Reaching Out

This 21st century of ours has created a society that tends to reach out in electronic ways – telling personal stories on social media, texting a quick message to a friend or family member, and describing details of their lives in emailed blogs. How can you take full advantage of this electronic age we’re in to reach more people? Let’s take a look.

Connection #1: Choose the Right Platform
What is the best way to reach your customers – or your potential customers? How do they reach out to you? That’s often the best indicator of how to connect with them. Choose the channel that makes the most sense for you. For instance, would more of your customers prefer to call customer support on the phone or ask questions through Live Chat on their computers?

Connection #2: Use Positive Social Proof
So much of what we hear and read nowadays focus on the negative. Let’s do our part to turn the tables. Companies will claim that XX% of people do NOT do such-and-so. Let’s tell the world about what is going right with your product or service. For instance, one of the best ways to do this is to ask your best customers for testimonials. How have they been helped? What are they doing differently now because of their purchase? People out there often connect with stories.

Connection #3: Capture Your Product’s Momentum
Think of that recent baseball game where the batter was up and the bases were loaded. There’s so much excitement in momentum. You and your team are feeling the momentum, but let’s make sure your customers know more about it. For instance, broadcast messages about the latest features of your product or the current sale price of your service. Keep your customers in the know so they can speak about you in the present tense.

Connection #4: Use the Words They Love to Hear
Certain words trigger action and reaction. Others encourage customers to buy. Which words? Ironically enough – the word FREE – and NEW – and INSTANTLY. It’s important to uphold the promises that are part and parcel of these words. For instance, when customers get more for their money, they are happy campers. In fact, your customers will enjoy those purchases even more because of the connections made when using those words.

Connection #5: Don’t Just Sell – Educate
Customers who feel as though they are in the dark will spread that word. The more people know about your product or service, the more they’ll appreciate its value and the more they will know how to make the best use of it. For instance, create customer support articles for your Knowledge Base or send out email campaigns providing tips and techniques or offer ongoing classes.

We literally have the world at our fingertips! We can use electronic ways to connect with people, to reach out. Stay in closer touch with people to let them know that you care about their needs, their welfare, their lives. Keep these connections in mind and reflect on how others connect with you. Here’s another way to connect: use the tools and training we offer at Six Figure Mentors and build your business.

Take a Look-See

People get pummeled with email. Every day we hear “You’ve Got Mail!” over and over again. We pitch this one and that one. We don’t want our own marketing messages to go into the trash, though. So how can we create subject lines that keep our potential customers opening those email messages? And get this – they say that nearly half of the people out there open a message because of the subject line. That sounds super important then, so let’s take a look-see.

Tip #1: URGENCY – “Don’t be late for dinner!”
No one wants to miss the boat. In fact, they are often the happiest when they are the first ones on the block to try something new. What words in a subject line convey urgency? Words that inspire action but also indicate that times that will expire. Alert! Right now! Important! And even go with the word with the most thrust: Urgent! So who used the subject line about dinner? A restaurant that wants customers to see their new menu.

Tip #2: CURIOUS – “What do unicorns and shoelaces have in common?”
You want folks to want to know more. This subject line should tickle and tease. A touch of flair. The kind of subject line that will nag at them until they open it because they want to know what the subject line means. Ask a question. Use playful words. Think like a kid to reach the youthfulness in all of us. So who used the subject line about unicorns and shoelaces? A shoe store that is carrying a running shoe that is slip-on – so, unicorns and shoelaces don’t exist. I know, I know – groan! – but you wanted to know the connection, didn’t you?

Tip #3: HUMOROUS – “Are you hiding under the bed?
People love to laugh – especially if they are in the thick of an unfunny day. If you tickle someone’s funny bone, a smile could turn into a chuckle which could turn into a customer. Make the words turn into an image in the reader’s mind – like what do you see here thanks to this subject line? A cramped person nervously shivering and peeking out from under the bed skirt? The words produced an image in your mind. So who used the subject line about hiding under the bed? A security company ready to protect your home from burglars and bogeymen.

Tip #4: VANITY – “You don’t need to stand next to an elephant…”
Let’s face it. We all would like to drink the magic elixir that will make us look younger, thinner, more good looking. We all want to feel better, be better, look better – you name it. When we see a subject line that inspires improvement, we often want to know what new product is being advertised. We certainly would like to take that step to look and feel better. So does everyone else, more often than not. So who used the subject line about elephants? The beauty store that has a product that will make your skin look younger.

