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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/30/09

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Today’s Quote: “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” - Unknown

Today’s Question: Are you experienced?

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Timing Versus Talent: The Dilemma


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A little soul searching in this time of uncertainty.

A status update on Facebook stating that all past American Idol champions should thank their lucky stars that Adam Lambert wasn’t competing in their seasons because “That boy is MADE OF WIN” got me thinking about my situation at the day job, which in turn got me thinking about this grand scheme of a side gig.

I am currently stuck with nowhere to progress at work. I’m not surprised with the direction of the business in this economy, but this is the first time I have ever sat in a job with nowhere to move AND some well applied hand breaks to the other duties as assigned that to keep me sitting still long enough to stew in my own frustration.

In a time where jobs are being slashed at all levels in broadcasting, there are still opportunities for the next big radio star. Just not many. So a combination of my timing of testing the market along with the timing of the actual market is my problem.

Or is it? What if I we’re actually so entertaining, so compelling, so dynamic that with minimal airtime I could truly be a turnaround player for the radio station I work for in the market?
One would think that someone would take a chance an take on potential star material, even if it means pushing subpar talent out of the way. Me having game changer talent is far from the case, but how far exactly? How much talent do I actually possess, and would it actual be enough to carry some steady on-air time?

Applying that same level of thinking to this business and personal consulting business that I named Fast Forward Business Properties, LLC., is the timing of starting a small business as my spare time is being overtaken by more and more uncompensated work hours the bad idea? Or, is my ability to actually consult not up to par, meaning the excuses don’t matter as much as I have no real growth potential in the first place?

Are you facing a decision to continue down a path that isn’t paying off as expected, but are unsure whether your obstacle is bad timing or insufficient talent? When I read Seth Godin’s book The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) almost a year ago, it seemed like the talent I had would be adequate if I just rode out time until my number came up. Now, I wonder more and more if that time will actually come, and if I will still have the talent (or possibly even care) if that time actually comes.

How are you dealing with timing versus talent dilemmas?

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Good In The Enemy Of Great


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How many times have you passed up a great personal opportunity, with the only reasoning being you figure you could live with the good thing you already had going? How did it make you feel in the short and long run, as you watched greatness continue and you flounder?

How many times have you watched as your bosses balked at the chance to go after a potentially great employee hire, get in on the bottom floor of a potentially great business opportunity, or expand on a potential great internal program?

There might be good reason (no sustainable capital, not enough physical resources or manpower, possible conflicts in our business model, contractual loopholes to battle out of, etc). Then again, there might not be any reason other than being able to live with the ‘good’ thing we got right now, even if that thing is more along the lines of ‘serviceable,’ or ‘adequate.’

How does that make you feel in the short and long run, as you watch greatness continue for other job sites and yours continue to flounder?

And in some cases, you will find not only opposition to the change that can take your good to great status, you will find much more effort and energy to keeping things status quo that taking your new initiative to greatest, especially if the current state of affairs is closer to the sub par than the par .range

Anytime you take a risks, despite how minimal you can make it, if there is no risk, there is no reward. Even getting out of bed has some risk involved, even if the much more pleasing alternative offers enough consequences to make the decision not to particularly silly.

If you get the opportunity to reach out and touch great, you need to take that opportunity.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/29/09

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Today’s Quote: “I was always taught to respect my elders and I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.” - George Burns

Today’s Question: Are you gaining wisdom as you grow older?

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Proposing A Joint Venture Offer That Cannot Be Refused


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This Guest Post Written By Christian Fea

Joint ventures are an excellent strategy for increasing your market reach and overall revenues. However, the question is, how can you entice a prospective partner to join you in a lucrative joint venture? Not everyone can see the big picture quite as vividly as you can ' and therefore, it is important to employ strategies to make sure you both are on the same page of excitement.

Increasing the value of the partnership

There is only one bottom line to attracting a joint venture partner: provide significant benefits. Of course, this is easier said than done, and therefore, there are several strategies you can take to enhance the lure of your joint venture proposal.

- Craft your proposal with only the partner's perspective in mind. You already know what the joint venture will bring to your benefit, so there is no need to re-hash this information in your offer. Instead, your proposal should truly focus on how your potential partner can benefit significantly from this joint venture.

