Aug 17

Guest Post: Developing Your Ideas & Designing Your Future

By Randy Tudor

Designing Future

I recently met with a client who is very concerned about losing his job. He has worked hard, has built a great reputation in his industry, and has risen to a leadership level that he always wanted. But he’s still worried. His company was recently taken over by another company, and the future is uncertain. He shared that he thinks over the years his income has steadily increased to the point where it might be difficult to quickly replace his level of pay. He wants to maintain his current lifestyle for his wife and family, and he believes they cannot go six months to a year without money coming in. Does this sound like you, or perhaps someone you know?

Where to Go Next

He wanted to know if I had any ideas—any suggestions he might consider. I brought up the possibility of him taking his expertise, along with his contacts, and starting his own small business. He said he and his wife have given that some thought, but he doesn’t know if he has what it takes. He said he has no idea how to go about starting his own business—what steps to take, who to contact, or even how to efficiently operate one. I told him we could help coach him through the process—point him in directions he could go, and help him to develop ideas he might not otherwise consider on his own. I said that we could work with him in learning how to operate a profitable business. He asked me what that might look like. So, I shared with him my vision for moving forward.

The Coaching Process in Action—Designing Your Future

I told him we would get together and start to brainstorm about his wants, his interests and his dreams. We would start to identify his strengths and abilities and would begin developing some ideas for a start-up business he would enjoy for the next twenty or so years. He started to get excited about the possibilities. Collaborative brainstorming and idea generation gets everyone involved thinking at a higher level, and he began to acquire even more confidence and the belief that he could do it.(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Developing Your Ideas and Designing Your Future” by Randy Tudor, by clicking  HERE.

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Jul 20

Guest Post: Personal Responsibility: Are you a Victim?

By Carolyn R. Owens

Personal Responsibility

There are so many thoughts that come to mind when we talk about the subject of personal responsibility. We often avoid talking about the subject because it’s something we really don’t want to accept about ourselves, the things we don’t won’t to face. However, when you don’t take a look at your own actions and behaviors, you can become a victim of life. So what do we mean by personal responsibility? We have to begin by understanding the definition of responsibility.

 Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. A lot of times we don’t want to take it on, we don’t want to deal with certain things that are happening in our lives. Taking it a little further, personal responsibility is the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions. This is the responsibility we have for ourselves.

 When you think about he word victim, what comes up for you? What does that mean to you? What does the word victim mean to you? When I talk about victim in terms of personality responsibility, I am not talking about a victim of a crime, but being a victim of your circumstances.

God give us free will to make choices. With the choices we make we understand there are consequences for those choices. We often don’t stop to think that taking no action, well that’s a choice to. There are consequences for inaction, not making decisions – the choices we make or don’t make.

Often time we spend to much time blaming others and not taking responsibility for the choices we make. We allow this to hold us prison in our on lives, actions, everything we are doing. It’s as if we have surrendered control of our lives to everything that is happening to us. We are not enjoying life but instead letting life just happen to us…(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Personal Responsibility: Are you a Victim?” by Carolyn R. Owens, by clicking  HERE.

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Jul 18

Video Tip: LinkedIn Connections

Are you connecting with prospects on LinkedIn? Here are some tips for connecting with them so they are more likely to turn into clients.

What are your biggest challenges with connecting on LinkedIn?  Post in the comments below.

Jul 06

Guest Post: Start Your Own Online Business in Less Than 30 Days

By Davida Shensky

Start Online Business

It doesn’t matter what business you’re in you need an online presence.  You can build your own online business on any product or service you provide, or you can become an affiliate what a company in an area or field you have an interest in.

