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bad habits that need replacing. Business and family relationships are built on trust. You earn trust by listening and showing you are fully engaged. On occasion you may have to rebook your appointment if you are not able to be emotionally present. Tip#2: Turn off your phone, computer etc. just before going in to a meeting or when you are in the company of others, especially business meetings and family time. This increases your opportunity to be fully focused and helps you to avoid the temptation of looking at your phone for every little sound or buzz your phone makes.This lets others know they are important and helps them to avoid feeling rejected or pushed away when you redirect your attention. Tip #3: Good listening skills are a must. Focus by really concentrating on the other person’s words. Listen to them instead of thinking about what your response is going to be. This is a big one for a lot of people especially when they are attending networking events. Remember to be curious, ask questions. You will find that you enjoy others more when you really get to know them. This will also make you more memorable long after an event is over. 62 | SavvyBizWomen Is Mental Clutter Getting You Down? Tip #4: Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind of the day’s events and previous conversations prior to entering a meeting, being with family or attending a social event. This opens your mind to new possibilities and brings you in to the current moment. It can help change your attitude if you have had a challenging day. Take a few minutes to change “hats” so your mind is clear and ready for the next encounter. Tip #5: Don’t answer your phone unless you can give your full attention to the person on the other end. Let it go to voicemail. How many times have you called someone and they have said “I cannot talk right now as I am in the middle of (blank). Do you wonder why they are answering their phone? What about the person they just gave a hand signal to when you answered the phone to make the useless statement. You can always return the call. The number and voicemail message are recorded. Use technology in a positive way. Once you have these new habits in place, you will find your mind and your life become less cluttered. Your personal and business connections are growstronger. Your ability to relate to others will be improved. Make sure you are using the gift of today’s technology in your favor so it is truly an asset. In the long run people remember how you made them feel. There is not time like the present to begin practicing be present with others. Rowena List is an organizing expert specializing in home organizationand time management coaching. Visit www.GettingItTogether.ca to get your free copy of Rowena’s new e-BookOrganized in 15 Minutes which gives youa simple 10-day plan for organizing 10 different areas of your homein 15 minutes or less.


SBW Issue 11 Jeneth Blackert
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