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10 Palpable Reasons Why People Become Entrepreneurs

10 Palpable Reasons Why People Become Entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs are cut from a different cloth, unique in many ways. They come from different personality types, cultures, and genders.They are champions, full of determination, drive, and ambition. Entrepreneurs think outside of the box. Observing how things could be, instead of settling for how they are. They don’t need high levels of formal education to be effective and make an instant impact in any situation. Here are 10 palpable reasons why people become entrepreneurs:

1. They want to make a difference

Entrepreneurs have visions of pursuing their dreams, even if they are unconventional. Things that are not considered on the normal path of life, they may pursue.They get labeled as crazy, receive odd stares and judgment from the nonbelievers. Nevertheless, they push on to change the world one dream at a time.

2. They Embrace Having a Path of Their Own

Entrepreneurs are leaders, they embrace having a path of their own to fulfill their dreams. However, creating their own path is not always by choice. The lack of challenge and opportunity in the job market may push an entrepreneur to their pursuits. They create their own opportunity and use their skills that were neglected, by those they worked for and capitalize on them.

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Robert Frosts poem “The Road Not Taken” explains this all too well. A business professor whose class I had taken shared a copy of this poem with me. I now share this poem with you, I hope it serves as a source of inspiration.This poem is for those who believe there is an entrepreneur inside of them.

3. They Desire Challenges

Entrepreneurs desire challenges. They are problem solvers, innovators and game changers. Given the right opportunity they can turn around a project, company or anything, they put their mind to. They are hard working and dedicate the effort to making a great change in the tasks they pursue. They have the ability to see things that others do not. Unfortunately, many are overlooked and their suggestions are brushed off and dismissed when working for others. However, an entrepreneur being the smart person they are, they decide to turn it around and use it to their own advantage in a business of their own.

4. They Crave Flexibility

Entrepreneurs crave flexibility they don’t prefer your typical 8-5 work schedule. They may work more or longer hours when working for themselves, but the flexibility will make all the difference. They will appreciate having a schedule that they have a better control over.

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5. They Want More Stability

Whether it’s for their family or themselves entrepreneurs like the idea of more stability. The facts are that you can work at a company today and be laid off tomorrow. Entrepreneurs like the idea of being the determiner of their outcomes and financial security. You can work hard at a company, increase your skills and still not get a promotion, bonus or other forms of advancement. Even if you do receive a bonus they may give you a few cents or so which doesn’t go very far for really high achievers. Entrepreneurs know that when putting in the time, effort and hard work for their own business, it will pay off better rewards.

6. They want to create jobs

A driving factor to some entrepreneurs is that their passion may be able to create jobs. The thought that if they make enough money, their family members won’t have to go looking for jobs when they are laid off. Their family can always have a job when times get tough. I understand some believe work and family don’t mix. However, they still appreciate the idea of being able to help out family when in a crunch. With the economy the way it is unstable at times they like the idea of being able to do their part in helping out increasing jobs.

7. They are underestimated and overlooked

A lot of companies don’t understand what kind of amazing possibilities this type of person can bring to their company. Managers often overlook and underestimate the potential of this employee but sometimes don’t know this person exists.

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8. They are passionate about change

Entrepreneurs can be passionate people because they actually care. They can see the difference in their minds before it is actually implemented. They can also see the destruction that will occur if something is not done about the situation. They can get frustrated, but this does not make them less effective it makes them human. Although, passion doesn’t always exhibit itself in the form of frustration. Passion can also be displayed in hard work, being focused and determined.

9. They are limited in the job market

Entrepreneurs at some point have felt stuck while working for others. With little room to advance, concerns not being heard or addressed, feeling undervalued and unappreciated by the management of companies they have worked for, they are likely to be tempted to start their own business. Many entrepreneurs leave their employment to fulfill their own destiny and succeed.

10. They know they can make a difference

Entrepreneurs know the power they possess to make a difference. They have high confidence in their abilities. Although, others sometimes can’t see the power in their abilities. Entrepreneurs can see their vision so vividly as if it was right in front of them. This is sometimes the motivation that keeps them determined, they can see the end result as if it already were in existence.

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Being an entrepreneur is about a mindset, it is engraved in a certain individual. Whether or not they possess all the traits at the current time, at some point in their life it will develop inside of them. Like a flower destined to bloom or an eagle destined to soar it is their destiny to thrive. It doesn’t take formal education completion for these individuals to thrive or to be successful, it’s only a matter of time. Mark Zuckerberg (founder of facebook) and Blake Mycoskie (Creator of Tom’s) are just two examples of two successful entrepreneurs who did not complete their higher education but still achieved greater levels of success.

Featured photo credit: Jonathan Cox/Brandon Warren via flickr.com

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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