. . . it's the personal relationships we form with others that give us a place at the business table.
Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
About three quarters of all U.S. businesses are so small they are called "nonemployer" businesses or businesses that have no payroll. In other words, the chief cook and bottle washer is the only one in the kitchen. Micro businesses have been popping up like mushrooms after a rain storm in response to national and international recession. Sometimes breadwinners, these sole proprietors go it alone, establishing “nonemployer” businesses with high hopes of making good use of the ideas and working knowledge that have earned them a paycheck before.
Numbers tell the story of solopreneurs’ success: About three quarters of U.S. businesses are nonemployer businesses yet they only account for less than 4% of U.S. sales receipts.
Unfortunately, today’s solopreneur has to wear many (sometimes uncomfortable) hats; becoming overwhelmed and exhausted easily happens in an environment where the expectation is to respond knowledgeably in many situations. Being highly skilled isn't enough.
While the acquisition of basic business skills is essential for the business owner to get organized,informed and actionable, there’s one skill that helps the others fall in line: communication.
Think of it like any mother would: No one’s going to come knocking at your door. If you want something to happen you have to put yourself out there. “I think that’s the crux of how solopreneurs can be more successful,” asserts Kathe Skinner, expert in teaching communication skills. “Everything flows from how well or poorly we organize our thoughts, understand them, and express them to others coupled with how well we interpret what others say in return.”
Relationship with others is the key to conducting business in today’s cyber economy. It’s easy to take the personal relationship out of the business we conduct, but in truth it’s the personal relationships we form with others that give us a place at the business table.
“Communication is communication is communication," says Skinner. "It doesn't matter who I work with -- business people, teachers, law enforcement, couples -- the necessity for hearing and listening effectively doesn't diminish. What engages others is how clearly you understand their situation, how concisely you distill what they've said, and how you offer to meet their needs."
Sydney Harris said that while “information” and “communication” are often used interchangeably, they’re actually two different things. That “information” is what’s given out, while “communication” is getting through. Like getting through to an adolescent, learning to successfully get through to other businesses is what micros need to do. Skill at communicating is the preface to everything that happens well or poorly in business or in life – from talking to ourselves to talking with others; hearing what we say to ourselves and hearing what others are saying to us. Success in any arena is measured in how well we do that.
The “6 Easy Steps to Effective Business Communication” Workshop will be presented by Kathe Skinner for the TriLakes Chamber of Commerce’s Business Incubator at 14960 Woodcarver Road, Colorado Springs, from 1-3 p.m. on November 7, 2012.
About Being Heard
Formalized in 2004, Being Heard is proud of its record of teaching couples communication skills. Products include an expanded Couples Communication workshop, Destination Retreats for Couples, Relationship Coaching, and Schema Workshops. Products are innovated and developed by Relationship Coach Kathe Skinner, a 16-year veteran Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Relationship Specialist, and are taught by husband-and-wife relationship educators Kathe and David Skinner.
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