You can’t fool yourself

I really like this time of year. Where I live, it’s not too hot and winter has finally passed. I like the outdoors so I jump at every opportunity to do outdoor activities. I even find yard work therapeutic.

Last week, I was picking up some items for a project at one of the national chains and an incident occurred that got me thinking. The way the stored worked was that you paid inside and then picked up your items outside. I was in a rush so when I went outside and noticed the attendant busy loading up someone else, I loaded the things I had paid for in my car. When I was done, I walked over to the attendant to show him my receipt. Before I reached him, he waived me away telling me he trusted me and to have a good day.

Driving Tips

Here’s a quick common sense tip for people who have their business’ name and/or phone number printed on their vehicles — don’t drive like a jerk!

My area is not known for friendly drivers, but it surprises me how many people who are driving company vehicles drive foolishly — cutting people off, tailgating, using obscene gestures, etc…. I see this at least once week.

Just keep in mind that when you print your business’s name on your vehicle and drive like a jerk, it does two things:

  1. It provides a negative impression of your business to those driving around you.

Three habits to make you more efficient

We all have important meetings and appointments. Sometimes they are delayed, sometimes we are delayed. Here are three things you can do to save time and be more productive:

Habit 1: Get there early

Try to budget an extra 15-20 minutes to get to your meeting or appointment. This at the very least will reduce your stress level in the event of accidents, traffic or other delays. This added stress can take you out of the mental state you need to be in for important meetings. Plus, getting there early allows you to park in a get away position (for a faster exit) and gives you time to do any last minute preparation (review your notes, use the rest room, etc…).

Getting to Yes: The Power of Persistence.

I received a call the other day from a fellow Bentley College alum. He was starting out as a financial advisor and was calling alums to see if they were interested in meeting with him so he could explain his services.

This isn’t the first time I’ve received calls from a fellow alum that was selling financial services, so I suspect someone connected with the school is advising these people. And whoever is advising them is advising them well, because they all understand how to be persistent when talking to a potential client. They won’t let you go (unless you hang up on them) until they get a “yes” from you.

A freebie for you

I subscribe to several email newsletters and for months I’ve been contemplating actually doing one myself. Well, I’ve decided to finally do it and I’m excited to invite you to sign-up for my free e-newsletter.

I call the newsletter “Fast Results” as the focus is on helping you achieve your goals fast. The newsletter will contain information to help you succeed with your personal and business goals. I’ll also add at least one “recommended reading” book review each month.

Feel free to sign up by clicking here. Next issue will be sent out on February 1st.

How to master a skill quickly

In two simple words, “Teach it!” Reading something is nice, writing down notes to help you remember key points is better, but if you really want to commit what you’ve learned to memory, share it with someone else.

Taking notes reinforces what you’ve learned, especially if you think further about the subject or idea while doing so. But unless you decide to research the subject in more depth, you’ll only have limited knowledge.

That’s why if you really want to understand a subject, you need to teach it to at least one other person. Consider the following points:

Quick tip #4 – Prepare for a speech using audio & video

Whenever you’re giving an important speech (such as a keynote) it’s important that you practice. Practicing out loud in front of a mirror is good. Practicing in front of a test group (such as a Toastmasters club) will help you get some feedback.

If you really want to improve your speech quickly, record it. Audio only is fine because it’ll force you to improve the speech’s content. You can also listen to it in the car, at work, while you jog, etc… so you’ll have the content of your speech perfected and memorized. If you have the ability to edit audio and create CDs, that’s even better as you can sell the recording at the event.