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Four Networking Tips for Introverts

May 9, 2017 in Careers

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Attending a networking event can be intimidating and stressful for most of us. For the less outgoing, the experience can be almost paralyzing or akin to falling into quicksand.

Being an introvert, the struggle of opening up to a group of total strangers can be nerve wracking. Small talk doesn’t come easy and it’s difficult to establish rapport with new people. However, you must be aware that networking is an important career and job search move. It is through contacts and connections that we can bag our dream job or make a career advancement.

While I do agree it is difficult to maintain calm and composure in such a situation, it also important to plan ahead to keep your nerves in control. For the ones like me, here are a few tips to network like a pro.

Don’t Go Solo

Four walls full of strangers can be tough to handle when you are a people-shy person like me. It helps to tag a trusted friend or colleague along to such networking events. Preferably tag along an outgoing individual who can get conversations going and introduce you to others.

If that’s not feasible, look out for someone just like you at the event. Introduce yourself to the girl/guy shying away from the crowds. Start a conversation and slowly branch out to others in the hall. Strive to meet a minimum number of people at the event. This way you won’t feel too intimidated with the whole process of networking.

Do Your Research

Get digging for the details even before the event. If possible get a list of the attendees and introduce yourself via email and ask to connect. Alternatively, browse through their social media feeds to find common points of interest.

Go prepared with a list of questions you seek answers for. Enact possible scenarios with your friend/family beforehand. Use the break time to initiate a one on one conversation with the person you wish to build a connection with.

Get People Talking

Introverts make great listeners, even though they are not great communicators. Networking is more about building relationships than about selling yourself as a product. Initiate a casual conversation then let the other person do all the talking.

Ask a few relevant questions whenever required to keep the conversation flowing. Keep an ear out for conversations that interest you and seek to be a part of it. Ask open ended questions to get the conversation rolling.

Give Yourself an Ultimatum

Set a minimalistic goal for yourself when attending such events. Promise yourself to stay for an hour. Allow yourself time to adjust to the new environment. If attending a conference, take a break and get back to the event once you feel recharged.

The key to growing your network is finding your own technique to branch out. It can be intimidating in the beginning but with time you will get over the initial fear. As they say practice makes it perfect.

Stop Over Complicating Things – Just KISS

May 8, 2017 in Knowledge Cell

Make things simple

Too often, we over complicate things in our lives in an attempt to display our intelligence. We micro-analyze every single piece of information that comes our way. We focus on the negative rather than focusing on the more uplifting things. We fail to embrace our shortcomings and instead see ourselves in the negative light.

Straying far from the obvious

Suppose you are a marketer and selling digital cameras. You have optimized the site well. Thus, search engines direct consumers to your company website for common camera terms. There they find extensive information about the features, technical details, and product photos. They wander on your site for a few minutes and leave the page unsatisfied. You lose out on a potential customer. Most of us have at some point of time been subject to excessive information when in reality we intended to simply make an online purchase.

In our bid to race ahead, we focus on explaining details rather than what is really important. There are always schedules, projects, diet plans, workouts that keep us bogged down forcing our minds into an overdrive most of the time.

What most of don’t realize is that we are inundating ourselves with so much information that it becomes difficult to think straight. We over complicate the simplest of things thus wasting our time and energy. We have embraced complications as a habit rather than a conscious drive that implores us to improve.

Making our life more complex only opens a door towards more complexity, the end of which is unnecessary clutter. What we all need to learn is to stop over complicating and micro-managing things.

Keep it Simple, Stupid (KISS)

The objective of any process should be to deliver the simplest possible outcome. Keeping the sales pitch for example, focused on the obvious is a better way to make a sale.

Limiting your options to a bare minimum doesn’t mean you have to compromise in any way. It means you can focus on what is the best. Practicing frugality in your business allows you to communicate better with your precious customers, staff, and suppliers about what you’re trying to do.

Overthinking could also mean that you doubt your own performance in reality. Oprah Winfrey simply puts it across as “If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. That’s the lesson. That lesson alone, will save you a lot of grief. Even doubt means don’t.”

A few tips to keep it simple.

  • Focus on one instead of many
  • Communicate clearly
  • Be honest
  • Less is more
  • Embrace the present moment

Stripping back an idea to its core values applies to all facets of what we do. Be it product development, marketing, advertising, copy writing, or how we communicate with each other in our day to day conversations, keeping it simple is just so important. We can all benefit if we realize that there is a tremendous genius in our ability to keep things simple. Think of the shortest and smartest way to get something done, it might not always be easy but it will be worth it. Use this at your workplace and you will things going quite smooth. Almost everything in our life is simpler than they way we think about their complexity.

