Getting reconnected

Today I was thinking about getting “really” reconnected with a couple of my high school knock around girls. After all this time I still feel a special connection to these girls, well should I say women. I would like to be involved in their lives in a real way. I want to know them on a deeper level than Facebook.
How are you supposed to accomplish that invitation¬†without sounding creepy. Email, voicemail or otherwise, I mean ew, right? That negative, fearful, rejection loathing bad perspective has plenty to say about that. However, I’m choosing to skim over that part and take some action.
I’m not sure what to do or how to ask someone to “get the friendship back together” but I’m just going to tell it like it is I guess. I’m just going to put it out there and see what happens. I’m never gonna get them back into my life just wondering!

Business lesson learned today: Don’t be afraid to reconnect.

A business needs contacts and connections to survive. The more connections you have and the more efficient you become in handling them will really pump up your volume! ūüôā Most times your biggest sale comes from the most unlikely places.
Dive back deep into you contact list and say hello to everyone. (Make sure you weed out contacts that slipped in and aren’t really related to your company’s future). Maybe reintroduce yourself and let them know what big actions you’ve taken since seeing them last. Don’t apologize; just check in on them. See if anything has changed in their lives, see if now is a good time to work together.

When you make strong connections and keep them in tact you win. Keep in touch but don’t smother. Send out ‘newsletters’ quarterly and post on their Social media boards. You want everyone¬†on your list to be in some way connected with a similar¬†target market at bare¬†minimum. That way you can toss information

To ease the fear of wasting my time at networking and social events I set a goal for myself.
“Today I will meet all the __________ and get contact information.”
or
“I’m going to identify every person in my target market and get some survey answers.” Etc.

This way you can focus on making an impression and not on where you should be instead. Who knows you might even get some real referral business.

The same goes with networking and old/forgotten contacts.

Getting reconnected just made it to the top of my to do list.

Always,

Heather

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

I recently was given a gift from Sarah Shaw from Entreprenette. I can’t believe what an impact it’s had on me and my business in just one week.
I’ve been on sort of¬†personal journey the past couple of months and have totally done a 180. I’ve been striving to look at the world in a different way. Then comes this book by some guy named Mike Michalowicz.
The book is titled, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll.”
Honestly, that just about sums up the whole book.
Mike does an excellent job of calling the reader to action and getting results. At least from my experience. I really felt connected to him throughout the book. Like he was my big brother coaching me through rough times or something epic like that.
Each chapter is presented in a format that is honest, concise and easy to implement into your daily routine. I highly recommend this material for anyone who needs a pep talk. Not only a pep talk but a serious wake up call!
The instructions are simple. Do it, do it now and figure out the fine details as you go alone. That is as long as the result gets you closer to the final destination. I can’t express eloquently¬†enough how grateful I am to have stumbled upon this gem. I’m going to read it a second time and actually write the homework answers down on paper this time. I’m actually looking forward to reading it again. I want to really dig deep and see what I find.
What I enjoyed most is that Mike forces you to think about yourself. What your needs are and what drives your personal passion. Fantastic stuff. Round 2, Fight!!

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

– Michael Korda

Until next time,

Heather
Mike says himself that this book is not for everybody, for one he curses a lot, so check out the website for a preview.
http://www.toiletpaperentrepreneur.com

In additon to the book Mr. Michalowcz gives his readers printable workbook pages, videos and multiple great links to keep you on track.

Remembering what’s important.

Pondering Important things

Heather Cannon CEO of Hip Chick Industries is officially starting a Blog!!

¬† Lately I’ve been focusing¬†on¬†“remembering what’s important”. In the past, well let’s be honest, year I’ve been struggling to make a business out of aprons. Let me tell you producing a product is the easy part! Compared to a harsh wake-up call or an unresponsive market.
  I mean I guess instead of over thinking my situation and not taking action, I went head long into full production of multiple products. I dove into trade shows and car shows. I hit the world at 1,000 MPH. Everything was smooth sailing until: the impact of the profit vs. loss statement in quarter 2 kicked in, that is.
¬† Then¬†some fear started to¬†set in. I started¬†living in fear of disastrous failure. In fact until this week I’d been completely crippled by it. Unable to move forward and getting lost in endless distractions.¬†I lost myself and my confidence. So sad ūüė¶

My first action step forward was to make a list of really important things for me to live by in every aspect of my life. 

The following things are important to Heather Cannon:
(although, not in order of importance)

1. Family
2. Stability
3. Friendship
4.Time
5. Honesty
6.Loalty
7. Trust
8. Follow through
9. Accountability
10. Dignity
12. Self Respect
13. Humility
14. Peace of Mind
15. Courtesy
17. Optimism
18. Humor
19.Intergrity
20. Strength
21. Building a strong Future

  Once I got the list put together, I realized I had nothing to fear. I just needed to be a true representation of this list. For myself, my family and within my business. Stepping out of fear seems to be a daily process at times but at least now I recognize that.

¬† Remembering what’s important¬†is knowing who you are and what you stand for. Having a list¬†around the house, in the car or in your office is a¬†great way to¬†avoid the “fear¬†factor.”

Until next time,

Heather

www.hipchickindustries.com

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