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Freedom Personal Development is Hiring Sales Superstars Nationwide
by On June 30, 2009

Freedom Personal Development is hiring speakers and sales superstars in all major cities across the country.  If you are looking for a career where you are your own boss, have access to the best coaches in the country and live a life of freedom all while helping people better their lives, this is the job for you.

Here is more information about the position and how to apply:

Responsibilities:
• You will be selling and teaching the most sought after business skills in America.
• You will give high impact presentations to groups of 5 to 150 people.
• You will develop and maintain relationships with our training clients.

Requirements:
• Be Goal Oriented
• Have an Entrepreneurial Spirit
• Live with Passion
• Possess a Positive Attitude
• Jaw dropping Presentation Skills
• Excellence in Sales: inside and outside

These requirements are not fluff, they are simply the way we live and the way we work.

We receive over 300 applicants for every speaker we hire, so please don’t call unless you exude these requirements and can prove it.

We are interested in smart, hardworking, superstars that are used to getting exceptional results and are excited to learn our proven sales system.

Compensation:
Top sales professionals in our business earn over $15,000 per month and take 3 to 8 weeks of vacation each year.

If you are interested in knowing what ‘average’ people make in our business this isn’t the right fit for you.

About Freedom Personal Development:
Freedom Personal Development provides training and personal development to organizations across North America. Our clients range from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We are in our 13th year of business, and are expanding throughout the country.

Philosophically, we believe in delivering freedom to ourselves and to our clients. We operate around five Core Values: Integrity, Joy, Freedom, Excellence, and Profitability.

Go to www.deliverfreedom.com to learn more about our programs. We not only teach these skills, we live them everyday, professionally and personally.

Contacting Us:
We receive thousands of résumés each year. Before submitting yours, look at the bios of our existing speaking team at www.deliverfreedom.com/freedom_team.html. These are the kind of people that we hire.

If you think you are our next superstar, pick up the phone and send a personal email to be considered.

To Apply, Contact:
Leah Simpson
Director of Sales
888-233-0407 x 209
Leah.Simpson@deliverfreedom.com

The Magic of the Word You
by On June 29, 2009

When it comes to communication, the most powerful word is “you.” It doesn’t matter what language, the power of the word “you” is universal. When this word is used, you put the focus on the other person, not on yourself, and the results can be magical.

This is such a powerful concept that it can literally change your business for the better. In communicating your message most effectively, whether in advertising, in person or business writing, it is really about the other person or their needs, their interest, their desires. When people read or listen to a message and it has their name or “you” or “yours” in it, it automatically becomes about them and the benefits they will experience.

It removes the self serving “I need” focus that many people use either in writing or in person. Let us face it your needs are not of interest to others.

I will give you an example of this principle at work. Let us say that you run a business and you are processing payroll. You have been having trouble getting people to turn their time card in on time. You could express your frustration in a memo and say, “I need time cards or I can’t process payroll. I need to finish my job, so that I can go home for the weekend.” Or you could express the same request, but frame it around their needs. “Please turn in your timecard so that you will have a check available on Monday and you have money to pay your bills.”

Now, which one do you think is going to get a better response? When you naturally lead to the benefit the other person is going to experience, they feel a sense of ownership in what they need to do.

When writing or speaking, ask yourself, “How would apply to their life?” It transfers ownership to the other person. They can see it in their frame of reference.

All people, at one point or another, are tuned into that radio station WII FM – What Is In It For Me. As a communicator, you need to be conscious of what it’s in it for my audience, prospect, kids or reader. It sets the stage when you write, it draws the final curtain.

Here is how you can analyze your messages:

1. Take a rough draft of your message and use two color highlighters.

2. Highlight all the “I, me, my” references in yellow.

3. Read it again and highlight all the “you, your” and reader’s name in blue.

4. Step back and look at the colors. Is there more blue than yellow? If not, go back to the drawing board and reshape it so that the main focus is on the other person.

When you begin to incorporate the word “you” into your communication, both written and in person, you will be amazed by the outcome you will see.

Be Free!

Ken Budka
Training Coordinato

Video – Creating an Attitude of a Reverse Paranoid by Jack Canfield
by On June 26, 2009

 

Jack Canfield discusses the importance of your attitude aka how you CHOOSE to view your world in this video. Being optimistic WILL change your life.  Jack Canfield is the author of the best selling books Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles,

Learn how to become a reverse paranoid, otherwise known as an optimist, who believes the world is plotting to do them good, no matter what their circumstance are. This attitude breeds more good thoughts.

How to practice becoming a reverse paranoid:

1. See obstacles as opportunities to learn, grow and change.

2. Look for the seed of something better even when everything is going wrong. For example, almost everyone sees getting laid off as “bad.” The end of one job always holds the opportunity of a new beginning in a better job. By looking at it this way, you are seeing the situation as a reverse paranoid does.

