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Pump Up the Jam! What Music Motivates You?
by On September 29, 2008

Music has an unbelievable power to inspire and motivate us. We have all had moments in our life when a song has picked us up off the ground and got us back into the game or at times has taken us from good to great in business, family or personal lives.

Music has the power to help us focus, relax, laugh & even allow us to cry. Music has the ability to change our emotional state and move us in ways that the spoken word cannot. Sometimes it is just the feeling it gives us or the words within the song get us thinking and challenge us to be better. Many of us have that one song that whenever the “chips are down” we pop it in our iPods and suddenly all is clearer, better, sweeter, happier, livelier, calmer etc…

I would like to know, what is that one song for you? What song gets you going, inspires or has inspired you to “be all you can be”? In addition, we all have a story tied to the song so, what is your story? Or, to put it another way, why is that particular song so moving for you?

Post your answers below.

Be Free!

David Shoup
Instructor

Offices Going Green – Funny Email Taglines
by On September 26, 2008

At the Freedom Personal Development staff meeting last week, we brainstormed ideas to make our office green, or more environmentally friendly.

One of the suggestions (along with planting trees and turning off computer monitors at the end of the day) was adding a cute tagline to the bottom of our emails that basically reminds the recipient to think before they print.

The tag line we decide to use states “Please consider the environment before printing this email.” Straight to the point, polite and well, a little bland. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great tagline and reminder to save paper and I am happy to add it to my emails.

If you are looking for a little more spice to add to your green email tagline, check out some of the HILARIOUS ideas we found at http://ekhudson.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/hello-world/

  • Printing emails is the new clubbing seals.
  • Rome lasted over a thousand years without printing emails. Are you really going let Nero and Elagabalus have a better impact on the environment than you?
  • Why print this email? You wouldn’t copy a DVD to BetaMAX.
  • This email was produced with the highest quality bytes and Grade-A electrons; why degrade it by printing it on an obsolete medium like paper?
  • Printing this email makes Al Gore cry.
  • Unless this is a twenty dollar bill, it isn’t worth printing. 
  • Here’s a useful shortcut to remember – Ctrl-P = Rampant Climate Change.
  • 10 square miles of Rain Forest were used to print your list of Top Ten Things Cats are Thinking.
  • The Rare Spotted Mewling Toad agrees that printing your memo is more important than his habitat.
  • If man was not meant to print his emails, he would not have been given the gift of toner.
  • Mother Nature says: Forward All > Print
  • Welcome to the Digital Age! Printing emails went out with the fanny pack.
  • F.Y.I., your boss hates the sight of paper. It’s a ‘Nam thing. Maybe try forwarding instead of printing.

Please share any funny Ecofriendly email taglines you come accross!

PS – Please don’t print this blog post – Show climate change who wears the pants in this biosphere.

What would You do if Time and Money were No Concern
by On September 25, 2008

Today’s post is based on a very easy question. But this question that has led many people to profound answers and discoveries of things that they did not even know about themselves.  Once you complete this exercise you will have some clues into what your purpose is on this planet and where truly meaningful goals will come from.

To being, you will need a pen and paper. Some people take five minutes to answer this question and for others it may take a couple of days. Take as long as you need.

Here is the question you need to answer:
What would I do if time and money were no concern?

Number your paper 1 to 25 and list a minimum of 25 things you would do with or in your life if money and time were not an issue.

Would you go back to school? Take a vacation? Start a hobby? Have kids? Buy a new house or car? Live in a different climate? Get more sleep? Eat healthier foods? Workout? Change careers? Learn to fly a plane? Start a charity? Start a business? Read 100 books? Work with famous people? Volunteer your time at the hospital? Sleep all day?

One guideline to keep in mind – keep in realistic. By that I mean is you weigh 100 lbs soaking wet and have no athletic ability, don’t say you want to play for the Chicago Bears football team.

Many of us are bogged down in our day-to-day life with too many concerns. Not enough time and definitely not enough money.

