Okay now I know a lot of you are thinking why that title…Well I was confused why it was called Labor  day when nobody was supposed to labor.  I mean it is an honest mistake. So now that I know the real definition of the day and what you SHOULD do or not do, so let’s talk.

Did you know the day was created to celebrate all the hard work that you do the rest of the year? Pretty cool no? So with that in mind,  you should take the day and enjoy it with your family and friends. Have a BBQ or just sit and relax and enjoy the fact that it is a work day you are not having to work on.

For those of you who still will have to work, make sure to do something for yourself to celebrate all you have accomplished over the year,  even if it is just grabbing a Starbuck’s coffee. You do not need to have a grand celebration to enjoy a day meant to honor you.

For me, now that I know there is a day for me to reflect and be happy of my year’s work, I am going to ask for a BBQ , a hot dog and hamburger. I mean I earned it with my nightly patrols for the cat.

I would like to wish you all a HAPPY LABOR DAY for all from me and all of us in my family.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Well my week started out really good when one of my human moms came back after being gone for a week at something called a networking event. Now if you are like me, you had no clue what this is but now I do.

So let me explain it to you this is where you go to sit or meet with people and share ideas and thoughts. In business this is used to meet and share your business knowledge and learn about others. Now for those who are still unsure how this can be of benefit to you in life or business let me explain it to you.

In life you want to be able to meet people who have same interest or like to do the same things will hopefully become friends.

But in business, these events or meetings are a good way to share your business or product in more friendly and personable way. This is also useful to find possible clients, even If those at the event are not the client you are trying to gain. There is always a good chance that they may know somebody who could use your services or products.

For instance I go to Puppy Spa every week. Of course I get my bath, puppy blow out (kind of like a Brazilian blow out) and my manicure. But more than that, while I am there I get to learn about what is happening in the city where I live in. Who’s hot who and who’s not. So mine is more of a personal networking thing,  but I think you get the concept, No?

Speaking of my networking my mom just told me that I get to go tomorrow to Puppy Spa and I cannot wait.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Right now you’re in DIY mode. You’ve got a lot on your plate and you’re barely handling it all.

Plates are a’ spinnin’ and man are they fuuu-ulllll. If they come tumbling down, there’s going to be quite a mess–but you know there will come a time when you need to take that step and get some help. But, how do you know you’re ready? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Let’s play Do, Dump, or Delegate!

In this little game, I’m going to present you with 3 situations. Then, I’m going to ask you to assign Do, Dump, or Delegate to each. ‘Do’ means you would do the tasks yourself. ‘Dump’ means you would dump some tasks off your plate. ‘Delegate’ means you would hire someone to take care of some tasks for you. Let’s get started.

Situation 1: You’re chest-deep in your business. Things are starting to get off the ground, but you aren’t quite earning a steady profit yet. You’ve got a lot of things to do and a lot of opportunities you can take advantage of. Some things are clicking, while others are falling through. Traction is just around the corner, but you’re still feeling overwhelmed by shiny objects.

Do, dump, or delegate?

Situation 2: You’re just starting out and you’ve learned a lot in a small amount of time. You know you still have a lot to learn, but your enthusiasm keeps you busy and you want to make money sooner rather than later. Shiny objects are everywhere, but you’re willing to experiment if it means finding the right strategy. You’re not overwhelmed yet, but you know you can’t continue on in the same way you’re doing things now–not for long anyway.

Do, dump, or delegate?

Situation 3: You’re starting to get more focused on the things that actually work in your business. There’s money coming in and you’re regularly investing in your business. You have a lot on your plate, but most of it is necessary to keep your business running. You’d really love some time away from your business or more time to do the important things in your business.

Do, dump, or delegate?

What were your answers? Which situation made you say “do?” Which made you say “dump?” What about “delegate?”

If you answered “dump” to situation #1, you were right. In this situation, it’s best to dump some of the tasks on your plate by prioritizing and focusing on the strategies that are working the best so you can bring in the money you need to hire someone in the near future. You might consider hiring out just a few things if you can afford to.

