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Activate Your Own Successful Stimulus Recovery Plan

by Linda Zander on July 27, 2009 | Articles
Activate Your Own Successful Stimulus Recovery Plan

Learn how to create your own successful stimulus plan with essential ingredients you already have within you.

Economic Recovery Stages

by Grant Cardone on July 27, 2009 | Articles
Economic Recovery Stages

During periods of major loss, including severe economic changes, individuals (and businesses) must go through a number of stages in response to the loss or change. Each of the stages must be fully experienced in order to recover, and the speed at which you move through each of them will determine how soon and to what degree you recover.

The Masterpiece – Inspirational Video

by Bill Mansell on July 24, 2009 | Articles
The Masterpiece - Inspirational Video

Every once in a while, something comes along that truly inspires and motivates. Today, we’d like to share one with you, absolutely free. This 4-minute video captures the essence of positive expectation and accomplishment. It takes up to 30 seconds to load — but it is definitely worth the wait. Why not take 5 minutes right now, sit back, relax, turn up your volume and enjoy… The Masterpiece.

7 Steps to Effective Speaking

by Grant Cardone on July 20, 2009 | Articles
7 Steps to Effective Speaking

Speaking is one of your most critical assets to getting yourself, your company and your ideas into the marketplace. The more persuasive and effective your speaking skills the more effective you will be. Here are seven tips I have learned over 30 years of speaking to audiences all over the world that I guarantee will make a difference for you.

5 Characteristics of a Professional

by Patricia Fripp on July 19, 2009 | Articles
5 Characteristics of a Professional

The future belongs to the competent. We need to be multifaceted in our competence and become charismatic communicators with technical competence and excellent people skills, especially in negotiating. This means developing the habit of learning everywhere, every day. Take the initiative. Go meet people who perhaps don’t look like you or think like you. I […]

Speed and Power

by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman on July 17, 2009 | Articles
Speed and Power

Occasionally, the events of the day tap into some universal truths about the human psyche. One such event occurred during the July 4th weekend when, in the midst of the country’s yearly celebration and the death of Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin announced that she was quitting as Governor or Alaska. Her leaving office so quickly after the election with two years left in her term begs the question, what universal truth could possibility by associated with Sarah Palin’s behavior? The answer is: the speed and power of speed and power.

What Michael Jackson Taught Me

by Grant Cardone on July 14, 2009 | Articles
What Michael Jackson Taught Me

Michael Jackson has a lot more to teach the world than how to moon-walk and I learned a great deal from watching this guy create his career over my lifetime. His commitment to greatness at his trade, his willingness to persist despite adversity and the genius level at which he performed are things that would benefit all of us.

How to Stay Organized

by Barbara Boone on July 13, 2009 | Articles
How to Stay Organized

Learn how to stay organized once you have commited to an organizing project in your home or office.

15 Golden Rules of Canvassing

by Tim Mulcahy on June 19, 2009 | Articles
15 Golden Rules of Canvassing

Canvassing for new contacts is one of the most important activities you will engage in as a sales professional. Use these 15 golden rules to help build confidence and get stronger so that you can book more appointments. Canvassing not only builds momentum, but also creates something from nothing and this is always a very empowering process.

The Refining Process

by Bill Mansell on June 8, 2009 | Articles
The Refining Process

Just as a river smooths and refines jagged rocks into smooth stones, our challenges and life struggles act like sand paper, smoothing our weaknesses, honing our skills, and polishing our personality until we are transformed into something better than we could ever have become on our own.

The Game Changer

by Grant Cardone on June 7, 2009 | Articles
The Game Changer

You can no longer afford the “business as usual” attitude as this is not busness as usual and extreme times require extreme actions! The current economic condition is a serious ‘game changer’ and this article is designed to show you how to take advantage of the changed game.

How to Save Time and Money by Getting Organized

by Barbara Boone on June 6, 2009 | Articles

Learn how to stay lean and mean in this economy. This article talks about the effects of disorganization and gives suggestions for saving time and money by getting organized.

Getting Over the Jitters Before You Speak

by Patricia Fripp on June 5, 2009 | Articles
Getting Over the Jitters Before You Speak

You’re waiting your turn to make a speech, when suddenly you realize that your stomach is doing strange things and your mind is rapidly going blank. How do you handle this critical time period? Some tips on public speaking and nervousness…

Say Yes to Life

by Grant Cardone on June 4, 2009 | Articles
Say Yes to Life

This past week I was reminded of one of the most important lessons in all of life; in order to live life you have to say yes to life!

Plan to Grow Rich? Americans’ Success Strategies Analyzed

by Brian Davis on June 4, 2009 | Articles
Plan to Grow Rich? Americans' Success Strategies Analyzed

An optimistic one-third of all Americans believe that they will one day become “rich,” but that’s about where they stop agreeing. Here’s a breakdown of several success strategies that Americans believe in, and how they stack up against the statistics.

