How does a small business owner take a vacation?

Dr. Stephanie D. Burroughs, President StephanieSpeaking LLC
http://www.stephaniespeaking.com

Planning is everything as we all know. However, there is the challenge of letting go. The biggest challenge we face is allowing someone else to perform on our behalf. Unless we ourselves are the talent; e.g. speaker, trainer, coach, actor, doctor, etc. it is usually possible to allow other skilled people to do the work we say only we can do.

 

 

Vacation Preparation Tips for the Business Owner:

1.   Automating as much as you can is also advisable; there are numerous applications for just about all of your needs.

2.   Consider using a virtual assistant company even if it is limited to vacation or other time away. There are companies that provide a variety of services; it’s incredible all that is available today.

3.   There are phone answering services that go beyond answering the phone; some actually take service calls and know who to send out to handle the service. If the company is unable to handle the call; they can send messages to you for further instruction or you can handle the issue yourself.

4.   Schedule specific times when you will respond to calls that cannot otherwise be handled by someone else or a service you have hired.

5.   Using a payroll company is critical; especially when you have multiple people working for you.

6.   Be sure to have a bookkeeper enter your income and expense data real or almost real time into your Internet based bookkeeping/accounting service which may also be accessed by your accountant; e.g. QuickBooks online (or something similar). It is a must! (You can find someone to do this online (scan and send all receipts to them); of course you will want to vet potential candidates first.

7.   Notifying your clients in advance (if possible) that you will not be available for a specific time frame is important (best to have a project manager that can handle emergencies); this limits your conversations to the project manager only. Also, let project owners know they should contact your project manager(s) or other supervisory personnel and provide them with the contact information.

8.   Remember, you are taking a vacation! Root word – VACATEEverything is not an emergency. Many small business owners find it difficult to LET GO; however, if the company is appropriately staffed with well trained, experienced and reliable staff; show your trust in their abilities by allowing them to take the reins. Check in with them at pre-scheduled times to find out if they need your advice. Showing your trust in their abilities will increase their confidence and loyalty to you and the company’s mission.

9.   RELAX and ENJOY your vacation. If you are in the position to take a vacation; don’t take away from the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical benefits by continuing to work. The work will be there when you return.

10. Inspirational moment: When we hold on too tightly to something we choke out the light, stagnate and stifle growth. When we Trust and release our business concerns to the Light/God/Universe; new doors are opened that we would never see ourselves. Let Go and Flow.

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Selling Through Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs

Dr. Stephanie D. Burroughs, President StephanieSpeaking LLC
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Are you selling or promoting while maximizing corporate supplier diversity programs? While the majority of your time is spent promoting your business it all ends with making the sale and it begins with identifying your ideal client. Are they Corporate, Commercial or Consumer? Decide! What industry are you focusing on? Remember, “pick a niche and get rich”.

If you are targeting the corporate marketplace do you know who buys what you sell and how they buy it? What does your ideal client sell, manufacture, etc.? Who are their customers?

Your products and services are meant to help your ideal client serve their customers. Do you think about this perspective as you prepare your marketing materials and determine your value proposition? How do you build your client’s value proposition to their customers into your elevator pitch?

Research Tips:

  1. Study your prospects website
  2. Read up on the commodities and services your ideal client procures and all other relevant vendor information.
  3. Read their their Supplier diversity program webpage in entirety and follow the instructions:
  4. Identify
  • The diversity certifications they accept;
  • Determine which of their preferred certifications you qualify for;
  • What certifications you already have;
  • What events they attend;
  • Which awards they have won for their supplier diversity program;

Which supplier diversity organizations they support?

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Where has the time gone?

Goodness, time is flying! Does it feel the same to you? Have you listed your goals? How often do your assess your achievement status?  How many contracts have you been awarded? What did you do that works? What did not work?

We have 6 months left before the end of 2017 to reach our goals. Do you feel daunted by this realization? Is your brain feeling muddled with information overload? Don’t let FEAR creep in and stagnate your progress.

Here’s a Tip: I am consciously re-instituting Time Blocking to help me stay focused on the main things. Are you time-blocking? I used to have an assistant that would set an alarm on her computer as a reminder. She even set an alarm to remind herself to drink water. What is it you need to be reminded to do daily? Time-blocking is an effective way to achieve goals. It increases focus, the sense of responsibility and induces action which aids you in being intentional and productive.

Even though I calendar main events, appointments, meetings, etc. on the calendar, I have to time-block (schedule) activities on specific days and times. Some of you may use a task feature for this – use what you look at the most. For me it’s the calendar – I check it throughout the day (and night). Choose what works best for you.

