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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Getting Things Done

March 27, 2013 by 

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.

The Promise: This business can set you free financially in one to three years.

Sharing this forward … not sure who originally posted this, but this is a great reminder!

The Price: To succeed, you will have to face and conquer 4 major enemies.

This is a true story about Mark Yarnell, a minister in a small Texas town. He was heading for bankruptcy and just about to lose his home and car. He looked for a way out and discovered Network Marketing.  Mark’s sponsor gave him the “promise” and also told him about the “price” to succeed. The 4 major enemies in your business are:

Enemy #1 Rejection
Mark approached 200 people to view a video, 80 told him they are not interested.

Enemy #2 Deception
Mark thought, “no problem, my sponsor warned me about that. I’ve still got 120 people that will watch” Guess what?  50 didn’t.

Enemy #3 Apathy
Mark thought, “no problem, my sponsor warned me about that. I’ve got 70 people who have watched the video.” Guess what? 57 said “not interested”

Enemy #4 Attrition
Undaunted Mark thought, “no problem, 13 people signed up.” Guess what? 12 of them dropped out of the business shortly thereafter.

Attrition left Mark with just one serious associate. But, to date, that single associate earns Mark over $50,000 per month.

Mark Yarnell’s story is not unique. Ask the person who introduced you to Isagenix – they have experienced all of the above.

Pick your goal and get into massive action. If you talk to enough people, you will make it!

Here’s the lesson: Your success is directly related to the degree to which you are willing to work to find others like yourself who are committed to succeed. Mark Yarnell’s odds were 1 out of 50. Would you be willing to go through 200 people to find 1 who will make you $50,000 per month? Or hear uncounted “No’s” to sign up 50 people to find a million dollar person? I know you will. It’s easier when you know the odds up front.

But here’s the catch” You have your own set of odds and you won’t know what they are until after you’ve succeeded. So if you’ve gone through 50 or 100 people and you haven’t found 1 serious person yet, you can either give up and assume the business doesn’t work or recognize that you are working through your own numbers.

Are you willing to find out what your own set of odds is? That means that you must pay the price for freedom. Remember that the numbers never fail you. Despite where you are in your skill level, your success is assured if you talk to enough people. And as your skill improves, so will your odds.

There is no such thing as luck in this industry. Winning big is a matter of being willing to pay the price. Are you?

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Your future is in your hands! The choices which you make today will determine the course of your entire future.

May you have a successful future in all aspects of your life!

Have you ever wondered Why?

Have you ever wondered why? Why you are not succeeding or your goals not coming to fruition like you vision it? 

A really good friend of mine posted this on Facebook today, and I thought it would be a perfect post for today. Well written Krysta and thank you for sharing this with everyone.

by Krysta McLeod Chapman

Krysta McLeod ChapmanIt’s one thing to be in love with a product and determined to reach your financial goals. But there are other components that really should be considered if you aren’t having the success you want. If you have truly been focused and committed yet the plateau remains which of the following might be stopping you?

1. Belief in Self: Ability, Skills, Desire, Persistence
2. Belief in Company: Corporate Structure, Long term plans, Approach to growth & fiscal responsibility, re-investment
3. Belief in Product : Integrity, safety, consistency, results,
4. Belief in Compensation Structure: Simplicity, Unlimited, Ability for all of your people to be paid, Generous
5. Belief in Profession: Reach, Potential, Education, Mentors, Training

All we need to succeed in this business is available, from personal development to motivation. We must target the areas we need work on and adopt the attitude every step forward.

Love and Gratitude!

Casey