Emails and Text Messages are Killing Your Chance at Success

by Grant Cardone on June 1, 2009 | Articles
Emails and Text Messages are Killing Your Chance at Success

Businesses and individuals are becoming overly dependent upon emails and text messaging, incorrectly replacing phone calls and personal visits with emails, texting and communications sent over the internet. Your reliance on electronic communication is killing your chance of creating success.

Getting Rid of Mental Clutter

by Barbara Boone on May 19, 2009 | Articles
Getting Rid of Mental Clutter

Find out how to organize information that is in your head and get rid of mental clutter.

Sales Training Critical During Recession

by Grant Cardone on May 17, 2009 | Articles
Sales Training Critical During Recession

Sales training and sales effectiveness are now critical to businesses, especially during recessions and even more so now that it can no longer rely on the gimmicks it had become dependent upon. The major components that businesses have relied on for their success over the last decade —

Learn to Be Calm

by Bill Mansell on May 13, 2009 | Articles
Learn to Be Calm

As our society becomes more and more turbulent, we need to take time to be calm, to be quiet, to cultivate peace. You can learn to be calm by cultivating personal solitude and peace in a troubled world.

Shortcuts Will Not Work In This Environment!

by Grant Cardone on May 12, 2009 | Articles
Shortcuts Will Not Work In This Environment!

You are no longer in the business that you thought you were in. The entire playing field and all its rules have changed. Quit thinking you are in whatever you call your business, because now for the first time in the past 10 years the business you are in is not responding to the actions that worked just last year. You and your team have to go back to the basics of creating your business, not just doing business.

Go Green!

by Amy Dougherty on May 12, 2009 | Articles
Go Green!

What are your core beliefs and values? Are they hidden under the cacoon of your daily grind?

How To Do Automatic Writing

by Jon Rhodes on April 19, 2009 | Articles

Even the greatest creative minds experience blocks at one time or another. Here is a simple yet powerful method to get those creative juices flowing once more.

Ready, Aim, Focus!

by Amy Dougherty on April 18, 2009 | Articles
Ready, Aim, Focus!

Accepting our inner beauty when paired with imperfection.

Crazy, man!

by Amy Dougherty on April 15, 2009 | Articles
Crazy, man!

What are the boundaries that encase our thoughts, and who made them? If you catch yourself squelching a random “crazy” thought, just turn it right around and ask “yes, but IS it nuts??” And then give yourself the freedom to explore!

How to Fire Up Your Team, But Not Burn Them Out!

by Bill Mansell on April 15, 2009 | Articles
How to Fire Up Your Team, But Not Burn Them Out!

A shaky economic climate not only affects consumer confidence, it can also negatively impact employee morale and productivity. Negative economic news, layoffs, internal cutbacks – all whittle away at your team’s confidence and erode their productivity. And, when times are tough, you simply can’t afford to have declining productivity. Motivating employees takes time and effort, but it can also yield increased productivity and a more pleasant work environment. Here are 7 quick-tips to help you fire up your team but not burn them out.

12 Tips to Getting a Job in any Market

by Grant Cardone on April 14, 2009 | Articles
12 Tips to Getting a Job in any Market

With almost 16 million people out of work, more and more people are finding themselves having to figure out how to land a job in a market where more jobs are being lost each day. Finding a job in this environment is the toughest it has been in 50-years, so you better have your best game on to do so. While many will tell you that “no one is hiring”, apply the tips in this article exactly as they are written and I assure you that you will not just get a job, but get the job you want!

Coming Home

by Amy Dougherty on April 13, 2009 | Articles
Coming Home

Examine each of the beliefs that you espouse on a regular basis. Ask yourself if it is your true belief or if you are simply nodding without thought. Eventually you will discover beauty of being at peace with your beliefs.

Tips for Creating Wealth

by Grant Cardone on April 6, 2009 | Articles
Tips for Creating Wealth

You will probably not win the lottery, create the next Google or be entitled to a significant inheritance. Most of us can not just go out into the marketplace and double our income overnight or find a million dollars. Whether a person builds substantial wealth in their lifetime is left up to the decisions they make and the actions they take. Anyone can achieve their financial goals if they have a plan, use discipline in executing that plan and take actions in accordance with a financial destination.

Sales-Driven, not Market-Driven

by Grant Cardone on April 6, 2009 | Articles
Sales-Driven, not Market-Driven

Cutting price is never a long time survival for any company, it’s just a lazy way to do business. First, it doesn’t make up for loss volumes, and secondly, it can actually unnecessarily depreciate the value of your product. Even cost cutting can’t keep up with cutting price and volumes, the math just doesn’t work!

The Power of Publicity

by Steve Davis on March 25, 2009 | Articles
The Power of Publicity

Like it or not, the new media of Social Networking is an undeniable force in the world today. What are you going to do to get in the flow? Every business owner or CEO should stop shrugging their shoulders and changing the subject when it comes to the power of social networking to create publicity.

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