Meetings are temporary committees.
Nothing great gets done by committees.
Typically meetings are the exact opposite of actual work. They are a way of avoiding work, a way for egos to inflate, and a great way to waste time.
If you must have a meeting… and I mean if you really MUST… here are three tips to minimize the damage:
1. Keep it to 15 minutes or less. Use a timer! Be ruthless.
2. No speeches. Consider a 2-minute rule: no speaking for more than 2 minutes by any one person.
3. Stand up. No sitting. And no snacks, no drinks, and no handouts (if you can put it on a handout or in an email… why are you wasting my time with a meeting?).
This all applies to phone meetings too.
I always said, while I was in the radio business, that when it stopped being fun I would quit.
Eventually I had to put my money where my mouth was; and I quit.
The only regret I have is that I didn’t do it sooner.
So I say to you: if you’re not having fun in your job, your work, or your business… quit.
Realistic is not where the money is.
Realistic does not change the world; it does not shake up the status quo; realistic does not create legacy.
The greatest advances of history were created by unrealistic people?
Most of us work for the big home run in business. We’re looking for the breakthrough idea, the standout promotion, the million-dollar product launch.
I’ve been involved in a little bit of each, and they are certainly nice. But the reality is S. not the way normal business growth occurs. The way businesses normally grow is incrementally, over time.
Interestingly, it seems to be the businesses that have been growing incrementally over time that more often than not experience those big home run moments every now and then.
One way to increase profits, almost without fail, is to try a little bit of improvement every day. Improve your process for selling, prospecting, and producing products. Just a little bit, every day. It adds up.
Having no marketing budget is no excuse for not marketing. Here are three ideas you can use to promote your business, and each of them cost less than $10.
You might laugh when you see the list. But it’s my belief that many of the businesses we see closing their doors these days might have been saved by the diligent application of $10 marketing tactics.
1. Call every one of your past customers on the phone and ask them if they need help with anything. Listen to their answer.
2. Write a letter to every one of your past customers and ask them if they need help with anything. Watch for their response, or be ready for their phone call.
3. If you send out any kind of billing each month, include an offer inside each envelope. It can be a simple one sheet description of a product-but it must contain a call to action. Ask for the order.
Now, you might say that some of these will cost more than $10. It’s true, if you’re going to mail all your past customers and you have 100,000 of them, it will cost more than 10 bucks. But my guess is, if the title of this post caught your attention, your problem is not having 100,000 previous customers and not knowing what to do with them.