Mastering Communication Skills For Entrepreneurs

Part of being an entrepreneur is mastering a wide range of skill sets. Many of these skills are ones people take for granted that they are already good at, like communication. How do you effectively communicate your marketing message to consumers? To other companies? How do you effectively negotiate with suppliers or communicate your needs to an employee or freelancer?

Mastering communication skills as an entrepreneur is necessary for long term success. Your business can’t grow without other people.

So what types of skills are part of effective communication that you can work on?

Letting People Know You Are Actively Listening

There are two parts to this. There is making sure the people you are listening to know they have your attention, and there is giving it. You don’t want to fake this. Part of building your relationship with the people you’re communicating with is taking in what others have to say.

When you are giving someone your attention, make sure you are listening. Cut out distractions. If your phone is going off, put it on silent and apologize. It’s a common practice to repeat some of what you’ve heard when you reply. Not only does this indicate you were listening, but it clarifies that you understood them correctly.

Learn to Write Well

You’ll be sending many texts, emails, and social media messages as part of your business. You’ll also either be writing marketing messages yourself or approving them. To do this well, you want to write well. Today, this is simply an essential part of effective communication as an entrepreneur.

You can also use online tools like Grammarly to check your work for you while you’re on your device to help speed this up. You can also take copywriting and written communication courses in-person or online to improve this area.

Learn to Express Your Ideas

As an entrepreneur, you have big ideas that need communicating. You need to be thorough in how you express them. Being concise is also important as part of being transparent, but often people will lean too far one way or the other on this. You don’t want to ramble, but you also need to give enough information that people clearly understand what you’re saying.

If you struggle with getting your point across, you may practice writing a first draft of what you want to communicate, just for yourself. Write down every thought you have on the topic. Then read through it and highlight the important parts. This way, you’ve got everything you need and can still cut the extraneous. This is an excellent way to organize your thoughts and practice effective communication.

4 Key Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

What do strong entrepreneurs do to achieve their success? While your business idea may be unique in many ways, there are always mentors you can learn from who’ve started businesses successfully and kept them going strong.

Whether your business is only a vague idea or you’re deep into building your career, these tips for aspiring entrepreneurs can help get your mind in the right place for success.

Understand Your Vision

See the future vision of your business from all sides. What does your average workday look like one year from now? Five years from now? What does customer experience look like? What is your business accomplishing? The more questions you can ask yourself about your vision, the clearer the picture will become. Keeping that vision in mind will keep you on the path toward creating it.

Surround Yourself With The Best People

You may have heard that you are an accumulation of the five people you are around the most. Surround yourself with supportive people and who are doing the kinds of things you want to do. This may mean working directly with them under your company. This may mean networking with people in your industry. It could also mean joining a group of people who get together to discuss their goals. If none of these are options, it can also mean following great people online and regularly listening to podcasts or checking out their content. Remind yourself that these people are doing great things, and so will you.

Know-How You Work Best

A crucial part of success for entrepreneurs is capitalizing on their strengths. Do you work best handling your email in the morning or afternoon? Do you need mid daybreak? Are you strong at specific tasks but could be best served by hiring a virtual assistant for others?

Know how you work best so you can do so with more ease.

Get Organized

You need to develop a clean and comfortable workflow as early as possible in your career. Many entrepreneurs develop systems like the one David Allen recommends in his book “Getting Things Done.” This book is just one example of ways productive entrepreneurs minimize their stress and maximize their productivity with systems for keeping their business and lives organized.

Essential Soft Skills for Entrepreneurs

When you think about a job, your mind may jump to the hard skills required to be successful at that job. However, soft skills are just as essential, especially for entrepreneurs. In particular, there are a few soft skills that are essential for successful entrepreneurs.

Communication

It could be argued that communication is a soft skill that is necessary for nearly every profession. Communication is especially important for entrepreneurs because they are continually meeting with their team and clients. The outcomes of these meetings are ultimate what drives business for entrepreneurs.

A successful entrepreneur will make a conscious effort to create an open environment for communication. This applies to communication with themselves, their team, and their clients. When all channels for communication are open, the entrepreneur and the business will have more success.

Negotiation

It is not likely that an entrepreneur got into the world of entrepreneurship without necessary negotiation skills. This skill is critical to help the company or organization make positive gains. To be a successful negotiator, an entrepreneur must understand where the other person is coming from. To gain this understanding, the entrepreneur will need to reflect on their communication skills to ask the right questions to gather the information they seek.

