Like Bob Proctor said in a video, The Secret, the Law of Attraction works whether you are aware of it or not. Just like the law of gravity, it rules your life even if you don’t know a law like that exists.
This is my story…
When I woke up this morning, I went over to my bookshelf to return some of the business books I just finished reading.
As I was rearranging my books, I came across my University yearbook, Vet. Class 2009. I picked it up to look at the beautiful faces of my former classmates, but I observed something quite magical as I read through our plans written in the yearbook.
Life is treating everyone of us just the way we asked… Continue reading
A ‘business plan’ is much more than a tool for getting investors or loans from financial institutions. From my personal experience, a ‘business plan’ is an excellent tool to open up your mind to greater possibilities in your business.
Many people dread the idea of sitting down to write a plan for their business until there is a need to get loans or funds from investors. This is a very counterproductive way of starting or running a business.
“As long as you view and run your business from the one position …, even if that one position has worked for you in the past, you’ll NEVER achieve the success you should or could. If you keep looking at your business from the same, limited perspective, you’ll only see what you’re prepared to see and what you’ve seen in the past.”
I have been making the same error for many years until something happened a few months ago. Continue reading
A marathon never meant anything to me until my friend returned from an over 40 kilometers race to tell his story, and how small business owners can learn from it.
His story reminded me of what Brian Tracy says,
“To be successful in life, it is good to engage in some form of athletic competition in order to develop a competitive mind.”
Let me tell you how the story impacts my life as a small business owner.
Being his first time in a marathon, my friend prepared extra-hard to win the N2 million (about $14, 000) prize for the winner.
He competed with over a thousand people running through hills and valleys, rough and smooth roads, straight and winding paths with one purpose – to win the prize. From the very start, he was determined to give it all it would take.
Unfortunately, he did not win the prize, but he returned with the following timeless tips for small business owners. Continue reading
Questions are a powerful tool used to open up human consciousness to more possibilities. A business owner can use the right questions to forge ahead successfully.
In my personal life, I have used some vital questions to decide what is best for me from the myriads of opportunities knocking on my door. I have no doubt that you also would have used questions to sift through clouded reasoning at least once or twice in the past. Though this may have happened to you accidentally, it is a great way to cut through blurred lines of reasoning that sometimes hold us down, and choose what is best.
“Questions are the laser of human consciousness. Use their power to cut through any obstacle or challenge”
You may be going through a bad time in your business right now. You may have even identified where the faults come from and how they can be corrected; but you would like to prioritize appropriately. I recently passed through a bad time; so much that I felt owning a business is too much of a task, but this little exercise pulled me back to my feet and helped me prioritize properly. Continue reading
How do you fish? Do you throw in a hook without bait? Do you launch tasteless baits? Or do you fish where there are no fishes at all?
A great business model should launch tasteful bait in a reliable hook where fishes are many.
Having a great business model is the underlying secret of every successful business. The frontend and the backend of your business have to align adequately. In actual fact, having a great business model is much more important than having a great product or service.
Google entered the world of search engines and revolutionized advertisement with Google Adwords and Adsense. Referring to Google ads, Michael Eisner who was involved in managing one of the search engines in existence before Google, says, “I never thought you could identify the ads, put them on the right side of the page … Continue reading
PEM 101 (Part 4): Summary of Writing and Responding to Professional Emails
Now that we have discussed how to contact clients effectively by email, how to write and respond to professional emails, and the rules of writing and responding to emails; let’s go over the major points again.
1. Ensure You Have a Professional Email Address
Most of the time, it is actually better to have a business email address or company email address (yourname@yourcompany’s name.com) e.g. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
If you do not have a business email, get a Yahoo! or Gmail equivalent e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the first step to contacting clients professionally using emails.
2. Choose Your Email Headlines Carefully
Bear in mind that business owners (your clients) receive a lot of emails just like you.
Your email headline must stand out to grab their attention. Yet, you should avoid using ambiguous and annoying headlines like Important, Urgent, Emergency etc.
Your headlines should be succinct and meaningful; it should be individual and professional.
3. Greet Your Client or Prospect Respectfully Continue reading
PEM 101(Part 3): Rules Guiding Writing and Responding to Professional Emails
Business is serious. That’s why professional emails have rules. These rules will help you avoid the common blunders of email communication.
However, these rules are not set in stone. Take them as guiding principles for effective and professional email communication.
A. Pay Due Attention to Your Grammar and Spellings
Trust me; nothing makes an email uglier than bad grammar and wrong spellings.
It may take you more time to look up words on your PC dictionary, but that time is worth it for professional emails. You should also turn on your word checker.
No matter how good your email is, it lacks professionalism if it contains grammatical flaws or spelling errors. Continue reading