5 Steps to Add Passion to Your Speaking Gigs

Whether you are giving a presentation to hundreds of people at a seminar, or talking informally to a small group of people at a networking event, you want to be memorable. You want those people to leave with a positive experience, remembering you as someone who they can work with or build a relationship with.

So, how can you ensure you are memorable? By adding passion! Passion is the secret weapon for success in all your talks.

Follow these five steps to add passion to all your presentations and talks, and ensure you’re always leaving a positive, memorable recollection of both you and your message, long after the talk has ended.

#1: Be enthusiastic

In order for your audience to believe in you, you have to firstly believe in yourself! Believe in what you’re saying, what you’re promoting and what difference you know you can make as a result… be passionate about your skills and speak from the heart.

#2: Be emotional

I’m not saying you should be a crying wreck on the stage, but don’t be afraid to show how passionate you are. Being emotional will help to get the audience motivated enough to take action. Ask questions to get them emotionally involved and nodding in agreement.

If you’re reliving your story to the audience, don’t be afraid to show the parts that really “get” to you. Take the time to compose yourself or wipe a stray tear from your eye, if needed… don’t be afraid to show how much you care.

As Maya Angelou said; “people may not always remember what you said… but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

#3: Be personal

Part of being emotional is to be personal. When you’re sharing your story with the audience, you’re not just giving them an account of how you got to this point in your life… you’re giving them hope. You’re building rapport, showing that you understand their current situation and empathise with everything that has happened.

You’re giving them a first-hand account of what can happen now, as a result of making the decision to move forward… and the hope that, if it’s worked out for you, it can work out for them too.

#4: Body language

When you’re truly connected to your story and message, your body language will naturally reflect your enthusiasm and passion. If you’re worried you’re not totally connected emotionally, change your body language. Make sure you open your arms, be powerful and firm with your posture, face the audience and make eye contact… in short, own your power.

#5: Read the audience

Finally, learn to read your audience. Are they showing signs they’re connected to your message? Are they nodding, smiling and laughing in the right places? Make eye contact with a few people and smile whilst talking… talk as if you’re talking to them personally.

When you get to the end of your speech, make your no brainer offer and compel them to take action… use scarcity for additional bonuses – only for the first five that meet you at the back of the room… then go to the back of the room and guide them to follow you.

Do you get really emotional during certain parts of your story… but found client uptake has increased as a result? What steps do you take to really own your power and your stage during speeches? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section

Narrow Down Your Niche Market and Expand Your Infinite Self!

Selecting a niche market can be really confusing for some people. It’s easy to see that you need to select some form of niche market, in order to focus your marketing and targeting.

But, if you’re meant to help many people, aren’t you then cutting off those people outside your niche? Does this not go against “who you are”… and are you then limiting your ability to help others?

Niche marketing allows you clarity… clarity to focus on a particular group of people and enables you to effectively package your products and services in a way that will appeal to them.

When did you decide that packaging yourself effectively was “going against who you are”? That’s not the truth. It’s a belief you have.

Who you are is infinite – yet you are packaged in one body.

Who you are is infinite – yet you have one name.

Who you are is infinite – you are capable of all things, yet you chose to be a mother.

Who you are is infinite – you are capable of all things, yet you choose not to lie and cheat.

Who you are is infinite – you are capable of all things, yet every day you express your infinite self through the confines of human experience.

Creating financial success is one human experience. To be a success at it you have to play by its rules. Just like being a success as a mother you have to play by some simple rules.

One such rule in this game is to channel your infinite self into an expression of value that “those of little dust” can hear and act upon.

You can choose not to niche, not to refine a topic, not to build a brand – and you will get some clients. Individuals who occasionally just “get” you and want a piece of it… but you will struggle to create consistency of leads, prospects and clients.

Therefore it is most likely you will struggle financially. Not a given – but likely.

If you have been resisting narrowing down your niche, and struggling to make your business a success, I can tell you… not choosing a niche is the reason you’ve not succeeded in the past.

Your niche is a starting point. Not an end point. Your journey towards business success, helping others and really “getting yourself”, all starts with one single step at a time.

Make that step now. Select a niche to work with and channel your infinite self into an expression which you can love for now, so you can get helping at least some people… before you expand to help all.

Have you struggled to select a niche market in the past? Did you find your business expanded quickly, as soon as you narrowed down your market, so you could help more people?

