Posts Tagged ‘business’

Fall in Love with Change or Stick with Stuck!

November 5, 2015

Autimn leaves by road (360x244)

Autumn leaves are a great reminder to get rid of the old and make way for the new. It’s a good time to unclutter your desk, clean out your closet or change up your exercise routine.  Hmmmm…. I wonder if I could shed my old skin, would I look like my baby self?

Doing business today is WAY different than it used to be. Technology is old after a week, the generational gap in the workforce is at its widest in history and corporate cultures have to get with the program to attract and retain talent. 

But the biggest change has to come from within our mindset. 

I have a 61 year-old friend who was given the pink slip from an oil company where she made a healthy piece of change for many years. For the past three years she’s looked for a job without any luck.  

Over qualified. Translation: too old.  

After the proverbial time period of wanting to throw eggs at corporate America, she decided to try something completely different and took an online course to learn how to demonstrate food & wine in supermarkets at $11/hour. Maximizing her people and communication skills, she’s now happily living a stress-free life without the pressure of an impossible workload with an impossible deadline. She meets all kinds of new interesting people every day and has nights and weekends free to enjoy herself.

Imagine that.

Changing her thinking, changed her life. Her perspective of low paying jobs was turned around when she began looking at the positives and broadened her routine job search.

Becoming unstuck means letting go of the familiar and embracing the new.After all, if change wasn’t a good thing we’d still be living in loin cloths with no cell phones.

Now imagine THAT.

– Read more about motivational speaker Theresa Behenna at: www.TheresaBehenna.com 

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Why the Pope rocks at business & how you can too

September 29, 2015

Pope Francis touching child in America (220x124)Regardless of your religious beliefs, social economic position, field of business, political views or your personal whereabouts last week, you heard about Pope Francis’s historical visit to America. Also regardless of all the above, you have to admit he crushed it. He knocked it out of the park. He rocked.

Why?

Because he connected with the masses. Not just the high brows. Not just the politically correct, the famous, the leaders. He genuinely cares about all people everywhere and it showed. His humility is so endearing yet so powerful, he influenced millions of non-Catholics in a very short time (are you listening Donald Trump?) His message was about inclusion, unity and compassion. Simple. Effective.

Why should you care?

When you express genuine concern about your team members, co-workers, customers and people in general, you can impact their lives in ways you never dreamed of. A few words of praise or appreciation can instill confidence,  attract more customers, boost teamwork and improve performance in the workplace and can seriously be life-changing for someone needing support and encouragement during tough times. As a motivational speaker I constantly hear about people joining companies but leaving bosses because they don’t feel valued.

Smart business is about connecting with people and building great relationships. The Pope totally gets that. Do you?

Reach out and touch someone. You never know where it could lead.

Hark, can you hear the angels sing? No, wait. It’s the sweet sound of success.

You had me at hello. Now what?

September 16, 2015

Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire movie posterTom Cruise would totally have me at hello too. The only difference is I’d be a goo-goo-eyed bumbling mess unlike Renee Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire who ends up marrying him.

Oh well……. I’m too tall for him anyway.

So you’ve just landed a new customer/job. You’ve said your first hello and hopefully made a good impression. What’s next? How do you ensure your success? The answer is in a back-to-basics point I make in all my motivational speeches: you build great relationships. You connect with people on a personal level. You treat co-workers, customers and peers like you yourself want to be treated – with courtesy, kindness and respect.

Several months ago I was the keynote speaker at a customer service conference for a sizable electric company in Dallas where the staff turnover rate was almost zero. Everyone was so happy to work for this organization I wondered what was in the water! (just sayin’) I asked several employees why they still loved working there after 28 years and they all said the same thing: they were treated like family by the top management and all the way  down. They felt valued and appreciated. 

Sometimes we all need a reminder that it’s the simple human needs that have a HUGE impact on the success of an organization, an individual or a project.

Alrighty then. Now………………..show me the money!

