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Is It Time to “Spring Clean” Your Business?

springcleanFinally it’s that time of year: “Spring Cleaning!”  Seems like Spring took a long time to get here, and we are not quite sure it’s going to last! I remember growing up as the snow melted and the warm weather started moving in, it was time to make things new and fresh after the dullness of winter!

Clothes changed, colors brightened up, and we spent a lot time redoing and fixing things in our home inside and out to welcome in the sunshine and new beginnings!

“Spring Cleaning” somehow makes us feel better inside, but did we ever think about addressing our work life, where we really spend the most time?

I am honored to have some professional experts here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency that share with me and their audiences how the “Spring Cleaning” should also include our businesses and work areas! Here are some tips of what needs to be on your list!

                                    “Spring Cleaning” Your Business:
1.  Mindset– How are you connecting with those you serve in your business? This is the beginning of the 2nd Quarter- are you working at your highest level and living your plan and purpose?  Kelly Swanson– Award-winning Storyteller, Comedian, Motivational Speaker and Author is showing her audiences how to sell more, lead better, and have more impact and influence in their industry.

2. Physical Issues– Are daily decisions about paper overwhelming? Need to put paper “in its place?” Barbara Hemphill– Award-winning Productivity and Organization Expert shows her audiences how to tackle this area of their business and succeed!

3. Technology Overload– Think you can’t keep up?  Do you work 24/7 and still feel there is not enough time to spend on technology?  AlfredPoor– Internationally recognized Technology Expert is sharing tips of how to manage the marketing of your business in an effective and efficient manner with his audiences. He takes the complex concepts of technology and delivers practical content that can be put to use right away.

4.  Financials Out of Control- How are you handling the risks and challenges of being a business owner?  Debbie Wright, Risk Management Expert is showing her audiences facts and workable game plans that will meet their business challenges and risks they face; and win!

Tackling these 4 areas are key to you having a great rest of your business year! Ready to start your “Spring Cleaning” not only in your home, but also in your business?  We would love to help you!

Sue Falcone

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The Secrets of Managing Your Time as an Entrepreneur: from the Experts!

wowEntrepreneurs around the world are seeking answers on how to handle a major issue: how to have the time to do what they love; and also have a personal life! I recently was asked this question at a conference I attended, and knew this needed to be addressed in more detail by the experts!

I sought out some of our speakers, trainers, presenters, entertainers, coaches, and authors, that are represented here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency. They are successful entrepreneurs and business owners with very different fields of expertise and business models; but I knew they had learned secrets along their journey that hopefully they would be willing to share! And share they did!

We each have the same amount of time: 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week, and normally 8,760 hours a year. In making a choice to have your own business instead of working for someone else, one clear thread ran through all the experts’ comments: you need to have a positive entrepreneurial mindset, and create a plan that allows you the freedom to have a blended and balanced lifestyle. Your success is not based on how many hours you spend at working, but rather having a plan that allows you the freedom to choose what is most important and how you spend the hours to accomplish your plan.

Award-winning Global Entrepreneurship Speaker and Professor Gary Palin shares this:
“Balance is key! Take the time to have a family walk, including your dog, every day.”

Professor Palin speaks and trains all the right ways to operate your business plan for success, but he knows you must intentionally take the time daily to spend with your family and, in his case, the awesome dog- Spirit, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.  He is an ‘in-demand’ global speaker on all areas of Entrepreneurship, and when he travels Spirit misses him I am sure.

Kelly Swanson, motivational speaker, comedian, award-winning storyteller, and the author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?” shared in her business she has to have:
1.   A clearly defined business plan for the year with areas of top priority and focus.
2.  Be able to turn that plan into daily/weekly/monthly action steps based on priority and deadlines.
3.  Whenever something comes across your desk/email ask yourself: is this a priority and does it have to be done now?
4.  Daily ask yourself: what is best use of my time today? Stick to it.
5.  Learn to say NO to things that distract you from your top priorities.

Kelly is a Wife and Mom of an 11 year old son, and her business is a “family” business. She lives what she shares and has fun doing it all! She is an excellent blogger, and author, and is a sought after keynote speaker for events across the country.

