Archives for February 2010

What makes these 4 – make that 5 – very successful women tick?

You're so lucky. You get all the breaks. It's easy for someone like you.

All of these comments and more are often made about people who are doing well in their field. Yet luck, all the breaks and being easy “for someone like you” may have little, if anything, to do with one's success.

Take my four colleagues, Denise Wakeman, Janis Pettit, Ellen Britt and Marnie Pehrson. Each is extremely successful in their chosen endeavors. Although it may seem like they got all the lucky breaks, I can assure you there is more to each and every one of their success stories than getting all the breaks.

Nothing was handed to any of them. Each has been in business for many years and started from the ground up in their business. All four has experienced times when it appeared as if success was some far off dream and yet, through it all, they stuck with their vision and now enjoy an incredible life that affords them many opportunities that make it look like luck is definitely on their side.

Look closely and you will find many similarities between these four highly successful women. Here's just a smidgen of what they have in common: vision, tenacity, drive, flexibility, risk taking, circle of influence, and willingness to work for what they want.

Although each enjoys a very high level of financial success, they also enjoy contributing to causes that are near and dear to each of them.

Want to find out what makes each of these amazing women as successful as they are? Then join Ellen, Denise, Janis, Marnie and me on March 4th at 5 p.m. EST for a FREE teleseminar where we will be having a high energy discussion where we offer rare insight into what made us successful and we will share tips to help you succeed in different areas of your small or solo business.

Space is very limited so register now by

3 Business Building Products and Events and my thoughts on the baloney about success!

How to become a Six Figure a
Year Professional Speaker

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How To Quickly, Easily and Affordably
Grow Your Business By Becoming A Published Author…THIS Year!”

February 22 from 8-9 pm E/ 7C/5P

A FREE teleclass featuring

Lynn Klippel, Christine Kloser and Kathleen Gage

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60
unforgettable minutes with 5 highly successful marketers

FREE
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My
thoughts on the Baloney of Success and the Law of Attraction

 

Attraction Over the
past few years I have had conversations with thousands people who claim to want
a successful business, but are not achieving their goals. When I look at their
work habits it’s no wonder they are not succeeding.

 

The
distinctions between those who succeed and those who don’t are actually pretty
clear. The ones who succeed are not blaming outside factors as to why they will
or will not achieve what they want. They “get” they are responsible for
managing their thoughts, self talk and actions.

 

Then
you have those who blame everything but themselves for why they just can’t have
what they want: the economy, competition, global warming, the moon in Aquarius…
you name it, they blame it.

 

Rather
than looking at all the outside reasons one is not succeeding, people need to
take a look at what they themselves are or are not doing that prevents them
from having what they want.

 

In the
time I have had my business (incorporated in 1994) I have grown it from an idea
to a very successful enterprise.

 

My
business has gone through many recreations and rebirths in the last 16 years.
What started out with me securing a contract with a national seminar company in
the early years, transitioned to a small business training company with much of
my business in the market I lived in at the time, Salt Lake City.

 

From
there I grew it into a working on a national level with small businesses,
facilitating corporate trainings, establishing an independent publishing
company and consulting business, becoming a mentor to other small business
owners, and now Internet marketing advisor.

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One skill that lets you write your own ticket to success and recession proof you forever

There’s one skill that can recession proof you forever.
It can also let you get your message out to those who are eager to hear it. It
can also create the kind of lifestyle many people only dream of. What is it?

It is the skill of professional speaking. Contrary to
what some people think, stellar speakers are not born that way. We have
invested time, money and effort to perfect our craft.

In the time I have been a professional speaker I have
invested untold amounts of money for mentoring, conferences, membership into
National Speakers Association, books and more. It’s all been worth it.

The beauty of being a paid speaker are the incredible
opportunities and ways to generate revenue. If you are an author and you add
speaking into the mix, the opportunities are even more amazing.

I have been a professional speaker for over 15 years
and have no fear of not being able to continually generate a great income,
impact the lives of thousands upon thousands of people around the globe, sell
my books, CDs and other information products from the platform and much more.

Would you like to learn how to Become a Six Figure a
Year Professional Speaker?

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Something relatively insignificant can reveal major problems – if we are open to receive

What a blessing some minor (and not so minor) problems can be. Often, they are the catalyst for revealing something deeper that if unattended would turn into a catastrophe.

When we are open to moving in the direction life takes us, we are able to fully respond to what is in front of us.

