Weekly Tune Up Techniques
February 20, 2018
Positioning Yourself for Success
By Nancy J. Lewis
Positioning yourself for success is necessary in a competitive world where change is the only constant. Being in position is about being open to the importance of reinventing and retooling your skills to improve your marketability in your career and business. It is about knowing what
your strengths are and how to leverage them in helping you achieve success. What position are preparing for as you move forward? What do you need to do to make sure you are ready for the position you desire? Consider the following strategies for positioning yourself for success.
1. Plan for success.
This requires sitting down and deciding what you want to achieve in your career and business. It is about setting specific goals with milestones along the way to make sure you are on track to have the success you desire. It is about speaking words that are creating the success you desire.
It requires doing a data dump of old scripts and information from your past and downloading new software in your mind that is filled with unlimited possibilities that are available to you with your new plan of action.
2. Create a circle of like-minded thinkers.
Positioning yourself for success requires evaluating your inner circle of people you spend time with now. It is important to create a group of like-minded thinkers that might also be called your mastermind group. These are individuals who will challenge you, encourage you, and inspire and ignite you to tap into your hidden potential. These are individuals who are positive thinkers and possibility thinkers who recognize and celebrate the greatness inside of you.
3. Learn the art of connecting in building relationships.
More than ever before, business and career opportunities happen because of relationships. It is vital that you become a savvy networker that knows the art of connecting and cultivating meaningful relationships. When meeting people at events spend time learning about them and what they do and establish a connection so there will be dialogue beyond that conversation. As you make the connection and follow up, that contact over time can lead to a contract. Take your time and find ways to add value as you nurture the relationship and watch it grow.
4. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. So many times we feel as women, we can do it all. We have the superwoman complex. If that is you, stop and exhale and do something special just for you this month. You don’t have to be all things to all people all the time. Balance things out and get your family and friends involved to help you out. Learn the art of how to say NO graciously and be willing to ask for help. It is amazing when we learn to do this, the load we carry becomes lighter and our stress level decreases. It gives us the freedom and momentum to soar. This also is relevant for men too!
5. Have a strong spiritual foundation to keep you anchored.
It is essential to have a strong spiritual foundation to navigate through the constant and rapid change in our lives, careers, and businesses. You must know with all certainty that God is your source, strength and shield and that as you walk with Him all things are possible. Stay anchored in your faith walk, stay true to your purpose, and position yourself to be ready for the great things God has in store for you. A strong spiritual foundation equips and empowers you to win!
February 13, 2018
It’s All About Attitude: Do You Have An Attitude Worth Catching?
By Nancy J. Lewis, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR, RCC
In the complex world of change, chaos, and uncertainty, we must examine the attitude we embrace. One quick way to assess an attitude of another person is to ask yourself how you feel when they leave your presence? Do you feel inspired and charged up ready to take on the world or you do feel like the life has been zapped out of you? Ask yourself, how do people feel when they leave your presence? Each and everyday you must decide the attitude you will embrace. You maybe faced with challenges and difficult people, but it is still a personal decision as to how you allow the attitude of others to influence your attitude. Consider the following seven strategies for improving your attitude.
1. Surround yourself with positive people. Look at those people that are a part of your network and examine the weather (attitude) that they carry. If gloom and doom is all they bring to you consistently, give them a reality check and make them aware of what they are doing. So often people who are consistently negative are not aware of their negative energy. If they are non-responsive, you may have to minimize the time you interact with them. People who fail to change often become toxic and if you stick close to them that toxicity may rub off on you. Seek out those people who recognize the challenges of the day but continue to face them with a positive attitude. Strive to align yourself with people with energy, excitement for life and a positive outlook on the circumstances they face.
2. Read and listen to motivational and inspirational books and tapes. This is a great way to keep yourself inspired and focused on the possibilities of life. When you wake up in the morning, instead of turning on the television, spend those first minutes reading inspirational, biblical, or motivational books. If you drive to work, put in a CD or tape. If you ride the train or bus, read books or invest in a personal CD player and fill your mind with positive thoughts. You have no excuses because you can go to your local library and get books and tapes. Information on anything you want is on the Internet. You simply must have a desire to find ways to maintain a positive attitude.