Tip #5: GREED – “Want more than your neighbor has?”
We don’t mean to encourage this trait, but somehow we all seem to like having more. It’s human nature to want what others have and maybe even have a better deal. It’s blatant when it’s a neighbor because we can see plainly what those folks have in comparison to what we don’t have. Woe is me! So who used this subject line about wanting more? Ha – it’s a trick. In this case, you DON’T want more. The yard maintenance folks promise you that you won’t have the weeds your neighbors may have.

Email campaigns take some work – and you want to see good results. The first step is to get the attention of the folks who can help your bottom line. Try these tips to add some sizzle and charm to your subject lines so those messages of yours will be opened. Want more help with your email marketing? Use the tools we offer at Six Figure Mentors and build your business!

So Many Problems

Not all of life’s problems are computer-related, even though sometimes it might seem so.  What are the most prevalent problems that distract us from what we want to do – or even need to do?  And what can we do about them so that we can get back on the path to productivity? Certainly, there are more problems than we will discuss here, but let’s take a look at several of them.

 Problem #1:  Passwords

It seems that nowadays EVERYTHING is password-controlled.  Sure – there are good reasons for passwords, but is it ever a cerebral challenge to keep them all straight!  We could make it easy on ourselves by using the same password for all applications. Not a good idea. Those out there in the know tell us that each one needs to be unique.  Not only that, but it’s advised that we should change them every month or so. We have two problems when it comes to passwords: first, we need to create strong passwords that mischief-makers won’t guess.  In other words, don’t use PASSWORD or any rendition of that as your password. Even if you add 123 after it, that’s still not a good choice. The other problem with passwords is that you really need a smart way to keep track of them.  Creating a note in your phone listing all of your passwords is probably not a good idea. What do you do to solve the password problem?

Problem #2:  Forgetfulness

This problem can cause a major rift between you and others.  Forget the birthday of someone special? You may need to pay for that all year long. Worse yet – what if you forget your anniversary with your special sweetheart? Yikes! That might lead to all sorts of strife!  And what if you forget that you were meeting the plumber at your house at 2 PM. Oh, no – and you know the hourly rate for most plumbers.  And good heavens – what if you forget someone’s name – someone you know well. What do you do to remember all of these pieces of information?

Problem #3:  Lack of Sleep

Many drink several shots of coffee to start the day, and then they wonder why they feel so tired a few hours later.  Caffeine is a temporary fix. When your day goes on and on and on and often into the night, it’s important to call it a day. The average person gets fewer than the recommended seven hours of sleep each night – with some getting as few as five! Some people think that stretching their day into the night helps them be more productive since they are awake more hours than not. It doesn’t work that way.  The human body needs that precious sleep to rejuvenate – to keep us happy and healthy. What do you do to make sure you are sleeping well?

Problem #4:  Bad Habits

We have some favorite bad habits – overeating, smoking, biting our nails, drinking to excess, spending too much.  These habits can have a huge impact on us and on others. Many of these bad habits lead to stress and poor health and plague us into our graying years.  They are hard to shake. Some habits have been with us for a decade or even several, and we’ll try for a while, but somehow they come back, maybe even stronger than before. They say that it takes three weeks to break a habit, but that’s 504 hours which is 30,240 minutes – and it only takes a second to start up that habit again.  What do you do to break a bad habit?

These four are everyday problems that can plague us.  Our focus may be on them instead of what would keep us on track for success and happiness. Don’t lose sight of your life’s goals – and use the ideas you have about getting rid or around problems, shaking yourself of them. Should you have a problem with your business and need a boost in your online marketing – well, that’s a problem with an easy solution.  Use the tools we offer at Six Figure Mentors and cross off at least that problem from your list!

Oh, Yawn!

You run out of time.  You stifle the yawns. Oh, well – you’ll go to bed late, again You need to get this and that done. No big deal, right? Wrong.  So, let’s take a minute to find out what a lack of sleep can do to you.
 
YIKES #1 Poor Sleep Can Make You Fat
Some sleepy folks may think that the less sleep they get, the more calories they’ll burn.  Not so! It’s not that you burn off that many calories when you are ZZZ-ing. Unless they eat in their sleep, good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories.  Studies show that the blunt fact is that sleeping less has a strong link with obesity – 55% more of a chance than adults who sleep more. Why? Because lack of sleep actually affects your hormones and can cause poor appetite regulation.  Yikes is right.
 
