business decisions- it also makes you a lot more approachable.  Skillful small talk and more substantive conversations can make anyone more distinguished, (provided one has something interesting to say). To get better at it, widen your interests and learn about anything from current events to local issue, this way, you'll connect with a wider range of people (and everyone knows that's a positive when it comes to networking).3. Cultivate a...
Next Generation Thinking

Next Generation Thinking

Next generation thinking is about so much more than just a demographic change. It's about keeping up with the latest business trends, about generation leadership styles and identifying who your next consumer is and putting plans in NOW to appropriate your business. New generation thinking is one of the most fundamental steps of forecasting what the future holds, and can give you a substantial edge as we progress into the 21st century.No- one likes to be old and out-dated, especially in a world that is in perpetual motion. It is, however, easily avoided if you adopt a 'new generation thinking' style. If you are having trouble trying to put yourself into that sort of mind-set, here are a couple of traits to remember when you are trying to appeal to your new generation consumer: Non- conformity:When it comes to the newer generations, one of the most jarring shifts would have to be their distaste of conformity. In fact, some may say that not conforming is a guilty pleasure for them.When it comes to how this will work in your business, all you need to know is that different is always better. In this day and age you have to find what distinguishes you from every other business in your field, and play on it. Individualism is one of your strongest weapons. Technology:Technology has the ability to connect people all around the world. It is a wealth of knowledge available at your finger tips, and it is also an effective and inexpensive way to appeal to the masses. Since technology is very much a 21st century thing, it should come as no surprise that newer generations, specifically those of Gen Z...
Passion is Power

Passion is Power

Passion is the energy that keeps us going and fills us with meaning, anticipation and excitement. Ultimately, it is the driving force to happiness and success.You as business people, would hear all the time: "if you have a career that you love, you will never have to work a day in your life." The saying couldn't be more truthful. Finding something that you are so devoted to, can be the most empowering breakthrough of your life. Honestly, who wouldn't want to get out of bed, get out the door and say that they spend majority of their day doing something they love?It's crazy how much more you will focus on something if you are passionate about it. All of a sudden your heart and soul gets poured into your project or business and you find that it is so much bigger than you thought. It seems like less 'effort' because there is a want to do it. You will push harder, and challenge yourself, because the end game is much more than a net result to you, it actually means something.People talk this down way too much, having a love for what you do. I, however, cannot express how integral it is- to be passionate about your career. Only then will you have a healthy mindset, knowing that what you do every day is not a waste of your time, but a step closer to your life's goal, to success.Let's not misunderstand here though, success requires so much more than just this one trait. It necessitates hard-work, diligence, focus and leadership (just to name a few). However, once you are passionate about...
4 Ways to Work More Effictively

4 Ways to Work More Effictively

The crucial skill in today’s business world is surely the ability to work fast and effictively. The problem is though, that too often we try to get things done quickly that their quality of work really suffers. So how can you double the speed at which you work and still keep your work quality high? Try these 4 techniques:USE A TIMER ON EVERY MAJOR TASK. One of the most pertinent concepts in business is Parkinson’s Law, which states that “Work expands to fill the time allotted for it”. If you leave the amount of time you’ll devote to a task open ended, then you will almost always take more time to complete it. Conversely, if you set a clear amount of time to do each task, you’ll work far more rapidly, as you attempt to beat the clock. As an added bonus, if you challenge yourself like this, the finished product will always be so much sweeter. PRETEND YOUR DAY ENDS AT 11AM.Each morning when you start work, behave as though you can no longer work past 11am. If you knew you had to go home at that point, yet you still wanted to achieve some really worthwhile jobs, what would you do? Create a small list then start on those important tasks immediately. The 11am technique works brilliantly because it forces you to take action quickly on what really counts. The average person has done virtually nothing of consequence by 11am: they have chatted with their co-workers, checked their emails, grabbed a coffee and perhaps planned their day. What if you were not that average person, what if you were the exception, who has all of their meaty tasks done by 11am. WORK AT...
5 Rookie Networking Mistakes