3. Count your blessings. Recognize that no matter how things maybe, see the blessing in the midst of the chaos and confusion. As you reflect on the blessing that will help you get things in perspective and help you see the glass half full versus half empty.
4. Smile. Be mindful of your countenance and body language. What messages do you send to people when they interact with you? A smile says to others that you are approachable and it costs nothing.
5. Take time to appreciate the simple things in life. Take a walk in the park and don’t just rush by the roses, instead take time to enjoy and smell them. Take time to watch a sunset and remember who to thank. Spend time with those less fortunate and seek opportunities to give words of encouragement to those who pass your way.
6. Believe in yourself. Recognize that you are special and unique. There is no one else quite like you. So let your positive attitude shine. Walk and talk with confidence and know that you have something special to contribute to the world.
7. Live each day to the fullest. Quit putting off some of the things you want to do in life and go for the gusto now. Learn to maximize the minutes of each day. Practice these strategies to help you maintain a winning attitude; an attitude others want to catch!
February 6, 2018
LITTLE THINGS MATTER
By Nancy J. Lewis
In the world of business and life, it is so important to strive to make sure our words and actions are congruent. So often, we commit and make promises that we fall short of fulfilling. Yes, the reality is life happens and we forget, get busy or
simply forget what we committed to. But the person, you committed to is holding you to what you promised. You may say well things happen and I just forgot. That may be true, but the world is very, very small and broken promises can come back
and haunt you. It is critical that we as professionals make sure our words and actions are in alignment. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you say, people believe what you do. So here are a few questions and tips to help you the
next time someone asks something of you.
- Stop and ask yourself is this something I can do based on the things going on in my life and on my calendar?
- Would someone else on my staff or network be able to help them with this?
- Is this busy work I am a committing to or is it something that is in line with my goals?
- If I commit to this, am I writing it down or putting it in my phone at the time of discussion? Determine who is charged with the responsibility of the follow up.
- Think carefully before you respond and commit as you cannot be all things to all people.
- Sometimes you simply have to say “NO.”
- When you drop the ball and forget, call, email or text and extend your apologies. This shows respect and that you value the person and is good business etiquette.
The bottom line is we need to remember an old phrase used many times in business, “Under promise and over deliver.” Little things really do matter when you are dealing with people…BEintentional with what you say and do!
January 30, 2018
THREE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING
By Nancy J. Lewis
People have a great fear of public speaking because so many times they feel they are out of their comfort zone. In today’s world of work, being an effective communicator can often be the tipping point for that next job or career opportunity. It is essential to work on strategies that will help you with your next presentation whether presenting to one or hundreds of people. Below are three simple strategies to help you deliver your next message with more confidence.
- Prepare thoroughly. Spend time researching and getting more information than you will need so you can have reserve knowledge to share if needed. When you prepare adequately, it allows you to own the material and present it in a more conversational way.
- Start your presentation with a question relating to the topic at hand to get them involved. This can be done in a form of an ice breaker or small group exercise. The key is to get them involved.
- Share personal stories that are relevant to your message. It makes it real and relevant to what people are dealing with on a daily basis. Audiences love the authenticity of speakers sharing lessons they have learned that relate to the topic. It makes you real and opens up the door for honest and meaningful dialogue.
I will share more strategies in future Tuesday Tune Ups. In the meantime, practice these three strategies when presenting and have fun doing it.
January 23, 2018
INSIGHTS FROM A BOOMERLINNIAL™ (A BOOMER WITH AN EXPERTISE ON MILLENNIALS)
By Nancy J. Lewis
As I travel the country conducting workshops around leveraging generations in the workplace, there are definitely challenges in how the different co-hort groups work together. In some organizations, things are going okay and they are striving to work more effectively together. In other organizations, they are having major struggles and workplace interactions are strained. For organizations to gain greater profitability, productivity and performance, all generations in the workplace must learn to appreciate the strengths they bring to the company. As a Boomer who works with all generations and has a book on Millennials, I am providing three tips that will help younger generations work more effectively with Boomers.