If you haven’t selected a niche yet, what are the similarities between your clients – is your niche market actually already making itself known to you? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?

Is Perfection Killing Your Business?

To keep your business moving forward and making money, you want to be creating products. Whether they’re physical or virtual products, you create new content to suit your customer need.

Your Elegant Business Model will enable your business to evolve; leveraging your time, and getting you out of the “time for money trap”, but are you delaying putting that completed product out there until it’s “good enough”… are you waiting for perfection?

But when is good actually good enough? You’ve created a new program, written a new book or started recording videos. You’ve spent hours, days even, tweaking the product, editing and mapping out the entire process. But is the perfectionist in you slowly killing your business?

The bottom line is this: you are being paid to get results for your clients… not to be perfect.

I know the perfectionist in you wants everything to be perfect, you want perfection… you want to be perfect; but you cannot get results if your product isn’t even launched!

Being a successful entrepreneur is all about meeting a need, getting a solution out there and generating income fast… and this means acting fast.

If you’re delaying getting your product out there, if you’re aiming for perfection, the chances are you are focusing on the wrong area… you!

You’re worried about how you will look if your product isn’t “right”. You’re worrying about making the wrong move and heading in the wrong direction… bottom line, you’re scared. And this is understandable, but it’s of no help to your potential customers.

Start focusing on your customers.

What do they want and how can you help them? What solution do you have… that they need? How can you get this solution out there to them and what is the easiest way to do that? It could be an ebook, maybe a video or 30 day course.

And then start it. Don’t worry about having it perfect. You don’t need to have it all planned out… and going in any direction is better than going nowhere at all. If it’s a course, do you need to have all the steps in place before you get it out there?

It’s easier to correct the course you’re on, than never get started and it’s easier to tweak a product following customer feedback, rather than trying to second-guess what they might say.

Make the decision to stop aiming for perfection and focus on actual action. Commit to bringing a solution to your customers. Announce a launch date to them, before you’ve created the product… to really step up your commitment!

So what have you been putting off finishing or creating, because you want it perfect? What direction would you go in, if you didn’t have to worry about perfection?

What one step are you going to take to move forward? Why not share your thoughts on today’s topic in the comments section below?

7 Steps To Help Your Business Stand Out From The Crowd

Starting a business is relatively easy. You know what you want to provide, you plan it out and you start advertising and selling. Staying in business however, is that much harder.

It can be really difficult to be heard above the noise of your competitors. Everyone seems to be shouting their wares… and potential customers and clients are getting tired of the shouting.

So, how can you help your business stand out from the crowd? How can you help ensure you’re the one the customers take notice of? Here are 7 steps that can help you get noticed and be memorable to potential customers and clients.

#1 Give your customers what they want

Ask your customers what they need… and then look to provide a solution. If you are already providing a service or product, make sure it is actually needed, rather than trying to persuade a market that they need it.

#2 Specialise

Look to get known in a particular area or niche. You may be worried about discounting particular groups of clients, but in reality, specialising will help to build your profile and make you stand out.

#3 Be authentic – use simple values

Sometimes you can stand out in the crowd by simplifying things. People are inundated with emails on a daily basis… but how much personal post do they receive through their letterbox?

Standing out from the crowd could even be as simple as installing some “old fashioned” values back into your company and being honest and sincere with your clients.

#4 Position yourself as an expert

Getting awards and nominations can really help your credibility and assist in positioning yourself as the expert in your niche.

#5 Testimonials, recommendations

Build your credibility by regularly collecting testimonials and encouraging recommendations. This helps you to stand out from the crowd whilst also gaining potential new clients!

#6 Get involved locally

Sponsoring or donating to local events and charities can be a great way to help your local community, whilst also helping to raise your business profile… and can also give you material for your marketing.

#7 Be different, be creative

Look for other, more creative ways to stand out and help your customers. You could display locally produced artwork in your office or have dog water bowls outside. If you don’t have a physical business premise, you could be creative with your website design or marketing materials.

What business strategies do you use to stand out from the crowd? Have you found something that works particularly well with your niche? What works for you and your business and how quickly did you start seeing results? Why not share your thoughts on today’s topic in the comments section below?

Is Your Ego Getting In The Way Of Your Business Success?

It takes courage and self belief to be an entrepreneur. To successfully run your own business you need an ego; otherwise you wouldn’t have ever taken the risk and started out on your own.

