Got Gunk?

Got Gunk?

Do not mean to be so graphic, however we all have stuff, things, issues that sometimes crop up to the surface that does not make us feel so well. You are probably wondering. What kind of gunk could I possibly be talking about or referring to?

Merriam-Webster defines the word “Gunk” as

“filthy, sticky, or greasy matter” or synonyms with “crud, dirt, grime, filth, muck, smut, soil”

Let’s go deeper and outside of the physical plane. What we are actually talking about is the fear, anger, frustration, resentment, guilt, and the long laundry list of insecurities. These emotions and feelings not only gives us headaches but can really take a toll on the minds, our bodies as well as affect how we conduct business, communicate with others, and function on a daily basis.

F-E-A-R

False Expectations Appearing Real is the acronym for the word fear, and there are many others while searching online.This one seems the most appropriate. When fear surfaces in any situation whether it comes to public speaking, selling, writing a book, taking exams, going on a diet to lose weight or exercise to maintain better health, etc… What usually happens? We hold back and psyche ourselves out from taking any action or make any advance movements. Does anything gets accomplished? Nothing gets accomplished. What do we say to ourselves, “I’ll do it next week” or “When I am ready”. Getting stuck which leads to other issues that surfaces and we stagnate. Fears are really limiting beliefs that we put upon ourselves and by believing in them so greatly that we stump our potential growth.

Questions to ask yourself?

How do you know if you have not done it yet?

In the past blog posts were written on fear, and received lots of responses to both article. Check them out if you are interested.

Stepping into your Power and Facing your FEARS, Part I

Stepping into your Power and Facing your FEARS, Part II

Anger

Emotions that fly off the handle over a person, place or thing. Everyone screaming at each other and this exchange gets way out of hand. What happens afterwards? We do not talk to the other person, and for how long? Anger leads to the breakup of marriages, partnerships, business relationships, being kicked out of the family/disowned, etc… Then the nasty grudge settles in. Yes, there will be court cases and hearings over he said and she said, who’s wrong and right? The reality is two wrongs do not make a right.

Sometimes, we even take it out on anyone who just happen to be in our presence. No fun being in the line of fire when someone is angry.. 

Before you blow your top. The question to ask yourself? What is causing all this tension? Step out of the picture, disengage and look at other angles to approach the scenario.

Visit us tomorrow for the second portion of this 2 part series on Gunk and how to bless this mess.

 

Journey to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur, Marketing, Business, Sales

 

After an interim period of being on hiatus, I am finally back in full force. Some of the features that you will notice are:

1) New header- Yes, sometimes we need to change our header due to the changes within our ever evolving business.

2) The Blog Title is now “Journey to Entrepreneurship”- Will be posting blog articles on entrepreneurship. The good, the bad and the ugly based on my personal experiences as well as from other entrepreneurs that I have come in contact with.

3) Information and resources for entrepreneurs on how to expand and grow your business. Whether you desire to take your business to a six figure or a seven figure income.

4) How to market your business and brand yourself. My tagline was “Be Seen or Be Gone” as I presented my consulting services at a breakfast meeting. What makes you stand out from the rest?

5) Selling tips and strategies. Why do people have such a distaste for sales? How to handle those objections when they arise.

6) Social Media trends and how to use them in your marketing efforts to get more leads and traffic to your site or store.

Let’s Begin the Journey

To Your Great Success!!!

Success is Failure Turned Inside Out

Success is Failure Turned Inside Out

Have you ever heard about the “Don’t Quit Poem” which was written by an unknown author. This particular line in the poem really resonnated with me. “Success is Failure Turned Inside Out” is so powerful. Wanted to post some inspiration and share this to brighten your day. Don’t ever give up, success is just around the corner when you least expect it. Enjoy.

Don’t Quit Poem


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned
too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

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Customer Service and the Banking Industry/Institution

Recently, I posted a blog article titled:

The whole premise of this blog post was about providing excellent customer service which is imperative when it comes to growing your business. As solo-entrepreneurs, home based business, coaches and service professionals having customers/clients is the life line of our business. Happy and satified customers ensures repeat business. Without clients we have no business and therefore we generate no money/income.

In this blog post, we put institutions to the test. I was at the bank the other day trying to deposit a check and usually get a roll of quarters for the laundomat or for parking meters. The bank teller asked if I have a bankcard which I did not. I asked why? He stated that you can use the bankcard to deposit the check. Why was he telling me this which I thought was odd?

