Accentuating Service From Laura Lieff

Going With The Flow
Published: 0:04--/2
In the hurried pace at which many of us live we often forget to take time to smell the roses I know that I do Thanksgiving Day is a difficult day for many of us as it brings back memories of departed loved ones with whom we used to celebrate the day and it can bring forth thoughts of those with whom we 39 d like to share the day but for any of a number of reasons can 39 t There isn 39 t only one way to handle melancholic feelings This morning I chose to do something that I haven 39 t done in too long a time I listened to music that I love Although I 39 m dating myself by saying who one of my all-time favorite ballad singers is I must admit that I can 39 t resist listening to Johnny Mathis sing songs like quot Begin the Beguine quot quot Misty quot quot How Do You Keep the Music Playing quot quot Too Much Too Little Too Late quot and many others Music absolutely stirs my emotions For example I can never listen to quot How Do You Keep the Music Playing quot without crying It 39 s an astoundingly beautiful song with meaningful lyrics and if you 39 ve never heard it I suggest you go to You Tube and download Johnny Mathis 39 version of the song You won 39 t be sorry On the other end of the spectrum Pharrell Williams 39 quot Happy quot always has its intended effect on me which is to make me feel happy A couple of years ago I went to a jazz performance with a friend As I love jazz and as I especially enjoyed the arrangements the musicians performed I told my friend that listening to jazz transports me I wasn 39 t exaggerating There is nothing wrong with allowing ourselves to feel all of our emotions even the more unpleasant ones That means of course that sometimes we can feel melancholic or nostalgic For me it 39 s both soothing and cathartic to listen to music that reflects my mood For some it 39 s fine art for others it 39 s dance Any of the arts nature sports food etc can transport us Sometimes it 39 s best to just go with the flow until the mood passes While you 39 re going with the flow why not immerse yourself in your favorite music Since it 39 s still Thanksgiving Day for those of you who mistakenly think that you have nothing to be thankful for I have something for you BE THANKFUL THAT YOU WEREN 39 T BORN A TURKEY Happy Thanksgiving Day
Thank You So Much For Your Support
Published: 9:39--/2
Although I might not respond to your comments about my blog promptly it 39 s not because I don 39 t want to it 39 s because there are only so many hours in the day and at the end of the day I need some r amp r before going to sleep I work hard for my money wasn 39 t there a song quot She works hard for her money quot 160 I can 39 t tell you how much I appreciate your very flattering comments about my writing my content how much you relate to what I write etc Hearing how much you enjoy my blog posts makes writing them worthwhile even when I struggle to come up with a topic of interest Please don 39 t think that I 39 m ungrateful if you don 39 t hear back from me promptly I 39 m sure that you have the same problem that I have too much to do and too little time in which to do it Thank you so much for your support I appreciate it much more than you might think Sincerely Laura
Good Relationships Require Work
Published: 6:54--/2
Most of us have experienced what I 39 ll refer to as lopsided relationships These are friendships or romantic relationships in which one person is doing most of the pursuing i e making most of the phone calls or doing most of the emailing or texting giving more of his or her time money understanding transparency in short showing more interest than the other party These friendships or romantic relationships are not good relationships as in order for a relationship to work there needs to be a give and take with both people doing equal amounts of giving and taking When this equality is lacking if the one who is doing all or most of the giving has any brains and is together emotionally he or she will ultimately lose interest in the relationship Needless to say there are times in any relationship when one person does more of the giving or taking however this should not be the overall theme of the relationship If you 39 re doing most or all of the giving or pursuing you 39 ll tire of this and come to the realization that the friendship or relationship isn 39 t fulfilling your needs and you 39 ll most likely move on as you should Some people assume that once they 39 ve established a relationship they no longer have to work at it These people don 39 t truly understand the nature of a good relationship If you want to keep a husband wife girlfriend boyfriend or friend you need to do the work that is required to keep the relationship going in the same way that you would do the work that is required to keep a business relationship going I realize that this might sound like too much work and not enough fun but no matter how compatible two people are there will be occasional differences that arise and that have to be worked out to the satisfaction of both people I guess what I 39 m trying to say is that you should never take people who are important to you for granted The person who feels that he or she is being taken for granted will build up resentment and will probably distance him- or