Archives for February 2012

How to Leverage “Transit Learning”

How many hours do you spend in your car? If you’re like most people the answer is about an hour a day which equates to nine 40-hour work weeks! The following video was originally recorded in the summer, but includes a tip that can be used year-round to put more “passive” and “active” learning into any commute.

If I’m driving, I listen to audio. That’s passive learning. You’re still focused on the road, but you’re listening to podcasts, how-to courses, or audiobooks. 

If you’re not driving, use it as an opportunity to get on the phone and talk. Whether you are on your way to the airport or being driven to an event, you can use the downtime to be productive. To learn more, please watch the video [Read more…]

Developing the CEO Within

If you’re interested in preparing yourself to become a strong candidate for a leadership position sometime in the future, I encourage you to take some time to watch the interview now:

How do you think one should prepare or work toward developing the CEO within? I’d really like to get your opinion on the topic. Leave me your questions, comments, or ideas in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~ John Quincy Adams

What do you think it takes to become an effective leader? There are probably a number of different ways you could answer the question and the video above, Joseph L. Bower, Professor, Harvard Business School, talks about what it takes in no-nonsense, practical terms.  Please comment and share…

Save Time with “3-Screen Productivity”

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it. “ – Thomas A. Edison

Are you constantly looking for ways to become more productive each day? If you’re like me, you’re always looking for and getting ideas from friends, colleagues, and even strangers about how to boost productivity and get more tasks accomplished in better, easier, and faster ways.What is “3-screen productivity” and how can it save you, not hours… not days… but weeks, each year?!

Watch and learn:

Please comment and share your thoughts about 3-screen productivity below. Thanks!

The Problem with Relying Only on LinkedIn Search

Do you use LinkedIn to network with colleagues, business professionals, and potential customers? If so, you’re probably somewhat familiar with the Search function that exists within the site. In fact, you probably use the standard People Search option most often. It’s supposed to be the simplest way to find a connection you are looking for. Here’s a brief description from the site:

“People Search in the search box lets you quickly find the person you are looking for by title,company, school, name, or other characteristics. Don’t worry about knowing the full name or exact search term. Just type in the relevant keywords and hit search. You can also quickly find one of your connections by typing their name and clicking on the suggestions that will be automatically generated” (Source). 

Here’s the problem with the Search system within LinkedIn: it’s extremely [Read more…]

How Small Business Blogs Can Increase Sales

According to Google, 82.6% of internet users use search. Have you thought about creating a blog for your business or company to help increase your likelihood of appearing in search results related to your industry? Creating a blog for your business can help with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), because blogs are usually updated with fresh content a lot more frequently than your website probably is.

In addition to boosts in SEO, your blog can also act as a place to get the word out, or even sell, your products and services. Most blogging platforms offer a way for you to add a shopping cart, use a service like PayPal, or take advantage of other useful plugins that will allow your customers to [Read more…]

Boost Productivity with Unhappy Customers [VIDEO]

If you’re a business owner or an entrepreneur, chances are you’ve had to deal with an unhappy customer every so often. I have a video below that will help you understand how to effectively learn from unhappy customers, which will ultimately help boost your productivity. I don’t want to give too much away, so take some time to watch the entire video now:

How do you deal with unhappy customers? I’d love to start a conversation here on this post that will help other entrepreneurs and business owners learn from your experiences. Leave your comments in the Facebook Comments section below. Thanks!

Tune Into My Upcoming Business Networking Book Tour Tele-Webcast With Dr. Ivan Misner

I’d like to personally invite you to join me for my upcoming tele-webcast with Dr. Ivan Misner. We’ll be discussing his new book, Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think

Here’s a brief summary of what the book is all about:

“Are men and women really so different or do we have a tendency to just focus on what makes us different instead of how we are similar? It is important in the world of business to understand both the similarities as well as the differences. Understanding that we all want the same outcome, we just have different ways of getting there.

We are more alike than we are different when it comes to business, with some simple understanding we can be more successful when networking and referring the opposite sex” (Source).

Here’s a quick preview from [Read more…]

Improve your Productivity by Making Time for Critical Thinking

Making time for critical thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve and maintain business success, faster, better and easier. Are you making time for it? Watch my video below to find out why it’s so important, and what you can do to start allocating time in your schedule for critical thinking:

How many times have you gone in the wrong direction enthusiastically as an entrepreneur? It’s because you haven’t set the time aside to think about it. 

If you don’t already, set aside some time starting today for critical thinking.

Please provide your input: Can you think of a time when you used critical thinking to make a decision that ended up benefitting you greatly in time? I would love to read about it. Share your stories in the Facebook Comments section below.