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July 24, 2017

How to quickly streamline your process for maximum profit.

                                         

Do you get busy?

Or do you get productive?

What’s the difference? The difference is working by objective and not by task.

Often times when entering my office in the morning I am greeted by a number of tasks. It is tempting to jump right into some of the easier tasks to get them off the list. I think most business owners, including me, struggle with this daily!

Checking off items on the to-do list makes you feel as though you are accomplishing something.

You feel busy.

Why is it important to work by objective and not by task? If you begin your day focused on the numerous tasks available, you could keep yourself busy the entire work day and never accomplish anything related to moving forward with your goals.

It is crucial to understand the difference between busy and productive so you can actually be productive. You can keep yourself busy for hours with your email inbox, a social media feed, or allow autoplay on YouTube! Anyone can be busy at any point they choose to engage in any activity.

Productivity is accomplishing a series of tasks to assist in the realization of your ultimate goal. To be productive you must focus on your end goal!

Try taking a step back in the morning and begin to focus on the overall objective of your week and the current day. Ask yourself the following;

  • What projects are you working on?
  • What income generating activities have deadlines which you need to process?

The time taken to define what tasks are most important to accomplishing your goals is priceless.

Try using the five steps to processing success, or what I like to call P.O.P.R.S. Planning to mentally simplify how you accomplish your tasks.

P.O.P.R.S. Planning

Prioritize, Organize, Process, Record, and Store.

You should begin your day by prioritizing your daily tasks to process the income generating activities first. Get organized by grouping similar actions to ease the process flow. Once organized, begin processing your priorities. Submit all business to respective departments/ companies/ contacts/ clients. Never complete the day without recording every piece of business processed. Note the individual records with each action taken. Store the client file in the designated filing location; electronic or hard copy. Be sure to maintain a copy of all relevant paperwork processed with the respective client record. 

This method is simple but it can greatly improve your progress if you focus on the acronym alone. 

Use the attached free “5 Steps to Processing Success” .pdf to help you get organized and move through your day with ease. Remember to perform only your goal oriented activities to begin your day. Once your goal oriented tasks are completed, move on to the tasks not pertinent to the progression of your long term goal. You will quickly begin to see the movement toward accomplishing your goal.

 

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July 8, 2017

Ryan Stewman on perseverance and paving the path to a brighter future.

http://hardcorecloser.com/contact-ryan-stewman/Ryan Stewman, the Hardcore Closer, joins the Technology = Equality Community for episode #69 to share a wild journey from the day he was given a beeper number to changing millions of lives. He witnessed the rise and rapid fall of entrepreneurial relatives while his parents opted for the security of traditional careers. Ryan started his entrepreneurial journey in an unconventional manner and transformed his illegal experience into a profitable practice. Listen in as Ryan shares insight on how the lack of a safety net and perseverance can pave the path to a brighter future.  

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“If someone gives you a cool nickname, Go with that shit!

Do not resist cool nicknames!”

~Ryan Stewman

Strategy: Success may come and go in the blink of an eye! Look at every situation as an opportunity to be sure you never miss one. Instead of creating excuses, develop a solid foundation you have control over, then evaluate all feedback to help yourself grow.

Wisdom: Everyone is moving forward in life, create a plan so you know where it is you’re trying to get to. The road may be far bumpier than you anticipate, but keep moving forward. Keep doing what you’re doing and never quit!

Wish: Ryan would love for someone to develop an automated social media marketing content organization and backlink/ funnel coordination program.

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July 1, 2017

How to create your sales practice secret weapon. 

Take a moment to think about all the deals you have closed over the years.

How many client files do you currently possess?

Can you name all of your clients, where you met, their family makeup?

When you finished closing the deals and you received your commission... what did you do with the client record?

How to create your sales practice secret weapon.

There have been numerous studies over the years regarding customer acquisition vs retention and the best way to grow sales. I will spare you the details and provide a link to view a simple infographic and a list of additional resources on this information.

