The Top 5 Leadership Qualities a First-Time Founder Should Practice

Some people are born #leaders. Guiding, inspiring and helping other people succeed is their forte without even lifting a pinky finger. They have a natural personality, intuition, and general gusto for it. For others, being a #leader is a land far less explored, and their personality isn't naturally matched for the #job. However, not being a natural leader doesn't mean you can't be a leader. #Goodleaders—#CEOs, #managers, #founders, etc—have a set of #skills and #qualities just like any other #jo...

15 Proven Ways to Improve Your Business Negotiation Skills

#Entrepreneurs are constantly making deals, so learning how to #negotiate becomes an #essentialskill to master. But when you're at the bargaining table, it sometimes can be difficult to strike the right balance and arrive at a healthy #compromise with a #client or #partner. To learn how to become a #successfulnegotiator, Young Entrepreneur Council asked a group of #entrepreneur to weigh in on the following question: What type of #negotiationstrategy do you prefer using? Why is it effective? [Rea...

The Most Important Skill for Any Entrepreneur (And How to Develop It)

There are a number of key roles you must assume in order to give your business any chance at all of escaping the failure that overcomes the overwhelming majority of new businesses. Every single one of those roles⁠ — from recruiting to coaching to planning to managing⁠ — has one key required skill in common: "Being able to sell your vision". Alex Turnbull shares here the reasons why learning to sell your vision is insanely important.   [Read the full article on groovehq.com]

7 ways to be more responsive to your customers

 In an increasingly competitive market, companies face a different, more trained, better informed and much more demanding consumer. The success of today's organizations is to place the customer at the center of the strategy and act quickly seeking to differentiate themselves from the competition. To boost customer loyalty, Rieva Lesonsky shares here 7 ways to be more responsive to your customers. [Read the full article on allbusiness.com]

6 valuable lessons every entrepreneur needs to learn to succeed

Being self-employed as a freelancer or business owner isn't the same as being an entrepreneur. While many people prefer the flexibility and freedom of working for themselves rather than working for someone else, being an entrepreneur isn't about improving your own work-life balance. It's about improving other people's lives. And whether you're developing entirely new products or services or seeking to add value to existing ones, it can take long hours of hard work. To boost your chances of succe...

10 tips for improving internal communication [infographic]

Good communication practices are at the heart of every successful business. They play a key role in maintaining strong working relationships, building effective teams, boosting employee engagement, increasing productivity and improving client relationships. On the flip side, poor communication practices can lead to low morale, reduced profits and lost opportunities. Effective internal communication "is the glue that holds an organization together," writes Kelechi Okeke. Here, he shares an infogr...

Instagram marketing: The definitive guide (2019)

Now boasting more than a billion active users, Instagram has become a powerful marketing platform. Since its early days as a simple, photo-sharing app, Instagram has been creating new ways for brands to engage users and build customer loyalty. This comprehensive guide walks you through "the fundamentals of a well-rounded Instagram marketing strategy" with some top tips on how to create an effective profile, develop a Stories strategy, and use analytics to make sure your content remains relevant ...

How to stop 'selling' and start building relationships

The most effective salespeople are good listeners who ask the right questions, choose their words wisely and build trust with their customers. Closing is the make-or-break moment and perhaps the most challenging part of the sales process. And relying on outdated sales techniques can hinder rather than help you close more sales. Here, Ari Galper shares how to build authentic relationships by focusing more on helping your customers achieve their goals so they can see you as a t...

6 things that can kill business growth

Growth is vital for the long-term success of your business and you need a detailed roadmap to understand where the business is going and how it's getting there. A strategic growth plan helps you identify and access new opportunities, monitor your progress, and stay on track towards achieving your goals for long-term success. Even the best-laid plans can go awry, however. Here, Lisa Furgison shares some top tips from business professor and startup co-founder Marc Meyer to help you avoid the most ...

60 top entrepreneurs share best business advice and tips for success

For your business to succeed you need to be doing something you truly love and are good at—and while you may not be an expert now, you should dedicate yourself to becoming one. This is just one of the common themes to emerge from the business advice shared by some of "the world's most successful and respected entrepreneurs." Taking the first step is always the hardest part of launching a new business and while not all advice will immediately benefit every aspiring entrep...

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