I asked successful career professionals, “What would you do again, or what would you do differently, to be more effective?” Here are their top answers.
We sometimes tend to be entrepreneurial, rugged John Wayne types. “I can do it all.” Maybe it’s time to get somebody else on your team.
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Write something all the time.
It doesn’t have to be a book. Write an article, a tip sheet, a booklet, “10 tips” on something, the 10 most commonly asked questions about successful meeting planning. Develop something you can pass out to people. It doesn’t have to be eloquent. You can keep working on it and keep fixing it.
Become known for something.
But be careful what you’re known for, because some people will never let you be “unknown” for that ever again.
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Get complementary referral letters on letterheads.
It doesn’t matter how small an audience attended your meeting. Based on what their letterhead looks like, and depending on what they say in the letter about you, you could put together a very nice pack of letters to influence others in the immediate future.
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Stay focused on the other party.
It’s not a question of what will please our egos. You have to continually look at whatever you have to offer from the standpoint of what others will be attracted to.
Are these the answers you’d give? Please continue the conversation in the comment section below. Thanks.