…the best investment you will ever make is in yourself.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, having just established your business, it is still possible to keep learning and developing in order to become more successful and experience more joy in what you are doing on a daily basis. Here are some tips:
1) Meet with a mentor. People love to talk about themselves and give advice. Choose someone you respect and admire, someone who is positive and encouraging about what you are doing and take them out for coffee/ lunch/dinner once a month. I guarantee you will be positively charged and have at least one new idea as a result.
2) Use the Internet. There are so many good blogs out there giving free business advice. Blog writers are grateful for all your questions and comments too, so join a community and learn more about sales/marketing/Human Resources – whatever business aspect you’re interested in. Use Twitter to learn from other people and receive inspirational quotes. Start your own discussion on LinkedIn or Xing and get valuable feedback. Take part in webinars – these are often free-of-charge.
3) Keep up-to-date about what’s happening with your customers. Read their newsletters and follow any developments in their branch of business. This makes for good conversation and a more informed approach to selling. Then you are aware of what needs they have and what your product can do for them. I always pick up a company magazine from reception when I’m visiting a client.
4) Network. Learn from others in your branch by joining a professional network and attending events. Decide beforehand what your goal is for the meeting – for example “to meet at least one person who deals with the theme of recruitment and ask them their opinion on what they would focus on first when hiring in my branch of business.”
5) Read books – whether print or in e-book form. My favourite gurus are Jack Canfield, Abraham Hicks, Richard Denny and Louise Hay. I dip into their works again and again. While away a stay at the airport by browsing the self-help and business shelves. You will pick up valuable snippets and find a book or two to purchase in future.
Remember the words of Thomas Edison. “If we did all the things were are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves”
Over to you: What are your tips for life-long learning? What are you doing at the moment for your personal and professional development? I would love to hear from you!
Have a great week, Louise