Networking is something very important to ensure that your business succeeds.
You’ve probably heard it said that “it’s who you know, not what you know” that makes you a success. While it’s not really true completely, it is helpful to know people and to make your business known to others. Whether you network with peers, your audience or educators, it’s nice to learn habits that can make the experience more enjoyable.
Learn Communication Skills
Communication takes two people - a person with a message and the person deciphering the message. It’s up to the person who is giving the message to speak in a way that the receiver can understand the message. So, it’s up to you to practice delivering the message you want your audience to hear in the right way.
Don’t go into any networking event without a plan, but don’t be so rigid that you’re not natural. It is okay to divert a little from the plan if it’s ultimately giving you a result that you wanted when you set your goals for the event. A plan of action is going to see you through the event in a more successful way than just going in blind.
Choose the Right Opportunities
The networking events that you want to attend should be focused on the needs of your business so that you can reach your goals. Attend events that have a purpose such as connecting you with the right people who can help your business grow. Plus, you want to go into it with the idea that you can also provide value.
Practice Your Elevator Speech
It’s important that you know in advance how you’ll introduce yourself and talk about your business to each person you meet. You don’t want to sound like a broken record, though, so don’t memorize one line - instead understand everything you can about your business and your audience so that you can easily let people you meet know what you do in a way that that person will remember.
Develop an Attraction Hook
Depending on the type of event, you can create an attraction hook that will help people remember you. Some people are known from their brightly colored hair, or funny shirts, or a particular catchphrase. Ensure that your hook is appropriate for your audience; you want to be memorable but not a joke.
Focus on Quality over Quantity
Giving your business card out to everyone at the event should never be your goal. You should know in advance who is going to the event and who you’d like to meet. If you know some people who can introduce you to the people you want to meet, all the better.
While you do want to sell things, you also want to build relationships with people. The relationships you build through networking events are more important than any amount of money you can make. As you learn to focus on relationship building, the networking events will automatically become more enjoyable because you’ll lift the pressure of performance.
Follow Up Fast
When any event is over, the moment you are back home or in your hotel room, or sign off from the online event, make notes of what happened, who you conversed with, what they said, what you said, and their information if you collected it. Then, within the next 48 hours, email the person a nice letter, and/or if appropriate send them a card in snail mail. The follow-up is almost the more important than the event. It will make you stand out among the others since most people do not remember to follow up.
When you go into a networking event prepared with a plan of action, you’ll automatically enjoy it more because you’ll know what your goals are and how you’ll achieve them. By placing your focus on building relationships and even making friends instead of just what you can get out of it, you’ll truly enjoy networking events more.
Most of us make cleaning way harder than it has to be! There is no reason to spend hours every day trying to keep your house clean. With proper plans, organization, and know-how, you can keep your home clean and presentable at all times.
* Clean the Dirtiest Thing Last – Work top to bottom, outside toward the inside or center, from the right in a clockwise motion and always clean the dirtiest areas last. This will help avoid spreading dirt and grease around and having to use more cleaning supplies such as sponges and cloths. You will also be gaining small "wins" along the way, making you feel productive and you will want to keep going.
* Sanitize Sinks, Sponges, Brushes and Toilets – These things get super dirty. Believe it or not, sponges and sinks can sometimes be dirtier than your toilets. It’s important to sanitize your sink each day. Use a cleaner that gets rid of bacteria such as bleach, or a commercial cleaner that gets rid of germs. In addition, sanitize your sponge by cleaning well with the cleaner, then zapping it in the microwave. For your toilet, you can use flat soft drinks to dissolve dirt and not have to the worry about your dog drinking chemical water. Just pour flat soda (or buy super cheap soda) into the bowl and let soak overnight. Then in the morning, scrub and flush away the germs.
* Use an Oven Liner – The oven gets dirty because when you bake items they often drip or splatter. If you put a non-stick liner in the bottom of your oven you can easily wipe it out as you clean up the kitchen each evening after dinner. Spending one minute and a few dollars right now will save you hours later trying to get off burnt-on food.
* Use Rain X or Vinegar on Your Shower Door – Do you have shower doors or any glass that gets wet and spotted from water? If so you can use anything designed for automobiles to bead up rain water to help keep the spots down. If you are looking for something natural, vinegar is a great option. The trick is to also wipe down the doors before the water dries in spots. If you don't want to use your towel every time try using a squeegee. If everyone in the house is taught to wipe down the tub, shower, sink and other surfaces after drying off, you’ll hardly ever have to do deep cleaning in the bathroom.
