Being Understood Starts with Understanding

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“I just don’t understand why they don’t listen to me!”  Have you ever had that thought? Do you have employees?  Do you network?  Do you go to meetings?  Do you feel as though nobody listens to you?

The fact is that people do not listen and understand you because you are not listening to them.  You talk, explain, analyze, preach, propose, and offer advice and instruction.  The reason that they do not listen and understand is because you have not listened and understood them.  You will understand them only when you listen to them. Understanding them leads to you being understood.

First, ask an open-ended question (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).  Then, be present.  Be engaged.  Quietly listen.  Then ask another question.  Feel where they are.  See how they see you.  Then ask another question.  Listen for a long time, without offering your wisdom or giving solutions.  Just listen and UNDERSTAND.  After truly understand them will you be truly understood yourself.

When you truly respect and listen, and understand another human being, it opens the possibility for a real conversation.  What they understand is that you care and that you truly understand and respect them.  They might even ask you a question, and seek to understand you.  Now wouldn’t that be an interesting response, that they want to listen to you?

If you are ready to be heard.  If you have something valuable to share.  If YOU want to be understood, you have you start with understanding!

by PJ Weiland, ActionCOACH
http://www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland

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Do you need guidance in your small business?

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Whether you are just starting out as a small business owner or re-organizing your current business, you may need the help of a small business expert, like myself, to guide you down the correct path.

I hear from many business owners on a daily basis who just don’t have the time, the skills, or the motivation to work on some of those much-needed aspects of creating their business plan (and carrying it out).

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  • Downloadable media kit template

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Online Business Events for February 2016

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2016

How to Use Offline and Online Networking to Grow your Business
February 2, 2016
Learn how to develop a networking strategy, where the best places to network are, how to perfect your introductions, and more!

Financials for Non-Financial Small Business Owners
February 9, 2016
Understanding your company’s financial statements is fundamental for business success, but often business owners find themselves baffled by income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts.

Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business
February 9, 2016
Find out what SCORE can do for you and your business!

Assess Your Business:  Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
February 11, 2016
This webinar series introduces business owners to the GrowthWheel toolkit while working with a certified business advisor.

GrowthWheel Tool:  Improve Cashflow
February 17, 2016
This webinar identifies to cash flow challenges and tools to determine whether your problems are due to profitability or timing.

Social Media Timesavers
February 17, 2016
Find time to save time with advanced social media tips & tricks! Managing social media activity can be daunting to time-starved business and non-profit owners who cannot afford to live on social media all day nor ignore it. Luckily, there are tools out there designed for people like you in mind!

Boost Your Bottom Line: The Credit Issue
February 18, 2016
The Credit Issue Personal Credit is impacted by each financial decision you make.  Come learn about it from a financial literacy educator.

Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
February 18, 2016
Join us for this timely SCORE LIVE Webinar when we’ll be answering your questions regarding tax preparations for small businesses!

Advanced Exporting – Live Webinar
February 25, 2016
This webinar is for the Advanced Global Operational or Sales Professional.  Learn invaluable tips on how to successfully manage key export challenges.

ONGOING EVENTS or PAST WEBINARS

U.S Small Business Administration:  Click HERE for Webinars

IRS:  Click HERE for Webinars

American Management Association:  Click HERE for Webinars

RESOURCES for Small Business

SBA Loans and Grants:  Click HERE 

Women-Owned Business Grants:  Click HERE 

Federal Grants for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Concerns for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Assistance for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Click HERE for updated information

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2016 Online Small Business Events

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Health Benefits Done Right: Health Insurance and the Role of Payroll
January 26, 2016
Finding the right health care for your small business doesn’t have to be hard or costly. This webinar contains the basics you’ll need to find the right plan for you and your employees, and how it relates to your payroll solution.

How to Grow Your Business Online
January 26, 2016
Google is now an important part of the marketing mix for many companies, capable of driving tremendous business. This session is designed to help you understand the factors Google uses to determine the rankings of sites in their organic results, and within their paid results (PPC).

What’s Ahead for Affiliate Marketing?
January 27, 2016
Learn about new products and services on the road map for this year and how you can benefit from them.

Social Media, Marketing, and Websites
January 27, 2016
Whether you have a website, a LinkedIn page, or use Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Instagram, you are exposing your practice/business to a potential Breach. The avenues of electronic communications are growing and we must grow with it in order to maintain HIPAA compliance and keep the integrity and privacy of patients and their protected health information. In this lesson, policies and procedures will be discussed that will help to ensure a compliant understanding of the usage of social media, marketing efforts, and website development.

Credit Card Surcharging:  What are the stipulations for compliance?
January 27, 2016
The worst thing end-user organizations can do is to have an uninformed reaction to surcharging. It’s important to first look at the big picture as end-users should also educate suppliers about the economics of card acceptance, pointing out the savings possible and other benefits.

7 Powerful Excel Features Every Government User Needs to Know
January 27, 2016
Many government employees use Microsoft Excel® only occasionally for updating figures on a monthly report, creating a budget, or preparing mailing lists. Being comfortable using Excel is a great skill to have, but becoming a more knowledgeable user is even better.When you master some power-user tricks, you’ll be more productive and valuable at work.While it is important to play around with Excel and try different functions, having an expert walk you through the process is so much better.During this webcast, you’ll get a step-by-step demonstration of some key Excel features that can truly advance your skills and boost your productivity.

