The Time You Enjoy Wasting is Not Wasted Time

The Time You Enjoy Wasting is Not Wasted Time

The Time You Enjoy Wasting is Not Wasted Time | Connell Communications

We’ve all been there – you show up for an appointment only to discover they are way behind. Or, you get to the airport and your flight has been delayed again! Oh, and that quick trip to the post office, now has a long line out the door.

When you’re busy, even a short wait can feel like an eternity. In business, every minute you wait is often felt like a minute wasted. If you allow it, wait time can be the most frustrating time.

With just a little thinking ahead and proper planning, you can turn it into productive time. Who knows, you may even find yourself looking forward to it!

Here are some tips to make the most out of the next time you have a lengthy wait.

Let your mind wander
Go ahead, indulge yourself and daydream. Dream of the fabulous business plan/startup you’ll create, or the fantastic excursion you might go on! This can be relaxing and may even spark an idea for a new adventure or business proposal.

Catch up on phone calls
If you’re like us, you’re often too busy during the weekdays to make those stay-in-touch phone calls, and the weekends are usually catching up on chores and running errands. This is a good time to make those calls. Also, you may even find that this is a good time to get in touch with some past or present potential clients. Give them that extra time and personal touch you just can’t seem to find during the work week.

Favorite reads
Read all those books you’ve been trying to finish. Get acquainted with the best blogs in your industry. Statistics show you can become an expert on a field of study with as little as one hour of consistent study each day.

Update your skills
When your work schedule picks up and things seem to be at a faster pace, you’ll have more to offer your clients – and be able to command higher rates. Knowledge is power.

If your wait time is pretty lengthy, and you are at an airport, some exercise may do you good. Take a walk around, shop or people watch. Take this time to head down to the gate where you can watch some airplanes taking off and landing. This can be relaxing.

Free Wi-Fi
Most airports and businesses usually offer free Wi-Fi. Take advantage of this time by shooting off an answer to that email you forgot, or send out that proposal that’s been waiting for those finishing touches. You can also make use of free Wi-Fi and watch some inspirational videos or speeches, this just may help to motivate you for that next big presentation.

Become phone savvy
Today’s smartphones have so many features it could take a lifetime to figure them out. Waiting affords you the opportunity to become a pro and dance through all the time savers your phone has to offer.

To-do lists
This wait time can be useful to organize/prioritize your day so you can be more efficient with what you need to do when your wait time is over.

Practice polishing up your networking skills. Talk to people around you. Most of them won’t mind, they’re probably bored too! You never know who you’ll meet and the information just might benefit you or your company.

We all want to make every minute count whether in business or our everyday lives. Thinking ahead and being prepared to wait really does help the process. You will save yourself and everyone around you a lot of frustration and boredom.

Try and always remember, “A smart traveler is a happy traveler.”

See you at the point of influence,
Connell Communications

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

One of the most recognizable words in management used by leaders is the word “goal.” Studies have shown that ambitious goals can lead to a higher level of performance over basic, easy goals.

The feeling of achieving a goal is a measure of success, and being able to meet career challenges is a way to measure how well you’re doing in the workplace. But, always anticipate bumps in the road and plan to work around them. Otherwise, you’ll derail yourself.

Here are our Top Four tips to Aim High:

Know your strengths and weaknesses
It is smart to know your strengths and weaknesses. Realistic self-assessment is important. We all have our weaknesses and identifying them will help in establishing an obtainable goal. Your goals should be based on your individual abilities and circumstances.

Set short term milestones
When you understand that long term achievements rely on short term successes, you will have more control and success. For example, let’s say you love to write – rather than stressing out over the daunting task of writing the entire novel at once, commit to a certain number of pages or sentences a month. This will help you keep on track and make your long term goals much more manageable.

Manage your time
This is the process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on tasks or activities. It’s a necessity for any goal as it determines the completion time and success. Keeping to-do lists will help in organizing priorities, productivity and in the end a successful result.

Success requires emotional maturity
To achieve success in any endeavor, you must let go of excuses and justification. Achieving complex goals requires focus, diligence and effort. The measure of belief that one has in their ability to achieve a personal goal also affects that achievement.

When your goals are realistic and match your abilities, you will be motivated.

When you’re motivated and are diligent toward your goals, you will succeed. Motivation will help you grow, set new goals and continue to achieve.

Aim high – be realistic. That’s the best formula yet.


See you at the point of influence,
Connell Communications

5 Ways to a Flawless Presentation

5 Ways to a Flawless Presentation

Three minutes. That’s all the average presenter has to establish credibility and capture attention in the room. If your audience isn’t engaged from the very beginning, it may be impossible to get them refocused.