* Wash Shower Liners with Bleach in Washer – Is your shower liner getting moldy? Instead of replacing it, you can actually throw it in the washing machine with bleach and soap. Use hot water, and then hang up while still wet. Teach everyone to fully close the curtains to avoid getting mold in the future.
* Keep Your Bedroom Comfortable – It can be very hard to sleep in a mess. If you train yourself and everyone else to make the bed first thing, the room will automatically feel cleaner and more restful. Eliminating clutter by cutting down on the stuff you have, only keeping in drawers and closets things you actually use. This will also make cleaning less work.
* Basket It – Take five minutes to circle the house with a basket, putting anything that doesn’t belong in the room inside the basket. Go through twice, so you can also put the stuff away after collecting it. This can cut down on clutter in a big way. Want to teach kids to pick up their belongings? Have a lost and found and charge for retrieval.
* Create a Home for Everything – Organization will help tremendously. If everything has a home, such as shoes, coats, umbrellas, books and so forth, there will be a lot less clutter. Create homes for things with baskets, cubbies and shelving.
* Use Phone Time Wisely – If your mom or best friend calls, use the time in a productive manner. Get a headset so that you have your hands free and keep moving during the entire call cleaning anything that’s dirty or folding laundry.
Cleaning doesn’t have to take that much time out of your day if you keep cleaning as you go, and teach your family to do the same. Having a home for each thing you own, and a logical place to store things, will also help. Creating procedures and scheduling times to do deep cleaning will also make a huge difference.
One of the best skills anyone can learn is the skill to get things organized and keep them organized. Sometimes the idea of organization can scare someone so much that they don’t even try. But, if you take the time to organize your home and life, the truth is everything will go much smoother.
* Use Baskets and Cubbies – Build cubbies or use beautiful wicker baskets to collect the things that get misplaced around the house.
* Everything Has a Home – As you set up your home, put things in logical places that make sense. For example, coffee mugs should be stored near your coffee maker, as should the sugar and creamer.
* Clean as You Go – Whenever you do anything, clean as you go instead of leaving things out. Clutter is the number one reason a home looks dirty; not actual dirt.
* Make Your Bed Right Away – Believe it or not, getting up and making your bed will start your day off right. Not only will you get in a bit of stretching but you’ll immediately transform your room.
* Keep a Running List – Put a pad of paper on your fridge. When you run out of anything, or are just low on it, write it down. Pull off the list each time you go to the store so you won’t forget things.
Organized Events and Appointments
* Sync Calendars – Everyone in the family should have an online calendar such as Google Calendar to keep track of dates. These calendars should all be synced so that anyone in the family can easily see what anyone in the family is doing today.
* Schedule Fun and Work – We have a tendency to only schedule “work” or doctor’s appointments. But, it’s also important to schedule fun time, date night, one-on-one time with your children and so forth. This will ensure that it happens.
* Get a Trash Bucket – Keep trash in its place with a special bucket made for your vehicle. On trash day for your home, empty it as you pull your trash can out to the curb.
* Use a Glove Box-Sized Accordion File – Some things you must keep inside your car, but you want to keep it organized so find a file folder that fits in the glove box for these papers.
* Get a Dash Mount for Electronics – A mount for your phone and/or GPS will help keep everything well organized. You’ll always know right where your phone is, and you’ll be able to see your GPS easier.
* Create a Filing System – Deal with paper only once. When you get mail, put it in the “in box”. When you touch it, make sure you open it and process it immediately, throwing away what you don’t need and filing the rest away.
* Keep Bills Organized – Get a numbered, slotted organizer; put the bills in there in the order you need to pay them. Alternatively, pay them via your bank online. Usually this is called “Bill Pay” or something like that. You can schedule payments the moment you get the bill, and then file away.
Creating a system of organization might feel strange at first, but after just a few weeks it will become second nature. You’ll be able to get more done because you’re not spending your time finding missing paperwork, or cleaning up messes before you can get down to work.
Pets are fun to have around and are good for helping children learn how to care for another being. But, they’re also a lot of work. To help pets become more a member of your family, try these fun and creative pet tricks.
* Potty Training Dogs – Put a jingle bell by the door, ring it regularly and it teaches your dogs to ring the bell to go potty. If you ring it yourself each time you take them outside, they’ll quickly learn to alert you of their need on their own.
* Kitty Smells – To cut down on cat litter smells, build a cat box for your cat. Make the box so that the kitty has to climb up stairs, then down stairs to go. The smells will be trapped in the box and your cat will have privacy, too.
* Use a Laser Light – You know you cannot train cats to behave, so quit trying. Instead distract them. When your cat is doing something you don’t want them to do, get out the laser light to distract them from whatever they’re doing.