YIKES #2 Poor Sleep Can Reduce Brain Activity
Your brain doesn’t function as well when it hasn’t had enough time to rest and recuperate.  So what cerebral functions are we talking about here? Some pretty important ones: cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance.  How can that affect you? Maybe you’ll forget where you put your keys or your wallet or your laptop. Maybe you’ll find that you can’t sit still and get a task done.  Maybe you just won’t be your golden self. One study showed that sleep deprivation can actually slow-start your brain similar to when you drink too much. And they are not referring to Gatorade.  Yikes is right.
 
YIKES #3 Poor Sleep is Linked to Depression
Depression is a debilitating condition.  Less sleep isn’t the main cause of depression, but studies indicate that 90% of the people who are plagued with this health issue complain about the lack of quality of their sleep.  Our bodies need several cycles of sleep that take roughly 1-½ hours a cycle. You may think your brain sleeps when you are asleep. Not so. One of these cycles is a combination of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and non-REM phases. Researchers claim that you need 7 to 9 hours of sleep so that your brain can do its housekeeping and tidy up efficiently. It’s critical to your well-being and perspective that your brain goes through a sufficient number of cycles. Yikes is right.
 
YIKES #4 Poor Sleep Impairs Immune Function
No one wants to get sick.  Well, if you don’t sleep enough, your body may not feel the same way.  One study gave participants the cold virus in some nasal drops. Guess what?  Those who slept fewer than 7 hours a night were three times more likely to get that cold.  The common cold is not the end of the world, but if you want that nuisance to be less common for you, get enough sleep.  Get this – a lack of sleep gives you a better chance of getting sick. Yikes is right.
 
YIKES #5 Poor Sleep Leads to Increased Inflammation
It’s all part of age.  Sure. Joints creak and groan and cells get damaged. Why rush into that condition? It’s not just the joints that are affected either.  Studies show that those who sleep poorly can get saddled with a long-term digestive condition.  Without going into details, this disease ends up causing one to spend more time on the throne. No fun.  If you don’t take your sleep more seriously, you’ll end up needing to take your poor health more seriously.  Yikes is right.
 
Sleep requirements do vary from person to person.  Even so, most healthy adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function well.  It’s important in so many ways to get enough sleep. Even though you may think you are getting more time out of your day, you really are compromising the quality of your life.  Want another way to improve your life – your business life? Join us at Six Figure Mentors and we’ll show you some MUCH BETTER ways to save time.  With that extra time, maybe you can get more sleep.

8 reasons why you should join the six figure mentors.

1. It`s your chance to escape the 9 to 5, live anywhere, and join the new rich.

How many of us dream of working long hours in a job or business with limited potential? Strange then that so many of us do. I know I spent many, many years doing that! You are woken by a  screeching alarm clock at an ungodly hour and rush around only to get stuck in traffic on the way to a job you don`t much want to do. There you take orders from a boss or a client you probably don`t like, knowing that you`ll get paid a wage that is limited no matter how hard you work. That wage is determined by someone else’s idea of what you are worth.

The number one thing this course and system gave me is not the money, but the opportunity of living a life of freedom. A life that is no longer about living paycheck to paycheck, or about wishing for things that I cannot provide my family with. This is an opportunity that truly gives me the freedom to work anywhere and do anything I want, whenever I want.

The Six Figure Mentors (The SFM), is a real opportunity to work online and live life the way you want to – to stop exchanging your time for money, with the result that you don’t have enough of either.

2. Anyone can do it.
My biggest worry, when I was thinking about joining The Six Figure Mentors, was that I wouldn`t be good enough. I thought I might not be smart enough to make it work, or that the technical stuff would be beyond me. I honestly had no idea about eCommerce, Internet marketing, website creation, you name it. Yes, I had a vague idea and had “dabbled” in a few web-based things but not in any depth. It looked like an amazing opportunity but I really thought it was out of my reach. In the end, it was probably the strong desire for a better life that drove me to get started and I’m glad I did, Best thing I ever did!

The business system Stuart and Jay have created is so simple it`s ridiculous. In the video tutorials and the live training, they practically hold your hand and show you step-by-step, in plain English, how to do everything they do. No existing expertise required. All you need is the will and determination to make it work.

