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I’m often asked, “Who has been an inspiration to you during your life?”
My answer is that there are a handful of people who have influenced me in terms of business and personal development. I’d like to tell you about four who have impacted my life both professionally and personally.

Michael E. Gerber

The first is Michael Gerber. Michael is an icon in the field of management. He wrote the book “The E-Myth” (entrepreneurial myth). I did not know Michael when I read the book, which I first picked up when I started BNI®. One of the things that really resonated with me was that he talked about systems, systems, systems. You have to write everything down and create systems. Make it replicable and sustainable. AND you have to learn how to work on the business, not just in the business. There are so many things that Michael wrote that I applied to BNI. I truly believe that BNI, as an organization today, exists the way it does because of the influence that “The E-Myth” had on me.

What really amazed me is that going forward almost 20 years, I finally had the opportunity to meet Michael and spend a fair amount of time with him. He visited me at my home, which reinforced my attitude about his knowledge and business acumen. He is amazing. I highly recommend that you read his book. He absolutely makes a difference in people’s business lives.

Jack Canfield

Number two is for personal development as much as business development, and that is Jack Canfield. You may know Jack from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series which has sold over 500 million copies worldwide. I’ve gotten to know Jack really well and I think he is an amazing guy. He invited me into the Transformational Leadership Council (TLC), which I have been a member of now for a number of years, serving on their board and membership committee.

For somebody who has sold 500 million books and is as well-known as he is, oftentimes ego enters the room several minutes before they do. Not so with Jack. He is easy to talk to, very well-read, low ego, very intelligent, very personable, very driven, and very connectable.

Here is one of the things that I really love about him. He is highly engaged when he is at a seminar. He is up front, listening to everyone’s presentation and taking copious notes. I have learned a lot from Jack; he is a great guy. I urge people to read his books on success, such as “The Success Principles,” and read any of the Chicken Soup books – they are outstanding.

Stewart Emery

The third person is someone who may not have the name recognition as the first two, however he has really influenced me personally and has influenced BNI. It is Stewart Emery. Stewart has written a number of books including, “Success Built to Last.” I highly recommend that book. He has also written the book, “Do You Matter?” It’s about branding and design of a business, which is really good. I think Stewart is one of the great minds of our time. He has come up with some ideas that are really powerful, two of which I talk about often.

The first is culture eats strategy for breakfast. I love that concept. Culture eats strategy for breakfast. If you are part of an organization that has marginal culture and great strategy, you’re not going to do well as an organization. If you are part of an organization with great culture and a marginal strategy, you will probably do pretty well. If you are an organization that has great culture and a great strategy, you are going to beat the competition every day of the week.

The second thing that I learned from Stewart is the concept that became the basis for the book we co-authored together, “Who’s In Your Room?” The idea is that, assuming you let somebody into a metaphorical room that you create and you can’t ever let them out, would you think twice about who you let in? It’s a great concept and it is particularly relevant for BNI chapters and networking groups because if you bring people in, you realize that you are going to be with these people for a long time and can never get rid of them if you let them in. I appreciate Stewart for sharing this brilliant concept with me, and with all of us.

Sir Richard Branson

I got a chance to meet Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, several times through my visits to Necker Island. I’ve spent time with him there and got to know him reasonably well. He is gracious, kind and patient with people. He can connect to anyone at any level of an organization and make them feel empowered and good about themselves. He knows how to relax and have fun, and he’s a great host. I love that he has absolute laser focus on anyone he meets; he gives his undivided attention to them. He talks with that person as if they are the only one in the room, maintaining eye contact with them the whole time. I have gone to school on Richard and his ability to network effectively with all people at all levels of an organization, and I’ve learned a lot from him.

So those are people who have influenced me both personally and professionally.
Who has inspired you? I invite you to think about two or three people who have made a difference in your life and share why & how in the comments section.

I believe gratitude is a good thing. I suggest that if you know these people personally, or if you can connect with them somehow, let them know that they have influenced your life.

 

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Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, Jack Canfield, discusses his book, “The Success Principles Workbook” with me in this video and Jack invites you to join him on his Success Principles Masterclass a live webinar with Jack Canfield on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 12:30 pm Pacific Time.
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Most people need some kind of guidance when reading Jack’s original book, “The Success Principles“. That is why Jack is releasing his “The Success Principles Workbook” this week.
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The Success Principles Workbook

This workbook contains 17 core principles of success. Plus, Jack provides weekly activities with step-by-step instructions, self-discovery exercises, and worksheets to keep you on a path to success.

You’ll discover:

  • The 7 major areas of life where planning will give you the most joy, the greatest prosperity, and the highest impact for good.
  • The one thing that will bring YOU success where others have failed
  • Why believing what you want is critical — and how to create this belief
  • The actual plan you need to follow — with the book as your guide
  • Plus, there are other bonuses, too, which you can read on Jack’s website

 

The workbook activities fall in the exact order you need to do to get the best results. If you take it one step at a time, over a number of weeks, you can fulfill your professional and personal goals, create an exciting new lifestyle, retire early, develop a better network, or achieve your deepest purpose, This indispensable book will provide the clarity and activities you’ve been seeking to give you the future you’ve always wanted. Plus, I have a contribution to the second edition of The Success Principles Workbookstarting on page 356.