Barbara Hemphill-known as the “Paper Tiger Lady” offers these tips: “I spend the first hour of everyday in quiet time reminding myself of the “why” for my business. What is it that is important enough to accomplish in my life that makes me willing to do the three most important things in my business today to be profitable?”

Barbara is an internationally recognized Organization and Productivity Expert, Speaker and Author. Her recent book Less Clutter More Life is to help people “accomplish their work and enjoy their lives” by not only handling the paper and digital clutter, but also addressing the emotional and spiritual clutter.  She is a sought after speaker who travels across the country sharing a practical message of change.

Can you see from these successful Entrepreneurs some ways that you could change what you are doing now concerning having enough time to do it all? I want to always be a “long-life learner” and I learned some things here that I am beginning right now!

Hope you will come back next week, as we share some more time management tips from the experts who are successful at making it happen! Are you looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? Save time, stress, and money by taking a look at our speakers found here at www.simplysuespeaks.com 

Sue Falcone

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Is It Time to Be “Intentional?”

intentionalDo you know that 90% of Americans go to work when they are ill, even though they shouldn’t? Why is that? I have done my share to infect others, how about you?

But last week, it all caught up with me! Your past always does at some point in your life! I realized I had a choice, either accept I was ill and take care of myself; or continue to ignore the facts, and end up in worse shape! Funny part of all this is my husband, Carmen, also got the same stuff;  and so there was a total shutdown of life as we thought it was supposed to be!

What had happened? We had this all set to go! Plans were in place, goals were set, appointments and schedules were confirmed; how could we just make the choice to rest and reschedule and give into being ill, instead of keeping commitments to others and to ourselves?

For type A personalities it is a huge decision to admit you are not well enough to do what you have planned, and then not want to pick up something to put in place of the missing action!  I was proud of the fact that I am extremely healthy and have not had to face being ill many times in my life; but at this point I knew I was done and down. I had to do what was best for me, or face the possibility that none of what I was concerned about would even matter.

It has taken longer than I ever thought for us to recover, however, this has been one of the best listening and learning experiences of my life!  I had no choice but to experience and listen to what my physical, emotional, and spiritual self was telling me. Many of my friends, business associates, team members, and mentors encouraged me to make this a time of learning as well as healing. They could see things I didn’t want to face, and were urging me to do what I needed to do for me!

I am thankful now for their WOW ( words of wisdom) for I found there are 3 areas I need to have a clear understanding and plan before I kick into high gear again!   These are: (1)  Priorities- are they the right ones, and in the right order?  (2) Time Management-how wise am I managing it? (3)  Am I really clutter-free and enjoying my life- do my systems and processes allow me to do this?

Not a pretty site as I lay there doing my best to keep warm and the fever at bay! How was I able to get this transparent with myself and be able to share it with others?  I went back to one of my favorite pastimes- reading! My first choice is the scriptures and since we had already chosen a “Verse of the Year” I spent time thinking on these words:

“Those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired., they walk and don’t lag behind.” The Message-Isaiah 40:31.

I felt better already, knowing I was starting with the right priority for me!

I picked up two books that I had been wanting to get into, and took my time reading and listening to their words and thoughts. Just released by one of our speakers, Barbara Hemphill, entitled “Less Clutter More Life” www.lesscluttermorelife.com was what I needed to hear, and the ways to accomplish what I really wanted. Thanks, Barbara for that gift, it really helped me!

Then another book by one of my favorite people, Linda Apple, called “Writing Life” www.lindaapple.com/ showed me I had “let go” of some of my writing and blogging skills and that to be really be who I am, and do what I do, I needed to recapture them! Linda shares that our “stories matter” and she is a master teacher and motivational speaker sharing how to use your gifts and make them come alive on paper! Thanks, Linda for showing me the way back to enjoy reading and sharing “my story” with others once again!

We are now ready to launch into the New Year officially.  It will be a different beginning than we had originally planned! Our vision is still the same, but how we carry it out will be changing! We had chosen “Intentional” as our “Word of the Year” and how to make it key to the success and growth of our business and personal lives.  The speakers we represent here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency know how to bring the #WOWfactor experience to each of your events, and help you be the best you can be!  They also know how to help their “agent” make needed changes too!