* Protect Your Curtains – Cats love to play under and on drapes. Instead of worrying, put weighted tension rods on the bottom. These will not harm your cat but they will frighten it enough to make it stop wanting to play with them.
* Avoid Feeding Messes – For cat and dog food, just attach a pour spout. This will help you avoid making a mess as you pour the food into their bowls.
* Scratch Post Tip – If you want to teach your cat not to scratch the carpet, ensure that all scratch posts are made out of something besides carpet, or at least inside-out carpet so that it feels differently than the carpet.
* Box Him – Does your cat like to jump on your desk while you’re working, knocking things over and messing up your progress? Get a large enough shoe box, put toys in it, and set it on your desk. Now your cat will sit in there while you work.
* Scratching Furniture Trick – Want to train your cat not to scratch the furniture? Put sticky two-sided tape everywhere you want them to avoid. Cats won’t like the sticky feeling and will avoid it. After a while you can forgo the tape.
* Hamster Hack – Okay this is so sweet and cute; you have to see it. Someone got creative and made a hamster cage out of IKEA furniture. .
* Kill Bad Dog Breath – Use a fresh and clean lint brush covered with doggie toothpaste. Let your dog lick it off to rid them of doggie breath. You can also slip some parsley in their food.
Remember, even though you love your pet as a member of the family, they’re not human. The more you can learn about your pet’s personality and how animal behavior works, the more you’ll be able to raise happy and healthy pets.
Your health and wellness is the most important thing you have. You’ve heard that said many times, and nothing could be more true. Getting healthy again after letting yourself go is a lot harder than staying healthy, but it can be done. There are many ways to go about being both physically and mentally healthy.
One of the best ways to care for your health is to stay at a healthy weight. Your healthy weight can vary depending on your height, build, and sex. There are a number of downloadable apps and programs to help get you started and keep you motivated. There are also meal prep programs that make mealtime healthy and effortless.
* Stay Hydrated – The amount of water your body needs will change based on your weigh and activity level. But, a general rule is to drink at least 64 ounces per day, to stay hydrated. For a more exact number you can multiply your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) and that is the number of ounces per day you should be drinking. For example if you weigh 175 lbs, when you multiply 175 by 2/3 (or 67%) you get 117 or 117 oz of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis.
* Snack Multiple Times A Day – Eating several small snacks or meals throughout the day helps increase your metabolism. But, snack only on healthy foods. Some of our favorites include air popped popcorn, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, lean proteins, fresh berries and raw vegetables.
* Plan Each Meal – Know how many calories and what nutrients you need to eat for just the right amount to lose weight but stay healthy too. Download an app to help keep track. Plan meals with an app like or a spreadsheet to keep yourself on track.
* Get A Check-Up– Have your health care provider check your blood for deficits in certain vitamins and minerals. Supplement for those that are showing a shortage or close to showing a shortage. Some studies are showing that hunger can be caused by nutritional deficiencies.
These small tips can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. If you have more issues, seek help from a group like Weight Watchers or ask your health care provider for some assistance.
Even if you are a normal weight, you can still be unhealthy if you’re not physically fit. You don’t have to have a six pack, or be able to run fast to be fit. You simply need to stretch and move a little bit every single day, about 30 minutes a day or 10,000 steps a day, in order to maintain standard levels of physical fitness.
* Schedule Your Workouts –Put your workouts in your calendar or set an alarm. When you put the workouts in your calendar, you’ll be more likely to actually complete them. It doesn’t matter if it’s working out at the gym, working out with friends, or dancing around your house. Putting it in the calendar, including travel time so you’re not rushed, will ensure that it gets done.
* Take the Stairs – Anytime you see a set of stairs, use them. It's an easy way to get in extra steps. Walking up and down stairs is better for you, will keep you more fit, and help break up your day. This is very important if you otherwise have a sedentary lifestyle and an office job.
* Work in an Office – Instead of calling people in the same building, or emailing them, walk over to their office to deliver a file, or ask a question. This will give you more steps during the day, and help you become more physically fit.
* Park in the Back – If you cannot walk, park as far away as possible from your destination, then walk. Every step counts and they add up fast.
* Dance – At home and bored? Turn up the music and dance. Dancing is a great way to burn calories, increase your heart rate, and have fun. Even a 15-minute dance party will energize you while helping you meet your fitness goals.
Being physically healthy can help you feel better in many ways. You’ll have more energy, clearer mind, a better outlook on life and have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight. The great thing is there is no need for fad diets or two-hour workouts. You just have to add a few steps to your day.
Weight, fitness level, addiction, stress, and anxiety can all play a role in your overall general state of health. Try to maintain a normal weight, eat right, drink plenty of water, and get lots of rest.
