Tip of the Month
Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month
Every registered dietitian nutritionist has a toolbox. This is one tool that has been in mine for years—ConsumerLab.com. How often have you been asked about a certain supplement, herb, vitamin, etc? If you speak to the public, are in private practice, or just want to stay in-the-know I highly recommend a subscription to ConsumerLab.com. (It's a nominal $33 per year cost but worth it. Plus it's tax deductible!)
Our lives are busier than ever. We work more and seem to get less done and seem unhappier than ever! Busy tasks take your attention away from what matters most. Mahatma Gandhi, a great political and spiritual leader states, “Happiness is when you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Often, we are unhappy because we are focusing on what we don’t have, what is missing or wrong in our lives. Bottom line, we don’t feel in charge of our lives.
In today's multitasking world, we easily get distracted. And some days, we do everything else but what we really needed to do. It's time to get productive!
Make a to-do list each and every day, starting with the most important or draining tasks first, so you get them done! And focus on each task as you go. If you're writing a blog post, close your internet and email tabs, so you can remain focused. If you're answering emails, don't pick up the phone call from your sister. Return the call later when you have time.
Stay focused and pick only 2-3 high-priority tasks that are realistic for you to get done in a given day. And work when you're at your best. For most, our energy is at the start of the day and you can only do so many “high-powered” mental tasks in a 24-hour period. Do the ones you must do and check them off as you go. You’ll feel accomplished and less stressed later.
We take care of everyone else. Now, start taking care of YOU. It's amazing what happens when we focus!
Tip of the Month: October 2013
Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD
1) Create memorable business cards: We pass out so many business cards during FNCE that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of who’s who. Make your card unforgettable with a uniquely designed logo or picture of yourself so people can attach a name to a face. Also, jot down a few quick notes after you’ve spoken to someone on their card to refer to next time. For example, if someone was telling you about how much they love their dog, Milo, make sure to mention Milo when you connect with them again at a later time for a personalized touch!
2) Prep your elevator speech: Another valuable tip I learned at the first NE Networking Event I ever attended was to have a 30-60 second elevator speech prepared. Being able to succinctly let people know what I do has helped me not only network with fellow dietitians, but also promote my services to potential clients without sounding sales-y. Shape your speech by starting with who you work with (your niche), what value/service you provide, and create your opening “what I do” line. Trust me, if you can deliver a powerful elevator speech, you are way ahead of the game.
3) Tweet to Meet: Nutrition entrepreneurs tend to be so social media-savvy that many of our friends in the biz are virtual! FNCE is the perfect opportunity to meet face-to-face. I can’t tell you how many times I overhear “Hey, I follow you on Twitter!” at FNCE and it’s a great way to break the ice and make a new friend or contact. It’s as simple as sending out a tweet: “Hey @sarahkoszykRD are you going to the #NEDPG Breakfast on Sunday? Let’s meet up!” or send out a mass tweet “Who’s going to the #NEDPG Breakfast on Sunday?” Instead of being worried that you won’t know anyboyd, you’ll walk into the event with an automatic group to connect with!
4) Put your FNCE badge front-and-center: I remember at one of my first FNCE sessions, past NEDPG president, Emma Fogt, taught me a trick: Adjust the strap so your nametag is closer to your chest rather than your bellybutton. This makes it easier for people to see your name right away without having to look down at your tag (and avoid any awkwardness of incorrect/forgotten names). It sounds like a small thing, but I can’t tell you how useful it’s been and I always appreciate when others do the same!
Tip of the Month: September 2013
Kristen Carlucci, RDN
Director Member Services, Nutrition Entrepreneurs
As nutrition entrepreneurs, we are all busy juggling our many hats. We are fierce and innovative, always thinking about our next step but sometimes we forget about ourselves. We preach health and wellness to others, and it is time to start practicing ourselves. Self-care goes beyond healthy eating and exercising; I am talking about stress management and self-preservation. I am going to ask two things of you and truly believe they will help you both in business and in your personal life.
First, I ask that you take five minutes every day for yourself. I mean a continuous five-minute block and I mean only you. This is your time to decompress. Maybe in those five minutes you make yourself that much-needed cup of coffee--and actually take the time to sip and enjoy it--or maybe engage in a quick meditation. If you think sticking to or remember to take this time will be a challenge, you can aim for the same time every day and set a timer. Debunking the idea that taking time for oneself is unjustified, Gandhi famously stated, “I have so much to do today, I will need to take twice as long to meditate.”
Second, I ask that you keep a pen and paper near you for one week and write down every time you feel stressed. Write down what caused the stress and rate it on a scale of 1-10. At the end of the week you can review your list and discover any patterns. Becoming mindful of these stress triggers might be enough to facilitate change in your business or personal life. Maybe not ending the day on time brings your frustration level to a 10 or maybe last minute cancelations are often a stress booster. Once identified, you can address these issues. Reviewing your business policies and procedures is always a good place to start. Are you happy with the parameters you set? If not, update them. Also, ask for help when needed. Many entrepreneurial ventures command skills that are out of our scope like web design or accounting. Find a friend, professional, or training class that can help you with your daunting tasks. It will save you hours of unnecessary frustration.
Tip of the Month: August 2013
Debi Zvi RD, CDN
NE Incoming Mentor Program Coordinator