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Invest in Yourself

Many people say that they want to improve their sales, butthat’s as far as it goes.

Then there are those who are willing to take advantage offree information and actually invest some effort inapplying that knowledge.

But the people who excel in their quest for improvedresults are almost always those who are willing to investin themselves and their futures.

These are the people who purchase good books and courses onimproving their business efforts. They pay for and attendgood workshops and seminars. They have an insatiable questfor knowledge that will help them improve and they don’tstop until the attain it.

Every day I hear people ‘talking’ about what they’re goingto do — but I rarely see any action behind the talk.

It’seasy to predict where these people will be 5 or 10 yearsfrom today.

Are you serious about building an even more successfulbusiness? Are you ready to start reaping the financialrewards that you deserve from your business? If so, thenmake a commitment to take the next step to learn how tomake it happen.

An investment in any good course on growing your businesswould be worthwhile to your progress.

Tips to Enhance Your Decision Making Batting Average

Just as people are different, so are their styles of decision making. Each person is a result of all of the decisions made in their life to date. Recognizing this, here are some tips to enhance your decision making batting average.

• Do not make decisions that are not yours to make.

• When making a decision you are simply choosing from among alternatives. You are not making a choice between right and wrong.

• Avoid snap decisions. Move fast on the reversible ones and slowly on the non-reversible.

• Choosing the right alternative at the wrong time is not any better than the wrong alternative at the right time, so make the decision while you still have time.

• Do your decision making on paper. Make notes and keep your ideas visible so you can consider all the relevant information in making this decision.

• Be sure to choose based on what is right, not who is right.

• Write down the pros and cons of a line of action. It clarifies your thinking and makes for a better decision.

• Make decisions as you go along. Do not let them accumulate. A backlog of many little decisions could be harder to deal with than one big and complex decision.

• Consider those affected by your decision. Whenever feasible, get them involved to increase their commitment.

• Recognize that you cannot know with 100% certainty that your decision is correct because the actions to implement it are to take place in the future. So make it and don’t worry about it.

• Use the OAR, O. A. R. approach in decision making. Look at O, Objectives you are seeking to attain, A, the Alternatives you sense are available to you and R, the risk of the alternative you are considering.

• It has been said that a decision should always be made at the lowest possible level and as close to the scene of action as possible. However, a decision should always be made at a level insuring that all activities and objectives affected are fully considered. The first rule tells us how far down a decision should be made. The second how far down it can be made.

• Remember that not making a decision is a decision not to take action.

• To be effective a manager must have the luxury of having the right to be wrong.

• Trust yourself to make a decision and then to be able to field the consequences appropriately.

• Don’t waste your time making decisions that do not have to be made.

• Determine alternative courses of action before gathering data.

• Before implementing what appears to be the best choice, assess the risk by asking “What can I think of that might go wrong with this alternative ?”

• Many decisions you make are unimportant-about 80% of them. Establish operating limits and let your secretary or others make them for you.

• Consider making the decision yourself in lieu of a group, but recognize the potential for less commitment by those affected.

• As part of your decision making process, always consider how the decision is to be implemented.

• As soon as you are aware that a decision will have to be made on a specific situation, review the facts at hand then set it aside. Let this incubate in your subconscious mind until it is time to finally make the decision.

• Once the decision has been made, don’t look back. Be aware of how it is currently affecting you and focus on your next move. Never regret a decision. It was the right thing to do at the time. Now focus on what is right at this time.

• Mentally rehearse implementation of your choice and reflect in your imagination what outcomes will result.

• Brainstorming alternative solutions with your staff or others will gain fresh ideas and commitment.

• Discontinue prolonged deliberation about your decision. Make it and carry it through.

• Once you have made the decision and have started what you are going to do, put the “what if’s” aside and do it with commitment.


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“Bridging the Gap via Networking”
There’s nothing wrong with networking. Business owners, no matter how busy they are, should do it everywhere, all the time. But one of the best ways to network is through a method called ‘bridging’, a strategy that helps you build a foundation of contacts sure to provide you with sales opportunities now and in the future.

“Achieving Power Through People”
Do you know someone who is naturally friendly? When you put him inside a room of strangers, he’ll be a friend to almost everyone in no time!

