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Keeping a Patient Perspective

A Sign of PatienceA soft opening day, followed by a ribbon-cutting Grand Opening. The buzz of business is invigorating and ideally, will spread and last for a long season.

Sometimes it doesn’t.

When your business experiences its first lull, you don’t close the doors and call it quits. At least not right away.

As you try new tools, a different process, an alternate practice – keep a patient perspective.

Like a New Employee

When you hire a new employee, you invest time. Time in training. Time to see if the training sticks. If they make a mistake or don’t seem to fit in a certain role, you might adjust for a short time or trial.

A sales organization hires and trains each of their sales people and does everything it can to help grow the human being to reach success. Yet, each new hire is a “project” – on paper. The organization invests time in training. Each “project” is reviewed after a time to see if they should continue forward or cut the cord.

Keeping a Patient Perspective

As you launch a new campaign, start to use a social media platform, or begin writing a blog - whatever new “project” you’re working with - invest some time and be patient. Take care with these projects like they’re a new employee.

Without investing time, your “project” is sure to fail. And unless you keep a patient perspective, you may short change yourself and miss out on success.

Keep your shop looking sharp and your social updates up-to-date. Success will follow.

Photo on Flickr by gemb1

Keeping a Patient Perspective is a post from: ConverStations

Comments or Conversations? A Comments Evolved Project

Screenshot of Comments Evolved Plugin

Several weeks ago, I quietly closed the comments on the ConverStations site. I asked if Comments are Really Necessary.

Plugins and other alternatives were researched and considered as I pondered the question – not just for this site, but also for the businesses I work with to help in building their business presence.

The conversations can be larger and last longer if the the boundaries extend beyond the comments section beneath a blog post. With so many social networks available for conversations to carry on, why confine a conversation to the comments section?

By implementing the WordPress plugin Comments Evolved, I’ve been able to carve out a path for the conversations to branch out. I can choose any combination of Google Plus, Facebook, WordPress, Disqus, Livefyre, and trackbacks.

At the outset, I’ve chosen Google Plus and Facebook comments, though I may re-connect Disqus in the near future. By allowing for the conversation to move out onto these platforms, improvement is possible in several areas.

There are some types of business who might choose only to use Facebook comments, while others might choose all the platforms available.

Note: This plugin is very easy to install. In my particular case, I deactivated all other themes and then reactivated those necessary so the Comments Evolved plugin works properly. Depending on the theme and plugins you have active, you may need to do likewise.

Need a Hand?: If you want this implemented on your site and need an assist, contact me and I’d be glad to help (it would a Basic Track).

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Pulling the Thread Together

a common threadIf you’re like a lot of small business owners, you wear many hats – and sometimes, all the hats.

You might work with the front-end (with customers), the back-end (administrative), the public (marketing, networking), and the private (human resources, vendors) – all in the same day, maybe in the same hour.

Maybe you’re good at delegating or outsourcing, adept at balancing and managing your time. Whether the list is never done or you stay on top by picking just one, putting things together so they fit is a talent that often comes with experience.

Some have learned that by sectioning big projects into smaller pieces, all the while preparing for the thread, the improvement remains continual as business climates change.

As you divide your large projects into smaller pieces, think about how and when they will come together. Find a common thread among your pieces that will allow bringing each piece together, but also for easy modifications in the future.

The tie that binds will be stronger because of your preparation and planning.

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Preparing for the Thread

woman's hands sewing a stitch

There may be a stitch or hemline holding different roles or departments of your business together. Sometimes, the stitch needs adjusting, depending on other variables.

With a dress, variables may include the season, the type of event, the personality of the person wearing it, or the shoes that will be worn with the dress.

With business projects, variables may include the season, the people working on project, the product the project is centered on, the customers targeted, the medium carrying the message.

The variables need to be considered when putting a business project together – or stitching a hem place.

It’s one of the reasons we believe Every Project Gets a Scope.

Photo on Flickr by Steven DePolo w/ cc

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Driver’s Ed (Thoughtography)

Young Boy Steering


Our first experiences getting behind the wheel are pretty mechanical and methodical. As we learn, we improve. We begin to find a flow and think more clearly and creatively during the process.

The same is true with many things as adults and in business. A continual learning, improving, flowing, and thinking.

Photo on Flickr by Alex Proimos

Driver’s Ed (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations

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