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Sunday, December 31, 2006

 

Gifts that don't require returns



As the paper wrapping from another Christmas and holiday gift giving season are crumpled up and tossed away, it's time to consider the value of the gifts received. As so often happens, the person getting the gift isn't all that excited about it. Often, they take the present to be exchanged for another.

Perhaps, it's time to surprise those hard to please individuals with a post-holiday treat. That should shock and surprise them. The following ideas might even survive the most ruthless gift exchanger. These ideas also have the advantage of working well for birthdays, blogiversaries, anniversaries, business startups, graduations, and any other occasion or special event requiring a gift. Note that Christmas is not the only time for sharing presents with others.

Bloggers to the gift giving rescue!

Bloggers are very generous people. We all know that.

Bloggers help other bloggers, business people, and website owners (often the same people wear all three hats) all of the time. Offering advice, services, and tons of links, bloggers are simply very giving people.

If you are seeking ways to reach out and give something back to the blogging community, perhaps an idea might be to make an unexpected gift to a blogger. The unsuspecting blog owner might be a new blogger, a long time read of yours, or even a blog selected entirely at random.



Some blog gift giving ideas might include:

* A link from your blogroll.

* A link from a post on your blog, describing another blogger's link (similar to what bloggers do every day) on a topic entirely out of your regular blogging beat.

* A review of another person's blog, written and posted on your blog.

* A guest blog post written for someone else's blog.

* Purchasing a product through another blogger's affiliate links.

* A surprise e-card.

* An offer to write a press release.

* An e-mail complimenting another blogger on an especially interesting and informative posting.

* An offer to redesign a blog page for free.

* An offer of an SEO service free of charge.

* Offering to interview another blogger, either in a written post or as a podcast.

* Providing advice to another blogger who requests it, with no strings attached.

These are only a few ideas that could be used to share goodwill around the blogosphere, around the internet, and even around the entire world.

And here's one more idea...

* Give someone a gift of yourself, expecting nothing in return.

Who knows, you might receive the greatest gift of all...

A new friend.

Now that's a gift that will last a lifetime!

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

 

Lifelong learning: Shared journey to success



Lifelong learning is often discussed on blogs and in the mainstream media. We hear of its importance to success in jobs, business, and in life. Very few people really talk about what lifelong learning involves or how to start on the journey to greater knowledge.

The lifelong learning voyage of discovery can be broken down into three general categories. The first part involves the learning process itself. The second part is all about becoming an expert in your chosen field. The third and possibly the most important part is to share your knowledge with others and to guide their paths to success. Taken together, all three parts of the voyage form a holistic approach to lifelong learning.

Learning never stops

We learn new ideas and skills all of our lives. As we move from early childhood, through the educational system, and into our careers and businesses, we continue to learn every day. The old saw about learning something new every day is very true. It's important to be open to new ideas as we move through our life journey. Failure to continue the learning process is to invite stagnation or even disaster into our lives.

We learn from others who have already trod the same paths. Talk to the experts in your areas of interest and listen to what they have to say. Ask good questions and pay attention to their responses. Offer to help them in return, and very often, a mutual friendship is born. People like to help others, and are happy to share their accumulated wisdom. Their fresh perspectives on your problems in business and in life can be crucial to your success.



Buy and read books

Never stop buying and reading books, whether they are related to your business or career, or if they are classic novels. All great writers have ideas and timeless wisdom to share. When you think about it, an entire world exists between the covers of a book. Reading widely and in many subject areas opens worlds and universes never before imagined. Reading is a key to lifelong learning, and should be a part of your life. Set aside a special hour each day for reading books. The return on that time investment is enormous.

Become an expert

Become an expert in your business or career industry; and in your hobbies and interests in life. As an expert, your abilities will be sought by employers or clients in the business world. Your skills will be welcomed by others who share your hobbies or your daily life. As you develop your expertise, your self confidence grows as well. You will be more willing and able to accept business and life challenges, as you will be armed with the knowledge to solve potential problems. Blogging helps to establish a person as an expert, and to meet and learn from other experts as well.




