Friday, June 21, 2013

Make Your Summer Sizzle

AH... Summer in Maine... the sweet smell of cut timothy and clover as I drive down the country roads brings me back in my mind to the hot summer days I spent throwing hay bales on my dads farm.  Summer meant hard work, but it also meant swimming, fishing, and biking.  It was a perfect mix of work hard and play hard.  Perhaps my up bringing is where I first tapped into my passion of work-life balance because nothing brought me more pleasure than finishing up  a hard days work and following it up by an evening of swimming, barb-b-ques and baseball.

Its natural for many business owners to slow down in the summertime -the weather is perfect for the beach, kids are home from school, and there are many summer outings like family reunions, graduations, and weddings to attend.  So how can you keep the momentum of building your business up, while slowing your personal life down?
I have comprised a list things that you can do this summer to keep your business sizzling while you cool down.

1) READ. Summer is the perfect time to grab a cup of coffee in the morning and start your day out on the deck with a good book. I have a few summer favorites this year - including:


Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg ... Take the time to read this book.  Sheryl explains why women aren't rising to the top -and the answers may surprise you.



The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo.  This came highly recommended to me by a friend, and it hasn't disappointed.  The author brings us through step by step how Steve Jobs put together his presentations so that his audiences were begging him to sell them his products.





2)  Write - Summer is a great time to grab your journal and head to the beach and dream.  Dream about where you want to go, what you want to do, and what you want your business to provide for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Once you are back from summer vacation - bring your ideas to your coach so you can get them implemented.  What a great time to clear your mind.



3)  Network - With all the summer barbeques and open decks at your favorite cantinas are open - don't miss an opportunity to build relationships.  Is there a prospect you've been dying to do business with, but haven't had a chance to get five minutes with him?  Invite him out for a lively game of golf, a cruise of Casco Bay, or a walk around back bay.  Summer is a great time to connect, because chances are, the people you want to connect with are eager to slow down too.



4) Check In  - Check in with your accountability partner.  Sounds like work doesn't it?  But just like when kids are out of school, if we get into "vacation mode" too long, it can be hard to bring yourself back.  Do it gently by making plans to stay in touch with your coach, mentor or accountability partner through out the summer months.  

Summer sessions are still available at Key Potential Coaching - and coaching can be done from your chair on the beach!  To check availability, or to get a free summer session - click HERE



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