Make Your Meetings Meaningful: 5 Tips

We’ve all endured brutally long and pointless meetings. Yet meetings are crucial to a company’s success, providing an opportunity to share intelligence and collaborate.

Follow these five steps to ensure that your meetings are efficient, as well as beneficial to the bottom line.

1. Advance planning. Set the tone for the meeting up front, clarifying your expectations. Know your goals and desired outcome for the meeting. (Sometimes, this process reveals that a meeting is unwarranted and an email will actually suffice.) Only include those who are essential to the discussion, and deliver the agenda to them 24 to 48 hours in advance. If there’s any material that attendees need to review prior, distribute that as well. Don’t hesitate to include in your subject line: MUST READ PRIOR.

2. Time management. Leaders are punctual, so begin on time. Everyone should be settled and ready to go, not drifting in. Do not reward latecomers by catching them up, but rather tell them to get what they need from someone following the meeting. Also, if it’s going to be a short meeting, make it a “standing meeting” to keep the energy high.

3. Stay focused. Have a moderator or timer to keep the meeting on track. Keep meeting hogs to a minimum by explaining to your team the difference between adding value to the discussion and simply being repetitive.

4. Invite discussion. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to be heard. You may need to draw out some participants by saying, “We haven’t heard your insight yet and would like your opinion. What are your thoughts?” On the other hand, if someone has gone off on a tangent, guide them back by saying, “I hear your concerns. What is your recommendation?” Or, “What do you see as a solution?”

5. Finishing touches. Before ending—on time—decide next action steps and assign responsibilities for each action item. After the meeting, send a follow-up, summarizing key meeting points, within 48 hours.

If you adopt these suggestions, people will choose to be present at your meeting. And, don’t hesitate to share these strategies with your supervisor!

 

retrieved from Business Management Daily, January 7, 2014

The best way to find the yellow brick road of your life

Usually, the best way to find the yellow brick road of your life, Casey, is to start out on the dusty, dirt one.

And then let yourself become so preoccupied in making the best of it, having fun, and challenging yourself that you actually stop paying attention to the path.

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Until, one day, not so long from now, with a new best friend, wearing cool clothes, feeling awesome, a teeny tiny bit taller, fresh from a WOW vacation, looking for the path you just left, you’ll notice that it’s 24 carats… baby.

And you’ll wonder for a long, long time, sipping on some exotic fruit drink, when the transformation actually took place…

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The Universe

The Day After, “Yes!”

I recently came across the following article about Network Marketing written by someone whom I respect and admire; Michael Clouse! So good in fact that I am going to share the article verbatim. Thank you Michael for all you do for everyone!!

The Day After, “Yes!”
by Michael S. Clouse

Michael_Clouse 2016It’s going to happen, because it happens to everyone who builds a Network Marketing business… So what, exactly, is going to happen? Someone you shared your business with is going to say, “Yes!”

Then what?

Well, you can always hope they succeed, or you can progressively teach them how to build a business. I like the progressively teach them odds better, so here’s what I’m suggesting—and doing—one “Yes!” at a time.

1) Schedule your Getting Started conversation for the day after, “Yes!” If the day after won’t work, then get together over the telephone, or in person, as soon as you possibly can.

2) We all like to spend time with—and do business with—people we know, like, and trust. Therefore, because this is a relationship business, invest some time getting to know them first. Talk about the business second.

3) Most people join for the money. If that’s the case, find out how much money they would like to earn over the next 90 days. If they’re like most people, an extra $500 to $1,500 per month—earned over the first 90 days—would be outstanding!

4) Set up a workable schedule. Make sure they’re planning on engaging in enough activity to actually accomplish their 90 day money goals. And make sure to let them know that if it takes a bit of time to find the business-building rhythm that feels right for them, that’s perfectly okay.

5) Get them plugged in. They’ll need their own personal website, prospecting CDs to pass out,  and perhaps some marketing materials. Help them place their initial product order and set up their own autoship order. Remember to let them know about your team’s conference calls, e-mails, and facebook page too! This is explained in The Fifth Principle.