What I do want to be clear on is that it is about 5-7 times more expensive to find a new customer, then it is to keep a current customer happy. The fact is if you focus on selling to existing clients, you can increase your revenue by a minimum of 25%.

Now think about it, you can grow your practice, grow your income without creating new products or spending time finding new people. Take the time to focus on finding the right message and the right method to continue reaching the clients who already know, like and trust you.

There are far too many business owners focused on growing their practice, but with no solid direction or plan. Most sales professionals I've worked with over the years tend to close the deal and the client file is put away. Stored among the many clients they have worked with through the years. Does this sound familiar?

Are your clients' records put away?

If there's no follow-up, then there's no contact, there's no conversation. How do you intend to grow the relationship? How do you intend to continue serving them? How do you intend to gain referrals?

Your clients need you to solve the problem you are the best at solving. Focus on what this problem is and how you can help them even more.

I'm going to help you begin developing your sales practice secret weapon right now.

Take a moment to focus on the big problem you solve for your clients. What information are your clients naturally searching for? Now use the short SETI Method to develop a plan of action.

The S.E.T.I. Method stands for Sort, Examine, Template, Implement. This is a simplified technique I use in my practice and with my clients to quickly develop a sales practice secret weapon for any industry.

Begin by sorting your clients into groups based on similar purchase habits. To keep the process simple, try to stick to the number three when creating your groups.

Once you have three groups, examine the history to verify which of the three is the most profitable for your practice. This can be done in a number of different manners based on the type of sales practice you operate. If you're a Realtor you may choose to group clients into buyers, sellers, and renters. If you're in financial planning you may choose groups aligned with product types or a specific location.

Once you define your groups, clarify why they are who they are. What is it about them personally that connects the group members? Now you can begin creating a customized plan to keep in touch with each of your groups. Determine the best message and connection methods for each group to begin implementing.

This plan, as simple as it may seem is rarely mapped out in a sales practice. The communication template you have now developed is your client retention plan, your sales practice secret weapon. You should continue to tweak or change the template plan as you go.

Once your template plan is developed, try to find tools to help automate the implementation process of your sales practice secret weapon as much as possible. Remember to check out the infographic and list of resources using the link included here.  Click here to connect and schedule a free 4th of July BONUS strategy session to help you automate your sales practice secret weapon!

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June 24, 2017

Peter Aquart on perspective and personal growth.

 

Peter-_Headshot.jpgPeter Aquart, COO and co-founder of American Wealth Builders is on a mission to help the average person take control of their finances. Peter discovered his niche of simplicity at the very young age of 13. He has since designed and implemented an entire software system for turnkey real estate investing and has owned and operated over 15 businesses. Peter joins the Technology = Equality Community for episode #68 to discuss perspective, personal growth and the evolution of your passion.

"We have an obligation to everyone else around us and to this world to grow into the best person you can become!" ~Peter Aquart

Strategy: Marketing and sales are the most important piece of your business. Find your market, go where the demand is and be passionate about your service. Take decisive action and always ask questions to help gain a better understanding of both systems and situations.

Wisdom:  Never stop learning! Take the time to evaluate yourself and your business, but always keep an open mind to gain new perspectives. Your passion may end up being an evolution along with the growth of your skill set. Once you understand the value of your service figure out how you plan to deliver this value.

Wish: To help as many people as possible regain control of their financial future through real estate investments.

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June 17, 2017

My dad is the best at just about everything… Happy Father’s Day!

pexels-photo-190537My dad is the best at just about everything. From dancing to fixing things to navigating back roads! 

If he doesn't know how... he will undoubtedly figure it out if you ask him to.

Looking back now, there is nothing he has ever given up on (no matter the time it takes) and there is nothing he can't accomplish. As a child, I didn't understand why my father seemed to have such amazing luck, or why things always went the way he planned. I always thought it funny that my father kept a notebook and several pens in his breast pocket. Much like mom, dad always had a list!