If you answered “do” to situation #2, you were right. When you’re just starting out and you aren’t quite sure which direction you’re heading in yet, it’s best to hold off on hiring. You need to have a little time to experiment with your business to make sure it’s really what you want. It’s also important to take some time to learn the ropes before hiring someone so you don’t end up hiring someone for the wrong reasons. The time to delegate will come when you’ve figured out how to structure your business.

If you answered “delegate” to situation #3, you were right. It’s important to be able to pay whoever you’re going to hire, so bringing in a steady income is crucial. You also need to have some idea as to what strategies to focus on so you’re not wasting money hiring someone to do something that doesn’t make an impact on your business.

What’s your situation like? Maybe you’ve already hired someone. Maybe you’re thinking about hiring someone very soon. Compare your situation to the ones above and you might get a better idea of whether or not you’re ready to delegate.

Before you do take that step and hire someone, you will want to make sure you’ve got certain things in place–communication, access to the tools and resources they’ll need, a clear list of tasks and responsibilities for them, and your expectations for what they’ll help you do.

Here’s some quick tips for all those:

  • Communication – Slack.com (Look it up! It’s awesome!)
  • Access – Dropbox.com or Google Drive (For sharing files)
  • Access (Part 2) – LastPass (For sharing your passwords securely. Comes in handy when you hire someone to post to your social media.)
  • Task Management – Airtable.com or Trello.com (I prefer Airtable and use it to organize most of my business.)
  • Expectations – Contract (Provided by you or the person you hire. Make sure you both agree to all the terms.)

Okay, now get out there and prepare to delegate. Whether you’re ready now or not, you can take some steps toward preparing for it right away. Just worry about prioritizing and streamlining your business to make things easier for you and your new team member.

IMG_20160622_160356Bio: Kayla Curry is a coach who focuses on productivity, setting goals, starting habits, and boosting confidence. She loves figuring out creative ways to overcome problems. To find out more about Kayla and how she can help you reach your dreams, visit courses.kaylacurry.com

All too often I hear from both clients and friends,

“I have a website, but it is just not me” or, “I have a website, but I am embarrassed to tell people to go to it.”

Sound familiar?

If you have thought this, or know someone who has, you are not alone. A website is often an afterthought to many starter businesses.

More often than not,  people almost always think.

“I can do it myself, how hard can it be. ” or “I saw a, Create your website fast, easy and free ad”

Though, those options are always OK, they are usually not really your business a lot of  options and end up being more like a personal one pager.

Websites should be considered your tool for communication. They are there to talk to every person in the world about what you do, sell or offer when you are not available. It is a method of giving your future clients, or your current clients access to you 24 hours a day.

Did you know that the majority of the people in the world spend less than 15 seconds on the average website searching for potential information of interest? Even less on sites that they happen upon, or click ads to get to your website.

So that it is important to to get someone’s attention withing that 15 seconds.

Now if you were talking to people on the phone, you could only speak to 1 person every 15 seconds, but with a website, you could potentially speak to hundreds at a time, every 15 seconds.

So you might be thinking, “that’s easy” no? So allow me to ask you a couple questions.

  1. Are You a Graphic Designer?
  2. Ever configured hosting services?
  3. Do you have html and css knowledge?
  4. Do you know php?
  5. Ever set up an ecommerce site or membership site?
  6. Do you have knowledge of joomla or wordpress?
  7. Do you have a branding package?
  8. Do you know how to setup security for a web?
  9. Do you understand how SEO works?

These are just a few of the pieces of knowledge or expertise needed to create a truly captivating site. Although not every site requires all of that, and many can be done by installing simple plug and play WordPress plugins, so no big deal right?

Well I won’t tell you, you can’t or shouldn’t build your own site. I will say that if you want a site that really delivers you need to do a few things first.

  1. Talk to a Coach

Talk to a Coach if you have not already. This will help you get a true understanding of the direction your business needs to go. It does not matter if you are a coach or an entrepreneur, having an outside perspective who works to help you get your business going is not only a smart move. It helps with separating your personal feelings out of the way and keeping your website goals in focus.  We all think to ourselves “I know what I like.”

Of course you do, we all do, however what we might like, may turn off another person. Often people like things that do not really work or are not in the best interest of the business.

For example, your favorites colors are Bright Neon Green and Hot Pink.

