Conferences are an important part of the business world today. They provide the ability to network with people from all around the country or world, which can help further your career and business. Conferences also offer an opportunity to expand your knowledge. In addition to presentations, there are roundtables with leaders in your field; dinners, lunches and cocktail parties; as well as vendor demonstrations of new products or services. All of these activities provide an opportunity to learn more about your industry and the solutions that your peers are implementing. And, don’t forget, conferences are great way to present yourself and your company to the industry at large. They provide an unparalleled opportunity to discuss your business and forge relationships with colleagues and potential customers.
Homebuilder and designer Kim Gordon is taking the Southern California housing market by storm. Her homes sell quickly and secure a price that is $1 million to $2 million above comparable properties in the area. She took an unconventional career path and built her business without a formal college degree in architecture or design. Instead she used her passion, vision, guts and determination to make her dream a reality. Gordon shares her thoughts on what entrepreneurs need to do to succeed in the business world today.
You glance at the to-do-list on your desk. There are eight simple tasks and one challenging project. You have already put off the project for a couple of days because it’s complex and will take most of your day, if not your entire day, to complete. Nothing on the list is due immediately. What do you do? Some executives knock out all of the smaller projects first and save the intimidating job for the end of the day. The thinking is that you will be more productive and ready to tackle that behemoth job. Unfortunately, that’s the wrong choice. Executives should be focusing on the most important or challenging tasks first thing in the morning, according to experts.
The New Year has come and gone. It’s almost February and many business leaders are already wishing they had another vacation or an extra day off on the horizon. Coming back to work after a long holiday break can be challenging. Those first few days back you may hit the ground running—catching up on emails and the work that was missed—but shortly thereafter many executives hit a wall. You can call it a post-vacation slump or post-holiday blues, but the result is the same. You will wake up feeling unmotivated and dread going to work. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that can help business leaders overcome that slump, stay productive and reenergize their work routine.