By Meg Moss
Who wants to collect Twenty Ideas in Twenty Minutes? This week was the first edition of the Chamber of Commerce “Digital Dialogue”, a monthly event where Chamber members and their guests can get together for information, ideas, tips and tricks! The new event takes place virtually on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 am.
This month’s topic was 2021 Vision and Goals for Your Business. Each participant came prepared to share one of their ideas, and to glean from other professional’s input, leaving the session with twenty ideas.
I consider the event a success, and I’d like to share with you some of the ideas that were derived from the event. But I can’t share them all…you’ll have to join us next month to hear ideas for yourself.
Some goals were broad in nature, such as better utilizing the power of networking to create relationships. This is easily achievable simply by participating in monthly Chamber networking events, such as AM Buzz or Public Policy events. You can also form relationships through serving on Chamber committees. Not sure where you fit in? Contact the Chamber office, and we can explore your interest areas.
Embrace the word “NO”. Don’t overextend yourself. That’s one good reason to create your goals for the year. It gives you a framework for what to say yes to, and what you can pass on. Prioritize your commitments based on your goals. One common theme throughout the Digital Dialogue was to prioritize customer safety.
Have one Big Audacious Goal! One where people may think “what are you thinking?”. Post it in your calendar, hang it on your wall, write it on your mirror. Keep it in the forefront any way that you can. Next, take that big audacious goal and break it down into management pieces. Put those pieces into your calendar – whether it be an electronic, or paper. This will hold you accountable.
Make sure your goals are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. For example, a goal to increase your market share could become: Increase market share by 3% before the 4th quarter of 2021. These are time measured steps that can be put into your calendar so that you can regularly do a self-check on your progress.
These are some of the snippets of this week’s Digital Dialogue. Interested in participating next month? Reach out to the Chamber office and tell us you want to join in the conversation. We can be reached at 919-775-7341.