You may not know what guilt scheduling is, but I can almost bet you’re a victim of it. Guilt scheduling is what we do to ourselves after a vacation or day off. We cram the next available business day or days full to the brim with meetings and make-up work, zapping us to the core. If you are a business owner or just a busy professional, here are the signs you’re guilt scheduling is getting the best of you.
Team meetings suck, but they are a must — both internally and externally — for most businesses. Google “meetings” and you’ll find that many articles on the subject insinuate what most of us already know: team meetings SUCK. The telltale signs of sucky meetings are laid out in this post (read if you dare). But, in true B Squared form, we’re also giving you our team meeting secrets to help you not be so sucky.
Cold calling for sales leads? Blech. The mere mention of using the phone to “surprise people” brings me back to my early 20s when I was tasked with cold calling local businesses to find buyers or renters. I worked in a luxury high rise building where tenants could buy and/or rent our lavish units. Something about it felt like an oxymoron; when you’re charging New York prices in Dallas ($6,000 a month for rent!), you don’t go begging any unvetted Joe Schmoe to come see “exclusive residences.” And years later when I started my own business, I resolved to throw cold calling for sales (and emailing, for that matter) out the window. Here’s why following that mantra has been a boon for B Squared …
Ping, pang, POOM! What’s that? The sound of some exotic Vegas slot machine? No. Sadly, that’s the sound of the gah-bah-gillions (made up number that’s REALLY BIG) of emails hitting my inbox. I spend way too much time dealing with emails. And even though I may moan over the many messages that hit my account on the daily, when I’m doing the sending they’d better be on point. So I’m sharing my awesome-sauce secret (and not-so-secret) tools to help you write better business emails. Ready, set, WRITE!
On the twelfth day of Christmas, your true love gives to you: 12 non-obvious (but profitable!) ways to use social media to grow your business. And being that Christmas is this week, you’ll want to check out these social media gifts ASAP!