Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Inspiring Though Provoking Quotes

Saturday, May 24, 2014

8 Tips I learned about Google Plus in 3 months

I'm revealing 10 things I have learned about google plus in the 3 months that Iv been using it.  Lots of this stuff I found out haphazardly by messing around despite all the "gurus" out there who claim to know so much.

I don't like giving quality info away for free but I'm going to do it now in hopes that other people jump in and add value to my list.  SHARE WHAT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR YOU IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW!

If you have something to share, do it here!  Comment below!  Don't just plus it!

10 tips Iv learned to Goolge Plus Productivity

1)     If you want to find a specific niche of people to follow/get followed by, just enter the keyword under profile work experience.  Enter in your profile that you are a personal trainer.  Then when you go to the people box to the left side of the screen, the google suggestion area will find 1000s of other personal trainers you can connect with.  You can do this to find anybody in any niche.  Chances are the more you follow, the more will follow you.  Then just delete the ones who didn't in a single click with circlescope services.
2)     Use shared circles.  Just type “shared circles personal trainers” in the search box on google plus.  With the search results you can add hundreds of other personal trainers with a single click, many will follow you back.

3)     Not everyone follows you back so delete the ones who didn't.   This is made 100 times easier to do using circlescope.  Circlescope allows you to delete everyone in every circle who doesn't follow you back with a single click.

4)     I usually create a new circle every week.  I name the circle something like "april 1st" so I know in 7 days I'm just going to delete anyone who didn't follow me. I add hundreds of people who I hope will follow back.  When the week is over, I simply use Circlescope to delete all the ones who didn't.

5)     Plus, comment, and reshare liberally on subject matter that you are interested in.  This will increase your visibility for various reasons including the fact that people have programs that track all this stuff and they will follow you if they see you are highly active in (personal training) for example. 

6)     For people who are interactive with you, create a circle for them so you can follow their feeds without getting bogged down with all the useless posts of  people who aren't.  Then when your interactive friends post something, return the favor by commenting and plussing.

7)     If someone leaves a comment, even if its just “lol”.  Reply to it.  Say something like “I didn't know you like cats too”.  This can help get more interaction going on your profile and often develops into real conversations.

8)     Communities are something I'm just starting to use.  I found people are WAY more interactive and interested in a post if you post it in a well populated community.  The good thing is that this shows up on your profile so you look like you are getting lots of interaction on your profile even though it originally took place in the community. 

Conclusion:  I hope this gave you an idea or 2 that you hadn't though of.  If you would like to share to speed up my learning process then please do.

David Mauntz

Friday, May 23, 2014

Make Money Save Money. Personal Finance

I recently read a good basic article on how to manage money better.  I made a few changes and  highlighted what I though was especially valuable.  Here's what I came away with. 

1)  In the end: spend less than you earn. It’s the one point that comes up time and time again in every financial book.  Why? Because it’s true.

There are two avenues to achieving this goal: spending less and earning more. By working on either (or both), you can increase the gap between those two numbers. The harder you work on either spending less or earning more, the bigger that gap will become.

2)  Move towards your passions. Whatever really excites you and makes you want to do more and more and more and better and better, that’s what you need to move towards at all times.

3) Habits of all kinds are dangerous! Most people have some sort of routine in their day where they buy a morning latte or a bagel, or they drink six cans of soda, or they eat out at the same place each day for lunch.  These routines add up to a lot of money. Spending $5 every day in a workweek adds up to $1,300 over a year – that’s a mortgage payment for a lot of people. Spend some time looking at the stuff you do every day, especially the ones that require you to spend money, and ask yourself if they’re really necessary or could be replaced.

Food is a great example. Quite often, people will eat out and drop $20 or $30 on a meal that they could have made at home for $3.

4) The 10 second rule.  Every time you go to make any purchase, even when you pay a bill, stop for ten seconds and ask yourself if this is really something you want to spend your money on. Do you really need this?

5)  Don’t make yourself miserable! Most of the time, when you cut a bit of spending from your life, you’ll find that you never miss it. However, there are times when you find yourself really regretting it. If that’s the case, it’s probably a worthwhile expense for you.  See if you can't find another way to get what you want without spending as much money on it.

6) Pay off all high interest debt, such as credit cards. Focus first on the one with the highest interest rate and pay this off fully in as little time as possible.

7) Build an emergency fund.  An emergency fund is money you keep in a savings account that’s intended to be used in the event of a crisis, such as a job loss, a medical emergency, major car damage, and so on. I usually suggest to people that they measure their emergency fund in terms of months’ worth of living expenses.

