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Thoughts of the Day

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Mentoring Works – Mentoring News

6 Ways to Mentor Your Team for Productivity

Would your team answer “yes” to these questions? If not, start mentoring them so they do.

  1. We have a clear and compelling purpose. There is a reason to work together. We have a common goal, whether it is the solution to a particular problem, a challenge to be overcome or a contribution we make. Our mission inspires and appeals to our individual values.
  1. We know what success looks like. There are specific things that are measured to show how how we are tracking. Outcomes are defined and measured and we can see the results, daily, weekly or at least monthly.
  1. We know what’s expected of us. Each of us knows our role. We are clear about what to do and why it’s important. Procedures are important, but we understand it’s about the outcomes rather than the process, so we can take the initiative to solve a problem or get the result. Standards of performance are clear so we can see whether we are meeting them or not.
  1. We get individual guidance. Praise and recognition for a job well done as well as corrective feedback and coaching are provided. We know when we’re doing well and when we need to do better. We celebrate as a team when major milestones are reached. We review projects and look at what worked well, so we can repeat it; we discuss things that didn’t work well without blame or shame, so we can do better.
  1. We are taught what we need to know.We are “on-boarded” with initial training so we understand the products/services, policies and protocols of the organisation, as well as the expectations of behaviour and performance. We get regular training in knowledge and skills for our job. When things change, we are well prepared. We have formal training, on-the-job learning and sessions with internal and external specialists.
  1. Personal and Professional development is supported. We each have a personal development plan, discussed at least annually, that reflects our individual goals. Ongoing development is a priority. We can make a business case to go to conferences or relevant off-site courses. We bring such learning back to the team to share and find ways to implement it.

if your team-members can’t say yes to these questions, you urgently need to use mentoring to create this understanding in each person. Doing so will lead to an immediate increase in productivity.

If you want to know the process for mentoring your team, join me for our complimentary webinar tomorrow. Details and registration here.

 

SAY OF THE DAY

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

16 Plus Golden Rules To Immediately And Massively Grow Your Business

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16 Plus Golden Rules To Immediately And Massively Grow Your Business

Introduction
Some of these 16 Rules are based on the results of marketing surveys covering over 60,000 advertisements and promotions. In other instances over 105,000 selling words and sentences have been tested on over 18,900,000 customers, to come up with the most effective sales principles. These rules have sold many millions worth of products. And they will sell millions more in the future.
No matter what you are selling, you are selling to people. Your customers all eat, sleep and have problems with their kids, wife or husband. They probably want to work less, look younger and need to lose a bit of weight and exercise more. In other words – they are human beings like you and I. Human nature doesn’t change. That’s why the rules below will apply today as they did 10, 30, or even 80 years ago.

So here it is . . .
Golden Rule:1
It is 5 times easier to sell something
else to your existing customers than
to get a new customer.
The easiest way to sell something else to your existing customers is by using the telephone or by sending them a letter. I’ve been accused of focusing too much on selling by Direct Mail . . . but it is by far the most efficient way for you to get more business. Your past clients are a “hot buyers” list. All you have to do is ask them to buy something else. And it doesn’t have to be your product either. You can offer them someone elses products. Thus, an accountant can offer financial services. A restaurant can send invites to a clothing sale. A car exhaust centre can promote a motor mechanic. A plumber can refer an electrician. And so on.

Golden Rules To Immediately And Massively Grow Your Business.

 

Golden Rule:
If you have an established business 70%
of your advertising money should be spent
on re-selling to your existing customers.
Why? See Rule No.1. And yet I see most businesses spend thousands in the media trying to get new business – only to forget all about those people after they buy. If you were to send out some thank you letters instead, or call your customers and ask them to buy again, you’d see an almost magic increase to your bottom line. Done correctly, this always works better than chasing new customers. Listen, next time you are going to run a full page ad in the newspapers promoting a sale or whatever, try this: Reproduce the ad and send it to your existing clients. Attach a note saying . . .
“I thought you may want to see this, come in the day before to get your best pick of the bargains. Regards….”
This will work wonders if your sale has a genuine appeal!!

 

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My Journey to the development of the 7 Step Business Diagnostic for the CEO really started with Malcolm Baldridge. The change of my Business Path.

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The 7 Step Business Diagnostic for the CEO/Founder/Owner was developed to help CEO’s identify where there are blockages in the business that are stopping the execution of the Business Strategy growth and profits. It works extremely well and helps to forecast future profits based on answers to the 7 sections. 

