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Keller Williams Family Reunion Survival Guide 2017

Once again Keller Williams Family Reunion is almost here and that means it is time to plan how to make the most of the 70 hours of the event.

 

Hopefully you learned your lesson about the tickets and either joined MAPS to get a ticket with your coaching or you were one that bought yours right away!

If you didn’t get a ticket, keep reading! There will be tips and tricks that work for you without leaving home.

Tip #1 – If you did not get a ticket make sure you are paying attention on Facebook and make sure everyone you know from leadership to fellow agents know you are looking. Many people will have to transfer their ticket. I know many that were stuck with tickets last year. Book your flight; there WILL be a ticket for you!

 

My name is Chad Hyams, and I have attended many Keller Williams Family Reunion events over many years and I have been able to attend in many roles:

  • Agent
  • Team Leader
  • Vendor
  • General Manager
  • MAPS Coach
  • Growth and Productivity Director for the Southeast Region
  • Trainer
  • Breakout Session Leader

This means that I have been there and done that and still I attend this event every year without fail. There is always something to learn and always someone to meet. Read on to learn how I feel you can make the most of your trip.

 

Family Reunion Survival Guide!

The ticket system changed for KWFR due to the high demand and it will not get easier to get tickets in the future. Become a client of MAPS or be quick to click when tickets go on sale. If you didn’t get one, book your flight and hotel, as tickets will become available.

Couldn’t find a hotel room? Then you weren’t looking hard enough. This is Las Vegas and there are LOTS of hotel rooms. Check other hotels and plan to get your exercise in as you walk a little extra. Don’t like that idea, then check into vacation rentals and find a condo not too far away to share with others.

Don’t like the flights for one reason or another? Start to plan the drive to Vegas! What’s the fastest way to get there, who can you share the cost of the drive with and the actually driving with? Make it a traveling mastermind that everyone wishes they could be a part of.

Before you get near the airplane for your trip to Vegas (or in your car if you live close enough) visit FamilyReunion.KW.com and check out the breakout schedules as they are now posted. Take the time in advance to figure out the 2 sessions you want to attend in each time block. Having 2 sessions selected will take some of the stress when you can’t get into a session and don’t know where to head off to. Now you will be ready!

One of the questions that everyone wants to know is “how do I choose the best breakout sessions in advance from a 2 line description?” My answer is always the same, what is the ONE Thing that you wish to learn more about while at the event? Find ALL of the breakout sessions on that topic.  If that doesn’t help you decide, then select the instructors that you have always learned from and go listen to them. If you still cannot choose find a friend that is going to be at the event and ask which breakout session they will be in and go to a DIFFERENT one. Share notes later!

Tip #2 – To make the most of Keller Williams Family Reunion figure out your ONE Thing in advance. Turn your ONE Thing into a question and ask at least 100 different people at the event your question. You will end up asking newer agents with a fresh perspective, experienced agents, Team Leaders, coaches, instructors and who knows you could find yourself asking the president of the company, so be prepared. 

 

  • Maybe you want to know how to follow up in a better way
  • Maybe you want to know how to hire better members to your team
  • Maybe you want to learn how to get more listings
  • Maybe you just want to learn the biggest mistake others have made to learn from

Whatever it is, figure out your ONE question and ask AT LEAST 100 people! Here’s what will happen…you will get 100 different answers that when you look at later you will realize are really only 3 or 4 different answers. This will help you narrow your focus and actually apply something instead of becoming overwhelmed with amazing ideas.

 

Now that we have that part covered let’s jump into what to expect from a Keller Williams Family Reunion event.

 

Make The Most Of Your Time at Family Reunion
(because there isn’t a lot of it!)

Chaos is a must at an event this size. There will be people running left and right around the very large Mandalay Bay hotel and convention center and even some just standing still. If you are prepared, this will not be you! This event for you should be CONTROLLED CHAOS

Remember that you are NOT on vacation and this is not a chance to finally be sleeping in! This year we see the 7:30am breakout session making a return so get up and get going! If you are an early bird and you can make it happen, start each day with a breakfast appointment. You have to eat and they have to eat. Eat with someone and develop a business referral relationship, get some great coaching or just share AHA’s from the day before. Not sure about getting a breakfast meeting, then bring workout clothes because you never know whom you might get to be running beside on a treadmill.

