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Dare To Be Respected!

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Dare To Be Respected!

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Dare To Be Respected

Dan Kennedy has a saying when it comes to business leaders, “You need to trade being liked, for being respected.” As harsh as that may seem, he’s got a point. The problem with being liked in business is people have a tendency to use you as a door mat.

We’ve all heard that the best way to get respect is to give respect. Up to a point I agree. In theory that’s a great idea. Let’s look at reality.

Michael Masterson in his book, Ready, Fire, Aim points out there are two different types of business people. The ones who need to win at all costs and those who know that winning by walking over people may get you rich, but at the end of the day it doesn’t SUSTAIN business.

If you’re dealing with the “winning at all cost” types, you can respect them all you want, they’ll never respect you…instead, they’ll walk all over you at the first chance. So what’s the answer?

It’s human nature to want to be liked. When you own a business, it’s only natural to want to be liked. We believe being liked means more business. This idea ain’t necessarily so. In business what we’re really looking for is our ideal client or customer. Read the rest of this entry

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How To Be Successful By Complicating Your Life

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How To Be Successful By Complicating Your Life

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Be Successful By Complicating Your Life

Let’s face it, nothing in life is simple, so why do we keep trying to make it so? Take for example the hundreds if not thousands of online business opportunities, multi-level marketing schemes, get-rich-quick schemes— I could go on. Each of these opportunities and schemes offering big riches MADE EASY.

I’m sure many of you have tried some of the easy way to riches plans out there; whether it was real estate, stock trading, Internet business; whatever.

The question is where does that leave us? I believe for the great majority it leaves us a little bit poorer or deeper in debt. After all, how did you pay for that $5000 “Quick Way To…” program or that $2000 “Easy…” plan?

Losing money or going into debt is bad enough but the worst thing that can happen is these types of programs tend to break our spirit. We lose interest in entrepreneurial endeavors, starting our own businesses, and we become cynical and jaded. Read the rest of this entry

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3 Secrets to Build a Solid Business

3 Secrets to Build a Solid Business

As a new or aspiring business owner you need to live by the old saying, “Fail to Plan—Plan to Fail”.Person Drawing Success Words on Glass Board

Pretty simple really. If you plan on building a successful business, whether from the ground up or from a stagnant start, you’ve got to put pen to paper and make some plans. Follow these three “secret” plans and you’re well on your way to a successful business.

SECRET #1: Strategic Plan—This is your road map. Strategic plans are an ongoing process designed to provide a foundation for a businesses’ strategies, short- and long-term activities.

Strategic plans will include goals and objectives highlighting planned achievements relating to the business and its customers in the near-term…say within a year.

A strategic plan includes key strategies that will identify what success will look like in the future and plans that outline major programs with specifics of who, what, where, and when, and how. Read the rest of this entry

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What Thomas Edison Can Teach Us About Failure

What Thomas Edison Can Teach Us About Failure

Will Failure Stop You?

Will Failure Stop You?

It never ceases to amaze me how wrong we humans can be. Take failure for example. All our lives we are taught failure is BAD. We must always triumph no matter what. Whether it’s in a physics class or on the gridiron—failure is NOT an option.

Well, I beg to differ with that view. Failure is always an option BUT it doesn’t have to be the end of life as we know it.

In fact failure’s a pretty good thing—REALLY!

Take Thomas Edison, for example, how many times did he fail before his lab finally found just the right filament to light the world? News flash: It took over 3000 experiments before Edison successfully invented and patented the electric light bulb.

If Edison didn’t give up after over 3,000 failures what about our businesses? Do we give up if a marketing campaign doesn’t work out as expected? Or do we learn what doesn’t work and move on? Read the rest of this entry

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How to Avoid Brain Drains and Increase Productivity

How to Avoid Brain Drains and Increase Productivity

How to Avoid Brain Drain

How to Avoid Brain Drains

One of the biggest challenges to any business professional is to keep your head in the game, as they say in sports. Distractions such as television, family, coworkers, employees, etc. have a MAJOR impact on our ability to perform at our peak. Distractions—or brain drains, whatever the source, can drain our brains of valuable creative abilities and impact our business.

