Are you frustrated with the results you've been getting from your marketing efforts? Do you work far too hard for too little payback? Are you constantly in struggle mode? You may think you don't have enough information, and you may be frantically chasing the next big thing. Take a look around... Chances are you've been gathering information left and right. You may have a ton of it, on
Remember Steven Covey's  book "7 Habits of Effective People"? One of my favorites was Habit #7 --  the importance to sharpening your saw.      Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree. "What are you doing?" you ask. "Can't you see?" comes the impatient reply. "I'm sawing down
Do you wish you knew of an investment that REALLY pays off... BIG?    Not like the pittance when you stash your money in savings accounts or CDs.  Mutual funds can be quite a gamble, but at least things are looking up these days.  And forget about pork bellies! There's a much better way to invest your money. I bet you have questions... Is this mystery investment guaranteed
Are you networking online?  If you're not, you're missing out on a wealth of opportunities.  Read on for a few tips on how to get started.   The first thing to keep in mind is that networking online is not all that different from traditional networking. Treat everyone like you would treat people you meet at networking meetings: show genuine interest in them, treat
There are several events or times of the year when giving thanks come to mind - but you don't have to wait until then!  Make it a frequent and regular practice to reflect on everything that fills your heart with gratitude. Consider not just the windfalls you've achieved, but also the people who have provided you with exceptional services, or who have otherwise helped you in your
Are you frustrated with the testimonials you've been getting. Are they too infrequent or do they just not sound as exciting as you think they could or should?  You know your clients love what you do, and they are quite enthusiastic about your work, but when you ask them to write up a testimonial, it often comes out sounding lukewarm at best. And you know that sometimes "Damning with
Are you networking as a strategy to grow your business?  Is your focus on constantly looking for more prospects?  If you're wearing yourself out attending scores of networking events and still have very little to show for it.   It's time to try something else.   A good way to get started is by learning from your mistakes...   How many of these five
Would you like to generate more referrals for BOTH someone else and yourself?    Well, a very effective strategy is to start giving more testimonials. Yes, it's surprising how something so simple and easy can have such an enormous impact on referrals.    Webster's defines testimonials as: "a statement testifying to benefits received". Or more
Leaping Lizards!   February 29th is Leap Day!   A once-in-every-four-years opportunity!  You get a whole extra day!   A whole extra 24 hours.  How are you going to use that bonus time? I have a suggestion... Use your leap day and take steps to take a big LEAP forward with your business.  Wasn't that in your plans for 2012?  You can make it
Is your networking... NOT working?  Are you attending plenty of events, both social and the typical business events, but just don't seem to get much of a response or make solid contacts - you know, those connections that lead to referrals & prospects showing interest in what you do?   Chances are the trouble lies in how you're answering the typical "What do you do?