To you this sounds really good, and you want your branded colors to be that, however your business is Coaching Executives to look more professional. These colors most likely wouldn’t really work. I know, I know, if you were a Professional Coach for Executives you would not be thinking in those colors, however you would be surprised the ideas people have for branded colors that do not understand the finer points of branding.

  1. Talk to a Designer

A designer can really help you.  They can take your branded colors and your information and organize them into a truly captivating site. You may consider yourself a designer, or may even be one, however if you are not, now is not the time to try to become an artist. Visually captivating does not mean Van Gogh or Jackson Pollack on a website.

Clean and beautiful are the keys of a great website. A designer will lay out your web ideas entailing use of color, ease of navigation, simplification of information, and know how to squeeze everything you want to say and the images you want to show into your website, in a way people can easily see.  A well designed site will know what makes people want to stay on your site and to want to learn more.

  1. Know your Targets

You should know always your target audience, this will help the designer. This is another thing a coach can help you out with, if you do not know who your audience is. A site that is visually captivating for a millennial may not work for the baby boomers. Knowing whom you are wanting to target will make sure your site is built to stand out.

  1. SEO

Yes that’s right SEO  (Search Engine Optimization), if you are unfamiliar with this, then you have some more research to do. It is the key to making sure that when people go searching Yahoo, Google or Bing or whatever search engine they may choose, they will find you.

This is accomplished by seeing that your content, use of words, traffic and Social Media, site architecture, trackers and more are organized in a way that makes it easy for the search engines to find and list you.

Back in the early days it was as simple as a couple lines of code that had your keywords and key phrases. But this system was abused by people using the alphabet as keywords and would type in keywords that had nothing to do with the actual content of their site. And of course this lead our searches ending in mountains and mountains of porn, sales pages, spam or just plain junk.

Now the system is refined. It is made to work for business like yours and ranking them, instead of the porn site first. With a designer who knows how to set those systems up in your favor, you can get listed near the top of the categories pertinent to your website.

  1. Someone to talk to.

Some designers just want your info, badda bing, badda boom, they build a website. Your input is not necessary, they just want to cookie cut the sites. In and Out and they are done.

After they are done, it is like you sat down at a busy restaurant, was served a meal and the Waiter is hovering around your table waiting for you to leave so he can reset your table for the next. You are mow left not knowing even how to use this website you just paid for, how to update it or even how to post your own blogs.

It is important to find a designer you can talk to. Someone who is not just emails, but will get on the phone, will screen share, and will be there to show you all about your site. One who will teach you how to manage and control the site as a tool in your business. You want to be able to know how it all works so if you need to, you can maintain it, or tell another you hire to maintain it the way you want.

No different than any device you own, you may not care how it was built, and every part that went in it, but you do want to know how the remote control works, in full.

One last and final thought.

Many people believe once a site is built that’s it. It is done no need to worry about it anymore. Here is my web address go check it out and have a nice day.

Wrong, so wrong. Your website, as I stated earlier, is a tool in your business. What I did not say then, is that it is a living breathing part of your business and should be as flexible as you are. It should be capable of changing quickly without the need for a full redesign. Your business is constantly moving, you have new programs or products, webinars, seminars, retreats and all the great things you all do.

So your website should also reflect that, a site that is a living and breathing part of your business will continue to get visitors, both new and repeat. No one is going to go to a site over and over that never changes nor offers anything new. They have been there, seen it, have the t shirt to prove it, and no need to go back.

Your website should be more like. “Oh Wow, there is a new video on SOandSo.com about “This Guy is a Website Superstar” (see how I did that?)

That is what makes people come back over and over, and they want to know what you have to say or offer. They tell their friends who tell their friends, who tell their social media channel, who like your page and retweet your message of the day. And so, your audience is buzzing and a “Star is Born” on the good old interwebs.

Thank you for reading. (Tips his hat)

 

Did you notice the World news when taxi’s in America, Canada, UK and Australia made the headlines because they took kittens into the work place. This initiative aimed to help stressed workers and the recipients got to cuddle, play with and stroke these delightful kittens for 15 minutes. Also there is the chance to adopt a kitten if you love these cute felines. Part of the fee charged goes to cat rescue shelters.