5 Rookie Networking Mistakes

Whilst online networking has dominated in so many more ways than one, you should never underestimate the power in person networking. Conferences, conventions, workshops, trade shows, etc are still a big opportunity to meet and mingle with peers, potential partners and mentors. The best part about person networking is that right off the bat, you get to show a bit of your personality, your drive, and your passion. If you are new to the networking scene and want to stay at the top of your game, do yourself a favour and avoid these five mistakes that will make others cringe:Being overly aggressive. If you walk into an event with the mannerisms of a used car salesman, you will immediately turn off everyone around you. Yes, you want to end up known at the end of the day, but for all the right reasons, not because you're arrogant.The best way to avoid this is to ask questions about what other people do, rather than making statements about your own business. The truth is, people love talking about themselves, and if you provide opportunity for them to do so, you make just score some brownie points. Don't just hear, listen. People can tell if you are actually listening to what they are saying, or if you're are just thinking about what you're going to say next, be natural.With this approach, you will be perceived as interesting and worth talking to by others. And don’t worry, they’ll get around to asking about you soon enough.Focusing only on the big cheeses. Of course, there are people that everyone in the room wants to talk to -- the speaker at an event, the investor with...
Why are we so Quick to Forget what we Want?

Why are we so Quick to Forget what we Want?

It's a dog eat dog world out there, and so many people are quick to be a deterrent on your dreams. And you know what? That's okay. Actually, it's to be expected. What I'm not okay with, is the fact that we are all so quick to let those dreams fall along the wayside.We live in a generation where being different isn't just accepted, it's encouraged. Where education has never been so accessible before, massive parts of aluminium can float in the sky and you have the opportunity to communicate with the whole world at the touch of your fingertips, BUT you can't follow your dreams?There's something in that sentence that doesn't quite check out, right?Now I'm not talking about walking on the moon, or being the real life superman, I'm talking about those attainable goals you set everyday, but can forget all the time.For once, I don't have a blog that has pointers, or rules, or a step by step recipe to reach those achievable goals. I'm honestly asking you to be raw, be vulnerable. Remember what it was that gave you the passion to become an entrepreneur and then act on it.  It's difficult being a business owner, it's difficult to remain competitive all the time, but it's not difficult to know what you want and work hard everyday to get there. You will have restrictions, you will have set backs, but that doesn't make your dream any less accomplishable. Instead, these challenges should make success so much sweeter.Most of the fear to conquer your dreams stems from deterrents. A lot of deterrents come from people who aren't...
4 Lessons in Success for Millionaire Entrepreneurs

4 Lessons in Success for Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall whilst some of the biggest companies make their first six-digit revenue? Or to hear about the challenges that are faced on the road to success? Not too long ago, a group of well-rounded entrepreneurs got together for the third annual Chicago Ideas Week and shared their achievements and struggles in the initial stages of creating their businesses. If you haven’t already seen or read it, I would be more than happy to share my appropriation of their pearls of wisdom.1. Accept failure as part of the journey. If you want a business that can survive through anything the external forces throw at you, then you must accept failure as a part of the journey. You may actually see these as blessings in disguise so that you can look back on, tweek and move forward. Think less about win or lose, and think more about win or learn.2. Keep your eyes open for opportunities. You hear this every business meeting, and late nights just trying to decipher what the next move is, but it will always hit home as the most clear idea for success. Sometimes opportunities can be so obviously infront of you, and they are neglected just for the pure fact that that there is a belief that the business isn’t ready. The truth is, the business is ALWAYS ready for openings. Opportunities are as plentiful as the doors you use to open them, just embrace it, otherwise you will be stuck in the same spot for a seriously long time.3. When opportunity knocks, be ready for it....
3 Ways to Grow Your Business By Focusing on the Customer

3 Ways to Grow Your Business By Focusing on the Customer

Every business in this generation is subject to a very new, exciting and extremely challenging environment, and like with many challenges, it is sometimes easier to just roll over and sink. Sadly enough, many companies are even getting to the point where simply surviving has become their daily mode of operation; I like to call this ‘hitting the wall.’ They cut their marketing budgets and lay off employees ALL because they are worrying about their bottom line rather than their customers.What they don’t understand, is that the customer matters more than anything. And believe it or not, customers and clients aren’t as hard to reach as you might think.The secret is, you just have to focus on the customer, and the customer only. It definitely isn’t new advice, but it resonates now more than ever. Good old fashioned business, works online and in social media, not because you’ve mentioned it 87 times, or because your pictures look appealing. It’s because it is directed and revolves solely around the customer, and assures them, that they are your number one priority in the company.As a small business owner or even a corporation that is looking for some ‘revival’ to take place within your culture, you need to take a step back and remember how you got to where you are. Don’t forget what it was that initially made your clients choose your business over any other. Don’t forget the long nights coming up with unique ways to stand out and find that edge so that you customers feel special. These strategies last, even as everyone rolls over and cries ‘economic crisis!’And...