If you’ve worked with a business coach, or followed them on social media, you may have heard one or more of these myths – while sometimes these CAN be true, they certainly are not a one-size-fits-all solution.
I recently spoke at Alan Weiss’ Million Dollar Consulting Convention and Sales Expert, Colleen Francis was also one of the speakers. Colleen shared some vital and eye-opening stats on the percentage of buyers who make purchasing decisions before they ever have a conversation with you.
The important message was this:
Years ago, I hired a web company to help me make some significant changes to my website. I soon realized that the only thing they could do on time was invoice me.
They failed to do what they said they would, they overbilled me for services they didn’t complete, they were late at delivering milestones repeatedly, and when I requested a meeting to discuss my concerns with them, they asked me to document them instead.
Needless to say, I fired them.
Start paying attention to the goals you set for yourself. Instead of setting a goal to increase your sales by 10%, what about if you set a goal to 10x your business?
Here’s the problem with trying to hit a modest 10% gain in your business. You’ll likely attain only a 5-8% gain if you’re lucky, or maybe your sales will even stay flat.
They say it takes 30 to 45 days to form a habit; 30 days of disciplined action dedicated towards an activity or in changing a behavior so you can achieve the new result you want.
In most cases, it’s not that you have a time management problem or a prioritization problem; it’s that you have a self-discipline problem. You might not be disciplined enough to stick to the thing that you need to do every single day to get the result you want.
The four employees just stood there in horror while my husband looked at what had just happened to our car.
It was as if they were frozen and didn’t know what to do.
There are three conditions that are critical for the growth of a small business. These three conditions are fairly straight forward in theory, but an entrepreneur’s ability to execute on all three might not be so easy.
Those conditions are:
It starts with Google. They type in your name, (or the name of your business) and they click on your website. If the homepage of your website is compelling, the next link they click will be about you. After that, they’ll likely click onto your blog to read your content, perspective, opinions and IP.
From there, they’re going to click on one of the social media icons that link them into your (very public and private) life so they can learn a bit more about you. Expect that they will look at the last 5-10 things you’ve posted on each social channel, and they’ll check who you’re connected to that they know.