New Year Resolution Challenge:
How To Make 2011 Even Better
By Bobbin Beam
December 31, 2010
Happy New Year! I hope you've been having a wonderful holiday season, and that youíre (almost) ready to get back to work Monday.
Perhaps you've spent some time over the holidays to make plans and preparations for your new year in a big way, while everyone else was relaxing during the last two weeks of the year.
If you did, good for you. I believe youíll be ahead of the game!
HONOR THY CUSTOMERS
If not, thereís still time to personally reach out to your top two dozen or so customers from 2010. Make large deposits into these relationships.
Give back, donít try to sell on all your accomplishments.
Instead Ö why not give each one of your top 25 clients a call?
Use this valuable information and time to build your relationship and not sell.
Invest yourself emotionally. Youíll be remembered as personal and unique.
Speaking of unique, we are voice artists, and we should embrace all of who we are.
Keep in mind that many successful entrepreneurs are artists, actors and non-conformists.
So zig while others are zagging. Remember that being the best at what you do and being different and unique are solely in your control.
SEEK POSITIVE PEOPLE
Take a look at who you spend time with, and how.
I always seek out positive leaders and mentors, either in my immediate community, or on the web.
I make an effort to connect especially with people who may be farther along on their voice over journey than I am.
I love how my voice coach Pat Fraley says heís not that smart. He says he just likes to hang out with people who are smarter than him.
One of my long-term missions is to surround myself with phenomenal people.
DON'T WASTE TIME!
Another area to focus on with laser precision is the identification and avoidance of time wasters that lead to procrastination.
By doing so I know I will be creating more value for my clients, my family and myself.
SEEN IN SYNC
Speaking of value, I want to establish goals to take better care of all my relationships - my clients/business, my friends and family, and my spiritual values, because all of those things are connected.
My mission for 2011 is to make sure that what I do on the ďoutsideĒ is in sync with my internal values and vision.
2011 ACTION PLAN
So what are the nuts and bolts of my preparation for a dynamic new year? Hereís a partial outline:
Iíll step back and review what worked last year, and what didnít.
Iíll reflect on what I want to let go of, and at the same time focus on what I want to attract and draw into my life and work.
I personally have a game plan each year, similar to ďresolutionsĒ that address the advancement of my voice acting career, my business and marketing skills, plus a set of goals to enhance my personal life, which will fuel my professional life.
I keep those goals printed up at my workstation at eye-level so I have to look at them each day. They hold me accountable.
Hopefully Iíve given some ideas that you can use to give your voice over business a jump-start to the New Year.
And I hope 2011 will be your best year yet!
ABOUT BOBBIN ...
Bobbin Beam is a very active voice talent, based in the San Diego - Los Angeles area, who specializes in projects for broadcast and business. She also writes a very entertaining and informative blog, Bobbin's Blog.
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