Asking yourself this question can begin to give you some answers as to what you might do differently in your life. Starting to pursue answers you come up with will lead you to a more fulfilling and freeing life.

For some people these answers will come very rapidly and easily. Some people might have never even considered this question and it may take a few days to list 5, but do not stop until you have 25 answerers.

For those of you that the answers to this exercise comes easy, I would strongly encourage you to continue your list to 50, even 100 items until it becomes a little more difficult. Continue to write until you have to stretch, until you have to think of some things that you have thought of before.

Look for themes in your ideas. This will give you clues to your life’s purpose, where to set some goals and where to make changes in your life.

I’d love to hear what you all would do if time and money wasn’t a concern for you. Please share and post a comment below.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales

93 Extraordinary Referral Systems
by On September 24, 2008

Jay Abraham is a world renowned sales guru…some might even refer to him as a selling god.  His program, 93 Extraordinary Referral Systems is a must have sales training program for any sales person, sales manager or marketer.

In this program you will discover the ease of selling to referred customers.  It is considered to be the most important weapon in any marketing arsenal. Why work hard when you can work smart right?

In fact, if you ask professional salespeople and marketers, they will invariably tell you that referral prospects are the easiest people to sell to and the most time and cost efficient! When I discovered the power of referrals, my own business profits went up millions of dollars! And my students have met with similar results.

Why are referrals more eager to buy than typical prospects? It’s simply human nature! People are usually attracted to like-minded people. Therefore, if one person buys a product or service, the chances are they know someone who also would enjoy the same. In most cases, the person giving you the referral will even call the prospect and introduce you and your product or service and let them know you will be calling. The referred prospect then becomes warmer and more open to hearing about your offer because they already heard how good your product or service is!

You’ll never have to worry about coming off as an intrusive salesperson to new prospects. Now you’ll be viewed as a friend, consultant or expert. Think of the advantage you’d have over the competition who are spending countless dollars trying to sell their products and services to unwilling, skeptical prospects. Referrals will welcome you and your product or service!

Jay Abraham will show you how to put these referral systems in place – no matter what your business! And not just one, two, or even fifty referral systems…but 93 of them!

Turn your current customers into a 24-hour sales force…at no cost to you!

This program contains highly detailed explanations and experiences of top producers that have implemented these referral systems for a huge boost in sales with hardly any additional work.

These are real world, success-proven, profit-certain strategies that are currently accounting for over $150 million in sales and profits.

And, with 93 Extraordinary Referral Systems, you’ll also receive the extensive, supremely useful implementation and action-planning guidebook called “Turning Customers and Clients Into a 24-Hour No-Cost Sales Force.” It is perfect for formulating and formalizing referral systems into your own optimal business strategy.

Purchase 93 Extraordinary Referral Systems

About Jay Abraham

Jay AbrahamThe nation’s highest paid marketing consultant, he regularly works marketing miracles for his clients. During his 24 year career, Mr. Abraham has worked with over 5,000 individual businesses in 165 separate industries. He has consulted for businesses large, medium and small, from one person operations to some of the world’s largest corporations including Weyerhauser, Coldwell Banker, Prudential-Bache, Dun and Bradstreet, Citibank and Sears Roebuck & Company.Mr. Abraham specializes in successfully identifying and ethically exploiting a company’s hidden, marketable assets to create windfall profits for his clients.

New Complimentary Meeting for Your Office – Start Reading Smart
by On September 22, 2008

When was the last time you had any training to develop or polish your reading skills?

For most people, the answer is grade school. With the mass amounts of information available today from the internet, books, emails and magazines, many people feel overloaded with the material they have to read.

What would you do if you could read 2x or 3x faster than you do now?

Imagine the impact on your life, business and growth if you had the time to read more books, industry journals, newspapers or simply get through your email inbox!

Freedom Personal Development is excited to introduce the free Start Reading Smart meeting in Chicago, IL and New Hampshire.