3. You can choose your income level.
The best thing about the system is that it`s scalable, which means you can repeat it over and over until you`ve achieved any level of income you want. The amount of money you can make is only limited by your own effort and investment. This is why when people ask me how much money you can make with these methods, I tell them to pick a number. The sky is the limit.

4. The SFM Exclusive Private Community.
“I love coming here every day and participating in The SFM community.”

Ever felt frustrated, lost, or overwhelmed when starting something totally new and on your own before? There is a specific reason for this… you probably had nobody to turn to when you were stuck. You will never have this feeling as a member of The SFM. The owners themselves (Stuart Ross & Jay Kubassek) and SFM`s leadership team are available for support, which is awesome, however, that is not even the best part. Here, you have the ability to connect and communicate with 100`s of other aspiring and successful SFM members.

Yes, that is right. You can communicate directly with people that are having the same problems as you; people who have solved these problems already and want to help, along with many very successful online marketers, some of which make multiple six figures every year. That mentorship alone is worth 10 times the price of admission in my opinion!

This is great, and you`ll find it`s pivotal to your success. I wasn`t expecting too much in the way of support when I started out (after all, you can only experience the support once you`ve handed over your money). The truth is, the community offers great support and I love the fact I get to interact with other like-minded members. You can literally ask the simplest of questions and get back a comprehensive, well-thought-out response that you can tell other members have taken the time to put some serious thought behind. Rarely will you get a generic or rushed response?

5. Tiny initial investment.
This business model has ridiculously small start-up costs. Most ordinary businesses or franchises with this kind of income potential take hundreds of thousands of dollars/pounds to start and require huge loans. What will your start-up cost be with The Six Figure Mentors? It costs $29.95 to submit your application. Then starting with Module 1, you can test out the system, get on the phone with a coach and have all your questions answered. Then for the full business system, which is optional, it`s just a $297 one-time fee and $97 per month thereafter (no contracts or minimum term). That`s right folks, $297 to start something that has the potential replace your full-time income!

6. The Training Works!
With hundreds of training tutorials, videos, and downloadable guides (and growing every day), The SFM offers online business training like no other platform. If you are an absolute beginner or if you are an expert looking to expand your knowledge base and network, their robust training will help you take your business to the next level.

There are various training categories within The SFM. These include topics such as:

Getting Started Fast
Laying Your Foundations
Starting Your Marketing
Blogging
Video Marketing
Ezine Advertising
Forum Marketing
Facebook Advertising
WordPress

Each category contains its own set of specific resources which walk you through the entire process. If you are an absolute newbie, this will get you up and running very quickly.

It was actually the blogging module within The SFM that enabled me to start this very blog – putting to work what I learned, straight away!

One thing that I think is really cool is how there are many experts who contribute regularly to The SFM by adding new videos, tutorials, and posts for other members. To be honest with you, the training at The SFM is more than most advanced college courses would ever offer! Every single training resource is included with your membership. This is really awesome!

7. Amazing Tools and Services.
What many people are paying extra for comes included in your The SFM membership.

Here`s where I saved a ton of money with tools and services included such as website hosting, website builder, graphics creator, ebook cover creator, viral report builder, simple tracking and split testing software, it goes on and on.

The SFM will continue to exceed your expectations. I have never been associated with a company that is more giving. I mean, when the guys behind The Six Figure Mentors create a new tool or service they give it to members at no additional cost.

8. You have absolutely nothing to lose.
Having nothing to lose is probably the biggest reason to join The SFM. You literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Why? Stu and Jay offer a 30-day money back guarantee. The chances that you won`t love this course are slim (there`s a 3% refund rate), but even if you don`t – just send support an email and they`ll give you all your money back, no questions asked.

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Life-Changing Connections

Connecting with customers is what keeps your business connected with success.  Instead of racing from one interaction to the next, when we focus on the person in our view and do something to make a difference, we make these contacts life-changing.

How so? By following the steps below, you’ll not only create these moments for your customers, but you’ll benefit from that connection, too. Let’s see what needs to be done.

Get Personal

Maybe you were told in your younger years to mind your own business. That’s often polite, and with some people, it might be best to do so. When it’s one of your potential customers, though, you want to connect, you want to show interest, you want to make a difference.