I would never wish for you the illness we experienced to be the “wake up call” to motivate you to take a long hard look at your life; but take it from us that “the best is yet to come” for you when you are living with an intentional plan, purpose, and passion for it!  Isn’t it time?

Have a great “Intentional” week,

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“Simply” Sue Falcone
Owner: “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency

 

 

 

 

Weekly #WOWfactor- Is it Time to Plan Your “Re-entry?”

vacationWe are home from our 3300 mile “Road Trip”, a combination of vacation and work; and I am so grateful to one of the professionals represented here at “SSS”, Dr. Joey Faucette http://www.listentolife.org/3-strategies-to-avoid-vacation-anxiety-2/ for his great tips on how to avoid vacation anxiety.

I had a great time while away, and an even better time knowing I planned in advance how to make the transition back into my “real” world easier than it has ever been!

Before I always made sure my home and office were clean, and our work projects were on track, but this was the first time I was able to not envision the worst happening while I was gone, and also be prepared for things I might have to handle once we hit the door last night; by having my “re-entry” plan in place!

I also credit another one of our professionals,  Barbara Hemphill,
http://www.barbarahemphill.com/ for her many tips on helping me have a better office organization and work flow, as well as the handling of my “personal” stuff during and after the trip!

With help from these two today I am being a positive, productive business owner, instead of  “running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off!”  We were prepared to meet with an unexpected guest today, and ready to host an event tonight at our FTC- (Falcone Training Center) as well!

Isn’t it time you decide to make some changes, even if you don’t have a vacation coming up soon? Living a positive, productive life is possible, and makes all those special times even more memorable and rewarding!  I’m refreshed, renewed, and ready to work hard knowing I have better times ahead!

Enjoy your life, count it all joy, and live your dreams!

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5 Strategies for Working Less and Accomplishing More

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  • Do you work late night and weekends, and feel guilty that you’re not spending more time with your family, or simply having some fun?
  • Are you frequently overwhelmed or discouraged with your progress?
  • Do you find “to do’s” in your office when the time to do them is long gone?
  • Are you frequently starting new things, but not finishing them?
  • Do you spend the majority of your time doing things you dislike?

I’ve always said that what I teach my clients I’ve learned from experience.  What I want to share with you this here certainly comes in that category.  I’ve recently gone through a major restructuring of my company – to a large extent because I answered “Yes” to the questions above!   Based on my experience, here are five simple (Notice I didn’t say “easy!”) steps to help you significantly increase your productivity and decrease your stress:

  1. Set aside time to identify what really matters to you in life.   As the old saying goes, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”  Many of us are like ducks swimming across the water – we look calm, but underneath we’re paddling like crazy – and going in circles!  It takes real courage to stop long enough to assess your current situation.  An important priority in my life is health – but you certainly couldn’t tell it by the way I’ve been living my life.  I started exercising several years ago, but now I’ve blocked out time for educating myself about natural healing, and am taking advantage of services offered by natural health providers.
  2. Figure out what it is you do best and spend the majority of your time doing it.  There are a variety of companies that offer services to help you identify your strengths.  I’ve taken most of them – and many just left me more confused.  One I found particularly helpful can be found at www.kolbe.com or check out the free assessment available at  www.GetMotivatedBook.com.  With websites, a world economy, and virtual technology, the possibilities for hiring or subcontracting people to do what you don’t do best is limitless. Sure it takes time to train someone else, but if you don’t, you’ll be limiting the time you have for what you want to do.  As a child I remember seeing an old Burma Shave sign:  “Choose your rut carefully.  You’ll be in it for next 30 miles.”
  3. Make your home and office a place where you can accomplish your work and enjoy your day.  My passion is helping people create and sustain what I can a “productive environment” — an intentional setting in which everything around you supports who you are and who you want to be.  Look around your environment. How does it make you feel?  If it’s anything negative, you can’t afford it!  Here’s my mantra:  Have nothing which you do not know to be useful, think to be beautiful, or love.  In your office, does everything support serving your customers or increasing your income? If not, you can’t afford it!
  4. Use technology tools to streamline your life.  Growing up on the farm in Nebraska, my daddy always said “Half of any job is having the right tool.”  Actually it’s more than having it — it’s using it!  Sometimes it can be something quite simple — I recently threw out a can opener that caused me to spill something every time I used it.  Other times it’s more major.  A few years ago I converted to a MacBook Air.  I have admired Apple products for years, but didn’t purchase one because most of my clients were Windows-based.  With the advent of cloud-computer and a change in my role in the company, that was no longer an option.  My productivity has increased and my stress level has decreased significantly!
  5. Every time you think “I need (or want) to  …” continue on by asking “What is the NEXT action?” and “When?”  If it is just one task, make an appointment with yourself to do it.  (Isn’t is amazing how great we are at doing what other people ask of us, and keep procrastinating about what we need or want to do for ourselves?) What tool do you use?  Your calendar is certainly an option.  I like to use my SwiftFile which sits on my desk, and when I travel I carry the individual folders for the days I am on the road with me.  It ensures that nothing falls through the cracks because I forgot!   If it is a major project, break it down into tasks which you can track.  If the project has a deadline, start at the end and work backwards.

