How to Bring Your 2016 Goals to Life with a Vision Board

A new year calls for new resolutions and goals aimed towards self improvement. But with our chaotic lives and daily priorities, how can we make sure our hopes for the future don’t become forgotten?   The law of attraction states that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, a person brings those exact experiences into their life. So by that logic, concentrating on the positive aspects of our goals should help us achieve them. With the help of a vision board, the law of attraction is activated, meaning your psyche is programmed to attract what you desire. Vision boards provide frequent reminders of your goals and dreams and helps keep positive messages in your mind, which can alter your demeanor and set your priorities straight. Here’s how to create a vision board that’s unique to your goals. Take Your Time Our hectic lives are often the cause of us losing sight of what we truly want, so rushing through the process of creating a vision board will defeat the purpose … [Read more...]

How to use LinkedIn to help you start your own business… without jeopardising your current role.

Forbes recently reported that “by 2020, many predict that freelancers will make up 50% of the labor force.” I have worked with an increasing number of clients that are looking to transition from full time employment to their own business. According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics research (June 2014), sole traders account for 61 per cent of Australian business. In my experience, some Soloprenuers and Consultants are setting up LinkedIn as their first step of setting up their business – even before a website.  For some, having a strong LinkedIn profile is often cheaper and faster, they can hit the ground running and access their ideal buyers in corporate markets more easily. I recently worked with an Accountant who was based in Brisbane and worked for a leading consulting firm. Her 12 month goal was to transition into her own business. She wanted to know how she could use LinkedIn now to help support her future goals. Of course, during this transition time she … [Read more...]

How To Protect Your Brand From Trolls On LinkedIn

If you ever have to question whether or not you should accept a connection request on LinkedIn, proceed like you’re dipping fruit in a chocolate fondue while wearing all white. In my attempt to give a questionable member a chance, I was reminded to follow my gut when accepting requests. The warning signs continued upon accepting his invitation. After I sent an email to welcome him to my network, as I do with all my connections, his response was this: “Your posts are amazing! You are a special person with a lovely light about you.” Okay, a little intense, but innocent enough and not grounds to remove him from my network...yet. Then he started digging through my old articles and writing long comments, referring back to his business. This seemed less innocent, as we were in the same industry. My final straw was when he decided to comment on a LinkedIn makeover presentation on my profile. His “feedback” was more like a soliloquy that slammed my professional advice. I can take … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Reinvent Your LinkedIn Headline

The title or headline of your LinkedIn profile sits under your name. The default setting on LinkedIn will set your title to be exactly the same as your current role.  Most of the clients we see limit their opportunities by leaving it that way. So, why is this so important to change? Positioning: Without the correct heading, you will be pigeonholed into the category people think you belong to, rather than perceived how you want to be. For example, if you have “CEO of Pegasus Pty Ltd”, that doesn’t tell me how you help me. If it’s not clear to your reader how you can help them, your ideal client will pigeonhole you as a CEO who can’t help them, when in fact you can. You just haven’t sold it early enough in your profile. Validation: Firstly, when your profile is returned in search results, the name, headline and photo will be the sections of your profile that are visible. This means that the photo, headline and name are the determining factors for whether somebody is going to … [Read more...]

Brand Presence and Productivity

Here's interesting information to consider on those days when you feel like you haven't been as productive as you had hoped. Taken from Mark Batterson's book, Draw the Circle. "It may feel like you are sitting still right now, but you are not. You are on a planet that is rotating on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour. Like clockwork, it makes one full revolution every twenty-four hours. And if that isn't amazing enough, planet Earth is moving around the sun at speeds approaching 67,000 miles per hour! So the next time you feel like you've had an unproductive day, remind yourself that you did travel more than 1.5 million miles through space today." Some of my work days get so interrupted with unexpected events, drop bys, or meetings that it drives me crazy. My to-do list is shot and frustration sets in around 3PM as I stare at those tasks I needed to complete that haven't even begun. Sound familiar? In reflecting on how I could be more productive and less stressed, I began to … [Read more...]