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I guess you can officially call me a “senior citizen.” In fact, sometimes I even sound like my grandmother when I begin sentences with “I remember when.”

two older people on a park bench

The other day after being on social media viewing some distasteful things and almost having a door slammed in my face by a rude teenager, I started to think back to the way things were when I was growing up. I was brought up to be respectful and use good manners, as I’m sure you were. I know things have changed, but I believe not all of them are for the better.

I don’t want to sound like a cranky old woman, but here are ten things that make me want to turn back the hands of time.

I remember when…
1. Sending out birthday cards and hand written thank you notes was considered the polite thing to do.

2. Men and women held the door open for the person behind them.

3. Saying please and thank you came easily and naturally.

4. When we used something, we cleaned up after ourselves.

5. During a conversation we were fully present and not distracted by electronic devices.

6. We dressed like a lady or gentlemen and respected our bodies.

7. We treated our elders with respect.

8. Ladies and gentlemen did not use vulgar language in public.

9. Making uninterrupted time for family and friends came naturally.

10. Sitting down and enjoying a meal without a phone in our hand, ear buds stuffed in our ears or the television blaring in the background was how you ate dinner.

So let me ask you this: Is it just me or has our society turned into a bunch of rude narcissists? I’m not saying everyone – I’m not and I’m sure you’re not.

Here’s what I’d like you to do: During the next few days look around and take notice of how people are interacting with one another.
Do people seem distant, detached and out and out rude?
Do people seem more stressed, anxious and angry?
Do people use their electronic devices instead of interacting personally?
Do people seem more self-centered, self-absorbed and impatient?
Do people smile and say hello when you pass them?

Let’s be the change we want to see happen around us.
Let’s say please and thank you more often.
Let’s make sure we hold a door open for the person behind us.
Let’s listen politely when someone is speaking.

Are you with me? Let’s consciously make time to show others how to be thoughtful and polite members of society. Let’s be the day-to-day role models of respect, good manners and thoughtfulness.

All right, maybe I do sound like my grandmother. If so, I’m proud of it.

 
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Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
 
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We all know that marketing is a huge part of running a successful business. One way to stay up-to-date with your customers/clients and prospects is by conducting surveys. Although surveys can be a great way to learn what others want and are thinking, are they really worth the time and effort to prepare and conduct?

survey

Here are my thoughts regarding surveys:

1. A survey must be for a specific reason and for a specific audience.

2. A survey should be a win-win for the person conducting the survey and the person answering the questions.
 
 
3. A survey should be short sweet and to the point.

4. A survey should be well written and thought provoking.

5. Surveys shouldn’t be conducted too often.

As an example: Here’s a survey I conducted recently using Survey Monkey called If You Worked with a Coach. If you have time now, please take a few minutes to answer my questions. I thank you in advance.

Let’s discuss each of the above five points and you make the decision whether surveys are worth the time and effort.

1. As a business person, what do you want to gain by conducting a survey? A survey is an effective marketing tool only if it is used effectively. As the author of a survey you must have a clear picture of what you want to learn from the questions you’re asking.

Don’t waste your audience’s time if you’re not clear about why you are conducting the survey.

2. Why should someone answer your survey questions – what’s it in for them? I’m not saying you have to give something away to get someone to take your survey. I am saying that most people will participate if there is an incentive. Something as simple as asking, would you help me could be incentive enough. The question you need to answer when writing and posting a survey is: Why should someone take the time to answer my questions?

3. Would you want to take a survey with pages and pages of questions? Probably not. Well, your audience wouldn’t either. Too many questions is like taking an exam and we all remember how we felt about taking exams. Don’t make it difficult to participate in your survey. It is up to you how many questions to ask, but too many questions may limit the number of participants.

4. Would you agree that a thoughtful question most likely will produce a thoughtful answer? Take time to write questions that are well thought out, clear and to the point. Stay focused on what you’re looking to learn by conducting the survey. Write your questions as if you were speaking to a friend. Keep your questions simple and easy to understand.

5. How often should you conduct a survey? That’s a good question. I’d say use this marketing tool wisely. Use it for feedback after an event. Use it to gain information about what’s happening in your industry. Use it to help develop new and timely materials. Use it for information gathering about the wants and needs of your current and future customers/clients.