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I’m Beginning to See the Light

seeing the lightDuring the months of December 2015 and January 2016 there appeared to be a slump in activity.  Business owners you know what I mean.  You’ve been putting in the time and action; however, there doesn’t appear to be any progress.  Appearances are deceiving.  We must continue to push through, do the work, and sometimes, get still.  It was a combination of both for me mainly because I recognize that my mind, body and spirit were calling for prayer, planning, organizing, and REST!  Late Fall and Winter are challenging seasons for me, I’m a hot weather woman.  In fact, I was told that Winter is the time of year that humans just like animals need to rest and rejuvenate (hibernate).  Now that doesn’t mean we stop working; however, if we listen to our bodies, we will know what works best for us.  I willed myself to continue to work and stay focused; however, I took down the intensity and reminded myself to stay faithful.  Years ago in training we were taught, it’s not our business to know the how; continue to do the work we know and allow God to take the reigns.   Always holding on to this thought I was reminded that the Word tells us the following:

Isaiah 40:31   but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

So what’s this all about Stephanie you may ask? What’s your point?  Well, much to my surprise several Speaker invitations began flowing to me in January and February.  Note: I haven’t yet begun to implement my “all out massive action” marketing plan.

  • On February 24, 2016 I’m moderating a program for the Morris County NAACP.
  • I just signed a contract this week to speak on March 10th for the NY/NJ Chapter of the National Sales Network. Pfizer is hosting the program at their World HQ in NY. Topic:My book – “Dating Your Business Prospect”.

There are other opportunities that I will share once they are finalized.  The work from not just the past two years since I returned full-time to my business; but apparently, what I’ve done over 30+ years is beginning to bear fruit.  The preparation, marketing, practice, staying on purpose, investment in myself and the business, constant intention and attention to God’s purpose for my life and practicing patience by waiting for the right opportunities to arrive is paying off.

Yes, you shall get weary; it’s part of the journey of growing a successful business over time.  Continue working and learning and activating the lessons until you attain your business goals. There will always be new goals; it’s the only way you grow.  It’s not when you get there but that you arrive at the destination.  Alas, I’ve heard it said the only way to lose is to quit!  Remember, Galations 6:9 -Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.

– Recovering perfectionist, procrastinator, control freak who works and plays with purpose and passion.
– A graduate of Rutgers University, Stephanie D. Burroughs is a yoga practitioner, business owner, spirit fueled, conscious living, purpose driven and intentional woman. Stephanie is married and lives in New Jersey.
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I’m So Surprised!

surprised catI’m constantly surprised at the number of small, minority, women and veteran business owners who are not using social media to extend their brand and market their business.  When I ask them why it appears many of the business owners don’t understand the value of using social media as part of their marketing and business relationship development strategy.

It’s important to stay current with your prospects; many of them are on social media posting blogs, articles, events, pictures, videos, advertisements and even checking on businesses they meet at networking events, conferences, etc.   Some of business owners targeting government, public and corporate contracts may think social media is not relevant to their business model.  I’ve worked with them as well as many construction firms whose owners do not think social media is relevant.

Remember, federal government is online and using social media and they have been for some time.  While state government is still catching up, the employees may be on social media and are looking for you online.  Corporations use social media as a way to market, survey, sell to and study their customers purchasing habits.  The days of looking up businesses in the phone book are long gone. There are many online directories; however, they don’t provide the content that decision makers seek.  First stop may be your website and if decision makers or those involved in the procurement process want to know more about you and your firm, further investigation will lead to your social media profiles.  In fact, they may just Google you to see what pops up.

Stephanie D. Burroughs President StephanieSpeaking LLC

Stephanie D. Burroughs President
StephanieSpeaking LLC

If you are not on top of your brand and how it is portrayed, someone else may be giving you poor reviews, or using your information that shows up in the directories to link back to their website.  By the way, when was the last time you Googled yourself or your business?  I’ve done it with clients and there have been some unpleasant surprises.

Just as you are in control of your business operations; one must control their online content.  Get a leg up by determining which social media site is best for your firm.  For some businesses Linkedin is the place to be while others may find a larger audience on Facebook or Twitter, etc.  Lack of knowledge is no excuse since there are a myriad of FREE classes, workshops and webinars taking place – Google it to find those nearest you.

That old thinking that you have to tell everything about yourself and your personal life is NOT TRUE! You control the content you release.  Like all other aspects of your business, social media and social networking require planning and execution.  If you choose to hire someone else to manage it for you – stay on top of what they are posting.  Provide your own content, or tell them the topics you want covered; review the posts and give your input before they go out.  If you are handling your social media yourself, plan your time and what you will do. There is always time if you’ve planned in advance. Believe me we all waste time and we can use those small blocks of non-productive time to work on an aspect of your social media plan.   To learn more and get simple techniques on how to stay current with your social media and networking process, schedule a Connection Meeting with me at: www.meetme.so/ConnectionMeeting.