If you enjoyed the complimentary Discovering Your Memory Power meeting, you will love Start Reading Smart!

During this complimentary meeting, you and your group will learn how to improve productivity, reduce stress, and most importantly, increase the bottom line with time saving strategies for reading faster and remembering more.

During the Start Reading Smart meeting, you will discover:

  • Techniques to improve your reading immediately
  • How the Myths of Reading are holding you back (and what the truths about reading are)
  • How to reduce your reading time.
  • What your current reading speed and comprehension level
  • How reading impacts every aspect of your life.

Benefits of Becoming a Faster Reader Include:

  • Reading More in Less Time
    You will double or even triple the amount you read in the same amount of time.  Cut the time you spend reading emails, your “To-Read’ pile, fiction or nonfiction books, web pages, technical material, newspapers and magazines.
  • Drastically Increasing Your Concentration
    The faster you read the more you pay attention and focus on what you are doing.
  • Understanding Material with Greater Depth and Accuracy
    Whether you are reading for work or pleasure, as your concentration improves, your
    understanding of the material will improve.
  • Retaining More Information
    Remember information more efficiently as your concentration and focus increase.
  • Enjoying Your Reading More
    Enjoy reading more as you build confidence and competence in your reading skills.

Rev up your reading speed, comprehension and enjoyment with this interactive, informative and exciting meeting!

For more information on bringing this free meeting to your office:

In the Greater Chicago area contact: 

Tom Weber at tom@deliverfreedom.com 773-728-5908 or 

Ken Budka at ken@deliverfreedom.com 630-406-1404

 

 In New Hampshire contact:

 

David Denis at david@deliverfreedom.com 603-238-6309

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Looking for Personal Development Book Reviews
by On September 19, 2008

Have you read a good personal development book lately?

If so, we want to hear about it!

Looking for book reviews:

*  What was the book about?
*  What did you learn?
*  Have you implemented any of the ideas into your life?

Send your personal development book review to katie@deliverfreedom.com and we will publish it on our blog.

It doesn’t have to be long – 300 – 500 words is great. Take a look at the book reviews we have published in the past to get an idea of what we are looking for.

Feel free to include one to two sentences about yourself at the bottom and a link to your blog or website.

Be Free!

For more information or questions, email katie@deliverfreedom.com

Freedom Personal Development One of America
by On September 18, 2008

Inc.com ranked Madison, WI based Freedom Personal Development company number 4,633 on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country.

The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy and list reports aggregate revenue of $185 billion.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”

Freedom Personal Development (www.deliverfreedom.com) was started in Madison by Eric Plantenberg and Roger Seip in 1996. The company organizes and offers live workshops and home study courses in the areas of memory training, speed reading, goal setting, time management, attitude management and sales skills for CEOs, entrepreneurs and sales professionals in 23 cities nation wide.

Growth is an important part of the Freedom Personal Development culture. In fact, recently, when asked how the organization would approach the recent downturn in the economy, co-founder Roger Seip replied, “As a company, we’ve decided not to participate.”

In all aspects of the business, whether it’s adding trainers in new cities or expanding the variety of course offerings, growth is a number one priority, for the company, for the team members and for their clients.

The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at www.inc5000.com

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses
The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).

Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).

Methodology
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

Companies can apply for next year’s Inc. 5000 by registering at www.incbiznet.com  

About Inc.com
The daily resource for entrepreneurs, delivers how-to guides, advice, tools, breaking news, and rich multi-media to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses. Inc.com offers dynamic marketing solutions to help advertisers effectively reach Inc.com’s audience of business leaders. Visit http://www.inc.com

Freedom Personal Development One of America
by On September 18, 2008

Inc.com ranked Madison, WI based Freedom Personal Development company number 4,633 on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country.

