Get Fired Up! About Social Media

Make the Most of Your Posts

If you are one of the of people who regularly use social media to share information, here are a few tips to fire up! your social media and relieve stress from posting. (Learned some of this from Dan Zarella at Hubspot- thanks Dan.)

1. Complete the bio section on each social media platform. Include a photo, background info- anything you are willing to make public.  People trust more when they can learn about you and see your face.

2. Don't overdo it and don't crowd your content.  Posting 5 times within an hour is a waste.  It works much better to post once an hour during your heavily trafficked times. Find out what those are by using Tweriod.com.

3. Use keywords in your content to increase your search engine rankings.

4. Keep your article posts short and to the point without lots of flowery language and adjectives. The KISS method works best.

4. Always add value in your posts.  Make it about your followers.

 

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Stress Express Tip: Be Proactive with Others


Engage Others in Being Proactive

Do you ever feel you are at the mercy of others when it comes to meeting your deadlines?  Are you frequently caught short in terms of time or resources because one of your clients waited until the last minute to ask for your help?  Does one of your vendors let you down on the same service over and over again?  In each of these circumstances, it would be ideal if your employees,  clients or vendors changed.  But in reality, that's not very likely to happen.  A far better approach is to be proactive.

Ask your customers and clients what their plans are for the next 12 months.  Ask them what projects they might need your support with and when the deadlines are for those projects.  Then mark your calendar and check back in with them regularly to see if they are on schedule.  Notify vendors that they will have work coming to them at a certain time and have them block out time in their schedule for you.  This way, you work on your terms at your pace and you are not caught by surprise nearly as often.  Clients and vendors usually appreciate the advance planning and everything goes more smoothly.

 

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Stress Express Tip: Remove Yourself from the Source

Escape the Negative Influencer

Other people are often the cause of our stress, whether they are upset about things that happen to them or outside world issues.  Sometimes our co-workers or loved ones bring their stress with them to work and are in terrible moods.

When that happens, one of the best things you can do is remove yourself from the source of negativity.  Give that person some breathing space, let them calm down and work through their worries and don't take it upon yourself to fix them.  Suggest that they cool down first if they want to talk.

If they come to you and ask for help, you can listen and calm them down.  Be sure to give physical space between the two of you and perhaps imagine an invisible shield in front of you, as a way of protecting yourself.  Don't take  on their anger or upset, or you will go out of balance, too.  Then nobody can see clearly and be effective.  Have empathy, try using Non-Violent Communication and let them vent, without absorbing it.

If you are constantly dealing with angry people, you will need to take breaks outside in nature, where you can let it all go.  Try to be near flowing water and let yourself breathe.  Imagine all the "stuff" you were subjected to just washing away.  At night, be sure to shower off that same crud.  It's amazing how much the negative energy of others can sap and drain ours.

Take good care of yourself and you will be more effective, healthier and happier, at work and at home.

 

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Fire Up Your People By Including Them

Appreciate Your Employees & Give Them Feedback

In a study conducted by USA Today a few years back, the top three things that employees want are: interesting work, appreciation and being "in" on things. The U.S. Dept. of Labor said  46% of all people who quit do so because they felt they are not appreciated for the work they do.  And James Howard discovered that when asked what their boss or supervisor says when they finish a task or project, 92% said their supervisor said nothing!  88% of Americans say they are never thanked for their work.


What all this data means is that employees are HUNGRY for positive feedback.  And so are we as human beings.  We have a tendency to be very hard on ourselves and judge ourselves severely.

Daniel Pink, the author of Drive, says humans are motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Sometimes, the greatest  thing you can do in a given day is give your employees or co-workers a few minutes of sincere, specific praise. Try something as simple as "Thanks for the good work on that project" or "I really appreciated your comments in the meeting today-they were valuable." All too many employers save up their kind words for bonus time, instead of sharing them throughout the year.  Connect their work to the greater purpose they have, give them greater control over what they do, and help them become better at it.

Employees hate to be ignored, to be left out, and to feel unappreciated.  Be sure you take excellent care of your people, or you may lose them.

 

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Fire Up! Your Business Standards

You Do Have the Power to Stop Negative Behavior

No matter what kind of professional you are, CEO, executive, business owner, doctor, lawyer, manager, you have the right and indeed, the responsibility, to set standards for your workplace.  Many fields have set standards already, from healthcare to law.  However you can go further.  You can set standards of excellence in work, but also standards in behavior and performance.

I was recently told, when discussing negative behavior of a high level professional, that "That's just how they are."  I simply don't accept that.

Screaming man who is very stressed outNo matter what level you're at, you are subject to behavioral standards and employment law experts agree.  It's very easy to build an "attitude, behavior and professional conduct" clause right into your policy manual and your employment contracts.  It needs to be specific and clear about what is acceptable and flexible enough to help you achieve your results.  It is not acceptable for anyone at any level to come in regularly in a bad mood, yell at the rest of the staff, complain and whine and make everyone else's day miserable.  That is unprofessional conduct and should not be tolerated.

