ProfitCenterCoach.com – E461 – Quit Living in an Echo Chamber

“Speak Freely”

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

Yesterday I shared the power of Storytelling.  So using my own advice, let me share a story from a trip to DC!

 

“It’s OK, speak freely” said the retail clerk at the train station.  Instantly a huge wave of relief came over me.

Washington DC is an amazing city.  If you get the opportunity to visit, it’s a “must see” bucket list destination.  The monuments look just like they do on TV!  haha.

Seriously!

Have you ever had that experience of seeing a picture of a landmark “over and over”, for example, the Eiffel Tower or Central Park, and then you visit and think WOW it’s just like in the movies!

Side note: the Eiffel Tower was MUCH bigger than I thought it would be. I’m not sure why I thought it would be small, but it’s really really big, something to stay awake for!

My other observation is that Central Park is full of hills!  You know when you see the crime show and they find the body in Central Park, it’s always in a flat area… yeah, that’s total fiction, the park is all hills! Some are really big, too!

OK back to the train station.  Back in 2010 I was buying Benjamin Franklin’s “Common Sense” it’s a small pamphlet written in the 1700s.  I thumbed through it and knew I had to buy it.  You should read it.  I was amazed the words are as relevant today as when it was written nearly 300 years ago.

The gal took my credit card and made a comment about the book, and I started to answer, then I caught my tongue.  She looked at me and said, “speak freely”.

It was refreshing.  Not just that it was OK to give an opinion but that she wanted to hear the opinion.

I think we have forgotten this skill.

Please. Speak Freely.

PS:  don’t worry that if you share your opinion that you’ll lose a sale and go out of business.  People will disagree with you!  It’s OK.  This ties in to building a tribe of people that know and like you.  Let’s not be disrespectful. Please listen with your ears, not your mouth.  If you shout someone down you’ll find yourself isolated in an echo chamber.  Our goal with the Infinity Marketing machine is to attract people that like us, that’s totally different from attracting people like us.

#doinginfinity

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Infinity Marketing Machine Daily Topics:
Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

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ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 455 – How to be a Beginner and Expert at the Same Time!

“Fake it till you make it”

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

It’s OK to be a beginner… in certain areas.  It’s also OK to “Fake it till you make it” – in certain areas.

Let’s explore.

Check out the photo I selected for today’s inspiration.  It’s a beautiful bouquet of wooden tulips.  Now… if you a gift shop with a spring display and have the wooden tulips, brilliant!  They won’t die.  However, if you’re a florist and you try to “fake it till you make it” with the wooden tulips… that’s just strange!

You are an expert in your business. You can’t fake that.  However, you might be a beginner at the social media thing… and that’s OK to “fake” – jump in, write a post, analyze what works, and do it again.  Learning on the job is OK!  This is the perfect time to “fake it till you make it.”

#doinginfinity

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 449 – Debbie vs. Stewart

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, is always your choice.” WDyer

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

I was thinking about this inspiration… pretty good since I needed to write a post about it (haha).

But it’s very simplistic, so simplistic I can come up with a “Saturday Night Live” character for both scenarios!

Debbie Downer vs. Stewart Smalley

I’m not a fan of SNL, but… think about it… you can either be Debbie and drown in your own pitty party OR you can sit in front of a mirror and pep yourself up with a mantra of “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”.

The choice is yours!

I seriously cannot believe I’m referencing SNL! But, I saw this quote and it just became so clear.  You get to choose… Today will you channel your inner Debbie or Stewart?

Tomorrow… come back for this week’s episode on “Infinity Customers”!
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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 442 – Can I Buy Your Parrot?

“Live so that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

Sometime life just works out.  I was sitting here prepping myself to write this post and I thought, “What the heck am I going to write about?”

It’s Wednesday, “Midweek Motivation” and I’m looking for a topic… I started reading through some quotes.  Found a cool one for my cousin’s yoga studio blog…

Then I got up, grabbed my fortune cookie – haha, I just had chow mein, but you know the rule… can’t eat the fortune cookie until you’re done with the meal… so I cracked that cookie open and

BOOM!

“Live so that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

Pretty clever!  It’s always a good reminder to live your life with integrity.  Especially online.  Just because you “block” people from seeing your social profile or texts or messaging or emails does not prevent someone from taking a screen shot and posting it!