STARTING AN ONLINE BUSINESS

Before you start any business, you need a business plan.  It doesn’t matter what type of business you’re in but you need something written down as an action plan to follow to build your business.  In this business plan you should include:

  1. Executive
  2. Company
  3. Industry
  4. Customer
  5. Competition
  6. Marketing
  7. Team

To have an online presence and market your products and service you need a website.  From this website you need to consider these marketing tools:

  1. social media marketing
  2. content marketing
  3. Search engine optimization
  4.  Keywords

BUILDING YOUR WEBSITE AS YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS

You can build your website yourself or turn it over to a professional.  If you build it yourself you first need to decide what server you’ll use to host your website.  There are many different servers and price ranges to choose from.  You can use WordPress directly or several platforms that incorporate the WordPress platform into their platform.  What makes WordPress so popular is that you can build content into your website as a marketing tool(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Start Your Own Online Business in Less Than 30 Days,” by By Davida Shensky, by clicking  HERE.

 

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Jul 05

Speaking Online to Leverage Your Time

Speaking online in the form of teleseminars convert more business than any other online marketing strategy. At least that’s what industry leaders say, so it pays to know how to give them and profit from them. The most amazing thing about giving teleseminars is that they give you access to a worldwide audience. Teleseminars or teleclasses are also a better learning environment for both the student and teacher.
 
Teleseminars are strictly audio and are delivered over the phone or online. A webinar is a teleclass with visuals, usually via a PowerPoint slide show, that’s delivered online in a visual format.
 
Both teleclasses and webinars are great ways to deliver your signature talk to groups of people worldwide. When used together with joint venture partners, teleseminars can be one of the fastest ways to build your list, as well as attract more clients and sell information products. 

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Jun 13

Free Training: Double Your Fees-Double Your Sales

If you don’t have enough clients or aren’t earning the income you desire, the problem could be one of two things.  It’s either a marketing issue or a sales issue.

If you aren’t getting much traffic to your site, or not getting 1-3 strategy sessions a week, it’s a marketing issue.  If you are getting traffic and strategy sessions but your closing rate is under 60%, it’s a sales issue. Let’s focus on the second one today.

You must be able to know how to sell your products and/or programs if you want to stay in business. Maybe you didn’t think that if you got into the coaching business you would have to also be a salesperson.  But you do. Ask any entrepreneur.

You need a process for turning an interested prospect into a buyer. The important point here is that the sales conversion actually starts at the first contact with the prospect. Your sales system has to nurture the relationship between you and the prospect so that by the time they schedule a strategy session, they are pretty much ready to hire you.

I know that was true for me. Recently I had a series of strategy sessions and it was so easy to enroll the people into my coaching program. And I realized that it was mostly because they were already sold when they came to the appointment. And why was that?—because of the work I did prior to that conversation.

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Jun 08

Guest Post: Are You a Workaholic?

By David Lawson

Are You a Workaholic?

Are you a workaholic? Part-way through January, how is your work-life balance? Who’s winning – life or work?

The Macquarie Dictionary defines “workaholic” as a person who is addicted to work.

In my earlier working life, being a workaholic was regarded as a badge of honour. It definitely didn’t have the same stigma as being an alcoholic – someone addicted to intoxicating drinks.

Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the person themselves as well as those around them e.g. if they drink-drive. The “One Punch can Kill” media campaign began in response to intoxicated people – generally young men – taking out their anger on someone else, often causing fatal or long-term debilitating injuries.

So, are the effects of being a workaholic any less devastating?

“A workaholic will die faster than an alcoholic any day,” says Diane Fassel, PhD, author of Working Ourselves to Death.

Workaholism is regarded as a coping strategy and can be a symptom of emotional problems including underlying anxiety and depression shaped by obsessive-compulsive personality traits.

How do you recognize work addiction in yourself?

If staying late and working weekends are what get the job done, do these factors indicate an “addiction” to work? Not necessarily.

A question to ask yourself is whether or not you can enjoy life and feel energetic and purposeful when you’re not at work? If you say no, you may be in the danger zone…(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Are You a Workaholic?” by By David Lawson, by clicking  HERE.