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My dad is the best....

The reality is dad was always overboard with the listing of things!!!

When we were kids, if we became sick; he kept the <<Kid's Name Here>> Input/ Output log!!!

NO Seriously, there was an Input/Output log for each one of us kids at some point in our lives!! Liquid, solid, you name it, he jotted it down... everything! Unlike mom's lists; which were generally to do lists sorted by deadlines, dad's lists were thoughts, ideas, notes, to do's and work related items.  They always made sure to keep their lists in order of priority. 

I just chalked it up to "older person activities" and not something I really needed to put into practice.The simple concept of having the ability to move faster and keep track of more didn't even begin to cross my mind. It didn’t hit me until years later when I was married with a child and working full time. I had to find a way to keep track of things. I’m sure you’ve already guessed what happened next. Yes, much like my parents, I began creating lists! At one point I was using a brown leather binder; technology has changed this habit completely! I now utilize the native dictation, notepad, and reminders built into most My dad is the best Apple devices to list just about everything. I create lists daily, for everything & anything; from groceries to work to projects!

No worries,  I have never gone as far as the infamous Input/ Output logs.. :)

I am just hoping I am not now considered an "older person"...  for taking on this activity! I'm sure my daughter would beg to differ! Oh well.... I'm still going to celebrate my 29th birthday every year!

Ok, so back to the lists (or shall I say my older person activity)..... The lists allow me to seamlessly prioritize by having a visual of everything I need/ want to accomplish. I can quickly add to a list via dictation and sort with two or three taps on my screen. Technology has allowed me to find ways to accomplish more, with less effort or time invested. 

I invite you to join the conversation on the Technology = Equality Facebook Group. How are you using technology to help you stay organized? How has your dad influenced your career? Do you notice your parents shining through your actions? 

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June 10, 2017

Outsourcing to grow your practice. 

All these years, I really have just laughed off most of what my big sister has told me. Mainly because anytime we are together we are busy just joking around. For those of you who know us, you understand why I was surprised. As I continued to grow my practice I had the following revelation;

MY SISTER WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you that do not, well.... I guess I'll have to write another post to accompany this one. (Too much to overload you brain with at this very moment)

Long story short, yes people, she was right! 

I know, I have been wrestling with this statement for some time now, in fact, it is almost gut wrenching to admit, but the time has come and I have to give her credit.

About ten years ago, as I began building my business, I was working with family members.  Helping to design product launches of personal business ideas and preaching about the power of social media marketing. One afternoon I had my sister and her son over to visit. Our kids enjoyed time with the newest video game as we caught up on recent events in life.

I was telling her about our mission for the business and the projects currently in play. The whole idea is to help everyone we know; leverage the power of the internet, define S.M.A.R.T. goals to create a personal path and grow the lifestyle we all deserve. We began discussing the idea of her owning her own business, defining goals and creating an outlined plan of steps to take to accomplish each. She began telling me all about a business idea she had been thinking of for years and how she just didn't think it was going to be possible. (A feeling we are all familiar with and have experienced at some point in life, no matter where we are today!)

The excitement in her eyes made this day an unforgettable one. This was a moment of recognition, a true wake up call. This was a look I had not seen on my sister's face for a long time and that is when I knew that what I was doing was right.

I had inspired someone and in turn, I had been inspired!

I told her to begin jotting down her ideas to start her first business plan. We agreed to touch base the following weekend and I was in shock! In under a week, my sister had compiled a wealth of information surrounding her idea, she even had a draft of her first business plan. She proudly handed over her folder packed with information and I began sifting through.

While taking in all that was presented, I stopped her and requested that we start with her business plan draft.

(Those of you who know us are probably just as anxious as I was to hear what was written!)

The plan began with a simple description of her idea and lead into a list of things to do. I was so proud to see the amount of effort she had put into preparing for our conversation! The first item on the to-do list was to name her new business. Ok, maybe not the ideal starting place, but she had a start and that is what matters.

