‘Business Boundaries’ Twitter Hour

The Athena Network host a weekly Twitter Hour on Monday’s from 8-9pm. To get involved with the chat you are able to follow by using the hashtag #Athenabizhour.

Each week will feature an expert in their field or a focused Networking & Strategy Topic . It is a fabulous forum to ask and answer each others questions around the topic or profession, share advice tips and testimonials.

It is also a great opportunity to connect with fellow members, Regional Directors and visitors from around the UK and beyond.

This week we had a focused topic on ‘Business Boundaries’. There was lots of great contribution, see some of the highlights below;

Hope to be there. In LA but #athenabizhour is 2 important 2 miss – Meetings permitting – @LoveYoutrition

#AthenaBizHour went global this week!

Feeling overwhelmed? Taken on too much? Having trouble saving no? Are your boundaries being infiltrated?

Easy to burn out when we don’t say no

Very true! It’s a fine balance between saying yes and managing expectations and still delivering a service

Breath and then respond :) Ensures we don’t take on more than we want

What do you think the answer is? Where do we draw the line

If I do say no, then I always explain why with a positive spin and then try and offer an alternative

#BusinessBoundaries When should you say no?
-When you know you are not the right fit for the task. @Carolynnespence
-Very true! Not all work is good work especially if the “fit” isn’t right @PinpointMktg
-No matter how much we might want it to be. Honesty with self and others
-Yes AND we can always refer the business (get kudos for that) #AthenaBizHour

When should you say no?

When you feel you can’t do what is being asked for. Best not to over promise and under deliver
-Agree! We only feel rubbish when we make a promise, don’t deliver. Anxiety creeps in, honesty is best

Good evening ladies, do we actually have business boundaries? @PartyLite_Sarah

I didn’t once that led to a melt down and an exit from corporate (best decision) @networkbarefoot

Great question! In my frame up it is where a line is crossed; excessive workload, others before self

Manage your clients’ expect ions beforehand and it will be easier to say no @AwasSawad

My #businessboundary is not to work with family. Too close and been bitten @CedarBSS

I think it’s important to set your hours. It’s easy, particularly in early days of biz, to work non stop otherwise @CedarBSS

Again I can be guilty of that but I have staff now and have a meeting to help streamline with

True need time out of doing. Amazing what ideas come when doing the hovering

What polite ways do you say no?

If I do say no, then I always explain why with a positive spin and then try and offer an alternative

Always be honest and professional. Use rapport skills

We struggle to say no because we don’t want to appear rude yes/no?

Say no but so it sound like it is their benefit so everyone remains happy

Ask a busy person and you will get the job done … true or false?

I usually find it true until you hit overload

Ohhh true it I think @AthenaWarks

We’re afraid of ruining a relationship or getting that sale but we’ll be more respected @AwadSawad

I say it depends! Might get a rush job? Or they will be focused and could work quickly

Hmm I’m the kind that get focused and exceeds the hours I’d planned to work #perfectionbelief

Planning the whole week on 1 page in colour works for me eg. Networking green, selling red etc @AwadSawad

Excellent tip! That way you are in control of time and know when you say yes/no

When I am feeling overwhelmed, I make a list to plan and gain back control

Why do we always feel we need to do it all ourselves! #Controlfreak #AthenaBizHour

Sometimes we just don’t see until it is pointed out.

No need….your business support angels are all around you :-)

Yes I like that! Athena Angels! ? Great support from everyone! @Miglio_Mandy

Useful to mind map your support network. The people that support you being you!

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