What I have learned through my business, career, and CoachVille Training is to identify key recurring actions and to take a critical look at the results, both positive and negative, it’s time to zero in on the next key aspect of success in your business…practicing your skills.
Switzerland’s Caroline Abbe, left, and Martina Moser, right, and Canada’s Christine Sinclair (12) and Ashley Lawrence (22) watch as Switzerland goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann, back, allows a goal to Josee Belanger during the second half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In the game of soccer (European Football from my friends in the UK), one skill is shooting the ball so that it goes IN the net. SIDE NOTE…I’ve coached youth soccer for many years and played men’s league soccer for many more…hitting the net is an absolute game changer and the sooner we learn this skill the better! In the game of business a key skill is connecting with potential customers. If you don’t connect with the customer…you’ve missed the net and need to building your skills.
The key is to practice your skills to connect at the level you are at, or that just above, so that you get better at doing this. What I find very interesting is that many people have no problem practicing to kick a ball around to get better at hitting the net…BUT when it comes to having an engaging and meaningful conversations with a customer, very few people practice. WHY? It is through constant practice that we all get better and improve and expand our capability to do what we need to do. Role play with a peer at work, join a public speaking group like toastmasters, rehearse in front of the mirror – do something!
As this is a recurring activity, the goal here is to get better and consistently produce better results. Developing this skill will take practice… a LOT of practice! So go on, get out there and do it. Get curious and get results! There are so many ways to “sharpen your saw”. Practice what you want to get better at and be sure to have a bit of FUN along the way!
Until next month, ask yourself …
…What do I need to do in my business to “hit the net”?