What is the biggest mistake people make at the end of the year?

business Nov 05, 2019

Are you one of those people that slow things down because we are close to the holidays? If you are, how do you feel in January? Are you fighting to find business, feeling frustrated, stressed about bills? I used to be one of those people and I hated January, it was a new start but I sometimes felt like I was starting over.

What if you did not slow down? What if you continued to give value, connect with people, create collaborations with complimentary business owners, and went out of your way to meet new people and understand what their challenges are? Now, I am not saying don’t take a vacation and enjoy time with your family. Business owners that keep business on a high level during Nov and Dec have amazing January’s.

Karen is in the investment and insurance sector. She is all about giving value to her clients, go above and beyond to connect them with the right people to support them in the challenges they may be having. She had been building her...

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10 Things You Need To BE, To Be A Successful Entrepreneur!

business entrepreneur Jun 07, 2019

Entrepreneurs are a special breed. They are the kind of people that don’t give up.   They are told ‘they can’t do it’. They reply, ‘thank you for sharing’ - and quietly say to themselves, ‘watch me‘.  They know anything is possible and that they need a powerful vision and a plan. They are not afraid to take on the unknown and ‘figure it out’ as they go. Being a business owner is not always easy - but it is rewarding and does not need to be as hard as we some times make it.   

10 things you need to be a successful Entrepreneur:

  1. A Purpose – Your Why 
  2. Determination and Focus
  3. The ability to see the big picture - and the details 
  4. To recognize what ‘you do best and delegate the rest‘
  5. The confidence to ignore the naysayers  
  6. The ability to think outside the box
  7. To be a strong, active listener
  8. The ability to lead so others want to follow you
  9. An understanding that your...
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Attracting More Clients

business communicating Apr 01, 2019

The growth of all business comes from customers and meeting the needs of those customers regardless of what you are selling. So how do we attract them, where do we find them, how do we show them we have the right solution for their needs! 

Knowing what you do, what you have to offer and who wants to buy your product or service is the key. The clearer you are, the easier it is to clearly identify who is your ideal client/clients. 

I really liked this article that lays out 7 ways to attract new customers. It is simple and to the point. It also reinforces the importance of stepping back and working on your business. Industries change, target markets can also change so knowing your business, your market place/industry and target market sets you up powerfully to stay in front of your competition.  

Enjoy the read.

Carolyn Dickinson
Executive Coach
Carolyn Dickinson Success Coaching

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The Impact of Communication in Business and Life - 10 Tips for More Effective Communication in Business

business Mar 04, 2019

As stated in many articles we spend 80% of our waking hours in some form of communication. That is a lot of time and leaves much room for misunderstandings, and assumptions.  What people perceive becomes fact for them. Their past and life has taught them to think and listen in a certain way. Now we can’t be expected to understand and know what everyone’s past or life experience have been. What we can do is improve our way of communicating with others so our information lands in a way that could be heard and understood in the way it is being presented.   

There is always room for improvement in anything we do and communicating is definitely one of those areas we need to continuously work on, especially because we spend 80% of our time doing it.

I found the article below by Calvin Sun to be very helpful and informative. It is in alignment with what I teach my clients and how I practice my communication.  

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Dream Big and Always Ask

I love hanging out with my kids because they are always teaching me lessons and allowing me to see the results of my reactions.  When my eldest daughter was 4 she was always pushing the limits and has been doing so since she was two years old.   It’s her job.

When I was pregnant with my second daughter I had to go shopping for a pair of open back shoes as my feet were swelling and I could not fit into anything.  I brought my eldest daughter with me who was 2 ½ years old at the time. She found these shoe horns and space pads under the seat I was sitting on.  She pulled some out and was playing with them when she then looked at me and said “Mommy can I have these?”.  I automatically said “no they belong to the store and they are not for us to take”.  She looked right at me and said I can ask.  I was just about to say no again and something reminded me about a training I took a while back that in life...

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5 Reasons Why Vision Is Important In Leadership

This is a great article that describes the power of having a vision in the simplest of terms, and points out that the most successful people on the plant had a vision.  The pitfalls in life are just a part of the process, especially when you have a strong vision that keeps you motivated and moving forward.

Like many of the people listed in this article, they were all discourage from doing what they envisioned was possible and are the best in their industry today.

It is a short but powerful read.  Enjoy.

To Your Success,


5 Reason Why Vision is Important in Leadership

By: Chantal Bechervaise

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”                                                                ~ Carl Jung


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