3. Identity the great benefit in every event.

By following these tips, you will soon see that good fortune is not an accident but something you create with your attitudes.

Be Free!

Everyone's Favorite Subject
by On June 25, 2009

I believe that everyone reading this understands that no matter what business you are in- Real Estate, Financial Services, Teaching, Auto Sales, or any other profession, we are all in the PEOPLE BUSINESS. It’s been said that fully 85% of your success in life is directly related to your ability to effectively work with people. So I wanted to pass on a little tip that will make all your dealings with clients or co-workers much more effective.

It is laid out extremely well in Dale Carnegie’s all time best selling book How to Win Friends & Influence People (definitely recommended reading). If you ever asked someone their “favorite subject”, you’d hear answers in a few categories. Most individuals I’ve met will respond with something either in the category of an activity (reading, sports, fishing, etc.) or their relationships (kids, grandkids, etc.) and neither of those are the real answer.

The real answer- without exception- is that everyone’s favorite subject is THEMSELVES! By default, everyone is much more interested in their own life and their own day than anyone else’s, and that’s OK. I’m not saying that everyone is or should be totally self-centered. I’m saying that in your dealings with other individuals, you MUST understand and respect this principle. The more you can “put yourself in another person’s shoes”, the better communicator you’ll become.

Three tips on how to do it:

  1. Master the skill of LISTENING. You have two ears and only one mouth, and great communicators will tell you that that’s the proportion they should be used in. How are your listening skills?
  2. Take a SINCERE INTEREST in others. Empathy, compassion, and a real desire to learn about people are some of the most attractive and persuasive qualities you can possess…and they cannot be faked.
  3. Remove the words “I” and “me” from most of your communications. When selling, coaching, teaching, or just working with someone, understand that it usually not about you, so don’t try and make it that way.

In our memory training workshop we get into a ton more detail on these concepts, but I thought you’d be able to use these concept and tips. As with any success principle, the art of communicating is a skill that can (and must) be learned if we are going to live to the fullest. I wish you the best on your continuing journey- make it a great day!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Everyone's Favorite Subject
by On June 25, 2009

I believe that everyone reading this understands that no matter what business you are in- Real Estate, Financial Services, Teaching, Auto Sales, or any other profession, we are all in the PEOPLE BUSINESS. It’s been said that fully 85% of your success in life is directly related to your ability to effectively work with people. So I wanted to pass on a little tip that will make all your dealings with clients or co-workers much more effective.

It is laid out extremely well in Dale Carnegie’s all time best selling book How to Win Friends & Influence People (definitely recommended reading). If you ever asked someone their “favorite subject”, you’d hear answers in a few categories. Most individuals I’ve met will respond with something either in the category of an activity (reading, sports, fishing, etc.) or their relationships (kids, grandkids, etc.) and neither of those are the real answer.

The real answer- without exception- is that everyone’s favorite subject is THEMSELVES! By default, everyone is much more interested in their own life and their own day than anyone else’s, and that’s OK. I’m not saying that everyone is or should be totally self-centered. I’m saying that in your dealings with other individuals, you MUST understand and respect this principle. The more you can “put yourself in another person’s shoes”, the better communicator you’ll become.

Three tips on how to do it:

  1. Master the skill of LISTENING. You have two ears and only one mouth, and great communicators will tell you that that’s the proportion they should be used in. How are your listening skills?
  2. Take a SINCERE INTEREST in others. Empathy, compassion, and a real desire to learn about people are some of the most attractive and persuasive qualities you can possess…and they cannot be faked.
  3. Remove the words “I” and “me” from most of your communications. When selling, coaching, teaching, or just working with someone, understand that it usually not about you, so don’t try and make it that way.

In our memory training workshop we get into a ton more detail on these concepts, but I thought you’d be able to use these concept and tips. As with any success principle, the art of communicating is a skill that can (and must) be learned if we are going to live to the fullest. I wish you the best on your continuing journey- make it a great day!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Spring Cleaning for Your Brain
by On June 24, 2009

How many times have you felt completely overwhelmed in your life? If you are anything like most people, that answer is too many times to count. So today, I am going to show you how to do one simple thing. Make space. That’s it, make space. And we are going to make space in the place you need it the most, inside.

We live in a fast paced world. Most of us are juggling five million things throughout our day. As a result, our brain becomes cluttered like our office or our desk. Do you know the feeling you get when your office or home become overwhelmed with papers, piles, lists, contracts to sign, junk mail, dirty laundry, dirty dishes and it reaches the point where you finally say “That’s it! I’m just going to clean this mess up before I do anything else!” And then when you complete the cleaning and organizing, you feel euphoric, you feel fresh and ready to start over. You’re like “Bring it on!”

Well, your brain needs that same cleaning and organizing. Some need it more than others, but we all need it.