Share your knowledge

An often overlooked aspect of lifelong learning is the importance of sharing one's knowledge and ideas with others. Assisting others along their paths to success is a learning experience as well. Not only do we teach other people what we have learned in life, but we tap into their wisdom and ideas as well.

Helping and mentoring others is as much of a learning experience as it is a teaching role. Knowledge flows in both directions. The more you teach, the more you learn from others. The teacher is the student and the student is also the teacher in the voyage of lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning is about never resting on your laurels. It's about welcoming new people and new ideas into your life. It's about mentoring and sharing your expertise with other people. Help others and they will help you; and everyone's path to success becomes more enjoyable and rewarding.

Friends make the lifelong learning journey a most pleasant one indeed.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

 

Self confidence: Practice achievement



Self confidence is important to anyone's success in business and in life. It might sound obvious that having confidence in your future, and that of your business, is an essential ingredient, it's not a trait everyone enjoys. In many ways, self confidence can be described as self respect and enjoyment of life's challenges.

Self confident people are more successful in everything they do than those who lack confidence. Hanging back while others take a leadership position won't help your business or career succeed in the ways that you would prefer. Taking an active role assures your ideas get heard and implemented. If those concepts and proposals are helpful to the organization, they should be expressed openly, and with confidence. The company's profits could depend on your speaking up and voicing an opinion.

The bad news regarding self confidence is it takes some work to achieve. The good news is self confidence can be learned with practice, and by making a personal committment to excellence. A lifetime of self doubt, often amplified by parents, teachers, and employers is a difficult habit to break. No one expects it to change overnight, but the attitude change can happen more quickly than most people think. It just takes developing a different outlook on life.



Do something that makes you happy and proud of your achievement. I'm not suggesting becoming an overbearing, arrogant, know it all. What I do recommend is you show passion in what you accomplish, and that you enjoy your job, business, and life in general. That passion will show in your face. Instead of slumped shoulders, and a perpetual frown, your head will be held higher, and wearing a smile. Life is much more pleasant when you smile and enjoy its gifts.

Set a short term goal to achieve in your job or your business. Once that goal is reached, take a moment to consider what you did, and how it will enhance the overall organizational plans. You will see immediately that your efforts make a difference. Set a new and slightly more challenging goal, and reach or exceed it as well. You will find that accomplishments grow and multiply, and you will become more confident that you can get the job done properly and well.



The first thing you notice as you feel more confident is how other people treat you at work, at home, and in the outside world. People will smile at you as you show your inner glow through your smile. You will be given more respect everywhere, and your ideas will receive the attention they deserve. Your enjoyment of work and of life will increase many times over. Life becomes more fun.

Practice achievement and boost your self confidence today. Wear a smile, and hold your head high. Look other people in the eye when you speak to them, and they will respect you for what you have to say. Self confidence can be developed, and can take your life and business to even greater heights.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

 

Carnival of the Vanities 223 at Silflay Hraka



The 223rd edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities continues at Kehaar's Carnival of the Vanities.

The carnival, and indeed the entire blog carnival idea, was born four years ago at Bigwig's Silflay Hraka blog. It is now back home to Silflay Hraka, as Bigwig's brother Kehaar has assumed the reins with great results.
Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, religion, humour, and miscellaneous.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My post is titled "Referral business: Customer evangelists" where I discuss how getting referral business and new customers, through recommendations by satisfied customers and clients, is a dream of most business owners and managers. Of course, it’s often more likely thought about as an abstract concept, than really put into practice. Many business owners dream of referral business, but not every entrepreneur takes advantage of this powerful marketing tool.






The host says the preferred participation option is to simply enter at Blog Carnival.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

When you send an entry to Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the many internet blog Carnivals, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Show the Carnival some linky love.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities appears once again at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

In the meantime, head on over to the Silflay Hraka hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting blogs.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

 

Lee Huffman: Coaching as a franchise business - Blog Business Success Radio

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Entrepreneur and business coach Lee Huffman, a multiple franchise holder with Action International, Inc., describes how entrepreneurship and franchises have boosted his coaching business success, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success.