Surveys can be used in many ways. If you use them too often, they lose their importance and appeal.

An important thing to remember is once you’ve conducted your survey, make quality time to analyze the results.
1. Did your survey provide the results you were looking for?
2. Will the results help you conduct business more effectively?
3. Do you better understand your current and future market?
4. Was conducting this survey worth your time and effort?
5. How will you use this information to grow your business?

Only you can decide if conducting a survey is a viable marketing tool for your business. Yes, it does take time and effort, but it can prove to be a valuable way to better understand and serve your prospects and customers/clients.
 
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Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
 
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I’m often asked by coaching clients and on social media how I seem to get so much done in a day. I’ve learned over all my thirty plus years of working for myself and working from home that the key to a productive workday is staying focused.

Here’s the point of this post: It’s important to work your schedule around your life. I know authors who stay up all night writing and then sleep late into the morning. I know women who work their businesses around their children’s schedules and commitments. I’m at the point in my life now where I have flexibility. Most days I can choose my hours and schedule. There was a point ten to sixteen years ago when caregiving elderly parents took up my daytime hours and I worked my business in the evening. Flexibility is vital!

Sharon at workLet me share a typical workday with you. I realize my schedule isn’t going to fit everyone’s lifestyle or business model. As you read, please remember it isn’t how many hours I put in a day or how early I get up in the morning, it’s about how efficiently I use the hours I’m working.

I am a morning person. I am most creative in the early hours when the house and neighborhood are quiet. I think part of why I like this time is because my mind is still half asleep and there are very few outside distractions.

4:30 – 5:00 AM: I write my goals for the day and grab my caffeine. I quickly see if there are any emails or private messages I need to answer.

5:00 – 6:30 AM: My writing time. This is my creative time to work on my fiction stories, books or posts. Sometimes if I’m in the flow I’ll continue writing and my schedule changes.

6:30 – 8:00 AM: This is my social media and email time. I also have coaching clients I’ll talk with depending on their time zone.

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Break time. Take my shower – make the bed. Grab a bite to eat and probably go for a walk. I may put in a load of laundry or tidy up.

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Work on my BIG project for the day. It can be going back to my earlier writing or scheduling social media for the week or planning my next MasterMind or formatting my next paperback or Kindle or working on my newsletters. I always want to be working on a project that will keep me going forward in my business.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Coaching with clients. Finishing projects or researching future projects. About this time of the morning my creative energy is slowing down. I’ve been working and moving for seven and half hours.

12:00 PM: My workday could be finished or I’ll continue to work after lunch. It is now my personal time. Until dinner I’ll read or do my shopping or maybe even take a nap, etc. This is also the time I’ll do some household chores and make dinner.

Some days are longer and some days could be shorter. It depends on my coaching and MasterMind schedule too. My morning hours are fairly disciplined though – I know they’re the hours that are most creative and productive for me.

Working your business from home isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes commitment and discipline to work your goals consistently. It also takes a never-give-up positive attitude, especially when you work alone. I love my business and wouldn’t change my workday one bit.

If you have questions or comments, please let me know. I’m here to support you in finding your workday rhythm. I invite you to ask me about my coaching packages.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
 
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We have a guest blog post from Tess Denton Blog Sponsor, Author and Future Facilitator.

A few weeks ago, an issue of the AARP Bulletin arrived in the mail. Clearly, it was addressed to my husband. I like to tell myself that it’s for him.

Truth be told, while I will be working for more than a decade yet, I’ve reached the age where I can qualify for AARP and the organization is targeted to me, too. The front cover of the issue to which I refer reads: “GOOD NEWS: You CAN Find Success, Security and Happiness after 50 with a New Job”. Surrounding the article title are photos of smiling, happy people aged 58-70. The article from the front cover assures readers that new careers can take off at any age. Some people start a new career to fulfill a dream, and others start a new career in order to keep afloat, financially.

women laughingFinding relevance and purpose requires effort and energy.

I have been talking to many women in over past year who are finding that the discovery and successful transition to a new career is not as easy as 1,2,3.  They have discovered that a first stop to committing to a new career involves sorting out the emotions and details of starting over. For some, the joy and satisfaction they are finding in their current work has waned, and they are eager to launch a new endeavor. For others, their career is lucrative, but they’re no longer feeling relevant in their workplace. And others are just tired of their current work and they need another income stream until retirement. Regardless of the individual, all are swimming in a soup of emotions and the uncertainty of change.