- Clearly outline all of the benefits. What seems obvious to you may not be apparent to your potential partner. Being too clear is never a flaw, but vagueness is always a fallacy. Make sure that you specifically highlight all of the benefits to your potential partner, whether tangible or intangible. Of course, the partner will gain additional sales and revenues, but what about the intangibles, such as increased branding, new market segments, and free exposure to a target audience? The revenue benefits may not be seen immediately, but certainly offer long-term benefits.

- Make your offer standout from the competitors. Chances are that if you are approaching a potentially lucrative partner for joint venture purposes, then other companies are doing the same thing too. Making your joint venture enticing means standing out from the crowd. If you are willing to provide your potential partner with a higher commission than the industry standard, then make sure to mention that first. This will attract their attention, motivating them to read through your entire proposal and absorb the benefits.

- Be exclusive. If you have joint ventures with anyone and everyone, then the most lucrative potential partners will not be enticed. Why would they want to joint venture with you when your partnerships are already saturated? Make sure that your joint venture proposal feels exclusive, and you can discuss the reasons why this proposal is unlike the others already out on the table.

- Demonstrate your understanding of both lists. When you show your potential partner that you have a full understanding of both your customer bases, this demonstrates that you fully understanding the prospects of the joint venture. Point out both why and how your customer list benefits the joint venture's endeavors. The more specific you can get, the more enticing the offer is.

Joint ventures go above and beyond the standard affiliate marketing. Typically, joint ventures can offer significant rewards for both parties that supersede the affiliate relationship. Subsequently, the work you put into enticing your ideal partner will be worth the payoff in the end.

About the Author:

Christian Fea is CEO of Synertegic, Inc. A Strategic Collaboration Marketing consulting firm. He empowers business owners to discover and implement Integration, Alliance, and Joint Venture marketing tactics to solve specific business challenges. He demonstrates how to create your own Collaboration Marketing Strategy to increase your sales, conversation rates, and repeat business. Contact: christian@christianfea.com or http://www.christianfea.com

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/28/09

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Today’s Quote: “If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.” - Malcolm Gladwell

Today’s Question: Do your snap judgments usually lead you down the right or wrong path?

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Monday, April 27, 2009
The Next Effects

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In what is essentially another variation of asking "What Would Jesus Do," I have come up with a not exactly original concept called ‘The Next Effects.’

The Next Effects is a system that will help you think ahead to any action you might deem risky (good or bad risk is not important) and determine the potential consequences that may come from making that choose.

All you do is when you are faced with the choice to make an action, ask yourself:

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few minutes?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few hours?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few days?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few months?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few years?

For those who want to swap out the verb ‘affect’ meaning "to influence" for the noun ‘effect’ meaning "result," feel free. I prefer effect, but spell check suggested otherwise. Not wanting to miss the point or lose the moment of creativity, I offer you the creative license to pick a favorite or ridicule me for not grasping 8th grade grammar.

For a more detailed and well thought out model of this line of thinking, pick up the new book 10-10-10 : A Life-Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch. Or, you can follow the model I just laid out for free. Its no Bubble Friday, but The Next Effects is one of my favorite current creations.

UPDATE: I'm going to count it as a fine example of great minds thinking alike, and then dare to compare my feeble brain to Michael Wade's over at Execupundit.com, who put my rambling thesis in perfect business perspective with his post The Next 30 Minutes.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/27/09

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Today’s Quote: “Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, don't put it off.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Today’s Question: Are you applying the right solutions to your problems?

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/26/09

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Today’s Quote: “Listen to the whispers and you won't have to hear the screams.” - Cherokee Saying

Today’s Question: Do you ignore the warning signs?

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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/25/09

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Today’s Quote: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

Today’s Question: What have you traded to improve your life?

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Friday, April 24, 2009
Three Reasons Why Your Customer is Your Best Advertisement


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This Guest Post Written By Scott Oliver

While you might already know that your customer is always right, and make steps to ensure that they know this too, did you realize that your customer can also be your best advertisement? It's easy to forget that customers interact with our businesses more personally than we ever will. And while we think we know our business inside and out, it's actually the customer that sees whether or not our business is doing the job it says it can do. Here are three reasons why your customer is your best advertisement ' and why you need to make sure they're always satisfied.

