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    Six OTHER Traits To Succeed In Sales

    What Traits do you think of when describing a good sales person?

    What Traits do you think of when describing a good sales person?  Typically they are personality traits: outgoing, thoughtful, positive, responsive, knowledgeable, etc.… Although personality traits are very important, there are six OTHER traits you or your employees should focus on to succeed in sales.    1)  Take it personally! When you take things personally, you hold yourself accountable.  By holding yourself accountable you: become the go-to person become the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on September 9, 2012

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    Three Personality Traits That Hurt Your Career AND How to Fix Them

    Is your attitude helping you our holding you back?

    It seems simple enough to assume one’s attitude has an impact on success.  But what is not so simple is understanding if you exhibit certain attitudes that prohibit yours.  Unless someone actually pulls you aside and tells you that you should change, you will not know until you examine yourself.  That is because bad attitudes are like bad customer service.  People will just take their business elsewhere rather than complain…. promotions and opportunities work the same...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 21, 2012

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    Business Plan Template

    Free Small Business Plan Template

    Ready to start-up or expand your small business? Use this template and guidebook to organize your thoughts and develop insight into important areas you may not have even considered yet.   Business Plan Template It's a complete list of what you need to think through for a successful business startup. Included in this template... 15 components to a sound business plan Detailed questions you can answer to populate each component of your plan  - FREE Download  Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Business Management Tools on May 18, 2017

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    Six Practices to Incorporate Into Your Management Routine

    How do you build a strong team?

    As a Manager, you are only as good as those you manage.  So what if the people you manage don’t feel respected or included in your team?  By taking the time to know your employees, listen to them and help them to feel included, you will not only build a stronger team, but you will drive better results.  It all sounds logical, but how do you do this?  Try to incorporate these practices into your management routine:   1) When you get into the office each day, go around and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 15, 2012

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    Eleven Really Useful Techniques for Successful Presentations

    Do you want to have GREAT presentation skills?

    How do you define a GREAT presentation?  Is it the comfort level you feel when presenting, OR the positive response you get from your audience? What if I told you that it should be both…by that definition, are you a great presenter?   Let’s delve into the elements of a successful presentation and discuss eleven really useful techniques you can implement right away.   1)   Define the reason you are presenting; what is the RESULT you want to achieve?  Are you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 15, 2012

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    THREE Reasons People Regret Taking a Job & FIVE Actions You Can Take to Fix It

    Do you regret taking your new job? Does your new employee?

      You were so excited for this new opportunity, happy to move on from your last job, and ready start the new one.  Soon after taking the new job, you realized the grass is not greener, nor is the job what you thought it would be.  Do you leave, live with your new reality, or try to change it?  What would you do if you were on the other end of this dilemma…the person who did the hiring?  Making the effort to understand your new employee after the interview can ensure your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on August 13, 2012

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    50 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career

    What will you do differently in 2013?

    As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 approaches, it is a great time to consider some resolutions that open opportunities for career growth and professional success.  Here are 50 ideas to spark actions plans for improvement.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our first crack at a list in no particular order.  What will you do?    1.  Create a Professional...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 29, 2012

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    55 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career & Business

    What will you do differently in 2014?

    As 2013 comes to an end and 2014 begins, it is a great time to consider some resolutions that open opportunities for career growth and professional success.  We started this list last year and have added some new opportunities to consider. Here are 55 ideas to spark an impactful action plan to improve your career and business.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our take on...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 29, 2013

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    Customer Service Essentials For All Departments

    How is your customer driving profitability?

    No matter what position you hold in your organization, customer service should be part of your job.  Do you feel that it is part of yours?  What actions do you take to incorporate your work into the customer service core of your company?  I encourage you to read through these customer service success tips and ask yourself what you can do to help support and improve the relationship your customers have with your company.  Here are six fundamental actions your customer service team can...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Customer Service on July 11, 2012

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    8 Simple Steps to Streamline Your Process, Increase Profits & Customer Loyalty

    In order to reduce the chaos in your organization you need to know where it exists…so do you?

    Within any organization there is constant movement: people come and go, management changes, ideas and work processes get updated.  In addition to internal flows, external factors ‘poke’ at the organization forcing reactions that may or may not be streamlined into existing processes: technology advancements, increased customer expectations, supplier demands, market competition.  Chaos is the reality of most organizations, but they don’t realize it until the bottom line suffers;...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 7, 2013

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