How about you? Are you slowing down over the summer? Are you taking a cue from the kids and take advantage of the summer?
Rhonda Abrams had a wonderful article in the USA Today about how a slow summer can be an opportunity to jumpstart your business. Her suggestions include getting busy on social media, network like crazy, update your website, follow up on those business cards, starting an email newsletter and tackling a project.
I love her suggestions and I have some of them on my calendar. Summer is also a great time to learn something new. Here are some suggestions to broaden your horizons and learn something that will move your business forward.
Attend an Event
As a workshop or seminar host, you know that attending events has many benefits. By attending the right events, you not only learn the skills you need in your business, and get inspired and motivated to get it done, but you also meet like-minded people who can turn into friends, strategic partners and yes, event attendees to your own events.
Check out these 3 events this summer: Shannon Cherry’s Business CHARM School in Saratoga Springs is coming up June 8-10. If you are a holistic healer, practitioner or coach, you will want to look into the Holistic Business Breakthrough Workshop coming up June 23-24. Finally, NAMS8 will be held in Atlanta August 3-5. NAMS is a great conference to learn about all aspects of internet marketing. And if you are hosting events, part of your marketing should be done on the internet! Added bonus if you come to NAMS8: I will be there and look forward to meeting you!
If you are like me, you most likely have signed up for webinars and teleseminars, but haven’t had the chance to watch or listen to them yet. Take a couple of hours and watch a webinar, take notes and implement a strategy or two from the webinar. Remember, consuming without action won’t help your business.
If you have some audios lying around that you haven’t listened to, download them to your iPod and listen to them while you take a walk or lie by the pool.
Take a Home Study Course
What skills are you looking to improve? Although there are a ton of courses available, choose one that fits in with the goals that you have for your business. For instance, if you are looking to host workshop and seminars and want to improve your marketing for it, the Butts in Seats Home Study course is a great option.
When you do invest in a course or program, take the time to really go through the course. Do the exercises and once you are through, do it again. Research shows we remember only about 7% of what we learn, so you will pick up more nuggets every time you go through your course.
Use your time in the summer wisely. Even if you slow down, add some time to your calendar to learn a new skill, tackle a project or tweak something in your business that will improve it.
What are your plans for the summer? Share them in the comments.