How the ‘L’ Word can Supercharge your Success

September 10, 2015

As a professional motivational speaker at corporate and association meetings, I hear a lot about challenges between the generations in the workforce today. From the Millennials who think they rule technology to the Boomers who think they’ve been there done that, each generation seems to have a “know-it-all” attitude, resulting in poor communications, tense work environment, lack of cohesive teamwork and decreased productivity.

Super stressful. SO not fun.

Recently I spoke to a group of franchisees for a national chain of dance studios and their conference theme was “Back to Basics”. It was about using a more human aspect in marketing, managing and working together to attract more customers, boost teamwork and thrive as a small business owner. We talked about building great relationships as a way to personalize business and maximize employee potential. Gershwin photo at piano Since my background consists of many years in the entertainment industry, I made an example of what Lady Gaga, Fred Astaire and George Gershwin have in common as successful entertainers………

Likability.

Even with her super star status Lady Gaga still personally connects with fans, Fred Astaire always had a smile on his face, George GershLady Gaga in white costume CROPPED (173x260)win was humble about his talents as a pianist/composer.

When people like you they’re willing to help, do business with you, hire you, follow  you, be influenced by you, recommend you, buy your stuff, listen to your opinion, learn from you, bring you purple M & M’s.

In today’s marketplace we all have to learn new ways of working to stay ahead of the competition whether you’re 24 or 64 but, it takes humility to be teachable and it’s easier to play the “know-it-all” game. The problem is – no one likes a Know-It-All.

Get with the program and get back to basics.

Be the ‘L’ word.

From Russia With Love: How The Olympics Can Boost Your Work Performance

February 19, 2014

Olympics 2014 NBC logo
The Winter Olympics are in full swing as the world watches athletes dreams being realized and shattered depending on their performance.

Your work performance may not get you a medal but there are relevant lessons to be learned from Olympics coach Bob Bowman – the guy who trained THE most decorated Olympian – swimmer Michael Phelps.

1. Ditch the ‘one size fits all’ attitude
Managers need to learn what motivates an employee.
Some respond to logic, others want to be left alone to
work their way. There’s no cookie cutter approach.
2. Determine your gold standard
Each organization has a certain standard that
everyone needs to buy into. Be a little better today
than you were yesterday and you’ll live up to it.
3. Continue to develop your skills
Good judgement comes from experience and experience
comes from bad judgements. You learn the most from mistakes
as they are opportunities to change what’s not working.

Olympic Medals

The Russians put on quite a performance to show the world they are a power player.

Show your organization you’re a team player by taking these tips to bring home the gold!

OPEN HAPPINESS

October 17, 2013

Coca Cola can
It seems like Coca Cola has been around forever.
It’s brand is recognized around the world and although it may taste different in some countries (less sweet in Europe, sweeter in Thailand),
the product is a classic.
The marketing powers that be within Coca Cola tried experimenting with the image to keep up with changing times and appear hip and cool. Consumers didn’t like it so they reverted back to the simple timeless look as pictured.

Remember their slogan “It’s the Real Thing“?
(Part of the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony’ that I played every night at the 2006 Winter Olympics when I was hired by Coca Cola to entertain their VIP clientele)

Their new slogan is “Open Happiness“.

Cartoon happy people

I find that interesting. If Coca Cola is keeping up with the times then it tells me that more and more people simply want to be happy. It makes me wonder about how many unhappy people there are around. And I wonder how many people think they can ‘get’ happy?

Happiness comes from within. As a motivational speaker that tries to walk her talk, I’ve discovered that focusing on everything good in my life helps maintain a positive outlook, decrease stress and have a pleasant disposition (except when I miss an easy tennis shot?) Research shows that people who are physically active, socially engaged and eat healthy are among the happiest people in our society today.

And that’s the real thing.

Wah! Wah! My Coffee Is Cold

September 24, 2013

Soldier crouching sad

Recently I read about returning soldiers having a tough time being civil to people complaining about their jobs, their kids, their life.