The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy and list reports aggregate revenue of $185 billion.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”

Freedom Personal Development (www.deliverfreedom.com) was started in Madison by Eric Plantenberg and Roger Seip in 1996. The company organizes and offers live workshops and home study courses in the areas of memory training, speed reading, goal setting, time management, attitude management and sales skills for CEOs, entrepreneurs and sales professionals in 23 cities nation wide.

Growth is an important part of the Freedom Personal Development culture. In fact, recently, when asked how the organization would approach the recent downturn in the economy, co-founder Roger Seip replied, “As a company, we’ve decided not to participate.”

In all aspects of the business, whether it’s adding trainers in new cities or expanding the variety of course offerings, growth is a number one priority, for the company, for the team members and for their clients.

The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at www.inc5000.com

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses
The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).

Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).

Methodology
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

Companies can apply for next year’s Inc. 5000 by registering at www.incbiznet.com  

About Inc.com
The daily resource for entrepreneurs, delivers how-to guides, advice, tools, breaking news, and rich multi-media to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses. Inc.com offers dynamic marketing solutions to help advertisers effectively reach Inc.com’s audience of business leaders. Visit http://www.inc.com

Personal Disaster Survival Kit – 5 Strategies to Recover
by On September 17, 2008

It’s only a matter of time. Eventually it happens to every businessperson, striking catastrophically like lightning or creeping up imperceptibly until it swamps you. It may give you lots of warning, but then arrive with unforeseen ferocity. It’s the business disaster.

A business disaster is not fire, flood, or vandalism. It is economic disaster that burns your bank account, submerges your spreadsheets, or pillages your paycheck. Your job is cut, or your sales evaporate. Your key employees leave — or maybe even worse…they stay and REALLY screw things ups. No matter what the cause is, survival is YOUR problem. FEMA ain’t coming — ever. The only ones calling are creditors, and they aren’t bringing bottled water. If you, your business and your family are to survive, you need to hitch up your shorts, roll up your sleeves and get to work on your own disaster relief efforts.

Your personal disaster survival kit could contain all manner of tools and resources. There are a few basics, however, that you cannot do without.

The Reality Checklist

Begin with a complete assessment of all your assets and liabilities. Include not just money, but skills, resources and personality traits. Make sure you know both the brutal facts and the signs of hope in your situation. The key is to see the whole truth about your life as it is now so that you are moving forward on solid factual ground. You will almost always find that your situation is not completely hopeless, and that you have more assets than you realized.

The Anti-Panic Pill

When balanced on the brink of financial disaster, it is natural, normal and understandable to feel panic. It’s just not helpful. The only way to prevent panic from taking over is to take action. Several years ago, I lost my job. I had a family, a mortgage and no contingency plans. The panic quickly set in, bolting me awake in the middle of the night, taking my appetite and filling my gut with feelings of fear, dread and anger that I could not control. I found, however, that that I could take action. I threw myself into the work of finding work. This allowed me a sense of real progress, and my positive focus helped prevent me from being paralyzed by the panic I felt.

The Emergency Beacon

Call for help. Besides the support of my friends and my family, the most valuable help I received was from a local outplacement counselor named Stacy. She helped me channel my fear and anger into a powerful, practical plan of action. I might have figured it out eventually on my own, but it would have taken me much longer — probably too long. The plan she helped me develop involved literally calling everyone I could think of for ideas, advice and assistance. By not going it alone, I leveraged my own skills and maintained external accountability to make sure I was making progress with my plan.

Mental Meal Bars

It’s easy in the middle of failure to let your discipline fall apart. Again, it is natural and understandable. It’s just not helpful. In the midst of the mess, take time to practice the small disciplines that will feed your heart, your mind and your body. Create a simple schedule that includes exercise, good nutrition, positive reading and listening. These simple disciplines have a direct and profound effect on your ability to recover from disaster. Your mindset can make or break you. Your health affects your energy and your emotional state.