But a couple of years in, how healthy is your ego now? Is it still driving you and your business forward… or driving you both towards business failure?

Once you’ve been in business for a while, you ego can become your biggest liability. You’re so used to being in control; in charge and centre stage, that it can be difficult to distinguish your business and yourself as separate entities.

You can become so focussed on business success; you lose sight of your customers. Business contacts start to avoid you, because of your “me first” attitude, people don’t want to work with you… and your team can end up feeling undervalued, de-motivated and invisible.

So, how can you ensure you’re ego isn’t getting the better of you? Follow these five simple steps and you’ll never have to worry about your ego damaging your business.

Step 1 – Delegate

Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Instead of micro managing every project, delegate tasks to other members of your team. Once you have handed over the task, trust that they will complete it to the best of their ability.

Step 2 – Let others shine

Give your team the opportunity to have an input in things. Ask for their feedback and say on a new project, let someone else run the next staff meeting and introduce your team members to the clients they are working with. Give individuals the opportunity to shine and show you what they are capable of.

Step 3 – Give praise where praise is due

It’s natural to want to take pride in your achievements, but remember those other people who helped you along the way. Take the time to thank them for their input, share the praise, the limelight and the rewards of your achievements.

Step 4 – Don’t take things personally

When you are faced with problem employees or negative customer comments, it is easy to get personally offended by them…  but this is your ego getting in the way again. Switch the focus from you and onto the problem at hand.

Ask yourself how you can improve the situation for the person involved and ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. Ensure you are coming from a place of service, rather than ego.

Step 5 – Seek outside advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether that’s in the form of a business coach or mentor, legal advice or someone who is in a similar business, seeking outside advice can help you move past any blocks you may have, both personally and in your business.

So, how healthy is your ego? Have you devised a method to ensure your ego is kept in check? What systems do you have in place to ensure you are giving your team the reward and praise they deserve? Why not share your thoughts in a comment below?

Boost Your Productivity By Starting Your Day In The Right Way

Do you get halfway through your day and feel as though it is going downhill? Maybe you feel as though your day started badly and just got progressively worse… you’re playing catch up and constantly running behind?

You can blame this on those things that have happened during your day, your mood or even your colleagues… but how much of it is down to you?

Starting your day off with the right mindset and plan can drastically improve both your mood and your productivity. Get your morning routine right and your productivity will soar throughout the day… and I’ll show you how with these simple five steps

Early to rise

We’ve all done it, getting out of bed at the very last minute, leaving barely enough time to have a shower and get dressed. And breakfast… well that consists of a piece of toast or coffee to go.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Give yourself the best possible start by getting up that bit earlier and having a decent, healthy breakfast.

Leaving enough time to get ready and eat breakfast is more than just feeding our body and looking presentable. It’s about giving yourself time to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead, to plan how productive you will be, what you need to do and visualise successfully achieving them.

Having ‘me’ time

Whilst you’re planning your day, mornings are also an ideal time to get some essential ‘me’ time. Allow yourself 15 minutes to sit quietly and gather your thoughts or just practice stilling your mind, if you prefer.

Exercise early

If you exercise later in the day, why not look at switching to a morning routine? This can increase your energy and your mood, giving you a better frame of mind that can last throughout your day and increase your productivity.

If you prefer to keep your evening exercise sessions, why not look at adding a 10-15 minute routine to your morning? Your body and mind will both reap the rewards.

Plan for a day of productivity

Productivity needs a plan, so create an outline of the tasks you have planned. This will enable you to prioritise them throughout your day, as well as ensuring you know which are those important tasks you need to complete first.

A plan also means you can work out a rough timescale for achieving them and ensure maximum productivity. By starting with your top priority tasks, you will ensure that you have them completed but it will also enable you to schedule your time for other jobs and regular breaks throughout the day.

Avoid the downward spiral

Let’s face it; we all have the occasional ‘off’ day. Despite our best intentions we may wake up feeling miserable, ladder our only pair of tights and whack our knee on the table, before the dog or the kids put dirty marks on our clean outfit…

Stop! Your day may have started badly, but it doesn’t have to continue this way! Avoid setting your day up in a downward spiral by stopping for a few seconds, closing your eyes and taking a couple a deep, slow breaths.

Now give yourself a five minute rescue break.