The show airs live on Thursday, December 28, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Lee Huffman discusses business coaching and how franchises have built his business to new levels. You will learn:

* How business coaching can raise your business to new heights

* About the power of franchises for pointing an entrepreneur in the right direction

* Why entrepreneurship is a powerful career option

* How to select and become a franchise holder with a successful organization



Lee Huffman (photo left) in his own words:


At age 40, I decided I had wondered in the desert long enough and decided to leave big business behind and start helping small business owners. So, CornerStone Executive Consulting Services was created. But, that still did not satisfy the desire that God had placed on my heart.

Why Action International Cornerstone?

In 2001, my wife and I decided to get back to our roots in the south. Now, don’t get me wrong, consulting is great and it helps a lot of companies. But, it does not grow the people you are working with ... it just plugs holes. In 2003, I found Action International and created Action International Cornerstone Business Coaching Services, LLC and I knew I was finally home.

It’s About PASSION

Please don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of friends who are consultants and I am still the Chairman of two consulting companies. But, consulting companies fill one need and coaching companies fill a completely separate need. Consulting companies come into your business, work on a problem, a project, or a department, and then they leave (Well, most of them leave ... eventually ;^).

Coaches come into your business and work with you, and in many ways work on you, so that YOU can resolve problems, design and manage your business properly, motivate the team, get new customers, improve your profits and work less hours. We do this by teaching you dozens of business strategies, acting as a sounding board, holding you accountable, and much, much more. Then, when we move on, you can do the same thing again, in another business, as you use franchising methods to improve your business so much that your team can run it without you being there all the time, or in many cases, ever.

This, my friend, is where my business passion really lies ... Helping small to medium sized business owners learn more about business then they could ever get out of a college course, a seminar, book, or workshop, while they take their business (and many times personal) lives to the next level of success. One client said, “It is like getting a PhD in business and using your own business as the first case study!”


Listen Live, Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time, by clicking the media player.



If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

Let's talk with Lee Huffman and how coaching and choosing the right franchise can your business to the next level, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Worker Bees Blog



This week sees a Christmas approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives for Christmas Day at Elisa Camahort's always interesting business blog known as Worker Bees Blog.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.



Elisa Camahort (photo left)

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and finance.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.






I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

It is titled "Business problem prevention 101" where I discuss how business people often have a blind spot when examining their own companies. Because of the emotional and personal involvement with the organization problems are often ignored, deliberately downplayed, or even refused entry into the office or boardroom door. A business person ignores the warning signs of impending business danger at her peril.



If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

cotcmail -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at FMF's personal finance blog known as Free Money Finance.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Worker Bees Blog hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

 

Santa Claus blogs his journey



In the spirit of Christmas, and to ensure that the entire Christmas Eve global toy distribution journey is blogged, Santa Claus has joined the ranks of the blogosphere.

Santa has no shortage of blogging topics as he logs his global toy delivery trek. He can provide real time posts about the reindeer, Rudolf, and his progress in meeting the Christmas morning deadline. Should any chimneys cause Santa some grief, he can even add a comic entry or two. Imagine as well, hearing that legendary "Ho Ho Ho" on a live podcast.

Merry Christmas!




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Referral business: Customer evangelists



Getting referral business and new customers, through recommendations by satisfied customers and clients, is a dream of most business owners and managers. Of course, it’s often more likely thought about as an abstract concept, than really put into practice. Many business owners dream of referral business, but not every entrepreneur takes advantage of this powerful marketing tool.

Referral business is often called word of mouth advertising. More recently, the term viral marketing has been applied to the age old concept. In the end, it’s getting a happy customer to help you sell your products or services. In fact, it’s the cheapest sales force that a business can ever cultivate, as it's almost free.

Surprisingly, referrals are one of the least used sales and marketing techniques around. Sure, you’ll hear many business owners ask their customers if any other people would be interested in the offered products and services. You might even have said the same tired old line yourself. It's time to change your tune.