What ever happened to the level of customer service at all the banking institutions? Do they still interact with customers when they walking in the door? By saying- “Hello. How can we help you today?” or “Is there anything else you will be needing assistance with?”

Even when I first entered into the bank there was a reception area and the person was reading some document. Too busy to notice a customer walking by them. What kind of customer service was that? I hardly ever go to the bank and do mostly everything online as well as most of my shopping.

Maybe I am in New York City with so many people that getting personalized service is much hard these days.

Last month, I had to take my mom to the bank and the first thing the bank representative said “I am filling out this survey. Will you participate?” My mom had a question to ask. Then bank representative reiterate this is something the bank is doing and asked again for her participation. Are institutions and corporations listening to their customers before pushing their product or services. I can definitely understand that competition is stiff out there and banks are located at every street corner. If the customer service stinks or not up to snuff, then customers will take their business elsewhere.

As I am writing this blog post about customer service and sharing my experience with the banking industry. This article came out earlier this week. Guess what? Not surprising based on a survey conducted that the banking industry are ranked the worst when it comes to overall customer service. Listed below is the link to the article.

You are probably wondering so how does this apply to my business for I am not an institution like a bank or a corporation? Based on the lack of customer service with corporations and large industries. We know that customers/clients
like to be serviced and taken care of especially if they are giving you money for services rendered or buying a product. More people are shopping at the boutiques and stores where they get excellent customer service. Corporations and companies may think that it’s okay lose several customer because of the mass amount of people in their database. Yet, as solo-entrepreneurs, home based business, service professionals, and coaches losing just one customer is very costly for your business.

What do you think about all of this?

10 Characteristics of Highly Successful People


Yesterday, I conducted a webinar for the 12 Steps to Celebrating Success Program. For the month of May, I have been presenting content on mindset, overcoming fears, limiting beliefs, and de-cluttering your way to success. We are currently on Session #8 which was on the 10 Characteristics of Highly Successful People. Wanted to share this information with my followers and blog viewers. So here listed below are the top ten.

1) Highly Success People Set Goals and Follow through- They are able to measure their targeted goals and follow through with their goal setting.

2) Visionary- —Look beyond what is in front of them and see the future.

3) Risk Takers and self-reliant. They make decisions and own up to their responsibilities

4) Successful people are passionate- Hear how they talk about their products/services. They are enthusiastic and motivated.

5) Work hard and work smart

6) —Never quit- They just do not give up!

7) Always Taking Action to move closer to their dreams/goals

8) Never Stop Learning. Willing to take classes and expand their knowledge base.

9) Innovative and creative- Being different is a good thing and thinking out of the box by standing out.

10) Successful Networkers- They know many people and are well connected.

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Chasing After Bright Shining Objects

Last week on Sales Success Mindset radio show, we focused on the subject “Chasing After Bright Shining Objects”. As entrepreneurs, coaches, service professionals and home based business owners, we chase after numerous shiny objects which takes us away from the task at hand which is to grow our business. In fact we sabatoge ourselves when we take too many courses, and attend numerous of events . Time is money and if we divest most of our time into doing other activities, when do we actually have time to focus on our business. Bottom line is to turn prospects into customers and generating revenue to expand our business. Now, I am not saying not to take courses, seminars, workshops and attend conference. Focus on activities that will provide a return on investment, such as getting new clients, prospective joint venture partnerships and other opportunities.

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How to Download Kindle eBooks without a Kindle

 

Alright, I have to admit that I am not an early adopter when it comes to purchasing new gadgets and gizmos. My life is so simple that I use a PC, basic cell phone and legal pad to run my business. Yes, I do not have an ipad, ipod or even a kindle and I certainly can live without these advance technology tools. I still send out notecards, and letters via the snail mail method.

As a marketing and sales coach, I am always reviewing magazines, newspapers, taking classes and reading books on business development, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing. Came across a posting on Facebook regarding Kathleen Gage’s Kindle e-book 101 Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door
and I wanted to purchase this product. Alway be on top of the latest information in your area of expertise. There was only one problem- I am not an owner of a Kindle. Does this mean that I have to purchase a brand new Kindle inorder to get acces to this e-book? Not necessarily.

Amazon, is definitely on top of things. There is a free reading application to download for PC, MAC, iphone, ipad, BlackBerry, or Android Phone. Once an ebook is purchase, it get sent. How cool is that? Click —-> Get Your Free Kindle Reading Apps 

Pretty impressive! Did not even consider purchasing a Kindle. Now, it is on my wishlist. Upload a bunch of ebooks for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the hardcover or paperback. No need to carry 5 or more books physicially. My back and neck definitely Thanks You Amazon.

