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Staying Focused…easier said than done!

Ok, I’ll admit it…I suffer from “Squirrel syndrome.”   (I mean ADHD)…but I digress.

It is oh so easily for all of us to let our mind wander and not finish a task that you initially set out to do. It is a fact that our attention span has been drastically reduced,  because of all of the instant response media that is available to us.
Todays Millenials (people born between 1980 – 2000) have created a shorter attention span…it seems for all of us. Immediacy, is the new norm for most of us. We want text messages answered as soon as they are sent. It seems that phone calls are getting harder to get a response from. And God forbid…doing something as archaic as an email, obviously takes too long.  As long as there are different forms of communication, it is up to us and the receiving party which is the best mode to use.

Being the proud parent of two Millenials, I know how they think, act and respond.  And it surely compliments my “Squirrel” mentality. But that doesn’t make it right. There are two good books that deal with the art of responding and reacting. The first book is called “Send.” It deals with the fact that we send emails too quickly and frequently regret what we’ve sent. And this can and DOES cause problems and repercussions. The author wants us to all to wait 30minutes before hitting “that” button. So that regret doesn’t take place.

“Once words are spoken, a thousand horses cannot pull them away!” I love that sentence. It is honest and pure. Haven’t you ever regretted saying or doing something…I sure have.

The other book is called “Blink”…and it discusses how we make up “our mind” within the briefest amount of time. Literally in the “blink of an eye.” Research has shown that a jury makes up their personal “final” decision, within the first 7 minutes!!! And that trial might go on for a long time!

So staying focused, knowing what goal you have in mind is critical. As I tell my audiences…”Do not go pass “GO”, do not collect $200, do not buy any Hotels”…till you have done your research and know what next steps  methodically need to be done. As Bob Villa from the TV show “This Old House” would say: “Measure twice…cut once!”

Know what needs to be done. If you  DO get distracted, pull back, regroup and continue on. This strategy has been recognized and respected by many time management experts. “Start, continue & then finish…before you go on to the next project.”

I’m getting better at this, with time. And it does make a difference!

Oh wait…..I just saw a squirrel go by…………………..

Eager to have your teams learn some powerful time management tools? Call me in for a training session or a webinar to have your teams productivity & profitability improved!

It is easy to reach me at EileenStrong.com or Eileen@StrongIncentives. And yes you can even TEXT me at 732-233-3668.

Now take a deep breath and get back to what you were doing!

Not everyone is going to like you!

You have heard of the 80/20 rule? It is true with everything in life….especially when you make a presentation. Even one that you have prepared for!
Vil Pareto in the 1880’s is credited with this statistic that 80% will like and 20% will dislike….no matter what!
And this statistic can be applied to almost anything in life.
Such as you get along with 80% of the people you work with and 20% you have chosen… not to relate to. This statistic is applicable to many other similar things in life…and I am sure you can understand this.
But, the fact remains that when you make a presentation…someone is surely going to find fault with it. And possibly they will even let you know it. It’s their objective to probably let the people around them to know it, and then THEY might even spread the word of their displeasure.
As a professional trainer, I have experienced this more than once! I knew my material. I presented it with credibility. The majority of people who attended, benefitted from the my course. But disharmony existed, and those scorned people let me know it!
So how do you address this? Because this malignancy can do damage to your presentation, your self belief and your presentation skills.
If possible find out what caused them to feel so disgruntled. Ask how you let them down?
Address it in a professional manner and see how you can rectify it for them. They probably will be complimented by your interest in them, and will be pleased to find out that their concern had impact on you!
Then take it to the next step and rectify it when you make that presentation again.
Trial and error is an ongoing deal whenever you present with frequency. Tweak your speech each time….and fewer people will be going “to the dark side.”
Knowing that not everyone will always like you. Just ask any former presidential candidate.
Eileen Strong is eager to create a powerful results presentations for you and your team today.

The power of networking…..successfully! Or….how I learned to overcome procrastination.

Sometimes it  seems that networking is waste of time. In fact I have a business card that I pass out and it says   “Is this the best use of my time?”

I pass it out to several people that I meet at events. Then when I  seem them later at a different event, I frequently hear from people that the card with that phrase is STILL taped to the front of their desk or computer.

Seriously,  just think of it. How well do you make use of your time?

I have always loved the wisdom of recognized business speaker Brian Tracy. His book “Eat That Frog“is one of my favorites. The gist of the book is that you should always do the worst thing first in the morning…and I mean the thing that you procrastinate over; you simply DO NOT WANT TO DO. But then it is DONE!  And Tracy then says, if you have two horrible things to do…do the worst thing first. He calls them “frogs.” Big and ugly green frogs that seem to control our life in so many ways.

Procrastination usually comes in the form of that “frog.”  We put off doing what needs to be done until we are pressured into doing it at last minute.

How often have you done that? In fact, might you even fall into that category called the “3 P’s?”

Packrat / Procrastinator / Perfectionist

If one is a procrastinator, they frequently will be a packrat keeping “important” things in their life, that they think they will use another time. Someday, somewhere…somehow. Yet when they do the task that they have put off doing…they do it extremely well. Because they are perfectionist. Wanting to be  in control at all times.

Quite frankly I am married to one. And it sure is taxing.

Some people are only 2 out of the “3 P’s.”

Which one are you? Especially when it comes to networking. This skill is critically important in running your business successfully. Meeting people who should know about your business, but you never get around to mingling with them OR  your target rich audience effectively. You observe other people doing that….but you attempt to and do NOT follow thru. Question yourself and find out what you are afraid of. Rejection, objections or possible acceptance?

Don’t be your own worst enemy. Get out there now…and just do it!

No wonder “Nike” uses that for a logo!

Share with me your thoughts!

Eileen Strong….”The Attitude Amazon.”