You Don't Need Luck if You Have This...

Luck favors the prepared. Never have I known that to be more true than when I started my own business. I had always dreamed that I would one day run my own company, but I had no idea how or when it would happen.

In 2012, I was laid off from my job (and it was the BEST job ever...I traveled internationally as a video producer, mkay?!). As I laid in bed eating my feelings in the following weeks, I casually scrolled through FB and saw that someone posted this:

Ask Now, Get Later

I was recently at a networking event where a woman I had just met totally blew up my spot by talking AT me for way too long. As I silently begged for the floor to open up and swallow her alive, my left arm began to quiver from the weight of the mouthwatering raviolis that I was eager to devour. That’s when I knew it was time to shut homegirl down.

As funny (and straight up crazy) as this scenario sounds, so many of us get wrapped up in “selling” our story to others every chance we get. This approach to building business connections and opportunities is way too hard and ineffective. There is definitely a better way...

Should you say "no" to that speaking opportunity?

“Will you be a speaker at our upcoming conference? We can’t afford to pay you, but you’ll have TONS of exposure! Whatcha think?”

As an entrepreneur, how many times have you heard this line? It never gets old for me. And, I am always honored whenever I receive an invitation. Still, to stay competitive and business-growth focused, it’s critical to know when to say “No, thanks”. Otherwise, we risk wasting a lot of time and a lot of effort.