It is a proprietary tools developed by Dr Freestone since 2004 and has since then helped hundreds of CEO’s get a complete understanding of their business using the concept of excellence. Excellence in business is paramount to full attainment of the Vision Mission Goals and Objectives. 

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Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics

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Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics

We encourage you to visit the site as they are offering fantastic discounts on all sorts of products which include:

Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading is owned by Gloria A Freestone, She began Cottage Craft some 14 years ago. She studied Herbalism for 5 years and was last year awarded a South African Bush Doctors Certificate allowing her to make up her herbal products.

She has decided to widen her scope of trading, outside of just her own manufactured Herbal remedies, to earn extra retirement revenue, unfortunately the RA’s did not perform as planned.

In any event she also makes Home Crafts and is an avid Hobbyist. Her latest Hobby is painting river stones into delightful Ladybugs, Owls and Mushrooms.

She was recently asked to make a “Fairy House” from a Stump which turned out excellently as she has a lot of artistic talent.

Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics

 

Just a little about Us – Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading –  and our Herbs

Welcome to Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading. 

We have been trading since 2010.   I started out very small and obtained my herbs from an Organic Herb Farmer in the Britz, South Africa area.    I originally just made up herb tea packs, but soon realized that my customers were starting to ask for herbal remedies.

The site includes:

Watches, Jewellery, Men and Woman’s Fashion, Gifts, Toys, Mobile phones, Laptops, Tablets and  host of other product

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GLORIAS COTTAGE CRAFT TRADING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics

I have been helping start-ups for years so decided I would start simply with my wife’s business and go step by step to get this into the Public Domain.

This is being started with no capital but using the skills we have both developed over the years including my getting a Wordpres training from Shawn Fouche and an Advanced Digital Marketing Diploma from Shaw Academy. The diploma is NVQ4 rated and accepted in the Eu as a Degree course.

So whilst I normally work with struggling, already existing businesses medium to large,  I can apply a certain amount of time to pro-bono work with good start-up ideas. So send me a mail with your idea and if this sounds worthwhile – to me. I am the sole judge as I am giving a certain number of hours, Pro-Bono. As a Senior IDC Expert, it is expected of me , in any event.. So lets talk. I do warn you though – Not everyone will be chosen.

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So let me start telling You about IDC. But before we do I must tell you that I am not employed by IDC neither do I profess to be a complete GURU at their needs and do the very best for my Clients. In the past 5 years, I have raised over R800 million for SME’s.

IDC Overview

It is no use looking for funding at IDC  unless a couple of hard coded rules are followed and these are:

Minimum requirements

  1. Security; the form and nature of which will relate to your specific circumstances;
  2. Compliance with international environmental standards;
  3. Shareholders/owners are expected to make some financial contribution:- The contribution of historically disadvantaged people under special circumstances may be lowered, in which case the corporation will be prepared to extend finance in excess of the owner’s contribution.
  4. The project/business must exhibit economic merit in terms of profitability and sustainability;
  5. We do not refinance fixed assets, since our aim is to expand the industrial base; and
  6. We also focus on broad-based and expansionary black economic empowerment and black industrialists.

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Expansions by existing businesses

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  • A detailed description of the nature of expansion, its related costs and revenues.

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To go on and detail all the sectors and product types is onerous and for a reader slightly boring so I suggest you have two ways to deal with anything about the above that may interest you.

Expansions by existing businesses

  • Latest audited and actual financials (signed by the finance director, MD or CEO). VIP!!
  • Your updated business plan focusing on the proposed project/expansion.
  • A detailed description of the nature of expansion, its related costs and revenues.

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A comprehensive business plan.  VIP

Small, medium and start-up businesses

  • A comprehensive business plan. VIP

To go on and detail all the sectors and product types is onerous and for a reader slightly boring so I suggest you have two ways to deal with anything about the above that may interest you.

Contact me.

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IN THE NEWS

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IN THE NEWS

SAY OF THE DAY

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

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5 Ways to Start a Business Part-Time While Holding a Day Job Full-TimeYou know you want to start a business, but you can’t shake those financial pressures – rent or a mortgage, a car payment and maybe you have kids. Even young people have responsibilities after all. But tack on the fact your business idea will surely take time to catch on, and starting up can seem even further out of reach.

You are a perfect candidate to become a part-time entrepreneur. While not ideal for every young trep – jumping head first into the start-up pool can be a preferred route – getting the business up and running before letting go of a regular paycheck may be the best course. Here are six ways to make the transition into entrepreneurship a smooth one:

1. Find balance.

Of course, this is what being a part-time entrepreneur is all about. Can you start up and maintain your commitment to your full-time responsibilities? If you get caught up in your business to the point that your full-time job suffers, people will notice and it will cost you opportunities and, potentially, the job itself.