Do you have a Kindle? Share with us what your experience has been. Don’t have a Kindle yet and planning to get one? What prompted you to consider getting a Kindle?

Happy Blogging!

4 Reasons Why Customer Service is Critical to the Growth of your Business

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one way to repurpose your content. I totally forgot to do this and after posting this blog article 7 Ways to Repurpose your Blog Post.

Yvonne A. Jones from Online Business Success reminded me that I had been a featured Monday writer and guest blogger back in October 2010. Yet, I never posted the article on my blog site. Thank you Yvonne for the “nudge”

Listed below is the actual article.

4 Reasons Why Customer Service is Critical to the Growth of your Business

 

Why should we care about our customers? It is only one product that they brought from us. The reality is that the life-line of your business depends heavily on providing excellent customer service. The first interaction with the customer till the purchase of your service or product does not end. It’s not a one shot deal. Many internet marketers drop the ball when it comes to customer service. Do you follow up with your customer after the purchase and see what results thay are getting? How often do you keep in touch with your prospects and customers?

Listed below are 4 reasons why customer service important.

1) Customers will buy again and again when you provide excellent customer service

2) People want to feel special and so does your customers

3) Bad customer service- such as not returning calls or poor follow up. This can leave a negative impression and the customer will no longer purchase your product or service

4) Prospects and customers will refer you to their friends and family when they have a positive buying experience with you.

Always keep your customers in mind by servicing and touching base with them on a regular basis. This will ensure repeat business for the years to come.

What are some of the customer service skills that you have been implementing to ensure repeat business?

Happy Blogging!

Happy Anniversary! Our Blog is One Year Wiser.

 

Happy Anniversary!

It’s party time. Congratulations! My blogsite is celebrating it’s first year anniversary. We certainly have come a long way since last year. The purpose and intention of having this blog/website was to get into the habit of writing and to share my experiences of being an entrepreneur after leaving corporate america. You could say this was test-lab. Major learning curve and experience to find out what types of articles resonnate with our readers and followers. 

Learned several lessons after having a blog for 1 year. This blog/site anniversary is March 21. Baby you certainly have come a long way! Happy Birthday! May you continue to grow to your full potential in the years to come.

A) Blogging takes time as well as diverting traffic to one’s site.

B) If you think you are going to get rich overnight, better think again.

C) Pump up the volume by accentuating your blog with videos, audios, interviews, guest blog posts, etc. Your readers will thank you for it.

D) If you drop-off the face off the earth by falling off the wagon, your readers are so compassionate for they will come back. Always provide content that will be a resource and leads for your readers.

E) Make sure you participate in blog challenges, blogging communities for there you will meet your neighbors and many new found friends.

F) No matter what happens, do not give up on your blog. For one voice will be lost in the crowd and become another statistic of those who started a blog and just vanished.

G) Blogging is a great marketing tool to grow your business.

A big thank you to all my readers and follower for your patience and your continued support.

Happy Blogging!

 

 

7 Ways to Repurpose your Blog Post

Repurposing Content

How does one go about driving more visitors to your website and increase visibility? By repurposing your blog posts, you will generate more traffic as well as prospects. It hard enough trying to compose articles that are filled with great content. Does it just disappear after it is posted. Most likely the answer is yes. When one repurposes their content it not only spreads virally online, and throughout the blogging community. What if you had groups of people sharing your content as well.

Listed below are 7 ways to take that one blog post and repurpose it and take it a step further.

 

1) Marketing all over social media by tweeting it, facebook share and LinkedIn yourself as well as asking those who comment and visit your site to share your post with others.

2) ezine articles- This is an area that your content is displayed for the masses. Make sure you put your website in the resource box, so readers will visit your site after reviewing your ezine article.

3) Using it as a guest post- After being a guest blogger, do not forget to post blog on your own site. Imagine guest blogging the same article on numerous sites. Now, that’s visibility for you.

4) Check how many blog post you have written and notice the trends. If there is one topic with numerous amount of blog post, then turn it into an ebook. You got something going here and made your first product.

5) Turn blog post into and audio by using cinchcast or audioboo. These services are all free. Take it a step further and turn it into CD. Another product is made. 

6) Turn blog post into a video and upload it to You Tube and send it all over the internet by get more friends to facebook share and tweet it too.

7) Turn your blog post into a podcast and load it up to itunes.

What have been some of the techniques and creative ways you have used to repurpose your blog post to get more traffic? We love to get some of your thoughts on this topic.

Happy Blogging!

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