Before you make your sales pitch, get to know the person. Find a shared connection you have. By initially discovering what you have in common, you’ll find more and more of those points of interest. Perhaps you’ll find out that you both went to the same high school. Maybe you’ll realize that you have friends in common. Keep looking for a connection.

Get Creative

Use the right side of your brain and allow yourself to think of all sorts of ideas – even those that probably won’t work.  When you open the floodgates like that, eventually the right idea will come along.

You’ll have more fun thinking – that’s for sure.  Unrestrained, pure thought flow – tap into your creative side. Make buying your service or product FUN for your customers to do. A local floral shop was having a holiday sale.

Customers chose a dum-dum lollipop and the bottom of the stick had a color which related to a certain percentage. Everyone was a winner – even the lowest discount was 15% – making it seem like such a bargain to buy that glittering necklace or that sunshiny daisy bouquet.

Get Positive

Too often life brings bad news our way.  When something happens suddenly, we feel sad and alone, distraught and overwhelmed.  When you learn that one of your customers is having a very blue moment, do something about it. Something simple.

Something caring. Send a card – a handwritten note – or an animated Ecard, a reminder that the person is not alone – that you are thinking of him or her.  If the person is local, a cup of coffee or tea can be of comfort.

Let the person talk and respond with a gentle touch or a reassuring smile. Those moments make a such a difference to those in grief.

Get Ready

Make what is ordinary become extraordinary.  Get ready to celebrate! Ask customers for their birthdays – and on that day, send them a little something. Use the tools we have at Six Figure Mentors, and send them a quick celebratory email – maybe with a poem you’ve crafted for them or a link to a fun animated E-card.

If you’ve got much of a singing voice, turn it into a melodious telegram. When you go out on a line like that to celebrate with a customer, that’s something that is not soon forgotten!  Making a big deal about someone becomes a big deal to him or her.

Get Quiet

Another way people can feel connected to you is if you let them discover things on their own.  Instead of telling others everything you know, give the person a hint about how to discover something about your product or business.

Ask questions. Encourage customers to think of how they could benefit with a purchase. Don’t tell them what you know – find out what they think.  Guide them so that they can have their own aha! moments, instead of finding out about one of yours.

Connections can be made – and you can be part of life-changing moments.  By taking these steps to change the lives of others, your customers won’t be the only ones having life-changing moments – you will be, too.

By letting your customers know you care, you are making the most of that connection. Want to get connected? Here’s how. Come join Six Figure Mentors (SFM) as the way to bridge the gaps between you and others, making those connections, creating your sales campaigns.

Stay in the Know

Do you want your team to perform at its best?  Here’s how:  Let Them Know. That’s right. Unlike these monkeys, team members need to be aware of the resources, the tools, and the knowledge available.  By making certain that information is available for those who need it, your team will work much more efficiently and effectively. Let’s find out more.

Who Needs Knowledge Management?

Your team will thrive when everyone has access to the knowledge base.  Information needs to be gathered and organized and easily shared, connecting those with valuable knowledge with those who are seeking it.  Being able to tap into what has been done before or the details of what is up ahead will spark innovation and collaboration. That formula will increase your team’s productivity.

What Types of Knowledge?

Any team needs access to knowledge in two forms:  Explicit and Tacit. Explicit knowledge is easy to understand because the details are spelled out and documented.  Most can share and receive this type of information, so the challenge here is compiling it. Tacit knowledge, on the other hand, is based on experience and intuition, and that’s not so easily translated or transferred.  Cultural beliefs, values, and attitudes can be shared in onboarding documents for new team members, mentoring programs, weekly meetings, and software and tools that facilitate collaboration. Team members must be privy to both explicit and tacit knowledge.

Where Do We Start?

Take these four steps to begin the process.  First, capture knowledge – save data, how-to-guides, and memos.  Second, improve knowledge access, letting others know where information can be found.  Third, enhance the knowledge environment, encouraging others to dig in, sort, and discover.  Fourth, manage knowledge as an asset, taking care to keep information confidential and valued.

How Do We Begin?

Some may be reluctant to share what they know.  Others may be resistant to change. If a culture of collaboration is encouraged, though, some of that will go away.  Identify those in the know. Showcase the experts in your midst so others will seek them out when they want to know more.  Focus on what is important, information that is meaningful. Otherwise, the goal of knowledge management will get murky, and team members may feel overwhelmed.  Dabble around and discover which tools will help you with this process. If a tool is not working, try another one.