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2. Be patient.

As a part-time entrepreneur, you simply can’t move forward with your new business at the same pace as those who can work on theirs full-time. And even full-time entrepreneurs never have enough hours in the day. Find the right pace for you so you can see progress without completely wearing yourself out. Be patient; you may not be moving as fast as you would like, but forward is good.

3. Bank your profits.

At some point, you will want to walk away from your job and be a full-time entrepreneur. The money you save now will enable you to take that step sooner. If you don’t need it to grow the business, then save it for your future, but be prepared to put it back into your new business as needed.

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/inthenews/goalsetting4. Set flexible goals.

As you build your business, you may find your day job getting in the way of your entrepreneurial goals. That’s okay. It’s what being a part-time entrepreneur is about. Watch out for a tendency to beat yourself up for spending too much time on your job at the expense of your business. Your energies will need to shift from one to the other as time goes on, and that’s okay.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Have an escape plan.

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/inthenews/escapeplanDo you want to be a part-time entrepreneur forever? That’s actually alright. Operating as a part-time entrepreneur may not have been your original plan, but if your business can succeed in your off hours and you enjoy your full-time job, why not?

However, if your entrepreneurial plans include running your dream business full time, you need to define milestones and set goals that include walking away from your day job. What needs to be in place in terms of infrastructure, sales, product development or other criteria before you will be ready to quit?

 

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Weekly Newsletter 02 03 2018

Welcome to the first of our Weekly Newsletter 02 03 2018

The Newsletter will include information I have gleaned from many sources, acknowledged of course.

I hope you will find this of interest.

 

 

SAY OF THE DAY

“Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday.” – Emil Motycka https://www.mjfgroup.biz/weeklynewsletter

 

 

 

 

 

4 Signs That You Should Quit Your Failing Startup Business

 

4 Signs That You Should Quit Your Failing Startup Business

You’ve poured your heart and soul, your time, your money and more into your business, so it simply must succeed… Right? While that’s nice to say, it’s not always true. The more you’re able to realize that success can come and go, the better positioned you’ll be to take advantage of other, more promising opportunities.

Here’s how to know when to give up:

1) Are you the only one who still believes in your business?

Sometimes the smartest people can have a blind spot when it comes to their own vision. Like that girl or boyfriend that all of your family and friends didn’t like – it may be time to get a clue.

2) Are the competitors actually better?

What if your idea for a business consisted of wrapping a belt around a person’s waist to allow him to swim laps in a small pool. Well, there’s now a small pool with a natural current you can set to whatever speed you want to swim forward without actually moving. Most people would choose that over wearing a belt in the water.

3) How often have you landed a second meeting?

If your days are spent contacting new people to invest or buy, but you never get past that initial meeting, chances are you’re not offering something worth a second look. Yes, we’ve all heard those stories about the concept of copying being rejected by Polaroid, and the initial dismissal of Post-its, but those stories are rare. If you’ve been going to first meeting after first meeting with no success, either change or quit.

4) Are you hitting a wall?

You’ve heard the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you’ve run out of approaches, ideas or directions, maybe the basic concept is just unworkable.

We have a tendency to admire persistence and belittle a quitter. Don’t think that way. Ask yourself, “Is this the last good idea I’m ever going to have?” Sometimes success is about letting go of your current dream so that you have room for others. Don’t you agree?

BUT DON’T DESPAIR.

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Weekly Newsletter 02 03 2018

Features & Benefits

 

The issue of handling features and benefits in marketing messages is critical to successful selling. This is an area where perhaps many sellers, even experienced sellers, are most likely to make a fatal blunder. Part of the problem usually involves confusing features with benefits. A feature and a benefit can be one and the same thing, but most often, they are not. It’s a mistake for a seller to assume that some wonderful aspect or feature of his or her product will do the selling… Often it will not.

Before we say more, let’s clarify the difference between a feature and a benefit. A feature is most often some physical aspect of a product — its colour, the size of its engine, how much power it has, the quality of the material it’s made of, and so on. Most often, a feature is “a thing.”

A benefit, on the other hand, is something more subtle. A benefit is what the product can do for the prospect — how it can make his or her life better, how it can save time, how it can enhance prestige, how it can make life fun and easy, and more. So a benefit is not a thing — it’s an aspect of the customer’s life that is made better.