GrowthWheel Tool:  Engaging Customers in Conversation
January 28, 2016
How do you best engage customers/clients to retain and continue to serve them?  Explore activities to start conversations, how to think through what vehicles you’ll use, and key messages you want to convey.

How to Kill It In Social Media
January 28, 2016
You will learn to develop and execute a social media plan for your small business.  You will also learn how to drive traffic and extend brand awareness by leveraging social media.

Free Publicity – Get Buzz and Attention in the Media
January 28, 2016
Presenter Ramon Ray has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journey, Inc Magazine and beyond. In this webinar, he’ll share his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service.vBusinesses who get media attention build credibility and quickly extend their brand reach faster than simple word of mouth marketing or other marketing. Attendees will leave this insightful, energized and practical presentation with specific tools and best practices to get the attention of local and national media.

How to Build Your First Mobile App
January 28, 2016
Learn from experts about how to approach building a mobile application and explore various do-it-yourself or outsourcing options.

How to Use Offline and Online Networking to Grow your Business
February 2, 2016
Learn how to develop a networking strategy, where the best places to network are, how to perfect your introductions, and more!

Financials for Non-Financial Small Business Owners
February 9, 2016
Understanding your company’s financial statements is fundamental for business success, but often business owners find themselves baffled by income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts.

Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business
February 9, 2016
Find out what SCORE can do for you and your business!

Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
February 18, 2016
Join us for this timely SCORE LIVE Webinar when we’ll be answering your questions regarding tax preparations for small businesses!

Check back often for updated events!
And don’t forget to connect through LinkedInTwitter, and Google+.

ONGOING EVENTS or PAST WEBINARS

U.S Small Business Administration:  Click HERE for Webinars

IRS:  Click HERE for Webinars

American Management Association:  Click HERE for Webinars

RESOURCES for Small Business

SBA Loans and Grants:  Click HERE 

Women-Owned Business Grants:  Click HERE 

Federal Grants for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Concerns for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Assistance for Small Business:  Click HERE 

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Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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10 Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant:

  • You save yourself money
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  • You schedule certain detailed tasks for your VA
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  • To decrease your work stress
  • To decrease your paperwork load
  • To help keep you organized
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  • To get new customers to know, like, and trust your business
  • To give you more time to focus on business relationships
  • To save you money
  • To save you time
  • To work with your budget
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Consider viewing my list of services, to see how I am be able to assist you with your business.

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www.BusinessVirtualServices.com

21 Ways to Get Publicity

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Do you know what made Dr. Phil famous? It was his weekly appearances on Oprah.

Was he the world’s smartest psychologist? Is he the most handsome? I don’t think so.

So, why is Dr. Phil rich and famous…and not you?

It’s because of publicity.

Publicity is one of the most powerful forms of advertising.

Reporters are constantly on the lookout for products, companies, and individuals to write about.

If you’re not using publicity then you are missing out on sales and leaving a lot of money on the table.

Advertising mixed with publicity or PR (public relations) can increase sales in a short period of time.

The 2 Biggest Reasons PR Doesn’t Help Business Owners

1) Business owners aren’t familiar with it. Before I got into PR, I owned a collection agency and I had never heard about public relations. And, I wasted lots of money on advertising that didn’t work. Let’s face it. Reporters can’t write about you if they don’t know you exist.

2) Your PR efforts aren’t consistent. Sending one press release every 3 or 4 months is not a campaign and doesn’t get results.

I’ve discovered 21 ways you can get publicity to promote your business, get new customers, boost sales, and have lots of fun:

1. Call the radio station when you hear ” We have open lines” and talk about issues that your expertise solves.

2. Give an award. (Find influential people in your community or industry and give them an award.)

3. Get an editorial calendar from publications you’d like to be in and find out upcoming stories that fit your expertise.

4. Arrange round up articles with other experts in your industry.

5. Host your own radio show.

6. Write articles for newspapers and magazines.

7. Write Op/Ed columns for newspapers.

8. Write a letter to the editor.

9. Write a tip sheet. (21 Ways to…)

10. Write a guest column for newspapers.

11. Write a how-to article.

12. Write and send press releases to the media.

13. Start your own free local cable access TV show. (Contact local cable company)

14. Speak for local civic groups and announce in their newsletters.

15. Go where the cameras are. Read calendar of events section in your newspaper or call newsroom and ask what events they are covering.

16. Call photographers desk at local newspapers and volunteer your office or building for backdrop or special issue stories.

17. Write a pitch letter.

18. Set up referrals with other well-known experts. Refer reporters to each other.

19. Send reprints of articles to other media outlets and offer additional information.

20. Create your own special day. (Visit www.chases.com)

21. Call the media on slow news days (weekends and holidays) and suggest a story.

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We have a new pricing structure. It’s pay per placement. If we don’t get publicity you don’t pay.

We charge $900 per interview and these are national placements.
Please choose 5 or 10 media placements you want.

CNBC
Entrepreneur
Forbes
Fox News
CNN
Fox Business
Worth Magazine
NY Times
Wall St. Journal
INC
Fast Company
Steve Harvey TV Show
LA Daily Talk Show
Small Business Opportunities
I look forward to working with you.

Best,

Bob Smith   
RSA     
robertsmithpublicrelations@gmail.com
www.getpr.info
@robertsmithpubl