Take those five minutes to put your mindset into a more positive state. Remind yourself of those things you are grateful for (including the dog and your children!). Take the snapshot images of those events that have made your morning bad and imagine screwing them up into a paper ball and then throw them in a virtual waste bin.

Smile to yourself and play an uplifting song. Sing along if you want. Do whatever it takes to move your frame of mind into a better place… and then remind yourself your day is going great!

What routine do you have in place to ensure your day is a positive, productive one? Do you have any tips and tricks you use to change your morning from bad to good? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Keep the Focus Short to Get More Things Done

It’s easy to get stuck and de-motivated when you are snowed under with work. There’s a mountain of things that need doing and they are all begging for your attention… and then there’s the family too. How can you keep your focus and motivation high?

James is currently teething. Anyone who has had a young child will understand how much teething sucks! Not only does it turn them into a mass of irritability and tears but, if you’re working at home, it also seriously cuts down on the amount of time you can dedicate to your business.

However you can easily turn this to your advantage… by getting super focused and utilising short bursts of energy on your outstanding business tasks.

Get focused

When you only have a small window of time available it forces you to focus on the task at hand. You cannot afford to be sidetracked by social media, emails and reorganising your files.

Decide on what is top priority and dedicate all your attention to it for the time you have. When you get super focused on a specific task you will be more productive.

Why short focus is better

Using short bursts of focused energy is great for when you are feeling less than motivated. Quite often we procrastinate and put off things that we need to do, because we don’t enjoy them or because we are intimidated by the sheer size of the task at hand.

By giving yourself a small window of time and getting focused on a task, you are more likely to actually put in the work… after all, putting aside a matter of minutes, rather than hours, is so much less daunting.

Think smart

When James had finally managed to fall asleep in his carrier I managed to get so much work done, even when I was standing in a dark air conditioned room… by using my iPhone! We no longer have to physically be at our computer to carry out essential tasks.

With smart phones we can now check and send emails, update our social media status and make notes.

Break time

Once your allotted time is over, you’re more likely to have a break. When you’re sat at your desk working all day on a particular task, it is easy to lose track of time and, before you know it, you haven’t actually had a break for several hours.

Taking regular breaks is essential, not only to your health but to your motivation and productivity too.

So next time you’re up against a pile of work or a child that is under the weather, try short bursts of focus and see how much more you can achieve in your working day.

Do you prefer working with short bursts of focused energy or do you work better with long time slots for your tasks? Have you been in a situation where you had to work with short bursts of focused energy, and now you’re using them all the time? Share what works for you by leaving a comment below.

The Importance Of Your Thank You Page

You work hard to promote your business and make those sales, but what happens after the sale? Do you leave your customer with the satisfaction of just purchasing from you, or are you taking the opportunity to continue building on your relationship?

You’ve asked for the sale… but did you remember to say thank you for their purchase?

 All businesses are built on trust. You work hard at building relationships with your potential and past customers, with the hope that it will end with a sale. But the sale isn’t actually the end result, building the relationship is… and that is why the thank you page is so important.

Offer help and reassurance

Your thank you page is a prime place to further your relationship with your customer. Thank them for their purchase, reassure them on their wise decision and offer them extra help. You want to make the whole buying experience a positive one, so they are totally satisfied with your product or service.

Encourage action

As with your sales pages, your thank you page should include a call to action… and it should be targeted to your market. That call to action can be in the form or another purchase, a bonus download or asking them for more information, just ensure that it is obvious what you’d like the customer to do next.

Spread the love

The thank you page is also a great place to work on the law of reciprocity. Your customer has just bought from you, so will be feeling quite positive and will naturally want to share that positivity… so make it easy for them and implement a ‘tell a friend’ campaign.

Offer them a special bonus for helping to spread they joy. Invite them to tell three friends by sending a prewritten tweet, status or email. This will help you build your list and spread the word, whilst enabling you to give your customer even more value.

Be grateful all over!

Saying thank you shouldn’t be reserved for just those customers who buy from you… remember to thank every customer who has completed any form of action. This includes thanking those that fill out your opt-in box, those that contact you by email and those who have commented on your blog.

Those two simple words can make a massive difference to your customer, can build on your relationship, increase your sales and also raise the quality of your customer service… can you really afford not to say ‘thank you’?

