Monthly Archives: November 2013

Start Your Monday with a S.M.A.R.T Goal

Smart GoalCan’t seem to get motivated this Monday morning?  Think of a goal you would like to obtain by the end of the week.  It can be as simple as, going to the gym three nights this week, solidifying a deal with a client or completing a project a week earlier than it was originally slated for.  Whatever goal you decide to achieve this week, or even this month, try using this S.M.A.R.T goal template to help you systematically obtain it. download



SPECIFIC – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished? To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

  • Who: Who is involved?
  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • When: Establish a time frame.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

MEASURABLE – How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached? Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.  arrow-bullseye-large

When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continue your efforts to reach your goal.  To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as;

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

ATTAINABLE – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.  By listing your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

  • Is this goal attainable?
  • Have others done it successfully?
  • Do I have the necessary knowledge,
    skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal?
  • Will meeting this goal be of a challenge to me?

REALISTIC – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

  • What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing this goal?
  • What results would you like to see with this goal?

TIMELY – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it clockthere’s no sense of urgency.  Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

  • What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency?

T can also stand for TANGIBLE – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is; taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.  When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable, in return thus attainable.

Now get started on your S.M.A.R.T Goal!

Happy Monday from The Executive Corner team!

6 Strategies For Improving Self-Esteem

We all know the damages of having low self-esteem and how it can limit one’s ability to develop and maintain relationships; personally and professionally.  Our feelings of self-worth and how we perceive ourselves can greatly impact us throughout our lives.

Here are 6 strategies for improving our self-esteem… only_positive_thoughts-219205

  1. Engage in Positive Self-Talk – If you want positive results, talk positively to yourself.  If you are self-critical and negative, you may set yourself up for failure.  Replace doubts and negative thoughts with positive, uplifting and encouraging thoughts.
  2. Visualize – Picture what you want in life.  Visualize the success you want to achieve.  Remove your feelings of anxiousness, nervousness and failure.  Keep visualizing until your vision becomes tangible.
  3. Reframe – Try to look at experiences and events, especially those that can cause you to lose self-esteem, from a different point of view.  Keep the larger picture in mind, rather than focusing on one isolated negative incident.
  4. Develop Honest Relationships – Cultivate friends in whom you can confide and who will give you honest feedback for improving your skills and abilities.  Accept the feedback given in the spirit of enhancing your self-esteem and making yourself a wiser, better person.
  5. Surround Yourself with Positive People – Associating with people with high self-esteem can help you boost your own self-esteem and develop a more positive outlook.
  6. Lose Your Baggage – Dump your psychological and experiential baggage from the past.  Work to move beyond the negatives of your past, so that you can focus on the present and relieve your self-esteem of the burden of things you cannot change.

Now it is your turn to turn these 6 strategies into 6 habits!

Elevator Pitch – What is it? And How to Master it

Every business professional should master their own “elevator pitch” or “elevator speech”.

What is an elevator pitch? elevator

An elevator pitch is a 30 second commercial about you; Who you are, What you specialize in, Name of your company and Value proposition.

Who you are: First impressions are by far the most important, therefore you don’t want to lose your audience right at the beginning of your elevator pitch. Your introduction has to be “light”, almost as if you’re introducing yourself to the next-door neighbor. First name is enough.  If they’re interested, most likely at the end of your pitch they’ll ask for your last name.

What you specialize in: Briefly explain what you specialize in, and/or the niche you’re in. Leave your title outside the elevator doors!  No one likes a bragger.  Besides, lets’ be real… titles don’t mean a thing.  Your audience only cares about how they can benefit from you, and the possibility of you benefiting from them. By the time they get off the elevator, they will forget your title but they won’t forget you, that is, if you delivered a successful elevator pitch!

Name of your company: This is where you can briefly share who you work for and how long you have been there.  Letting your audience know the tenure you hold within your organization adds credibility and a sense of comfort to your audience.

Value Proposition:  Your conviction and passion for what you do needs to be conveyed. How do you add value to the consumer?  Your value proposition is crucial!

Once you have concluded your elevator speech, ask your audience a question. “So tell me about you and what you do”?  Remember, you don’t want to make it  ‘All about you’, therefore asking your listeners about them shows professional interest and it showcases your interpersonal communication skills.

PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE!                                                elevator-buttons

If you want to master your elevator pitch you must practice!  That means, get in front of a mirror and pitch away!  Pitch to a co-worker, friend or family member and be open to receive constructive criticism.  Like they say, practice makes perfect.

Remember, only you can master your elevator pitch.