It is the one-on-one opportunity of masterminding over a meal (or at the bar – more on that later) that will be the best use of your time during Family Reunion. Find the times to connect with people even though there are thousands running back and forth. The training at the event will be some of the best you have ever experienced and the culture will be breathtaking. Take all of that in, and make the most of the time!

Tip #3 – Plan for these meetings in advance! Who is it that you would love to get some time with a Family Reunion? Reach out to them NOW and tell them that you would like to meet and schedule a meeting over breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. Hurry because calendars are filling already. 

 

Do not show up at Keller Williams Family Reunion thinking you have the answer. Go with an open mind to hear what others are sharing. Many of the attendees will walk away with their pages of notes saying things like “that would never work in my town” are the ones that should have let someone else have their ticket. The ones that walk out knowing the ONE thing that they are going to implement are the ones that will succeed. Open your mind and be ready to learn from those that are already making it happen.

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan remind us in The ONE Thing, if you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. Take time at the end of the day, or any break you have, to look over your notes and choose THE ONE that jumps out at you. It can be overwhelming with all of the notes you will take and not knowing where to start. Usually this means you stay at the starting line and do nothing. When you leave Las Vegas (hopefully not like Nicholas Cage did) make sure you leave with a plan and focus!

 

Family Reunion Exhibit Hall

This is one of my favorite parts of the event, the vendor madness. As soon as you get to the exhibit hall (and do this as early in the event as possible) do the quick trick or treat walk. What is the trick or treat walk? That is when you zip up and down the aisles to each booth and grab whatever they are giving away (anything from pens to magnets to candy) and make sure you grab their information handouts. Just like on Halloween you always remember the house with the big candy bar.

Tip #4 – Even though the vendors might not like hearing this (I didn’t when I was a vendor) do NOT bring your debit card to the vendor hall with you on your first visit. Do NOT let impulse shopping make choices for you. 

Decide what your budget is for new services, software, marketing, and other items at the show BEFORE you get the convention center and have a plan as to what you are looking to take home with you. When you are back in your room with the marketing materials make notes on which vendors you want to return and visit later. None of the vendors will run out of what they are selling on the first day. The best times to meet with vendors are early in the morning, or where there isn’t a breakout session that you click with. Don’t forget to say hello to the companies you’re already using!

  • Do you need KW branded clothing? Leave room in your suitcase
  • Do you want some great reading? Hit the KW bookstore
  • Do you want to develop a relationship with a new preferred vendor? Find some time to talk.

Realtors are all looking for the new magic bullet. Listen to the experts speaking on panels and in breakout sessions and you will recognize that there are no magic bullets. The message that they are all telling you is work, work, work. Keep that in mind as you shop, shop, shop. Find things that work and generate more business for you… those are the things to invest in on the exhibit floor.

Always remember the lesson of Lead with Revenue. Leave your credit card at home, and bring your debit card instead! If you don’t have it, you can’t spend it!

 Tip #5– Make sure you are listening to #KWFR on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to share in the AHA’s

 

Group Sessions

You do not want to miss the large sessions offered at Family Reunion. You will notice that nothing competes with these on the agenda. We are talking about:
Monday

Opening Ceremonies 1:00pm-1: 30pm

Gary Keller’s Keynote Session 1:30pm-4: 30pm
Tuesday

Vision Speech             9:30am-11:00am (PowerPoint slides are usually available after the event so please stop using your iPad to take photos)

Red Bash                     4:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday

State of Your Company              9:30am-11:00am
Thursday
The Inspirational Brunch 9:00am-10: 30am (more below)
During these large sessions, plan in advance where your group is going to meet. This is the time to catch up with the people you came to the event with. Otherwise, spend time with people you only see at national events!

 

When Sessions Are Out

Family Reunion is a 24-hour a day opportunity and Las Vegas is a 24-hour town! Just because you are not in a breakout session doesn’t mean there isn’t a great opportunity to learn. Some of the best ideas are shared in hotel lobbies, certain bars and even poolside. Check out the different hotel lobbies and see which one becomes “the” place to be.

Remember that while you are out, anything that happens at #KWFR probably ends up on Facebook before the night is over! Be smart and be safe.

 

Lunch Break

According to the online agenda it looks like the lunch break is back.
If there is a lunchroom, don’t sit with the people you can have lunch with when you get home, sit with new people! Meet people and create relationships. Share AHA’s with each other.
If there is no lunchroom then grab a lunch, find someone else eating and start up a conversation. Remember your job, as a Realtor is to meet people and create relationships.