Would you like the magic key to start this enormous cleansing and cleaning process for your brain?

Good. Here it is. Stop. Just stop. Most of us usually have 3 or 4 internal conversations going on with ourselves every second of everyday. So stop. Turn off the radio, TV, computer, internal conversations, cell phone and sit there. Do absolutely nothing.

It is best if you are not looking at anything in particular and close your eyes. You can stay seated or lay down. If you fall asleep that’s ok. Concentrate on your breath, it is nearly impossible to have thoughts if you pay attention to the ins and outs of your breath.

The amazing thing is that you don’t need to do this for a long period of time. 10 minutes will do wonders, and you will be amazed at how long the first five minutes will take and how you will be ready to explode. Thoughts will be zooming around; it will feel like you are going crazy. But hang in there, have patience and don’t worry if you do have some thoughts pop up. The point isn’t to be perfect, the point is to try.

Set an alarm for the amount of time that you are going to attempt to stop so that you don’t have to keep looking at your watch. You do not need to do anything else; your brain will naturally start to clean up and organize. It’s a little bit like defragmenting your computer and when you are done you will be running more efficiently and with less stress.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales

Top 10 Tips for Being Successful
by On June 23, 2009

1. Take Risks 
Do not be afraid to take risks…where is the fun in that? If you want something, go for it! Do not try and justify every action you make. Sometimes, all you have to do is to take that big leap! We usually allow ourselves to settle at what is safe and secure and yet we end up wondering at all the “what ifs?” and “what could have been?” in life.

If you take a risk and fail, move on!!  The best way to learn anything is to fail at first. 

We recently posted an article with some great stories on how people overcame failure.  We recommend you read the article, Go Forth and Fail – From Setback to Success for some examples on how to get back up after you have failed.

2. Make Opportunities 
This is more logical than waiting for opportunity to knock on your door – which may or may never come.  Taking action, asking questions and being in control of your destiny is critical.

3. Have a Plan
Always have a plan.. this is the best way to stay on track with your goals. Break a big goal into smaller goals and milestones to strive for.  This then becomes your plan.

4. Stay Motivated 
Half-way through reaching a goal, we sometimes get tired and lose the desire to go on. It is important to stay motivated. Remind yourself with the reasons as to why you are working hard.  Read motivational quotes and articles. Assure yourself that every effort exerted will eventually pay-off in the long run.

5. Be Patient 
Always remember that attaining goals almost always takes time. Be kind to yourself and the people around you because everything is actually a process in working your way up the ladder each day.

8. Reward Yourself 
As you surpass every milestone try and treat yourself for a job well done.

7. Do Not Stop Learning
You may feel that you have already become an expert in your field when you’ve been working on it for so long. But this shouldn’t be the reason why you should stop learning.  Read, take classes, research on the internet and listen to audio programs to learn new perspectives and grow. Keep innovating! New ideas and new ventures helps keep the fire burning!

8. Learn to Delegate 
When you are getting close to your goals you will find out that there are many more things to do than hours in the day. Find someone to help take some of your load so you can focus on things that needs your full attention.  Listen to Tim Ferris’ tips, author of the book, ”The 4-Hour work Week” on how to delegate in this video.

9. Raise Your Standards 
Always learn to “Step-up!”. Increase your standard and strive for more! Strive to be constantly improving.

10. Be Thankful
Not only with your accomplishments but also with your trials and your failures. It will keep you humble, which in turn, will help you continue striving for success.
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Source: http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-Tips-to-Success

5 Tips for Delivering a Presenation
by On June 22, 2009

Today I’m going to give you some very practical tips on how to actually deliver a presentation.

1.  I strongly suggest that you commit your presentation to memory. This frees up your hands, your eyes, and your whole body to send out your message to your audience. I don’t mean this to be a shameless plug for our memory training workshop, but if you have taken the workshop, you know how easy memorizing a presentation can be if you just know how. It’s well worth the effort in terms of the increased credibility and communicative power.

2.  I also suggest that you practice your presentation – a lot. If you really want to nail it down, plan to spend 20 hours of rehearsal for each hour of presentation – at a minimum. More if you can swing it. Practice out loud, and record yourself using audio or video. Have someone listen to you and make constructive suggestions. This will help you to eliminate any verbal tics or bad habits that will hinder your communication. The time you invest in rehearsal will definitely improve your delivery many fold.

3.  When you are in front of your audience, make extra effort to speak to individuals in the audience. Don’t just “make eye contact.” But actually engage people for a few seconds at a time. By talking to each person in the room, and you will draw them into your program and keep their attention.

4.  Project your voice to the back of the room. You don’t have to shout, but you do need to make yourself heard.

5.  Finally, just be yourself. If you aren’t the kind of person to clown around and act goofy, then don’t. All you have to do is deliver your program with confidence, conviction and clarity. People will get your message, and they will respond appreciatively.