The second action item on the list is what changed the conversation and looking back now, I was wrong and yes, she was right!

(A couple of you who do know us just fell out of your chairs, I know, take a minute, gather yourself. I'm serious, I know this may be hard to swallow but she knew the trick before I did!)

The second item on her to-do list.... "Find someone to do the work."

I had to stop her when I read it. It was perhaps the funniest thing I had seen written on paper in years, at least I thought so!

Really, find someone to do the work!

I have always been about doing the work, and in the beginning, as an Entrepreneur, you have to do the work to get started.

However, if you ever intend to be more and grow, you too must find someone to do the work! 

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June 3, 2017

How to streamline any process with the 4-D Strategy.

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Streamline your sales practice with the 4D Strategy.

I am not a shoe rack sales person.... but you might find the time to streamline processes and build your sales practice if you try one!

Often I am asked where I find the time to build this business. I try to explain, but audibly, it sounds like I just cram things into my day. The reality is, I just have more time in my day to accomplish the simple things because I ensure they can be accomplished quickly. Simple tasks can eat up time where you least expect it to.

Let's move on to the clear benefits of investing in a shoe rack.

Really the amount of time saved in the morning, not to mention the amount of time saved throughout the day can add up quickly!

Think about it. If you are like I once was, your shoes are everywhere! I mean everywhere.... bedroom floor, under the bed, in boxes, in the closet, in the living room, by the door, in the car, in the trunk.... yeah, everywhere!

Why is this important, well, often I wouldn't have a clue what shoes I did own and end up with double! Or better yet, finding something to wear and spending hours looking for the right pair

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We have all been there, admit it!

Ok, so if you have a large shoe rack, you can keep all shoes in a central location.

Obviously!

 

Ok, stay with me though... and let's rewind a bit to the theme I tend to always come back to;

Time is money! 

When your shoes are organized, it's easy to pick the right pair. This trickles into the outfit, the accessories, and things just tend to fall into place from there. You can quickly create your masterpiece outfit for any occasion without hesitation or a scavenger hunt! This, of course, turns into massive amounts of time saved!

So how do you decide where (if not on shoes) you can begin saving a little extra time in your day?

1. Start by taking note of each step of your day-to-day actions.

2. Give an estimate (mentally or on paper) of how long each action takes. This estimate can be anywhere from 30 seconds to, however, many hours you generally take for each of the actions noted above.

3. Choose the three actions which take the most time.

4. Ask yourself the following questions and label each of your actions with one of the four D's. This action can be deleted, delegated, delayed, dominated.

Deleted: Is this action necessary for me to have a fulfilled day? If the action is not a necessity. Cut it out!

Delegated: Can anyone else do it? If so, can you guess what you should do? Yes, get it off your plate as soon as possible! Find the person who is qualified to accomplish the task.

Delayed: Do you have to do this every day? If not, set a recurring schedule to perform the associated action.

Dominated: Is there any way to make this action smoother? Can you reduce the number of steps required to accomplish the task? Get creative and always remember to batch actions.

Take the new hours you now have; no longer looking for shoes, and get back to building your business!

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May 27, 2017

Trevor Crane on confidence and sharing Your Story.

Join me for a very special bonus episode as I chat with Trevor Crane about the difference between confidence and conviction, and manifesting his entrepreneurial journey. Trevor Crane is the kind of guy who thinks of an idea, takes action and keeps moving forward. Trevor's  entrepreneurial journey began with an 'Aha' moment as a child which left him with a passion for providing for his family at large0. Listen in as Trevor shares humble beginnings, explains why you need to share your story and gives a special gift to the Tech=E Community!

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"Your message matters!" ~Trevor Crane

Strategy: What is it that motivates you and brings you to life? Determine where your passion lies and get started. If your passion is not where you are..... it's time to get out. Focus on your end goal and take consistent, persistent action to stay on your chosen path. Once you have committed to a specific direction, find a mentor or a coach to share best practices and guide you to the shortcuts along the way. No matter what, GET HELP! Then be sure to share Your Story!

