Networking 101: Icebreaker vs Deal Breaker – know the difference?

Networking is a great way to grow your business, however only if done correctly. Do you know the correct etiquette when it comes to connecting with someone for the very first time? If you don’t, your approach might sour a relationship with someone who may have become your biggest advocate.


Money Mindset: the missing piece of your business growth puzzle

You’ve defined your niche and developed a distinguishable Signature Brand, and you’re consistently marketing your business to gain visibility and recognition. BUT, you’re not getting new clients or generating the level income you want. What are you doing wrong? If you’re asking yourself the exact same question – take heed.


Networking 101: 5 things you DON’T want to do during your introduction

“First impressions count,” is a saying I’m sure you’re familiar with. So, with the microphone poised at your lips and everyone’s eyes on you for the next 45 seconds – what you say next matters if you want to make the RIGHT impression.

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How to overcome indecision

Decisions, decisions, decisions. They’re a normal fact of life. However what happens when the whole decision-making process is anything less than normal?


According to Brainfacts we make thousands of decisions each day with many so easy, we don’t even know we’re making them.

Just this morning, I’ve already made numerous easy decisions such as “Shall I get out of bed now or allow myself a few extra minutes to snooze? Do I feel like tea or coffee? Should I write in my gratitude journal first or should I study my daily devotion?” – just to name a few.

While these decisions may seem trivial (and easy to make) there are times when making a decision can be more difficult. Painfully so.

How to get over your fear of speaking in public

Does the thought of speaking in public make you want to throw up?

fear of speaking in publicIf you answered ‘Yes’ you’re not alone.

The fear of speaking in public (referred to as ‘Glossophobia’) outweighs people’s fear of death.

In fact, the fear of speaking in public is THE greatest fear people can have – according to

A few years ago one of my business colleagues approached me and asked me to work with her husband.

He was a senior executive in the transportation industry and had recently been presented with an opportunity to step up the corporate ladder into one of the company’s top senior roles.

He had been working towards this role for many years, and now finally the opportunity had presented itself. However upon learning the role would require him to speak in front of staff and customers – he promptly turned it down.


His fear of speaking in public.

He turned down the job opportunity that he had dreamed about (and had worked extremely hard towards) for years because of his fear of public speaking.

So, like my colleagues’ husband, if you are one of the 75% of people who fear public speaking, you’ve probably been reading my recent Speaking to Grow Your Business articles, thinking: “Yeah right Annemarie – it’s never going to happen.”

Today’s article is for you. Here are three things you can do to begin minimizing your fear of speaking in public, so you can finally start to reap the many benefits that speaking to grow your business, offers.