They Will Share Their Good Experiences

Nearly everyone has a story about a good customer service experience they've had with a business. Whether there was a problem that got quickly addressed or perhaps the business simply went above and beyond what was expected, nearly everyone has had one moment in which they wanted to sing the praises of their business transaction. So, if you had this experience, you told people and then they went to the business you did and then they told others of their experiences, etc. When something good happens, people are going to talk about it, letting you get more positive advertising than you could ever get on your own.

But at the same time, you need to remember that if there is a bad experience; customers are more than likely going to share that too. When things go wrong and you don't take the time to fix them, you are going to start a conversation between your customer and their friends ' one that ends up in you getting less business. Each experience that your customer has with your website or with your business should be as positive as possible. While you don't have to go out of your way each and every time, it's better to be more than they need than to be less than they deserve.

They are More Believable Than You Are

So, what makes these customer experiences so important to your advertising? Customers who talk to their friends and to their family are more believable than you will be. This
isn't to say that you're not trustworthy, but people tend to believe things they hear from their friends more than they will trust things that come from a business that wants to make money.

Again, this is why treating the customer well is so important. Because whatever they share with their friends is going to be taken as the absolute truth, you aren't going to get a second chance to change their minds.

They Can Give Testimonials

When a customer does have a good experience with you, you might want to talk to them about writing a testimonial. This is simply a summary of the compliments they have about your business that can be posted on your marketing literature or on your website. In exchange, you might want to offer them a discount on future purchases, but many people will simply be excited to see their name and their picture on your business site. These testimonials should be verbatim of what your customer says, along with a release that says you can use the statement for your business. If you receive a testimonial that isn't written as well as you might like, as the customer if you can edit it and then show them the changes you made. If they agree to the final copy, then you have another marketing tool at your disposal.

Your customers are the best advertisements for your business and you need to make sure they are advertising well.

About the Author:

Scott Oliver offers free video coaching to help you build a profitable home business FAST. Get an hour of "Website Traffic Secrets" and "Minisite Creation Tactics" for FREE -- immediate access here: http://www.InstantWebsiteBusiness.com

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/24/09

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Today’s Quote: “Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anyone else.” - Heywood Broun

Today’s Question: Can you admit when you are wrong?

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today's Quote & Question For 4/23/09

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Today’s Quote: The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill. - Peter Ustinov

Today’s Question: How do you rationalize your actions?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/22/09

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Today’s Quote: "An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.” - Elbert Hubbard

Today’s Question: To whom or what do your loyalties lie?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/21/09

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Today’s Quote: "What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?” - Henry Miller

Today’s Question: Do you live the truth?

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Monday, April 20, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/20/09


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Today’s Quote: "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.” - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Today’s Question: What little discovery has meant the most to your life?

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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/19/09

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Today’s Quote: “I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.” - Anwar el-Sadat

Today’s Question: How do you see yourself?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/18/09

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Today’s Quote: “It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth.” - George Burns

Today’s Question: Do you know your limits?

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Friday, April 17, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/17/09

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Today’s Quote: "Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.” - George Bernard Shaw

Today’s Question: How often do you review your past to plot your future?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Most Of Your Life Will Be Tied Up In Doing Things You Don't Want To Do: Book Of Kendall Rule #4

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In the anticipation of the arrival of a new tax deduction baby to our family, my wife and I have been doing some writing to present to the our child, who sex has not been determined but we have already settled on the first name Kendall (although the wife is starting to waver on the name with about seven months to go). She is keeping a diary of things that happened in the year of his/her arrival, I am writing some of the life lessons I have absorbed to eventually but into book form and hopefully guilt some of you out there into buying to help pay for baby supplies (I am an entrepreneur after all). As I work on pieces I will post them here, looking for as much honest feedback of its usefulness, and a little conversation on just how hard it was for y’all to learn these lessons yourself. Assuming you have actually learned these lessons.