10 Perfect Business Ideas for Moms

May 2, 2017 in Knowledge Cell

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If you’re one of those women who had to cut short their career to take care of their children, below are ten excellent business ideas for you.

Tutoring

For those moms who were good at academics, tutoring is an excellent option. You can start with children from lower grades and teach even graduate students in subjects you’re good at. It’ll help you earn a decent amount of money without the need to leave your home. You can also conduct online classes to expand your business.

Content writing

Good writers are hard to find. Writing is a skill that very few possess. You can use your writing skills to become a content writer. You can write for websites, blogs, advertisement campaigns and several other niches. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Proofreading

Just like content writing, proofreading offers an excellent scope, especially for stay at home moms. You can provide proofreading services to magazines, newspapers, and even other content writers. The internet has made it possible to work with clients from across the globe, and you can help non-native writers by proofreading their work.

Resume writing

Write or improve resumes of students and professionals. Right from proofreading and improvising an already written resume to writing one from scratch, this business has tremendous potential. And, you can work at your convenience.

Blogging

While you may write blogs for others as a content writer, you may even start your blog. Identify a niche and write about it. If you’re good at cooking, launch a food blog. If you’ve good knowledge about fashion, start a fashion blog. There are numerous ways to monetize a blog such as paid advertisements, Google Adwords, and affiliate marketing.

Graphic designing

Let the artist in you flourish. As a freelance graphic designer, you can make a significant amount of money while also enjoy the perk of working from the comfort of your home. Just get a decent computer and a fast internet connection. You might also have to buy graphic designing software programs. With these things in place, you’re good to go.

Child care

As a mom, you’re already good at taking care of children. So, if you love kids, use your experience as a mom to start your own, little home based business in the form of a child care center.

Virtual Assistant

Several small and medium enterprises hire online virtual assistants as it helps them save the cost of hiring a full-time employee. As a virtual assistant, you’d be required to perform specific tasks, and you’ll also have the luxury to work from home.

Event management

Planning events such as weddings, birthday parties, or other events in your neighborhood is a good starting point for an event management business. With a little experience, you can scale it up in the future.

Accounting

Instead of hiring a full-time accountant, several enterprises outsource the task. You can offer accounting services to various small companies and earn good money without having to leave your house.

These ten are some of the excellent business ideas for moms who can’t pursue a full-time corporate career.

Three Strategies to Forge Successful Partnerships in Business

May 1, 2017 in Leadership

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Starting a business require entrepreneurial skills. Inculcating these skills are necessary for the success of a business. As an entrepreneur, you’ve to learn new things almost every day. However, there’s a limit to what you can do alone and sooner or later, you’ll have to bring in more partners into the business.

This presents a serious challenge.

How should you forge partnerships that’ll make your business successful?

How’ll you ensure there aren’t too many conflicts which will be detrimental to all the hard work you’ve put into setting up your business? With the below three strategies, you can find a solution to these questions.

Finding like-minded people

Identify people who share your values and have a similar vision. Partnerships should be based on similar values and morals more than anything else. Even if you ask your best friend to become your business partner, your venture is doomed to fail unless you two share the same vision and are on the same path.

It’s imperative that you form partnerships only with the like-minded persons. It’ll help you find amicable solutions whenever there are any disputes.

Since you and your partners are on the same mission, you’ll find a way to resolve personal differences for the greater good of your organisation.

Fill the skill gap

Find partners that have skills that you lack and you’ve skills that they lack. For example, if you’re good at marketing and weak at finance, find a partner who’s good at finance and weak at marketing.

It’d have two benefits.

First, it’ll ensure that both of you’ll need each other to operate the business. If one person leaves, the other can’t operate the business alone since both of you would’ve different skills.

Second, having different skills prevents overlapping, which can lead to disputes.

Your partner won’t bother you about marketing and you won’t bother them about finance. Both shall complement each other. This is something which will also work in case of multiple partners. One can be good at HR while someone else could be good at technical aspects.

Forge relationships

Forge relationships with your partners that are stronger than a mere business partnership. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be spending your entire time managing your business. It inherently means you shall be spending more time with your partners than anyone else in this world.

But forming personal bonding and strong relationships, you’ll build a camaraderie that will fuel more passion into you and your partners.

The above three strategies are key to building a successful business partnership. It’s critical that partnerships succeed for the business to succeed.

It requires great care and nurture. Thus, adopt the above strategies meticulously and it’d help your business venture to succeed.

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