Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January.....A fresh start is always fun!

"The average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but who gets very little done." ~Brian Tracy

Today I received Julie Anne Jones' newsletter in my inbox. It was full of some really great stuff.

One thing she focused on was a fresh start. How do we magically transform ourselves just because the calendar says January instead of December? Yes, we all have past resolutions that we didn't accomplish. And don't get me wrong, having goals is a good thing.

But she(Julie Anne Jones)suggest looking at the single steps or actions vs. the 1,000mile journey. Sometimes the journey can seem very long and difficult if it's not broken up into smaller pieces. So, focus on a few smaller steps that you can do each day and or week.

Below are a few direct sales-related actions that she recommends. Pick a few of these and begin moving forward NOW!

1. Get your office completely organized so you love working there
2. Set up one-on-one coaching times each week with your key team members
3. Start a "Host of the Month" club (click here to read about how to do that)
4. Commit to hold an opportunity event every single month
5. Make it a goal to learn at least one new thing every week and implement it in your business
6. Join a networking group or your local Chamber of Commerce
7. Make at least five booking calls and five recruiting calls every week (this one action could literally double your business this year)
8. Hold at least eight parties each month

The important thing is to get started. Commit to those actions so you are moving towards the end result!

BELEIVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Monday, January 4, 2010

Can you really use the Internet to build your business?

We've heard it all said.....explode your business online. You can make thousands online. Can it really be done? As a matter of fact it can. But before you take your business to the Internet, there's just a few things you need to know.

I took my business online about three years ago. And since that time, the Internet has grown, my business has grown and social media is at an all time high. And from everything I see and read, it will just keep growing.

It's important to realize there are many distractions as well as opportunity online. There so many training courses, training programs, etc. and they all promise to be better than the next. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a big believer in training and have some affiliate programs I recommend highly. But you have to be careful and carefully select those that will help you develop yourself and your business.

Focus, focus and focus. Focus is so important when building an online business. Know your target market and focus on building and strengthening relationships with those people. Who cares if you have 3,000 followers on Facebook if only 10 of those care about you and what you are doing and saying.

Be sure you focus on branding "you." Yes, that's correct. Brand yourself and not your business and your company. Show people who you are and what you can offer as a partner and coach. People join people.

And remember, it takes time. It takes consistent effort and it takes rolling up your sleeves and putting in the time.

When some people think about building a business online, automation comes to mind. You can automate to an extent, but there is a time to make a personal contact. Pick up the phone and make that one on one contact. The "personal" touch can't be replaced by the Internet.

The Internet is full of opportunity. So embrace it, and be willing to grow as it grows.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard