Entrepreneurs – do you want to know what’s consistently put me over the top throughout my career?
Surrounding myself with people who are playing a bigger game than me.
One key lesson I learned early that has really skyrocketed my career is the importance of surrounding yourself with bigger, like-minded wealth-builders – if you really want to uplevel your business, it’s crucial to do this.
It’s SO important to get around people who are playing a bigger game than you, people who can show you how to get to the next level, and connect you with those who can bring your idea to life.
The perfect place to do this is the Ultimate Millionaire Summit in this July 29 – August 1 in Lake Tahoe. You can go here for more info:https://UltimateMillionaireSummit.com.
The Ultimate Millionaire Summit is a 4-day intensive, gathering of an international all-star community of entrepreneurs.
I’ll be there along with some of my big-time buddies like Kevin Harrington[Infomercial creator & original Shark Tank investor], Perry Belcher [Digital Marketer co-founder, importer & investor] Glenn Morshower [star actor], Ron LeGrand [real estate investment godfather], Sharon Lechter [best-selling author], plus a bunch of others.
We all come together (along with a few hundred other entrepreneurs) to network, swap the latest million-dollar ideas, add high-level referrals, boost our business academia, & collaborate to explode our businesses even more.
We’re going to have some gold-medal Olympians on hand that’ll show you that what it takes to be an Olympian is not too different from what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur…
Now, before you check out the event, I want to let you know that everyone must apply to attend. Why?
Because we find that the impact, the relationships, the value and the success of our event increases exponentially when we curate the attendees and don’t let just anyone purchase a ticket.
You can learn more & apply here if you think you could benefit from this event:https://ultimatemillionairesummit.com
Everyone has to go through a strict application and screening process. Then our team decides if the event would be a good fit for you, and you for it. Even if you’re not approved, it’ll give you great insight as to what we look for.
Think you’re too small to play with us?
Think again … Look: I wouldn’t post about this if I wasn’t 100% certain this event will benefit you.
So here’s what I want you to know: NONE of us got to where we are today without the courage to risk and to aim for more. Almost every person you’ll stand the chance to meet at the Summit has a story that begins small.
So, don’t settle.
If your business or brand could benefit from this event, apply athttps://ultimatemillionairesummit.com and team will get in contact with you shortly.
Cheers & good luck,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Loral Langemeier is a money expert, sought after speaker, entrepreneurial thought leader, and best-selling author of five books who is on a relentless mission to change the conversation about money and empower people around the world to become millionaires.
The CEO and Founder of Live Out Loud, Inc. – a multinational organization — Loral shares her best advice without hesitation or apology. What sets her apart from other wealth experts is her innate ability to hone in on the skills and talents of everyday people to inspire them to generate wealth. She has created, nurtured, and perfected a 3-5 year strategy to make millions for the “Average Jill and Joe.”
To date, the company has served thousands of individuals worldwide and created hundreds of millionaires through wealth building education keynotes, workshops, products, events, programs, and coaching services.
To Learn More About Loral, Go Here: https://liveoutloud.com/about/
To Learn More About The Ultimate Millionaire Summit (July 29 – Aug 1 in Lake Tahoe), Go Here: https://ultimatemillionairesummit.com
By now, everyone has heard of Twitter and it would seem as though everyone has their own account.
This is just as true for businesses who have taken to Twitter, even more than Facebook, to reach out to their customer base. Twitter makes it extremely easy to not only get the word out to your market, but listen for what they say back (for better or worse).
However, being successful with 140 characters is harder than it looks.
The first rule of Twitter is to use it often.
People have been saying content is king for years and that hasn’t changed now that it is processed in smaller chunks. If your company’s Twitter account goes stale because you’re not using it enough, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity.
While it’s important to use your company’s Twitter account to make important announcements and advertise new products and services, you can be doing so much more with it. Speaking to individual customers or even tweeting something humorous or non-business related now and then will go a long way. Just be sure you keep it professional and don’t get sucked into conversations or arguments that won’t help your business.
One of the biggest challenges everyone faces with Twitter is getting recognized and being heard. With hundreds of millions of users, this is no easy task. Interacting will certainly help, so aside from tweeting, be sure you favorite and retweet certain messages, too.
However, Twitter will also provide you with plenty of opportunities for strategic partnerships. Find other Twitter accounts that could use some growth just as much as you could and negotiate a deal to both help the other by mentioning them in tweets. If you can do this with a company where you share customers, this will be especially potent. Sometimes there are Twitter accounts that won’t gain from your added exposure because they already have hundreds-of-thousands of followers. Find contact information for them and see what they would charge you for some mentions.
Don’t expect immediate results with Twitter. Those accounts with impressive followings are usually the result of hard work or starting back when Twitter was still a small platform. Stick with the simple advice above and you’ll get there soon enough.
No business these days should exist without a Twitter account. More and more, it’s becoming a feature customers expect. So start with Twitter today and begin implementing these tips for a respectable following you can concert into revenue.
To find customers you must do one thing first. What’s that? Find people!
Today is my last day as a full-time writer with Live Out Loud. True to Loral working with a lot of companies (in addition to having employees), she’ll be working with me through my company. But I thought today might be a fitting day to talk to Loral’s blog-verse about something that is absolutely essential in business – and Loral taught me this. There are NO people in your home!
Yes, I have a home office now, bt I’ve already started to stake out places I can work that are away from home. Why? Because Loral taught me I need to meet people to make money. I don’t go out ill-equipped. I have my order form pad, Paypal credit card swiper, business cards, and some mini-flyers in hand. I’m working on my laptop, but I’m prepared to book appointments (and get the money for them) with my calendar nearby. In other words, I’m ready to ask for the cash.
You HAVE to find people if you are going to have customers. Real, flesh and blood people you can shake hands with.