Here are 5 rules to follow to avoid brain drains.

1. Workplace Brain Drains. How’s your work environment? Is your office space or desk space cluttered or clean? Is it organized or haphazard? Studies show an organized workspace helps eliminate distractions and make the creative juices flow. Look around your office; is it uplifting and a reflection of you? If so, great! If not, take some time and get your space to the point it reflects your inner self and eliminate that first brain drain. Read the rest of this entry

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Sales Versus Marketing

Sales Versus Marketing

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Sales Vs Marketing

I have to admit, I’m a groupie for Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company; makers of Samuel Adams Beer.

I’m an admirer not only from a business standpoint—taking a beer recipe to billionaire in thirty years. But…I also have to admit as a beer drinker I like his beer and his way of doing business.

In an article by Drake Baer on Business Insider, Koch tells Baer Boston Beer built their business on sales, PERIOD. They didn’t hire a marketing person until after they were in business for 10 years. You’ll find the full article HERE Read the rest of this entry

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4 Secrets to Increase Your Productivity

4 Secrets to Increase Your Productivity

“It seems like the more I do, the less I get done.”

Do those words sound familiar? If so, incorporate the 4 secrets I’ll share with you today and that phrase will be a thing of the past.

Setting the Stage to Increase Your productivity

As a business owner or entrepreneur you are the chief visionary of your business(s). Any activity you do on a day-to-day basis that takes away from steering the course for your company is wasted energy.

The Pareto Principle

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The Pareto Principle

Probably better known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto principle, or law, states that essentially for any activity, 80% of success is accomplished by 20% of the effort and therefore 80% of effort only accomplishes 20% of success.

For example, 80% of the sales in your company is a result of 20% of the activity. Put another way, 20% of your sales staff is producing 80% of your sales while the other 80% of your staff is only producing 20% of sales.

The same holds true for you, the visionary of your company.

As Lee Milteer, success author and coach points out; on a daily basis that 20% equates to approximately 96 minutes of PRODUCTIVE time. Think about that; just an hour and a half of time to get your most productive time. Read the rest of this entry

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Working With Weebly

Working with Weebly

Working with Weebly

Working with Weebly

Weebly is a web hosting service with embedded drag-and-drop web building software which makes it easy to put your thoughts into a viable website.

If you’re starting a business or interested in testing an idea online then Weebly.com might be for you. In less than 30 minutes I put together a free website as a test of Weebly’s functionality. See www.kisagroup.weebly.com

Like WordPress, Weebly allows you to test a website, its look, its “feel”, and tweak the site before you’re ready to invest in greater functionality.

WordPress Versus Weebly

Where WordPress.com and WordPress.org are focused on building blogs, Weebly is focused on building websites…but you can add a blog with Weebly if you’d like. Read the rest of this entry

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9 Dale Carnegie Secrets to Build Clients

9 Dale Carnegie Secrets to Build Clients

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Dale Carnegie

It wasn’t too long ago I worked for a Dale Carnegie franchisee. I’d taken the Dale Carnegie Course just after retiring from the Air Force and was asked to work with the local franchisee. I learned a lot from working with the Dale Carnegie organization and I’d like to share a bit with you.

Dale Carnegie began his career developing and teaching his famous Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Public Speaking and Human Relations. Years later he became world famous after writing one of the original “self-help” books, How To Win Friends and Influence People.

Many of his rules apply to developing good relations with other which, of course, is our goal in life and in business.

Here are 9 Dale Carnegie Secrets to Build Clients:

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4 Rules to Follow When Deciding, “What’s Your Message?”

Today we read and hear about target marketing; magnetic marketing, relationship marketing, permission marketing and I could go on.

What's Your Message?

What’s Your Message?

Marketing greats such as Dan Kennedy, Seth Godin, and others have broken the code, so to speak, on what it takes to connect with your client or customer.

Breaking the code is easy: As a business owner you MUST communicate your message to your targeted client or customer to draw them to you and build a relationship.

Implementing the code—not so easy. Read the rest of this entry

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