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By Pat Hammond

Job Satisfaction = Happiness

I know it's cliché, but if you want to find a work/life balance you have to start by loving what you do.

There are going to be days when you hate the menial tasks, can't stand the sound of your coworker slurping his coffee and wonder if that stick could go any further up your manager's butt, but they can't be the norm.

The fact is that we spend 8, 10 and even 12 hours a day at work or doing work activities. That's almost half our day and more than 2/3 of our waking hours. When you spend that much time pursuing a single activity it can't just be about the paycheck.

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By Pat Hammond

Timeliness = Success

Timeliness is all about preparedness and creating opportunity.

  • have clear vision & goals
  • be present, aware of the current status
  • time management -- meet benchmarks and deadlines

Master these timeliness skills and you will be prepared when opportunity knocks.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever used a business coach? Have you at least thought about it?

If you're not familiar with the world of business coaching, it's a lot like sports coaching.

A business coach can work with an individual or a team, can specialize in one particular position or industry and uses their specialized skills, training and knowledge to help their clients create goals to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Jen Ryan of Jen Ryan Coaching is a successful small business owner who brings the skills and lessons learned over her 25 year career to help you develop the personal and business skills you need to start and grow your small business.

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By Pat Hammond

Connecting is Just the First Step

You met someone at a conference and followed up with a LinkedIn invite. You use the same procedure after every networking event and have a couple hundred connections, yet you're still struggling to find leads.

The problem is that connecting is the first step. Once you've got their attention you need to follow through and build the relationship.

  • send a thank you email
  • comment on one of their discussions or projects
  • congratulate them on a milestone
  • check in every few months
  • offer assistance (hint: if their project is outside your skillset it's perfectly acceptable to introduce them to one of your other connections who can help)

Whatever you do, do not lead with what you want from them!

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By Pat Hammond

Whiner's complain about why they can't do it, while winners get it done.

I'll make this simple and to the point. Do you want to be the guy who makes excuses or the guy who gets it done?

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By Pat Hammond

May: Week 2 Notes

Has anyone else noticed a distinct lack of business and networking events lately?

I called last week a "light" networking week, but this week is no better. It might even be worse.

It's okay for B2C businesses, they just need to know the common interests of their desired customers and find activities and events where they will congregate, but the poor B2B people are stuck. Unless you are trying to make a connection with one particular decision maker, or the person who can put you in touch with them, doing a hike, going to the dog park or trying salsa dancing isn't going to help your networking efforts. Or will it?

There is always value in expanding your network, especially to people outside your normal channels. It may not be obvious, but the people we meet socially, the ones who share a common interest but work outside our industry are the very people who give us powerful insights into how to improve our offering. They're also the people who freely mention our name and hand out our business card when they meet people who need our products and services.

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By Pat Hammond

Step Away From the Mundane, Let Go of the Status Quo, Wake Up Your Ideas!

They say that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

Why copy what everyone else is doing when you can be the trendsetter?

  • Need a new product?
  • Trying to find a way to reach new customers?
  • Looking for a way to keep your current services fresh and relevant?

Just listen to your inner voice.

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By Pat Hammond

May: Week 1 Notes

It's another light networking week here in Manchester, but that shouldn't stop you from keeping up with your networking goals.

Remember, networking isn't about collecting business cards and making contacts. You have to cultivate those contacts. Stay in touch, follow their blogs, re-Tweet their comments or simply pass along leads and connections.

When it's a slow networking week take the time to tend to the connections you already have and you will find that your network will start to growing stronger.

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By Pat Hammond

New England Goal Setting, Personal and Professional Growth

Location: NH Metaphysical, 3 Sanborn Road, Londonderry
Date: 1st meetup Thursday, April 30th (see meetup.com site for details)

The Facts:

  • price: $20 for the first event Eliminating Self-Doubt, but price may vary by workshop. See specific event page for details
  • atmosphere: casual, professional, friendly, supportive
  • amenities: parking
  • content: workshop format, open discussion, personal development, networking
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By Pat Hammond

Forge your own path. Be the person you are meant to be.

Employees work to fulfill other people's goals, but entrepreneurs pursue their own.

Write your own definition for success and create the steps to achieve it.

Remember, success doesn't have to be about money or fame, but it does have to be something that resonates with you.

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