Usually, the customer smiles, nods, and then forgets the entire conversation ever took place. After all, your business, products, and services are not the most important thing on their minds. Instead of creating a customer evangelist for your business, another golden marketing opportunity was lost. Developing a customer referral system could be the most profitable marketing step ever taken by a business. It’s time to get one started for your business.



The satisfied customer as target marketer

Most business people, when asking for customer referrals, are much too vague in their request. After all, if a business targets their marketing to specific customers, it only makes sense to apply the same principle to seeking referrals. Make the request specific, and aim for the proper target market.

All too often, a business person will simply ask if they know of some friend, relative, or business associate who requires a similar service. Little response is the usual result. Instead of being general, be specific. Provide specific examples of a type of product or service offered. Let the satisfied client discover the person who needs it.

For example, a men’s tailor would not simply ask if a customer knew who needed a new suit. Instead, the approach would be if the client knew of a friend or relative who was getting married in the near future. The tailor would remind the customer that the new groom would be made look like a movie star in just the right fitting suit.

The client is not only now thinking of who is getting married, but who might also be attending a wedding. The same approach could be used to specifically target graduations or prom clothing. The goal is to zero in on a specific target person for referral. Aiming too widely will capture fewer referrals. Narrowing the customer's list to someone who might be a certain prospect for the product or service is the key.



Help the referrer to get the new prospect

If the business service or product is fairly complex or a large investment, a few sales props are helpful to the referring customer. Provide them with a sample or a brochure to give to the prospect. Giving the customer evangelist something to work with helps her to demonstrate the opportunity your business offers. The information you provide will answer many of her prospect’s questions.

Make certain that not only your sales staff ask for business referrals, but have every member of your organization working on the referral system. Treat the entire staff as a sales referral team, and provide them with the sales tools to add their social and family networks to the business client base. Many potential customers are lost because not all members of the firm were aware of the company’s products and services line. Don’t miss that built in company referral system.



Rewarding the helpful

Most people want to be helpful. They want to share good experiences with their friends and family. Referrals are usually treated as part of a business transaction, and most people will be open to the idea. People want to help. You just need to help them a bit too.

Offering a small referral gift or reward often works very well. The possibility of getting a free product or service is appealing. More importantly, it keeps the referral in the satisfied customer’s mind. They think of the gift and remember to market your product or service wherever possible. The key is deciding what sort of reward to offer as an incentive.

Don’t offer anything too extravagant. It makes the business appear too profitable, and can even make the satisfied customer think she paid too much. After all, the cost of an expensive referral gift has to be covered somewhere. A potential customer might believe that the incentiv reward forms a large portion of the purchase price.

A better idea is to offer some additional service or accessory as the referral gift. Our tailor could offer free alterations, or a minor clothing accessory, for every successful referral. The point is to have the customer make a referral to a new prospect; and to make it somehow related to the product or service on offer. Keeping the concept of referrals in the customer's mind is what counts. A product or service, that works with the referral item, is an ideal referral reward.

Conclusion

By putting customer and staff referral systems in place, your business can grow by word of mouth. Treat your customers well, and reward them fairly, and they will happily do your target marketing on your behalf.

Old school referral know how will enhance a business’s modern viral marketing program.

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

 

Carnival of Entrepreneurs 2 at Startup Spark



The Carnival of Entrepreneurs is open for business at Benjamin Yoskovitz's business startup blog known as Startup Spark. The Carnival is in its second edition with the latest entry into the business blog carnival parade.

The entries include posts from leading business bloggers on topics relating to entrepreneurship and operating your own independent business.

I have an entry in this edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs as well.

My post is titled "Business plans: Ask for feedback" where I discuss how entrepreneurs create new business ideas at a tremendous rate. Development of new products and services is one area at which many entrepreneurs are at their best. While many business people don't worry about product and service development, even traditional business models can use a freah twist or ten. Independent business people are creative idea makers as a way of life.



The preferred participation option is to simply enter your best entrepreneurship post at Blog Carnival.

