Home Advertise Contact Blog Advertiser Login High-Yield Investments
Newsletter Signup

Business Opportunities
Change Your Life Get Into Business For Yourself Online Business Opportunities
Home-Based Business Opportunities
Licensee Opportunities
Low Cost Opportunities
Distributorship Opportunities
Home-Based Businesses
Choosing a Business Opportunity Growth and Profit Marketing and Sales
Plans and Goals Running Your Own Business Start-Up
Working From Home Entrepreneur Exchange Feature Articles
Opportunity Community Opportunity Focus In The News

Expanding Opportunity Services - It has always been our mission to provide the best customer service possible and have recently added no cost training and coaching sessions for all active advertisers. Now, we are going a step further to address the one major problem faced by opportunity owners–lack...

Drone Technology - Don’t think drones and franchises and businesses opportunities have anything in common? Think again. Drone technology is transforming the way many industries tackle a wide range of everyday services.

Drone Technology - Here is a look at how drones are impacting the way businesses...

Better Salespeople - “One thing I do know is you have to be able to sell if you own almost any type of opportunity and if you can't you should hire someone who can. Problem is what type of person makes the best salesperson that you can count on and why?", says business opportunity...

Business Opportunity for Sale

Sponsors

Get a piece of the BILLION DOLLAR APP INDUSTRY! LOCK IN A TOP POSITION. Click of Call Bill Toth Phone: (716) 345-1888
Need To Fill Positions Fastest Growing, All Inbound Call, Direct To Consumer Distribution Team In The USA! 217-718-4744
Be A Distributor
Work-at-Home
Small Business
Resource Center > Article
Every Extraordinary Entrepreneur’s Essential Skill
12 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
Share this Article:

According to Jim Breyer, Managing Partner of Accel Partners, during a Stanford entrepreneurship lecture series from 2005, the best and most successful entrepreneurs―particularly Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook―are “extraordinary” at it, but it is “rarely seen.”  More recently, the CEO of the luxury brand Burberry was interviewed and said that, in her opinion, NOT doing it is one of the biggest mistakes a leader can make and that doing it well would be her most important piece of advice to anyone leading a company.

So what is it?  What is the one essential skill that seems to be the hallmark of the extraordinary entrepreneur and other successful leaders in business?  What do the best of the best do right that so many others do wrong?

They listen.

Listening may sound like a simple task, but the truth of the matter is that most of us are not very good at it.  In fact, research shows we spend far more time talking than we do listening.  And even when we think we’re listening, the majority of us are really only plotting what we’re going to say next.  Simply hearing something is not enough.  Hearing is a physical perception.  Listening is a mental activity―one you can learn to master.  All it takes is a willingness to learn and some effort.

Anyone can immediately improve their listening skills to a significant degree in a matter of minutes by following these simple guidelines:


  • Consciously clear your mind so that it is programmed to “receive” as opposed to “send,” and concentrate on keeping an open mind throughout your exchange.

  • Practice non-verbal attentiveness.  Lean in, come out from behind your desk and establish on-level eye contact, try not to fidget, and use encouraging gestures when you can.

  • Use verbal assurances as appropriate.  Ask probing questions, incorporate what you’re hearing when you do so, paraphrase when necessary, ask for clarification and engage in respectful probing.

  • Take lots of notes and look up frequently.  It’s even okay to tape record an exchange, first explaining how important it is that you hear all that is being said and get it right.

  • Listen twice as much as you talk and when you do, speak in a respectful tone of voice.

  • Always pause before you speak so you can think about how to respond appropriately.

  • Actively solicit feedback and opinions, with the assurance that what is shared is always appreciated and never judged as being wrong.

  • Make a conscious effort to listen for non-verbal cues and messages, as well as main points. 

  • Be especially cognizant of the speaker’s feelings, and remember that oftentimes what is not being said is every bit if not more important than what is.


The truth of the matter is that if you want to be a successful business opportunity or other small business or franchise owner, knowing how to listen might be the most influential skill you can possess. 

Take it from two of the most recognized leaders in their respective fields, Lee Iacocca, the former CEO of Chrysler Corporation, and Donald Trump, American business magnate, author and television personality:

“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen.  Business people need to listen as much as they need to talk.  Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.”  (Iacocca)

“Watch, listen, and learn.  You can’t know it all yourself.  Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”  (Trump)

Well said…

Live On Your Own Terms
Related Blog Posts
15 Sep 16 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Featured Articles

Expanding Opportunity Services - It has always been our mission to provide the best customer service possible and have recently added no cost training and coaching sessions for all active advertisers. Now, we are going a step further to address the one major problem faced by opportunity owners–lack...

Live On Your Own Terms
8 Sep 16 Posted by: Todd Hatch
in Featured Articles

Drone Technology - Don’t think drones and franchises and businesses opportunities have anything in common? Think again. Drone technology is transforming the way many industries tackle a wide range of everyday services.

Drone Technology - Here is a look at how drones are impacting the way businesses...
Live On Your Own Terms
6 Sep 16 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Featured Articles

Better Salespeople - “One thing I do know is you have to be able to sell if you own almost any type of opportunity and if you can't you should hire someone who can. Problem is what type of person makes the best salesperson that you can count on and why?", says business opportunity...

Live On Your Own Terms
10 Aug 16 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles

Free Business Opportunity Seekers is what I Googled just now to see what came up. I know that many are looking to get into a business with no money. Yet, hey have the actual potential to make it not just invest a lot of sweat equality that goes no where.

OMG it was MLM city and a nightmare...
Live On Your Own Terms
9 Aug 16 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Featured Articles

Start a Business Opportunity with $100 or Less - Don’t let a lack of funds keep you from starting your own business.

Start a Business Opportunity with $100 or Less Really IS possible. The variety of opportunities available is surprising, and not all are internet related. It’s a fact, you don’t...
Live On Your Own Terms
Featured Listings
Entrepreneur
Be Your Own Boss

The Billion Dollar Salesman -Serving the World for 28 Years! I’ve truly lived a blessed life and I have also been fortunate to have many mentors that provided me with guidance and motivation. As a result of learning how to do things the right way the companies that I’ve owned have generated just...

Read More

Opportunity Video Spotlight

United Games! The first and only business that will pay you 24/7 365 days a year when people are watching NFL, NBA baseball, soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey in fact any major sport anywhere in the world.

Premium Sponsor


Online privacy protection is estimated to be a 119 billion dollar industry by 2019! We are headquartered in Switzerland, a country that boasts the strictest data protection legislation and innovative solutions in the world. We're a debt free company providing Swiss based solutions to protect privacy, security and confidentiality of personal data on a global scale to virtually every home, business and enterprise. This is Swiss made protection with no back door access to encryption that secures your data from security breaches from unwarranted spying, cyber crimes and target advertisers. That is why many Swiss banks use our solutions to communicate with their customers today.