Organize and Write Your Book Tonight

Professional women, are you ready to write a book about your business or leadership experiences? Maybe you want to write a book to promote your special cause or non-profit organization? Maybe you want to record your professional memoirs? No matter the reason, writing your book will not be difficult once you get your thoughts organized and ready to put on paper. Follow these 7 simple steps and get your professional book going quickly.

1. List Your Thoughts
Are your ideas all over the place? Does your mind feel jumbled with everything you want to write? Slow it down by writing out lists of ideas you have on book topics. Once you write the list, go through and categorize them into topic areas. For instance, say you want to write about when you traveled through Europe with a backpack and became a travel agent? Maybe you’re ready to share lessons about your participation in protests or voting events in the 60’s and how it led to your political career? Perhaps you want to write about a hobby such as gardening or golf? Just go ahead and put the topics your interested in into categories.

2. Add to the Categories
Add additional information to each category. You might have a long list by now. Of all the topics you have, select the one that excites you the most or that you feel you have the most material on and focus on that one to start. Put all of the information for that topic on a separate paper so you can concentrate on that for your eBook.

3. Select the Chapter Headings
Out of the information in each of the lists you created, select a topic that will serve as a chapter heading. Take the strongest and most focused statement to serve as chapter heading. This will help you focus your chapters. Put everything you listed about that that topic into logical sections or an outline to form the chapters of your book.

4. Organize Chapters
Be sure the topics you listed underneath each chapter heading make senses to go with that topic. You can adjust this list later as needed. Put the information in logical order as you would find in a table of contents in a book. Pull out one of your favorite books to serve as a model or guide.

5. Fill in Chapter Material
Start to write subtopics in each section. Write as much as you know without having to think too hard. When you have exhausted what you already know, you might already have enough for a book. If not, research additional information or ideas to add. Go online and pull up the years you are talking about. Look for historical information from that time period to trigger more memoirs. Put in some more facts and information.

6. Keep It Focused
Your Book does not have to be lengthy. Some books by professional authors and leaders are only 50 to 75 pages. That is not very much writing. In fact, with 40 pages of writing, a front cover, table of contents, dedication page and disclaimer and copyright page and you have your 50 page Book ready to go.

7. Write the Introduction and Summary
Introduce the topic of each chapter with a two to three sentence introduction and write a summary for each chapter of the same length. Be sure the introduction provides teaser information that makes readers desire to keep reading. The summary should not introduce new materials but summarize the primary focus of the chapter.

Professional women with years of business and leadership experience have some of the most exciting first-hand experiences to share with others. Forget the excuses about not being able to write your book. As you put these ideas into place you will see how simple it is to get an book written in a very short period of time. You just have to get started to make it a reality.

Choose to Be a Mentor

Women rarely get mentored in the workplace as men do. This is a proven fact. Research done on women leaders have shown that women are not mentored. When I conducted my research study on women’s leadership, this fact was again confirmed.

Even other women have not stepped up to the task of taking another woman under her wings for mentoring at the rate that is needed. There could be many reasons for this:

  • Not having been mentored means not having the skills to know how to mentor others.
  • A lack of mentoring means having to struggle hard to keep up with what’s going on. That could mean being too stressed or stretched to be able to take time to mentor.
  • Not having mentoring could mean developing a mindset of lack, feeling that there is only so much to share and why share what you struggled to learn with someone else.
  • Not realizing there are many ways to mentor others. Women have unique styles of leadership that can result in the ability to be a mentor to others. Using uniquely feminine style of leadership can provide mentoring without having to resort to power struggles often associated with moving up in the workplace.

When you started your business or took on the role of leader you probably had someone in your life that inspired you. That person may have guided and helped you learn some of the skills you needed along the way. They may have told you about mistakes they had made in order to prevent you from doing the same, or given you advice on steps you could take to improve yourself. That person served as a mentor. You can pay that act of kindness forward and grow your leadership reputation at the same time by acting as a mentor to someone else.

Answering the “Why?” in Business Motivation

Starting a business is not that difficult; however, maintaining the vision for a business in your mind and heart is needed to keep you motivated towards your goal.  A vision is a mental picture of how you want things to be.  For instance, you would carry a mental picture of what being a success means to you. 

  • You can see people coming to you saying “Yes” I want what you have to offer.   
  • You see your products or services being purchased and your cash register full of cash.  

