The 3 Responsibilities of a Thought Leader

Marketing, ResponsibilityA clear and simple definition of Responsibility is: “The ability to respond.”

What separates thought leaders in professional fields such as: marketing, academic, business training, spirituality, philosophy (or any other discipline you can think of ) is their ability to respond to uncertainty.

Amateurs react. Professionals respond.

After 17+ memorablem years of teaching direct marketing strategies to work-at-home entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, professional speakers and corporate giants such as Sams Club, I’ve observed that world-class professionals are defined by 3 core responsibilities.

If you want to become a social influencer or thought leader in your area of expertise, these 3 responsibilities can expand your public authority online and offline with reliable certainty.

Responsibility #1:  Define Reality. 

I learned this from Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller and best-selling author of Leadership Is an Art.  Max says, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.”

I agree. And I also know [Read more...]

“Priority” is the new Productivity

SuccessIn his roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com, Brian Patrick Eha makes a recommendation that violates the Principle of Priority.  Eha writes:

Do your hardest tasks first. Do your creative thinking and your most difficult work early in the day, before routine chores (handling emails, scheduling meetings and so on) have sapped your energy.

“Every decision we make tires the brain,” says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute.  “Save less complex work for later in the day,” he adds.

Commentary:

In my 17+ years of teaching Productivity strategies to entrepreneurs who market online, doing the most difficult work early in the day is the surest way to diminish personal productivity.

My five-word definition of Productivity is “Maximum results in minimum time.” And by “results” I mean what’s most important to attain success, not what’s most urgent to maintain success.

It’s not about what’s difficult or creative or hard that matters. What matters most is [Read more...]

How to Overcome Opportunity Seeker’s Disease (Part 2)

Accountability PartnerIf your business year has not met your expectations, then keep reading.  If your business year has been filled with miscommunications, then keep reading.

Or if you’ve found your business Intentions and goals thwarted for unexpected reasons, the culprit behind these outcomes may be a case of Opportunity Seekerism.

Becoming a strategic entrepreneur requires you to focus on the tasks you DON’T DO more intensely than the TO DO tasks. “Your ‘stop doing’ list is more important than your ‘to-do’ list,” says Jim Collins, best-selling author of Good To Great.  Jim continues:

“Most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. We have ever-expanding [Read more...]

Elements of a Effective “Quick-Start” System

Quick Start Guide ArticleIf you’re an info marketer, small business owner or a service professional, then having a Quick-Start (QS) system is critical to accelerate the growth of your business.

For instance, as marketer who teaches how to get wealthy in the Domaining business, my first aim is to inspire, motivate and influence new students (customers) to get steeped into my QS system.

Click here if you want to see how this works first-hand.

Whenever one of my Domaining prospects converts into a paid Domaining student (and becomes a new member of my “tribe”), I bend over backwards to make sure [Read more...]

Fuzzy Metrics Lead to Problems – Not Profits

MarketingOnline.com MetricsAs marketing professionals, it is one of our core responsibilities to measure our success. Right?

My colleague and friend, John Reese, once taught me that Internet marketers only need to measure two things:  YES or NO? and MORE or LESS?  I now call these two measurements the core duality metrics.

Pretty simple, eh?  Uh … not so much.

It’s true that you can only improve what you measure, but your measurements or “metrics” as we call it at MarketingOnline.com members call it, must be clear, specific and actionable in order to lead to improvements and profits.

Brent Dykes of Digital Marketing blog writes: [Read more...]

8 Tips for Choosing a Good Domain Name

If you’re interested in domain trading as business model, one of the most important things to know is how to evaluate the quality of a domain. The domain trading and monetization experts at Protrada recommend looking at 8 key characteristics.

choose a good domain name1. Does it have the right domain extension? The domain extension (also called the “top level domain” or TLD) is what appears after the “dot” — .com, .org, .biz and so on.

A .com domain name is the most valuable. The reason is that people tend to default to the .com version of domain names when they don’t know for sure which URL to enter. Websites that have TLDs other than .com lose an average of 10 percent of their traffic to .com defaults.

2. Does it contain relevant keywords? Domains that consist of exact-match keywords are valuable because Google gives such pages a ranking advantage. They also are easier to remember than other domain names.

3. Is the niche popular? Choose domain names that target [Read more...]

How to Make Money Online with Domaining

Most people think that making money online involves selling a product or service via a website. But there’s another way to make money 24/7 from anywhere in the world, even while you’re working your day job. It’s called “domaining,” and it’s a legitimate, highly effective internet-based investment strategy.

money domainTo understand how this money-making strategy works, let’s first define what a domain actually is.

A domain is the proper name for a web address. It doesn’t refer to the content; instead, it refers to the name. When you think of AlexMandossian.com, you may think of all of the blog posts I’ve shared over the years. But the domain itself is simply the name, AlexMandossian.com.

In their excellent free e-book, “Domaining 101,” the domain trading and monetization experts at Protrada make the important distinction that there is [Read more...]

Use a Consumption Matrix for More Effective Copy

Seasoned copywriters know that if prospects can envision or experience themselves using the product or service being promoted, it becomes much more emotionally compelling for them to buy. An easy way to get into your prospect’s world is to use a consumption matrix.

consumption matrix | business travelerA consumption matrix is a grid that answers when your product or service is being consumed, how it is being consumed, and why it is being consumed. (This is why we call customers consumers.)

Imagine a grid with three columns. The first column says, “When?” The second column says, “Why?” And the third column says, “How?”

Each row is a point of consumption – a situation where customers could conceivably consume your product. A point of consumption is in front of your computer. A point of consumption is in the car if you have an information product. A point of consumption could be on a plane if you have a laptop. [Read more...]

When to Innovate

Just the other day, I was listening to a recording of a speech by Joe Sugarman* and Joe said, “One good path to success is to learn all the proven rules and meticulously follow them. Another path is to occasionally break all the rules, because breakthroughs come only from breaking rules.”

Dan Kennedy Renegade MillionaireResonates with me … as you know, I wrote a whole book based on breaking rules.

On one hand, I’m cautious about innovation; pioneers usually come home full of arrows; it’s often costly and time consuming…and I am always much more interested in “what works” than a new idea.

However, as Joe said, OCCASIONALLY, or I might say, at carefully chosen time, you have no alternative but to be the pioneer in order to move forward and in order to [Read more...]

How To Make A Better Business Card

Have you ever taken some time to actually look closely at your business card? What does it say to you? What do you think it says to others? If you’ve been thinking about getting new business cards, I want you to look through my tips outlined in the document below:

Did someone recently give you a business card that you really liked? What did you like about it? Leave your comments for me on my Facebook page.

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