On Wednesday, bring your own lunch and watch for more information on my unofficial mastermind (more on that below.)

 

Inspirational Brunch

This part of Family Reunion deserves its own section. There are too many agents that decide to leave town the night before to save money. To those that leave, you are missing one of the key things that makes Keller Williams the company it is. During brunch on the last day, Mo Anderson shares with everyone unbelievable true stories. You will hear tales of hardship, loss, and disaster and all of it will end with someone overcoming a challenge in a way that makes you want to change the world. Get there early as seats fill. Take this last chance to share a special moment with someone you don’t know, as you will be able to relive the stories with your traveling partners when you get back home.

Tip #6 – If this is your first Inspirational Brunch, bring Kleenex with you.

 

A Few More Tips

One of the things that Keller Williams promotes is sharing and Family Reunion is no different. Use the power of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites) and as mentioned in TIP #5 remember the hashtag #KWFR. Share with each other, find each other and share with those that were unable to join the event in person.

Make the most of this event by setting goals for Keller Williams Family Reunion

  • What do you want to learn about?
  • Who are you hoping to meet and get a moment to talk with?
  • What do you need to find out about in the exhibit hall and what should you avoid spending money on?

Bring business cards, hand out business cards and remember the lesson that Gary Keller has been teaching us since Keller Williams began…it isn’t about handing out your business card, it is all about collecting business cards to add to your database! Of course you will also want to have business cards so that you can enter all of the various drawings on the exhibit floor.

Do something to be remembered. This does not mean do something crazy like run through the convention center on fire or anything. This means don’t just give your cards to people, make sure they remember you. What are you known for or what will you be remembered for? People will stop me just to know what socks I am wearing. Some people will have a giveaway that gets remembered. Kevin Kauffman and Fred Weaver are known for wearing their flip-flops everywhere. Ben Kinney can be spotted from across the exhibit hall in his REI gear. What is it that YOU will be remembered for?

 

70 Hours is Not a Lot of Time

Before you know it all of these hours will have come and gone. What will you have to show for it?

  • Notes you will use or notes you took so you could show someone you took notes?
  • A hangover because you thought you would skip the early sessions and you could stay out later?
  • A stack of business cards you collected that you will do nothing with? Or worse that you will put in your database for no real reason?

OR will you use your 70 hours to:

  • Develop a referral network
  • Focus on the ONE (ok maybe two) things that you WILL implement into your business
  • Meet new people and learn why this isn’t just a convention, it is a FAMILY REUNION

 

Looking for me at #KWFR?

If you are looking to find me at Keller Williams Family Reunion 2017 good luck! I will not be hosting any breakout sessions or on any panels. I will be hosting an unofficial mastermind on Wednesday February 15th during the lunch break somewhere…watch for my posting about it if you want to join us!

 

 

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We know that you’ve got some veteran conference tips, too, so please be sure to add your advice in the comments in below for Keller Williams agents who have never attended Family Reunion

I can’t wait to see you all at Keller Williams Family Reunion 2017 and hope you will come find me to say hello! If not, I will see you online!

 

 

Here We Go Again

Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday we were saying it was too hot as the summer beat down on us? Maybe it was a week ago that we were excited to see the flowers blooming as Spring started? It couldn’t have been that long ago that we just celebrated the new year and yet here it is again. Before we know it, this new year ahead of us will have come and gone.

What can we do differently this time to make the next year even better than this one? Review it!

Review Most of the time we just press forward thinking that we can and should do the same things we have been doing and this time just do them better. That is rarely the case. If you could just do those things better wouldn’t you have already done that?

Before this year comes to an end go take an hour, a morning, a day and review this past year. Ask yourself some tough questions about the year.

Where did you spend your time?
Were you in your office space or were you elsewhere? Were you on Facebook or other websites too often? Were you with clients enough?
If you can figure out where you were, you can figure out where you should and shouldn’t be in the new year!

What did you do that worked and what did you do that did not work?
There were some events you hosted or attended that did great. There were some that in review were a clear waste of your time. There were some weeks that were extra successful and some weeks that you should have just stayed in bed.
What made these events work or these weeks so great? What was it that made you wish you could run and hide?

Who did you spend your time with and who should you have spent your time with?
Jim Rohn taught us that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who was that for you this year? Did you choose wisely? Who do you wish you had spent more time with so you could grow into the person you want to be?