herself from you You might not even realize that this is happening as you 39 re so wrapped up in your own needs and interests that you don 39 t notice that your friend lover husband or wife has checked out emotionally The relationship is in trouble and you don 39 t even know it My advice to you is to think about why this person has distanced him- or herself from you and the part that you 39 ve played in the current situation The next order of business so to speak is to correct the problem before it 39 s too late Most people want to feel appreciated for their efforts and their interest and if you fail to do that you 39 re on the way to losing someone who is or has been important to you Once this loss occurs you probably won 39 t be able to regain the relationship in a way that satisfies your needs as the person will have for all intents and purposes moved on My experience has shown me that good people are hard to find Be smart be present be thoughtful be giving and be genuinely interested in your relationships so that you don 39 t find yourself without those relationships that you value and that have sustained you If you do the work that is required you will most likely be glad that you did
Make An Informed Decision
Published: 7:42--/2
Some people are skilled at getting job offers and therefore think nothing of starting yet another job search that could have been avoided if they had taken the time to research the company that extended them an offer found out exactly what the position entails learned as much as possible about the person or people to whom they 39 ll be reporting discovered why the position has become available asked to speak with people at the company who have the same or a similar position and requested the contact information of a couple or at least one of the people who had the position but left the company or moved to another position within the company I understand that this sounds excessive and am not suggesting that you do all of this before your first interview What I am recommending is that you don 39 t accept a new position without doing your due diligence The reason that I think that it 39 s important to make an informed decision is that generally-speaking potential employers aren 39 t impressed by candidates who change jobs every year or two If they have a choice between a quot job-hopper quot and someone who has shown more work stability all things being equal they 39 ll choose the candidate who is more likely to stay with them for at least several years Before even going on your first interview you should have researched the company online and it doesn 39 t hurt to talk with a couple of people whom you know who work at the company Admittedly there are very few companies about which everyone has only positive things to say however if you hear the same negative comments from at least three people who you think are trustworthy you need to take the comments seriously 160 You can also look for online reviews about a company however you need to take these reviews with a grain of salt as you don 39 t know anything about the people who wrote the reviews Before going on your first interview you should have researched the people with whom you 39 ll be interviewing assuming that you know all of their names Sometimes if you do really well on an interview with the first person you meet you 39 ll be introduced to some other people at the company and since you can 39 t plan for this you just have to go with the flow If you 39 re told that he or she would like you to come back to meet with other people do your best to get the names of the people with whom you 39 ll be meeting so that you can check them out online In most cases you should be able to get this information the day before the interview if the first interviewer doesn 39 t know exactly with whom you 39 ll be meeting on your second interview Very few people business people don 39 t have Linkedin profiles and some of them have Facebook and Twitter profiles as well Some people reveal more about themselves than others but at least you 39 ll find out the interviewers 39 past work experience education groups and charities or causes that interest them You might even find that you have some common interests If you can 39 t research the people before meeting with them check out the photos in their offices If for example the person is an avid golfer sailor etc he or she is likely to have one or two or more photos of that sport Since you are also interviewing the person or people with whom you 39 ll be working even during your first interview at the end of the interview when the interviewer asks you whether you have any questions one of the questions that you should ask is quot How would you describe what it 39 s like to work for you quot or quot What is your management style quot 160 Once you get a job offer you can ask to speak to one or two potential colleagues at the company and ask for contact information for a couple of people who have left the company and someone who had the position previously Sometimes people leave companies for benign reasons i e they 39 re moving to a distant location they 39 ve decided to go back to school they realize that it isn 39 t the right career for them etc It 39 s better to communicate with these people by telephone than it is to communicate by email as you 39 re