Click here for a great article on reasons why small businesses should use social media.

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“I’m Sorry” – Cut It Out!

I'm sorry

A while back I read a great article called: 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For by Amber Mac.    Over the years I’ve watched and listened as women and girls have significantly increased their usage of the phrase “I’m sorry” and I’d like to address the issue from my point of view (POV).
The National Science Foundation reported:

Our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts per day; (no wonder we’re often wondering why we are tired).  They go on to report that ninety-five percent of these thoughts are repeated daily and reflect the mindset or beliefs we hold that lead to those 50,000 thoughts. – (taken from) Mindsets Accelerated Success Conditioning.

For those who are stuck in the “I’m sorry” mode; I would suggest focusing on your thoughts and words all of the time.   Doing this means living a present-focused and conscious life.  Thoughts and words have power and energy; and when said often enough with energy, they manifest in this physical realm.  In fact, everything you see, touch, feel, smell etc. was once a thought.  What are you saying repeatedly and heatedly?  What do you want to speak into existence? When I was a kid my parents constantly berated me to “think before you speak”.  What I understand now is that although the thought may occur, I have the choice whether or not to dwell upon and/or speak the thought.  I choose to “flip the script”; it’s one of the methods I use with my “Thought Therapy” clients (women business owners).

I challenge you to think first:
a.         Why you are sorry?
b.         Are you really sorry?
c.         Is using the phrase a habit? If so, it is one to lose quickly
d.         What are you feeling when you say “I’m sorry”?
e.         Where is this coming from? (review your past)
f.          What is your body language when you say “I’m sorry”?

I could go on however, I’m sure you get the gist of the exercise, let’s continue.

I had an assistant that continually said I’m sorry.  It was really my first experience that I remember being exposed to this mindset.  Can I tell you, I was appalled; in fact the usage frequency made me want to…. Aaaaargh! (I won’t say it).   I would stop to breathe and reset and then ask her to become aware of saying “I’m sorry” and to stop doing so. Once, you are aware you then have the choice of what to say or do.  I would even ask what she was sorry about?  There wasn’t an answer.

In the workplace or in business; being continually apologetic denotes weakness; lack of confidence; uncertainty about your intention; lacking strength; indecisivness; and I could go on.  Ladies it’s time to grow some GRIT, a backbone and take off the rose colored glasses.  Get busy working on being your best self and you’ll have no time to be sorry about your choices, looks, life, decisions, etc.   When you are intentional about what you are doing sorry is not a part of the equation.

Recently, at church, as I was exiting the sanctuary which was crowded, I lightly brushed against a young girl (I’d say she was a pre-teen); she immediately said “I’m sorry”.  I began to walk away but I just couldn’t do it.  I had to speak, share, enlighten.  I shared with her that she hadn’t done anything that warranted an apology.  I also encouraged her to focus on removing the phrase from her vocabulary and why.  Save the apology for when it’s really needed and use the term “I apologize…..”

Seriously ladies, what are you sorry about?  Is it who you are; what you stand for; how you look, your life, your actions?  Rather than be sorry, really look into your inner mirror and make a decision on what you’d like to change and then do the work!  When you know whose you are (your Source) and who you are your confidence soars and you’ll feel the power of your Source flow through you.

As you increase your self-love, your backbone will straighten and strengthen; apologies will be reserved for the proper times and reasons.  And when you feel it; don’t run from it –Embrace Your Greatness.

Living a grateful, thankful, intentional and purpose-led life.

Stephanie D. Burroughs
Speaker | Trainer | Navigator | Author
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Are You Having Fun in Your Business?

Stephanie Speaking_ vertical bannerThis is a great time of the year to mix, mingle and intentionally network with new people. There have been a great many holiday receptions, Toys for Tots parties, awards breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and the like. Have you taken the time to get out, get seen, get known? How are you promoting your brand? How do people get to know who you are and what you do. After all, people do business with people they know, like and trust.
Plan your 2016 outreach/networking/marketing strategies and start booking your calendar now to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, receptions, business breakfasts, luncheons and dinners. Sure there are plenty of webinars and hangouts (stay tuned for the same from StephanieSpeaking LLC) however; there is nothing as memorable and impactful as being “belly to belly” with someone. Intent on growing your business in 2016 remember, shaking hands, eye contact, smiles, exchanging your “elevator invitation”, purposeful quick conversations, sharing information and referrals, exchanging business cards, inputting the card information into your CRM and immediate follow up with a call or email. Oh, there is more to this than meets the eye, get the details in my audio book – “Dating Your Business Prospect” .  BE SURE TO VISIT MY WEBSITE!