As always, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Next week's edition of Carnival of Entrepreneurs will also be hosted by Startup Spark.

In the meantime, head on over to the Startup Spark hosting of Carnival of Entrepreneurs and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting entrepreneurial blogs.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

 

Celebrating Success: Ron Finklestein - Book Review



Celebrating Success!

Fourteen Ways to Create a Successful Company


Author: Ron Finklestein
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1-60037-164-3

Entrepreneurs share many of the same attributes that lead to their business success. Management consultant and coach Ron Finklestein outlines three major qualities where successful business people exhibit in their actions. He breaks these attributes down in detail, as fourteen interrelated principles, in his book Celebrating Success! Fourteen Ways to Create a Successful Company.

Ron Finklestein, President of AKRIS LLC, understands success in business, and more importantly, he understands the qualities shared by successful people. In the book, Ron provides a practical framework to help other business people achieve their business goals. Many business books that offer interesting ideas, but then leave the readers to their own devices to discover them. Ron Finklestein writes a useful hands on book for the entrepreneur to read and put to use immediately. Much of the book is devoted to guest written case studies that display the fourteen concepts in action. Real world examples bring the theory to life.



Ron Finklestein (photo left) believes all successful business people share three very important personal qualities. They display a positive attitude toward their businesses and their lives. They have created and put into action a strong business plan. They have the discipline to stick with their plan and their business through good times and rough patches. Successful business people take ownership of their actions, and share the credit for success with others in the organization. They understand that people are the company and are its most important resource.

For me, the real power of Celebrating Success! Fourteen Ways to Create a Successful Company is in its practical application for the busy entrepreneur. Each chapter contains a series of tough questions that demand honest answers about the true state of the reader's company. By examining each of these questions, and taking the time to fill in the worksheets provided in the book, the reader is able to apply the fourteen ways to success into any company. With the author, and his guest experts as guides along the way, the path to business success is made easier and more achievable.



I recommend Celebrating Success! Fourteen Ways to Create a Successful Company as a practical guide for taking your business to the next level of success. The advice offered is both practical and challenging, helping you to rethink how your business is operated, and how to change your ideas of management.

Develop a better attitude, develop a stronger action plan, and have the discipline to achieve your success. Read and apply the ideas in Celebrating Success! Fourteen Ways to Create a Successful Company today.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

 

Carnival of the Vanities 222 at Silflay Hraka



The 222nd edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities continues at Kehaar's Carnival of the Vanities.

The carnival, and indeed the entire blog carnival idea, was born four years ago at Bigwig's Silflay Hraka blog. It is now back home to Silflay Hraka, as Bigwig's brother Kehaar has assumed the reins with great results.
Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, religion, humour, and miscellaneous.



I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My post is titled "Business plans: Ask for feedback" where I discuss how entrepreneurs create new business ideas at a tremendous rate. Development of new products and services is one area at which many entrepreneurs are at their best. While many business people don't worry about product and service development, even traditional business models can use a freah twist or ten. Independent business people are creative idea makers as a way of life.




The host says the preferred participation option is to simply enter at Blog Carnival.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

When you send an entry to Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the many internet blog Carnivals, don't forget to link to the hosted edition. It's not only common courtesy, but helps to increase visitor traffic for all entrants. It also shows your appreciation of the hard work done by the host in preparing the post. Everyone shares in the benefits of the expanded Carnival readership.

Show the Carnival some linky love.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities appears once again at Kehaar's Silflay Hraka.

In the meantime, head on over to the Silflay Hraka hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new and interesting blogs.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

 

Kammie Kobyleski: Passion in business and life - Blog Business Success Radio

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Business, career, and life coach Kammie Kobyleski, of Passion Meets Purpose, describes how to create passion for your success in your business and in your life, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success.

