Month: February 2014

4 Success Lessons From a 6-Year Old

Children have some pretty interesting perspectives on life.  For those of us that are parents, we are given the responsibility of teaching our children life’s lessons.  But, if there is one thing that I’ve realized since becoming a parent, it is that adults can actually learn a lot from children.

Here are 4 lessons on success that my twin 6 year old daughters have taught me over the years:

NIkola Ahaiwe with Twin Daughters

1. Set Big Dreams
Remember when you were a kid, people would always ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and you would reply with a huge, sometimes far-reaching career goal?  Well, as a kid, there is no such thing as “dreaming too big”. When they decide they want to be, or do something, you better believe that they believe 100%, without a shadow of  doubt, that they will make it happen.  What if we carried those same beliefs over into our adult lives? Why do we let fear and doubt creep in when we’re older.  Try to get back that old, childlike belief system and go after your goals boldly and fearlessly.

2. Negotiate For What You Want
My youngest daughter is the Queen of negotiating.  No matter what offer I put on the table, she always has a rebuttal that would sweeten the pot in her favor.  While most times I shut her down and revert her back to the original “deal,” I can admire the fact that she at least knows how to ask for what she wants.  In business, things are no different.  Just because an offer is on the table doesn’t mean it is final.  The art of negotiation is a skill that you will most definitely need to acquire.  Yes, it will require you to be bold and confident enough to voice your opinions, but it is worth it.  You want to make sure you are getting deals that are fair and worth your while.

Don't Let One No Stop You

3. You Can’t Let One No Stop You
Why is it that the word “no” to a kid is not always a concrete no? Sometimes they’ll ask the same question again and again, even though they’ve already been shut down.  While it’s probably not a good idea to try that tactic, the lesson to be learned here is that one No does not have to be an end all, be all.  Let’s say you get rejected by a bank for a loan, or you have a proposal get rejected. Those are not reasons to give up.  You may not have gotten to your destination as fast or as easy as you would have liked, but it only means you need to figure out another route to get there.

4. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying
I’m always amazed at my oldest daughter for her ability to keep trying, even when something does not come easy to her.  She just keeps pushing on until she figures it out.  As a business owner, you cannot be derailed if you fail…it’s all a part of the process.  The path to success is not always an easy one.  You will fail, and fail again. But, the only way to finally achieve success is to pick yourself up and try again every single time.  Always remember, failure is your greatest teacher.

What are some other lessons you’ve learned from a child, whether yours or someone else’s, that can be applied to your business, or life in general? Please leave a comment below.

To Your Prosperity and Success,
Nikola Ahaiwe

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Blogger

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Network to NetWORTH: 6 Effective Networking Tips

6 Effective Networking Tips

By now, you probably know that networking is an integral part of building a business (ever heard the phrase “Your Network is Your Net Worth?”).  But what you don’t know is, chances are, you’ve been doing it wrong.  Attending random functions, handing out your business card to any available hand, and rambling on and on about your business in hopes of making a sale.  Sound familiar?

If you have been feeling like your networking efforts have not been paying off, perhaps these 6 networking tips can show you how to do it more effectively.

1. Look Presentable

You only get one shot at making a first impression, so make sure your first is your best!  You’ll want to be dressed professionally and look well groomed.

2. Be Approachable

Be conscious of the signals your body language is throwing off.  For example, standing with your arms crossed with a slight scowl and looking uninterested screams “please don’t talk to me“. Instead, plaster on a very warm and inviting smile, stand up straight, and look confident and happy to be in attendance.

3. Have an Objective/Game Plan

When considering the types of events that are right for you, you should ask yourself the following questions:

– What do I hope to accomplish from attending this event?
–  Is this an event that my target market would attend?
– Is there a certain person/people that I hope to connect with?
– How can I be of assistance?

If you don’t have an end game in mind, what exactly is your reason for attending?  Networking should be looked at as another important strategy in your overall marketing plan, not just another opportunity to schmooze.

4. Focus on Connections, Not Sales

The purpose of networking is NOT to walk in and try to sell your products or services.  Instead, you want to focus on building genuine, quality connections.  Now is not the time to give your sales pitch to any listening ear in the room.  The “sales” aspect will come later.  Can you imagine a random person walking up to you and giving you a sales pitch without so much as an introduction? Annoying, right? So don’t be that person.  Your attitude should be that of “how can I help you?” or “I would love to get to know you better”.  Successful networkers know that building a business is all about building relationships.

5. Don’t Forget Your Business Cards

Sounds like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people attend networking events without a business card. Say what?! Your business card is your calling card. How else do you expect people to contact you? If a business owner does not have a business card, I can’t take them seriously.

6. Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

Perhaps the most important aspect of the networking process is the follow up.  It is the beginning of forming an essential relationship.  Unless you have a razor sharp memory, a really great way to recall details and specifics of the people you meet and the conversations you’ve had is to jot down brief notes on the back of their business card.  That way, when you reach out to them (preferably within a day or two after the event so you’re still fresh in their mind), you have a point of reference and your conversation will be more genuine.

As a point of reference, you should aim to introduce your business to at least 30 new people per week. Keep this in mind when developing your networking strategy.

To Your Prosperity & Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Business Blogger

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Blogger

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Stop Comparing Your Beginning to Someone Else’s Middle

Have you ever found yourself comparing yourself, or even envying other people’s success? In this video, I’m sharing why you need to stop comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle, and enjoy your own journey to success!

Leave a comment below and let me know how comparing yourself/business to someone else has hindered you from achieving success. 

Don’t forget to share this video with some you know it may help!

To Your Prosperity & Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Business Blogger

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Blogger

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The #1 Strategy for Business Success

Want to know the #1 thing that will set your business apart from the competition and help you grow your biz in a major way?

It’s simple:

Consistency.

 

Consistency is Key

Being consistent is a sure fire way to show prospective clients that you are a serious entrepreneur that is here to stay and not just some fly-by-night operation.

Sometimes, people will watch/track you for months, sometimes even years before deciding to do business with you.  They need to feel a sense of security and be able to trust that you are the right person to do business with before they loosen the purse strings and invest money to buy your product or utilize your services.

So, when planning your marketing strategy, you’ll want to make sure you are only including tasks that you will be able to keep up with on a regular basis.

Blogging?  Come up with a content schedule that works for you.  Whether you’re posting on certain days, or just a certain number of times weekly/monthly, make sure that it is a constant thing that your followers and potential clients can look forward to. (By the way, you absolutely should be blogging more than once per month).

The same thing goes for social media.  There is nothing like randomly posting every few days, then dropping out of sight for months on end.  It simply confuses people.  Create  a schedule similar to your blogging schedule and follow it closely.

Remember, people do business with those that they know, like, and trust.  Being consistent in all aspects of your business is the perfect way to gain credibility and build those type of relationships.

I’d love to know, how has being consistent lead to the growth of your business?  Leave a comment below.

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe = Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Business Blogger

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Blogger

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