How to make conferences less painful
Conference are demanding, tiring affairs. You start the day fresh, dressed smartly and filled with energy, and end it crawling back home, bones aching and just wanting to get to bed… Here are some tips I’ve accumulated over the years: Have someone go instead of you. Sounds silly right? Well- you’d be surprised…
I'm not a morning person… really?
The way you start your day pretty much dictates how you will feel and act all throughout the day. Start it late and you will play catch up all day long. Start it mellow, power up and arrive fully energized and you will be far more productive. But how can you change and start the…
An easy hack to come out as a winner out of every business meeting
Every business meeting is different- some are good, others are terrible. But there’s one simple thing you can do to make every meeting count. Write and distribute a summary of the meeting to everyone who’s attended. And do it as soon as possible, even minutes after the meeting has ended. It sounds silly, but it’s…
Three things I’ve learned on my first week as a freelancer
Working Nights is a apparently a big part of freelancing… Exactly one week ago I’ve packer my stuff and said goodbye to my last employer, and also to organized employment world, which I’ve been part of for the last 17 years. This week I’ve started a new phase in my career as a self-employed, freelance…
What a decade of business travel has taught me
I remember my first business trip clearly, although it has taken place exactly a decade ago. It was late 2005 and we were heading for Singapore to deliver a project to the local Navy, and upon arrival I could not locate my luggage. What an annoying way to start my very first business trip abroad!…
Owntrepreneurship Blog- 2015 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many…
Why baking is the perfect pastime for busy entrepreneurs?
I admit it. I love to bake. Bread Buns Pizza Pretzels Bagels Love ’em all.. It sounds weird, right? Who in their right minds will spend hours (yep, baking is time consuming) to make something they can buy fresh off the shelf? Well, hear me out first, and then decide if I’m crazy… well-…
In whatever professional arena we play we must know the rules. The rules usually apply to all participants in the same field and knowing them should give you an advantage over the others. LinkedIn is not different. Only that it is, in one simple aspect. It doesn’t tell you all the rules (perhaps somewhere,…
Fifty shades of "No"
They say that A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, but how can you tell what "No" really means?
The dark side of networking- how to elude social engineering
Having a large network sure has its benefits, as we’ve explored in previous posts (https://owntrepreneurship.com/2015/07/27/the-advantages-of-being-accessible/), but it also has some inherent dangers- one is over-exposure (where people get sick of seeing your name pop up), but a more serious one is that being visible and connected makes you a prime target for scammers, and worse,…