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

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

The Do’s and Don’t’s for Network Marketers

I have always worked in a traditional job setting – you know the one I am talking about. Up at 6:00 am and out the door by 7:30 am – give or take the timeline – then usually a drive to get where you are going (sometimes 1 hour or longer commute) to then have to answer to someone or other’s above you …… and usually a job that there is no real satisfaction, but something that pays the bills …………….. “I work to live” not “I live to work”

I entered the marketing world a few months ago. I had no previous experience in marketing. All I knew was that I had a burning desire for success and had to pave a way out of living paycheque to paycheque. I understand that the marketing world can be overwhelming at times. It seems like everywhere you turn someone has a new offer that is “fail proof” or “will make you a millionaire in a years time”. Now these offers may be great but for a newbie marketer, it’s confusing.

I’ve had many up’s and down’s with marketing. I’ve had breakthrough’s and slumps but after all is said and done, I have a consistent and productive schedule I follow. If you’re new to marketing or have an interest in starting your marketing career, these are the DO’s and DON’T’s that I believe will make all the difference in your journey.

DO’s

  • Do Your Research – Everyday someone is coming out with a new marketing strategy or company so it’s vital to make sure you know what you’re getting in to.
  • Take Your Time – Being patient is something that a lot people, in general, need to learn. Not everyone will make $10,000 in their first 30 days but with hard work and determination, you WILL get there.
  • Knowledge Is Power – I’m someone who loves to learn. I soak up as much knowledge as I can and believe the more you know, the more you can earn. When you have more knowledge than someone else on a subject they’re interested in, you have the upper hand. This is called Leverage.
  • Do Whatever It Takes To Succeed – When I say this, I don’t mean it in a cut-throat way. I mean it as making sacrifices that will benefit you in the future. Sometimes it will take sleep-less nights watching seminars or some monetary investments but always keep focus your goal ahead.
  • Think Positive – A lot people are interested in the marketing world and the money you can earn but don’t have the faith that it actually works. If you have any doubt in your body that the company you’ve joined won’t be profitable for you, you’ve just wasted your time. Belief in your business, your goal and yourself is all it takes to be successful.

DON’T’s

  • Don’t Believe EVERYTHING You Hear – There are many people who genuinely want you and everyone else to succeed. They really have a system that works in your favour and is profitable. Then there are those who just want your money. If you have that gut feeling about a business, follow your gut.
  • Inconsistency – I personally believe that this is the reason why a lot of newbie marketers quit too soon. They believe that if they do something once, it’ll always make you money. That “set it and forget it” mentality. The only way you can get to the level is if you’re consistent in the beginning of your journey. Everything else will fall in to place. 
  • Lose Focus – When starting as a newbie marketer, it’s good to set a long term goal. Once that goal is in place, that is what will be your driving force. Always remind yourself of that goal if you feel like you’re losing focus.
  • Take On Too Much – One thing that I’ve learned from very quickly was that I took on too much too soon. I got so excited to start my marketing career that i joined too many businesses at once. I got overwhelmed and confused and ended up losing money. Choose one business, focus all your energy on that one business and when you start to earn a consistent profit then you can venture out to other businesses. 
  • NEVER GIVE UP! – Quit, fail and give up are 3 things that I don’t believe in. Those words are what will break you down and force your mind to think it’s impossible to succeed. Failure is not an option, ever.

Hopefully this information will help any new marketer in their career. Take the time to learn, to ask questions, and to track what works for you and also what doesn’t. Thank you for your time and God bless. Make it a great day!