Benefits come from features, which is why this confuses some people. For example, let’s say a car has a 230 horsepower engine. That’s a feature. But what does this do for the person who buys the car? A powerful engine helps the driver accelerate with ease on the motorway and easily merge with traffic. It gives the driver the power he or she needs to pull a heavy trailer. It gives a feeling of pleasure to have all that mechanical power at the command of one’s fingertips. All of these are benefits –

– something the customer feels gets or is satisfied by.

And this is what you should sell – the benefits.

Benefits are what people really care about. They want to know how their lives will be made better by the product more than what the product is made of, or what its design specs are. When you spend too much time talking about your product’s features, you run the risk of “me oriented” selling rather than focusing on customer needs. You can’t assume that a prospect will naturally see how they benefit just because you describe your product physically.

It’s much smarter to keep the focus on the customer

– on his or her needs, desires, longings, problems, demands – and then paint a picture that clearly and vibrantly shows the customer how they can get all of the above if they buy your product. It’s known as ‘selling the sizzle and not the steak.

When you only list details about features, you don’t do that, even though it may seem like you are. Look at the following example:

“Our premium chair is upholstered with the finest mountain ram’s leather which is hand-selected and hand- stitched to an all cherry wood frame. The chair reclines to a 56 degree position, yet preserves a compact position that takes up less space than a normal chair twice its size.

It sounds pretty good, but it’s all features. Ram’s leather is great, and cherry wood is nice – but how does the customer benefit? You can’t assume the customer will know, so you have to spell it out for him or her by describing benefits, as in:

Our ergonomic chair is designed with your comfort in mind – the 56 degree reclining position gives strong support to your lower back, meaning you never experience back pain and are able to rest for hours on end without the need to fidget, adjust or change seats.

Our fine mountain ram’s leather upholstery feels like heaven against your skin – you experience relaxation with a sense of luxury, and your guests will be impressed by the rich look and sense of style afforded your living room

Here we see how the customer clearly benefits – physical comfort, no back aches from sitting too long, gaining a feeling of pride or prestige from guests who admire your excellent choice of home furnishings.

Never list, use or describe a feature without also telling potential buyers just how that feature will affect them in their real lives, how it will improve their lives, how it will enhance personal comfort, deliver a feeling of pride, satisfaction, gain, and so on.

A great way to discover what your product benefits are is to make a “You get” list. Write down “You get” 10 times on a sheet of paper, and then name specific benefits to follow each “You get.” If you write, “You get a 230 horsepower engine…” you have listed a feature. That’s not enough. Complete the process by also saying, “You get a powerful 230 HP engine that never leaves you stuck or sluggish at a roundabout and thrills you when you take tight curves on a carefree drive in the country…”

Just remember – a feature is most often some physical aspect of your products, but the benefit is all about the customer and what the customer gets, experiences and is satisfied by. The latter – benefits – is what really sells.

What about YOUR Compelling Customer Value Proposition? Have you crafted Yours? If not have a look at this video

Weekly Newsletter 02 03 2018

Are You a Micro-Manager? Here Are 3 Ways to Change.

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Every business owner knows how to wear a lot of hats. When first striking out on your own, you have a hand in finances, marketing, product design, and everything in-between. But as your company grows, you need to empower your employees to feel that same sense of independence.

Autonomy is one of our fundamental human needs – an essential component of a healthy workplace – our need to be driven by personal interest and enjoyment.

Employees that feel empowered are happier, more motivated, more committed to their jobs, and less stressed. The latter is especially true for demanding workplaces since independence gives workers a sense of control in stressful situations.

The benefits for business owners are clear. Consider these three tips to give employees independence without giving up control:

1. Specify the goal, not the means.

To encourage creativity, give clear guidelines for a project’s quality, deadline, and purpose, but leave the rest up to your employees. Your team may not execute the project exactly as you would have, but their strategy may be just as good or better.

2. Set up checks and balances.

As a business owner, you need to be passionate about your ideas, but that enthusiasm can become a liability when there’s no room for second opinions.

3. Know yourself.

As you allow others more freedom and responsibility, understanding yourself can help ease the transition. Try taking a free, online personality test to assess your strengths and weaknesses.

It’s important to understand your own feelings and have a sense of what others are experiencing around you, which is referred to as emotional intelligence. You can then identify what motivates each of your employees and empower them in ways they’ll find fulfilling.

Weekly Newsletter 02 03 2018

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Four Dangerous Traps Online Marketers Must Avoid.

 

A Detailed Document. Not for everyone but extremely useful. So read on.

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoued our first Weekly Newsletter.

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