4 Essential Steps to Eliminate Database Drama

August 27, 2006 | Improving Profits, Process Design | Beth Schneider-Wachner

Back in the day when I was still a part of corporate America, I found myself tasked with the huge job of figuring out what spiffy new company wide software system we needed and what would work best for us.

Which computer system would work best? How do I know?

Hour after hour of boring computer system presentation, endless trade shows and phone calls and I still didn't have an answer. By the time you figured everything in, each system I looked at was priced somewhere around $170,000.00.

With $170,000.00 on the line, you can imagine I was not about to make a snap decision. So I changed my approach a bit. I really dived into why the old software wasn't working and what the team really wanted the system to do. See full post

Tastes Like Chicken, 4 Steps to Master the Rubber Chicken Circuit

August 26, 2006 | Motivation, Networking | Beth Schneider-Wachner

You've sent in your RSVP, forked out your $35 to $60, put on your favorite suit, grabbed a stack of business cards, and practiced your 30 second commercial in the mirror. You are all set to head out to meet your dream client over a plate full of chicken with brown sauce with mushrooms.

Then you are there, eating your chicken and wouldn't you know, your dream client IS sitting next to you. The next thing you know, you're making the rounds and you've got a pile of cards. You are excited as you mentally count all the dollars you just know will be filling up your bank account. Unfortunately, the reality is most people will never do anything with those numbers. The stack of cards ends up living in your purse, in your car or just sits in a pile on the desk. Can you see the dollars disappearing from your bank account? Don't leave your money on the table, or desk. See full post

5 Steps To Avoid Losing Your Shirt

August 25, 2006 | Improving Profits, Process Design | Beth Schneider-Wachner

A couple months back I had a little plumbing problem that required turning off the water to the house. Our do-it-yourself job was great until we needed to turn the water back on and nothing happened. Several frustrating hours later the emergency plumber came to the rescue and made everything all better. Should have been a hefty bill right? Well I wouldn't know because even though I've called them, they've never sent a bill.

Hello, how do you make money if you work for free? It's not on purpose but this same scenario happens over and over with small and large businesses alike. The key is to develop a billing system so that you handle money collection the same way every time you do it. Think about it once, put the process into action and then monitor it regularly. Here are 5 ways put more cash in your pocket. See full post

You’re Hired! 4-Steps to having your own Apprentice

August 24, 2006 | Employees & Contractors | Beth Schneider-Wachner

We've all seen or heard of the show the Apprentice. People work themselves to the bone with the hope of working for one of Donald Trump's companies. But you don't have to be Donald Trump to have an apprentice. Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once?

Ever say no to a great project because you just didn't have enough time or energy? If you have, you are certainly not alone. It may be time for you to utter the magic words "Your Hired" and explore adding an apprentice, protégé or associate program to your business. Here are 4 steps to get you started. See full post

Go Away, I’m Busy – How to Manage Interruptions

August 22, 2006 | Time Management | Beth Schneider-Wachner

You are in the zone, working away, the inspiration is flowing. Your hands are blowing over the keyboard like magic. You start thinking about what a productive day you are having. Then suddenly it happens. The phone rings, an email arrives, someone bursts into your office and it's all over.

Next thing you know, hours have gone by. You look up and think, "How did I get here?!" The day is almost over, you haven't finished what you wanted to and all that fantastic productivity has just flown out the window.

Interruptions are more than annoying. They can really slow down your business and your productivity. Arriving emails, ringing phones and unexpected visitors are the most common types of interruptions. Here are some ways to deal with them. See full post

5 Business Lessons I learned from Hanging out in Hip-Hop Class

August 20, 2006 | Success | Beth Schneider-Wachner

I've been a dancer my entire life. I started out at the tender age of 4 with my first pair of shinny black tap shoes with little pink bows. I later graduated to jazz, swing, ballroom, a little country line dancing and in my mid 20s returned to my love of tap where I studied with a professional dancer who taught the likes of Paula Abdul and other celebrities how to shake a leg.

So when I decided I wanted to drop a couple of pounds before the holidays hit I went back to my roots and signed up for a series of dance classes.

Going in I knew that dance requires creativity, focus, control and power. But driving home one day I thought about how much learning to dance is like running a business. Here are 5 business lessons I've learned from hanging out in a hip-hop class. See full post

Fire Fighter Training – When Bad Things Happen to Good Process

August 18, 2006 | Process Design, Success | Beth Schneider-Wachner

One moment I'm rehearsing and preparing for a teleclass where I was the guest expert. The next minute, my computer screen goes black. The computer starts making a weird beeping noise and all I've got are blinking lights and characters that don't make any sense.

I frantically push buttons as I realize I'm supposed to "go on" in 10 minutes. Not only have I lost my script, but the call-in number to the teleclass and the contact number for the person running the class are locked in the depths of my now useless computer.

AAGGGGHHH.

Sometimes even the best laid plans can unexpectedly blow up in your face and birth a crisis.

People make mistakes, technology breaks down, "Stuff" Happens. We've all been there when the panic sets in and all rationale hits the road. Trust me I know from personal experience.

The key to handling a crisis or what we sometimes refer to as a fire, is to become a Fire Fighter. Take a look at the steps I used to extinguish this fire. Then incorporate them into your routine so that you can be a Fire Fighter when bad "stuff" happens to your good process. See full post

How to Delegate When There is No One to Delegate To

August 18, 2006 | Delegation, Improving Profits | Beth Schneider-Wachner

Money is tight and you're desperate for an extra pair of hands, but you don't have a budget.

This is also known as, "I have no one to delegate to, so now what?" Don't despair, there are several no cost ways to increase your productivity and find ways to delegate. Even if you do have a budget, these tips will enhance your budget and help you get more out of your delegating dollar. See full post

4 Steps to Getting the Most Out of Attending a Seminar

August 15, 2006 | Education, Networking | Beth Schneider-Wachner

There it is. The event you've been waiting for. It's all the big name speakers you've been drooling over, it's in a city you've been dying to visit and it's just the perfect information you need right now to take your business to the next level.

You grab your plane ticket, pack up the laptop, ship Rover off to the doggie sitter and are off. Three days later, it was a fantastic event. You met great people, you learned a ton of new things. You're pumped up and ready to go.

Three weeks later somehow you can't remember the name of that great contact you'd made and you really haven't changed the way you do business. Here are some steps to take to set yourself up for success before you actually fork out your hard earned dollars. See full post

Simon\’s 5 Success Secrets

August 14, 2006 | Success | Beth Schneider-Wachner

Yesterday, I had lunch with my friend Simon Cohen, Vice President of Michael Stars (www.michaelstars.com). This designer t-shirt company pulls in millions in the double digits by selling in high end stores like Nordstrom, Fred Segal and in their own boutiques. As we shared an order of chicken satay, I listened to Simon talk about the huge growth plans they had set for this year, I couldn't help but get caught up in his excitement. As he showed me pictures of a new store in Santa Barbara and told me about what was happening, it struck me that he's got some very specific habits. Don't you want to know what works for someone who is already a huge success? I thought you might. See full post

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