They tell us that history is doomed to repeat itself. The same is true for us as well because we are doomed to repeat ourselves unless we learn the lessons and make the changes that allow us to breakthrough and grow!

Take the time to review your year and learn from it. You deserve it!

 

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Plan B, C and D!

Hopefully you already have a Plan A in place! What to do to get where you want to go.

  • That could mean you know how many people you need to speak to for your business success.
  • That could mean you know how many days you need to visit your gym to hit the health goal you have in place
  • That could mean you know how many pages you need to read to finish the books you have stacked on your nightstand right now.

What happens when Plan A falls apart. And believe me, it will fall apart!

Over the past few months if you had travel plans that included Delta or Southwest you found yourself looking for Plan B, Plan C and maybe even Plan D as both of these large airlines had major computer issues grounding thousands of flights and leaving people stranded for days.

Did you have a plan for your health and your body fought back with a sprain or just a flu from the new exercise?

Did you have a plan for your new eating strategy and then ended up at an event with only fried food and sweets. Note: This sounds like a great event to be stuck at!

Did you have a plan for making calls to your potential and past clients while at the office and people kept knocking on your door to ask questions.

Our plans are only as good as our back-up plans.

Plan A B or CNext time you build Plan A, take a moment and look at all of the obstacles that could get in your way. Some of them might be so extreme you don’t really need a plan for them and some of them might be so common you already included the contingency in Plan A. There will be many things that will come to mind while you wear your black hat and review your original Plan A.

Don’t take days to build the back up plans, just put together a Plan B, Plan C and even a Plan D if needed and because you have them, you won’t need them!

Some tell us that we should have a Plan A and stick to it no matter what. While we want you to be committed to your plan of attack and not fall back to a Plan B or Plan C, remember what Mike Tyson said…”everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”

Be ready for your success with whichever plan you follow!

 

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Business Workouts

What makes gyms like OrangeTheory Fitness, CrossFit and SoulCycle such a success? And how does that matter to you in your business?

The current success that is being seen in the fitness world is in the way these businesses have changed how people workout — and how they feel about it. Success leaves clues, so let’s have a look at them and how they can help you outside of the gym.

 

  1. Control the calendar

The first thing these programs do is set a schedule They tell you when the classes are offered and you jump through hoops to show up because they have something that you value.

Are you controlling your calendar or are you jumping through hoops to meet with clients when they want? Then you miss out on important family events, meals, and the always important lead creation time? Remember, as the professional, you have something the client will value so keep control of your own calendar. Do doctors, dentists, lawyers and other professionals jump as soon as someone calls? Why do you?

 

  1. Work in groups

The next factor in the a success of these fitness programs is group classes. These give you the opportunity to have others watch what you do and learn from them in return. This lets you copy a gym-mate if you didn’t understand the coach. This lets you compete with someone and up your game. This lets you share challenges and wins together.

Many people head into work and then lock themselves in their private office without any group accountability. Sit in the open. Bring others to sit with you. This will then allow you to listen to each other, compete with each other and share challenges and wins with each other. Even better, bring a group of people and the energy that comes with everyone “working out” together!

 

  1. Be accountable

One of the most powerful tools to lead someone towards success is accountability, and that is something that these programs offer. When you workout alone, do you run as fast as you can while on the treadmill or do you just jog? Do you lift weights to push yourself or just impress yourself? Having others doing the same thing you are shows you that baseline to strive for or to break through.

Having a group to generate new business with not only teaches you better how to do it, it makes sure that succeed and don’t settle!

 

  1. Mix it up

There are challenges and changes each and every day you attend one of these workouts. Nobody wants to do the same exact thing day after day after day after day. We look for distractions, changes and excitement around us all the time. These successful gyms bring that to you with a different workout each day (even if elements are the same) and opportunities to show yourself how far you have progressed.

Most people don’t do what they know they should do because they are looking for distraction and change. Prepare for it instead, and move your lead generation location. Move your lead generation time. Move your lead generation target and call your sphere of influence today, your family tomorrow and past clients on the third day. The elements stay the same with changes to keep the challenge fun.

Maybe you aren’t ready to franchise yourself like these highly successful gyms, yet you can get more than just a good workout from them. If you pay attention, you can learn lessons of success and end up a lot less sweaty!

group workout

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Halloween, the scariest of days

For years now Halloween has been the scariest day of the year in my opinion. What is it that makes it so scary?