The show airs live on Thursday, December 21, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

Kammie Kobyleski discusses how important being passionate about what you do can boost your opportunities for success. You will ;earn:

* How to develop and use passion as a route to success

* Learn about what Kammie calls "the power of attraction"

* How coaching can enhance your business and your life

* How to add passion to your blog and how passion can propel your blog forward



Kammie Kobyleski (photo left) in her own words:

People are my passion. And they always talk to me. Everywhere I go. In the checkout line. On a plane. At the bank. People open up with ease. One office I worked in joked about “the chair” across from my desk. Often walking out refreshed and energized after a short conversation, they’d say, “That was great! I feel like I should pay you for this!” Listening to people and “hearing between the lines”, is natural for me. My curiosity leads me to ask challenging questions and to seek the truth.

Originally, my intention was to be a journalist. As a communications major, I began exploring radio, TV, PR, advertising, creative writing and marketing. A curiosity with psychology led me to pick it up as a second major. Communicating with people and discovering what they are passionate about has always fascinated me.


Kam at work

My colorful work history has allowed me to work as an on-air radio personality, a marketing manager, a special events director, a college recruiter and an assistant professor of public speaking and communications. I’ve worn many hats and enjoyed my experiences in both the corporate and academic worlds. My corporate jobs afforded me the opportunity to travel across the country and to explore diverse cities, people and cultures.

I also hold a Master’s degree in Communications Training and Development. It was while pursuing a second Master’s degree in Professional Counseling – (with the intention of becoming a therapist) that I began exploring coaching. Coaching really spoke to my spirit. Through research and powerful questioning, I realized that coaching resonated so deeply with me that I switched gears and began my training with Coach University. Aha! My passion met my purpose.


Kam’s philosophy

Helping clients to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be is my life’s purpose. By using my natural talents and letting my light shine, I empower others to shine their own light as well. As passionate “life artists” we’ll design a strategy allowing you to create beauty and the life you were meant to live. Shoulda, coulda, woulda no more…

Kam’s values

Truth – I seek it and speak it
Spirit – I nourish it
Beauty – I create it
Love – I spread it

Living passionately and on purpose means knowing who you are and what you value. Imagine the four words above as four corners of a picture frame. If a situation, circumstance or event does not fit into that frame, it becomes a non-issue for me. Life is easier when you are clear about what you want. I strive for more truth, spirit, beauty, and love in my life. My “picture frame” helps me to keep my eye on the prize - a life rich with passion, creativity, joy and abundance. What kind of life do you picture?


Listen Live, Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern time, by clicking the media player.



If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

Let's talk with Kammie Kobyleski and how passion and coaching can move your business to the next level, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at The Entrepreneurial Mind



This week sees a holiday seasonal approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives at Jeff Cornwall's (photo below left) must read entrepreneurship and venture capital blog known as The Entrepreneurial Mind.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.



Jeff Cornwall (photo left)

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and finance.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.






I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

It is titled "Increasing sales: Solve problems" where I disucss how sales representatives are always told, and often in not so subtle terms, to create a sense of urgency in their prospects. After all, you want the potential customer or client to purchase your products and services now rather than at some undetermined time in the future. The problem is with creating that need, on the part of the prospect, to make the purchasing decision right away.


If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

cotcmail -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at Elisa Camahort's always interesting business blog known as Worker Bees Blog.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the The Entrepreneurial Mind hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and go eclectic. (groan)

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Monday, December 18, 2006

 

Business problem prevention 101



Business people often have a blind spot when examining their own companies. Because of the emotional and personal involvement with the organization problems are often ignored, deliberately downplayed, or even refused entry into the office or boardroom door. A business person ignores the warning signs of impending business danger at her peril.

It's a good policy to seek the facts, the hard data, and the truth about what is happening in your business. Ignoring or even refusing to examine the numbers and the overall health of your firm can lead directly to liquidation. We don't want that!

When establishing a business, it's essential to keep track of the basics of accounting. Your business needs a balance sheet listing the company assets minus the liabilities, both short and long term, providing a snapshot of the owner's equity. That's how much is yours after all the debts are paid.

When preparing the balance sheet, be honest and realistic in your assessment of value. It's of little benefit to anyone to claim your old battered equipment is worth millions of dollars. Self delusion doesn't make for a successful business.

