5 Steps to Working a Holiday Party Like Santa

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. And like every great entrepreneur, you might want to pull out your festive tie or jingle bell-inspired earrings so that you can work a room.

Surely you want to make the most of each networking event so that you can walk away with more than just holiday cheer. A pocket full of business cards representing potential clients is always one of the best takeaways from holiday networking events.

In that spirit, here’s my insights on how to work a holiday party, Santa style. Continue reading “5 Steps to Working a Holiday Party Like Santa”

4 Ways You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

Having been an entrepreneur for the better part of two decades, I’ve come to learn a thing or two about how my mindset contributes to or detracts from my business.

The one person that we all talk to throughout the day is ourselves. We hold conversations with, ask questions to and make observations to ourselves all day long.

I have found that my own inner dialogue acts as a catalyst to propel my business to higher levels and also at times has been the monkey wrench that grinds it to a halt. Here are the four ways that you could very well be self-sabotaging your business: Continue reading “4 Ways You Are Your Own Worst Enemy”

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

Learning to do things differently will have a positive impact on your business.

When Brian Solis looks to the horizon, he sees an unprecedented digital disruption that will change how brands interact with their customers. Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a company that looks at future trends, as well as an award-winning author and keynote speaker.

As a digital analyst, anthropologist and futurist, he helps top-level executives — as well as the rest of us — better understand how technology is evolving and what impact it will have on business and society. Continue reading “5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism”

5 Apps Disrupting the Social-Networking Scene

These emerging options can help users make meaningful connections offline, express themselves through visual media or simply host real-time chats with groups of friends when you can’t get together in person.

Move along Facebook, make way Snapchat: New apps in the social-networking space are attracting young people who aren’t having as much fun as they used to on Instagram and other popular platforms. From finding friends with shared interests to spotting local events, these apps bring something new to an already crowded scene. Continue reading “5 Apps Disrupting the Social-Networking Scene”

11 Common Mistakes You Must Avoid When Building Your Online Brand

Your digital footprint could be the difference between success and failure.

These days, a business’ online presence is as important — if not more — than its presence on the street. So why would you compromise your company’s integrity by making avoidable mistakes? Here are a few examples of things that can prevent you from making your business successful.

1. You fail to have a vision for your brand.
Feeling confident about your entrepreneurial skills? Think you have the product of the year? Think again. You need to have the product of the century; at least that is the attitude that you should adopt. Don’t enter the market half-heartedly. Instead, be confident and bold about where you want to take your business in the years to come. Continue reading “11 Common Mistakes You Must Avoid When Building Your Online Brand”

The 7 Benefits of CEO Peer Groups

They say it’s lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be.

Whether you are running a business or you’re the CEO of a company, it can often feel lonely at the top. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many organizations that run CEO peer groups to help leaders by providing them with support, guidance and advice.

I asked Georganne Goldblum, who chairs three such groups for Vistage Worldwide, why business leaders should join a CEO peer group. Here are seven benefits to being part of a CEO peer group: Continue reading “The 7 Benefits of CEO Peer Groups”