As a start-up, you don't know what you don't know. In today's episode, your Business Wingmen, Steve and Travis Smith. talk about what they learned after their businesses were underway. They discuss the massive learning curve, the importance of taking initiative, the benefit of a mentor and things to avoid like Plan B.
If your interviewing practices are like your dating habits, you may be in trouble! Today's episode compares the two and discusses the common practices that can help or hurt your ability to reach agreement without regretting it later. Join Steve and Travis for 'The Parallels Between Dating and interviewing.
In this episode, Steve and Travis discuss the effects of workplace conflict and how to handle it. A big part of harnessing the positive aspects of conflict within a team are how it's viewed and what leaders must do to address it before it damages workplace relationships.
Your success as a manager or leader is dependent on how well you recognize behaviors and actions that affect your organization. Doing things that hinder performance without you recognizing it are called blind spots. Others see the damage but you don't. There's a host of things that leaders do to create blind spots and a few things you can do to correct them once you recognize the affects they have on your team. Steve and Travis share their experiences in this area on today's episode called 'Blind Spots in Business'.
If you have never hired anyone or only interview when you have an opening, it's likely your candidates are much more prepared than you are. In today's episode on 'Hiring Tips for People Who Don't Hire Much', Steve and Travis Smith offer some great tips for being a much more effeective interviewer which leads to choosing better people for your business.
Is leadership authority granted with the title you hold or earned based on how you handle yourself and deal with the matters in front of you? Today's episode discusses the challenges and solutions to building the authority you need to be your best leader.
How you conduct yourself at work, around clients or in meetings says loads about your professionalism. Understanding business etiquette is critical to presenting yourself as a top flight professional that others want to work with and be around.
First impressions! On average, people form opinions of us in about 7 seconds.
What's more surprising is how many people make their minds up after an initial interaction. It's an astonishing 83%!
So how do you put your best foot forward, especially in a professional environment? The best way is to adopt good #businessetiquette practices.
Displaying professional business etiquette principles gives you an edge over others who are quick to judge or misread you and your intentions.
Here is a list of simple, yet highly effective things to do that convey a well-developed sense of #professionalism that other people will recognize.
1. Remember people's names.
2. Introduce others.
3. Introduce yourself with a handshake (yes,
handshaking will make a comeback)
4. Make eye contact and smile.
5. Don't dominate conversations.
6. Monitor your use of language.
7. Relay facial cues that show you are listening.
8. Display good table manners.
9. Proofread emails before sending them.
10. Show up on time.
There are many more etiquette tips covering a host of situations that are worth researching. You don't have to master them all, just the ones that will position you the best in most of your business interactions.
There is nothing worse than being at the top of your game professionally but suffering from bad etiquette PR.
We all want to be thought of as competent, valuable and worthy of admiration. Don't give others a reason to discount who you are before they have had a chance to work with you.
Steve Smith and Travis Smith are experienced professionals with a combined 55 years in business. They are also father and son. Together, they explore the many facets of professional development and business success.