Have Fun and Convert Sales?!? How to Best Answer your Business’ Phone

Have Fun and Convert Sales?!? How to Best Answer your Business' Phone

  “Thank you for calling the Hard Rock, Maui! This is Mike – how can I rock your world?!” I remember like it was yesterday. Hands down the second-best job I’ve ever had (running this dental practice is pretty great). Young twenties, summer breaks, Maui Hawaii, … There must be a lesson we can take from that experience to apply and dramatically improve our businesses, am I right? In fact, there were many lessons I learned that I carry with me today, but the one I want to focus on here is how we were trained to answer the phone at ‘The Rock’ (as we called it).    What my managers in Maui understood that I think many of us in the business world forget is that customers may come because of your brand or marketing, but they’ll stay because of the experience you provide for them. My question to […]

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How to Be a Great Party Host: Tips, Tricks, and More

How to Be a Great Party Host: Tips, Tricks, and More

  Achieving pro party host status isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes years of trial and error in the form of burnt casseroles, bad playlists, and running out of booze before you can consider yourself an old salt in the entertaining department. But even though most people aren’t born a natural Martha (Stewart, that is), it doesn’t mean everyone can’t become one.   Here are some of our best tips and tricks for advancing your status from amateur to pro the next time you host       Never Make Your Guests Ask for Anything One basic philosophy to adopt as the host or hostess of any event is this: Never make your guests ask for anything. Consider yourself the giver of all things for the four or five hours your home is transformed into party headquarters, and try to anticipate a party-goer’s every need before they even have […]

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How to Boost your Business’ Internet Presence

How to Boost your Business' Internet Presence

  Having a strong internet presence is pivotal to the financial well being of your business. Sure, you can go above and beyond to create a unique customer experience and send out an army of current customers recruiting new ones on your behalf. But at the end of the day, those prospective new clients are going to use the ‘trust but verify’ method when it comes to recommendations from their friends and family. And the ‘verify’ portion will be done by typing (your business name here) into Google.    Go ahead, take a minute, and do the same. See what those potential customers see when they search for your business. Do they find anything at all? And if they do find you, does what they see compel them to click on your website and eventually reach out to schedule an appointment?   The truth is that we can all get […]

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2020 I’ll Be Building ‘Brick By Brick’ – And a Look Back to 2019

2020 I'll Be Building 'Brick By Brick' - And a Look Back to 2019

  Hey, Team – Great to see you again! It’s been a minute…    As I’ll get into below, I’ve been prioritizing professional time in other realms which has been a great and at times slightly frustrating thing. And while I’ll cover all of that below, I want to let you know that although my new content hasn’t been nearly as frequent as it was when we started 2019 – I haven’t quit working behind the scenes.   Not by a longshot.   In fact, since I launched the blog (March 1, 2016) I’ve published over 360 articles covering the gamut of business, fitness, family, finance, entrepreneurship, personal development, … and how each of those topics has intersected with my specific life – and my journey – along the way. And in traveling that path with you, I’ve earned an income, made great friends, honed some aspects of my communication […]

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3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit

3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit

  Becoming financially fit, just like achieving a higher physical fitness level isn’t easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and granite-like discipline to make significant positive changes.   The fact is – you need to put in the work. Period.   But when you’ve got a ton of motivation and energy, but don’t know what to do with it, not only are you wasting your time… But you’re missing out on the potential for growing your personal wealth and boosting your net worth, too. And friends, that’s no good.   That’s why, I’ve got Robbie here today to help get us on the right path.   Take it away, Robbie!   3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit   Hi everyone! I’m Robbie and I’m a personal finance blogger over at EAT Money and am really excited Mike has given me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you […]

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Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job

Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job

  Mike! Put. Down. The. Doughnut!!! Is that ‘sugar-coated lie’ helping you toward improving fitness or obliterating it?   We all know the answer, yet in spite of Jocko’s unique moniker for sugary treats (sugar-coated lies), most of us tend to go past ‘everything in moderation’ when it comes to a few vices…   Me?   Lately, it’s been mint chocolate chip ice cream and Aldi’s off-brand Keebler Elf cookies. A couple of scoops won’t suffice quite like the whole pint.   And with each ‘relapse’, the same 3 stages of guilt cycle through my head.   Shame – Regret – Rebirth   The ‘Shame’ and ‘Regret’ pieces speak for themselves, but it’s the ‘Rebirth’ piece I’d like to touch on a bit.   After binging on some edible delicacy, I’ll typically swear off the item for the foreseeable future   For example – last week I ate a sleeve […]

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Why Your Business Isn’t Growing and How To Fix It

Why Your Business Isn’t Growing and How To Fix It

  Over the past 3 years, we’ve poured a ton of focus and time into researching ‘how to grow your business’-type learning. We’ve looked at numbers, techniques, marketing, …, the whole 9 yards. But as you’ll read below, and just like in many aspects of life, if your business isn’t growing to your expectations – maybe it’s time to look in the mirror.   I was fortunate to find out early that the problem was me   And I’m very excited to share the story below with you today from Jeff, who also has some experience when it comes to breaking through your business goals… Especially when those goals come by realizing some hard truths about yourself.   Jeff sold his business to private equity for eight figures in 2017. He now manages his real estate, angel, and private equity investments and writes the occasional article on his blog, TheKickassEntrepreneur.com. […]

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Stop Out Eating Your Fitness Gains!

Stop Out Eating Your Fitness Gains

  Dude… I was shocked to hear how a self-proclaimed and famous ‘fat guy’ lost 60 pounds, got ripped, and became a healthier version of himself. But the more I read about his ‘how’ the more skeptical I became. I’ve tried my hand at a wide variety of fitness regimens, including the one touted as this guy’s saving grace. So I dove deeper into the facts and found out the truth… and guess what – weight loss continues to be as simple as ever.    But that don’t make it easy.    You know what would help matters most?    If people actually gave you the true skinny to how they did it. So today I’m here to decode the story written about this man’s journey and tell you what the author’s really trying to say.     Joe Thomas, a former offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns is a […]

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“You’re Crazy to Have a Single Fund Portfolio…”

"You're Crazy to Have a Single Fund Portfolio..."

  I saw a headline during my morning blog reading the other day that jumped out to me as ‘crazy talk’. I guess as far as the blogger is concerned, the headline worked – it grabbed my attention. But once I gave up the sacred click and dove into his post, I started thinking to myself that a single fund portfolio is reckless, at best. And at worst – catastrophic.    “Investing in a single fund portfolio is just downright crazy,” was my stance    Then all I had to was find the information to back up my claim…    #ScienctificMethod   As I researched and contemplated over the course of a few days, my data backed up my hypothesis. Not diversifying is dangerous.     But on Research Day 3 – I noticed a scarlet letter forming on my chest   “H” is for “Hypocrite”, Mike.    Or   “F” […]

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The Complete Ally Bank Review – Is It Right For You??

The Complete Ally Bank Review - Is It Right For You??

  About 4 months ago I posed the question, “Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively?” Well, as it turns out, making the switch to Ally wasn’t crazy – it just brought with it some new adventures. Some good, one bad, and a few unexpected. So today I’m here to download my complete Ally Bank review so that you can determine if it’s right for your personal finances.   The Complete Ally Bank Review – Is It Right For You??   To make sure my Ally Bank review is fair and impartial, I listed the following pros and cons exactly as they appeared in my head. Also, no brick and mortar banks were harmed in the writing of this review.   [SPOILER] – I’m really glad we made the switch, but there’s one issue I’d like to change.   Let’s dive in!   Pro – I love the […]

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