What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From A Young Sylvester Stallone

Being in business is tough! And if you want to succeed you have to be prepared to go the distance and put the work in.

Too many entrepreneurs are pinning their hopes on having overnight success. That if they hang their shingle out, people will come. They are hoping that their Facebook or LinkedIn or Instagram or YouTube post will go viral and they can sit back and rake in the riches.

Unfortunately, this misconception is being sold all the time all over the internet. That you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars doing XYZ in a matter of months.

Sorry I have to call BS on that one!

The truth is that most overnight successes in business have at least 3 years of hard graft under their belts to reach that level of success.

There are four important elements to reach that success:

Planning

Discipline

Consistency

Patience

Most people know or have watched the Rocky movie, but very few people know the story behind it.

You see, Sylvester Stallone had a goal to be an actor but got rejection after...

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Your Prospects Journey Through Your LinkedIn Profile

business linkedin marketing Sep 12, 2019

If you are using LinkedIn to generate leads and sales then how you set up your profile is critical to your success.

Many people still treat their profile as a resume holder putting in their position and duties which is okay if you are job hunting but not if you are prospecting.

The thing is, your prospects don't care about your title as much as they care if you can help them.

When someone visits your profile they will be looking at certain elements that will answer in their mind whether you are someone who could hold the key to what they are looking for.

Your Profile Photo
We know that people do business with those they know like and TRUST and having a great profile photo will help to make them feel trust toward you.  In fact, LinkedIn shared that a good profile photo will generate 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection invites!

Headline
Instead of putting your title in your headline (ie:  Director at Julie Mason International Pty Ltd), put your value...

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Websites That Work

business marketing Sep 06, 2019
 

Having a website is great, but having one that works for you is even better!

A well-built website provides your business with the ability to attract prospects, get their attention, build trust and convert them to loyal customers.

I've invited Reid Tregoning from Elegant Websites For You to share tips that will ensure your website works for you!

We'll be looking at the critical elements that will appeal to your visitors as well as the critical 'behind-the-scene's' elements that make your website tick.

This webinar recording follows 5 live websites, the challenges they presented with originally, how to overcome the challenges and get results.

Plus at the end of the recording Reid has put together an amazing Tools, Tips & Cheatsheet for you to download, you'll want to check it out!!

So grab a notepad and pen, you'll get some absolute gold nuggets on this one!

Cheers

Julie x

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7 Powerful Reasons To Have An Accountability Buddy

We all have goals that we want to achieve. Some are simple and easily achieved, while others are big, hairy audacious goals that challenge us and can even scare the heck out of us initially.

While motivation might get you started, when it comes to achieving your goals or sustaining the results from those goals, you may need to rely on more than just your willpower.

Having an accountability buddy is a great way to help you stay on track especially when your motivation and willpower fades.

In a study regarding goal achievement by Dr Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, results showed that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend and sent them weekly updates were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated them.

So what is an Accountability Buddy and how do you find one?

An accountability buddy is a business peer who you meet with weekly...

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Removing Debt Distress

business finances money Apr 15, 2019
 

Having debt is a reality for most Australians and if managed well can be extremely advantageous to building wealth.

However, what happens when debt goes bad? Sadly it doesn’t take much for this to happen…a bad business deal, a change in economic conditions or a simple mis-judgement and things can go south very quickly.

Financial stress is the top reason for relationship breakdowns and businesses going bust. When you’re drowning in debt it feels like there are few options and those that are available are pretty bleak.

That’s where people like my special guest Kitty Thomas can help.

Kitty is the Chief Angel of Debt Angel Solutions and helps to remove debt heaviness and help you take back control and replace it with new possibilities, empowerment and solutions.

Watch the webinar recording where Kitty shares tips and strategies that can help you today!

Apologies for the drop out in sound periodically on this recording…ah the joys of Australian internet...

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Winning At Life, Winning At Work

 

If you want to win in life and win at work one of the critical areas to focus on is your Emotional Productivity.

