For some women in business facilitating a meeting comes easily and to others, it can be a nerve-wracking challenge. I’ve found the key to facilitating a successful meeting is to lead with confidence, enthusiasm and authority. Let me share five ways to run and enjoy an effective and successful meeting.

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1. You and everyone attending the meeting must understand your role as the facilitator. To be a truly effective leader, it is important to communicate your duties and responsibilities to the attendees. Clearly understand what is expected of you as the facilitator and on the flip side, have a clear vision of what you expect from the participants. Setting goals and planning out the agenda are vital steps to an effective meeting.

2. As the meeting facilitator, your goal is to clearly define and express how you will physically carry out your role as the facilitator. Make sure all participants know how you intend to conduct the meeting- will it be an informal or formal meeting. An effective meeting is well thought out and organized meeting.

3. A key to an effective meeting is having a clearly defined purpose and goal for the meeting. I’ll say it again; an organized meeting is an effective meeting. As the facilitator, your role is to accomplish the goal of the meeting and to stay focused on keeping the important things important. One way to stay focused is to prepare a written agenda for everyone attending. Leadership reminder: Every effective meeting has a clearly defined purpose and goal.

4. A good facilitator is flexible. There will be times when you’ll have to be flexible enough to change the agenda and yet, structured enough not to lose sight of the main focus. As an effective facilitator, you don’t want to lose control of the meeting but at the same time, you want to allow enough flexibility for the free expression of ideas. A good facilitator can find a balance between flexibility and losing site of the main purpose and goal for the meeting.

5. It is important to encourage participation. An effective leader asks questions and presents scenarios that will encourage the participants to think and participate. Everyone should be able to express themselves in a nonjudgmental and receptive environment. It is up to the facilitator to provide that neutral and cooperative environment.

The bottom line: Truly effective and successful meetings are the ones that are a win-win for all involved. It is the facilitator who sets the tone for the meeting. A positive productive meeting begins with a positive productive leader. When you feel and act confidently about your role as the meeting facilitator, you’ll consistently conduct and deliver productive, positive and successful meetings.
 
 

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Yes, it is a whole new year – 365 days to make this year’s goals, hopes and dreams a reality.

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Let me ask you this: If you keep doing what you’ve done this previous year, will the New Year produce even greater and more exciting results for you personally and professionally?

In my coaching business I’ve discovered that clients often expect different results, but don’t want to change what may be limiting their ability to achieve greater success. Les Brown probably said it best when he said, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting.”

Here’s what I’m proposing: Today is the day to look at what is working in your life and your business and what’s not. It’s now time to change old unproductive habits into new more empowered ones. This is the year to set those exciting goals you’ll be motivated to achieve!

I’d like you to make some quiet time to sit and think about the past year. Take out pen and paper and answer the following questions:
1. During the past year, I am most proud of…
2. During the past year, I am most disappointed in…
3. During the last year my best success habit was…
4. During the last year my most limiting habit was…
5. During the coming year the biggest personal change I’m making is…
6. During the coming year the biggest professional change I’m making is…
7. My most exciting goal for the coming year and the one I know I’m going to achieve is…

What do you think, will answering these seven questions uncover what’s working and what’s not?

*If you had to change just one limiting habit, what would it be?
*Why would you change this habit?
*After changing this habit, how will your life and/or your business become happier, more successful and self-satisfying?

Yes, now is the time to do some serious “soul-searching.” If you’re not completely satisfied with the results you’ve gotten this past year, today is the day to change any of those old limiting habits into more empowered ones.

This is the year to go for your goals and live the life of your dreams.
 
 
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I’m excited to invite you to my Virtual Book Launch Party on Sunday January 11, 2015 on Facebook.

I’m introducing my newest book 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business – available on Amazon.com as a Paperback and a Kindle.

Join me anytime during the ’8′ hours – I’ll be posting something new every 15 minutes…

Here are the times:
1:00 – 9:00 PM EST
12:00 – 8:00 PM CST
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM MST
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM MST

Plan on fun, gifts for you, how-to’s, and much, much more. All done on this Facebook Event Page! You’ll want to RSVP “yes” so you’ll know exactly what’s happening!

Click here to RSVP “yes”:
Sharon’s Virtual Book Launch Party Sunday January 11, 2015

Here’s a short video where I explain a little more about the Party and read an excerpt from 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business:

Click here to RSVP “yes”:
Sharon’s Virtual Book Launch Party Sunday January 11, 2015

 
 
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Here is a basic checklist to help you build greater self-confidence in starting or growing your own successful business.

_ You have a clear vision for your business – You have clearly defined “how” your business is going to serve your target market.

_ You have a written mission statement for your business – Your mission statement is the “what” you intend to achieve during the coming year.

_ You have clearly defined goals for your business – You know what you want to accomplish within the next weeks, months and years.

_ You have written your business goals out for the next months and years – You have a beginning date and completion date for your goals.

_ You have developed a well thought out plan of action for accomplishing your goals – You have a well written yet, workable business plan.

_ You have all the necessary papers, licenses, insurances, etc. required to legally do business.

_ You have opened up a dedicated business checking account – you won’t be co-mingling business and personal finances.

_ You have professionally printed business cards.

_ You have a dedicated office area set aside just for your business.

_ You have the supplies and equipment you need to do business in a professional manner.

_ You have dedicated “office” hours – Whether you work in or out of the home, your friends and family know when you’re doing business and will honor your workday time.

_ You have the proper “Internet” equipment – High speed Internet, Skype, the most up-to-date business building software, etc.

_ You have a workable marketing plan of action – You know how you will promote your business – Internet, professional networking events, email marketing, social media, video, etc.

_ You have committed to meeting with those mentors, coaches and successful women who can offer suggestions and advice.

_ You have a registered domain name for your business.

_ You have an online presence – You have a blog, website, Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.

_ You have a consistent look or a brand – You use the same colors, photo of yourself, etc on your blog, website and other marketing materials.

_ You have committed to working your business consistently – You can work your business full time or part time but not sometime and expect to make money.

_ You have determined your most important moneymaking activities – Moneymaking activities are those activities that will make you money now or in the near future.

_ You have committed to taking the classes, seminars and working with the coaches that will support your personal and professional growth.

_ You have the unshakable belief that making money is an important aspect having a successful business owner.

_ You have scheduled FUN time for family and friends – All work and no play can lead to unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
 
 

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Here’s a link to my newest book on Amazon.com:
The Kindle ebook: Kindle Edition of 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business

The Paperback book: Paperback Edition of 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business
 
I invite you to stop by and check out my Author page on Amazon.com – learn more about all my Amazon books Sharon Michaels Amazon.com Author page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: I am the author of the paperback and Kindle ebook and an affiliate of Amazon.com – if you purchase the book through this link, I will receive a commission.

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In this Quick Video Success Tip author and coach to women in business Sharon Michaels shares ideas for getting ready to go for your goals in 2015 by cleaning and organizing your office and workspace. Be sure to turn up your speakers!

You can watch over 100 Quick Video Success on Sharon’s YouTube Channel: Sharon’s The Power To Succeed YouTube Channel
 
 
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