Why Should We Bother?  

No one likes to be left out in the cold.  Team members want to know how decisions are made and feel as though they truly are an integral part of the team.  By keeping everyone in the know, you encourage growth and innovation. The combination of information may lead to greater insights and aha! moments, discoveries and innovations. When people on separate teams compare notes, processes may become smoother and more efficient.  When everyone knows more about how and why, that promotes agreement about essential goals. Sharing information gets people working together, improving relationships.

You don’t want any team members with their hands over their ears, their eyes, or their mouths.  Each person on your team knows something of value, and when that knowledge is shared, the power of it is exponentialized.  Another way to empower your team and benefit your business is to use the tools and resources available at Six Figure Mentors.   After all, we’re here to help you stay in the know.

Draining Your Brain

After a heavy lunch, how do you feel?  Sluggish and unmotivated? Are you looking to take a nap? Sometimes food, at least too much of it, will drain your brain.  What else saps your gray matter so that you can’t run at your level best? Let’s take a look at the main culprits.

Dining on Sugars and Fats

They may taste good and they certainly seem to be a mainstay in the average American diet, but they wreak their havoc to both your body and mind. Refined sugars and unsaturated fats will produce sugar spikes in your system, so that your energy stops and starts and takes you lower than when you began. How can you eat to avoid that? Dine on a diet based on proteins and complex carbohydrates.  A diet like that provides a feast for both body and mind with a steady supply of energy, helping to maintain optimum health and to reduce stress. Eat better and you will think better.

Losing Focus

Are your thoughts scattered?  Do you forget what you were trying to say? Having trouble solving a puzzle or winning a game?  It’s like flexing a muscle. Body strength comes from exercising, consistently and routinely.  Here and there, now and again – that sort of sporadic attention to fitness does not help that much.  The same thing goes for the brain. How do you practice? Games can enhance brain power – like Sudoku and Mexican Train, crossword puzzles or anacrostics.  These activities actually exercise your thinking, improving concentration, short term memory, and your ability to reason, and keep your brain in better shape.

Managing Stress

Sometimes it takes a day away or a longer vacation for us to realize how tense we are.  Stress is deadly, and when not managed, can cause all sorts of damage to your mind and your body. By managing your stress, your mind can be sharpened.  When stress is running your life, your mind will become weak and overloaded. How do you reduce stress? Sleep more. Exercise often. Drink water. Get a massage. Recharge your cerebral battery by taking a break from rigor and routine and keep you mentally refreshed.

Doing Passive Activities

Many people will while away their evenings on the couch, ears and eyes focused on a television screen.  Nothing is required. An occasional laugh. A moment of comprehension. Otherwise, it’s an activity where you can be in veg state.  Your brain can become lazy when it’s not more usefully used. How do you become more active? Read – books, magazines, newspapers, short stories.  Learn more and put it to good use. Do something different. Drive home another way. Meet a new person. Join an interest group – like hiking or cooking or reading. Sharpen your senses by removing one – for instance, listen to music with your eyes closed. Take charge of your brain and put it to good work and it will work better for you.

Your brain only weighs about three pounds but it runs the show.  Vital to the brain is oxygen, so be sure to take deep breaths when you’re feeling sluggish.  You’ve got 100 billion neurons that brain of yours. If you stretched out all of the blood vessels in the brain, those would reach a distance of 100,000 miles – and that’s four rotations around this earth of ours!  Keep your brain at optimal function by avoiding the things that compromise it. As for your business – use your smarts to keep it healthy and moving forward. Learn from us at Six Figure Mentors and benefit from the knowledge we have about e-commerce and online marketing.  That will certainly keep your gray matter charged up!

Meetings? Ho Hum!

We’ve all been to meetings like this.  Ho Hum!  Get moving!  I’ve got better things to do!  How much longer is this meeting going to go??? Take charge of the meetings you run – and make them run for you. The team here at Six Figure Mentors uses techniques to keep meetings brief, to the point, and action-based.  This helps us remain productive and efficient when building out new features for the Six Figure Mentors.  Here’s how.

Stick to the Agenda

Create an agenda with enough time for each item – but not too much time. Add the amount of time to the agenda to be spent for each item and stick to that.  If more time is needed, opt to reconvene at a later date. Too many meetings go on and on and on and get stuck on one item, either extending the meeting way past the plan or never getting to what else needs to be decided. A quick tally at the start of a meeting should reflect on the status of previous action items, asking for updates. At the end, a review of what needs to be done before the next meeting is essential. The agenda might be the most important part of keeping a meeting energized and successful.

