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

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I wish you enough …………..

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said: “I wish you enough.”

The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.

I Wish You Enough

I Wish You Enough

The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.

I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?”

“I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.

When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?”

She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.

“When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them…Share if you agree

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

Michael Clouse

Michael Clouse

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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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.

How To Build A Bigger Team

by Michael Clouse

Yes, by now you’ve probably been told (more than a few times I would imagine) that Network Marketing is about three things: prospecting, presentation, and duplication. And yet, if you’re like most business-builders, far too many of those you’ve already introduced to the business seem to be doing, well, nothing at all…

Michael Clouse

Michael Clouse

The truth is, above-average success in Network Marketing requires, among other things:

1) belief in the profession,

2) belief in the business-building system itself, and

3) belief in the fact that you can do this…

Now if that’s true—and it is—why do we seem surprised when those who haven’t been progressively educated quit the business? On the contrary; if we’re not systematically instilling this information into our new business-builders, we should actually expect them to quit as soon as they encounter any resistance at all—and we are rarely disappointed!

Therefore, if you’re ready to build a bigger team—and actually keep more of the people you sponsor—try this three-step, belief-building system: First, provide every prospect with something to educate them about the Network Marketing industry. Second, after they have sponsored in, immediately offer every business-builder something to teach them the basics of the business. Third, after your new business-builder has been involved for 30 days or so, give them something to keep them moving in the direction of their dreams…

Secrets to a Successful Relationship

Secrets to a Successful Relationship 

by John Gray, Ph.D

John Gray, Ph.D. is the best-selling relationship author of all-tim and the most trusted voice in relationships today. He is the author of 17 books, including The New York Times #1 Bestselling Book of the last decade, MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS.

Dr John Gray

Dr John Gray , Author of “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus”

In this video, John reminds you that whether you’re married or in a long-term relationship, your relationship with your partner should be the most important and most rewarding relationship in your life. He recognizes that in most situations everything was wonderful at first, but now things are a bit on the rocky side.

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