Friday, June 22, 2007

The Courage Crafters Show

We did our 7th episode of the Courage Crafters Show yesterday with speaker and sales trainer Joel Weldon. What a classy guy and so knowledgeable about how to build sales and serve clients.

In Joel's own business (and for the last 30 years) he doesn't cold call, he doesn't "market"or mail flyers, he doesn't use booking agents, it's all referrals! And Joel believes in the power of the go for no philosophy.

Listen to show now by downloading the MP3 and hear to Joel Weldon discuss his philosophies on selling and his amazing ideas on how to generate high quality referrals. We can say... if you do it right, you'll have more business than you know what to do with and it's probably not what you think!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Man Who Paints with His Nose

The next time you feel like life is not giving you all you want and deserve, you must step back and gain some perspective.

We know, it's hard when you are too busy worrying about what you don't have. Really you have to snap out of it. It's what helps us make "failing our way to success" fun and do-able! When things go wrong, we make a mistake, a business idea flops, we step back and gain that perspective.

Last year we were in our old hometown of Los Angeles walking through Santa Monica's 3rd St. Promenade. We noticed a man in a wheel chair in his own world painting away... but he wasn't painting with his hands or fingers. Or even arms. Or feet. He was painting with his nose. Afflicated with cerebal palsy since birth, Gille Legacy has had no use of his arms or legs. But for the last 40 years he has been painting. He has also written and published four books of poetry and short stories. They are all typed on his compuer. With his nose.

To try to explain to you something about this person is like describing a perfect sunset, you have to see it. Not only does he have talent he has an amazing perspective. We encourage you to visit Gille's web site; learn about him on his amazing video The Man Who Paints With His Nose.

It has been said that excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Gille makes no excuses.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Chasing Tom Peters

Chasing might be a strong word. Slowly cornering.

We decided that one of the important marketing strategies when it comes to spreading the word about our book, Go for No! is to get endorsements from high profile business leaders, consultants and experts. Our first choice is Tom Peters. We have not gotten a "no" from him yet. We haven't gotten anything yet actually. I mailed a copy of the book a couple weeks ago. That was step 1. Step 2 was to ask listeners of the Courage Crafters Show to hook us up if they know Tom or know someone who knows Tom. Nothing yet.

Why Tom Peters? Tom inspired us to leave our corporate jobs and start our own business. He is an awesome speaker, genius observer of all things business; we love his radical ideas and ability to make you think differently. We wanted to do some of those ideas and when we saw they weren't going to fly in our own jobs we wanted out even more. Plus Tom believes the failure-success connection as do we.

So, until we get a "no" we'll continue to go for no with Tom.

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