The Most Expensive Strategy

strategic partnersThe biggest difference between what you have now and your vision of what you want to have happen is time and the right strategies. Of course, there are some really dumb ideas that don’t manage to take off and become successful. But generally, it is time and a plan that stops you. Think about all those experiences that were lost to time.

Recently, John Assaraf said that the most expensive strategy for building your business is doing it yourself. It will take that much more time to accomplish your goals. You’ll make the same mistakes that have been made by many, many of people. It costs you lost revenue when you don’t work with someone who can guide you to find the right strategies for your business. It all may be lost to time

There’s no shortage of opportunities including a favorable time for dramatic growth. Never blame anything or anyone. Look at what you are doing and think bigger to achieve your vision.

Of course, first you’ll have to find a way to identify those opportunities. Next, you’ll need to develop a strategic plan to exploit them. And then there’s the ongoing task of managing your new program to reach your new goals.

It’s a real challenge. No doubt about it. Imagine being able to shorten that list of things to do and reach your goal more quickly.

According to the SBA, it often takes business owners three years to start up a business and get it to a point where it’s producing income. Imagine taking the short cuts and knowing exactly what tactics will produce those big results. Imagine learning what to eliminate. Those are the wasters of time, money, and energy that produce little or no results.

Strategy: So get motivated for a fresh start, a new beginning, and a wholesale reinvention of your life to change the results. Hire your business/marketing coach who demonstrates great results for her clients. Request your free strategy session to learn what need to be done to be successful. carol.naff@marinerco.com

“Be a Leader. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.” Dale Carnegie

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Rewards Motivate Action

Anderson's chalk drawing at age 5

Be Bold and Courageous

Many of my clients choose rewards for motivation to accomplish success in securing each new client, meeting with current and prospective clients, completing work for a client or even a personal objective. Choose small, frequent rewards for each objective. It could be a small reward for making a certain number of phone calls, for instance. Or a reward could be to postpone lunch until you’ve completed your objective.

Think about Ivan Pavlov’s (1849-1936) description on how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in a certain way to a particular stimulus. His work paved the way for a new and objective method of studying animal and human behavior. Use a rewards system to condition yourself to react and just accomplish the most important things. Don’t use your critical thinking skills to postpone behavior. Use rewards to motivate your behavior.

Think big about what you really want. Then reward yourself along the way to that goal and reward your proactive behavior. While it is necessary to keep your eyes on your accomplishments, it is not enough to just keep your eye on the carrot of making a certain amount of money or recruiting a specific number of clients. You need to reward yourself as you reach certain milestones. First, as an example, decide what your marketing tactics and strategies are to recruit new clients? Break them down into bite-sized pieces that can be accomplished each week. Track your accomplishments. Know how many people you need to talk to in order to recruit each client. If you do not accomplish what you set out to do, then you cannot reward yourself.

Next, choose your own very special reward. Your rewards could be a walk in the park, a game of tennis, an upgrade to your website, a golf lesson, a night out at the movies, a concert, a special purchase such as flowers or shoes, a favorite art work, lunch out with a friend, a trip, or a special consultation. You get the idea…. It could even be to delegate certain parts of your work – telephone calls, cleaning, or getting organized with your own organizer. Choose something just for you.

These rewards will help you take the steps to achieving your annual goals. You won’t need to wait for the deferred reward of income dollars each month. Rewards are the most important part of your self-esteem support system. By rewarding and reinforcing yourself for at least 21 days, you will be able to dramatically increase your success. The success and enjoyment that result from modifying your own behavior then become the greatest motivators of all.

So, use immediate rewards and increase your activity slowly and surely. You deserve the success you want!

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Use the Power of the Media to Build Your Business

Promote yourself for FREE. Build your work into a brand

Carol Naff and Marcia Reece

Media Directory

Why isn’t your business receiving publicity while others seem to always be in the media? What do they know (or do) that you don’t?

Businesses today know strong results are tied to having a brand and making it known. It is people who provide the edge to increase notoriety, expand market share, and build your business image. Yet how can you prepare yourself to deliver cutting-edge news topics for the media? The Power of the Media Workshop shows you how.

This exciting and informative workshop by Marcia Reece and Carol Naff provides all the secrets of getting media interviews. This info-packed seminar will include the essential elements of writing headlines and powerful media releases. We will reveal how to explain your business in exciting sound bites and marketing plans with examples, ideas, plus a bonus take-away workbook.

