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Building Confidence<br />In your business and your role as business owner<br />
Agenda<br />Confidence is developmental<br />Define your core values for yourself and your business<br />Build an informal...
Confidence is developmental	<br />You are already confident in some of your roles – this one may be new<br />If you are pa...
What is your True North?	<br />What matters most to you in your life and your business<br />You need to know your core val...
Bring yourself to your work<br />What is unique about what you have to bring to your business?<br />Shape your business to...
Your Personal Advisory Board<br />My advisory board is informal and made up of other vendors with whom I enjoy working<br ...
Develop your gut	<br />Listen to your senses, feelings, intuition, or whatever you call that sense of knowing<br />Use you...
Create Social Capital<br />The definition – found online at the OECD site:  <br />Refers to the connection among individua...
Balance is not steady state<br />Part of becoming confident is having a history with our business.  <br />Change is consta...
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I was asked to present this at the small business networking group run by Carol Butkus of the SBA in Seattle.

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Building Confidence S Sh

  1. 1. Building Confidence<br />In your business and your role as business owner<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Confidence is developmental<br />Define your core values for yourself and your business<br />Build an informal advisory board<br />Develop your gut<br />Create social capital<br />Nothing stays constant<br />
  3. 3. Confidence is developmental <br />You are already confident in some of your roles – this one may be new<br />If you are parents, you know the feeling of being an imposter at first<br />Know your key values so you can project them<br />
  4. 4. What is your True North? <br />What matters most to you in your life and your business<br />You need to know your core values for yourself, your family AND your business<br />For me it was about having control over time by taking on part time projects<br />I also loved the fact that I could be very customer focused and do the right thing for my customers rather than what my particular manager wanted at any point in time<br />Know your ethical bottom line too<br />
  5. 5. Bring yourself to your work<br />What is unique about what you have to bring to your business?<br />Shape your business to reflect your strengths and that will build your confidence<br />I used my deep knowledge and high end licenses to bring small securities firms expert advice without the cost of a full time compliance person on staff<br />Now I use my passion for technology and early adopter status to market technology in the education market<br />
  6. 6. Your Personal Advisory Board<br />My advisory board is informal and made up of other vendors with whom I enjoy working<br />Build it over time with people who’s advice you trust and feel comfortable going to<br />THE VALUE: you can ask questions and have a sounding board with people who are not your family or employees<br />Constantly network – talk about your business to people you meet. They may not become clients, but they could be advisors<br />
  7. 7. Develop your gut <br />Listen to your senses, feelings, intuition, or whatever you call that sense of knowing<br />Use your experiences and your senses to make decisions<br />When you listen, and do the right thing based on what you hear, you will become more confident<br />
  8. 8. Create Social Capital<br />The definition – found online at the OECD site: <br />Refers to the connection among individuals and the relationships that can be economically valuable. Social networks that include people who trust and assist each other can be a powerful asset.<br />Build your business and your confidence through volunteering – if that’s right for you<br />
  9. 9. Balance is not steady state<br />Part of becoming confident is having a history with our business. <br />Change is constant – just when you think you’re rolling along, something happens<br />If you have been following these other steps, hopefully you have the resources to get back to your center.<br />

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