So, we’re halfway through the year. Some of you will be taking time off with the children or maybe taking a break. Well, for the rest of us who have to keep going, here’s some motivation in the form of TED, with TED Talks.
If you’re wondering who or what TED is, according to the website
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
And as part of their mission means they,
…believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
TED Talks is a vehicle used by TED to spread their mission with a wide range of subject matters, through videos.
TEDx London is a programme of local independently organised events that bring people together to share ideas.
The talks which I’ve selected today are business orientated, but the good thing about TED is that you can find a talk about almost anything.
Do you want to know about some easy ways to enhance your business?
Here are four steps which you can implement straight away:
Set yourself some realistic goals
Are your goals SMART?
Make sure that your objectives are specific. It’s much easier to target a specific area.
Are your goals measurable? For example, do you want to see an increase in sales? Can you measure this by a percentage increase?
Is what you’re hoping for realistic? Is it achievable? Being a small business is difficult enough, without setting yourself unrealistic objectives.
Is what you want to attain relevant? Should it be done? Why does it need to be done?
Time, timing or time-based. Can you achieve what you want in time? Have you set yourself enough time?
Keep an eye on current trends
Keeping an eye on current trends and keeping up to date with your own personal development and training puts you in a stronger position. I ‘m reminded of this by PR Expert Colette Machado.
Make sure that you get regular feedback from your customers
If you want to offer top notch customer service, start asking your customers what they think you do well and (if you’re feeling brave), what areas need to be improved.
Take a break
It may seem like a bit of a no -brainer but you’d be surprised how easy it is to slip into bad habits like not having lunch and working long hours. You need rest. Your mind and your body will thank you for taking a break or two! If you don’t believe me read this Huffington Post article.
Well, thanks for reading and I hope that you found this useful.
Do you want to start your own business but have no idea where to start?
Do you own a Startup but your progress feels stagnant?
Don’t worry, there’s plenty of help at hand. This week is a quick guide of seven points to consider when planning your strategy.
Do you have ideas for new Startups? Do you have ideas about what to do with your current Startup? Will the idea work? Is it creating a solution? Here’s something to consider about your next project. Paul Graham says,
‘Live in the future and build what seems interesting. Strange as it sounds, that’s the real recipe.’
The wonderful advisors at Enterprise Enfield can also help with this, in one to one sessions.
If you need your business to be in the market and in some respects ahead of the game, then you’ll need help with your brand. A knowledgeable business coach and marketer who can help to make your business and brand grow is Sara Carter of Sara Carter Business.
Who is on your team? Are you a one-person crew at the moment?
Steve Jobs knew a thing or two about teams. He knew to have people around him with different skillsets. While we may have to work on our own, to begin with, when we do have a team, we need to surround ourselves with people who are really good at what they do.
‘WHAT is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?’
Whichever way you look at it, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. One of my favourite poems called Leisure by W H Davies, sums up 21st-century living. We don’t have time to enjoy the simple things in life. We sometimes fail to notice life around us.
Well, I can’t add more hours to your day, and if we’re honest, some of us start counting down our days until Friday. So,
Do we really want to count our hours, or do we want our hours to count?
Okay. I am not going to get on a soapbox to try to convince you that you’re living all wrong, I’m just going to throw some ideas out there, and you can decide what to take and what to discard.
I don’t need to tell you that our time should be a balance between work and enjoyable stuff. Of course, this is easier said than done when you work for yourself and you do everything yourself.
Since we can’t increase the time we have, we need to use time management skills.
Managing time effectively is not just about work, it all starts from home. The following feature, Home Organization and Time Management Tips from Huffington Post refer to ‘moms,’ but we can all take something away from the systems that have been put in place and business advice given by the guest speaker on the video.
Once we implement all the tips and techniques for saving ourselves some valuable time, what should we do with that time?
Well, I don’t think that this should be spent on work.
Hang out with family or friends more.
Take up an old hobby.
Find a new interest and develop it.
Take long walks and explore open spaces.
Eat better and exercise.
Rest and relax.
I hope that soon, we’ll all be able to
‘..stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows..’
Yesterday was my Introduction to Blogging Workshop and the attendees had some great questions for me, which I hope I answered. Today’s blog answers another important question. How do I get my Blog noticed?
All of us want the amazing content that we’ve written to be seen by as many people as possible, to help as many people as possible. Right?
Okay, so since this blog is on WordPress.com, why not start the tips with the support section of WordPress.com. It reads,
Tell people in your social networks about your new post.
Promote your posts across your social networks with WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and more as soon as you publish a new post. You can find more ideas in our Social Tools support pages.
“Sometimes when marketers start the blogging process they start typing words that sound more like a press release than a conversation,” Shah says. “You benefit more (both from an SEO perspective and general engagement) from using terms that resonate with your end customers, so don’t use your blog to impress your high school English teacher–try to impress your customers instead.”
Nearly two years ago I wrote about some free courses which are available on the world-wide web.
I think it’s fair to say that an that an update is overdue, so this week I’ll be mentioning course providers who offer courses relevant to business people (SMEs) and individuals.
I am starting with a provider with a great range of course to suit all learners.
FutureLearnby The Open Universityis a platform for MOOC (massive open online course) and is privately owned by The Open University. According to their website you:
‘Join over 1733635 people learning withFutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and cultural institutions. Find the course for you.’
They also have another path to free learning calledOpen Learn.
Open Learnis: ‘The home of free learning from The Open University’
The resources used by FutureLearn and Open Learn are no different from the main OpenUniversity courses, in that they all have well- designed course material. I have taken courses with both and find them to be informative and interesting. The only negative I can find is that there are so many courses you may have trouble deciding which ones you want to study!
FutureLearn courses have specified start dates and can run for two/three weeks through to eight weeks. You can interact with other learners via threads of comments. Open Learn, offers more flexibility as you start and finish when you want. At the end of the course, FutureLearn gives you the option of purchasing a certificate, while Open Learn offers you a statement of participation.
I studied for my degree withThe Open University (and while it’s not free), I loved the fact that my fellow students came from all walks of life, all ages and nationalities. According toThe OpenUniversity‘s Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean:
‘TheOpen University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.’
They have always been proud of their great resources, which is evident in their factual programmes made with the BBC; such as Hospital, where The Open University‘s academics have been advisors on the co-produced programme.
Now onto a completely different organisation called Alison.
Alisondescribes themselves as ‘the original MOOC’ (massive open online course), and is:
‘a five-million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills.’
To be honest I have started a few courses with Alison but did not know that much about them.Wikipedia has some background information and says that ALISONstands for Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online. So, you can’t say that you have not learnt anything today.
From the information given on their website, and a promotional video,Alisonstarted in Galway, Ireland and offers courses that are flexible and can be studied at your own pace wherever you are. They have over 750 courses on offer including diploma courses, free courses, languages, digital courses and courses for personal development. Students are assessed throughout the course and have the option of purchasing a certificate.
Lastly, a name that you associate more with recruitment than courses isReed. While Reed, do not offer the courses themselves, they are a platform directing you to the sources of the courses. Rhyming was purely coincidental!
Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog knows that I am always encouraging reading and research. I love learning new things, so I’ll be checking out the new courses from FutureLearn.
I believe that whether you are a business owner or a regular individual, you should always be looking for ways to develop yourself and your business.
I hope that you enjoyed the blog, and it’s made you want to learn something new.
p.s Speaking about learning new things, if you are new to blogging and want more information or you’d like to attend a future blogging workshop, contact me here at My email address or via the contact form on My Website.