How To Be Direct With Your Business Partner or Friend

I just wrapped up a three day visit with my parents here in Los Angeles — we had sooo many laughs and good times.

One of the things I appreciate most about my mom, in particular, is how painfully direct she is.

“I don’t want to go on rides.” “I want that clam chowder — now.” “This show is boring. Let’s go.”

There’s no upset or drama. Just the simple truth of how she feels about any particular subject, in real time.

She’s a living demonstration of the phrase “give it to me straight.” While you may not always like what she has to say, you always know exactly where she stands.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. - Isaac Newton Click To Tweet

Saying what you mean, directly and plainly, isn’t a skill that comes naturally for many of us.

Especially when it comes to having delicate conversations that involve both business and friendship.

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How To Break Up With A Friend

Before we get into today’s episode, I gotta tell you how flippin’ excited I am about the next 30 days. My team and I are working day and night, getting ready for B-School 2013. (More on that next week!)

Part of our preparation process is hearing updates from our grads. We wanna know exactly what results our clients are creating in the world!

Plus, nothing gives me more personal satisfaction and inspiration than seeing other people reach their full potential. It’s why I do what I do!

Check out these shares from Erin and Wokie, two women in our B-School grad community:

Erin

Wokie

Cool, right?

Now if you paid attention to these two shares, you’ll see that both of these women mention how powerful having the right community is to their success.

FACT: Who You Spend Time With Impacts Your Success & Happiness

Seems like common sense, but many of us forget how important it is to consciously choose who we spend time with.

After all…

The only time you can change someone is when they’re in diapers. @Kris_Carr Click To Tweet

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Business Partners: Should You Go Into Business With Your Best Friend?

I’m finally feeling settled here in LA. The fridge is stocked, we’re totally unpacked and my body clock has reset to the west coast time zone.

Kuma is happier than ever, too. He’s getting long “bike runs” with Josh, plus he’s got a big back yard here to run around in.

Everytime we come out to Cali, it makes me realize how vital being in the sunshine and having an active lifestyle is for my well-being. I am SUCH a summer girl!

Oh yeah…

I also want to say how MUCH I’ve appreciated meeting some of you! Feels like almost everywhere I go, I bump into an amazing MarieTV viewer.

If you see me in Whole Foods, at a restaurant or walking around town, definitely say hi!

The best partnerships handle the worst case scenarios in advance. Click To Tweet

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Competition in Business: Does Mixing Business With Friends Work?

Goodness, gracious great balls of LIVE!  I’m still in major relaxation mode after our epic event.

In fact, the team stayed on an extra day to soak in the good vibes and celebrate our biggest and most successful event yet!

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. @marwilliamson Click To Tweet

I love all the people I work with so much that I consider them friends in addition to business colleagues.

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