I recently attended my friend and colleague’s Monica Shah’s Money 2.0 event, and this was one of the main themes. It is a topic I often coach my clients around, and I thought it was important to create a video about because I see a lot of confusion going on around it!
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There’s nothing worse than missing a client appointment. It doesn’t matter if it’s because you forgot to schedule it, your Virtual Assistant missed the request, or another reason; your business won’t see the excuse as a good thing and it’ll be more damaging than you may imagine. You’re busy and that means you must write things down. No matter how good your memory is, it’s not a good idea to try to do everything on your own.
There are many ways to handle managing your time and some of them will even automate the process for you. You can use Google calendar to manage your client meetings, but that’s not automated, and when you run a business you need to automate as much as possible. When things are automated, you’ll have more time to work the parts of your business that require you to work them.
When you’re considering scheduling tools that are automated and will help you manage your business, you need to consider vCita. This scheduling tool gives you the coding you need to quickly and easily add it to your site so you have the ability to immediately begin adding client appointments to your calendar. It’s automated, so you don’t have to do any scheduling yourself.
In part 1 of For Business Owners: The Things that Equate to More Money, I discussed the crucial things that you should have in writing.
I have found that most business owners put their family, friends, health and everything else that matters on the back burner and latter they end up regretting some of their choices.
When you have a well-documented Strategic Success Plan (chapter 4 of my book) you will be able to eliminate some of those regrets and mistakes just by spending a little time planning.
Which one do you think most people regret the most: the things they’ve done or the things they never did?
As entrepreneurs, we move quickly in business. We make decisions more quickly than most. We are spontaneous and we have the technology at our fingertips to assist us even further.
But there are times in life and business, when we need to take a step back, slow down and think it through more carefully than usual, especially during those rare times of national, even global crisis. For us as a company, that has happened twice in late 2012 with two tragedies that hit very close to home here in Connecticut, where Client Attraction.com is headquartered.
Six new guidelines to doing business with dignity, integrity and respect during times of tragedy.
Time management tips for spring cleaning free up more time to celebrate the season! Five proven strategies energize you as you rid your space of clutter. Clear out stale thinking and sail through your work in a sunnier frame of mind.
Tailor your cleaning environment to your preferences, and use these 5 following strategies to set your pace.
5 Time Proven Spring Cleaning Strategies
1. Create a template.
Templates can be simple and quite straightforward. List what you’d like to accomplish in spring cleaning according to their priority. Note what supplies you’ll need. Then group what you need to purchase according to store to streamline your shopping. Record good ideas as you go along, and file the template where you can pull it up easily for next time.
It’s true: first impressions are lasting impressions.
You may be incredibly talented and a sheer genius, but many business owners are coming across as clunkers (as opposed to the Hot Rods they should be!) in their marketing.
Let’s start with social media profiles.
Your profile page – whether on Linked In, Facebook, YouTube, etc- is the gateway to new opportunities, clients, and valuable connections. It might seem like a casual place to hang out, but it’s one of your most important marketing tools that can be seen by the exact people who’ll hire you and pay you top dollar for your work!
I just got home from a weekend of training and networking in Phoenix, and I have to admit that I woke up feeling not just a bit overwhelmed this morning. I was really tired after not sleeping at all during my two red-eye flights Sunday night. I discovered that we didn’t have much food in the house or gas in the car. And I had a long and growing to-do list.
I stayed in bed an extra half-hour to meditate, in hopes of finally getting up on the RIGHT side of the bed. It helped, but I still found myself on-edge and irritable this morning.
Then I decided to do something about it. I realized that I was giving in to the overwhelm. I was letting myself become a victim to my circumstances. I *know* that I have more power than that. In fact, I have a super power. It’s called Choice.
Are you having a hard time driving traffic to your blog? Here are a couple of easy tips on how to share your blog post on Facebook. Remember it is your responsibility to get the word out about your business, website or blog – not their job to come find it. Don’t forget – you need to make it easy for people to share you online through social media share buttons.
As a Growth, Success, Acceleration and Healthy Living and Lifestyle Coach, I receive calls several times a year from new business owners. They begin by telling me all the positive things they’ve heard about me. Okay, so I’m flattered.
They continue the conversation by describing their business venture and stating that they want to ‘pick my brain’ followed by an offer to take me to lunch. My time is very valuable, but I’m always willing to help new or growing business owners whenever I can.
So here’s how I respond: “I ask the caller if he/she has all of his/her business goals in writing. Usually 100% of these business owners respond with an uh ‘No’. Then I ask each caller to write down their business goals and to also write down how much money they want to earn during the next 12-24 months.
I also ask each caller to prepare a written list of the action steps they will commit to dong in order to achieve their written goals. Then I tell each one: as soon as you have all of these things in writing, please call me so we can have lunch.”
When I first started coaching over a decade ago, I was taught to “let the client lead the agenda.”
The problem with this approach is it put me in a reactive position as their coach (meaning, I followed their lead, responding to what they decided to coach on), rather than a proactive position, where I could stretch them in bigger ways, helping them to accelerate their progress.
Plus, the problem with this old style approach is that it opened the door to hearing, “I’m not sure what I want to coach on today” which resulted in higher client drop out rates.
And, to top it off, I felt I was hiding out, not speaking my truth and holding back from giving my clients more of what they needed to thrive and excel.