When I was a classroom teacher I loved teaching children to LOVE learning and to become life long learners, and perhaps that is because I am a lover of learning myself! Business success begins with making time to learn.
In business, we all wish we could have that eureka moment every 5 minutes, but it does not happen that way. This is why it is a huge benefit to learn from others, to attend workshops, conferences and seminars. I’m sharing the six top tips for business success that were recently passed on to me, with each tip coming from six different business masterminds!
TIP #1 — Ask, Ask, Ask
This tip comes from Jack Canfield, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. His books have so many great stories and gold nugget quotes. Jack suggests to “ask, ask, ask” for what you want, then believe and focus on what you want, and you will receive it! Jack shared that people who write down their goals get paid nine times as much as those who don’t. Food for thought!
TIP #2 — Tease, Please & Seize
This tip comes from Kevin Harrington, inventor of infomercials, one of the original Sharks on Shark Tank, and a brilliant business mind. Memorize his formula if you want know how to nail the perfect pitch:
Step 1: Tease
Step 2: Please
Step 3: Seize!
Believe me this works! I used this formula and won Kevin Harrington’s Pitch Tank recently out of 46 contestants and five finalists.
TIP #3 — F.O.C.U.S
Croix Sather, MindSet guru and TEDx speaker, states that maximizing success means “a few simple disciplines repeated everyday”. Avoid jumping from task to task, and instead F.O.C.U.S. — Follow One Course Until Success! He also says if you are writing your own e-mails, cutting your own grass, and cleaning your own house, hire someone else to do that and make money.
TIP #4 — Mistake or Discovery?
Mr. Thomas Bahler is an amazing man who speaks from the heart, and who worked with Elvis Presley and Henry Ford II. When something does not go as planned in life and in business, he suggests to ask yourself whether you made a mistake, or a discovery. As he puts it, “There are no mistakes, just discoveries!” His message is to learn from what went wrong and own what you discover because it is yours – own your discovery!
TIP #5 — Avoid the Premature Ask
Teresa De Grosbois is an exceptional business woman and speaker, who states that one of the key errors people make is the premature ask. She suggests that you give influence to get influence, endorse and help each other rather than just ask for something when you meet someone with influence. Give, give, give!
TIP #6 — The Promise
Gerry Foster is a dynamic man, full of crazy contagious energy and a marketing genius to say the least! Best marketing tip ever, are you ready? “People buy your promise, not your product or service”. Read that one over and over again – let that sink in!
Being a woman in business means taking risks, and not being afraid to do the work and find the answers to the unknown. If you are a business owner, or you are thinking of starting your own business, I would highly recommend getting out there and getting some business education. Be a lifelong learner!
Elaine Tan Comeau is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Easy Daysies, a visual magnetic scheduler to help children and families with their daily routines. Elaine was named Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year and has received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence, while Easy Daysies was named one of Dragons’ Den favourite deals by Kevin O’Leary and was chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success.
Elaine has been featured in the Financial Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, Huffington Post, highlighting her journey as a mom entrepreneur. She has written and published several e-books, and she continues to be sought after for her webinars and speaking engagements on educational topics and entrepreneurship, and continues to be a guest blogger for Staples Canada, Scholars Choice and Creative Teaching Press (USA).
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