Wednesday, 05 July 2017 09:55

The Impact of Edible Packaging on Research & Development Tax Credits

Recent developments in Food Packaging Science could open up major opportunities for manufacturers, some of which will qualify for R&D tax relief.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:41

Print versus Google

We all work in business and we all want to promote our companies for growth and to generate cash, but in the days of modern technology, have we forgotten how to do this?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:35

What is GDPR and why you should care?

Do you hold data about people for your business? Do you have a mailing list of your existing and prospect clients? Do you intend to get in touch via email with any of them after May 2018? You’d better read on! GDPR is coming your way.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:30

Can you really afford the potential disruption to you and added costs to your company?

Time and time again, we hear of the disruption and costs to companies when commercial travel plans are thrown into disarray for one reason or another.

Monday, 19 June 2017 12:20

Paving the way for sustained success

How can you turn your team's momentum into a period of continued achievement?

Monday, 05 June 2017 10:50

Performance Anxiety: What are the causes?

Were there subjects at school that you felt you weren’t any good at, so that every time they came up you worried about them? Were there times as a child when you were desperate to fit in but felt ignored or shunned?

By Adrian Taffinder

In fact, you may not remember events from the past that were traumatic for you, but they create implicit memories, which then trigger emotional responses in you when you come up against things that make you feel uncomfortable.

This can lead to performance anxiety in business.

Performance anxiety is often debilitating.  It arises in many different situations, and it is not just restricted to public speaking.

Performance Anxiety and Poor Sales

If you must deliver a pitch to a group of industry professionals, or a presentation to your peers, then it’s natural to be nervous beforehand. But what if this nervousness is so intense that it results in a poor performance? And what if this is a repeated pattern that you feel you cannot break out of?

There is a hidden script controlling around 95% of what you do and this is the subconscious mind. If your hidden script contains implicit memories of past traumatic events or reactions, it will cause a stress response in certain situations, thus causing performance anxiety.

This can manifest itself in different ways, some of which may not be immediately obvious.

So, for example, you may have a sales and marketing programme all worked out that you follow diligently, but somehow not enough sales come out of it. Something is causing a blockage. That something is your subconscious mind and its hidden script, in this instance, is telling you you’re not up to scratch, that you don’t deserve success.

This deep-seated anxiety then affects your performance, even though, outwardly, you’re doing all the things you think you should be doing to drive your sales.

Uncovering Subconscious Stress Factors

Just because the subconscious mindset controls much of what we do, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be changed.

The key thing is addressing the underlying feelings triggering the emotional response and getting to the root cause of performance anxiety. You can re-write your hidden script.

Business is not coldly rational and emotion-free, because feelings are what drive us.  Just as you can feel passionately positive about what you do, so you can experience anxiety about how you perform.

The answer lies in what makes up your mindset.

If you want to find out how to improve your performance and remove the barriers to your success, please contact us.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:02

# 4 Confessions of a Small Business: Goal vs Tactics

If you were on a sports field you would know what your goal was before starting the game and which tactics you were going to use to achieve that goal. Can you say the same about your marketing planning?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:46

The Power of the Chocolate Finger

The gesture does not have to be huge. Corporate hospitality is amazing, the flight, the races, great seats at the concert, the fantastic gourmet meal, but STOP! Take a moment and remember it is the thought that counts. I know it’s a cliché but it really is the thought that counts.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:16

Why all small business owners need sales training

If you want to run a successful business, you can’t back away from the idea of having someone skilled at selling your product or service. That’s why all small business owners need sales training.

Friday, 17 February 2017 14:58

Referals - don't be afraid to ask

Referrals are fantastic, the easy win in sales, they can make you money. Sales referrals are most likely to result in a sale. Sally Roberts explains why you shouldn't be afraid to ask for referrals.

Friday, 17 February 2017 14:48

Confessions of a Small Business Owner

Running a small business can be tough. Emma Webb of www.one360.co.uk confesses to some of the mistakes she has made in her second year at the helm of a small business.

Friday, 17 February 2017 14:39

Appreciation in the workplace

A hot topic in the workplace recently is gratitude and appreciation and the positive effect it has on people. Julie Gordon offers some tips to encourage this culture in the workplace.

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