more likely to uncover the truth by telephone The final decision regarding whether to accept an offer should be made by your gut If you sense that your potential employer is someone with whom you won 39 t enjoy interacting don 39 t accept the offer If the work that you 39 ll be doing doesn 39 t interest you or if it 39 s something that you don 39 t think that you 39 re that good at don 39 t accept the offer Admittedly you might have done your due diligence and find that the position is very different from the way that it was represented to you the person who hired you leaves and is replaced by someone who is very difficult to work with you like the position initially but in time it changes and you don 39 t like it anymore etc These things happen and if you had done your due diligence you are not at all at fault The scenario that I described in this post applies primarily to people who get into the job market because they 39 re not that happy with their current positions It applies only to a lesser extent to people who are out of work and who are not independently wealthy or being supported by someone else In that case people should still do what they feel is appropriate due diligence however it is understandable if they accept an offer that isn 39 t up to snuff and continue to look for an offer that is
Hard Work Brings Serendipity
Published: 6:00--/2
A while back my chiropractor asked me how I get clients My response was quot Serendipity quot That 39 s only partially true though 160 If you work hard marketing networking getting the word out about your company any way you know how serendipity kicks in For example I sent marketing letters to big-firm attorneys for a year I didn 39 t get much work from my efforts two attorneys hired me for errands and another attorney hired me to get a famous artist 39 s signature on his book at a book signing I did however reconnect with a lovely attorney whom I had placed a long time ago when he was an associate and who has since become a very successful department head at an international law firm This appreciative contact of mine was kind enough to introduce me to a potential client who in turn was thoughtful enough to invite me to a few events where I could meet potential clients Last year an attorney for whom I didn 39 t do any work but with whom I had spoken a couple of times referred someone who works with her to me for my medical escorting services I am certain that if when this medical escorting client needs this kind of service again she will contact me as my other medical escorting clients have hired me more than once 160 Another way that I 39 ve gotten clients is through a professional network to which I belong I did a resume for a fellow member 39 s daughter a Linkedin profile for another member and was hired by a third member for a part-time job as an assistant recruiter for a Fortune 100 company 160 I 39 ve made some wonderful connections through my networking activities two of whom I 39 ve hired for part-time work and one of whom has become a personal friend My chiropractor an angel has given out my business cards to clients of his who could benefit from my services and although I haven 39 t as yet gotten any clients from his efforts one of these days it 39 s bound to happen I also keep my eyes open for all kinds of opportunities that interest me Whether it 39 s volunteering at a golf tournament held at a local country club or doing much less glamorous work I 39 m available and willing to do it I 39 m more fortunate than many in that my company provides wide-ranging services but that 39 s not the point A small business owner has to view every interaction that he has as a possible business opportunity He needs to be professional responsive kind and caring especially in my business so that people will want to hire him He also has to be good at whatever he 39 s hired to do and be willing to go the extra mile for his clients Clients have long memories for service providers who have provided more than what they expected I don 39 t really believe in luck I believe that if you work hard and smart you quot get lucky quot 160 People like to hire service people and professionals who are talented reliable warm sincere trustworthy and honest If you 39 re good at what you do and if you possess the aforementioned qualities the word eventually gets out and other people will hire you All of this doesn 39 t happen overnight it takes time and patience If you put in the effort and have a positive attitude the clients will come and it will seem to be serendipitous
The High Maintenance Woman
Published: 5:54--/2