We call such person as a people-person. This person is unbelievably nice and charismatic that he or she can charm anyone into doing anything.

“Accelerated Learning: Not Only for Kids”
What does accelerated learning mean? Learning in simple sense is getting knowledge through comprehensive study.

Whereas accelerated learning, is a process of learning by which knowledge, is internalized in a faster rate.

“Body Language and Interviews”
People in the corporate world will unsurprisingly be inclined to accept innate forms of manners or conduct that are defensive instead of being frank, direct, and mutual.

No wonder why sentiments are considered tough influences in the office and why the employer would normally act in response to condemnation or disapproval.

“The Wonders of Body Language”
Actions do speak louder, much louder, than words. If every action and gesture could only be instantly converted to real and communicative words, you would be surprised to hear the loudest screams from every action from people.

Some people have unconsciously given out the real content of their hearts and of their minds on actions. That is why through the years, communication experts and researchers have dealt a great time and focus into looking closely at body language.

reading Body Language

Beliefs are what make people. Try to figure and think it out. You do the things you do because of your belief in something.

Makes sense, huh. There are many forms and types of religion all around the world because people have different set of beliefs about God and the existence of heaven, which is the afterlife.

“Fun Personality Test”
This is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get a better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees. It’s only 10 simple questions, so… Grab a pencil and paper, keeping track of your letter answers.

“5 Benefits of Keeping a Personal Journal”
Everyone who has kept a personal journal knows that writing is a therapeutic process that helps integrate seemingly unconnected life events. Some believe the process works because the physical act of writing (using your hand-eye coordination) occupies your left brain, leaving your right brain free to access emotions, intuit connections, and create new insights.

“A Million Bucks In Scholarships – I’m Not Kidding!”
Mention a million dollars in scholarships as few as ten years ago, and most university officials and everybody else would have laughed in your face. It won’t happen today.

There are two reasons why. College scholarship opportunities have grown tremendously and the cost of an undergraduate education continues to go up and up with no relief in sight.

“eLearning – is the go of the age”
The idea of eLearning is to popularise an indepth, convenient, interactive mode of education through the Internet. Scientific research reveals that the best way of learning methodologies are the mix and match of 3 modes namely Instructor Led, Web Based and Computer Based.

“Are You Wasting Or Investing Your Time?”
Time is the most precious value we have. Time is the greatest equalizer of human beings. If we don’t ant to admit his and to treat time with respect then we will only have to lose.

“The 3 Most Powerful Ways To Get Yourself To Achieve ANYTHING Despite Pressure, Deadlines, and “Procrastination”
How free and energized would you feel if you had the power to motivate yourself to do ANYTHING, stop procrastinating, and achieve all your goals in record time?

“Accomplishing Your Power List”
The habit of delaying action, decision, or doing things that needs to be done or undone has been part and will remain part of human character.

The gravity of this habit in each individual varies. Find out if the habit of procrastination is doing more harm than you imagined and know how to overturn it to become action-oriented.

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P66 Step Back to Succeed in Decision Making, personal development article by Gary Vurnum

HA235 Kick the Procrastination Habit by Maria Gracia

HA230 TEN WAYS TO DEVELOP ADMIRABLE QUALITIES THAT BUILD CHARACTER, professional development article by W. Bradford Swift

P117 Welcome to the working world (and tax) by Kay Bell

P126 Doesn’t God Want me Rich? by Ruth Marlene Friesen

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Setting Goals, The First Step In Turning Your Dreams Into Reality, self help resource from Teresa Kaufman,

HA233 Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions, self help goal setting article

Strategic Services Business Resources for Executive development and Recruitment

HA231 Top 10 Tips for Getting Control of Your Life by Kate Schultz

“Publicity Tips” to help you with public speaking and presentations, self help e-book

You are responsible for everything that happens in your life. Learn to accept total responsibility for yourself. If you do not manage yourself, then you are letting others have control of your life. These tips will help "you" manage "you."

• Look at every new opportunity as an exciting and new-life experience.

• If you catch yourself worrying about an upcoming task, go ahead and do it now so it no longer is a distraction.

• Get into the habit of finishing what you start.

• Give up "waiting time" forever. Have something with you at all times to work on. For example: plan your day, work on a report, or read a page from your book.