We are emotional beings regardless of whether we express our emotions openly or stuff them down inside us.

Becoming aware of how our emotions impact on ourselves and those around us is the first step in becoming Emotionally Productive.

Which is why I’ve invited Angela Heise to be my special guest on this webinar.

Angela has a long list of accreditations and has travelled the world helping organisations and individuals develop Emotional Productivity helping people overcome the three stumbling blocks on the path for life:

  • Toxic emotions
  • Reactive responses
  • Harmful behaviour

Angela shares how these stumbling blocks impact our lives and our work and discusses the steps we need to take in order to be Emotionally Productive so that we can win in life and win at work.

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How To Protect Yourself From Bullies In Business

 

Sadly bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground, it happens in business as well and small business owners and entrepreneurs are incredibly vulnerable…but there are ways to protect yourself.

I’ve invited Jeanette Jifkins who is a commercial lawyer and dear friend to join me for a 90 minute webinar to discuss:

  • What constitutes bullying in business?
  • What is the difference between bullying and blackmail?
  • How should you best address a bullying or blackmail issue when it comes up?
  • What courses of action are available for business owners when faced with this situation?
  • What legal documents should you have on your website to protect yourself in these situations?
  • Are there any other options to protect yourself/business?
  • 4 Questions to ask yourself to help decide which is the best course of action for you
  • How to maintain your confidence, self-esteem and center of balance when you feel attacked

I encourage you to watch the recording of this webinar below and hope that...

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Tips To Follow Up On All Those Business Cards

Do you have a pile of business cards that you’ve collected? Perhaps that pile has morphed into boxes of them!

You know that there is potentially gold hiding in there in the form of leads and sales, maybe a few strategic alliances or a big opportunity that could transform your business, but you’re just not sure how to follow up from this point.

So what’s the next step to maximise this potential and sift out the gold that’s hiding in there?

You can watch the video on the link below now or keep reading for all the tips 🙂

Video - Tips To Follow Up On All Those Business Cards

Well first, we need to avoid making some big mistakes that can break trust faster than Vanilla Ice’s music career.

Mistake #1 – Adding them to your newsletter

Unless they have specifically given you permission to do so, most people really hate being added to a newsletter or email list. Their inbox is already overflowing so adding to that pressure without permission is going to...

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Does Your Sales Funnel Have A Leak?

business marketing sales Apr 15, 2019

There are few things worse than having valuable leads and potential revenue leaking out of your sales funnel and slowing your businesses growth.  Leaks in your sales funnel can happen at any point between creation of a lead and closing the sale.

Finding the leak requires some investigative work.  If your ratio of leads to closed sales is low or there are a high number of stalled opportunities, that’s a red flag that you probably have a leak.

So how do you find and fix any leaks?

Here are 5 ways you can examine your funnel and make it stronger:

    1. Storyboard your current sales process from start to finish
      Take the time to write out each individual step of your buyer’s journey from lead to close. Understand what a lead needs to do in order to do business with you and how can you optimize that journey.

      Think about any roadblocks that could make it hard for them to do business with you – break down any barriers that you identify. Test all your systems to...

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The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business sounds like a bed of roses right?

You get to be your own boss.
You get to work your own hours.
You get to do what you love.
You get to spend more time…at the beach/with the family/fishing/whatever floats your boat right?

It’s the dream drifting through the head of every budding entrepreneur.

Don’t get me wrong…I celebrate those who are willing to start their own business.

I’m one of them.

But there is a dark side to entrepreneurship that many people don’t talk about.

Let me tell you, it can be very lonely.

You’ll find yourself in a bubble where the only other people who will understand what you’re going through are other entrepreneurs.  While your family and friends might be proud of you, they are watching safe from the sidelines. They aren’t the one in the arena with the blood and sweat on their brow.

Perhaps you head off to attend your local business network breakfast where you meet...

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