You don 39 t have to be a man to dislike the high maintenance woman I dislike her too The high maintenance woman expects you to go out of your way to fulfill her needs She can be retired and you can be running a business and when you try to make plans with her she can give you instructions as to what subway line the restaurant should be near If you 39 re smart you 39 ll tell her to choose the restaurant If she can 39 t take the time to take care of her own needs it 39 s not your job to pick up the slack You can be a nice person without being a doormat This very situation happened to me recently I 39 m always busy working at something and a woman whom I knew from school days seemed to want to get together with me however she expected me to do all the work regarding making plans She 39 s retired and has much more free time than I When I made it her responsibility to choose the restaurant she was offended as she expected me to quot share quot in the burden of finding a restaurant that was convenient for her I don 39 t have the time for high maintenance women I am one of the most considerate people I know It 39 s astounding to me how inconsiderate most people are Think about the people who walk in the streets of Manhattan for example I can 39 t tell you how often a stranger in the street has coughed or sneezed right in my face while passing me But I digress I started this discussion regarding the high maintenance woman Many years ago I started to become friendly with a woman whom I had known for many years We were trying to make plans to go to a movie and I chose 5 movies all different from each other and asked her to select one of them She didn 39 t like any of my choices She also didn 39 t like any of my restaurant choices This friendship never got off the ground The high maintenance woman is frequently a lonely woman because most people aren 39 t interested in treating their friends as if their friends are clients Most people don 39 t enjoy being with women who have a sense of entitlement These women probably aren 39 t aware of how spoiled they are because most people will disappear from them without explaining why If you see yourself in the portrait that I painted here you might want to change your behavior towards others and try to become less demanding We all have enough on our plates without having to cater to you as well
Why I Like And Use Linkedin ProFinder
Published: 9:51--/2
img src http www accentuatingservice com blog assets 0 0 0 0 281 211 csupload 69584101 jpg u 636247326505576985 width 281 height 211 id post-1256136 ctrl-4783225 alt title rel sw lightbox description href http www accentuatingservice com blog assets 0 0 0 0 281 211 csupload 69584101 large jpg u 636247326505576985 singleimage true style float left height 211px margin 0 1 5em 7px 0 width 281px I don 39 t know about you but when the weather is spring-like I sometimes have trouble focusing on work I want to go for long walks listen to the birds chirping watch the tulips push their way slowly but steadily into sight and hear the squeals of delight from toddlers and little children enjoying themselves in the park That 39 s what I want 160 to do What I actually do 160 is control my desire to be outside playing and concentrate on work I use a few platforms to quote on projects These days my favorite platform is LInkedin ProFinder a k a LIPF at least for purposes of this post I like LIPF because it 39 s well-priced it 39 s affiliated with a professional platform that people trust it offers the information about the potential client that I need and it notifies me when a new project is available I receive approximately 80 projects a month to quote on for a fee of 65 31 month including tax I quote on almost all of the projects that I receive As I am typically competing against 4 other service providers on this platform my chances of being hired are only 20 but my chances to date are no better on any other platform that I use to quote on projects So far I 39 ve observed that as a group the clients who have hired me from LIPF have been a bit nicer than the clients with whom I 39 ve worked from other platforms but I wouldn 39 t read too much into this as to date I 39 ve worked with more clients from another platform My experience has been pretty similar with the two platforms that I use most frequently in terms of the number of projects for which I 39 m hired The major difference is that I spent a small fortune last year quoting on projects on the other platform A service provider who provides a very useful service has a lot of competition and my experience has been that you have to quote on a lot of projects to be hired even if you write a good note and your fee is competitive At first I was both surprised and disappointed by the ROI that I was experiencing more on the other platform than on LIPF but I eventually came to realize that despite the fact that my credentials and experience for the primary service that I provide are stellar possibly superior to those of my competitors some potential clients might be intimidated by that and others might have a habit of considering price over quality when hiring service providers My fee is mid-range I purposely price my services to be fair to my clients and to myself When a potential client is looking for an experienced and well-trained person in my field of expertise and understands how important a high-quality resume is to a search for a new position he or she is more likely to hire me I also factor into the equation the fact that not everyone makes good or smart hiring decisions Finally based on my informal market research on the other platform with which I have a lot of experience there are other service providers in my field who make outrageous promises something that I categorically refuse to do as I 39 m honest and sincere in my approach to business and in fact in my approach to everything Long story a little shorter if you only have a finite amount of time and or money to quote on projects or if you would rather concentrate on one platform Linkedin ProFinder is the platform for you as you 39 ll get quot more bang for your buck quot and for the other reasons that I indicated previously in this post