  • pumpkinIt isn’t the adorable kids dressed as spooky ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
  • It isn’t the calories waiting to get us in the bag of goodies that our children bring home and we raid while they sleep.
  • It isn’t the giant spider decorations people put on their homes. (ok this one might scare me, although it isn’t the main reason)

The thing that scares me the most about Halloween is that it is the beginning of the holiday season. In other words, it is the beginning of the end for many independent contractors.

As most people celebrate Halloween and flip the calendar to November they unconsciously begin the act of unplugging for the rest of the year.

First, there is the long weekend to launch November as we celebrate our Veterans. Now let’s be very clear, our Veterans deserve to be celebrated daily not just once. The point is that with this day comes a day away from work and aids in the holiday mindset. The fact that it is on a Wednesday this year it now has the chance to mess up a full week of focus.

Next there is the 4 day weekend that Thanksgiving has become. 4 days might not be enough for some of you that make it a full week break and maybe longer if you work some travel in there.

Next thing you know you change the calendar and all of a sudden it is December. Before we know it the kids get out of school again and the rest of the holidays show up and rush past us.

And then the biggest holiday of them all…New Years Eve. Time to finally flip the switch back on. Here is some advance warning…please skip New Years Resolutions this year and just create good habits instead.

Remember, as Halloween approaches and the year rushes to a close ask yourself these questions:

  • If you were running a race, wouldn’t you push harder and sprint as the finish line got closer? Then why do we let up with the final days of the year ahead of us?
  • If you had to climb a mountain, wouldn’t it be a nice bonus if you could start at least halfway up? That is what finishing strong will do for the start of the next year for you.

Look around the stores you visit, notice anything? That’s right, they skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are up already. To them, the year is over. How about to you?

 

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Chadalyst – Time to sprint for the finish line and finish strong so you can start strong next year. Ignore the calendar and remember that much of your competition has started to celebrate the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity!

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To-Do Lists. Do they help?

You wake up to start the day and your mind naturally starts putting together a to-do list right away.

  • Get breakfast made
  • Feed the pet
  • Workout
  • Prep lunch
  • Answer emails
  • Check what’s happening on Facebook
  • Put gas in the car

The morning list then goes on and on and on and on. You haven’t even gotten to start your work day yet and create that to-do list!

The question we ask, is it good to have a to-do list? Does that help you figure what needs to be done and get through your day?

OR

Does the to-do list slow you down? Does it have you focusing on the things that aren’t really moving you forward?

Many of us like to create to-do lists. That way we can clear all of the thoughts that are running around in our head. By putting them on paper it allows us to stop thinking about them and know we will get them done.

Many of us love to check things off on our to-do list because it makes us feel like we have accomplished something with our day or our time.

A mentor of mine taught me early to create a to-do list each day and then sort the list with the most important thing at the top. He then told me to draw a line between #5 and #6 on the list and my day could not end until the top 5 were complete.

To Do ListAccording to the studies and research shared in The ONE Thing it is time to take that to the extreme. As you create your to-do list, sort it with the most important thing and do the first thing and the first thing only. Once that is done, sort your list once more.

If you have the correct item at the top of your list, completing it should make everything else easier or unnecessary in your world.

Remember that the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.

Turn your to-do list into a success list!

If you are ready to learn more about this powerful question you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

 

By asking yourself the focusing question you will find the item that should be #1 on your success list help you work on the right thing!

 

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Chadalyst – Create your to-do list and then ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now review your to-do list and convert it into a success list. Find that FIRST domino!

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On pace?

3 months down and only 9 to go!

The end of the year always feels far away and then all of a sudden we are looking up and wondering where the time went yet again.

Did you set a goal to start this year? If you didn’t how do you know if you are on pace? If you did set  your goal did you remember to set it big enough or did you let yourself off easy?

Take your goal and divide it by 4 because with the end of March comes the end of the 1st quarter. Now the important question to ask yourself is…Are you on pace to reach your goal?

You might be ahead of your pace with a fast start. Great work to not let the start of the year, the winter weather or the sickness that every other person seemed to get, slow you at all. A fast start allows for the chance to handle a bump in the road with more confidence.

If you are ahead of your pace, maybe you should reevaluate your goal, raise it and push harder this year.