And here’s a bonus tip:

Continually ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time right now?” and encourage everyone around you to do the same.   If you’re not sure what is the best use of your time, fill out the Productive Environment Scorecard at www.ProductiveEnvironment.com for your free 30-minute phone consultation.

HemphillBar0711-133Barbara Hemphill is a Nationally known Productivity Expert, helping people eliminate the physical, digital, and emotional clutter that prevents them for accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives! To book Barbara as your next Keynote Speaker or Seminar/Workshop Presenter: contact Sue Falcone at 1-888-766-3155 or email her at sue@simplysuespeaks.com.

Together We Are Better

better togetherSaturday night as I was preparing for dinner guests, I noticed that the green plant that has been sitting on the counter for several months was looking really droopy, and I started to toss it out.  (In spite of the best efforts of my grandmother, I never developed much of a green thumb!)  As often happens to me, I interrupted myself, and started arranging the flowers I had for the table.  Suddenly, I had an idea.  I stuck some of the live flowers into the green plant.  The results were amazing!  A few days later, a friend who is in my house often, saw it, and exclaimed, “Wow, I didn’t know that plant bloomed like that!”  I told my story, and we both had a laugh.  I have no idea how long that solution will last, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the results.

The episode caused me to think about how many times we throw something out — whether it’s a physical item or an intellectual idea — when with a little more ingenuity we could create something beautiful.  It also was a beautiful illustration of one of my favorite life philosophies: “Together We Are Better.”

By itself, the green plant left much to be desired, and the red flowers I put in it were dramatically enhanced by the addition of the plant.

The same principle applies to relationships.  When I decided it was time to update Taming the Paper Tiger at Home, I wanted to make sure it would appeal to future generations, so I partnered with Jennifer Wig to write Organizing Paper @Home: What To Toss and How To Find the Rest! to add a younger perspective.

My business partner, Andrea Anderson, and I frequently refer to each other as “Peanut Butter” and “Jelly.”   I love to be out front, and she thrives behind the scenes.  Together We Are Better!

So here’s my challenge for you this week, “What area of your life would be improved — or be more enjoyable — if you partnered with someone else who has skills that are complimentary to yours?”

HemphillBar0711-133Barbara Hemphill is a Nationally known Productivity Expert, helping people eliminate the physical, digital, and emotional clutter that prevents them for accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives! To book Barbara as your next Keynote Speaker or Seminar/Workshop Presenter: contact Sue Falcone at 1-888-766-3155 or email her at sue@simplysuespeaks.com.

It is Possible!

decision“There are only three decisions you can make about any information:  1) File 2) Act 3) Toss” Barbara Hemphill, The Paper Tiger Lady.

As you seek to have a Happy New “YOU” Year, do you have a system for handling your life and your business? It begins with a decision process that you put into action.

Today rest and focus on what it is YOU need to do to have all that you could ever dream or imagine!  Then GO and make it happen! It is Posssible!

“Simply” Sue