An accurate profit and loss income statement is also essential. It's nice to know if the business is actually making money; or at least not drowning in red ink. Knowing where a business is standing financially is a fundamental building block for a successful company.



Prepare a cash flow analysis to ensure that you have some idea when your business revnues will arrive in your company accounts. It's also important to know what times of year major expenses will be incurred. This is especially vital for seasonal industries. Become very aware of the monthly peaks and valleys in your business income. Better preparation can then be made, to avoid being short of cash, to pay your bills in a timely manner.

If there are impending cash flow difficulties, the prudent manager must be informed of the financial situation in a timely manner. Steps can then be made to right the ship, or at least prevent a possibly business crippling disaster. Stopping a loss or potential loss early can not only save valuable cash reserves, but maybe even the company itself.

Employee problems often arise in a business. Stopping personnel issues in their tracks, and ensuring that only the best people are hired and retained is extremely important. A business is only as good as its people. Hire the best, and reward them well for their efforts. By the way, there are other staff motivators besides money.



Let your staff be open and honest with ideas and problems. Ask for their input on potential solutions. Employees are much more likely to work hard to achieve a goal or complete a project they initiated themselves. Keep everyone aware that open dialogue does not allow for complaint sessions, but rather are early warning systems and idea generators. Think of the positives, and not the negatives, while accepting and acting upon the bad news as well as the glad tidings.

Keep up to date on news in your industry. It affects your business directly, whether you like it or not. Be well informed about the state of the local, regional, national, and global economies now and in the future. Crises can be avoided, and emerging opportunities can be seized ahead of the competition.

Don't suppress your business problems. Embrace them. In the clothing of a a major problem or crisis, a powerful business opportunity can be the result. It may even present a new market, product, or cost cutting solution for the business.

Openess and honesty, whether with the staff, your business associates, your customers, and with yourself pays.

As they say, honesty is indeed the best policy.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

 

Business plans: Ask for feedback



Entrepreneurs create new business ideas at a tremendous rate. Development of new products and services is one area at which many entrepreneurs are at their best. While many business people don't worry about product and service development, even traditional business models can use a freah twist or ten. Independent business people are creative idea makers as a way of life.

The difficulty with many business owners is not in the discovery of ideas. The problem is sorting the marketable ideas from the ones that need a bit more work. By marketable ideas, I am referring to products and services that can be placed into the marketplace immediately. Ideas that require more work usually need additional market research, a change to their design, or should be offered at a different time. Since the idea is often treated with some degree of emotional attachment, it's essential that an independent third party provides some feedback.



A good starting point for any new venture idea is to check with your bank manager. She sees startup and established companies on a daily basis. As a result, she has a very good idea about which business plans will succeed, and which concepts are not likely to be viable ones. Bankers are used to examining business plans with an eye for detail. They will often spot some dangerous red flags immediately. A close working relationship with your bank manager can save thousands, or even millions of dollars.

A second step is to discuss the idea with your potential customers. If your product or service is a business to business concept, talk to several companies who might benefit from the idea. If no one can even see the most remote possibility that your business can help solve their problems, your idea might be needing some revamping. Perhaps the design or direction is all wrong. In any case, if your target market sees absolutely no assistance from your offer, it might be time to rethink the entire business plan.



If your product or service is retail to the consumer, talk to people in the retail industry. If the retailers see no value in carrying your product, perhaps it needs further research and development. Ask your customers for advice. They will often be very honest about your idea and provide some valuable feedback. In fact, they might even trigger another creative response for improvement of the plan. With the customer's suggestions, the product or service can often be developed in a more marketable direction.

Always ask for feedback from your customers, from your banker, and from anyone who might be involved in production, marketing or distribution of the product or service. People are always happy to help and to provide their opinions. Their thoughts and concerns could save your company from a potentially crippling loss.

It's better to miss a small opportunity, than to risk the entire company on an untested idea. Any new product or service requires market research of even the most basic type. Your bank manager and potential customers can provide that feedback at a very minimal cost. Take advantage of their ideas, as they might just steer your business in a more profitable direction.