This Workbook is an amazing tool to help you get where you want to be. Whether you are looking to increase your confidence, build your business, discover your passion and purpose, or simply get clear on your dreams and goals, anyone who wants to achieve their success principles in life must read this book. 

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Jack Canfield

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Hands down, Jack Canfield is one of the best facilitators and trainers in the world today. I have never seen anyone as good as Jack in taking his material and molding it into the needs of the individual or organization. He is absolutely the best in his field.

BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS ONLINE PROGRAM

Discover your full potential, dream bigger than you ever have before, and achieve your most important goals.

http://jackcanfield.com/success/breakthrough-to-success-online/sp/btso.html

Breakthrough to Success is the Most Comprehensive Personal Development Training Jack Canfield Offers… AND He Captured It All Live!

10 years. 5,000 graduates. Thousands of breakthroughs. Now online.

THE ULTIMATE MASTERCLASS FOR CREATING THE LIFE YOU WANT

Each year, hundreds of people fly in to join Jack Canfield for his life-changing 5-day Breakthrough to Success event. First, it’s a powerful, transformative experience that offers so much more than just a blueprint for becoming rich and successful. Furthermore, it’s great to have financial abundance, but success is more than money.

Success is about having peace of mind, doing what you love, making a difference and sharing your blessings with others. I want you to be challenging yourself and spend every day excited about what you’re doing – not sitting around living a meaningless life. Say “no” to a life without purpose… and let Jack help guide you toward the life you were meant to have!

Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield shares an amazing personal endorsement of my latest book.

Have the best body you can have to be the vehicle for you to have during your life to be able to achieve your dreams. If you want to live a happier and Healthier life, this book is for you.

Healing Begins in the Kitchen shares the remarkable story of how I went into remission from cancer just nine months after my diagnosis.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

We want more than simply readers. We want to inspire you to “Eat. Real. Food.” It can truly change your life.

We hope this book changes your life. It has changed ours, there is no doubt about that. Both of us sincerely hope that our experience with healing cancer naturally will have a powerful, positive impact. It’s this hope which compels us to share through this website and now in this book.

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In this brief video filmed at a recent TLC (Transformational Leadership Council) conference, I talk to my good friend Raymond Aaron about our respective contributions to the newly revised version of Jack Canfield’s book THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES.  

I am beyond honored to have been asked to contribute to the book and, because of that, I wanted my portion of the book to focus on the most valuable, useful, beneficial information I could possibly offer within my field of expertise.   That information is the concept of the VCP Process®–how to build visibility and credibility to ultimately achieve longlasting success through profitability.

Raymond, a world renowned success coach, offers eye-opening information about what blocks us from enjoying success through abundance and how to overcome those road blocks.

Have you read THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES?  If so, I’m eager to hear your thoughts on the book in general or on a specific section or sections which resonated with you the most.  Please share your thoughts in the comment forum below.  Thanks!

For more information on THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES, please visit: www.TheSuccessPrinciplesBook.com.

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In this video, I talk to my good friend Jack Canfield about Jack’s just-released updated edition of his bestselling book, “The Success Principles.”

Watch the video now to hear the truly amazing story of a man whose life was completely transformed as a result of following the principles in Jack’s book and to get both  Jack’s take  and my take on what it takes to be truly successful in any given area of life.

if you’ve read the earlier edition of Jack’s book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Please share your feedback in the comment forum below. Thanks!

To learn more about the newly released edition of “The Success Principles,” please visit www.TheSuccessPrinciplesBook.com.

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I’d be really surprised if you haven’t yet heard of the ice bucket challenge which has gone viral in social media and is currently sweeping the U.S. by storm.  The purpose of the ice bucket challenge is to raise awareness and raise research funds for the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  While the ALS Association’s rules for the challenge require either getting a bucket of ice water dumped on your head or making a donation, many people appear to be doing both and that’s what I have chosen to do as well.

I was nominated to take the ice bucket challenge by Frank De Rafelle, Paula Frazier, and Kimmie Umsheid so it’s something I just couldn’t ignore and, to be honest, I am actually more than glad to do it because I know firsthand what it’s like to get the news that you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness (I battled prostate cancer and now have a clean bill of health) and I’m willing to do anything I can do to help people in that position.

As the rules for the ice bucket challenge state that you must nominate three additional people, I am nominating Yakov Smirnoff, Lisa Nichols, and Jack Canfield.  Not going to lie, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing their ice bucket videos!  Although, as the rules state, they can always simply donate $100 to help ALSA research for a cure for ALS if they don’t want to dump ice water on their head (I’m hoping, however, that they’ll choose to do both).

So far, the ALSA has raised over $42 million through the ice bucket challenge and I’m proud to be a part of that.  If you’d like to donate, you can do that by hitting the easy-to-find “donate” button on their website.

