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A Team Building Seminar Can Work For Any Business
It amazes me how popular team building seminars have become. Most major companies and organizations have turned to team building professionals at one time or another to get greater results from their employees. But, team building is not just for large companies, it works just as well for the small business entrepreneur. Iíd like to focus on a couple of key points that will help you decide, as a big or small business, if team building seminars are right for you.
One of the first questions I always ask in my own team building seminar is; whatís the number one thing you need to do in business to be successful. And, you wouldnít believe the mixed responses I get like; having a good product, having a good marketing strategy or having good management. While these things are important theyíre certainly not number one! The most important thing you need to do as a company, whether you like it or not is; SELL. In fact, if youíre not selling is a hobby, not a business.
Learning to sell is by far the most important skill you could ever acquire. Thatís why I teach it in my team building seminars. Everyone on the team needs to know how to sell, not just the sales people. Why? Because that way, everyone understands, not only how important it is to the success of any business but how learning to sell can increase everyoneís awareness of what it takes to be successful.
So, if selling is the most important skill whatís the second most important? Team! The team is what gives life and energy to your ideas and what propels your company forward. Imagine how hard it would be to push a car up a hill if you didnít have a team. A team makes everything easier if, and only if, people know how to work together. Which, brings me to the third most important thing; Teach!
As part of a team, your responsibility is to teach everyone around you what you know that can help them do their job better. How do you know when and when not to teach? When youíve done something and had success doing it, then itís time to pass on that information. So often when people learn something thatís worked for them they keep it to themselves because somehow they think it gives them an advantage within the company. Thatís what you donít want. You donít want a bunch of individuals all competing with each other. Thatís not a team, thatís a contest!
Finally, the glue that holds Sell, Team and Teach together is; Accountability. When you become accountable for the success of others then you realize that your responsibility is to share the information youíve learned that can help them. Then, and only then, can you be truly successful as a team. Becoming accountable for each other is truly the magic potion of successful businesses.
So, how can this work for a small business person that doesnít have a team? Exactly the same way! If youíre in small business you still need a team in order to sell a lot of products and services. If you canít afford to hire a big team then all you need to do is offer to teach what you know that will help others. In the process, a team will form around you and the energy that you put into teaching will bring you greater success than you ever thought possible.
About the Author: Paul Tobey offers onsite training through instructor-led, soft skills training. His unique team building seminar helps people to improve their skills essential to business success.