Archive for Jill’s Blog
Join the 14,000+ readers who receive our weekly updates. You’ll receive this free printable and a $10 Advertising Credit!
- What is my motive in confronting this other person/group? If your answer reveals a desire for revenge, to put the other person in his/her place, or something of that flavor, please wait until your emotions have calmed down enough to handle the confrontation with respect for the other person.
- Am I ready to accept that the other person may not respond the way I would prefer? Take the time to release your expectations and desires to your heavenly Father. Going into the confrontation with an agenda can put both you and the other person on the defensive if/when things don’t go your way.
- Is this safe? Not to be melodramatic, but the truth is that some confrontations are unwise because the emotions involved can escalate in some situations putting one or both people at risk for harm—either verbally or physically. If it isn’t safe, don’t confront (or don’t go it alone). Common sense applies here. (As shared in detail in the above section.)
- What do I hope to gain? If you recognize that the importance is that your voice be heard, and not that the other person respond the way you desire, then you are probably ready to confront.
Today, I want to challenge you—yes—challenge you, to put what I am going to tell you in practice. By doing so, I am confident in saying it will cause you and everything around you to grow. If you want to grow in your communication it begins by reading. Simple, but very profound.
Reading has everything to do with your growth. You cannot go any higher than what you know. Everything in our life, every decision, every problem is a wisdom problem. Hosea 4:6 reads, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” The old adage goes, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”
20% of your downline will bring in 80% of the volume.
20% of the work you perform will yield 80% of the results you seek.
by Roshanda Pratt
When you think of brands like Wal-Mart, Starbucks or Nike you probably think of very specific things. For me, Wal-mart is one-stop shopping for all things. Starbucks is the cool, trendy place to get a good cup of Java. Nike is the sneaker that allows you to “Just Do it.” These companies and many like them have successfully branded us with their mission and vision. Branding can be defined as consistently executing and promoting a specific set of values, both internally and externally, for the purpose of establishing ownership to those same values in the marketplace.
With that definition in mind, let’s consider Wal-Mart. The store has branded itself as a low-cost store. When you see a Wal-Mart you can count on saving more, living better.
Now, while your company name sets the tone for your brand, along with your logo and tagline, those elements alone are not the sum total of branding your business. Simply put, branding is an impression; a mark you impart on your client or customer. The topic can be rather exhaustive; however, before you begin here are a few questions to consider:
What makes you different from the other guys? What are your competitors not doing?
The above questions are a starting point to showcasing your values and what you represent. Remember Branding and Marketing are NOT the same. Marketing can be simply defined as making specific people aware of who you are, what you do, and how it can add value to them. It is important to know the difference in order to effectively market and brand. Read More→
Galatians 6:4 says, “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” Yet comparisons inevitably come up and often it’s like comparing apples and oranges, which can only lead to discontentment. I want to give you a few tips today for guarding against discontent within your business. My desire is for you to rock the business model you have for your virtual assistant business and not to be swayed by the shiny object that seems to be happening in someone else’s business or what the internet marketers are saying you must do to succeed.
Improving your business is a long-term commitment, something that must be worked on daily. We talked about a lot of methods of determining what you want for your business and for yourself as a business owner. But really, what good is all of that if no one knows your business exists?
Over the next several days we’re going to be talking about ways to increase the visibility of your business – from branding to marketing and everything in between.
Today let’s talk just a little bit about how to get your business seen. There are so many businesses out there, so many places that people can choose to spend their money. How can you keep your business on a budget, but still make a mark on the world?
Finding a niche is the first step in setting your business apart from the crowd. Locate your target market and then find a niche within. Look for a problem that needs to be solved (i.e. no one local offers organic vegetables) and then be the one to solve that problem. By being unique, your business will gain momentum more quickly than the generic businesses who spend their time copying what others are doing.
Next, begin building and email list. Ask your customers if you can email them a regular newsletter or email that contains your specials. This is a great way to connect with customers, build a relationship and remind them to buy from you. Offer subscriber-only discounts and specials to build their loyalty and excitement about being a part of your business. Read More→