Positive Outlook

It can be tempting to give in to negative emotions when things do not go as planned. However, the successful entrepreneur knows the importance of a positive mindset. Positivity in the world of entrepreneurship is directly related to resilience. There is no doubt that there will be good days and bad days. A positive mindset doesn’t mean that the entrepreneur cannot acknowledge when things go wrong. A positive mindset means giving taking a moment to address what went wrong and then get right back to work, making a plan so that the same thing does not happen again.

Active Listening

Active listening goes hand in hand with effective communication. To be an active listener, the entrepreneur must avoid distractions and focus on what their communication partner says. This cannot be easy in a fast-paced environment but will pay off in the long run.

The Future of Entrepreneurship

Americans have always valued entrepreneurship. The classic American success story involves arriving as an immigrant, starting a business and scaling it up into something impressive. While that’s an enduring template, it’s essential to acknowledge the way entrepreneurship evolves. The economy is always changing, and the roadmap to business success changes from era to era.

For the year 2020, there are several significant trends to note when it comes to entrepreneurship. The first is the type of people who are starting new businesses. In 2020, many entrepreneurs are young. Four percent are under 30. That’s not a huge percentage, but it’s a significant number of individuals. Remarkably, so many young people are taking substantial risks early in their careers.

The second trend of note is the type of business people are starting. Instead of opening stores or becoming general contractors, most new businesses are service-related. That can mean business services, food service, or lifestyle services like coaching and personal training. The knowledge economy is becoming more important all the time. General retail and home services each account for less than 10% of the new businesses being started.

The way that entrepreneurs are going about their business has also changed. In the past, it was an advantage to be able to do more than one thing well. That was true of many retail and service-based enterprises. With the ubiquity of Amazon and Walmart, there’s no need for more entries into that market. The real way to succeed as an entrepreneur in 2020 is to niche down. By providing a particular service to a specific market, new businesses can thrive. The detail is where many people and businesses need the most help right now.

Another trend in the way new businesses are coming together in partnership. In the past, there was a big dividing line between tech and other industries, especially in the startup phase. Today, it’s common to see partnerships where one party handles the marketing and sales, and the other controls the coding and development—finding a trustworthy partner with a complementary skill set has always been a key for business success. It’s good to see effective communicators and great engineers coming together and achieving greatness.

7 Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

A good employee is an asset to the company. Good employees can lead to an increase in sales and customer satisfaction. Retaining good employees is the key to the success of your business. The evolution of the workplace has made it hard to retain good employees. Job hopping has also made it hard for employers to keep their employees. The following are the best ways to retain your best employees.

Quality Supervision

Poor management can make you lose your best employees. Most employees leave their workplaces because of supervisors and managers more often than they would leave because of their job. Managers should provide feedback about performance. They should also clarify the expectations and potential earnings.

Create a Good Working Environment

Employees should feel included in the company. A firm that celebrates diversity in the workplace can encourage the employees to stay. Companies should develop incentives such as fitness centers to make it attractive to retain the top talent.

Provide Opportunities for Growth

Top talents want to work where they can grow and learn. Employees are likely to stagnate if they do not have new opportunities. Managers should organize workshops and seminars. Career-oriented employees must experience growth opportunities in the organization.

Appreciate the Employees

Managers should respect and recognize their employees. The common forms of appreciation entail bonuses, gifts, and monetary rewards. Commissions should also be calculated daily. This can raise motivation and help retain good employees.

Create a Work-life Balance

Companies should understand that employees have a life outside their work. You can quickly lose your top talent if you consistently ask them to work late and to come early. Technology has made it possible for employees to work remotely. Working remotely provides flexibility that employees would want.

Manage your Employees with Trust

Managers should promote open communication in the company. This helps to build trust between the employees and the management. Company leadership should also rely on transparency and relationships. Employees are likely to stay in a company when they have confidence in the management.

Hire the Right Person

The company should hire the right people for the right positions. The job descriptions should be updated periodically. Recruiters should ensure that candidates have the required skills. It is also easy to retain trained personnel.

Indulge in the Good Life

We all want to be successful, but measuring “success” is different for everyone. For some, that means starting a business, earning a hefty salary, publishing a book, winning a gold medal or traveling the world. No matter how you measure success, it all starts and ends the same: hard work.

 

Why We Work Hard

Working hard pays off. The nature of work presents challenges and growth opportunities, which requires us to improve. We work too many hours, wake up early, stay up late, are the first to arrive, and the last one to leave. Success does not happen by chance, and if success were free, everyone would have it. Few people actually become successful because they fail to work hard. While working hard on what you believe in, you find the true value and meaning of success.

 

Success Takes Discipline

It is essential to remember that success also comes with failure. Successful entrepreneurs are not successful because they got lucky. Rather they learned how to build a business, run a company, organize their time, and earn a profit because they took a chance and learned from their mistakes. Success does not stem from a lack of determination; together with the time it takes, hard work is a must on your journey to success.

