Implementing Healthy Routines were the focus of July’s Wine & Workshops
This year’s resolutions have been made and broken by now. It’s time to refocus on you, your goals and your health. We often berate ourselves for not being consistent with our health and wellness routine. (You know you do it…I do, too). Give yourself a break! Implement a plan and do your best to stick to it.
But, implementing healthy routines means more than just your health and wellness routines. As women, we need to be mindful of all of the routines we engage in daily and make sure that they are “healthy” for us, our family, and our business.
Are you following healthy routines in your business? Make sure your networking events are working for you. Select events that will introduce you to your target market or quality referral partners. Implementing effective follow up is a healthy way to grow your business. Manage your inbox. Decide immediately what to do with an email – do it, delegate it, defer it, or delete it. Keeping your office running effectively is a healthy routine.
Take time to refocus your family routines. Routines such as dinnertime conversation, reestablishing homework routines (the fall semester is right around the corner). Bedtime routines for your children and for YOU are extremely important. And DON’T FORGET date night! Your relationship with your significant other is important and setting time aside for that is a part of your healthy routine.
Good luck and be healthy!
July’s Featured Speakers:
Blondina Polazzo is CEO & FOUNDER of www.webfitnesscoach.com as well as a Diamond Leader with Advocare. Blondina encouraged the women of LBB to focus on the good F’s in daily life: Faith, Family, Fitness, Friends and Fun. These may change in priority from day to day, but should be intentionally set the night before to ensure a successful day. Taking this time to set your priorities emphasizes the integrity of your commitment.
Dr. Kristin Gaines-Porlier, Chiropractor and owner of Dynamic Life Chiropractic talked with the women of LBB about the importance of not over-committing to projects and events. She reminded us that health and goals may be daunting and overwhelming. Starting small and committing to simple changes will effect the larger outcomes. Three very simple ways to implement health into your daily routine are 1) wake up 15 minutes early to intentionally spend time on yourself 2) engage in “burst exercises” during your day and 3) eat organically as often as possible.
Bridgette Childress is an RN at SSM Depaul Health Center and Independent Consultant for Juice Plus. Bridgette shared the 4 core principles of health which are 1) clean eating 2) drinking plenty of water 3) daily exercise and 4) getting quality sleep. The dirty dozen and the clean 15 is a quick guide on eating organically.
You are face to face with your client…a client you really need. You are a female business owner and you can feel your heart beating in your chest because your client is wavering…they’d really like to hire you but your price is too high for them. What do you do? Well, many of us blurt out, “for you I can discount 20%.” The client agrees and you close the sale. But, how does that make you feel? How does that make your client feel? You’ve just devalued your business and you both know it.
As women in business, we often shy away from charging what we are worth. Well…it’s time for that to stop. This is business. Your time, skill and knowledge is of value. You are of value.
Kim Eichelberger, Owner of Eichelberger Photography spoke to the women of LBB regarding strategies of setting your own pricing. As a small business owner it can be quite difficult to set and stick to your pricing strategy. You truly have to understand the cost of doing business before you set a price. Understanding your cost of doing business includes factoring in consultation time, drive time, set up time, the product, any service fees that are incurred, and your skill. You have a competitor that will always beat you with a better price. You are being hired because you have a product or skill that can not be acquired elsewhere. Hold your head high, stick to your pricing structure and get paid what you’re worth!
Erin Mace, Owner of Mediate and Restore talked to the women of LBB about negotiating skills. She emphasized that negotiations are a science; a practice in listening…not a barter. Do not enter into a negotiation without knowing everything you possibly can about the person, or company you are negotiating with. When setting up your position be sure you have defined your ethos, logos and pathos. Ethos is your ethics, your character, your accomplishments. It’s the reason why you are qualified to get what you’re asking for. Logos is the logic of your argument. It could include market statistics. It’s the words you use. Pathos is the emotion of the argument, how your argument can affect others, the situation, the company, the heartstrings. When negotiating do not forget to listen. Erin reminded us that the negotiation table is no place for tears or personal emotions. This is business…the person your negotiating with does not care about your personal woes. In her words, “pull on your big girl panties” and get paid what you’re worth!
Ann Carden, CEO and Founder of A. Carden, Inc., successful entrepreneur and business coach, encouraged the women of LBB to set themselves apart in the marketplace by establishing themselves as the authority, leader or value added business. Perhaps you may identify a service of value that will set you ahead of your competition. Maybe you could partner with non-competitive industry professional to cross market services or bundle product offerings. Creating value driven products and services will allow you to raise your price point and get paid what you’re worth!
So…take control, put together a simple strategy to set yourself apart from your competition, factor in your cost of doing business, pull on your big girl panties and get paid what you’re worth!
Little Black Book currently has three chapters that meet in Wentzville, St. Charles and Chesterfield. Our Wine & Workshop series is held once a month in each chapter. Our members are invited to attend each Workshop as a FREE member benefit.