8)  Start a side business. Instead of burning hours in front of the tv each night,  how about investing at least part of that time into starting a side business? You can try starting a blog with a few ads on it, or maybe you’re good with woodworking and can make deck furniture. Maybe you’re good at baking bread and can take loaves to the farmer’s market, or maybe you deeply enjoy gardening and can sell vegetables. There are lots of possibilities out there for starting a business that will supplement your current income and perhaps eventually grow into your main income.

9)  Invest! You might also want to start investing at this point. My recommendation is to buy low-cost broad-based index funds because they don't have many fees and grow well over long periods of time.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Knockout Strategy for turning Prospects into Clients

Your reputation on the streets: Business Muscle
Let’s pretend you are a prized fighter in mixed martial arts and you have a premier fight scheduled in 4 months with a $400,000 prize for the winner.  How are you going to prepare?  Are you going to do just enough to get by and emerge with a concussion, a broken leg, and 2 cracked ribs? Or, are you going to prepare is such a way that winning becomes almost an inevitable result? 

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Of course, this is simply a rhetorical question to make a point that just as a fighter can prepare for a fight by building his strengths and exploiting weaknesses, so we can prepare our businesses by building overwhelming proof and reputation. To create a business with serious knockout potential, hit potential clients with a roundhouse flurry and mountains of convincing and unarguable evidence.

If your prospect can say no to you without feeling like they just made the biggest mistake of their life then you're doing something wrong.  Your business, your sales, and your marketing has to be so good, that anyone would literately feel stupid saying no to you.  That's what we are going for.

To get the knockout in the opening round you should have all of these things:
            -     Powerful and numerous testimonials from the community
            -         Eye opening statistics, charts and graphs on your work
            -     Valid references of supporting research
-         Persuasive presentations on your business system and how clients benefit
-         Related pictures of the community profiting from your contribution
-         Thought provoking quotes from authority figures in the community

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Become an Health Service Specialist

Becoming an expert for a specific niche is important because it allows you assist clients to buy without looking like the typical pushy sales person.  But no matter how good you are at selling, you won’t make a single sale if you aren't selling to people who are both interested and able to buy.

Our results will become correspondingly more effective as we narrow our focus on our ideal clients.  This is why becoming an Expert to a certain group of clients within an industry is a good idea.  Because in doing so, it allows us to be more specific with matching people’s exact needs and budget. 

At the very least, you should know the age, income and gender of your ideal client.  With this information, you can market to them more effectively and tailor your pricing, offerings, and business to their needs. In doing this, we also communicate with them at a deeper level and become more attractive compared to  competitors. 

But becoming a specialist isn't as simple as picking the first niche that pops into mind.  When you choose your niche consider the following to chose a winner:
 1-  What are you qualified to specialize in?
 2-  Which clients are the most profitable and reliable to build a business on?
 3-  Are there enough of these types of clients to make a profit?

4-  Will you enjoy these clients enough to have the patience to be successful?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Can't Sell? Stop Selling Yourself Short.

Once you gain exposure for your business, the next step is to effectively close the sale once somebody walks in.  It doesn’t matter what business you are in, whether you want to admit it or not, sales and the process of making a sale is of utmost importance to the success of your business.  If you haven’t learned a solid foundation, you’re doing yourself and your bank account a serious disservice.  Not having a solid foundation in sales could be the difference between a one time client and a lifetime client.

Many people have the idea that that the concept of sales involves running a con game, lying, swindling, and scamming everyone you come into contact with.  This is a huge misrepresentation of what sales are really about.  On the contrary, the process of selling is simply a matter of skillfully meeting client needs by correctly presenting the best option for their health and financial needs.  Don’t sell yourself or your clients short by selling less then what they need.
The truth is, we are being sold every time we buy anything.  We have options of which grocery store to go to, what phone or cable TV provider to utilize, and the list goes on and on.  Sales is a part of life.  Without a sale happening, companies, cities and countries would become unemployed and we would revert back to hunter gatherers cavemen days.   Even the very clothes on our back and the land we reside in are the result of a sale being made.

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You may think I’m beating the point to death, but every time we come into contact with another human, we’re selling.  It may not be for currency, it may be for creating a good impression on your boss; or to convince your significant other of the plans for the weekend; or it may simply be showing your love to those who matter most to you and reassuring them that they are important to you.  Either way, thoughts and emotions are being “sold” like an actor sells their performance.  The only difference is, in real life, it’s not just about business, it’s about proper communication and skillfully meeting the wants and needs of all parties.

In the context of business, the sales process is traditionally persuasive in nature on the part of the person selling.  It should be supported by print, audio, or visual messages.  Nontraditionally though, it’s about trustworthiness, communication, listening, body language, human connection and proper management our business image.  As business owners, it’s up to us to ensure that these things are being implemented.