What about puppies you ask? They are a possibility too. The fact that we love our pets is endearing. We are a world of animal lovers. They bring us unconditional love and affection (as long as we feed, water and stroke them). We have two dogs called Riley and Gretel who give the most amazing welcome as they hear the door open. A most wonderful way to return from work. Greeted with a waggy tails and nuzzling noses, enough to feel like King or Queen of the World.

Science stuff to back this up:

“Alan Beck of Purdue University, and a psychiatrist, Aaron Katcher of the University of Pennsylvania, actually measured what happens physically when a person pets a friendly and familiar dog. They found that the person’s blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed-all of which are signs of reduced stress……. A study published recently in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine confirmed these effects, showing changes in blood chemistry demonstrating reduced amounts of stress related hormones. It is interesting to note that these positive psychological effects work a lot faster than many drugs taken for stress, since all of these effects occurred after only 5 to 24 minutes of pleasantly interacting with the dog.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200906/health-and-psychological-benefits-bonding-pet-dog

JoannaAbout the author:

Joanna Pemberton is a master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapist. She is dedicated to helping people manage their stress and anxieties through a variety of techniques.

You can find out more about Joanna at her website www.joannapemberton.com

I am just not in the mood to get all heavy today, so let’s talk on one of my favorite things, fun.Now it is summer time and you have to do fun stuff in the summer it is a law, okay maybe not but it should be.

( Note to self check into the steps to make this a law).

Now before you start thinking I would love to do some fun things this suimmer, but most things cost money than I have.  Think outside of the box! For those of you still stumped, that is what I am here for to be your guide to cheap summer fun. As you all know I am not a rich dog so I have to think about budget also, and since I have to include my sister and my humans in my fun, budget becomes very important.

Did you know during the summer a lot of musuems and galleries do specials on entrance fees and some even set aside one day a week usually on the weekends to get in for free?

How about a picnic, everybody loves to go on a picnic? And the cost is a little effort in the food prep, you can even get away with staying close if you go to the local park or playground.

Even setting the sprinkler in the yard can be fun, you are never to old to be a kid again. Be sure to take a minute and play. Life is too short not to play. What do all those things have in common very little or no money investment involved.

Now for a little money you can take advantage of movie specials, like two for one tickets or the matinee.

The point is, there are ways to enjoy your summer and have fun without breaking the bank. Summer does not always mean expensive vacation. Check in your area and find out but you might be surprised at all the things you can do to have fun and enjoy your summer.

Speaking of summer enjoyment, I am going to run around and roll in my soft green grass and play with one of my bones.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Let’s talk about risks and when to take them and when to play it safe. If you are like my sister she is not a big risks taker, which works for her. She is happy and comfortable with her life. But me on the other hand I like to push the limits. When I do I learn, grow and sometimes I even gain some cool new stuff.

But how do you know when to take the risk and when to say no thanks?  Trust me, this is something you need to make sure to think about. Now I do not mean that you need to have a brain racking session every time you need to decide to do something. But on the big decisions, and especially those which involve a risk, take a minute and weigh it out. Take it from me, the time spent can mean all the difference. I will share a story with you, even though I am kind of ashamed to say, I did not stop and weigh the consequences of one of my decisions, and I man did I paid. I was doing my nightly yard patrol when I saw a skunk in my yard.  He was minding his own business, so I could have just walked away, but without a second of thought I went running after him.  Let’s just say my human parents could smell me coming to the door long before I arrived. And the bath that followed was not at all fun. So now I try to be smart and think about things first. And when it comes to my safety and risks my human parents are pretty smart.

Now I am not saying all decisions can end badly. Just remember that in life or business you need to take a moment and weigh the Pros (how will this help me in my business or life, what will I gain form this choice) and the Cons (what will this cost me, how much time and effort will this involve, will this hurt others) I mean let’s be real, there is ALWAYS two side to everything: the good and not so good (or bad). You cannot live your life without risks. Even my sister knows that, just be smart with them. Make sure the benefits outweigh the bad.

That is all for now I am going to go risk bugging my mom at her desk and see if it gets me a puppy cookie, I have weighed the pros and cons and I think the risk is worth taking.

Till next week. Emmy

 

We have a holiday coming up this weekend. It is one of my favorites because my humans take  time off from work  and I get extra attention( and yes of course I know they work from home but when they work it is not all about me and as most of you know I think it should always be about me). But I do know that the holiday is a celebration of independence, do you know what that really means?