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Book Of Kendall Rule #4: Most Of Your Life Will Be Tied Up In Doing Things You Don't Want To Do

For most of my life I wanted to find a way to make a very good living off of my words. While you can debate my level of talent, you can not debate my love of words, both written and spoken. But as I got older, the problem wasn’t necessarily the increasing amount of talented wordsmiths in the world, it was the decreasing value of the words themselves. So while I did my best to eek out an article here and fill-in on radio talk shows there, I slugged through a long list other things that my employers had put on my job description to bring home a paycheck to take care of the family.

Any thing worth doing in your life will take time, and that time will be worth it. But that time will be precious compared to the myriad of things that you will find yourself having to do that take away from what you really want to do, many of which you will truly hate to do.

So as you grow up to ask your mother and I if it is really necessary to make your bed every morning, learn Algebra II, or not detour when we send you to the store, you will quickly pick up on the mundane life necessities that allow for you live, grow, and survive in this world, even if they are not particularly amusing to you personal.

There are also plenty of things that you will have to do that you won’t be very thrilled about that have a direct effect on the things you actually want to accomplish in life. My want for a professional sports career was severely limited by my desire to not practice. On the flip side, I haven’t fully embrace the need for criticism as I continue my quest to make more money by producing more words, it is a necessary evil that I tolerate in hopes that It makes my work that much better.

Make sure you cherish the pain and toil of the things you must do, as they will lead you down a path that will hopefully allow you to get to do more things you want to do.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/16/09

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Today’s Quote: "I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can." - Michel de Montaigne

Today’s Question: Just how far are you willing to go?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
If There Is A Problem, First Make Sure It Is Not You: Book Of Kendall Rule #3

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In the anticipation of the arrival of a new tax deduction baby to our family, my wife and I have been doing some writing to present to the our child, who sex has not been determined but we have already settled on the first name Kendall (although the wife is starting to waver on the name with about seven months to go). She is keeping a diary of things that happened in the year of his/her arrival, I am writing some of the life lessons I have absorbed to eventually but into book form and hopefully guilt some of you out there into buying to help pay for baby supplies (I am an entrepreneur after all). As I work on pieces I will post them here, looking for as much honest feedback of its usefulness, and a little conversation on just how hard it was for y’all to learn these lessons yourself. Assuming you have actually learned these lessons.

Please leave comments as they come.

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Book Of Kendall Rule #3: If There Is A Problem, First Make Sure It Is Not You

You will come across plenty of trouble times in your life, many will oddly enough be of your own making. The way you handle yourself in these situations are going to determine your next steps in you life, and ultimately, the limits to which you will actually progress for your entire lifetime.

You use a troubling time in your life as way to gain experience and grow. But you don’t have to create your own trouble. There are plenty of people in the world will gain extreme pleasure in creating more trouble for you than you can ever imagine.

You’ll be able to handle it. But not if you are spending too much energy creating you own problems. There is no fun or profit in creating trouble for yourself. Stepping up to a challenge is one thing. Stepping into a burning building after soaking yourself in gasoline and stuffing your pockets with dynamite is asking for problems with consequences to major to overcome. If you find you have a problem, and the problem happens to be you, fix it immediately.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/15/09

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Today’s Quote: “I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.” - Garrison Keillor

Today’s Question: When has denial actually worked to your benefit?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Test Driving Your Seminar


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This Guest Post Written By Jenny Hamby


Want to get more butts into your seminar seats? Let prospective attendees sample the content before they decide whether or not to register.

This powerful sales trick is not new. After all, when you visit a bookstore, you get to flip through books before deciding to buy. When you visit a car dealer, you get to test drive a car before deciding to buy. Heck, when you go an ice cream shop, you can even sample the goods before deciding which flavor you want to buy that day.

So why not offer the same courtesy to your attendees?

Here are 4 ways you can let prospects take your event for a test drive:

* Offer a free preview event, ranging anywhere from 90 minutes to a full day

* Give them a free CD with 45 to 70 minutes of free content

* Post a 10- to 20- minute video clip of your material on your website

* And my personal favorite…offer a free or low-cost preview teleseminar

You know your seminar is chock full of valuable content, so pique the palate of your prospective seminar attendees with a taste of what they'd be missing out on.

