Planning Your Work and Working Your Plan

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During coaching calls, there is a lot of discussion early on about planning your work: How much time invested in social media consumption, creation, and conversation When and Why you should post on your blog or write an eBook Who to connect with online or offline What and Where to find resources to curate and share Following up on leads generated from the activities … [Read more...]

Tom Seaver: A Model of Consistency

Consistency Model: Tom Seaver

In baseball, Tom Seaver was a model of consistency. He still holds the highest mark of votes on his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.  ~ Tom Seaver  #136063133 / … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Nov 9 – Nov 15, 2014

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Week in Review November 9 – November 15: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in … [Read more...]

Looking Differently – LIFT Slides 11-15-14

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Make Ugly Slides Beautiful How to Make Ugly Slides Beautiful from SketchBubble IMPROVE -  The Way You … [Read more...]

Backstory – LIFT Clips 11-15-14

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Seize Opportunity [tentblogger-youtube I1KEEbQeC-w] IMPROVE - By Helping Others [tentblogger-youtube C3eCo-El_RY] FIND FLOW - Start Something and Let Your … [Read more...]

Best Resources Shared of the Week 11/14/14

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Following the beat of our mantra: "Be the Resource" - here are the top tweets I shared on Twitter this past week: The Importance of Deliberate Practice from @james_clear (HT @99u weekly newlsetter)— Mike Sansone (@mikesansone) November 9, 2014 The Courageous Decision to Show Your Work from @JeffGoins— Mike … [Read more...]

Buying a Business: Are You Ready to Take the Retail Plunge?

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Written by Francois Bondiguel Jumping into a business can be scary. It’s a lot of money to spend on something where the survival rate is dismal. Then again, there are few other ways - short of winning the lottery - that you can achieve financial independence and write your own paycheck. Are you ready to take the plunge? Make a Good Plan Before you do anything, make a … [Read more...]

Timestamp Your Posts

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We were on a path of discovery, searching for a relevant and valuable link to use in her blog post. As we skimmed through a few Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), I noticed her skipping over a few items I would've clicked through, but it was her exercise not mine. After she finished the post, I embraced an opportunity to ask why she chose the link she did, and why she … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Small Business Saturday #ShopSmall

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While there is always plenty of talk about Black Friday shopping, in recent years, Small Business Saturday and the #ShopSmall movement by American Express have become the buzz around towns. Here are some top tips to prepare, participate, and plant seeds for long-lasting relationships with your customers during this year's Small Business Saturday (November 29 in US, December … [Read more...]