Set the Rules

Sometimes a discussion gets impassioned and people around the table forget to mind their manners.  Others must have their say – and no one should be interrupted. If someone is taking too much time, instead of charging in, throwing the meeting off kilter, the one who called the meeting should politely ask the one talking to wrap things up so others can speak.  Also, participants should be asked not to use the word YOU. Instead, they should claim the word “I” and explain things from their vantage point without finger-pointing and surly sarcasm, character assassination, or vicious venom. Everyone around the table should be reminded that all goes better with smiles and pleasantness. After all, most discussion topics are not a matter of life or death.

Keep Careful Notes

Someone should be tasked to be the note taker.  What happens at meetings needs to be carefully written down, allowing us in the future to see what happened in the past.  What decisions were made?  What issues were unresolved?  What still needs to be done?  By whom  And how?  It’s a grueling task, but it must be done.  Perhaps this task needs to be done by someone who is not a decision-maker – someone who is not revved up and ready to speak – a faithful scribe.

Follow Up

A chief complaint about meetings is that nothing is done afterwards. People need to be charged to do what it takes and then report back at the next meeting.  A date should be provided so that these tasks are completed in good time. Then those who accomplish these tasks ought to be recognized and thanked when all is done well.  Gratitude has a way of influencing attitude.  By following up, those in attendance really feel as though meetings serve their purpose.

Meetings can be a super time suck. That’s why it is essential that we learn how to run meetings productively and efficiently.  We can actually carve out more time in our work days when we keep to a meeting schedule and move forward to get things done.  Now that we’ve taken the ho-hum out of meetings, want to put some zip and zest into your business endeavors?  Join us at Six Figure Mentors today and learn how to add the same spit and polish to your business ventures.

Any Resolutions?

There’s a well-worn tradition of making resolutions at midnight at the start of the new year.  Often those go by the wayside within days of their creation.

How did you do? Or perhaps you resolved to do several things for your business at the start of 2019. What changes would you like to make?Anything new?

Be Realistic

Most resolutions fall by the wayside because they are not practical. Perhaps people want instant change or maybe they want things that would never or could not ever happen.

It’s important to take a hard look at a goal you would like to achieve and create a timetable to celebrate the successes along the way. Instead of looking at the hoped-for end results, enjoy the process along the way.

As for your business, what realistic changes would you like to embrace for this year? Plan your strategy and pinpoint due dates for the tasks along the way.

Start Small

If a resolution involves too many details, there are just as many reasons for it to become derailed.  Instead of an overarching change, it’s better to focus on something reasonable that could be accomplished in a short time and then adding a follow-on goal to keep up the momentum.

Tackling a huge change a bit at a time works better because it’s easier to manage. Remember the psychology of an improvement: if it’s too easy, it goes unappreciated; if it’s too tough, it’s tempting to quit.

As for your business, often it’s more important to have small successes along the way rather than waiting and waiting and waiting for the end of a huge project. Sure, you can focus on that end goal, but section it off in smaller but related accomplishments.

Tell Others

When others know what you resolve to do, they may hold you to it. When you keep these promises secret only to yourself, you aren’t as accountable.  You might very well let yourself off the hook.

Talking to others also opens up your mind to other options, other ways to get to the finish line.

As for your business, talking around the table about a topic or an issue will borrow from others’ perspectives and provide you different insights based on their experience and expertise.

Ask for Help

When reaching that goal becomes too much of a challenge for you, it is so tempting to let go of the plan.

That’s why so many resolutions are not resolved! People give up. They shrug their shoulders. They decide why they didn’t want to do it anyway.  Instead, ask for help. If there’s someone who has already met that goal, find out the how and why of it.

As for your business, join a club or organization that focuses on improvement, on management, on success. For instance, if you will need to talk to others and make presentations, consider learning more about public speaking at a local Toastmasters Club. Or meet some of the community’s leaders by joining a civic or social organization and asking questions of the people you meet.

It’s not too late to make resolutions for improvement for yourself or for your business this year.  We are certainly here to help you at Six Figure Mentors.

So much of a part of business success is communication – with current customers and those who will follow them – and we can help you with that and more!