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Jenny Hamby is a Certified Guerrilla Marketer and direct-response copywriter who helps speakers, coaches and consultants fill seminar seats and make more money from their own seminars and workshops. Her on-and-offline direct marketing campaigns have netted response rates as high as 84 percent -- on budgets as small as $125. For more free seminar marketing secrets, visit http://www.SeminarPromotionTips.com

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/14/09

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Today’s Quote: “If what they say is "Nothing is forever," then what makes love the exception?” - Andre 3000

Today’s Question: What would you really want to last forever?

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Monday, April 13, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/13/09


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Today’s Quote: “A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.” - Herman Melville

Today’s Question: Are the words you speak doing harm to yourself or others?

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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Make Today A Day Of New Beginnings

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Today is Easter Sunday, a day when Christians celebrate the day that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead to spread new hope to the world. Today symbolizes a day of change and renewal.

Make today a day new beginning for yourself. Today make a pledge to yourself to shake off all your past setbacks and defeats. Take the steps you need to make you way to a new and better life you have always wanted to live.

And even if you mess it all up between sunrise and sunset today, you always have tomorrow. Just make tomorrow your next new beginning, and strive to go even further than you have gone today.

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Network Your Way to Success

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This Guest Post Written By Sharon Alexander


Business networking is a valuable tool for everyone, in particular for those who are actively looking for a job or to gain business from new clients. Networking is a way of reaching out and increasing your visibility by letting people know who you are and what you do.

By effective networking, you can make it so that people remember you and what you do. As they go about their business they may find that they or someone they know may need someone of your particular talents. If you have successfully made an impression, they'll seek you out.

Some people believe that you must know the right people in order to be successful at networking, but this is simply not true. Networking can be done anywhere and with anyone. Never rule anyone out as not having the ability to be useful. You never know who they may know or possibly run into at some time in the future. Take a genuine interest in people around you.

Find out what they do and where they work. Don't be shy; ask if there are openings and if it would be possible for you to get in for an interview. Tell people what you do and what you hope for. Make up some business cards and hand them out liberally. Some of them may end up getting tossed into the trash but just having your name, occupation and phone number out in circulation gives you more of a chance of getting a contact.

When networking, always be courteous and professional when dealing with anyone. This gives a good impression of you and people remember this.

It would be a good idea to build some kind of filing system of all the people you come in contact with. If you were to receive a call from someone out of the blue as a result of previous contact, it leaves a lasting impression on them if you are able to remember exactly who they are and the circumstances of your initial meeting. This makes people feel special and they are more likely to want to help you.

A simple way of doing this would be to file their business card, if you received one, with a simple notation of whom the person is and where you met. If you didn't receive a card then simply note the person's name and occupation along with a brief description. People feel special when they're remembered.

Remember always, networking isn't just about you. Listen to the people you meet and keep their information on file so that if you were to hear of an opportunity you can let them know also. If someone you know has helped you by getting you in the door then take some time to thank them for their help.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/12/09

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Today’s Quote: “People who say they're not interested in money will lie about other things too.” - Zig Ziglar

Today’s Question: What is the truth?

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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/11/09

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Today’s Quote: “Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!”- Og Mandino

Today’s Question: Is starting a new routine a challenge or a chore?

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Friday, April 10, 2009
Team Effectiveness - 5 Factors to Manage

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To improve a team's effectiveness, it is first necessary to understand the factors that impact its performance. Once you understand these factors you can determine when and what team development is needed.

In order for teams to function effectively they must manage how they work together and how they interact with the rest of the organization. As a result of his studies, Richard Beckhard ("Optimising Team Building Efforts", Journal of Contemporary Business, Summer 1972) states that for teams to be effective they must manage four areas internal to the team: goals, roles, processes and relationships. Further research has identified a fifth factor impacting performance: how the team manages its interaction with the
organizational environment. Within these factors is a hierarchy with some factors affecting all of the others. These five factors become the focus of attention for the manager who wants to raise team performance, because teams that effectively manage these areas function more effectively than teams that do not.

Environmental Influences - the impact of the organization and the outside world on team performance.

The organization creates the context within which the team functions. The policies, procedures and systems within an organization can either support or hinder a team's effectiveness. An excellent example is the impact an organization’s reward system has on teamwork. Organizations typically reward only individual contribution. Few organizations have found ways to reward teams.