1. When working with Boomers, lean towards formally. Instead of calling them by their first name, add Ms. Lewis or Ms. Nancy. They will let you know if you can call them by their first name. This is simply showing respect for their wisdom and age.
2. When entering a room and you are going to work with them, speak first before you start to ask them what you need. It can be as simple as hello and then proceed with your inquiry. When you walk in and begin to speak and don’t show good manners, this will impact the relationship and how they work with you. Manners are still essential in 2018.
3. When Millennials are leading Boomers as their manager, value their knowledge, insight and experience they have gained over the years. Seek their input and ask them for their suggestions, you are still the leader but they know things that could help you on your journey in that role. Remember, you cannot Bing, Yahoo or Google experience; you have to walk
it out as they have done. These are 3 simple things when used can positively improve relationships with Boomers in the workplace. The choice is yours to practice them or not. If you do, you will see improved and more effective interactions with
January 16, 2018
AUTHENTICITY… BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF!
By Nancy J. Lewis
Authenticity has been defined by The American Heritage College Dictionary as the quality or condition of being authentic, trustworthy or genuine. So let’s look at the word authentic and one of the definitions I loved was not being counterfeit or copied. It is about being true to your authentic self. A Nancyism I often quote is, “Do you because everyone else is taken.”
So here are three simple ways to maintain authenticity:
1) Be willing to speak out for what you know is right. It may not be the popular thing and you may find yourself walking to a music by yourself. It is about your moral compass, your values and principles that guide how you live your life; the willingness not to compromise because of what you believe. It can be a lonely walk with consequences that can impact your
career and business. I am convinced when you do the right thing God is always on your side and you can look in the mirror and be at peace with yourself. Remember policies may change, but principles you believe in do not.
2) Create and develop your own style. You may admire others and what they do; but don’t desire to copy them. Each one of us has been given unique gifts and talents by God and we need to seek ways to develop them and let them shine. Learn to tap into your inner greatness so you can walk in your authentic self.
3) Your behavior and actions are consistent with what you say when you interact with others. This simply means that whether in the grocery store or business setting; your message is congruent with your words and actions. Remember actions speak louder than words and it doesn’t matter what you say; people believe what they see. Choose today to commit to living a life where people don’t have to wonder who will show up when they come in contact with you. Enough said!
January 9, 2018
RELATIONSHIPS STILL RULE IN 2018
By Nancy J. Lewis
As a former Dale Carnegie Instructor, the ability to win friends and influence people is still a key factor to building strong relationships. People are looking to engage and work with people who are authentic in their behavior, intentional with their
actions and have a sincere desire to learn more about others. As the year kicks off, most individuals are back in the routine of attending events, marketing and networking…while a better skill to develop this year is the art of connecting.
Consider the following strategies in this week's tune up Tuesday to help you navigate the business world when networking and connecting with others in 2018.
1. Focus on the other person and give them all your attention. Be engaging and ask questions and then practice the skill of active listening. Listening to others is a gift and will separate you from most individuals who hear but don't listen. Be interested in them and what they have to say while you are talking to them. Tip…Make them feel like they are the only person in the room.
2. Be authentic. Stay true to who you are when you attend events by being real with your words and actions. One of my Nancyisms is, do you because everyone else is taken.
3. Learn the art of connecting and not just networking and passing out cards which most people do nothing with. It is not about how many cards you get; it is about the art of truly connecting with 2-3 people that you will have dialogue with beyond
4. Follow up and follow through with those individuals you connected with. Simply doing this will put you ahead of so many others because most people don’t do this well.
5. Do your homework before you attend an event to make sure it is the best use of your time. Fact…every event does not require your attendance.
6. Be able to share what you do succinctly and clearly with others. Consider the following statement…I help ________ to _________. It is a simple framework that allows you to share with them what you do and the value you bring and opens
the door for more conversation.
7. Smile and be approachable. Enough said!