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

Video – Tim Ferris with 3 Tips on How to Have a 4-Hour Workweek
by On June 19, 2009

Tim Ferris, author of the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek” says you can work a lot less and enjoy life more.

In this video, he Tim outlines 3 tips on how to escape the 9-to-5 grind and work just four hours a week.

The tips include:

1.  The Process of Elimination
How to identify the 20% of your activities, customers and people you work with that produce 80% of your desired outcomes.

2.  Start a Low Information Diet
How to handle email interruptions to better manage your time to accomplish your most important objectives.

3.  Outsourcing Your Life
How much is your time worth?  Tim explains a step-by-step process to calculate ROI by hour and how you can hire a personal assistant for only $5 per hour.

3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths and 4 Ways to Handle Your Weaknesses
by On June 18, 2009

Have you ever tried to do something over and over and no matter how hard you try, it just frustrates you? Or are there some tasks that come to you so easily that you can complete them almost effortlessly?

So many times, we put a lot of effort toward improving the things that are frustrating, and we take for granted the tasks that come easy. Is that the smartest way to use our natural abilities for success? Many experts and studies say no.

Each study uses different terminology to explain the balance of strengths and weaknesses, but the conclusions are similar: improve your natural strengths for the greatest development.

For example, Marcus Buckingham in his book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, suggests that we will never get ahead in life by fixing our weaknesses. They are deeply ingrained in who we are, so attempting to “fix” them is not only incredibly difficult, but also terribly draining.

The good news, he says, is that our strengths are equally foundational to our character. This means that working to capitalize on our strengths will lead to greater progress and more satisfaction. There are natural talents that “make you tick,” and you can count on making advances by relying on those talents. Trying to do tasks that do not rely on those talents will frustrate you, so you are better off minimizing your need to complete those tasks rather than trying to improve your skill at doing so.

As a crude analogy, we often treat strengths and weaknesses like our weight, but really they are more like our height. Our weight fluctuates-we can select certain foods and adopt exercise routines to change our weight. However, there really isn’t much you can do to change your height! My husband (who is now 6’6”) was head and shoulders taller than anyone in his second grade class. He thought that being a jockey would be a good option-not necessarily the most natural choice! Although the best way to manage your weight is by making changes in your lifestyle, the best way to manage your height is to play to it. My husband changes all the light bulbs.

Whereas our height is obvious, our internal strengths are not as clear. The key is to take the time to understand what our strengths really are. However, many times our natural talents come to us so easily that we don’t even see them as strengths! How can you identify a strength?

3 Key indicators that you have found a strength are:

  1. You’ll hear yourself saying, “Oh, anyone can do that.”
    A strength will be so effortless to you that you don’t know it’s special-you think everyone must be able to do the same thing. For example, if people compliment you on your ability to figure out solutions quickly, and you don’t even realize you are doing anything different, you probably have a natural gift for strategizing.
  2. You get annoyed at other people for not doing something.
    Because your strengths are so natural to you, you will often find that you do not understand why others struggle with something so simple. For example, if you consistently find yourself bothered or confused by other’s inability to take action, you are likely naturally gifted at taking action.
  3. Other people consistently compliment you on the same characteristic.
    The people around you most likely do not have the same strengths, so they will be impressed by the ease with which you do a skill so remarkably. For example, if you’re widely known to be really sensitive to your friends’ (and strangers’) circumstances, you most likely are naturally empathetic.

Placing yourself in situations that most draw on your strengths is very logical. However, you can not completely avoid your weaknesses nor will you reach your full potential without improving some downfalls. For example, if you identify you are weak at empathy, that doesn’t give you an excuse to be rude to people!

4 Suggestions for how to handle your weaknesses:

  1. Identify them.
    These are the things you don’t get around to doing, that suck energy from your days, and/or you aren’t good at.
  2. Minimize them.
    Remove yourself from as many duties as possible that play to anything other than your strengths.
  3. Systematize them.
    Create systems to help you tackle the duties that you are currently unable to pass off. Once you have a system, it is easier to get things done that you otherwise would put off and struggle with.
  4. Overcome them.
    Use your strengths to tackle your weaknesses. If you realize you love helping people, but you find yourself having a hard time confronting them, change the way you look at that weakness: “Wow, by not confronting people, I am not helping them as much as I could, and I love helping people. I would help people better by confronting them.”

Most importantly, understand that once you have identified your strengths, know that they will always be what makes you the most successful. Spending time in your strengths will always be more beneficial than fixing your weaknesses…and more enjoyable! Therefore, make sure that what you do draws on your strengths most of the time. At the same time, don’t ignore your weaknesses. Doing at least one of the four steps above will reduce the frustration you feel and make those around you happier, too.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Speaker and Instructor