Signs to look for: The team is physically distant, not given enough resources to do the job, individuals are not recognized for team effort.

Goals - What The Team Is To Accomplish

A team exists when members have responsibility for accomplishing a common goal. An effective team is aware of and manages:

1. The extent to which goals are clear, understood and communicated to all members
2. The amount of ownership of team goals
3. The extent to which goals are defined, quantified and deliverable
4. The extent to which goals are shared or congruent
5. The extent of goal conflict or divergence

Signs to look for: The goals are unclear or not communicated, everyone is doing their own thing and not participating in goal setting.

Roles - Who Does What On The Team

Do all members understand what they and others are to do to accomplish the task? Do they know their individual responsibilities and limits of authority? In new teams time should be spent discussing and defining roles and responsibilities. As the team develops it is typical for individuals to build expectations and assumptions of others which are seldom recorded anywhere. These should be discussed and agreed upon.

Conflict may occur as a result of differing expectations among team members. Overlapping roles can create conflict, especially when two or more team members see themselves as responsible for the same task.

Signs to look for: Responsibilities are poorly defined, there is a power vacuum, members act independently and avoid responsibility.

Work Processes - How Members Work Together

Once team members know what they are to do and who is to do it, they must determine how they will work together. Typical considerations are:

Decision making - how will each of the team members participate in decision making.
Communication - what should be communicated within the team, to whom, by what method, when and how frequently?
Meetings - what is the team trying to accomplish, what subjects are to be covered, who is responsible for the subject, how will the meeting be conducted, who should attend? Leadership style - the leader and the team need to agree the best style to meet the situation and the leader should be open to receiving feedback on their style.

Signs to look for: Meetings are unproductive or poorly attended, decision making is dominated by one or two people, actions taken without planning or communication is one way.

Relationships - The Quality Of Interaction Among Team Members

As team members work together, relationships often become strained. Members need ways to resolve problems and to assure that a good working relationship continues.
Sometimes relationship problems occur because of a difference in values or a personality or management style clash. Managers may need to take an active role in soothing relationships during times of conflict. The more energy that is siphoned off because of bad feelings, attitudes or strong emotions, the less energy is available for the team's task.

Signs to look for: Personality conflicts, or members are defensive or competitive.

Team development is a process aimed at improving team performance in any one or all of the five factors in the team hierarchy. After examining your team's performance in these areas, your role as a manager is to identify where your focus for team development needs to be.

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About the Author:

Pam Kennett is Founder and Director of Chiswick Consulting Limited, a management consultancy which provides advice and direction to clients in marketing and human resources. Pam has more than 20 years experience working with teams and leadership groups to raise performance. Contact her at pam@chiswickconsulting.com or visit
http://www.chiswickconsulting.com.

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Today’s Quote: “The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” - James Crook

Today’s Question: Are you leading for the right reasons?

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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/9/09

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Today’s Quote: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou

Today’s Question: Do you like what you do?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/8/09


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Today’s Quote: “The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.” - Isabelle Eberhardt

Today’s Question: What has made your life better now that you have left it behind?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Today’s Quote: I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s Question: Why are you going along for the ride?

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Monday, April 6, 2009
Life, As Observed By Ricky Bobby

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"Second place is the first loser." Ricky Bobby (aka Will Ferrell) from Talladega Nights

Today we’ll have a little bonus ‘Quote & Question,’ as my wandering mind came across using a foot race as another metaphor for life. You can throw plenty of old clichés and adages to it: “The race is not to the swift,” “Slow and steady wins the race,” “Life is a marathon and not a sprint”…but then that line for Talladega Nights popped into my head, and my mind was off to the races (pun intended).

One of the few things I know for sure is that in life, you are always either in the lead or playing catch up. Whether you're in the middle of the pack or far, far out the race, if you're not in the first place, you are not in first place.

That was exactly what I have been dealing with in all aspects of my life, as the current economic conditions here is the US has found a way to stymie just about every well laid plan I had conceived in the past few years, and is doing to same to many of my friends and associates. Not only are more people finding themselves out of first place, they are finding themselves getting lapped. It doesn’t matter how far behind you happen to be in the race, if you’re not in the lead, you only register if you’re a threat to take the lead, and you only seriously matter if you actually take the lead.

