Learning to Become a Reformed Multitasker

Here in Charlotte we have a lot of “reformed bankers.” As the second largest financial capital (second only to New York City) you can imagine that we would have a lot of bankers. So naturally, especially after the latest recession, we have folks who have branched out, left banking, reinvented themselves and are now “reformed bankers.” For most they embrace it. Well there is another mindset I want people to embrace…becoming a “reformed multitasker.”

Say what?

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Two Keys to Referral Growth

Referrals are key to any business…when a client, center of influence or anyone refers your business to someone else you know are doing something right. Referrals are great because they don’t have to be sold to and a level of trust has already been established before the prospect has met you or interacted with your business (website, social media, etc.). Most of my business growth comes from two main sources with two secondary sources. The two main sources are referrals and workshops. The two secondary sources are presentations and my existing network.

My business has grown by 300% in the last 10 months and of my clients, right now 60% have come through referrals. That is 60% of my business that I didn’t have to market to, cold call, meet at a networking event or ask someone else to introduce me.

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Reward the Right Referral Behavior

I was working with a client on his referral strategy and he told me about an idea he picked up from another business owner. The business owner gave away a weekend vacation as part of a raffle to recognize referrals received. For every client who provided a referral that became a client they were entered into the raffle for a chance to win. The more referrals, the more chances to win.

There are just a few problems with this idea.

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Three Secrets Learned From Business Failure

Can you believe 2014 is at its halfway point? As I reflect on the first half of this year I am so thankful for the explosion of growth my business has experienced. Take Control has provided more than a dozen productivity workshops, conducted numerous trainings for companies, spoken to almost a dozen associations on productivity, and grown from less than a half-dozen coaching and POD clients to more than 30. It has been an awesome 6 months!<br/ >
People ask me what is different this time around (this is the 3rd company I have launched). Three things...having a daily focus on these three things has made all the difference. Here are my three "secrets" - learned from business failure.

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Parent Stress = Teen Stress

How do you handle stress? Well it turns out if you have teenagers or young adults they pick up your stress habits. That means, according to an American Psychological Association study, teens learn how to deal with stress by mirroring their parents. So if you don’t handle stress well, your kid won’t either.

The study was revealing. It turns out teens reported higher levels of stress than adults… “5.8 for teens versus 5.1 for adults on a 10-point scale.” The study also reported that “about a third said they felt overwhelmed or sad or depressed because of stress. Another third said they felt tired, and a fourth said they sometimes skip meals because of stress.”

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