Recently, I was leaving my mother's home to take care of some business. As I was getting in my vehicle I noticed the 89 year old sister of a neighbor laying on the neighbors driveway. It took a moment for the situation to register, but only a moment to realize this woman was in trouble.

I quickly went to her side and saw she had fallen on her back and needed immediate medical assistance. Within moments several neighbors and motorists stopped to assist. Only minutes later, the fire department arrived.

An ambulance took Jane to the hospital. Concerned about her well being, I stopped into the emergency department at the hospital she had been taken to. Amazingly, due to the fall other, more serious, conditions had been discovered.

What appeared to be one bad thing (the fall) turned out to be a blessing due to the discovery of other conditions.

Jane, a feisty woman with a spitfire attitude, was not pleased she was in the emergency department of her local hospital. Yet, had she not been taken to the hospital, the other conditions would not have been discovered. Conditions that could prove to be life threatening.

How often is this the case for all of us? A situation occurs to which we respond with frustration or anger wondering why it happened. Often, it is the very situation that reveals something even more important.

Rather than resist what is, the best thing we can do with anything in our life is to walk in faith with trust that we are being guided. A trust that will reveal to us important information that we might miss if we constantly try to run the show.

Sure, it's important for us to be in control of our life, yet there are times we must relinquish control and simply be with what is.

Does this mean we should be a doormat to life?  Not at all. What it means is, if on a daily basis we ask to be guided, more will be revealed. More that will show us our true path and nature.

What is blogging

There
are lots of numbers floating around the Internet as to how many blogs there
actually are. In July of 2008, Technorati claimed to be tracking
112.8
million blogs, a number that likely did not include the more than 72 million
Chinese blogs as counted by The China Internet Network Information Center
around the same time.

 

When we read about blog
statistics we usually hear about the English-language blogosphere without adding
the millions of other-language blogs into the equation.

So why is this outdated
statistic about how many blogs there are important to you? Simply put, if this
statistic is outdated and so enormous in size, you have to do a heck of a lot
more than put up a blog in order for it to be an effective tool for marketing,
selling and generating revenue.

The idea is to attract a
steady stream of visitors who either return to your blog or they read your
posts via feeds. However, before this can happen you need to get viewers to your
blog.

To get the most out of
your marketing efforts it’s essential to know the purpose of your blog. As with defining your market, the clearer you
are the better.

The fact is, blogs generate
revenue (directly and indirectly), position your expertise, give you massive
visibility and create ongoing opportunities.

Your blog is not meant to
be stagnant. It is a fluid resource where you have great opportunity to explore
your own creativity. One of the greatest benefits of blogging is you can say
and do just about anything you want. One of the biggest problems with blogging
is you can say and do just about anything you want. <grin>

The fact is blogs create
incredible opportunity. You never know who might “happen upon” your blog. This
is why it’s important to determine what your blog is for, what you want to
accomplish and what image you are projecting.

Once you have determined
the above-mentioned items, it’s time to gain visibility to drive traffic to
your blog. Keep in mind you don’t want just any traffic. You want targeted
traffic.

Denise Wakeman, blogging expert, shares how to do this in her FREE 5 part video course.

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Do You Have These Concerns with your Social Media Marketing?

Recently I conducted a survey to discover the most
pressing concerns/interests entrepreneurs have about using the Internet to build their
businesses.

The top three concerns are very closely connected to one
another: how to build name recognition, find customers and clients, and make
money. Here are the actual results of the survey:

Then come challenges. The number one is time. Knowledge,
who to trust and budget follow close behind.

It’s not lack of time that’s the problem. The challenge
is knowing how to organize your day in a way that makes you most productive.
It’s very easy to go on wild-goose chases that start in the early morning, and
by the time you take a stretch break you realize it’s late afternoon.

It takes discipline
As much as some people would like to “free form” their
day, the reality is running a business online takes discipline. Actually,
running any type of business requires restraint in many areas. Using a daily to-do
list can help with organizing your time.

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Are surveys really that important?

 

One
of the first things you learn in any marketing course is to identify your
market. The more you know about your market and what they want and need, the
easier it is to address their needs.

 

You
can obtain information in a number of ways. One, pay attention to what your
customers/clients are asking for. You can determine what your market wants by
studying your own market and customers, studying your competitors’ products and
services and what your competitors’ customers are buying. And…. by asking.


The more you know, the more targeted your approach to development and delivery
of products and services can be which equates to higher revenues and increased
profit margins.

 

One
of the best ways to “ask” is to conduct a survey. A well constructed survey
will reveal a great deal. There are several types of surveys you can use;
multiple choice, open ended questions and/or rating from 1 – 10 on an item are
just a few that work.

