Entrepreneurs tend to focus on financial success, but when crafting a business plan, it's important to decide what else matters to you on a personal level, such as the flexibility to spend time with your family, writes Tim Berry. Also consider whether you want to work with others or go it alone, and whether you want to look for outside investments, Berry writes.
Oratory is a performance art, so you can't just delegate to your speechwriter and expect a hit. "A lot of communication has nothing to do with the words," says former U.S. President Bill Clinton. "A lot of it is just your body language, or your tone of voice, or the way you look in your eyes." Clinton likens his speech making to jazz, while Winston Churchill used psalms as his model.
Strategic consultant Steve Tobak has seen the classic executive blunders at board meetings -- and made a few himself. His advice: Don't wing it, get support before you go in and never underestimate the loyalty directors may have for a company founder.