For years, I’ve been writing and talking about the Clarity, Hope, Confidence, Momentum and Happiness that result from creating a Powerful Vision. For those considering a new career after years of dedication to building success in a job or industry, getting Clarity is critical. When considering the opportunity for a career change it is important to gather the facts related to the advantages and risks of striking out with a new career, and the risk and payoff related to daring to live a dream or start anew.

Here are 10 clarifying questions for you to answer alone and with someone close to you:

1. Is this career move a long time dream for you? Describe the dream.

2. Will making a career change make you feel more relevant?

3. What are the short and long term benefits of starting a new career as opposed to continuing with the work you are currently doing?

4. Are most of the individuals in this endeavor younger, older or the same age as you? How does this impact your likelihood of success and satisfaction?

5. What skills from other jobs that will contribute and transfer to the new career you’re considering? Can you name them?

6. Do the most important people in your life support your pursuit of this new career (time wise and financially)?

7. What is your timeline for proficiency and financial success if you pursue a new career?

8. Are you forfeiting retirement security to pursue this career? Are you comfortable with this? Is your spouse/significant other?

9. Will this career change or help you fulfill your Purpose in life?

10. Would there be any benefit to staying in your current job while shifting to this new career part-time?

The answers to these questions will strengthen your resolve and result in you feeling Hopeful about the endeavor you’re considering, or they’ll surface the need for further exploration before committing to a change. It’s important to move confidently and knowingly in the direction of your dreams. You deserve to lead a Hopeful, Happy, Purposeful life.

If you’d like to learn more about Building A Powerful Vision for your Life and Career, I invite you visit tessdenton.com to explore tools that can help you Create A Life You Love at any age.
 
 
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tess denton Tess Denton is a Future Facilitator. She helps people and companies create a powerful vision for success.

Engage your imagination in creating your best future by reading Building a Powerful Vision Board, Your Path Achieving Your Goals and What You Want In Life.

The Vision Board process is great fun, and the book is informative and engaging. By learning how to create powerful Vision Boards and developing a roadmap to achieve your vision, you can create the future you want for yourself.

Enjoy your journey!

To read more about Tess Denton, her books and programs you can go to her website:
Building a Powerful Vision Board

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No one likes to be criticized personally or professionally, and especially when we are going for our goals. Whether we receive the criticism under a cloak of “constructive criticism” or as a hurtful joke, it still can affect our self-esteem and self-confidence.

Here is the definition of criticism from Dictionary.com: The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes; the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.

Why is criticism so hurtful? Why do we take criticism so personally?

I can only speak from my personal experience, but just saying the word criticism makes me defensive. We can’t hide from criticism because it seems to happen almost every day and in different circumstances. We often hear criticism from loved ones, our bosses and it even shows up on Social Media. I believe it is up to us to deal with criticism in a way that doesn’t affect how we feel about ourselves personally or professionally.

Here are some ways I’ve learned to deal with criticism:

1. Ignore it. I’m reminded of the old saying about letting criticism slide off of you like water off a duck’s back.

2. Analyze the source and situation. Was the criticism said in anger, made by someone who is critical of everything and everyone or did someone say it as a not-so-funny joke?

3. Was the statement really meant as a criticism? Could you have taken the statement out of context or the wrong way?

4. Accept that you are not perfect. As a recovering perfectionist, I often get my feelings hurt when someone points out that I have done something less than perfectly.

5. Decide to take criticism less personally. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but try to take the emotions out of the situation. Decide to view criticism from a less personal and emotional point of view.

I’ve found the key to overcoming criticism is not allowing the words of others to affect my self-confidence or self-esteem.

Words of wisdom: Surround yourself with positive nonjudgmental people and situations. It is up to you to believe in yourself, your abilities and your goals – don’t allow the words of others to dissuade you from going for your dreams.
 
Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
 
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How to Give Yourself the POWER to Succeed
 
Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s empowering paperback and Kindle book, How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed on Amazon.com – Recognizing the things you’re doing that may be keeping you from the things you want.
 
 
 
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

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