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How Are You Perceived?
In today’s blog post, I talked about the challenges presented by perceptions. We all form them in order to understand the person in front of it. Perceptions can be based on looks, what a person says, how they smell or what they drive. How are you perceived? Do you give those you interact with the first couple of times the benefit of the doubt if you happen to have a negative perception of them?
I like to ask clarifying questions if I feel I’ve developed a false perception of someone to give them a chance to set me straight. It goes something like this: “Now, when you said X, I understood that to mean Y, is that what you mean?” This gives people a chance to understand how they are coming across. Chances are, they’ve had a bad morning or something is going wrong in their personal lives for them to have presented themselves the way they did.
I recently read the 4-Hour Work Week and, while I doubt I’ll be able to streamline my business to only have to work four hours per week, Ferriss did present some amazing tips on how to create time in my day by managing email more effectively.
Check email twice per day – Ferris checks email at noon and 4pm. This saves quite a bit of time because it limits interrupts to your workflow. Some might check email in the morning when they get to work and then over the noon hour. “What about emergencies?” you ask? Ferriss created an auto-response indicating that his policy is to check email twice per day and that if they have an emergency that they should call him. People usually re-evaluated the urgency of their situation and were satisfied with his response via email during his designated email times.
Touch each email message once – When you open an email message, do something with it right away. Don’t let it sit in your Inbox. If action is required, take it. There is a lot of time wasted re-reading emails and deciding how long you can put off taking action.
TIP: How NOT to Suck at Facebook for Business
In Volume #1 of this newsletter I talked about a link I found regarding How to Suck at Facebook. Here are some tips on how NOT to suck at Facebook for business:
Create a Facebook Fan Page for your business and keep it separate from your personal Facebook page; get a vanity url
Share interesting articles with your fans to demonstrate why they should do business with you
Integrate your Facebook Fan Page with your other social media platforms
Create a well-developed bio in the left-hand sidebar. Include links to your other social media platforms
Update your status on a regular basis with a coupon offering, news article or event update. Your status update will appear in the news feed of your fans on a regular basis, keeping you in their thoughts
Include a logo or a professional photo of yourself as your avatar
Design a custom landing page with a personalized message for first-time visitors instead of having them land on your Wall. This gives you the opportunity to interact with them on a more personal level
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