• Be a professional who exhibits self-confidence and self-assurance in your potential to complete any task.

• Avoid worry. The majority of the things you worry about never occur.

• Agree with yourself in advance that you will have a good attitude toward the upcoming task.

• Hire specialists to do those things you are not expert in.

• Take a chance-calculated risks pay off in entrepreneurial progress.

• Frequently ask, "Is what I am doing right now moving me toward my goals?"

• Plan the future, but live in the present.

• Make a list of your accomplishments as you go through the day-they are greater than you think.

• Keep a time log at least once every six months to determine exactly where your time is going.

• Do it right the first time and you will not have to take time later to fix it.

• Practice concentrating on your work, doing only one thing at a time.

• Accept responsibility for your job successes and failures. Do not look for a scapegoat.

• Do not view things you do as a "job." View all activities as a challenge.

• Use your subconscious mind by telling it to do what you do want. Instead of telling yourself, "I can't do that very well," say, "I can do this very well."

• Schedule several short vacations or long weekends-this creates positive deadlines by when you must have projects done.

• Develop a faster operating tempo or pace. Do things with a sense of urgency. Get over thinking you must do everything yourself.

• Take time to be quiet and reflective for a few minutes each day.

• Live effectiveness in everything you do rather then just sporadically applying time management techniques.

• Live in the Now. The current instant is the only time in which you have control-not the past, not the future, just now, in this instant.

• Recognize you control only 50% of a relationship and that is your half. If you are dissatisfied with what is going on, change what you are doing and saying.

• Give yourself points for completing tasks on your "to-do" list in priority order. When you reach 10 points, reward yourself.

• Carry a card with your goals written on it and review your goals at least three times a day.

• Act with enthusiasm in all that you do.

• Take time out to thank yourself for a good job.

• Practice your personal beliefs. It may be helpful each morning to take 15 minutes to gather your thoughts and say a prayer.

• Operate knowing that there is good in everything. Every cloud has a silver lining-look for it.

• Whenever you have an important thought that is not directly related to what you are working on, write it down. Then you will not forget it and you also will no longer be distracted by it.

• Make a commitment to show someone a specific accomplishment on a certain date. The added urgency will help you feel motivated to have it done.

• Reward yourself when you have successfully completed a high priority project.

• Instead of thinking about what you didn't get done, recognize all you did get accomplished and reward yourself for having done the most important things.

• Keep a list of accomplishments as well as a list of "things to-do. You will learn just how much you do get done.

• Practice self determination, wanting to do it for yourself.

• Nothing takes the place of persistence. Practice "stick-to-it-iveness."

• Get into the habit of writing down a person's name-it will help you to remember it.

• Believe that you can be what you want to he.

• Operate on the philosophy that what we give out is what comes back to us.

• Occasionally, sit quietly and do a self-assessment of your skills and strengths.

• Praise yourself for your progress.

• Recognize not all days will go as you desire. Be kind to yourself on days when your self esteem is wavering. Remind yourself that you are good and can stand up to any obstacle.

• Never criticize yourself as having a weakness. There is no such thing. You are only talking about a present undeveloped skill or part of yourself that if you so chose, you can change. You do not have any weakness, only untapped potential.

• Check to be sure you do not fall into the activity trap of simply doing tasks without knowing to what greater good the task is designed to contribute.

• Be pleasant all the time-no matter what the situation.

• Life is what you perceive it to be. Do you see it as a bore or as an adventure?

• Recall what you were hired to do and make sure it happens.

• To get ahead in anything, operate in the "and then some" manner. Always do what is expected "and then some," so what you give is always more than is expected by the other person.

• When working on a project that you can't stand, do it for a few minutes at a time until you can't stand it anymore. Then do something else and come back later for a few more minutes. Keep taking these bite size pieces until it is completely done.

• Look at what you do as an adventure. You can discover new things from this new perspective.

• Challenge yourself to do things differently than you have in the past. It provides new ideas and keeps you interested.

• Finish that last task you are working on before you go home; do not just leave it.

• Plan your day as you shower and dress in the morning. Keep a pad and pencil nearby to jot down ideas.