Wisdom: Take special note of the journey others have traveled prior to your own.When wisdom is present, you should be too!  Try to live a life without regret by remaining in the present, surrounding yourself with your favorite people while doing the things you are passionate about.

Wish:  Trevor would love to find a way to reduce the urge to juggle.

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May 20, 2017

Mark Mehling on the need for a second plan.

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Mark Mehling joins the Technology = Equality community for episode #67 to review why you should begin creating your second plan. Mark shares a $10,000 idea and an extraordinary story of a series of unfortunate events. From breaking and entering to an AHA moment that changed his life, listen in as Mark and I explore perspective and discuss developing a client profile, pricing your product, content curation and so much more!

"The whole world is marketing!"

~Mark Mehling

Strategy: Research and understand to whom you are marketing. Always script out how you plan to market to your audience and the media you will use to market your message. Create authority in your industry and provide "BIG" perceived value; then be sure it exists! Test and explore your pricing methods. Curate your content and re-purpose for future projects.

Wisdom: Develop an entrepreneurial perspective before you begin your journey. Take the time to define what's important to you and what you are looking for. Define the must-have pieces of your future, then begin working towards them.

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May 13, 2017

Do You Suffer From Organization Anxiety?

Does the idea of clearing your space of clutter make you anxious and want to run in the other direction?

My mother, the original 'Organization Maven', always uses the number 3 to clear any space of clutter and avoid the ever dreaded 'Organization Anxiety'.

Organizing a home with four kids is a challenge, but my mother always made it look simple. I can hear her now "Seriously, you kids are so weird these days." If she ever read the title to this blog she would just laugh! She thinks the things our generation concern ourselves with is silly.

Yes in her eyes I am, and always will be a kid.

I like it like that! :)  

My mother would always start an organization project by sorting almost everything into sets of three.

It's an easy number to deal with and it always seemed to keep her organization efforts simple so she could keep up with them. Three rooms a day, three categories to sort, three steps for each space, etc. The number three dissolves some of the anxiety out of any project.

Choose the three spaces you plan to tackle. This method can apply to any space big or small. From a couple of drawers to a couple of offices. Decide which space to start in and begin sorting items into your three key categories.

The Brooks Three Keys

1. Keep

2. Trash (Not Sure)

3. Replace elsewhere or Donate

Once you decide on a starting point, create your 'Three Keys'. They can be any three that you choose. (Note: when adding additional categories you risk time wasted on deciding which category to place items in. Try to stick to three and make your 2nd Key the "Not Sure" key. Don't tackle this pile until you have finished clearing your three spaces.)

As you begin clearing out your space place each item into one of your 3 Keys.

Once cleared, you now can quickly place what you have chosen as your first key items back in your freshly cleared space. Trash your second key and move on. Or, if your anxiety is directly related to the label "Trash", as mentioned make this key the undecided pile.

In an hour you will have three, freshly tidy spaces.

No matter how big or small, remember to never dedicate more than twenty minutes at a time. This way you won't feel as though all of your time has been gobbled up cleaning. Instead in twenty-minute intervals, you will quickly begin to see the benefit of your efforts.

Now that you only have a pile of undecided items, that's right... back to three.

This is the time to make a solid decision to create a trash pile. By now, there are far fewer items to decide on, thus decreasing your organization anxiety. Before you commit to the trash pile, decide if any items are not useful, ie. broken or missing parts, or has the item been fully used (dried white out, finished label tape, empty non-reusable containers) and dedicate these items to the trash.

Now decide if the remaining 'in good order' items could be placed with similar items elsewhere in your space. If not, and you feel the item is still useful, but you haven't touched it in over six months, donate or sell the items online.

In sixty minutes you have now accomplished clearing three spaces and possibly found some extra cash.

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