But keeping a vision alive is not the first step to building a successful venture.  The first step is to ask the most important question you will have to answer prior to being a success. That question is, Why? 

  • Why are you doing what you do (or want to do) in business?  
  • Why have you chosen (or will choose) to focus on a particular field, discipline, idea, etc.? 

It’s important to know why you intend to do something as intense as operating a business.  Starting or operating a business based on the wishes and dreams of others or based on the traditions within a person’s family. Perhaps you grew up in a family business and felt obligated to carry it on. But now, you might feel discouraged and unmotivated.  The business could have great potential but your lack of enthusiasm makes the marketing lackluster or almost non-existent.  When, you think about why you are in this particular business, its not because of your personal passion but because of the dreams of others. 

Working in a business because of the expectations of others is not always enough to motivate you to go through the ups and downs of business. You must have a passion for what you do.  It’s when you love the work, and want to do the business, that you are in the right field. 

This brings you back to why answering the question “Why” is an important first step to create a vision for your business. 

  • Why do you even want to serve a certain target community, locally or online, in this manner?  
  • Is this something you would choose to do on your own, or do you feel forced to go into this business or service?  
  • Do you know that this business is the best use of your talents and skills?  
  • Are you honoring your personal and business values through this business?

Answer the why and you’re on your way to understanding what you need to be doing in your life through business. 

Take time to find your true heart’s desire in business and pursue your true dreams. Then you will be a business professional who is ready to continue building your business in a way that enhances your quality of life and motivates you to continue on to success, no matter what obstacles you will inevitably face along the way.

7 Top Keys to a Successful Live Event

Live events are one of the best ways to market your business to people from diverse background.  Organizing a live event takes skill and attention to detail.  Everyone may not have the patience or ability to put on a live event. With the growth of the Internet, many Internet business professional are doing virtual events instead.  But a live event can bring your prestige and increase your reputation as the expert in your industry. There are certain key factors that make an event successful.  Here are seven top factors for you to consider as you start organization your event. 

1. Details. Event planning means paying attention to details.  That means staying on top of all of the plans, even if you delegate some of the arrangements to team members. Be sure to plan everything including all of the contingencies that could happen. 

2. Backup Plan. Speaking of the unexpected, you can be sure that you will encounter some unexpected situations when you do events.  Have backup plans in place based on the situation you might face since you won’t have time to panic once the event starts.  Think about weather situations, a speaker stuck in an airport, food that’s spoiled or wrong information printed on a thousand invitations.  It happens but facing problems just makes you a better event planner as you go along. 

3. Organize Plans. By the time you get to your event, you will have a lot of information and papers with the details you need.  Start off by getting everything organized in files, binders and on the computer.  You don’t want to be looking for important information at the last minute and fail to find it.  Keep all of your receipts, invoices and orders.  Always have a copy of the contracts you’ve made with any vendors including speakers, entertainers and food services where you can easily reach them.   

4. Location. Selecting an appropriate venue is a key factor for event success. Estimate possible attendance, event theme and purpose.  Make sure the location is easy for guests to find and that there is adequate parking. The right venue can make or break an event. 

5. Theme.  A successful event has a theme. Select a theme to express your event goals and intended outcomes.  The theme helps to get all of the other detail coordinated including decorations, invitations and even the program. In fact, the theme helps to define everything else about the event. 

6. Drinks. Following the theme for the event, start thinking of the basic amenities your guests might need.  Even if this isn’t a formal sit-down dinner event, consider having water, coffee, and tea at the least.  People can get dehydrated even sitting in a seminar or workshop. Instead of having them walk out during a presentation or even feel ill, provide the basics. Also, think about the other types of drinks. You may not want to offer a cash bar or open bar with alcoholic drinks or maybe you will. Both can be expensive in their own ways, however, you can limit your budget by only offering certain drinks such as a bottle of wine per table and leaving other drinks in an open bar. 

7. Food. Of course, if you’re keeping people in a room all day, think about food.  If you’re doing an actual food event, such as a breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have more details and costs to consider.  Start early looking for food vendors or caterers. You might have a location that has its own kitchen and insists that you use their facilities.  Food will be remembered even if the speakers or workshops are not.  This can literally make or break your event. With bad food come bad ratings. Sample the food so you feel confident about what the people will get.   

