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I Get Anxious Before an Interview. How Do I Relax?

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Kelly e-mailed us because she gets overly nervous about job interviews. She wants to know how to get over it before her upcoming interviews. 

Bigg Advice
It’s natural to get nervous when you interview. Here are some key things you can do to overcome your anxiety. Before the interview It boils down to self-confidence, which largely comes from preparation. There are three ways you should prepare:

Before the interview
It boils down to self-confidence, which largely comes from preparation. There are three ways you should prepare:

#1 – Research
Get information about the industry and the specific company. If they’re a public company, you’ll find a lot of information available. If not, you can still check out their web site and search the internet to see what you can learn. Also, check your local library.

Try to learn more about the person or persons with whom you’ll be talking. Once again, Google them. Also, check out social media sites like Facebook and Linked In to see what you learn.

#2 – Questions and answers
Think about the questions they might ask and prepare your answers. Reflect upon your past interviews for some clues. Also talk to friends who have interviewed recently. And if you have friends in human resources or management, get some hints from them.

As you think about how you’ll answer the questions, focus on what makes you unique. Everyone says they’re a “good people person”. Think “you” – how will hiring you benefit them? Give specific examples from your past that show what you can do.

#3 – Rehearse
Practice in front of a mirror until you’re happy with what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Also, set up a friend with flash cards so you can do some role playing.

If that friend is in human resources or management, so much the better. If you don’t know anyone like that, find a friend who’s a successful interviewee with whom to practice.

During the interview
You’re prepared and the bigg day is upon you. Now put yourself in the right frame of mind. Keep in mind that a little bit of anxiety is good – it will make you sharper.

On the show, Mary-Lynn said that a good friend of hers gave her some great advice the day before a bigg interview

Take deep breaths and believe in yourself.

Give yourself a positive affirmation as you’re walking in. You can do it – you’re fully prepared!

As the interview starts, focus only on the conversation at that moment. Don’t worry about anything from the past. Don’t try to anticipate upcoming questions. Deal with one question at a time.

And remember, it’s just a conversation. Pretend it’s a good friend and you’re telling him or her all about the work you’ve done, the work you want to do, and why you should be hired.

Finally, remember they have to sell you, too. You’re investigating a job opportunity. This may not be the right one. You’re there to learn about them and let them know how great you are! That’s all!

Thanks, Kelly. We know you’ll do great!

If you have a bigg challenge, send it our way bigginfo@biggsuccess.com,

Our bigg quote today comes from Beyonce Knowles:

“I get nervous when I don’t get nervous. If I’m
nervous, I know I’m going to have a good show.”

Turn your nervousness about nervousness upside down so when it’s show time, you’ll be a star!

Next time, we’ll look at how two great coaches built their winning teams. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Keep Your Job Or Buy A Franchise?

Bigg Challenge
Ellen e-mailed us because she and her husband are considering buying a franchise. Currently, she’s the #2 executive at a small business she’s worked at for years. She has two questions:

  • What franchise should she buy?
  • Will it pay off within ten years, because she plans to retire then?

Bigg Advice
Obviously, this is a very personal decision, so only you can decide what franchise to buy. We can, however, give you some guidelines.

What’s your expertise? What are your interests? Where’s the opportunity? Match these up when looking for your franchise.

How to find your franchise

Check out How To Buy A Franchise to learn more about the International Franchise Association. This industry group also provides some fantastic resources for people like you. In the article, you’ll see our review of their exhaustive, step-by-step guide to buying a franchise. The only thing we don’t like about it is that we didn’t write it!

They also have a listing of franchises, but in our opinion, it’s not as user-friendly as the next great resource.

You’ve probably heard of the Fortune 500. Entrepreneur publishes a similar list called the Franchise 500 every year. You can look up franchises by category – restaurants, business services, and just about any other category you can imagine.

They also have lists of the top new franchises, the lowest cost franchises, top home-based franchises, fastest growing franchises, and more. We definitely recommend that you check it out.

Making it pay
Buying a franchise, as with any business, comes with uncertainty. You have to take chances to succeed. However, you can and should reduce your risk to a level you can tolerate. You’ve heard us say this before – successful entrepreneurs are very adept at that.

Use the resources we mentioned above. Do your homework. Build your projections, but remember they are just SWAG.

SWAG, in this sense, has nothing to do with the Oscar presenters! It is an acronym for scientific, wild-assed guesses! So make sure you build some “fudge” into your guesstimates.

Is there another option?
You’ve painted an either / or picture – you either keep your job or you buy a franchise. We wonder if there are other alternatives.

You mentioned your husband, but we don’t really know what his situation is. Could he run the business?

You could also hire someone to run the franchise for you. Find a way to align their interest with yours. This could range from sharing profits to an actual ownership stake.

Obviously, if you choose this last option, you’ll have to accept a lower upside. However, your downside is a lot less, too.

If either of these works, you can keep your job AND buy a franchise!

Thanks, Ellen for sharing your bigg challenge! We wish you bigg success, whatever you decide!

What’s your bigg challenge? E-mail it to us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com!

Our bigg quote today is over 2,000 years old. Seneca, the Roman philosopher, said:

“It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”

You have to look at the downside, but if you spend too much time focusing on that, you’ll never enjoy the upside.

Next time, we’ll discuss a recent study that shows that happiness is overrated. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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There’s Trouble On The Homefront

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Robin e-mailed us because she recently started a home-based business and she’s having trouble with all the distractions.

Her young children need attention, family and friends call her, the neighbor pops in periodically, and she often ends up working on a personal project instead of her business.

She wants to know how to be more productive amidst all the distractions!