Show Your Love A Repost Of Feb 14 2014 Blog Post
Published: 1:31--/2
It 39 s Valentine 39 s Day and it 39 s the perfect opportunity to show the people you love how you feel about them I 39 m not just referring to your husbands wives girlfriends boyfriends and children I 39 m also referring to your parents friends cousins nieces nephews aunts uncles and if they 39 re still alive Grandma and Grandpa ESPECIALLY Grandma and Grandpa and especially if one has lost the other Valentine 39 s Day can be lovely for those who have someone to love but it 39 s not such a picnic for those who don 39 t So why not share your loving feelings with the people you love who would really appreciate a card a phone call an email a box of chocolates flowers or whatever you can think of that gets the message across that he she or they are loved and thought of on the day that isn 39 t only for lovers but is only for LOVE Don 39 t you agree HAPPY VALENTINE 39 S DAY TO ALL
Always Be Available
Published: 6:48--/2
Anyone who is a small business owner or a professional will tell you that he has a lot of competition It 39 s true There are many ways to distinguish oneself from one 39 s competition however one of the best ways is to be available 24 7 I can hear the pushback and it 39 s deafening quot Nobody should have to work 24 7 quot quot Are you crazy quot quot Aren 39 t I entitled to have a life quot I 39 m not saying that you should work 24 7 I 39 m saying that you should be available 24 7 To be more specific I 39 m saying that you should be available anytime for your good long-term clients This is not an easy thing to do as everyone needs some r amp r rest and relaxation However there are a few ways that you can do this without feeling resentful or put-upon One way is to charge more for off-hours weekend and holiday services Another way is to take time off to make up for the r amp r that you missed by being available 24 7 A third way is to have a reliable backup person in place If your long-term clients know that you 39 ll be there for them when they need you they are very unlikely to replace you with one of your competitors Loyalty is a two-way street The more you are willing to put yourself out for your clients the fewer reasons they 39 ll have to shop around You will also earn a reputation for being a service provider who truly goes the extra mile for his clients Good long-term clients are not that easy to come by It makes sense to go out of your way to accommodate them
ProFinder Contest
Published: 3:51--/2
Very few people start a business the year that they become eligible for Medicare I launched my small business Accentuating Service 6 days before my 65th birthday Since my new business incorporated some of the elements of my prior business I wasn 39 t entirely entering unchartered territory however my new business included an unfamiliar field -- that of providing concierge services Furthermore my prior business didn 39 t require me to become my own SEO expert or to write blog and social media posts as I was well-known in my former profession of legal recruiting I launched Accentuating Service because the legal market had changed dramatically and although I had loved legal recruiting for 25 years the last 5 years had depleted me of my motivation and my prior enjoyment of my career It was obvious to me that I needed a change that I would have to reinvent myself Starting a new business is by turns exciting scary frustrating depressing and exhilarating I learned a lot about myself during the start-up phase of this journey At the top of the list of my discoveries was that I can do just about anything that I want to do My life motto is quot Where there 39 s a will there 39 s a way quot I proved the truth of my motto I also learned the value of persistence in the face of insurmountable obstacles and how useful it is to have a helpful network of people around me with the same business goals Finally I learned the immense importance of networking with new people As for my clients they are presenting well-written resumes to potential employers and getting much better results from their interviews since meeting with me In fact one of my clients was able to land a good position within 2 weeks of my prepping her for interviews I have found Linkedin ProFinder to be an excellent tool for connecting small business owners with people who need various services The process is simple and it works well The more projects I get from ProFinder the greater my business 39 reach becomes as satisfied clients often tell their contacts about talented service providers Linkedin has also been a wonderful resource for getting the word out about my business Any serious business person business owner or not MUST have a good Linked in profile as if he doesn 39 t potential employers or potential clients will wonder why not and might view him as a person who lacks business savvy Being the president of Accentuating Service has taught me that there are wonderful business sites like Linkedin and ProFinder that are instrumental in expanding one 39 s business and that there are generous people who would gladly advertise your business for you if you make the effort to meet them and tell them your story