This past Friday and Saturday we had the first meeting of Diane’s Mastermind. These quarterly meetings are open just to my Private Clients. Joint ventures started, deals flowed and we were all pushed outside our comfort zone with real practical exercises to kick up our businesses ten-fold.
The underlying theme for the first quarterly session was “peak performance.” There are huge opportunities in 2009 for business owners. In fact, 2009 has been called The Year of the Entrepreneur. If you want to get all that is possible this year, you’re going to want to make sure you, your team and your business are all operating at Peak Performance. Here are 5 tips to get you started:
(1) Leverage your time with technology.
If you have a service based business, it’s especially important for you to leverage your time every chance you get. If you have a product based business, provide free information to your customers and they’ll be with you for life. Now here’s the trick. Look for ways to answer a question once, especially if it’s free time you’re spending with someone. My two secrets for that are (1) get more than one person on the call via a teleconference line and (2) tape the call to send to other people who might be interested.
I’m happy to share one of my best resources: reliable FREE! teleconferencing. A client of mine owns AllFreeConference. I can’t recommend this company enough. Yes, it’s really FREE! When you click through on the link, you’ll give them your email address and receive a phone number and codes for conference calls that you can use for up to 150 people.
Now, this is the part that I like best. You can use AllFreeConference to record your calls. You’ll get a file that you can then email out or put up on a website for even more leverage of your time.
Conference calling has become an essential part of my business as it allows me to share information one time—yet many people benefit. With teleconferencing , you can arrange one conversation after another all day long and talk to groups of people anywhere without even leaving your home or office! International people can dial into your teleconference too to participate in your group conversations.
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(2) Stay in the zone of Peak Performance by focusing on the present.
You’ve probably heard this before – don’t worry about the future, let go of the past and you’ll be happy. This was the under-current theme of this past weekend’s Diane’s Mastermind meeting. On Friday, we had a long day, but it didn’t seem like it to anyone. That’s because we ended with an exercise that FORCED you to become completely present – we walked on broken glass. It was real honest-to-goodness broken glass. But it didn’t feel that way. It felt smooth and cool. How do you do it? What’s the trick? You just don’t step on anything sharp. It really is amazingly simple, but seems so hard.
Now that I said that, please do NOT try this at home. We had a licensed, certified trainer who led us in this exercise. And no one was forced with some kind of mass group hysteria. It was a purposeful declaration of the intent to being present, in peak performance, for the next 90 days. We’ll meet again and review the goals and huge business opportunities that got presented at our table Deal Flows.
There are still a few seats available for the next Diane’s Mastermind. Remember this is open to just my Private Clients. (That’s because the quarterly mastermind sessions are designed to GIVE you the tax problem of too much money and then as my Private Client, we’ll work together to SOLVE the tax problem!) It’s not cheap and it’s not for everyone. I’ll give you a little more information at the end of this newsletter on how you can be selected for one of those spots.
(3) Practice Power Networking.
At our first break at Diane’s Mastermind, we did some Power Networking. Rita from Ohio said this was one of the most useful tools she learned this past weekend!
Have you ever gone to a networking meeting and walked away thinking “Well, that was a waste of time”? Now it could be that you really were at the wrong group and there was no one worth networking with, but usually there is at least one person who has a contact, idea or resource you can use. Your mission is to find out what that is in just the few minutes you’re talking.
That’s where Power Networking techniques come into play. Here are the steps:
• Hold a handful of cards in one hand. Have a pen handy. If it’s a cocktail party, leave the drinks and food alone. This is about networking. Eat later.
• Approach someone you don’t know and introduce yourself and your business in 15 seconds or less. (Practice this one with a timer)
• Ask their name and about their company. And then ask, “How can I help you with your business?”
• Listen to what he says. Ask for a card and make a brief note on the back of his card.
• Send a card or letter to him within a week, making sure you comment on what he was looking for. Even if you can’t help him, you just acknowledged him and he will remember that.
Try this out the next time you go to a party or networking event, you’ll be surprised at the results! In today’s increasingly more high tech world, the high touch of actually caring about someone else is rare and appreciated.
(4) Hone Your Business Skills
This year is going to be an amazing one for business. That’s natural because I’ve just come back from masterminding with highly successful entrepreneurs who were happy to share ideas and strategies that created million dollar possibilities for every single person in the room. That does tend to make you feel empowered!
I have a way to help you with two big areas every business owner and investor needs: Before You File: Last Minute Tax Tips for Business Owners and Investors and Understanding Financial Statements for Everyday People.
I’m going to tell you quickly about these two brand new, one time only, very affordable seminars in San Diego and then I’ll tell you the 5th tip to stay in Peak Performance in 2009.
These are two BRAND NEW seminars that will NOT be repeated. Each are a one-time-only approx 3 hour seminar that will be held in San Diego, California.