If you have taken the ice bucket challenge, or if you have or know someone with ALS, I’d really like to hear about your experience.  Please share your thoughts in the comment forum below so, together, we can help raise awareness.

 

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Networking can be powerfully useful in so many ways and many people don’t realize that when they come up against a health challenge, networking can really work in their favor to bring them the help and information they greatly need.

In this video, I talk not only about how networking can help you with health challenges but also about how people who have really strong networks have actually been found to be healthier!

If you have a story about how you, a family member, or a friend have gotten through a health crisis by reaching out to your network for help, I’d really love to hear from you.  Please share your story in the comment forum below and be sure to submit your story at www.SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com.  When you submit your story via SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com, it will be considered for inclusion in the upcoming networking book I’m writing with Jack Canfield and Gautam Ganglani.  Thanks in advance for your participation–I’m looking forward to reading your stories!

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Last week I posted a video blog on the tremendous importance of following up with the contacts you make when networking in order to be successful and get results.  In today’s video, I take the discussion on follow up a step further . . .

The fact is, how you choose to follow up can really make a significant difference in getting people to remember you–if you get a little creative, you can really put yourself in a prime position for maximum referral generation.  In this video, I share a story about a young networker who got great results by going above and beyond to follow up in a really unique way with a networking group he was hoping to gain membership into, and I also offer a tip on how to follow through in order to stay top of mind so others will constantly be thinking of how they might be able to generate referrals for you.

If you have a story about a unique way you’ve followed up with someone, or a standout way you’ve seen others use to follow up, I’d love for you to submit your story at www.SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com and also share it in the comment forum below.  When you submit your story via SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com, it will be considered for inclusion in the upcoming networking book I’m writing with Jack Canfield and Gautam Ganglani.  Thanks in advance for your participation–I’m looking forward to reading your stories!

 

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It’s no secret that a huge part of a networker’s success is tied to their effectiveness at one thing—following up with the contacts they make.  Networking without following up is—to put it bluntly—nothing more than a waste of time.

So, it makes sense that one of the questions I’m most often asked is about follow up.  No matter what part of the world I’m in, one of the first things people tend to ask is what I believe is the best way to follow up with new networking connections.

In this video, I share my answer to this question and if follow up is something you struggle with, I think you’ll find what I have to say quite reassuring because the most effective way of following up is much simpler than you might think.

Do you have a method of following up which has been particularly effective for you?  If so, please share it in the comment forum below.  Also, if you have an interesting story about how you followed up with someone and left a lasting impression on them or remarkable things happened as a result of your follow up, please share your story via www.SubmitYourNetworkingStory.comWhen you submit your story, it will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming networking book I’m writing with Jack Canfield, and Gautam Ganglani.  Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Many people in the United States are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday today–a time when we get together with friends and family to celebrate all that we’re thankful for.  In thinking about the things I’m grateful for, the meaningful, trusted relationships I’ve built with so many amazing people around the world throughout my networking career are top of mind.  These relationships are invaluable to me and I know that investing in them and always respecting them is the key to maintaining trust and reaping the maximum benefits from my networking efforts.

In light of this, I thought I’d share this short video where I tell a story about what can happen when people don’t respect their relationships with their fellow networkers.  Abusing the relationship is probably the biggest mistake people can make when networking . . . not following up, confusing networking with direct selling, and premature solicitation are all faux pas when it comes to networking but abusing the relationship is the worst faux pas of all.

The fact is, we all screw up when we first start networking–I know I did!  The ticket to networking success, however, is learning–recognizing what we’ve done wrong so that we can understand how to do it right.

Do you have a story about how you learned from a networking faux pas you made in the past, or from being on the receiving end of someone else’s faux pas? If so, please go to www.SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com and share your story for consideration of inclusion in the upcoming networking book I’m writing with Jack Canfield, and Gautam Ganglani.  Also, I’d love for you to briefly summarize your story in the comment forum below as well.  Thanks in advance for your participation!

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What transpires the first time you meet someone?  How do you make an effective connection to the point where they are interested in meeting with you again?  How can you make yourself memorable in their mind? It’s not always easy to do.

In this video, explain the one powerful question you should always wrap up the conversation with after meeting someone for the first time in a business networking environment.  In addition, I demonstrate how effective this question  can be by telling a story about how I personally developed significant credibility with a first contact much more quickly than usual simply by asking this question.

I’d love to get your feedback on this strategy  and if you have additional suggestions for making a stellar, lasting impression upon  meeting someone for the first time, please share it in the comment forum below–I’m really interested in hearing your ideas!  Also, if you have a standout story similar to the one I tell in the video, about making effective initial connections, please go to www.SubmitYourNetworkingStory.com and share your story for consideration of inclusion in the upcoming networking book I’m writing with Jack Canfield, and Gautam Ganglani.  Also, I’d love for you to briefly summarize your story in the comment forum below as well.  Thanks in advance for your participation!

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