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5 Tips to Protect Your Business from Natural Disasters

5 Tips to Protect Your Business from Natural Disasters

When putting together your business plan, did you include a section on how you will deal with natural disasters? While this is something that most of us don’t want to think about – and something that will likely never happen – it is still important to be prepared for anything. If you are not prepared, it could mean the end of your business, depending on the type of disaster and the amount of damage it causes. Even something as simple as hail can cause an extreme amount of damage.

The first thing you need to do is identify the risks in your area. For instance, if your business is located in an area where there are frequent earthquakes, this is what you need to focus on for your disaster plan.

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Here are some additional tips to help you prepare your business for natural disasters:

1. Choose a Team Leader

You should have a team in place that deals with all of the details when there is a natural disaster. It is also important to choose a team leader, and that person must be someone that your employees already look up to and will follow in the case of a disaster. This is not a job that is only done when there is a disaster. Your team leader will be responsible for many tasks, including creating a disaster recovery plan, regular meetings with employees, disaster training, learning how to identify commercial property damage, filing for insurance claims, etc.

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2. Identify Resources

You, and your disaster team leader, must be aware of all of the resources that are available to businesses in the event of natural disasters. These can include insurance companies (you will need to get an insurance quote for disaster coverage), a lawyer or advisor, government organizations, etc.

Some of the best resources for you to know about for protection after a natural disaster include:

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3. Look at the Big Picture

When you and your team leader are putting together an emergency plan, you need to look at more than just the area you are in. Other things to consider include where customers are located, where suppliers and vendors are located, etc. You will need to have backup plans in place in case any suppliers are in an area where there is a natural disaster. Basically, your disaster plan should include what to do when the businesses and people you deal with are in areas where there are natural disasters.

4. Keep the Phone Lines Open

In the event of a natural disaster, it is important that your employees are safe, even if that means that they are not going to be coming into work. Make sure that you have a complete list of all your employees, customers, suppliers, etc., including contact information, and update that list regularly. Keep a phone line open in the event of a disaster, so employees can call in to find out what they are expected to do. Create a “phone tree”, which will help to cut down on the overuse of telephone lines.

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5. Don’t Stop Working

Just because you and your employees can’t go into work, it doesn’t mean that all work has to stop. There are likely all kinds of jobs that can be done from just about anywhere. Figure out the things that you and your employees can do from any location in the event of a disaster. That way, business isn’t going to slow down too much. Also, when you give your employees something to do, they are going to be more confident that the business is safe and that they have jobs to go back to following the disaster.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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