 

You
can conduct a “name required” survey or one that is completely anonymous.
Often, respondents will be more frank and honest with the anonymous survey;
people tend to not hold back if they are not identified. There are pluses and
minuses with anonymous surveys.

The greatest benefit in taking this important steps is you have a much better
idea of what your market wants before investing a lot of time or money
developing products and services. If you create products before you are sure
what people want it is very likely you may develop something they neither want,
need or are willing to pay for.

 

Another
benefit to conducting surveys is the results give you fodder for articles,
media releases, blog postings, tweets and videos.  

Keys to Successful Surveys

Identify your objective

Determine what information you need

Develop the questions

Conduct the survey

Analyze the responses

Develop products and services based on results

Repeat

Take time upfront to know what the market demand is and your
backend efforts will be highly rewarded.

Want to know how to Make Sales Stick? Take my short survey and to thank you for
your time, you will receive this bonus Make Sales Stick report absolutely
free. No opt-in required.  Click here to access the survey


Turn your passion into profit

 

Guest blog post from Christy Strauch

Social media makes now a perfect time to turn your passion into profit. The advent of social media has brought with it the opportunity for small businesses to succeed as never before. But customers don’t just want to buy the most popular, cheapest or fastest product or service – they want to buy from someone they believe in. The author explains why there has never been a better time than this to create an authentic business based on passion; and how to create a step-by-step business plan to achieve it.

If you are ready to join the ranks of small business owners who love what they do and make good money doing it, (and you are also willing to do a great job, and to tell people how to find you), this is what to do.

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Do you have any idea who your market is and what they want?

One of the first things we learn in any marketing course is to identify our market. The more you know about your market and what they want and need, the easier it is to address their needs. This can be done in a number of ways. One, pay attention to what your customers/clients are asking for. You can determine what your market wants by studying your own market and customers, studying your competitors’ products and services and what your competitors’ customers are buying. And…. by asking.

The more you know, the more targeted your approach to development and delivery of products and services; this equates to higher revenues and higher profit margins.

 

A well constructed survey will reveal a great deal. There are several types of surveys you can use. You can either do a “name required” survey or one that is completely anonymous. Often, respondents will be more frank and honest with the anonymous survey; people tend to not hold back if they are not identified.

The greatest benefit of surveys is that you know what to do before investing a lot of time or money developing products and services that may not be what your market wants or is willing to pay for.

Survey results give you fodder for articles, media releases, blog postings, and products and services based on what your market wants.

Unfortunately, many professionals spend incredible amounts of time in development based on what they THINK the market wants rather than what they DO want. Survey, survey, survey. This is the magic word.

Keys to Successful Surveys

Identify your objective
Determine what information you need
Develop the questions
Conduct the survey
Analyze the responses
Develop products and services based on results
Repeat

Take time upfront to know who you are working with and your backend efforts will be highly rewarded.

Want to know how to Make Sales Stick? Take my short and anonymous survey and to thank you for your time, you will receive this bonus report absolutely free. No opt-in required.

 

Survey
closes on January 10, 2010
CLICK HERE to begin survey.

 

Do this with online marketing and you’re going to fall behind – FAST!

If you’re relying solely on email marketing to get your
information to market you’re falling behind at the speed of sound. The same
goes for relying heavily on article marketing alone. So say most of the leading
Internet Marketing experts. Popular consensus is we must use social media marketing
incorporated into other methods if we want to be a serious player in the game
of online marketing.

This can work for almost anything
Whether it be for books, information products, art, brick
and mortar businesses or just about anything that requires getting the word out
to your market the rules have changed and continue to do so every day.

Truth be told, there are countless trains of thought about
how to use social media marketing. A great example was one of the panel
discussions on Social Media Marketing at NAMS3.

Experts agree
Considered to be one of the top Internet marketing
conferences around, leading Internet marketing experts like Willie Crawford,
Jeff Herring, David Perdew, Denise Wakeman, Lynn Terry, Nichole Dean, Sid Hale,
Bob the Teacher, Kevin Riley, myself and others talked in great length about
how to effectively use social media marketing to achieve optimum results for the
least amount of effort.

Each expert brings a wealth of information to the table in
that we are constantly studying the latest and greatest information available. We
do this through our own mentors, mastermind groups, other experts information
products, sitting on panels, attending conferences and more.

Yet, for many, knowing the right thing to do can be very
confusing with all the information (some great and some plain garbage) that is
available. Take Twitter for example.

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