Running a small business can be a lot of work. Many small business owners have not trained specifically to run a business, and for many it is also the first business that they’ve owned. Without past experience running a business, even the smallest details like creating your business cards can become sticking points and threaten to trip you up and disrupt the flow of your business.
That’s where consultants come in: consultants can allow a small and inexperienced business owner to make strategic and prudent decisions. However, hiring the wrong consultant can be an expensive and time consuming mistake. We’ve outlined the steps that you need to consider before you hire that business consultant in order to minimize the chances of losses and mistakes.
Meetings. Most of the time they are necessary, but many times they are challenging. Some people show up late. Some people talk too much. Some meetings run on and on and accomplish nothing.
What’s a meeting organizer to do? Let’s start with reviewing four pesky meeting challenges. Billie Blair, an organizational psychologist and president and CEO of the international management consulting firm change Strategists, says one of the most common frustrations is having an in-person meeting when e-mail or another form of communication would suffice.
“Everyone attending will know that it could have been dealt with quicker and with less effort and time expended,” Blair said. “It’s akin to throwing up wordy PowerPoint slides and then reading every word to the audience.”
Blair also points to holding important meetings without out preparing an adequate agenda or thinking through a likely direction for the discussion as a point of frustration for attendees. By the same token, she says, losing control of the discussion and allowing long-winded folks to take over the meeting annoys everybody. Read more...