With so many people unlucky enough to have lost a job recently, the people who are lucky enough to have jobs look like winners well ahead of the pack. In reality, most are just unlucky enough to be stuck where they are because of the lack of jobs out there. They are stuck in jobs they don’t like or jobs with no forward motion for the foreseeable future because of the overall lack of jobs. People are being given new and extra duties on their jobs that are not only insisting that they come out of there comfort zones at work, but some people flat out don’t want to do. It’s becoming a workplace reality for more employees to be overloaded with additional duties that need to get done, but have completely gotten in the way of their career pursuits.

And now, everyone seems to be behind, and all fighting just to place or show, not even targeting the person who is truly in the lead.

And that guy in first place is wondering why there are no threats to his top spot, and why he’s even running so fast anymore…

In a land where everyone loves a long shot, and the leader of the pack will often embrace the role of the villain, we have seemed to have lost it. No one wants to be on top for fear of having to defend their spot, and many racers are too far behind in laps to even make the race interesting anymore. We seem to all be fighting hard for the right to claim first loser than to be the actual winner.

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As I am both completely insecure and an egomaniac, i crave attention. And as my side gig company makes little money and this blog makes no money, I am pretty much paid in hits and feed subscriber, all of which are severely lacking.

So, if anybody wants to help out a struggling egomaniac who is slightly paranoid about the lack of attention he's been getting, just simply update you RSS feed to the Fast Forward Blog. That will help. Feedburner link is http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LifeInFastForwardTheBlog, or the xml file is here: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LifeInFastForwardTheBlog?format=xml.

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Today’s Quote & Question For 4/6/09

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Today’s Quote: “He who hesitates is a damned fool.” - Mae West

Today’s Question: What are you waiting for?

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Sunday, April 5, 2009
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Today’s Quote: “Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.” - Antisthenes

Today’s Question: Who is more likely to tell you the truth?

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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/4/09


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Today’s Quote: “Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.” - Eugene S. Wilson

Today’s Question: What lesson cost you the most to learn?

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Friday, April 3, 2009
Today’s Quote & Question For 4/3/09


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Today’s Quote: “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” - John Wooden

Today’s Question: How would you end a perfect day?

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Thursday, April 2, 2009
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Today’s Quote: “Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.” - Wernher von Braun

Today’s Question: What is your favorite excuse?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
What’s In A Word? The Emotion Of A Message

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I’ve been writing and rewriting a potential blog post for months on dealing with the frustration of people who do not have the capability to follow orders. I have been stymied by frustration with the subject, frustration with the true object I am pointing out in the subject (I don’t give any company names, but if you know my history its pretty easy to figure out which company), and frustration in the tone that it apparently wants to take despite the number of rewrites it gets.

The point of the post that will probably never see the light of day is that you can’t become overly frustrated with people you give orders to if they are incapable of following them. After you’ve checked to make sure your style of delivery isn’t the problem, and that you are sending an effective message, it doesn’t matter if your receivers are incapable of interpreting the message or just incompetent in carrying out the orders. And it might not be completely their fault that they can’t get the job done, but since you’re still responsible, you either have to replace your workers or replace yourself and get another job where the people you lead can get the job done.

But today, I had a epiphany over the term orders. I used the term as a formal throwback to my days in the Air Force, which was explained in the beginning of the post that will never see the light of day. It seemed like a self-explanatory word. I don’t use the term orders now, and rarely gave ‘orders’ to those that fell under my leadership when I was in command. I gave, and still give, instruction, directions, guidance, suggestions, unwanted-but-needed feedback, and on occasion, an overly extended cursing tirade that often involves projectiles being aimed at one’s head (that did occur frequently at the job in question in the post that shall never see the light of day).

So what’s in a word? While I realized I was having a problem with a word that was affecting the tone of writing--orders--I was still getting the point across. But just like your selection of words can take a conversation for light and lively to heavy and full of fisticuffs, you’ve got to be careful with the words you use. Apparently, I needed that reminder more than I needed that blog post.

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Today’s Quote: “History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.” - Voltaire

Today’s Question: What was your favorite prank?

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