So here are some of my favorite places to meet people. Feel free to share yours below.
1) Restaurants where the average entree is about $15. Why? Well, I like those places because a) I can get fed, but b) people who go there typically have a little money. When possible, I sit at the bar versus at my own table. Sitting at your own table sections you off a bit. It’s a “don’t bother me” sign. At the bar, it’s an equal playing field. This is similar to Loral meeting clients on airplanes. It’s a captive audience.
2) Business by referral meetings: I love these. Everyone’s clear intention is to meet as many people as possible, so you don’t have that awkward “geez, I want to talk to you” phase.
3) Charity events: Every community has them. Not only do you meet new people, you are doing something important for your community. Loral’s advice holds true for these: Create your charity rules for your business and STICK TO THEM. She explains charity rules at her 3 Days to Cash workshop.
4) Local organizations: Chamber meetings, Rotary, Optimist, Soroptimist – These organizations are the core of your community. Be part of them or assign someone to be part of them.
5) Entrepreneur MeetUps: I love MeetUp.com – met some great friends there. It’s a great place to network too. If there isn’t an entrepreneur meetup in your area with regular events, start one! If your group gets big enough and can pull together 100 people, Loral might even stop by and say hi when she is in town.
Notice the only ONLINE I mentioned was a Web site meant to encourage live interaction. If people meet you, you can serve them better because they will know you. Have a great week meeting new people!
There is great power in influence.
One of the things I talk about in my new book, Yes! Energy: The Equation To Do Less, Make More, is influence. Not just yours but also the influence of others on your behalf.
It’s your power of influence within your business networks that can greatly increase your sales, land those deals and meet influential people that you need to so you can move your business forward much faster.
How can you build this seemingly magical power?
Robert Cialdini defined six “weapons of influence”: reciprocity, commitment, social proof, authority, liking and scarcity. These “weapons of influence” attempt to bring about conformity by directed means. Persuasion can occur through appeals to reason or appeals to emotion.
Your power of influence is most needed in your leadership roles in work and life.
The power and influence theory of leadership states that leadership is based on the nature of the relationships between leaders and the people who follow them, which are shaped by the power and influence exerted by the leaders, rather than on the exceptional abilities those leaders as individuals are supposed to possess.
Simply put, the power of influence (aka authority) is more important than even your abilities when it comes to leadership, particularly of your teams – business team and wealth team (and even family, really).
How do you build a circle of influence that can help you achieve your life goals?
Build Your Network of Contacts
Whether you’re a solo-preneur or a high-end consultant, a Fortune 500 CEO or a programmer looking for a job, your contacts can mean everything to your future.
Cultivating your network is essential. Go to meet-ups, seminars, conventions and other events as much as possible and get to know the players in the industry.
Build real relationships — this isn’t about gaining acquaintances! This is about becoming known and gaining influence.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Whether you believe in karma or not, this type of attitude works well for everyone involved.
What benefit might come around if you have coffee with someone you met and could give them valuable advice about their business? Maybe nothing. But just maybe that person knows someone who can help you in your business and their testimonial about you might be that foot in the door with that influential person you’ve needed to meet with.
The business community is a cycle of give and take — and reciprocity. It’s about influence, yours and those you know. Those who are generous about sharing their ideas, their time and their contacts often find the same in return. You might not see the benefits right away, but the good will you build will come back to you.
It engenders what Cialdini refers to as reciprocity. In other words, people will respond in kind, returning benefits for benefits.
Build a reputation for helping people, not taking their money. Do this consistently and your reputation and power of influence and persuasion will increase dramatically.
P.S. Do you want Yes! Energy: The Power To Do Less, Make More? Then be sure to pre-order the next bestseller here >>
Networking marketing can easily turn a small business into a thriving business. It’s such an important growth strategy that many companies hire a networking expert to take charge of it for them. Networking is an excellent customer acquisition strategy that also brings financial results.
Unless it’s something you just can’t bring yourself to do, you don’t have to hire someone to do it for you. You can manage your own effective networking plan with the following professional yet simple steps.
Create Network Marketing Goals
First ask yourself what you want to achieve with your networking efforts?
- Do you want to create partnerships with other business owners?
- Broaden awareness of your brand?
- Drive traffic to your website?
- Increase credibility?
Choose Your Tactics
Once you have your goals, design a plan on ways to achieve them. This would involve two considerations:
- How much time do you have to commit to networking?
- What strategies best support your goals?
For example, if you want to generate partnerships with other business owners, you could attend a local networking meeting each month. This could easily fit into your available time and schedule. If your goal is to drive traffic to your website, you would need to focus more on social networking sites. This strategy could very well require a daily time commitment of an hour or more, which may or may not fit into your goals.
Provide Value to Your Contacts
Touch base with your contacts on a consistent basis. Send information, notes and clippings to professional contacts. Send articles, videos and valuable email messages to social networking contacts. The more you take care of your new contacts, the more value they’ll provide you. Your networking efforts will be worth your time and energy.
Multiply Your Efforts
Consider creating a referral program and make network marketing a rewarding business framework. Each contact or customer who sends you a new customer might receive a reward. Don’t forget, the more value you provide, the more likely your new contacts will tell others about your business. Put your networking contacts to work for you.
Plan Your Networking Schedule
Without a plan, network marketing can take over too much of your time. However, you can gain control of it by simply including networking time in your schedule. Also consider using technology to help you maximize your time. Email groups and auto-responders can help you send messages to new contacts. Third party social networking applications can help you schedule posts in advance. Use resources to maximize your time.
Taking charge of your networking is as simple as setting goals, creating a plan and scheduling your time. You’ll find that it’s well worth it. Network marketing could easily become one of your most valuable strategies for making big strides in your business. And that’s what it’s all about!