Follow these tips as you prepare to take the floor:

  1. Make sure your message is relevant.
    Ask yourself “So what?” Can you answer this question with your topic material? If not, your message isn’t relevant. As presenters, we must offer value if we’re commanding attention.
  2. Talk to your audience, not just at them.
    Even if your topic isn’t the most exciting to discuss, you can still grab attention. Fuel their enthusiasm from your own. Show excitement, smile, and be confident. Engage the people around you so they believe in what you’re saying.
  3. Look polished and professional.
    For better or worse, image is still everything – especially if you want people to believe what you’re presenting. Wear appropriate professional attire that makes you feel confident. Maintain eye contact and stand when possible. If necessary to sit – sitting forward and with purpose helps make your statement.
  4. Speak clearly.
    Avoid filler words such as “like”, “um” and “you know.” If you find yourself rambling and using those filler words, simply pause and take a breath. Never apologize for any blunders or stutters. If someone asks an unanswerable question, respond with “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”
  5. Know the room.
    Arrive early. Walk around the stage or speaking area. To help you know where to stand, you may try sitting in the seats to see the set-up from your audience’s perspective. All in all, practice makes perfect. Be yourself, let your creative style flow as you engage your audience and work the room. And remember, almost everyone gets nervous so don’t kill all the butterflies. Feed off of that energy!


See you at the point of influence,

Connell Communications


The Path to a Powerful First Impression

The Path to a Powerful First Impression

The way you communicate and the image you present create your first impression – and often the lasting impression – on the people you meet.

People know within the first 30-60 seconds if they like you, if they trust you, if they find you credible.

If people can’t get past what you look like, they will often not listen to what you say. That’s why it’s so important to take into consideration the image you portray and make it as positive and favorable as possible.

Important to remember:

  • Represent the company first, then the individual (Sometimes we have to leave our personal expression at home when representing the company in public)
  • A bad image is hard to overcome
  • How you are perceived by target audiences can easily become fact
  • The majority of our messages are communicated non-verbally and through facial expressions

Never underestimate the importance of a great first impression.

See you at the point of influence,
Connell Communications

See Slightly Above, Never Below: Your Mantra for Success for further Connell Communications trade secrets on how to dress for success.

Stop the Elevator

Stop the Elevator

The elevator door closes. Awkward silence fills the space. The business person beside you glances over, catches your eye and says, “So, who are you with” or even better, “What do you do?” You have until the ding on the 9th floor, or about 30 seconds to confidently deliver the best “commercial” for you or your company.

This is called the “Elevator Speech” and it is critical to the brand and reputation of your company. Your typical audience can only remember three key points before tuning out. When developing your messaging, keep it concise and simple. Get straight to the facts.

Many business owners will question the importance of all employees knowing and understanding the same Elevator Speech. In order to be in control of what “they” know – everyone must be on the same page. From the logo on your apparel, to the brand messages shared in an elevator – your image must be airtight. Take the time to train all team members on the same Elevator Speech.

Here’s what to remember:

  • Keep it brief – stick to three key points
  • Try to answer: “What can we do for them?”
  • Make it easy to understand
  • Focus on what makes you different or unique

You must always accurately portray your company. Practice until it becomes second nature.

  • Don’t know it? Don’t make it up.
  • Can’t prove it? Don’t say it.

Here’s the Connell Communications Elevator Speech:

Connell Communications is among the nation’s preeminent PR, social media and marketing consulting firms. We’re turnkey corporate event management specialists. Our company thrives on something we call the Point of Influence – that’s the moment when we know you’ll be successful doing whatever it is you do. And, we quickly get to the bottom of what’s keeping you up at night – then we fix it. We specialize in corporate event management, online/social media, PR, marketing, crisis communication and business development/strategic planning.


See you at the point of influence,
Connell Communications

Six Ways to a Better Handshake

Six Ways to a Better Handshake

P.J. O’Rourke said it best, “A firm, hearty handshake gives a good first impression, and you’ll never be forgiven if you don’t live up to it.”

Your body language conveys more than half of any message you’re trying to send in a face-to-face encounter.

Make a favorable impression with our handy Handshake Guide:

Understand the power balance in the room.
Offering your hand first gives a strong impression and a sense of control. If you fail to extend your hand, you appear standoffish and unapproachable. When outranked by a more senior member of your organization, let them take the lead as introductions are made.

Extend your hand at the start AND close of an encounter.
Handshakes are of vital importance in Western culture. It is our way of greeting individuals and sealing a business deal.

Exhibit great posture.
If seated, stand upon shaking hands. It shows a sign of respect and good manners.

Always keep your right hand free.
Nothing is worse than awkward fumbling to quickly dispose of a briefcase in order to shake the hand of your next potential client.

Make eye contact.
Convey confidence in your body language as you extend your usual introductory greeting.

Smile and hold with a firm grip for a few seconds.
Find a happy balance between an iron-clad death grip and a floppy fish handshake.

If you have an important introduction in your future, practice your handshake approach in front of a full-length mirror. You’ll be able to work out any kinks with your body language and get a better understanding of how you appear to perspective clients and acquaintances.

Image is everything. It’s always worth the time to polish.

See you at the point of influence,
Connell Communications