In my case I do a lot of delegating tasks to my humans and my sister so I can be free to enjoy the things I enjoy doing. Do you know how to delegate tasks to gain your independence and get more freedom? If you are not sure then chances are you are not doing this at all or not enough. If you whole day is filled with things that you have to do or you are sure they will not get done then you have not truly learned to embrace your independence yet.

So listen up let me explain how this works for you:

First look at all the things you do in a day, week or even in the month, Does it all need to be done by you and you alone? Or are there some things that can really be handed off to another to complete with little or no effort on your part.

If the answer to that was yes then you are walking down the path to accomplish this in your life. But just knowing it is not doing it. Take me for instance I always thought only I could keep my yard safe then one day I really wanted a nap and I could not do yard patrol and a nap so I delegated yard duty to my sister and got the freedom to nap in peace.

You next step should be then to hand over the things you can assign to another, I know letting go not easy to do but in the end you will be happier for it, trust me.

Once you have done this step back take, breathe and decide what you WANT to do with the time you have just gained in your life.

Now if you will excuse me my humans are discussing 4th of July and food and I have to be present for the conversation.

I wish you all a HAPPY and SAFE 4TH OF JULY!

 

Till next week. Emmy

 

I am assuming that my title this week has gotten your attention, so let me explain. When we are little and still growing we get leg cramps some so bad you could not sleep, or was that just me? And before you know it you are all grown up and those pains go away. But just when you think that you are all done with growing pains, new ones appear…..The grown up kind.

You all know the ones I am talking about the ones that either come on because of a growing family or even a growing business. They make you stop and think about how to make the changes or adjustments that are needed to continue on the smooth and successful road in your business.

For me, I had to stop and really think if I was willing to share my house and life with my feathered brothers and sisters when my humans first added them to our house. And trust me I had some growing pains, I had to learn to share the attention and to deal with my parrot brothers and their loud broadcasting of the thoughts of the day. But in the end, I decided that my family growing was okay and worth it even if there was a little discomfort and pain that came with it. Now do not get me wrong it is not always fun and games in my house but after the growing pains stopped, our house is better for the changes.

Now you may be experiencing a similar thing in your life or business. Do you know what you need to do? One tip is just to face the discomfort of those growing pains. Then take a breath and make a plan.

Trust me and take the plunge and make the right adjustments to grow. Once the change is done and the plan is in motion you will find out that it is not so bad. Now you, your family or business will be better off and stronger for it.

Ready to move to the next level and tackle what comes next?

Just take a deep breath and maybe an aspirin or two for the pains and make the steps that are needed to grow and expand and make it happen. Take it from me, it really can be a great thing when it happens.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Okay, so here is the deal, I was asleep last night and woke up in a great mood ready  to take my 2 AM yard patrol (this is one of my favorite night time activities, usually it is quite and just me and my mom and my sister. And my mom will sit patiently until we patrol the yard in enjoy the cool night air). But last night turned out to be a drag because when we got to the door and it was raining. I do not mean drizzle, which my sister and I will still usually deal with, but I mean a down pour. So we had to give up our plans and just return to bed.

So as I lay there kind of sad and disappointed, I came to the conclusion that I could let it get me down or I could just accept it as it is and wait for the next go round.

Now I am sure that all of you at one time or another have had this happen to you, you had a wonderful day and all is running smooth, then bam something goes wrong or does not happen like you would like it to have. You are now presented with something you just have to accept.

As I see it you have two choices, you can either continue to be upset about the situation; which let’s face it will not solve the issue, or fix the problem. You can make a conscience effort to accept the thing you cannot change and not let it ruin your great day or if it is something you can fix then do that and salvage what I am sure was a great day for you.

But the truth be told, life is not always smooth sailing ( I am told this because I do not own a boat…but I think I should ask for one. I would look so cool steering one don’t you think?) There are bumps and hiccups along the way, how you decide to deal with them is totally up to you.

In business, things happen just like in life. You have to be able to pick up the mess and accept the responsibly of fixing the issue, whatever that may be.

Okay, well I have to go as it is sunny and bright here and I need to go patrol my yard.

Till next week. Emmy