In addition, these simple disciplines are almost always things that you have control over. In a disaster situation, you have lost control of many things, but you can control what you eat, what you hear and see, and how much you move your body. If you can’t do anything else, start there.

The Road Map

Know where you are, and know where you are going. Spell out your goals with brilliant clarity. Break down your journey into small sections. Keep your focus on the destination, even if it seems really far away. Keep checking your progress and make regular corrections to stay on course. If you are not clear on what it means to be recovered from your disaster, you will delay your recovery and increase your frustration with your progress.

You may have noticed that these principles are principles that we should all be engaged in every day, even when we are not in disaster recovery mode. In fact, if you find yourself dealing with a disaster, the cause may well be related to the fact that you failed to practice one or more of these principles in ordinary times. Don’t let the smoothness of your current path lull you into carelessness. Start now to incrementally build these tools into your everyday life. You will reduce the likelihood of disaster overtaking you, and you will be better prepared when it does.

Thanks for taking the time to read this—

Be Free!

This article was written by David Denis owner of http://www.rocksolidwriting.com

David is a freelance writer for hire offering article writing, sales letters, training manuals, speech writing, seo content, sales writing, blog articles, copy-writing service, sales scripts and business name ideas.

To learn more, or request a quote visit http://www.rocksolidwriting.com/freelance-writer-quote

Book Review
by On September 16, 2008

I have never been a fan of personal development books that wrap key lessons into a cutesy fictional story, but I absolutely LOVED The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews! I literally couldn’t book the book down and had to review it on the blog.

It is a story about a man, David Ponder, who is down on his luck. He has lost his job due to a corporate takeover, is behind on his mortgage, and is fired from his minimum wage job the same day he learns his daughter needs her tonsils out.

Depressed and feeling like a failure, he speeds down a highway seriously considering suicide. After hitting a patch of ice, his car spins out of control and crashes. Knock unconscious, he awakes to find himself magically transported to 1945 Postdam, Germany in a room with Harry Truman.

There he learns that he will travel to 7 places to meet 7 people each of whom will give him one of the 7 Decisions for Success.

David is instructed to read each decision for 21 days – once when he awakes and once before he sleeps. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to start or end your day than reading the short 2 page decision scrolls.

In short, here are the people he meets and the wisdom they share:

  1. Harry Truman – The Buck Stops Here
    Take responsibility for your life and the situation you are in. All of the decisions YOU have made have lead you to your current successes or failures. Until you accept it is your ‘fault’ you are where you are, your destiny is not in your control.
  2. King Solomon – I will Seek Wisdom
    Choose your friends and mentors wisely. By serving others you transform your life’s experience.
  3. Joshua Chamberlain – I am a Person of Action
    Be a person who makes decisions and acts on them quickly. Chamberlain was the man responsible for the Union’s victory in the Civil War due to his decision to take action during a key battle at Gettysburg.
  4. Christopher Columbus – I have a Decided Heart
    When people doubt your dreams or visions, stand your ground and stay true to what you know to be true.
  5. Anne Frank – Today I will Choose to be Happy
    Happiness and joy are choices that are made everyday. Certain thoughts and activities bring about a chemical reaction in your body that results in you feeling happy. Regardless of your circumstances, you can choose to be happy or not.
  6. Abraham Lincoln – I will Greet this Day with a Forgiving Spirit
    The secret of dissipating anger and resentment is through forgiveness – even to those who do not ask for it. By the simple act of forgiveness, you release the demons of the past about which you can do nothing about and create a new beginning.
  7. Angel Gabriel – I will Persist without Exception
    Your greatest power is you capacity to exercise choice. Choose to persist and hold fast to your dreams and stay the course, even in the face of exhaustion, rejection and uncertainty.

All in all this is a great book packed with amazing wisdom presented in an imaginative and entertaining story. A quick read, it is a perfect airplane book. I highly, highly, highly recommend it.  Read more reviews as Amazon.com

Be Free!

Katie Brandt
Director of Marketing

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Just post a comment below.