Power of the Media, Early registration – $79 until November 17. Regular registration – $99 – limited seating available

12 Noon – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 19th, Arapahoe May Library, 1471 S. Parker Road Denver, CO 80231 (Florida & Parker Road).

Register here with this link

You Will Learn How to:

  1. Use the point and shoot method
  2. Guarantee your work will be on CNN
  3. Build a powerful media release
  4. Use headline analyzers for the most powerful email subject lines
  5. Make the media work for your business with our best tricks, tips and techniques
  6. Get into magazines with these top 40 tips
  7. Gain confidence with the top 10 things to prepare for your radio and TV interviews
  8. Say it quick to make it stick
  9. Give a successful interview
  10. Promote and sell your brand, services, or business with these 10 invaluable tips
  11. Secure second bookings
  12. Strengthen your chances of getting your products featured in holiday gift guides
  13. Build your media kit/webpage with these 21 items
  14. Take advantage of your publicity and generate more business

You will leave with immediate and easy-to-implement take-away tools, media gathering methods, your attention-grabbing headline created for your business, proven scripts, and insider success drivers.

And lots and lots more…

Granting of permission by the Arapahoe Library District to use library facilities does not constitute endorsement by the Library District Staff or Board of Trustees

Six Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

Carol Naff, Marketing Coach

Wake up happy or cranky?

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?

Do you know how many days a week you’re actually productive?

About three.

People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive

These are some very good tips that Tim Ferriss, author of the international bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek wrote about in the Business Insider. Manage your mood and don’t check email first thing in the morning are just two pieces of advice. What do you think about the other ideas? Are you ready to try them?

Easy steps to getting your articles read

Revise and Proofread Your Articles

Marketing Coach Carol Naff

Gutting your articles

Searching for information should not resemble panning for gold. Your readers don’t want to wade through verbose sections of text to find the golden nuggets of information and won’t when more information is readily available.

Stop wasting your efforts with the won’t audiences! After all, what’s the point in writing articles if your articles aren’t read? Get readers engaged… read more

When writing articles, be sure to use them for multiple purposes. Post them online at various websites including ezinearticles.com, your social media sites, and most importantly, send them to your clients and prospective clients so they can read your articles, too. This will continue to build your reputation as an expert. Start sending a quick enewsletter to the people you meet to stay in touch. Constant Contact is very reliable and a good resource. They are offering a 30% discount until the end of June. In addition, as a Constant Contact Certified Expert, I’ll help you set up your template and get started quickly.

Strong conviction

Conviction is when you totally believe in the result. My daughter-in-law totally believed with all certainty that the Steelers would win the game here in Denver. She is an avid Steelers fan. We could even say that she is a fanatic Steelers fan. She was so thrilled that they were coming to Denver and convinced my son that it would be really fun to attend the game. She had such conviction that the Steelers would win that she told her students that she would wear a Broncos t-shirt to school on Monday if the Broncos won. She is a Middle School Language Arts teacher in Cherry Creek.

In this case, she was wrong in her conviction. The Broncos pulled off a win. And true to her promise, my daughter-in-law wore the Broncos t-shirt to school on Monday. The highlight of the day was when a group of students came into her room, knelt down, and Tebowed… Now she didn’t promise to Tebow herself like the mayor of Pittsburgh did. See this

Strategy: Become passionate about something that you will pursue with conviction.

Write your 25 best accomplishments

What will you do to change your outcomes to what you want? When you continue doing the same stuff, you will have the same results.

Do you know what and how to change to make this year different? Did your 2011 achievements match your vision for your life and business? Did your values impact your year?

Write down your 25 best accomplishments for the past year.

This simple exercise is extremely powerful. Time goes by so quickly that we forget to celebrate the good things that happen. It is so easy to focus on what we didn’t get done rather than what we accomplished. First, find a quiet spot where you will be undisturbed. Then write down 25 accomplishments that you achieved in 2011.

Then, taking each one in turn, read them out loud. After the last one, IMMEDIATELY make a list of 10 goals for the New Year. After truly acknowledging all the amazing things you did in 2011, you’ll feel incredibly powerful and set even higher goals!

Then as the year progresses, continue to keep track of your accomplishments. Each and every day, write down three achievements for that day. It could be as simple as went to the gym or signed a new client. This is very different from a ‘to do’ list. At the end of each day, reflect on your successes.

Strategy: Learn how to change your business structures and systems to realize your dreams in 2012.

“Marketing is not a function in a company; it is the entire being of a company.” Steven Levitt