Live with integrity and you’ve got nothing to worry about.

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Infinity Marketing Machine Daily Topics:
Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This
Sunday – Week In Review

ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 437- Are You Happy With the Crew?

“Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort.”- Walt Disney

Summer is drawing to a close at the marina… but we are far from closed!  Well, we never actually close, but… our floor traffic significantly reduces.

Today I was making the schedule through Labor Day and I realized just how much we accomplished this year.

And I mean “WE”

Last year at this time we were “thin” on our crew.  We had a few bad hires in the previous year and a lousy spring recruitment that decimated the group to 4.

This year… we’re much better.   We are stable with a fall crew of 10.  My overall crew is about 25.  We have a nice team mentality started that we can build from and next year is going to be amazing!

The reason I bring this up is because of a conversation I had with my one crew member.

He just finished his last shift… he leaves for his first day of college tomorrow!  He started at age 14, so he’s one of the main leaders.  So… before he left, I said thank you to him for all of his help and leadership over the summer.  All of our crew really worked hard to build a wonderful crew that is hard working and fun. But he in particular was key to the success.

Back in April I had a conversation with him about what my overall vision/plan was… and really, I let he and his two other high school seniors build our team.  This started with the spring recruitment party.  It was the first one we did… and granted, I still feel 18 on the inside, my gray hair kinda spills my secret.  So I stepped back and let them take the lead by building relationships with prospective crew members.

Then they did it with training.

Then they did it with retention.

It was a leap of faith but my advice in regards to today’s inspiration… regardless of age, utilize the skills of those that surround you, and you will be pleasantly surprised.

So today on his way out the door he said, “are you happy with the crew?”

Now remember I was deep in the 3 hour scheduling process, I was tired and annoyed at everyone’s “I have practice” “I’m going out of town” “I’m doing anything but going to be at work” requests… and HE took me by surprise.  Rarely does a supervisor get directly asked such an important question of affirmation.

My answer… “YES” – They did an amazing job.   I went on to explain in detail… but a resounding yes.

Now the fun starts… it’s a new crew, the “old crew” is gone (at school) but if history repeats itself, the growth will amaze as they “step up” into their new roles!

As you’re going through today… look for those golden “we” opportunities and share your celebration!

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!

ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 431 – Goal. Plan. Go… Even If It’s Slow.

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

Do you have a plan?  It might be about your family, your business, or your health… but I’m just curious if you have a plan.

The reason I ask is because when you’re frustrated it’s often because you haven’t put any sort of goal in motion… a.k.a. a plan.  A plan is just a goal in motion!

And when something is in motion… it’s great!

I’m extremely busy right now, the reason… it’s summer!  We have a lot going on at the marina but I also know this… September will be here in 15 days and that’s when people, believe it or not, start Christmas shopping!  I do several things online that are all about the holiday shopping season… so I have a different goal right now.

It’s a personal goal…

And that’s to get my websites under control and ready to go for winter!  This is difficult with everything I’ve got going on, but, if I make a plan and regardless how “slow” it’s going toward accomplishing my goal… I am making progress and you know what????

I feel good about it!  Regardless of how slow it’s going right now… I am making progress toward my goal.

SO for you today, get yourself a reality check and see what is frustrating you, make your goal and just make a little progress EVERY DAY toward making it a success!

Bite size… slow and steady… but just keep going!

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!

JUMP! – ProfitCenterCoach.com – Episode 425

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

So does the gal in the photo jump in and swim or build a boat or buy a cruise ticket or head for the airport.  There are many ways to cross the sea!

But it all starts with action.

And that’s where it breaks down.  You looked at the picture and may have thought – just get in and swim!

After taking a moment you thought about how big the ocean is and how tired you’d get and how unrealistic it would be to swim so planning helped you decide on the boat or cruise.

but then….

Someone said, “head to the airport” and it threw a wrench in your whole thought process. Never did you think that “crossing the sea” could mean that you go over it!

There are endless possibilities to every questions.  Other than running into the dreaded “analysis paralysis” don’t limit yourself with small thoughts.

And by all means JUMP.

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Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
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Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!

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