Energy Vampires in your Business

by Shaun R Smith on June 28, 2011

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I’m a bit of a vampire junkie.  Last year for Halloween, I went as the Vampire Armand from the Anne Rice series (that’s me in the picture).  I showed the picture to my business mastermind group, and the conversation quickly shifted to energy vampires in our businesses.

Do you have someone associated with your company who takes more energy than they give?  One of my board members mentioned a client who fights her guidance every step of the process.  In my business, I had a professional advisor I used to work with who always seemed to deflect any issues I raised with our lack of results by shifting blame.

Whether it’s an employee, a client, a freelancer, a business partner, or a vendor, you can’t accomplish the big goals you have for yourself and your business with this dead weight.

In a post earlier this year, I discussed 6 key words to use to help you evaluate if you’re engaging with A players.  The sixth word is energy.  When you’re with people with the right energy for you, your business, and their position, you’ll leave the interaction feeling at least some of the following:

- Enlightened

- Encouraged

- Supported

- Confident

- Filled with creativity

- Happy

- Excited

How often do you feel that way in your business relationships?

Where you’re not feeling that way, it’s a clue a change is needed.


S. Lee Wright July 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

Being a vampire fan myself :) , I appreciate this, but as Shaun you have the ability to do is help me implement an ACTION to support this beleif.

I have now printed off your LIST about how people in my life ought to make me feel, everyone, everyday and that checklist is going to be in front of me as my daily reminder to honor this for myself!

No blood donations unless I want to give it.


Tisha July 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks Shaun for this GREAT blog post!

I believe that everything is energy, constantly in flow, receiving and giving…

In the past, I have been surrounded by some real energy vampires and it debilitated me personally and professionally.

When infused with positive, uplifting energy and people, I absolutely feel all the sensations you list and I am able to accomplish things I could never even have imagined in my business and things take off!

Keep sharing these great posts!


Lisa Fabrega July 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

Shaun–this is a brilliant post. Like Tisha I have had my share of energy vampires in my business life as well as personal life. I think your list is perfect. For me, if I don’t feel this way in my business with someone I’m working with (whether it’s a client or another business provider) I now know that it’s only going to BLOCK my success, so time to let it go! Thanks for sharing!

Pauline July 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

Shaun….there’s something creepily Michael Jackson about your pic!

However I concur. I just started at a new business networking group today and I felt all of those things – Enlightened, Encouraged, Supported, Confident, Filled with creativity, Happy, Excited….so I know I’m with the right group.

I’ve been looking for a new group for ages and tried some out but they just didn’t FEEL right. If only I’d known there was a filter – Thanks for the awesome new tool


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