As a motivational speaker during my presentations I talk about taking risks to reach new levels of success professionally and personally. Stepping outside our comfort zone to learn a new software program can feel uncomfortable. Going to unfamiliar places to meet different people and make new friends can be scary to some.

Really?

The men and women in our military that risk their lives for our freedom are the people who truly understand fear, courage, discipline, teamwork, leadership and living in hardship.

Next time you want to whine about having to attend a meeting, another project on your desk, cold coffee or running errands, stop and think how lucky you are to be living in this great country where women can go to school, diverse religions thrive, government is elected fairly and people can speak out.

Really.

Risky Business Makes Good Sense

September 17, 2013

 Cliff diving at sunsetI’m guessing you know the definition of insanity: Doing the same old things the same old way and expecting different results?  

Think about it.  

If you never try something new, you’ll never make any progress. If Thomas Edison hadn’t tried to invent new things, we’d still be reading by candlelight. Henry Ford was considered crazy by many in his day….a machine that runs without horses? Nuts!

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Successful leaders realize that taking risks is essential to an organization’s growth. If your business needs a kick in the proverbial butt, what are you going to change? Marketing processes, technology systems, take a class, different networking? 
Ooooh, scary stuff. What if you fail? What if you look like a twit?

Ooooh, scarier stuff. What if you don’t?    

Living a life of coulda shoulda, means living a life of regrets.

Go ahead. Take the jump. The hard part is getting started. 

The benefits far outweigh the risk. 

Say Cheese, Get Hired?

August 8, 2013
WHAT YOUR CHOPPERS SAY ABOUT YOU

Poor people in the US often have bad teeth. Wealthier people do not. If you have crooked,yellow, missing or irregular teeth, ugly teeth bride it is often a sign to many people that you are either poor or you are low class.

Some people spend more money on making the teeth appear whiter than they do on learning the basics of their career.

And then there’s those people having veneers cemented over perfectly healthy teeth.

Whassup with all this obsession over perfect teeth?

If you have less than perfect teeth in the US, people will believe you are of a lower class status than you may be and they will treat you accordingly.

Would you hire the bride pictured?

Everyone wants healthy teeth, but “perfect” teeth has little to do with healthy teeth. 
The clark1920s and early 1930s saw the birth of Hollywood and Americans became obsessed with the people they saw on screen.  Black and white film exaggerates teeth coloring.  If the teeth aren’t very white, they appear gray.  The big studios like MGM immediately began to require that their stars get dentures.  American audiences saw those beautiful white choppers and wanted their own “perfect” teeth.
 
The somewhat neglected and feared dental industry realized that they had been given a marketing dream – they could offer Clark Gable or Myrna Loy‘s mouth to the average American.  And they could con and guilt the public into thinking it was about health.

Ovegiraffer the last few decades the practices have escalated so that teeth are veneered and bleached until they look like chiclets.   Take a look at Joe Biden‘s teeth – they don’t joe  resemble organic teeth at all. 

Take a look in the mirror.

Smile – you’re on candid camera.

Would YOU hire you?

And yes, all my front teeth are crowns.

As a motivational speaker and professional pianist I’m on stage  to pay the bills. The minute someone commented on a black gap in my smile I was off to the dentist faster than a speeding bullet.

Now I’m smiling all the way to the bank.  

STUPID OR FEARLESS?

June 12, 2013
man diving
Would you dive off these rocks like this? (sober?) 
Me neither.Taking risks is essential to make progress and succeed in anything – from business to relationships, sports to entertainment. As a motivational speaker that focuses on being fearless, I’ve had to walk my talk many times. In fact I’m still struttin’ my stuff 
with wobbly knees sometimes…

It takes courage to learn something new and risk looking like a fool.It takes courage to confront someone you have issues with and risk losing their friendship.

It takes courage to take on a leadership role and risk being criticized.

Stupid is not trying.