No matter if you leave your goal where it is and plan to fly past it, or if you raise your goal for the remainder of this year, just remember to keep the pressure on and run with the momentum you are creating.momentum snowball

You might be right on target of your pace. This is a great place to be after the first quarter because getting started, even though you have the excitement, is often the hardest place to be. Now that you have created momentum and are moving forward don’t stop for anything.  Your goals are within reach and your year will be a success.

Of course there is always the third answer to the question of your goal and your pace. You might be behind your pace with a slow start to the year. Whatever got in your way, it is already behind you. Leave it there and move on! There is still time to get caught up and ahead. It is very rare that a team goes wire to wire (in first place from day 1 through the championship) and that means that you too can still move into first place on the race to your goals.

Leave it and move on

If an obstacle is still in your way, figure out what it is and the best way around it, over it, under it or even through it. If the obstacle seems overwhelming then it is time to figure out why you want your goal. If your why is big enough it will power you through anything. If your why isn’t pushing or pulling you to success, it is time to rethink why your goal is important and not just a number to achieve.

Don’t wait until the year is over to evaluate your progress. Don’t even wait for the year to be halfway over. Evaluate each quarter, each month, each week and even each day to be sure that you are on pace for your goals because you can and will achieve them if you monitor them.

 

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Networking done right

From BNI (Business Network International) to Young Professionals and all the networking groups in between there are best practices for networking.

If you are in a professional networking organization then you will have rules, such as 1 person from each profession, each person speaks a certain amount of time, etc…

What about those networking opportunities that are not part of a professional organization?

  • Attending a conventionnetworking
  • A local chamber event
  • A holiday party
  • A PTA meeting

If you are attending any of these opportunities and plan to use them as a networking event here are 4 tips to make the most of it.

1) Don’t just give everyone your card
There is nothing more annoying at an event than when you shove your card into everyone’s hand while they are engaged with someone else.

  • They never asked for your card.
  • They won’t remember why they have your card.
  • They will probably throw your card away, or even worse put you on their follow-up emails that you didn’t want in the first place.

2) Don’t just take everyone else’s card
The flip side of giving everyone your card is that you take everyone’s card and this is just as bad a practice.

  • Why did you take their card in the first place?
  • Do they really want the information you are about to send them or will they just click unsubscribe and hurt your online results.
  • Do you really want to have a business relationship with this person that you don’t know?

3) Have a plan in place in advance
When you go to a networking opportunity have a plan for who you want to meet and why you want to meet them.

  • Are you looking for people in a certain area of the country?
  • Are you looking for people with a specific skill set or experience?
  • Are you looking for people who fit a specific criteria that match yours?

4) Meet the people and remember the people.
This is the key to networking, are you memorable? This is what sets the best networkers apart from the others. After the event is over, even more if it is a convention over more than one day, most people will be on information overload and not remember much. When they get home and calm down, will they remember you? They will if you remember them!

  • Have conversation with the people you are networking with. It is better to network with fewer people and be remembered then to network with everyone in the room and be forgotten in seconds.
  • After your conversation with someone you should be able to make 3 notes about them on the back of their card (now you want their information) to use in future conversations and emails such as things you have in common.
  • Work at sharing an interesting fact about yourself that helps you stand out from the crowd of networkers.
  • Ask more questions and listen more than you talk. You will be remembered for being a great conversationalist.

You can network with everyone and get nothing from the experience or you can have an idea of whom you are looking for at the event, make a connection, be remembered and grow a business relationship with years of positive results.

The choice is yours.

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E.F.G.

You may have heard the term A.B.C. at some point. Most people hear A.B.C. and they start to sing the alphabet song. To those in sales A.B.C. means something very different. Salespeople most likely hear the voice of Alec Baldwin as Blake in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross reminding the other salesmen in the room to Always Be Closing. Today it is finally time to move farther down in the alphabet and instead of always thinking closing, closing, closing, how about we focus on E.F.G. and how you Execute Future Goals.

aimhighMany people miss the opportunity to set goals because they feel they will be disappointed if they set them and don’t reach them. The disappointment comes from never attempting to achieve a goal, not in the missing the mark.

If you don’t set a goal how do you know where you are going?
How do you know what to reach for?
How do you know when to celebrate that you achieved what you were after?

