Thinking about why we do what we do!
After running four business planning programs and preparing for another graduation event, why decide to make it into a “Business Expo” and opening it up to the public?
1. Main reason is easy! Celebrating relationships developed through the program and continuing them out into the community! Read more
What is your competitive advantage?
Remember the days of the local grocery store, drug store, and diner? Maybe not! But we are in the most competitive time that has ever existed for business. It is competitive. You need several reasons why your potential customers will choose you. Read more
Your 45 Second Elevator Pitch!
Interesting night, last night! As part of the steering committee for LEG UP!, January is my month for setting up the program. I decided to create an evening for attendees to introduce themselves and their businesses to a panel. I have been involved in several programs focused on effective elevator pitches, worked with many, watched many struggle, but knew speaking about your business is important. After helping prepare some of our volunteers for the initial agenda based on my past experiences, decided to scrub my plans at the last-minute based on some wise feedback. The structure of the evening went from me introducing participants, giving them 2 minutes to address the panel with notes, and creating as comforting atmosphere as possible to 45 seconds, no notes, and let them feel pressure. I have this part of my personality that wants people to be “comfortable”. Joe said no. In business, you are going to feel uncomfortable. They need to practice under pressure. And because we changed the rules at the last minute, know the pressure increased! Read more
I believe everyone needs a mentor. We all have blind spots that only a trusted coach can help us see and give us the skills necessary to overcome. Do you wish you had someone who could regularly coach you in your role or even in life? Maybe you have someone in mind that you wish would become your mentor. Or, maybe you're a leader and you see the need to mentor and coach your team and you simply don't know where to begin.