Bigg Advice
Congratulations on your start-up, Robin. And don’t feel alone in your situation – a lot of people have trouble adapting to working at home. Here are 3 thoughts to make working at home work:

1st – Designate a workspace just for your business
Create a space that looks and feels like an office. Having a dedicated space puts you in the right frame of mind. Design it with productivity and comfort in mind because you will be spending a lot of time there. It should be more than the kitchen table or a card table in the guest room.

2nd – Establish a schedule
Determine your work times. Sounds like a job, doesn’t it? You’re not limiting your freedom; you’re ensuring your success!

Consider taking the kids to daycare. Isn’t that what you would do if you worked in an office?

You may be trying to keep all of your costs down, during this start-up phase. But you’ll never get out of the start-up phase if you don’t make time for work.

Maybe you decided to work at home so you could spend more time with your kids. Then dedicate a couple of hours during the day to work. Perhaps while the kids take their naps. Then really hunker down after they go to bed for the evening.

Your schedule doesn’t have to be 9 to 5. You can custom design it!  Just stick to it once you’ve established it.

3rd – Communicate the boundaries.
With the adults in your life, this SHOULD be easier. Let them know that you value your time with them, but you need time to build your business. Consider setting regular times for coffee or lunch. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away now and then?

Let them know when you won’t be available – just like if you had a job working in an office! If they call during your work hours, let it go to voice mail. Check to make sure it’s not an emergency; then get back to work. And just because there’s a knock on the door doesn’t mean you have to answer it – unless it’s Publishers Clearing House!

With your kids, it may be trickier. If they’re really young, they won’t understand. Try this – plan some play time with them early in the day. Explain that you have things to do, but if they’re really good, you’ll do something fun with them later.

Thanks for sharing your bigg challenge with us, Robin. We wish you bigg success!

Do you have some tips for working at home? Leave us a Comment!

Our Bigg Quote today is by Paul J. Meyer:

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a
commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

Working at home works best when you plan your work and work your plan.

Next time, we’ll discuss how to get attention for your message amidst all the clutter. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Practice Not Being Perfect  

What Kind Of Tater Are You?

In our last blog, we discussed the role of role playing – practicing to be perfect, professionally and personally.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., we want to ask you a question:

What kind of ‘tater are you?

You don’t want to be a:

Spectator – These people sit on the sideline, never getting in the game. They just sit and watch you do all the work.

Hesitator – These are people who talk about their ideas and dreams, but never do anything to reach them.

Commentator – People who find fault with the people playing the game. Never get in the game. Never take risk. Never fail forward. Never succeed.

Imitator – These people are so unhappy with themselves, they have to pretend to be something they’re not.

Dictator – Bossy people. They’re not confident that they can sell others on their ideas, so they have to try to bully them.

Agitator – Perhaps the worst of all. These people like to stir things up. They’re only happy when they’re unhappy. They try to unite people as a negative force.

You want to be a:

Facilitator – These people are always looking for a solution. They bring out the best in others by making work easier.

Sweet ‘tater – These humble, likeable, nice people will do just about anything for anyone. They genuinely like people. The get respect because they treat people with respect.

We challenge you to be a facilitator and a sweet ‘tater. Our quote today is by John Cassis, the former baseball player who became a motivational speaker.

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Nice is a nice way to be. Tomorrow, we’ll put the “thanks” in Thanksgiving. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

person experiencing peace of mind on a dock overlooking water and mountains

Destination Peace of Mind: These 4 Things Insure Success

person experiencing peace of mind on a dock overlooking water and mountains

Yesterday, we discussed our favorite definition of success. It came from the book
They Call Me Coach by the great John Wooden. To paraphrase:

Success is peace of mind which is the result
of giving your all to reach your full potential.

Today we’ll look at the four things you must do daily for your peace of mind.

  1. Always value your values.
    We almost didn’t include this, because it seems so obvious. It should be an unstated assumption, right? Then, we remembered what happens when you assume. Remember that old saying?

If your actions conflict with your core values, you definitely won’t have peace of mind! You have to respect the person you see in the mirror.

  1. Get over today tomorrow.
    If you feel good about today, congratulations! Revel in it … tonight. If you feel lousy about today, lick your wounds … tonight.

But when you wake up in the morning, it’s a new day! So wipe the slate clean and get on getting on to all you know you can become.

  1. All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is what you must do.
    Let’s dissect this sentence. The first half is your comfort. The second half is your challenge.

Take comfort even if you fell short of your mark. You can’t possibly give more than “all”. You should feel good about your effort. But wait!

The challenge is giving your “all” because success does comes with a price. “All” is a pretty high bar! Only you know if you truly did give everything. The worst person to lie to is yourself. That’s a recipe for perpetual failure.

Did you give your all today? If the answer is yes, congratulations. If no, tomorrow is a new day. You get to try again.

  1. Take it to the limit.
    Most of us have an inherent desire to grow. Otherwise, we get bored. Growth occurs at the point where what you know intersects with what you don’t know. As you push yourself beyond that point, you grow. And with growth comes meaning. You feel fulfilled. You are at peace.

Our quote today is by the legendary baseball player George Moriarty.

“Who can ask more of a man, than giving all within his span?
Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory.”

So give your all today, for your peace of mind.

By the way, if you listen to today’s show, you’ll hear our friend “Ted” reading this quote. We think you’ll find success quotes are much more fun this way. You may even want to get in on the act! Check out our BIGG Quotes page for details.

In our next blog, we’ll take a new approach to finding your dream. It’s a two-part series that will take you back to the past, and then look forward to your future.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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