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7 Time Management Tips for Business Owners

There is so much demand on our time these days, and the proliferation of social media and the instant access brought about by smartphones, instant messaging and texting makes it worse. The good news is that you can control your time and how you – and others – use it. Here are some simple steps to help you do that. Focus on what you do best Whether you are a one-person shop or you have employees, it’s important to focus …

5 Steps to Personal Effectiveness

“I must control events or events will control me.” – John Adams John Adams when he was representing the United States interest in France in the late 1700s understood he had to control events or he would be controlled by events. He did so well at controlling events and controlling their outcome that he became the second president of the United States. How do we control events? To do that we must control the content of our time. We need to …

Independence is for Wimps!

It’s funny how sometimes the littlest comment can set you thinking. Yesterday I was at a networking meeting and our guest speaker had to send his apologies. Can’t say I blame him really since he’d been up the night before due to the birth of his baby. (Congrats Steve!) Well, I was very honoured when the group asked me if instead of having a speaker I could host an impromptu mastermind session instead. If you’ve never heard of a mastermind …

Magnetic Marketing: Become an Authority

You’ve probably heard people talking about the importance of benefits in marketing. But benefits are a personal thing. You’ll never truly know if something is of actual benefit to a customer unless you ask him. Instead all you can really do is identify possible advantages of using your service or product. Or is it? Can you do anything else to put across a powerful marketing message? The answer is yes. Let me explain… A Common Marketing Mistake One common mistake …

Three Keys to Success in Business

Key to Success in Business #1 Define your dream and get a burning desire for its achievement. This is the first principle of success in business. You have to know exactly what you want and you need a burning desire to achieve it. Unfortunately most people make a mistake when they try this. What they don’t realise is that you have to feel good when you think about it and you have to think about it every day. Instead they …

What is a Mastermind Group?

A question I often ask people when they come to me for help is “What is the number one reason you are not as successful in business as you’d like to be?” Typical answers include not enough money, not enough time and don’t know how. By far the biggest response is around people. And even then, when we dig into why money, time and knowledge are an issue, we come back again to people. Surround Yourself with Remarkable People Jim …

Dante Rossetti and the Old Man

One of the things I find really powerful in helping my clients think big about business and be more successful is to have a cause greater than yourself. Sure, you may have gone into business wanting to make good money. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. If you really want to make good money and help lots of people in doing it then you need to think about what you do as something beyond your own immediate needs. Let …

90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge (Part 2)

So you’ve started your 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge. You’ve set some clear goals and broken them down into manageable chunks. That’s great but the road to success is not paved purely on good intentions. If you want to hit that target you’ll need to take consistent, persistent action. That’s what this post is all about. Change is Messy Successfully completing anything worth doing requires effort. It’s easy when you start getting going because you’re energised and enthused. But that enthusiasm …

90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge (Part 1)

Start the 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge Get Real About Business is all about what works. And that means results. If you want to get good results you need to take enough of the right actions. It’s so easy to set out with great intentions but making them happen is the challenge. An exercise I often ask my clients to do when they join my business coaching programmes is to set their 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge. One reason so many small …

7 Rookie Mistakes in Outsourcing

At some point in time you’re going to want to get an extra pair of hands in your business. You sure as heck can’t do it all, and sometimes it doesn’t make sense to employ people directly. You just want the work done with the least fuss possible and with great results. Unfortunately, results from outsourcing work can vary considerably and are not only costly, but can lead to a damaged reputation with your customers and a lot of work …