6) Explain: Plan–Do–Review–Adjust–RepeatPlan the month in advance: activity, conference calls, and events. Do what you planned to get the results you want. Review your results at the end of the month. If necessary, Adjust what you’re doing—your activity—until you get the results you want. Repeat by planning the next month, complete with any needed adjustments, and continue moving forward.

7) Offer ongoing support. Because it’s easy to get off track, make sure you check in at least once a week. Ask what you can do to help—and offer help where you can. Encourage, support, and continue to be the example you want those on your team to follow; one “Yes!” at a time.

All the best,

MSC

P.S. When I get a bit discouraged, and from time to time we all do, recalling these words really helps: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” —Japanese Proverb.

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Activity Matters Most by Michael S. Clouse

Michael Clouse’s words of wisdom! This is one of my TOP 5 favorite articles he has written. I’ve trained from it many times. Thank you Michael for all that you share and give to so many!

Exert from “Activity Matters Most” by Michael S. Clouse

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Consider the following, and you decide…

Years ago I discovered that those who are deemed to be Masters in this “Networking thing” understand three simple truths about the business. Although you might hear these truths expressed somewhat differently from leader to leader, the underlying facts remain the same. For purposes of our discussion, we’ll refer to these truisms as, “Network Marketing’s Three Rules of Three.”

1. Know The Business You’re In

Network Marketing is about three things:
a) Finding People to talk to—Prospecting.
b) Talking to the people you find—Presentation.
c) Teaching others to do the same—Duplication.

2. Understand The Rules

Regardless of how you present your business:
a) Some people decide to join—Some Will.
b) Some people decide not to join—Some Won’t.
c) Some people decide not to decide—So What…

3. Get Better At The Game

Because everything in life is about who you become:
a) Work more on yourself than you do on your business.
b) Again, work more on yourself than you do on your business.
c) And again, work more on yourself than you do on your business.

I share this with you because for years leaders have been searching for a simple, highly duplicatable MLM system that new distributors could use to more quickly achieve success. And the most interesting part is, I now believe we’ve been overlooking the obvious for decades…

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Getting Things Done

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One of the most common questions I receive is “Jack, how do you get so much done?” It’s a fair question, considering I’ve written 150 books, deliver an average of 50 live presentations around the world each year, invest a considerable amount of time with my Train the Trainer students, lead the Transformational Leadership Council, yet still have time to cultivate an amazing relationship with my wife, spend time with my kids and close friends, and take excellent care of my health.

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In this article, I share seven of my top strategies for getting things done.

Strategy #1: Get Clear About What’s Required

When people set goals, particularly at the beginning of the year when working on their New Year’s resolutions, they tend to be overly optimistic about how much is actually possible. As a result, they over-commit or make lists that are far too long.

Strategy #2: Create a Daily Schedule

Simply setting aside time in your calendar may not be enough to achieve your goals. I go the extra step and create a daily schedule. Additionally, I use the Rule of 5. Each day I choose 5 specific tasks that will move me toward the completion of my goals and I ensure those tasks are included in my daily schedule.

Strategy #3: Focus on the “Big Rocks”

When planning my daily schedule, sometimes I realize that I have an unreasonable amount of work on my to-do list for the next day. I know that I can’t get it all done. This is when I turn to my list of “Big Rocks” – my most important priorities.

Strategy #4: Center and Visualize

I start each day with a meditation to help me get grounded. Before I get up from my meditation cushion, I mentally rehearse my day, visualizing and feeling myself staying focused, working efficiently, and being productive.

Strategy #5: Keep Score

To stay on track to achieve goals, it’s important to keep score. This means assessing, each day, whether or not you’ve done what was necessary to achieve your goals.

Strategy #6: Celebrate Milestones

Celebrating your progress along the way is essential to staying motivated.

Strategy #7: Schedule Down Time

When you’re on fire to achieve your goals, it’s tempting to skip free time. (This is when you often here people say, “I’ll rest when I’m dead.”)