Goals can be set at any time of the year. That can mean the 4th quarter so you are building momentum into the start of the calendar year. It can mean as the summer approaches so you can use the energy of the warmth as a way to power you to a quick start on the path to your goal. Basically, you can set goals whenever it makes sense to you and whenever you start a new objective.

Once you have a target, you can begin to Execute Future Goals.

Goal setting has no limits and can cover any area of your life. Your goals could include:

  • A business related sales goal.
  • A personal exercise goal such as to run a certain distance, or to lose a number of pounds,  or even to just exercise daily.
  • A relationship goal like spending more time with the kids, or having a date night with your spouse.
  • A goal can cover anything from writing a book, to opening a new company to hiking the Appalachian trail.

Before we help you E.F.G. we must make sure we set our goal. To work on setting a goal, ask yourself these questions:

  • What level did I reach this year?
  • Did I get to that level by accident or on purpose? There are times when we achieve targets without even focusing on them due to natural ability.
  • How much farther can I go or do I want to go?
  • What is the next logical level to reach?
  • When do I want to reach that next level?

Now that you have answer to these simple questions you will have an idea of where you have been, where you want to go and just how fast you can get there.

We believe that you should set your goal higher than you originally plan. We understand that you just felt that lump in your throat and we know how hard it can be. Push yourself! You might just be amazed at what you can do and will do!

“Aim for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.”

One of the challenges that comes with setting a goal so far away is that to some, it is discouraging if they don’t achieve the level they were aiming to reach.  Here is the trick we use. Set your goal at the moon level. This is a far reaching goal and if everything goes perfectly it is something you will achieve. You should then set a challenge that is your atmosphere level. This would be a goal that is larger than what you have already been able to do and your minimum goal for next year. Now, celebrate when you break through the atmosphere level and keep going for the moon goal. You at least know you are now amongst the stars.

Setting your goal will be the easy part. If you really want to Execute Future Goals this next part will be the fuel you need for continued motivation.

  • Why am I wanting that goal?

This is a stand alone question. One that you MUST answer. Knowing why you are doing something will push you, pull you, motivate you and give you something to get you going even on days you want to hide in bed. Your why will be the cornerstone that brings everything together and holds it in place.

 If it doesn’t make you cry, it isn’t a big enough why!

You should hurt inside if you disappoint your why. You should feel that you have let your why down. If your why is truly big enough to make you feel that way, it will be the fuel to your goals.

Your why can change. It might be something that is a lifelong goal, or it might be something that pushes you though a month. Whether it is long term or short term isn’t important, it just must be powerful enough to make you take action.

Now you have your big goal (the moon) and you have your on-the-way goal (the atmosphere) and you have your why (the power for your voyage) now find someone that has made that trip before you and follow their path.

Skip right over A.B.C. as you have now found a way to focus on E.F.G. and with a simple list of questions you will then be able to Execute Future Goals and celebrate heights you had once only dreamed about.Executer Future Goals

 

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Overnight Success, or is it?

Success can be yours and it can be easier than you think to achieve it.

The biggest challenge that we have found people face when they are looking to become an overnight success is that they want it to actually happen overnight. There is no such thing as an overnight success. There is always work that must be done.

  • Overnight SuccessThe star athlete that comes out of nowhere probably put hours and hours of training in before you ever heard their name
  • The movie star that was discovered has probably been in acting classes at school or has some small parts on their resume
  • The business person that takes their idea to success, probably has had many jobs helping them get where they are overnight

The overnight success is rarely what it seems.

To achieve success, which you can, all you need to do is find the person a few steps ahead of you and follow them.

Most people are happy to have someone following them, as it pushes them to be better and makes them feel good to share. These same people will be happy for you as you continue to grow, even if that means passing them by. Remember, your level of success might not be the same as their level of success.

Here is an easy way to understand this concept…

Having grown up in a city that experienced snow 10 months of the year, or so it seemed, and never had a snow day from school we learned how to walk to the bus in knee-deep snow. We followed in the footsteps created by the person in front of us even if we couldn’t see them. Once we finally caught up to them, because it was easier for us then it was for them, we passed them and let them follow in our footsteps. If we were smart, we just looked for the next set of footprints to walk in and repeated the pattern.

This is how you create overnight success:

  1. Look for the person heading the same direction as you
  2. Follow in their footsteps until you catch up
  3. Pass them
  4. Find the next person heading in the direction you are now intending to go

Before you know it, you are an overnight success story and there is a line of people walking in your footsteps.

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