Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150511

It does not matter the topic, time management, motivation, clinical physiology or cooking. There will be a book which can provide you some ideas. The best books will provide you with forewarning about the pitfalls to avoid in life and business. The books may not give you the answer you are looking for, but they will without a doubt set you on the path.

What books have you read to improve yourself?

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Networking and Referrals

Networking and Referrals

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Ron Gibson of Go Networking talk about networking and generating referrals for your business. Ron is a leading professional expert in business relationships, networking and word of mouth referrals, and the presentation he gave provided some answers to those questions that have been holding me back in my networking and business development.

Today post will be the first of four blog posts based on Ron’s presentation. If you are a small business owner or just someone who is looking to develop your business networks and referrals, I hope that you find these posts of use.

Referrals

Ron started his presentation with two questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is my strategy for referrals?
  2. What am I doing to earn my next referral?

Ron made the following points about referrals

  • The easiest lead to close is often the hardest lead to get.
  • To get more referrals you have got to deliver more than you promised.
  • You have to get more personal and get to know your leads better.
  • You must bring ongoing value after the deal is done.

Principles

  • If there is no talk about how you can help each other;
  • If there is no sharing of information; or
  • If there is no follow up to carry the association deeper.

Then you are socialising not networking.

With practice you will get better at it.


The three following posts will look at questions to develop your networking/referral strategy, a simple strategy to reconnect with old contacts and to finish with will be a series of questions to use at networking events to maximise the benefits for yourself.

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150504

We don’t know what life has in hold for us. If we put off following our dreams until tomorrow, tomorrow my never come.

Last night I was reading a post by bxrtleyWORD ON THE STREET: LIFE IS PRECIOUS where he describes two pedistrians (one in a wheel chair) being hit by a car. This occurred on the footpath he had been walking along only 15 minutes earlier.

For me it drove home the message in the above quote. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow and so much of it is out of our control. It could be positive or it could be negative, it could be the same old daily grind. In the end we can only do what is within our control, and one thing which is in our control is making the decision to live our dreams today, not tomorrow, not next week, TODAY.

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150427

Way too often in life we want our plans to be perfect before we put them into motion. Why, it could be fear of failure or rejection or as simple as not wanting to move out of our comfort zone.

The key to achieving our goals is to get started on the path. We are all going to make mistakes, learn from them and keep moving forward. In the end if you don’t start you are never going to achieve anything.

Wayne Gretzky the Canadian ice hockey player summed it up best

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

What are you going to start today?

Saturday Morning Ritual

A while ago I wrote about our families Sunday afternoon ritual, our other main ritual most weekends is to visit the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea to get our fresh fruit and vegetable for the week. There is something special with buying your fruit and vege at the markets, it is not just that the produce is fresher, it is the atmosphere, the energy of the place.

After a short while you start to get to know some of the stall holders and before you know it they start to become friends that you look forward to seeing each week.

In a short space of time you start to find which stalls have the produce that you want and like. You may buy your potato from one stall and your greens from another, and yet another is where you go for your fruit.

There is one particular stall which specialises in Asian vegetables which we frequent each week, the produce is always fresh, and we know that it will usually keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, meaning that there is rarely any spoilage or wastage.

One of my highlights is catching up with either Paul or Liam from Saintsational Sausages. They have gluten, preservative & MSG free gourmet sausages, and some of the flavours that Paul has come up with, hmmm delicious. If you are in the Rocklea area, I high recommend getting a pack from them, you will not be disappointed. (also check out their facebook page for other markets that they are at around Brisbane and the Sunshine coast)

Finally if you have bought all this wonderful produce and your wondering what to do with it all, check out Geoff’s Kitchen for some wonderful ideas. (Disclaimer Geoff happens to be my little brother, but even with that handicap the food he produces is wonderful)

The burger pictured above is the “Saintsational” Gourmet Lamb Rissole, Fresh Basil, Tomato, Sautéed Mushroom, Cheddar, Cos, Hot Sauce, Toasted Brioche and is not for the faint hearted. For some wonderful gormet reciepes, explained in easy to follow steps go check out Geoff’s Kitchen.

I can hear the family stirring, so it is time to get ready and head off to the markets. Hope you have a wonderful day, because I know my day is going to start off with some wonderful fresh produce and an enjoyable stroll through the markets. Have a great weekend.

All of the photos used in this post where sourced from the respective facebook pages of the Brisbane Markets, Saintsational Saugages or Geoff’s Kitchen.

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150420

Like most people for a long time I looked at success as a goal to be achieved. As child you are told to “study hard and to work hard to be successful”. When I first heard the above quote it was a profound moment, with the realisation that success was not a goal but was about the journey to achieving your goals.

There is a lot writen on the process of success, one summary which I particularly like and which resonates with me is a blog post by Sean Smith Success Isn’t a Mystery, It’s a Process. Sean summarises the process as:

  1. Define yourself 
  2. Set concrete goals
  3. Know in your heart that you can succeed
  4. Force yourself to act
  5. Help others along the way

This is not the one and only way, it is just the process which resonates with me at this stage of my journey. In the end we each have to find what works for us, what processes help us to achieve our goals. And in the process success just happens.