People are almost always overjoyed to help you. All you have to do is listen.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

 

Bloggers selling business books



Bloggers are very often book collectors. In their chosen area od blogging, books often pile up, overflowing already crammed shelf space, leaving little room for much else. As so often happens, books become duplicated as a result of gifts, author review requests, and impulse purchases of books already owned. When you own thousands of books, it's easy to forget every title owned. Trust me on that one. I happen to buy duplicate editions all of the time.

Bloggers Jessica Duquette (photo top left) of It's Not About Your Stuff and Denise Wakeman (photo below left) of Next Level Biz Tips are doing something about book overload. They are offering their books for sale on Amazon.com.



As Denise points out on her blog, she set up a marketplace account with the online retailing giant.

She shares her reasons for the sale of some superb condition business books:



When I started going through my books, I realized I had a lot of business books to pass on as well, some are duplicates, some were gifts and some I just won't ever read again. And then I thought, why not list them here so you can get a great deal if any of these books appeal to you.


Denise also lists each book's individual sale page link for your purchasing convenience.

This rare opportunity to purchase some brand new business books at deeply discounted prices is simply too good to miss. You will want to own many of these great business books at practically giveaway prices.

Buy some books from Jessica Duquette and Denise Wakeman today.

I'm looking over the offering myself. After all, my overflowing book shelf dwellers need some company.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

 

Business ethics: Fair treatment is good business



Business ethics deserve much more attention than they usually receive in operating a company. While many people might limit the ethics discussion to honest weights and measures, customer service, and money calculations, the issues run much more deeply. An ethical company is run with honesty, openess, and transparency in every aspect of the organization. Being ethical in all of your business transactions, both within and outside the company, is also good business.

Ethical business operation is not simply an isolated department. The ethics ethos must permeate the entire company and be part of every decision. Everyone within the business, regardless of position on the dreaded organizational chart, must share in the practice of business ethics. By internalizing ehtical behaviour, every employee will make ethical choices as a matter of course. Since business ethics are good for the company, all short, medium, and long term decisions will be made with ethics in mind.

I was recently interviewed by Jackie Headapohl of StartUpNation as part of an article on ethical business practices for new companies. Jackie and I discussed ethical business practices as a holistic concept that the entire company should embrace from the very beginning of its operations.

In the article, Jackie writes:

Wayne Hurlbert, a blogger and Winnipeg-based business ethics consultant since 1999, says to begin thinking about your company’s standards while creating your business plan. “Begin with a firm statement of your own convictions and principles,” he says. These are the cornerstones of how your organization will operate in the present and into the future.”




Business ethics must be taken far beyond some lip service to customer service; and definitely not be limited to not doing anything outright illegal. That is barely scratching the surface of ethical business practice. In fact, I would think that such narrow focus is not ethical thinking at all. Right from the very beginning, if ethics are built into the company planning, they will become ingrained company policy. Every action taken by everyone in the organization will be made with ethics and fair treatment in mind. That concept travels light years beyond just staying within the confines of the law.

Jackie and I continue our business ethics discussion for startup companies:

At the very least, start with a clear, firm statement of convictions and principles about how you will treat customers and employees. “Most run-of-the-mill mission statements ignore business ethics,” Hurlbert says, “but including them will establish your business on the right foot from the very beginning.”

He stresses that every business must commit to providing excellent customer service: “No misleading claims. No promises not kept. No inferior products. If a business reneges on these promises, customers will leave and tell others. And bad news travels at light speed.”


Along with more of my comments on ethics and employees, Jackie includes advice from other business people as well.

Read more of Jackie Headapohl's article titled Business Ethics: “Honesty is the Best Policy” Must Be More than Words on the Wall at StartUpNation. You can also comment on the article by joining their forum. Registration is free, and I am a member of their forum community.

Make business ethics an integral part of your business. Ethics are good business practice and pays off in the company bottom line. Everyone wins.

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