Why not re-evaluate your thank you page to ensure your customer has a positive experience? If you don’t currently have a thank you page in place, I invite you to begin this New Year coming from a place of gratitude and build one into your sales funnel.

What strategies do you find work the best on your thank you page? Why not share those strategies by leaving a comment below?

The 3 Secret Steps That Ensure Selling Success

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘selling’? To the vast majority of us, the word ‘selling’ tends to immediately lead us to think of negative associations, such as stress, anxiety, pushiness and pressure.

The problem is we all know that in order to succeed in business we need to be able to sell, but we just don’t want to be seen as… well, pushy. So, is there a better, more positive way of looking at sales?

We’ve all heard the saying ‘do what you love and the money will follow’, but this phrase is usually misinterpreted to mean we just do what we love, then sit back and wait.

There are actually three clear steps to make this saying our reality… and our selling process easier and I’m going to share them with you now.

#1 Admit your passion

The first step is to actually admit what it is that you love to do. Most of us focus on where the money is; on what we like that CAN bring in the money.

You need to be honest about where your passions are… and totally embrace them. Ask yourself what you would do all day, if money was no object… and THAT is your real passion… when you’d be most in flow!

#2 Believe in you

Once you have your passion, you need to be credible to yourself. What are the reasons why someone should come to you? What makes you the right person to sell this product? Build up your own credibility by finding out what sets you apart from your competitors.

Don’t just focus on the qualifications you may (or may not) have. If you have a talent, then THAT is your qualification to do what you do.

Find that internal credibility that will feed your determination to be the best at whatever you do. Admit your passion and then own it; get excited by it and be convinced; own your talent and get sold… on you!

#3 Share that passion

Finally get out there and share your uniqueness, your talent with the world at large. There is no point having a talent or special skill, if you’re not going to share it.

Think about all those people who are missing out on what you’re offering, by you not getting out there. You’re not selling what you are doing… you are helping someone out; you are solving a problem someone has.

When you approach selling from a place of service, you will not have to worry about being pushy or ‘salesy’, you will be offering a much needed service.

Knowing what your passion is and believing in what you do, will ensure you are naturally honest, convincing and enthusiastic about what you do and THIS is what will encourage customers to buy from you… and ensure your selling success.

Did you make a career change to embrace your talents and passions? Do you have a great strategy for making your sales process more service orientated? Why not share your strategies by leaving a comment below?

Business Needs and Wants – What Do You NEED To Do?

With every day that passes, you are making decisions about your business. Whether you are choosing business cards and opting for the latest software, or deciding to focus on marketing or further education, you are making decisions that will affect your business. But with only a few windows of activity available to you each day – are you putting your needs before your wants… or are you letting your wants take priority?

It’s important – especially when first starting out – to understand the difference between a basic business need and a want… as well as learning to prioritise the needs, to ensure business success.

Needs versus wants

A need is something you have to have… simply put, a need is a requirement. Business cards, office equipment and a follow up system are all needs, as they’re essential for your business success.

Depending on the type of business you have, continued education, legal help and association membership may also constitute a need.

A want, on the other hand, is a luxury – something you aspire to have. The latest technology, expensive advertising and a nice website all fall under a business want.

Understand your unique needs and wants

Make a list of everything you consider important for your business, then establish whether they are really needs… or things you would like to have. Go through your list and ask yourself what purpose this item serves.

You may like to have staff to help you with your filing or to reply to your emails, but does your business warrant it at the moment – or is it something that is a future need – once your customer influx is larger?

Re-evaluate your current situation

This is something that you will want to schedule in on a regular basis. As well as confirming your current needs and wants, it also serves to establish if there’s any way you can decrease your expenditure. By cutting back on the non-essential wants, you are then able to divert the savings into more of your business needs.

Strike a balance

Now you’ve established the difference between your business needs and wants; it’s time to strike a balance that is good for you. Ensure your primary focus is on what really will improve your business efficiency, effectiveness and bottom line… but also allow yourself a couple of wants too. This will help to keep you motivated and focused on your business future, whilst ensuring that your basic business needs are covered.

Understanding the difference between a business need and want, assessing your current situation and knowing what you want in the future, will allow you to make conscious decisions for your expenditure… and will help you establish what you NEED to do today.

What is your number one need for your business… and what strategy do you use to balance your needs and wants? Why not share your strategies by leaving a comment below?