 

Results from Hard Work

Since failure is part of the success journey, you will learn how to persevere. Be sure to stay focus on your end-goal as well as take notice of the progress you are making. The best measure of success is results, and nothing brings more results on a consistent basis than hard work. Seeing results makes you feel accomplished, thankful and satisfied with what you’re doing. That makes the whole process of hard work worthwhile, and you find the strength to continue.

 

Personal Success

I have worked hard my entire life because I strive for success. Throughout my life, I have paved my way in a variety of industries, including automotive, staffed event, direct mail marketing, and now, group fitness. My hard work has paid off because I have founded two successful businesses which allowed me to give back to my community as well as live a comfortable life. Due to my hard work, I have been able to purchase a 78’ Ferretti Yacht, named INDULGE. I have worked hard my whole life to achieve that, and now I have the luxury of traveling between New Orleans, Tampa, and Orange Beach on my yacht.

 

If you’re willing to work hard, challenge yourself, to put in the long hours, and to take a step back before making a giant leap forward – you’ll achieve anything you want to achieve!

“We only live once… But if done right… Once is enough!”

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How to Stay Fit During Vacation

Whether you’re taking a personal vacation or traveling for business, it can be difficult to stay in shape while you are away from home. You may have an excellent workout routine built into your normal schedule, but things will get shaken up during your travels. Here are my four tips for staying in shape during your vacation!

 

Explore the City

No matter where you are traveling to, be sure to explore the new landscape by running or walking! One of the best (and cheapest!) ways to see a new city is by going on a jog or walk. If running is not your favorite, then consider renting bikes or taking a bike tour around the town. Many cities are introducing bike shares where you can easily pick up a bike from a bike station to ride around the city. You can either drop your bike off at the same pickup location or finish at a different one!

 

Book for Fitness

When booking a hotel or condo, be sure to check out any amenities that are included. While choosing a hotel that has a fitness center may not always be available, ask about guest passes to local gyms. If you can get out of bed and roll into a gym minutes later, you will have given yourself the best insurance that you will fit fitness into each day!

 

Get Creative

Working out on vacation means you may have to get creative. Many find themselves working out in their hotel room with nothing but themselves and furniture. There are many hotel exercise routines online if you need help getting started! Ivana Levin, a yoga instructor and personal trainer at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, recommends using squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and push-ups to warm up. She also suggests combining plank variations, squat presses, and burpees to get a full body workout in a tight space.

 

Pack Food

Vacation is the perfect time to splurge and enjoy different foods and feasts. However, it is crucial to pack food and cook when you have the opportunity. If you are staying at a condo or hotel with a kitchen for several days, do not rely on restaurants for every meal. While you can not plan ahead for every meal, you can at least bring some healthier snacks. Be sure to keep hydrated as traveling can dehydrate you!

 

It’s easy to let travel derail your workout routine. However, it is possible to incorporate exercise into your vacation plans! By following these four tips, you can stay fit while traveling!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Five Reasons Why You Need to Workout with Others

Getting in a workout routine can be challenging – especially on the days where you don’t feel like doing much of anything. Waking up early or hitting the gym after work can be hard especially when the excitement of working out is gone. Motivating yourself to workout can be difficult, and that’s why many find that having a group fitness scenario or workout buddy can be extremely helpful! Having a partner or group fitness atmosphere can help you enjoy the workout, boost your accountability and motivation, increase safety, and cause some healthy competition!

 

Having Fun

News flash – The treadmill and the bench press aren’t the most exciting ways to pass the time. Working out with your friend, coworker, significant other, or family member can make exercise more fun! Having someone who can help make you smile and laugh during a workout can make it much more enjoyable. Plus by working out in a group, you have the option to exercise in more creative ways! Try playing basketball or racquetball!

 

Boost Accountability

When someone is counting on you to be at the gym, it’s a lot harder to skip. Having a workout buddy will hold you accountable on days where you don’t feel like doing anything. On the days where it’s hard to get out of bed or leave work on time, you won’t want to skip because you know your group is waiting for you.

 

More Motivation

If you’re working out alone, it can be hard to push through that final rep. However, if you have a workout buddy, then you will always have someone cheering you on! It can be encouraging to have someone right there pushing you through a workout rather than tackling the challenge alone.

 

Increase Safety

Another benefit of having a workout buddy or group class is the increased safety. Not all workouts happen in a gym, so if you are someone that enjoys exercising outside, then a workout buddy can increase your safety. Whether that’s hiking in the woods or canoeing on the lake, having a partner is a good idea. Even if you are working out at a gym, a partner will still benefit you regarding safety. Whether that means you will always have a spotter when you’re weight lifting or have someone running with you at night, the buddy system is always beneficial.

