Money well spent

Black and Orange Sports Car

I was driving with my teenage son the other day, in very well used old car, and we saw this car parked in a neighbour’s driveway and he said, “Wow that guy must be doing well to have a cool car like that.”

I responded, “Yaa….. I could have had a car like that…. but then I wouldn’t be able to afford you. And I like my investment better.”

“In our quest for more, remember the best investments you can make is in the ones you love.” – Richard Elmes

#kidsareexpensive, #kidsareworthit, #moneywellspent #investinrelationships

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What motivates your employees

A friend  Jim Estill http://www.jimestill.com/, recently mentioned this video in his blog. After viewing it I felt compelled to share it with you. Not only for the content on how to motivate your employees, but because of the communication forum that is used.

Excellent communicators keep in mind that there are 3 types of learners,  auditory(hearing), visual(seeing) and kinestetic(doing). And this video helps both auditory and visual learners grasp the material.

Enjoy

Motivational Quote: Sales Perspective

“Great Salespeople are not born or made. They evolve over time based on their dedication to excellence, and their willingness to serve.” – Jeffrey Gitomer, Author The Sales Bible + many others. http://www.gitomer.com

Weight loss coach just got a little lighter by violating the Do-Not-Call List.

CBC News pubished the following story about Telemarketers violating the Do Not Call List. 

Do-not-call list violators identified

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 9:37 PM ET

CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/08/26/no-not-call-violators-crtc.html

One person and two companies are the first telemarketers to be fined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for violating its do-not-call list.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the CRTC said it has fined weight-loss coach Rob Sugar $4,000 and issued $10,000 fines to Roofing by Peerless Mason Ltd. and Waterproofing by Peerless Mason Inc.

In its decision, the CRTC noted that Wayne Gould is registered as the sole director of both of the Peerless Mason companies.

All three telemarketers are based in Toronto.

“The telemarketers were given opportunities to come into compliance … but failed to change their business practices,” the release states.

The CRTC’s do-not-call list took effect in September 2008. Companies that call persons registered on the list face fines of up to $15,000 per call while individuals can be charged $1,500 per call.

Under the rules of the list, telemarketers are identified only if they either refuse to pay the fine or contest the violation.

Sugar has refused to pay while Peerless Mason contested the violation, said John Traversy, executive director of telecommunications for the commission.

CRTC has said in the past that telemarketers are not named beforehand in order to encourage them to pay the fines rather than contest the charge. The commission has said as many as 700 telemarketing companies are under investigation.

All three telemarketers now have 30 days to pay their fines. If they fail to meet the deadline, interest will begin accruing and the CRTC will register the debt with the Federal Court.

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Looks like the CRTC is starting to take this law seriously.

Another reason to seriously consider using Attraction Marketing principles. Check out this video to see what my views on this subject are.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOD2j_QdjLg

The Key Component in Relationships

The key component when you are working with people, either in a leadership position, business or personal relationship is trust.

Distrust breads resistance.

Trust breads willingness.

Think of the best relationships you have and I would bet that they are solid because the level of trust between you is high.

Then think of those relationships that frustrate you. My bet would be that they are difficult, because the trust level is low to non-existant.

If you want people to work for you and not just do what they are told – work at building their trust in you.

If you want to increase your sales – work on building trusting relationships with your customers.

If you want your personal relationships to grow – work on building the trust between you and that person.

So this begs the question, how do you build trust between two people?

Visit my next post, to learn some tips that will help you do just that.

How to make your New Years Resolutions stick

Many of us who are looking forward to the future have made New Years resolutions.

You know those grand plans that we come up with, that if we follow-through, will make our life more fulfilling. Unfortunately, they are also the same plans that are usually forgotten by the 3rd week of January. If you don’t believe this just check the classifieds in February for used exercise equipment.

 

Common resolutions like “Quit Smoking, Lose Weight or Save Money,” may sound great, but they aren’t very successful. Using the following 7 steps will help you design more powerful New Years resolutions.

 

1. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Specific: You must specifically and clearly identify your target because you need to know what success looks like.

Measurable: Clear destinations and checkpoints along the way provide stepping-stones,  that are easily attained and provide victories that keep you motivated.

Action Oriented: Effective resolutions require action, they are doing resolutions, not being or having resolutions.

Realistic: You design resolutions to solve a problem or to achieve a dream. They should stretch you outside of your comfort zones, but if you make them completely out of reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

Timely: They need to be important to you at this time in your life, if it is not, you will not do the work necessary to succeed.   

 

2. Identify what’s in it for you: If you are going to follow through with your resolution you need to be excited about the benefits it will bring. Visualizing yourself fitting into those jeans that “shrunk” or driving that new car are powerful motivators.

 

3. List the obstacles that stand in your way: Knowing what the obstacles are can help you determine how to get around them.

 

 4. Consider who can help you: You need to carefully identify friends whom you can trust to share your goals with and who can check your progress and encourage you. These people enable you to maintain your focus and keep your eyes on the goal itself.

 

5. Consider what resources are needed: Knowing what tools and knowledge you’ll need to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chances of success.

 

6. Develop an Action Plan: There is something so powerful about putting your resolutions down on paper, but this is the step where most people fail. I think Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan put it best when he said, “If you have a plan, and if you have your direction laid out. You can chart your progress to your dreams at each stopping point along the way. And just as important, all along the way you can see how far you’ve come”. Developing your action plan will give you the road map to your dreams.

 

     7. Set a deadline for achievement: Resolutions without deadlines are only dreams. Deadlines are another powerful motivator. Also when you are setting deadlines add the phrase “on or before” ie. “I will acquire 20 new clients on or before July 1, 2009”

 

So this year make those New Years Resolutions stick, and reap the benefits. Because the best way to predict your future, is to create it yourself.