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Stephanie’s Thoughts: Who Is In Your Sphere of Influence?

Yoga on Times SquareI’ve heard too many people say no one has believed in them. Those closest to them have shot down their dreams and goals.  I now realize how blessed I’ve been.  While I’ve had some serious back-stabbers, I realize they were put in place to teach me some lessons and oh yes, to grow me! I am however, very grateful and thankful that the majority of people in my sphere of influence have always been encouraging, supportive and uplifting.  Many have seen my greatness and potential even when I didn’t.  They have not expressed doubt about my ambitions,  vision,  and goals and have sought to help me along the way.  Hmm, perhaps it’s because I didn’t ask for permission.  I didn’t talk about my plans, vision, mission, goals to just anyone; in fact I was very particular with whom I shared them.  Instead I work my plan, stay focused on Who and Whose I am, know my purpose; and monitor my thoughts, speech and efforts to ensure that I am working in and on my purpose.

When I need strength or encouragement I go first to my Savior; yes, we have a running conversation throughout the day.  Why, because I know that in my own flesh, I’m a hot mess.  I look inward and see who I am and His power in me.  Yes, I do have to periodically smack myself back into play when I veer into the “funk”.  I dig into my GRIT Factor and get back on track.  I have my bag of Self-Inspiration Tools that keep me focused, present, joyful and living a heart-centered life.  Since I am my own worst critic, any negative feedback from others really has no merit and hits a brick wall.  Living the Law of Detachment (Deepak Chopra) makes it very easy for me to let go of people, places and things that are not beneficial or positive or serving the greater good. It requires constant monitoring and practice; belief and faith and continual personal growth.  That’s right it takes work; it doesn’t just happen.   Perhaps, that’s why I’ve been fortunate to have such great people in my sphere of influence.  Or perhaps it’s because I attract people with like spirits.

Who are you attracting?  If the people in your Sphere are not supportive, encouraging and uplifting; what are you doing to change that?  Where do you begin?  What Self-inspiration tools do you use.  That’s right – Self; I believe it all begins with the inner person; look to the strength already within you and commit to change and be at ease with not fitting into the mold.    Dare to be different!

These days I’m witnessing that the more I work on living a heart-centered life (not something that’s come easily to me by the way); the more wonders are being revealed to me.

This new life-phase is sometimes amazing, confusing, uncertain, exciting, daunting and more.  You too can choose to begin a new life phase whenever you decide to do so.  Don’t wait until you think you are ready – you will never be ready.  Yes, we have certain skills and knowledge acquired from our past walk; however, the new journey brings unknown challenges and opportunities into our path.  How can one be ready for that?  Just feel the fear and press forward anyway – that’s the Faith walk.

Oh well, that’s my “POV” for today.

Stephanie D. Burroughs
Inspirational Speaker | Business Trainer | Navigator

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Are You Failing Due to Fear or Flying On Faith?

Stephanie D. Burroughs President StephanieSpeaking LLC

Stephanie D. Burroughs President
StephanieSpeaking LLC

Are you failing due to fear or flying on faith?  Recently, I was a panelist at the WeRock 2 program held at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.   I made the statement, “No matter what’s taking place or what happens, just stand still and be strong in your space, and don’t allow it to rock you.”   When you are pressing forward on an assignment, task, project or contract and nothing appears to be moving or giving way; or perhaps you are not gaining any traction and you’re being met with obstacles and challenges no matter which way you turn; it’s time to be still, breathe and allow your efforts to marinate.  Turn your attention to another project or portion of the project and give the Universe room to work on your behalf.  That’s when Faith takes over, allowing the resources already in existence the time to align and arrange themselves with your prior efforts.  Or, perhaps, it’s a sign from God that you are to move in a different direction.  It doesn’t mean your efforts were in vain; remember there is a lesson in everything and besides, you got in some practice that will be needed for the next project or journey.

I have seen so many people ready to give up when they are totally focused on achieving that one goal or completing a project that perhaps wasn’t meant for them.  They become rocked by the fear of failure and resist moving forward or attempting anything new.  This is all a matter of your thoughts and influence from your feelings.  Instead, focus on this being the time to build your GRIT muscle; change your thoughts and change your feelings which are really tied into your EGO (Edging God Out).  Life is not meant to be comfortable, easy or simple.  Personally, I think that would be boring.  When we change how we think about a situation we also change what we see which can allow us to see the opportunities that are all around us.