Set the standards, put it in writing with your employment attorney, inform everyone,  and refuse to settle for anything less.  Good employees will be grateful and bad employees will leave- which is best for everyone.

 

 

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Igniting Your Promotion- What You Can Do

5:15 Can Make All the Difference

In an article in Fortune Small Business, FSB, Pat Croce shared a clever way to stay on top of his employees' progress, concerns and successes. Every Friday, all employees and managers write a progress report that lands on the desk or in the email of their supervisor. Eventually, all of the critical info gets to the CEO in an abbreviated version. It takes 5 minutes for the supervisor to read and 15 for the employee to write.

Shaking handsWhat Croce does next is the important part. By the next Monday, he, has responded to specific questions and concerns via email or in box. He has given out praise and made notes on future issues.

By learning what his staff is doing on all levels, he has a pulse on all aspects of his business  He also has received great information for future performance reviews.

I remember once hearing about a woman who turned in weekly progress reports to her boss. She was continually promoted- not because she was so much better than others, but because her boss KNEW what she was doing.

What systems are in place for your people to communicate with you? Does your boss (or board of directors) know what progress you made this week? People can only congratulate you and support you when they know what you are achieving.  Take the time to let them know and your career can accelerate.

 

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Fire Up Your Communications at Work

 If You Don't Know What's Going On, Ask

One of the hardest parts of any job is feeling like you are missing critical data you need.  Sometimes that data is product and service-related and other times, it is personnel-related.  If you are in a siutation where you don't know the guidelines, you don't understand the dynamics or ramifications of a decision, or you are not sure of the politics around a given issue, ask someone wise whom you trust ( preferably someone higher up.)

Explain that you sense there might me something more to a given issue, and that you would like the history of it, Ask if they could they please share their perspective. Then, make your decision from a more informed viewpoint.

Stressed out Woman pulling her hair There are politics in every job, in every workplace.  Some are minor and insignificant, others are insidious and unfortunately, critical to your success.

Diplomacy and tact are key in every workplace, and thinking rather than reacting will serve you well.  It can be time consuming to flesh out all the dimensions to a given siuation, but it may well be worth it if you want to be successful, get promoted and create greater results.  When in doubt, ask.

It is far better than assuming, which can frequently get you in trouble! Knowledge is power.

 

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Fire Up Your Marketing by Sponsoring Events


 Marketing Tip: Event Sponsorship
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Fire Up Your marketing with event sponsorshop like this go red for womenClients often ask me about unique ways to market themselves with good return. One approach is to sponsor an event or cause that you believe in, which has an audience of people who might use your business. Companies whose primary target market is women might pick the American Heart Association Go Red for Women events, Breast Cancer events or Women in Business Awards events.

If you have an ill family member, you may want to sponsor an event that will support research. The key is to be sincere, get actively involved at the event, and make sure you receive good value for your sponsorship, such as logos, ads in programs, recognition, etc. It can be a great way to market yourself, and more importantly, to give back.

It is also a great way to engage your employees.  If there is a sick employee that everyone wants to help, perhaps you do a fundraiser event around the cause that represents their illness.  Or get everyone together and help build a house through Habitat for Humanity. It's also a tremendous stress reliever to do something for someone less fortunate.  Everyone can connect something with meaning and purpose and it increases morale and positive feelings all around.

 

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FIre Up Performance with Praise

Management Tip: Catch People in Act of Doing it Right 

At a recent networking function, I hugged a business associate and praised her for her recent accomplishments.  She said "I wish they treated me this way at work." 

Cheering womenHow sad that so many workplaces don't emphasize praise, but rather just numbers and performance.  While sales are more important than ever, the people making the sales are often overlooked.

To motivate your people, you MUST praise them, find out what is important to them and reward them.  A handwritten card can go a long way.  Catch people in the act of doing something right and specifically praise them for a job well done.  Go on an active search for success in your people. 

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Fire Up! Your Employee Success

Stress Express Tip:  Give Crystal Clear Expectations to Your People

Stressed Out man is overwhelmed and burntout

Welcoa leader David Hunnicutt says that only 10% of all employers have crystal clear expectations for their employees. That's especially astonishing when you need them to perform at high levels under significant pressure. If they don't know exactly what is expected of them, how can they succeed?

David suggested managers sit with every employee and take out two 3x5" cards.  Each one write down what they think is expected of that employee.  If the two cards don't match, management needs to clarify.  Otherwise your people will burn out quickly and be unhappy. 80% of the American workforce says they are burnt-out. Help prevent it by clarifying your expectations of your people.

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