Your goals are important – not only to you and your family, but to the world. You have a purpose, and your goals are how you are meant to live your purpose. The seven strategies I’ve shared here have been essential to my ability to get things done. Use them to ensure that when 2013 comes to an end, you’re celebrating the accomplishment of your goals, rather than regretting what hasn’t happened.

How to Create an Extraordinary Business That Leaves a Legacy

Traditionally, we have been focusing on specific social media topics on a week to week basis.  However, I wanted to take a slight detour this week and cover something that I feel is critical to every business out there, regardless of whether you utilize social media as part of your marketing strategy or not.

So the question is, have you taken the time to define the Dream, Vision, Purpose, and Mission for your business?  Even if you’re not currently a business owner, would you be able to describe in a few short phrases what you’re out to accomplish on this earth?

For the majority of business owners and people living their day-to-day lives, this is for the most part an afterthought.  I mean, with our daily lives being so busy and wanting to “just get through” the day, there’s often not that much time to reflect on what really is the driving force for what we are doing.

As one of Michael Gerber’s Dreaming Room Facilitators, I’m fortunate to be a part of a select few of individuals worldwide to lead this entrepreneurial incubator where a business owner is able to tap into their imagine and inspiration to create a truly extraordinary company. Image

So what are the definitions for the Dream, Vision, Purpose, and Mission? According to Michael Gerber as he defines it in the Dreaming Room, the definitions are as follows:

Dream – The greater good you want to create.

Vision – The business model to manifest the dream.

Purpose – Your commitment to the people.

Mission – Your system to create the business that accomplishes that dream.

To give you an example of how this plays out in my own business, here is the Dream, Vision, Purpose, and Mission for my own business and life.

My Dream: To inspire people worldwide to reach their full human potential.

My Vision: To create the McDonald’s of Small Business Consulting and Human Potential Training to inspire, educate, and empower the unemployed, underemployed, self employed, and small business owner worldwide.

My Purpose: That every person leaves a legacy before the end of their life.

My Mission: To invent the system through which every individual can transform their lives regardless of their current situation.

So have you taken the time to determine what is the driving force for your business?  Have you taken the time to determine how this will play a role in your daily life?

These 4 items are critical for anybody in life, whether you currently own a business or you don’t.  When you are crystal clear on what you are out to accomplish, then opportunities open up all around you in all aspects of your life.

This is the core foundation for any successful business and this is one of the underlying concepts that is covered in The Dreaming Room.  Have you had a chance to put together your Dream, Vision, Purpose, and Mission yet?

With Love,

Edmund

When Goals are Forgotten: 4 Steps to Get Back on Track

ImageMost people start pursuing their goals – especially New Year’s resolutions – with great passion. But over time, they lose momentum, burn out and put their dreams aside.

If this happens to you, it’s a clear-cut sign that your goals are not sustainable. In this article, you’ll discover how to get back on track toward your goals – and accelerate your momentum.

1. Evaluate Your Motivation

If you’ve lost momentum toward your goals, the first thing to do is verify your commitment. A lot of our goals tend to be “should’s” rather than deep “want to’s.” But I’ve discovered that without a burning desire to achieve a goal, your motivation wanes quickly, and your subconscious mind turns its attention to more exciting desires.

2. Are You Realistic?

Once you’ve confirmed that your goals are things you truly want to achieve, the second thing to verify is that your goals are realistic.

3. Declare Your Intentions

When you’re clear about which goals you’ll work on, you can increase your commitment by publicly declaring your intentions. Share your goals with the people in your life – the more, the better. You’ll be more likely to take action toward achieving your goals when the alternative is losing face with people about whom you care.

4. Creating Accountability

Most of us find it easy to let ourselves off the hook. We can quickly justify why we haven’t followed through on our commitment to take action on any particular day, just as we can easily make excuses about why we miss our targets completely.

Get Back on Track – Starting TODAY! Image

It’s normal to veer off course when pursuing goals. Sometimes this happens because we’re not truly committed to our goals. Other times, it’s because we struggle to hold ourselves accountable for doing the necessary work. Use the tips in this article to get yourself back on track in making steady progress in turning your dreams into a reality.