* Get Weighed – Most people don’t like to weigh themselves, but usually that is because they want to live in denial. If you weigh yourself every morning you cannot be in denial. Do it when you’re fresh out of the shower and naked.
* Avoid Drinking in Excess – It is fun to party, but too much will cause havoc on your weight, your metabolism, your skin, and your general health. Drink moderately and less often, without getting drunk.
* Add in Fruit and Vegetables – Instead of focusing on eating less, just change what you eat. Replace high fat, sugary, and processed food for fruit and vegetables. Eat them raw, or lightly steamed without additives.
* Get Plenty of Sleep – It’s amazing how much lack of sleep can affect your health. It can cause stress, water retention, slower metabolism, and a whole host of other issues. Try to go to bed and get severn to eight hours of sleep each night.
Design your life in such a way that you can be concerned with these aspects of life. When you choose a career, field of study, or change directions, consider these factors and how it affects your general health.
Some mental health issues are hereditary and genetic in origin. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot help yourself. Following these tips will help you develop and create a healthy mental health outlook.
* Get Plenty of Sunshine – Get outdoors and be active. Join a hiking group, go fishing or take your kids to the park. Being active outdoors boosts your mood and stimulates your mind.
* Stop Planning and Do – Action is always going to work better than planning. Sure, you need a plan of action, but too much planning and not enough doing can be a real road block to having a healthy outlook on life.
* Leave the Past in the Past – Dwelling on the past, especially bad things or disappointments, will make you more depressed. Once something is over, learn the lessons you’re supposed to learn then move on.
You can be healthier in all the ways that matter by trying some of these tips. There is no reason you have to stay stuck doing the same thing that you’re currently doing. Everyone has free will and can change anytime they want to.
There are things that make your life easier, these hacks will do just that. Read them, try them, and you’ll be glad you did.
* Salt – Pour salt on stains such as wine spills right away. Press the salt into the spill; let it soak up the spill for a few hours and then simply vacuum.
* Vinegar – I use vinegar for so many things one of my favorites is for grass stains. Get grass stains on your good jeans? It’s okay; soak for 30 minutes in vinegar before washing as normal.
* Milk – Got an ink stain on your shirt pocket? No problem. Soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour in milk, then launder as usual.
* Cola – Have a party and leftover opened soda? You can use it to clean your toilet. Just pour into the toilet and let set overnight, then scrub in the morning. Bonus: pets won’t die if they drink it.
* Shirts – Now, I'm not sure how many guys still tuck in their shirts. But if you do, tuck shirts into your underwear before pulling up your pants so that your shirt tail doesn’t get loose.
* Haircuts – Go to the same place each time for a good cut, every three or four weeks. Understand what looks good with your shape of face and type of hair. For example, if you have a long face, you should have more hair on the sides. If you have a round face, you want less hair on the sides.
* Exercise – Work out two hours before a date and your muscles will be extra defined and you’ll look your best. Just make sure you leave time for a shower.
* Soft Lips – Keep your lips soft by using your toothbrush on your lips once every few days. It exfoliates the skin and helps keep them in tip-top shape.
* Cutting Onions without Tears – Don’t want to cry on your dinner date while cooking? To avoid tears due to onions, cut off the root end of the onion first, and cut near running water. Or, just chew gum.
* Make Perfect Rice – Boil rice like noodles for perfect rice every time to impress guests. Boil white rice for 10 minutes, brown for 20 minutes, then drain and put back in the pot, cover for 10 more minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.
* One Knife – You only need one sharp knife for everything. Choose a chef’s knife. You’ll save on storage and make life easier for yourself.
* Keep It Hot – Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, make the plates and keep warm in the oven for a few minutes. Make sure your plates are ovenproof, though.
* No Cooking Wine Needed – Just use the wine you have for drinking. Add white wines to fish, pork or chicken based meals and red wine to tomato, beef, or pork based meals.
Dating and Sex
* Let Her Initiate – Women enjoy feeling powerful when it comes to sex. Always let the woman initiate sex on dates. But, avoid first date sex.
* Offer to Pay – However, don’t be offended if she wants to pay. Let her if she offers more than once. Be gracious.
* Put the Phone Away – Yes, everyone does it these days. Everyone is texting and using social media to document their day. But, don’t do it on a date unless it’s a group activity and you both agree to send a selfie.
* Best First Date – Go to a comedy movie or show because you want first dates to be light and carefree. Plus, you can see if you both have the same type of humor which is a good indicator of compatibility.
Life doesn’t have to be hard. There are easy ways to get most anything done in life. Just think outside the box and you’ll discover tons of hacks that work for you. What are some hacks that you’ve used that worked well?