Friday, April 20, 2007
1:00 - 2:30 PM
160 North Street
Networking has been called the survival skill of the new
millennium. Although we often hear about how important it is to
network, we seldom talk about what makes networking successful. In
this session, participants will have the chance to experience
networking from the inside out. You'll learn what works, what doesn't,
and how to make the most of your networking efforts.
Business Buddies: Getting Support To Succeed
(co-presented with Wendy Krom of Community Consulting Services)
Wednesday, May 23
3:30 - 5 PM
Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
75 North St, Pittsfield
How can you resist a powerful, helpful, free and fun way to keep
your business growing? Solopreneurs and microbusiness owners have to
do it all by themselves, unless they have a business buddy! Come learn
how to develop a business buddy relationship, broaden your vision, and
move your business to new heights.
FREE INTRODUCTORY COACHING CONSULTATION
If you've never worked with a coach, why not try a free
introductory coaching consultation with yours truly. Just send me an email at: (email@example.com) and we'll
set one up.
What people are saying about Millie:
Goals" to "Power Networking," the Colt Agency has benefited from
Millie's expertise. Each seminar is well presented with time for
interaction, questions and direct work on each topic. Millie's
handouts are helpful during the seminar and are also designed for work
on your own continued growth once you're back on the job."
Carolyn DiCarlo, CIC
Colt Insurance Agency
The Cost of Procrastination:
3 Tips for Breaking Free
"My mother always told me I'd never amount to anything
because I procrastinate,"says comedian Judy Tenuda. "I told her - just wait!"
Have you found that, despite your best intentions, you avoid
taking the actions that will ensure your success? If you do, you're one of a growing number
of people having a tough time staying on track.
It took psychologist Piers Steel ten years to conclude that,
more than ever before, we are a nation of procrastinators. According to his research, since 1978, the
percentage of Americans who think of themselves as procrastinators has risen
from 5% to 26%.
Steel attributes this
trend to the increasing availability of fascinating and enjoyable distractions,
including email, Blackberries, and iPods. Working on goals like exercising daily can be uncomfortable, strenuous,
and hard to fit into your schedule. It's
easier to find a few minutes for Freecell than 30 minutes for a walk around the
As a business and life coach, it is my experience that there
is much that we can do to get past this tendency to delay. I'm working with three clients who are
writing books. They're doing this while
working full-time at other jobs. Their
creative time is too precious to be frittered away. Nonetheless, they have all succumbed to the
temptation to veer off course. They've
lost momentum by devoting too much time to volunteer commitments and/or by
spending too many hours in front of their TV or computer.
Fortunately, through coaching, they have learned strategies
for staying focused. They broke their
unproductive habits and you can too. Here are 3 tips to ensure that you stop procrastinating and keep moving
1. Clarify -- what do you want and why is it important to you?
To break procrastination, you're going to have to
self-motivate. No one else can do it for
you. Clarifying what you want and the
benefits of achieving it can help move you forward. If, for example, you want to make better food choices - visualize what it will feel and look like once you're
consistently eating fresher, healthier meals. Describe your goal in writing. Be
specific. Set a target date for reaching
it. Review your goals daily. Share them with friends. The clearer you get, and the more you
reinforce your wish, the more likely that you'll succeed.
2. Underpromise and
When you persevere, you stick to your commitments despite
the temptation to sidetrack. Even if you
stray, don't give up. Forgive yourself
and get back on course. I've been coaching
a woman who has been working on a project for several years. Over this past winter, she went into a slump and her work slowed to a halt. Now that Spring has arrived,
she's become more willing to pick it up again. A strategy that she's found helpful is to 'underpromise and
overdeliver.' She had to give up the
unrealistic expectation that she could jump back in and work the way she had
before. Instead, she needed to
'underpromise' by making small time commitments (5-10 minutes!) and then stick
to them. If she 'overdelivers' and works
for longer, that's great - but it's not required. Using this strategy, she has rebuilt
momentum. Because she persevered and
didn't give up, she's well on the road to completion.
3. Get Support
It's all too easy to rationalize your
way out of showing up for your commitments. To stop procrastinating and stay on track, build an ongoing support
system. One of the most effective ways
to get quality support is by working with a professional/life coach. Making a commitment to your coach is like
making a commitment to yourself. Often,
it's actually more effective. By working
with a coach, you'll take yourself and your work more seriously. You'll be more productive, stay focused and
A business buddy can also be a helpful source of
support. This is a friend or colleague
who, like you, has something she/he wants to achieve and who is ready to partner with you to ensure success. You
and your buddy can meet in person or by phone on a regular basis. You'll share wins, challenges and help each
other develop strategies to ensure that you both keep moving forward toward
your respective goals.
What will you take away from reading this E-zine? Are you ready to stop procrastinating and
move forward with your goals? If you are
- congratulations! If not, what stands
in the way? Utilize the road-tested tips
that are listed above. They're
guaranteed to work if you work them!
Quote of the Day
"The only difference
between history's boldest accomplishments and its most staggering failures is
often, simply, the diligent will to persevere." Anonymous
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