Paul Kiewiet

Paul Kiewiet

Useful tips to help you get from where you are to where you want to go. Paul Kiewiet, MAS is an industry veteran providing business and life coaching, industry consulting and facilitation, and professional development services through BrandKiwi LLC.

Communicate With Empathy

It’s important to have the facts of a given situation or opportunity. But if you cannot communicate or persuade, you will struggle to find cooperation, collaboration or build consensus. All of those are important for you to master to achieve your goals and great results. In every instance, make an effort to empathize with others.…

Persist

When you have set SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based) you must persist until you succeed. Consider your goals as a contract with yourself, and don’t let anything stop you. The fifth secret of successful people is that they never, ever, ever give up. They understand that it is not being knocked down that…

Stop Learning and Start Failing

One thing all successful people have in common is a passion for learning. Successful living and successful achievement require insatiable curiosity and desire to be the best. Never stop learning. There is a building near you that offers you the knowledge, experience and stories of others who have mastered many areas of life. It’s called…

Goals Without Action Are Worthless

If you have taken the first two steps—gotten your thinking right about what you want, and clarified your true goals—you MUST take action steps to make your vision your reality. You must be willing to move forward with daily action that will begin moving you toward achievement. There is only one time for you to…

The Ingredients of Success Part 2: Decide What Success Looks Like

If you don’t know what success looks like, how will you recognize it? How will you know how close or how far away it is? Get very clear about what your specific goals are, and what your life will look like, sound like and feel like when you get there. We’re talking about your dreams…

The Ingredients of Success (Part 1 of a 10 Part Series)

Like a recipe for a great meal, successful people share certain traits that, when combined, create a life worth living. "Success" is a multifaceted word with different meanings to different folks. For some, it implies profit, prosperity or even popularity. Herein lies one of the problems for many people. They want to be successful, but…

Do You Have An Obsession for Customer Delight?

obsession noun 1. The state of being obsessed with someone or something: She cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession. 2. An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind: He was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist. I know it sounds crazy, but…

What Does Your Customer Want?

Do your customers want the latest, trendiest, most-newsworthy promotional product? Or do they want to achieve a specific business objective? Or do they want to look like the coolest, hippest, most savvy and in-touch, worldly executive to their associates? Knowing what your clients want is the key to your success. Your value proposition should be…

How Do You Make Them Feel?

Your clients only buy what you make them feel. Describe how your clients feel after they’ve just entrusted their brands, their projects and their reputations to you. You see, people don’t buy what you do or what you sell. They buy how it (the relational and transactional experience with you) makes them feel. Do they feel…

Write Your Story: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?

The five “w's”and the “h” were the reminders for aspiring journalists to include in every story: who, what, when, where, why and how. These elements make a story compelling, informative and complete. They are also critically important to you as you write your own life story. 1. Who Are You? How have you defined yourself?…

Another Year In the Books

In just more than three short weeks, we’ll be saying “so long” to 2016 and welcoming in a brand new start. As the craziness of December slows down from a boil to a simmer, and when you finally get to catch your breath, you realize the reset button gets hit, and soon you’ll be starting…

7 Reasons Why They Buy From You

Hopefully, by now, you know that you cannot just be a product source and expect to command a premium price or a loyal customer base. Quite simply, if you don’t want to be commoditized, don’t be a commodity. Think about why your customers buy, and work to give them a reason to buy from you.…

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Some day, I'm going to change! Many adults still are struggling to find out what they want to do. Oh, they're busy. But mostly they react and react and react, and never really set their own directions. They expend a lot of energy trying to make a living and spend little time making a life.…

Describe Your Best World

Do you know what success looks like for you? I’m amazed by the number of people who are dissatisfied with their current situations but cannot describe what their personal happiness would look like. In “Alice in Wonderland,” the Cheshire Cat tells Alice that if you don’t know where you want to go, then “it really…

Who Talks on Elevators Anyway?

A frequently asked question that I get at speaking engagements is, “What is your elevator speech?” Or, I’m asked to help someone craft an elevator speech. Here’s what I don’t like about elevator speeches: They’re canned. They are a one-size-fits-all recitation that’s not going to win anyone any business. It’s not that I’m down on being…