I choose to seek the lesson and the opportunity in the challenge; fly on faith even if it means falling.  At least I’ll fall forward.  What about you?

Stephanie D. Burroughs
Speaker | Trainer | Navigator

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Awakening!

awakeningAwakening:  I awakened early this morning with my heart and mind filled with the chaos that is taking place in America.  After spending an hour in meditation; I still could not go back to sleep.  I was guided to share some thoughts and I immediately  followed God’s instruction.  I don’t know where this is going or what your take on this message will be but please know that it is coming from Love not Hate. My heart hurts for all of us who are working to be a part of the solution and working to understand this chaos; the loss of values, morals, manners, respect and connection with people; loss of self.     
America’s people are in the throes of an Awakening! There have been marches and protests over the years for a variety of causes; however, during the month of January 2017 the hundreds and thousands have now become millions of people who have declared their stance and distress over the new administration, new policies and new realities.  Over the last two weeks there has been a tidal wave of peaceful and issues-driven marches for different causes; including the Women’s March on Washington, the March for Life, the Muslim an protests and more.  People in countries around the world are also marching in solidarity with U.S. marchers and making known their voices about the new administration and its policies. These outcries of social dissent did not just happen; they arrived on the heels of years of anger, outrage, hurt and sorrow.  The American people are filled with hurt, anger, grave loss and lack of emotional security; lack of security and trust in our government; lack of  job security, housing security, financial security, education security and dashed hopes for the future. This lack of security felt even by those who were once part of the top 3% resulting from our 2008 financial crash from which many people have still not recovered which led to the Occupy Movement.   womens-march-on-washington
Let us be cognizant of our Black Americans whose mistrust and distrust of a system that has allowed and condoned the beatings and killings of Black Americans by those who were hired to protect the public; a system that has tried to put down the resulting Black Lives Matter movement.  Hmmm, why is it that despite the numerous movements by other racial groups throughout this country; there has been a consistent and  concerted effort to dismiss and demonize any movement or organization by Black people?  We already know all lives matter; however, the issue is that Black Lives are not being Shown to Matter. Once again it’s the cover up; sweep it under the rug; racism does not exist.  Many Americans who have been lulled into thinking racism does not exist, do not understand the riots which were the by-product of explosive emotional release fueled by racial hatred which has been simmering and overlooked, ignored and covered up by the media, politicians and masses over the years. Many of the younger generation are ill prepared for this having lived in “La La Land” due to their ignorance of what many of us know has been happening all along – racism is alive and well and is rearing its ugly head and roaring loudly. Now; however, they too; the younger generation are Awakening!  Perhaps now in light of the Awakening, people are seeing through the veil; pulling it down and shedding light on it.
 
Americans are still reeling from school bombings, the 911 bombings, the 2013 Boston marathon bombings; the continued bomb threats not just from those outside of the U.S. but those who reside and are born and raised here in America and who are not Muslim. We are seeing strange crimes being committed; people walking around knifing strangers, pushing people on to train tracks; increased home break-ins; people wearing masks and inciting fear amongst the populace; youth walking up to strangers and punching them and inflicting major damage;  anti-feminism, sex-trade, anti-antisemitic crimes; church shootings, church break-ins and thefts, the list goes on and on.  With so many hate-fueled actions; one may feel we are living in a world of insanity perpetrated by those who have not been declared insane.  What is happening?!!
The good news is the Awakening is permeating and progressing rapidly through the population.  Finally, people are waking up.  People are looking for positive ways to be heard and listened to; to promote change in our public policies and laws, legislators and systems.  There is a lot to change and it takes time; we must remain vigilant and active.  
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America, as always is being watched by the world.  How will we respond?  America – the land of the free???  Really, since when?  Can America live up to the lyrics of its National Anthem – “Land of the free and the home of the brave”;  including all of the diverse racial populations that make up America today?  This Awakening cannot and must not be momentary but rather long-standing.  We can no longer run, hide or bury our heads in the sand. We must each do our part, no matter how small it may seem to us; the ripple effect will create a mighty shift!  What can each of us do to facilitate change for the betterment of ourselves, our neighbors, our society?   
While we pray we must take action. While we meditate we must take action.  While we pursue our purpose we must use our gifts and talents to take actions that will create an eventual course correction. We can no longer afford to let up; we must be diligent in keeping our legislators and politicians accountable to all of the people of this land.  We must keep the light of faith, hope, charity, love, peace, creativity, activism, focus, attention, intention, vision, vigilance…… burning without ceasing.
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The light in me bows to and honors the light in you, Namaste.
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