Live events take a lot of work and planning.  These are just seven beginning tips to get your started on the way to a successful event.

Start Your Business – Now!

Are you ready to give up the 9 to 5 “rat race” and think about starting your own home based business or Internet marketing business? You might be ready to become an entrepreneur home based business professional and you have the self-confidence to do it. So why shouldn’t you profit from your ideas instead of profiting another company owner?

Financially, you know you’ll never reach your desired goals unless you take the risk of being an independent business owner. But the question remains, what business would you start if you could? You can feel in your heart that tug that tells you to take the risk to do an independent business. Before you pack in that weekly paycheck, take time to evaluate yourself and your future with some real honesty. Take time to pray and hear the calling of your heart towards the right business for your life. You want to change your life for the better, so let’s start.

You Can Do It:  Do you know that you have the potential to do and be anything you want? You are created in the image of God so you have the ability to be creative in your life. Some of this creativity can be used to build a unique business that is really needed in the world. Most women have different perceptions of what is the ideal business life; and that ideal can range from owning a retail store operation to setting up a regular income from a web based membership site. Unfortunately, many women fail to reach their aspirations because they can’t get a solid, clear picture in their mind of what they want to do with their talents.

Search for Your Heart Desire:  Take the next few days and embark on a fact-finding journey that will be a life-changing experience for you. First, sit down and pray about exactly what you want in as an independent business owner. Be specific about identifying your passions so you can focus all your efforts on that particular desire. To reach real success in a business effort, seek the true desires of your heart and be ready to recognize the type of home based, internet marketing or retail business you want to spend time doing.

Seven Questions to Help You Know:  The woman who always changes her mind or who gives up easily when the going gets tough, will never get anywhere. If you’re a bit confused and aren’t sure what you really want in life take time to answer these questions:

  1. What makes your heart beat with excitement?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What are you constantly thinking of day and night?
  4. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
  5. What do you enjoy doing?
  6. What are your obsessions?
  7. What things make you jump for joy?

Write down all your possible answers to the above questions. Write down everything, no matter how silly or unimportant it seems. Put all your desires on paper that answers any of the above questions.

When you complete responding to the questions, go back, study your answers and circle five to seven items that interest you the most from your list. Then, without taking a lot of time, evaluate and choose with your heart (emotions or intuition), not your mind, the one and only thing worthy to spend all your time and resources on and that brings out the best in you.

How to Make Anything Possible:  Now, what if you know you want to work in an area that might not be right for you because of your personal circumstances? For instance, what if you want to be the next star of a woman’s basketball team? If you’re over 20 years old and never played basketball, you’d have to realize that this is not a reasonable choice. But if you have a love for the sport, you can always think of something related to basketball or sports. How about starting a women’s basketball publication and interview stars of the game? Or perhaps a site that features women’s basketball sporting goods or a basketball memorabilia business?

Listen to Your Heart:  The most important thing to remember, no matter how impossible your idea seems to be, is to listen to your heart. Even if other people disagree with you, be firm with what you really want. Others may offer comments or advice, but the final decision is always yours to make as you are the one to live with growing and nurturing your business. Concentrate on what you want, not what others want.

Get Started:  Many business women are very successful in businesses that others tried to talk them out of doing. Some have Internet based businesses on a particular topic or have built membership sites to coach others.  These women followed the leading of their hearts. They spent time in studying their idea and planned the  direction that they were to pursue in their business.

Too many women live lives in quiet desperation, waiting until a perfect time to take the time to do what they really want to do in life. You can be feeling that type of desperation to and fear that time will pass you by before you realize your true calling in life. You will surely feel this way if you know you are supposed to start working on your dream and you keep hesitating out of doubt or fear.

Take the time now, to search your heart and decide what you really want in life more than anything else. Do the exercise above and be honest with yourself. You don’t have to share the information with anyone else yet. Just sit quietly and think about your responses. Keep your pen and paper nearby as ideas begin to come to you and write them down without judgment. You are getting ideas from your deepest understanding that you can use to form your future business plan; in fact, the more outrageous your ideas, the better. That means your original creativity is coming out and you are starting to really focus on what’s uniquely yours to do in life.

Begin honoring each moment in every day of your life. Live life, remembering, that you don’t know everything that’s ahead for you. Don’t take for granted the life that you have. Live every day as if it were the last day you had and stop leaving your dreams to be started next week, next month, or next year.