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May 31

Monthly Gold Member Training: 6 Heart-Felt Strategies

training packageIn this age of relationship marketing, we all more or less know what it means when someone refers to your “tribe”: And because we are all familiar with the term, it’s easy to gloss over it and take its deeper connotations for granted.

Today, in marketing and business, “tribe” is often taken as a synonym for “your ideal audience”—but it goes much deeper than that.

A tribe gives as well as receives. You don’t just need your tribe to buy from you, you need them for inspiration, stimulation, validation and a constant reality check. They help you get up in the morning and inspire you to re-ignite your passion. They provide feedback, comfort and reciprocity. That is the tribe you need to concentrate on working with and for, for maximum satisfaction and natural, enjoyable engagement.

This month’s Gold Member training package, “6 Heart-Felt Strategies,” is all about how to authentically connect with your tribe—the social group with whom you most feel you belong and who you find it easiest and most rewarding to help

All gold members get this training with their membership.  It includes a workbook, worksheet, resource guide, checklist, 4-week calendar, and 21-idea list to help you better connect with your tribe in a Heart-Felt way. There will be a live training workshop that accompanies this program.

If you are not a Gold member, you can become one HERE.

May 25

Guest Post: If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes…

By Lily-Ann MacDonald

Nothing Changes

As we go about our Life each day, most of us will at some point come across situations that require us to accept change – whether in our job, in our health, in our relationships with family or friends, in our finances … or in almost any other aspect of Life one could imagine.

There’s an old saying that suggests the only thing constant in Life is change … and if ever there was a time in the history of humanity when this adage was true, it’s now. In previous articles, we’ve acknowledged how today’s ever-evolving technology seems to have quickened the pace of Life – whether through inter-personal communications, or in advancements in safety, medicine, or science … change is the name of the game.

 

And If We Don’t Like It?

But what happens when change doesn’t really improve the game itself? Or what if we just don’t want the change that confronts us? What do we do then? Well, most of the time, we don’t have a lot of choice in the matter – we’re merely along for the ride. Change visits in spite of us, although sometimes even because of us.

I’ve noticed there seems to be two basic ways to manage change. One is ‘resistance’ … the kind with white knuckles and clenched teeth. This scenario represents change as something to reluctantly face, something inevitable and possibly even somewhat painful. But this particular perspective on change can be exhausting because (let’s be honest) with this attitude, we’re not really embracing the change facing us. Instead, we may tolerate it, endure it, even suffer it or bear it … but we do not embrace it.

If You Refuse, Do You Really Lose?

The problem with this strategy is that it is ineffective at best, and at worst can engender a resentment that could even become something more onerous. Adopting a resistance approach will almost always set us up to fail, or at least make us miserable through an inner monologue that fixates on“These changes are terrible and will make it impossible for me to succeed. I will resist them at every opportunity!” Such people are metaphorically ‘dragged, kicking and screaming’ into their new circumstance. It’s so emotionally draining…(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes …,” by By Lily-Ann MacDonald, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

May 17

Article about the IAPLC

The IAPLC was written up on the UpAutomation.com site recently. Shannon Kuykendall, the founder, and I are working together to extend the reach of our businesses, and she says that If you want to focus on your clients and not on the technology it takes to automate your business, their service is for you. They have a 4-part system of Strategy, Implementation, Traffic and Optimization of the new systems they will put into place for your business. This 4-part system will increase your revenue and help you avoid losing out on opportunities, stalling your business, and getting beat by your competition. For more info go HERE.

Calling All Life Coaches: The Online Directory You Can’t Miss

by | Apr 27, 2017

If you’re a life coach and are in need of promotion, inspiration or just plain support then you need to take a minute and check out Int’l Association of Professional Life Coaches.

In the last year, Up Automation has made some major strides in part due to the help of IAPLC. We’ve been able to create more visibility and credibility while working alongside Jeannette Koczela…

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