 

Healthy Competition

If you are someone that thrives on a little competition, then a group fitness setting is exactly what you need. If your group moves up in weight or pushes through an extra set, you will naturally push yourself further than if you were alone. A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that when individuals exercised with a partner, they exercised significantly longer. They also improved performance on all aerobic activities across multiple sessions.

 

If you don’t have a workout buddy or think working out in a class setting is right for you and your buddy, then check out CHAMPS BOXING™️. Our team is always here for you, whether you need help finding the right workout routine or need the motivation to keep pushing through a class. Learn more by visiting our website: ChampsBoxing.com.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How to Start Working Out Regularly

Getting on the workout grind can be challenging and difficult. However, from boosting your energy levels and reducing stress to losing weight and improving your sleep, there are many reasons why you should incorporate working out into your life. If you have no idea where to get started, here’s my roadmap for finding a workout routine that you can stick to.

 

Buy Proper Gear

Having the proper gear for working out is a must. Not only will you help prevent injury, but buying new workout gear can boost your motivation! Your necessary equipment will be dependent on what type of fitness routine you follow.

 

Start Small

As you begin to work out, think about long-term consistency and ask yourself how many days a week can you realistically fit working out into your schedule. Your fitness goals will determine how often you need to work out. For some, this may mean three to four days a week, while others may want to work out more. Maintaining regular workouts in your schedule is the most important key – but remember, you will not see results instantly, which is the number one reason exercise routines fail more often than not. If you were to go to the gym for 9 hours straight, you will not return home to look in the mirror and see a new you. If you go to the gym every single day for 9 days, and you come home every single day and look in the mirror, you will not see a new you. If you are patient, create a moderate/doable routine, and are very consistent with it while being patient with the results over the course of 30 short days… You WILL see results.

I recommend scheduling three workouts a week to start. The most motivating and encouraging way to work out is via the newest and proven trend that has become the norm which is group fitness. Find a friend or colleague that is already in a group fitness program of some sort – this will help you become instantly comfortable and better introduced to the program versus walking in to a new class as a first-timer.

 

I suggest trying out CHAMPS BOXING™️. Our team is always here for you, whether you need help finding the right workout routine or need the motivation to keep pushing through a class. I believe CHAMPS BOXING™️ is the most interactive, fun, and effective lifestyle workout. Find out for yourself by visiting our website: ChampsBoxing.com.

Working out regularly can be a difficult task to start, but with motivation and determination, you can find success! Be sure to check back soon for a blog on how to keep your workout motivation!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

The Two Main Keys to Physical Fitness

David Jeansonne recently opened CHAMPS BOXING™️, a boxing-inspired group fitness gym, because he wanted to bring his community a revolutionized, safe way to get a great workout in a fun-for-all format. Jeansonne is dedicated to helping others achieve physical fitness success and here are his two main key components.

 

Motivation

Motivation is one of the two keys to physical fitness success. Without motivation, nothing would ever get done. According to Richard Price, the Regional Security Director at Blumont, Inc., motivation is an internal process that focuses a person towards goals and objectives. “In context, motivation can be said ‘the will to work,’” Price said. “Motivation can come from the enjoyment of the work itself, the desire to achieve goals and objectives, and from the sense of satisfaction that can be gained from successful completion of a task, or achieve the desired outcome to something more complex.”

Motivation stems from ambition and desire. For some, losing weight may drive their physical fitness goals. For others, it could be wanting to live a healthier lifestyle or to feel better about themselves. When it comes to reaching physical fitness goals and getting the results you desire, you need to be motivated in order to achieve the results. Before you even start working out, you need to make sure that you are self-motivated and that you have the support you need to motivate you when your motivation runs out.

One of the best reasons to workout with CHAMPS BOXING™️ is that the team is always going to help motivate you. Whether that means helping you push through the final ten minutes of a workout or offering physical fitness advice, the CHAMPS BOXING™️ team is determined to help you achieve your physical fitness goals.

 

Determination

That brings us to the second key to physical fitness success: determination. When it comes to physical fitness, determination is essential. For any change that comes out in your life, especially physical fitness, requires determination. You can only achieve your goals when you are entirely focused on the end result.  

Achieving your physical fitness goals is not always easy, and it requires lots of motivation and determination. CHAMPS BOXING™️ is a great outlet for those in the New Orleans area to receive more motivation and determination to achieve their fitness goals. To learn more about CHAMPS BOXING™️, please visit their website!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!