• Talk to yourself. Self talk using positive affirmations is something that is common among all great achievers. They convince themselves that they can accomplish their goals.

• Practice being punctual. Others will sense your professionalism.

• Plan, at least to a minimum, everything you undertake.

• Think it through, then do it.

• Think of your time as money. Are you getting a good return on the way you invest/spend it?

• Take some time, no matter how short, every day to do something you enjoy.

• Remember, if you think you can or you think you cannot, you are right.

• Use the self-fulfilling prophesy on yourself. Expect yourself to succeed.

• Doing gives you the power to do.

• Whenever you agree to get back to someone or complete a project, commit to a specific date by when you will have it done. and write this in your calendar immediately.

• Think in terms of long-term results.

• Create your own "motivation board" by putting up notes of things you need to do on a bulletin board or special wall space. It is an easily visible way to see what you need to work on. When an item is done, remove the note. Also keep your goals listed and pictured on your board.

• "Ninety percent of success in showing up."

• Be open and ready to make adjustments as things change.

• Focus 100% of your attention on a project.

• Since your boss will be asking you for progress reports, from time to time, stay informed by asking your people for progress reports each day while you meet them in their office or work area.

• Hire an assistant to run small errands and cleanup paperwork, etc. Even if you pay them from your own pocket, it is a good investment because it increases your productivity.

• Enjoy your life and blessings. You could be worse off.

• Recognize that even though you say you are doing something for someone else, in reality you are doing it for yourself. Since you are doing it for yourself, you can also enjoy it more.

• Start each day with a smile.

• Your job reflects you. Can you take pride in it being well done, error free and on time?

• Do it right or do it wrong just do it!

• Compete with yourself to become a little better each time you do something. Achieve your potential.

• Streamline your daily routine to do the same thing at the same time in the same order. Periodically review for continued effectiveness and efficiently.

• When responsible for a project, become intensively involved with it.

• Tell someone else what you are doing to keep on schedule. It keeps you committed.

• Make each day the best day of the week.

• Network with others in the organization to stay informed of who is doing what, when, where, and for whom.

• Use even small "pockets of time" to make lists, write notes and consider ideas.

• Consciously decide what are some things you are NOT going to do.

• Be willing to ask that a staff meeting be called to clarify a specific issue.

• Purposely schedule something you enjoy between routine projects. It will help rejuvenate you.

• Schedule a block of time periodically to take a big bite out of a major project.

• Realize "energy begets energy." Act and energy will flow.

• Time your routine activities such as telephone calls. Determine how you can "capture" some of the time and use it on other top priority activities.

• Be a "doer" not a "sitter."

• Sense the pride you will feel when you have completed a project.

• "He who kills time buries opportunities."

• Meditate according to your personal beliefs at the beginning of each day.

• Create the right "mind set" for success by adjusting your attitude for the upcoming project.

• Stay interested in what you are doing. Keep looking for what is interesting in your work. Change your perspective and look at it as someone outside your job would,

• Do not get hung-up on trivial details or tangents. Stay focused and moving.

• Always carry a pen or pencil and paper on which you can make notes.

• Do not accept calls for the first 15 minutes of the day while you prepare your daily strategy.

• Contemplating, meditating on, thinking about, or praying about the activities and success of the workday focuses energy toward that end result.

• Nest activities to available waiting time. Take a bite out of your elephant-sized project.

• Establish personal incentives and rewards to help maintain your own high enthusiasm and performance level.

• Schedule formal planning meetings with your staff regularly.


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Ten Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make
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Ten Employer-Employee Rules for Successfully Running A Small Business
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Ten Signals That It's Time to Make a Radical Shift in Your Business
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Tips to Enhance Your Decision Making Batting Average
How to Improve Your Delegation Skills
How to Be More Effective and Organized
How to Improve Your Goal Setting Skills
How To Improve Your Supervising and Leadership Skills
How To Improve Your Planning Skills
How To Improve Your Self Management Skills
Ten Things to Say or Do When a Prospective Customer Says No
Nine Ways to get free PR/media coverage for yourself or your business
Ten Warnings of a Business Turnaround Situation
Ten Strategies To Increase Your Sales
Ten Strategies To Building a Solid Business Partnership or Alliance
Tips for getting FREE Publicity for your business

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