Summer: A Time For Assessment

It’s summer.  You’re probably ready – way overdue, perhaps – for some time out. Are you taking a break from work? Are you determined to spend more time at home, or with your family? That’s great. But summer is also a time for assessment. On any number of fronts.

So don’t relax just yet …

As you clear your desk today, try clearing the decks as well. Make sure you’re ready for any opportunities that come your way.

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Here Are 6 Cool Tips For The Hot Days Ahead

1  Revisit Your Career Goals.

When you wrote them last year, you had clear directions in mind. Are you still on track? Have you ticked off your goals for 2018? Or did you at least take action that brought you closer to achieving them?

Didn’t write any last January? Never mind. Every year is a new start. Go straight to Tip #2

2  Set Some SMART Goals For 2019

Most of us know what SMART goals are. They’ve been around for a long time, but that’s because they work.

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely goals have process and incentives ‘built-in’. That means added value.

Read more about Smart Goals

3  Do A Communications Audit 

Whether you have a job, or run your own business, you want to send the right messages – all the time.

Refresh your résumé.

If it’s been languishing in the dark, why not give it an extra summer shine. It’s easier to keep your work history and relevant skills up to date if you revise them regularly. Your next dream job could be on the horizon, and if your CV is looking good, the process of applying will be less of a hassle.

You could be the ‘hot ticket’ this summer.

Re-examine your business communications.

Take a fresh look at your website, your blog, your brochures – and even your letter and email templates. How will a potential client see them?

Is your message consistent?

Are your communications exactly right for your purpose, and for your target market?

Does your style convey what your business is about?

Does everything you send out say, “We are expert professionals”?

Communications matter. 

You might be looking for employment, promoting your goods and services, or writing content.  Regardless of what you are communicating, the way you do it really makes a difference.

A clumsy sentence, grammatical and spelling errors, or a poor choice of style can send the wrong message about you.

Get your communications right for 2019.

4  Update Your Contact List 

Now is the perfect time to make sure you have the contact details of prospects, clients, new introductions, and ‘those people who gave you their cards at those networking events’.

Find the business cards, the scraps of paper, and the emails, and file all the details in your contact book or spreadsheet. Don’t forget to make a note about who each person is, and the context of your meeting.

5  Talk To Us

If you agree it’s a time for assessment and you need help, then please get in touch.

We can advise you about setting directions and goals for the year ahead, and sprucing up your work-related or business communications.

And as for that contact list, don’t forget to add Those Comms People (that’s us). Do it right now.

6  There Is No #6

Except to say: It’s summer, so break out the drinks, ask a few friends around, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Enjoy your summer!

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