Here’s what you’ll learn when you attend the Friday, February 20, 2009 evening event: Before Your File! Last Minute Tax Tips for Business Owners and Investors: • Avoid 5 Red Flag Audit Risks for Your Tax Return • 10 Last Minute Tax Deductions • Avoiding Real Estate Professional IRS Audits • 3 BRAND NEW Tax Strategies with Depreciation • An LLC Strategy You Can Still Use for 2008 • When and How to Fund Your Pension Plans • How to Maximize 2008 Tax Losses to Create Cash Within 30 Days From the IRS, and • Whatever else we can fit into this interactive, information-packed 2 ½ hours!
It’s only $49 and seating is extremely limited. There is no way to add more spaces once it’s full, so reserve your seat now!
The next day, Saturday, February 21, 2009, we’ll meet in the same location from 9 am – 12 pm for another ONE TIME ONLY course – Understanding Financial Statements for Everyday People. This course is a training using a brand new education product that is coming out in March. As a thank you for attending the course, you’ll get your very own copy of this $300 product as soon as it’s completed.
Understanding Financial Statements for Everyday People is specifically designed for everyday people. You will learn:
• Why Cash Does Not Equal Net Income & Vice Versa, • How to Spot Common Fraud in Your Own (and Other’s) Financial Statements, • Common Strategies to Quickly Correct Trouble Spots, • How to Spot the Low Hanging Fruit in Your Financial Statement – the Hidden Gold You’re Stepping Over Every Day, • How to Look at Your Financial Statement Like a Lender Would, and • Hundreds of Other Tips to Quickly and Easily Read the Story Behind a Financial Statement.
The price of each event as a stand-alone ticket is just $49. But if you buy a ticket to both events, you’ll pay just $69! TWO EVENTS SPECIAL
I hope to see you there! Remember it’s Friday evening and then Saturday morning. Please check out the Two Events Special for the best price.
(5) Learn From the Experts!
We had a special treat this past Saturday morning when Dr. Rayma Sommer, a psychologist best known for her work on teaching and creating tools to reach top mental states for the very best of the best world athletes. She works with the people who have gone that extra inch to be the absolute best in their field, and then teaches them techniques to consistently deliver record-shattering results.
We all received a pair of her “hot off the press” glasses with interchangeable lenses to focus, relax, stimulate, whatever you need your mind. If your child puts yellow lenses on and then sits down to do her homework, she’ll complete it, on average, in half the time. One study was done with a group of elementary school children. They wore the yellow lenses when they studied reading and within one semester had gone up 3 grade levels!
I wore the yellow lenses on Sunday when I was working on my next 90 days and I swear I got a week’s worth of work (if I had done it at my usual, distracted pace) done in 4 hours.
Put the red lenses on and stand in the sun for 10 minutes and it’ll feel like you just had a double expresso, only without the jitters.
Some of the tricks, though, are amazingly easy. If you feel that you’re getting too emotional on an issue and can’t focus logically, shake your left hand. That will immediately stimulate the other part of your brain (the logic center).
If you’re feeling out of balance in general, put both arms straight out in front of you. Turn your palms to the outside and the clasp your hands (your arms will cross). Now bring your clasped hands down and up to your chin. Close your eyes and picture something skiing off your nose.
You have just short circuited the emotional imbalance and both sides of your brain will be in harmony.
The year 2009 is indeed the Year of the Entrepreneur. There is so much opportunity available when people have great need. Solve the need, and you can help others, get rich and build true wealth. And if you’re set up with a program like we have with my Private Clients, where you are pushed WAY outside your box every quarter, mastermind with other very successful forward-thinking entrepreneurs from across the country and then become accountable to 90 day goal setting…well, this is going to be a phenomenal year. That’s all I can say!
I went through a bunch of different ideas in this email. They all had one key point – peak performance. As much opportunity as there is, there are also people who are truly scared and suffering. This is when leaders show themselves. This is when courage matters most and is shown in the little things – not giving in to the mind-numbing fear of scarcity and want, not greedily taking so others can’t have, not cutting back to the point of bare subsistence, but instead in living life as we were put on this planet to live: full of promise, hope and kindness.
So, here are the five points again, in a quick summary:
(1) Leverage your time.
Go to AllFreeConference and see how easy it can be to set up free teleseminars of your own.
(2) Focus on the present.
I’m not going to suggest that you go walk on broken glass, but maybe consider what reminder you can have to stay in the present.
(3) Practice power networking.
If you can build this skill, then go to events where you know top performers will be. Your biggest problem will become getting out of the way of your own success!
(4) Get educated on what you need to know.
There are only 100 seats available for Before You File! Last Minute Tax Tips for Business Owners & Investors and Understanding Financial Statements for Everyday People.
Here’s the BEST DEAL
The Two Event Special gets you both the Friday, February 20th evening event and the Saturday February 21st morning event for ONLY $69.
The last time I gave an event like this I had over 400 people attend, so I know tickets will go fast. Please don’t miss out.
(5) Learn from the experts.
It’s often said that the most expensive advice is free advice. That’s because the advice is often not good and that’s where the real cost is.
I’ve talked a little bit here about our event this past weekend for my Private Clients. If you’d like to learn more about all the benefits involved with being a Private Client and how you can qualify to be at events with other super successful entrepreneurs like this last weekend, please give Richard a call at 888.592.4769. There are still a few spots available. You can also drop him a line at Richard@DKTaxServices.com.