Birthday Specials for Everyone!

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Happy Birthday…to Me!!! Yup, it’s that time again – I’m excited to say that I’m another year better, another year smarter, and another year closer to reaching all of my goals!

As many of you know, I always like to GIVE a birthday present on my birthday to others…with Gratitude month coming up shortly, it helps me to stay focused on how much we appreciate the amazing people we consider the Powerful Words Family.

So…this year, I’ve got a couple of goodies for you – feel free to take advantage of all of them or just one of ‘em!

1.) a FREE Hardcover Edition of The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hanson and Robert Allen.(value $23 + shipping) If you’d like me to send this to you, all I ask is that you send us an e-mail telling us what your favorite thing about POWerful Words is and exactly how it’s helped you to make your school more successful. If you’d feel more comfortable just recording it on the phone, here’s the number to dial – 1-800-609-9006 x9456

2.) 100 FREE Powerful Words “Thank You” Post Cards $59.97 value (perfect for Gratitude Month) with the purchase of any POWerful Words Banner:

Click Here to buy a Powerful Words – Your Academy Changes Lives Banner –

Click Here to buy a Teacher Appreciation Week Banner –

3.) Buy 500 Postcards, get 500 Postcards FREE!

Click Here if you live in the USA

Click Here if you don’t live in the USA

4.) Free Marketing Coaching Session (Value $500) with upgrade from Gold to Platinum Level Membership (to take advantage…contact me at 877-769-3799)

5.) Free Million Dollar Idea – check out this youtube video that one of our member schools did today…this video is like a mini-commercial floating around on the internet bringing traffic to their site and interested students to their doors – I can’t wait to see your video!

Alright folks – this offer is good until Monday, March 24, 2008 because I know most people won’t be checking their e-mails over this holiday weekend.

Dr. Robyn is whisking me away to a nice dinner and then a show at a comedy club – I’ve always felt that laughter is a gift in and of itself.

I hope this year is bringing you closer to all of your hopes and dreams!

Warm regards,

Jason

Jason M. Silverman

Executive Director/Marketing Director

POWerful Words Character Development

New Checklist to Ensure Success

Greetings All~

As most people know about me, I’m a big fan of systems. That being the case, I’ve just created a great checklist for brand new POWerful Words clients to ensure that they quickly, easily, painlessly, and properly implement our system in their school(s).

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Most of our clients believe in Constant and Never Ending Improvement…So… I thought
you might be interested in a copy of this checklist to make sure that YOU have implemented everything successfully as well! If you’re interested, shoot me an e-mail (Current Client ONLY) and I’ll get it to you for free – ASAP!

Many of my personal coaching clients find it useful to create checklists for every job that gets done at their school. It’s a fantastic way to create a system that your staff can easily follow every single day. I’d be interested in seeing what types of systems you’ve built for your school – if you feel that you’ve got a helpful checklisted system that the Powerful Words family would benefit from, please take a moment to either post it here or e-mail it to me so that I can help everybody to succeed!
Also, for some reason, a bunch of clients have told me that they are not receiving our monthly Snail Mail Newsletter – can you please confirm that you got this month’s newsletter? (you can comment online here, or drop me an e-mail!)

Best regards,

Jason M. Silverman
Executive Director
POWerful Words Character Development

P.S. Have you signed up for Dr. Robyn’s new weekly audio newsletter at http://www.PowerMoment.com?

What Stinks?

“Excuse me, can you please tell me if I stink?” Believe it or not, I’ve said this more in the last few days than I have in my entire life…

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Let me explain – at 12:30am on Wednesday night, I was taking my dog Casey out before we went to bed and he had an “encounter” with a skunk. As the great dog owner I am, I managed to walk directly into the spray myself in order to get my dog. To make matters worse, I brought him inside to clean him up (big no-no for those of you who have this experience in the future!) and managed to stink the rest of our house up. Dr. Robyn and I then proceeded to scrub Casey (unknowingly, spreading the skunk stench all over the dog and our master bathroom!) for the next hour or so.

Let’s just say that now I know what Hell smells like. I wasn’t sure how bad it was until I was walking down the baking aisle in our local supermarket (I had to buy baking soda to remove some stink), when I heard a young girl scream, “Mommy, What STINKS?” It got even better when her mom bent down, whispered in her ear, then pointed at ME! Ouch!

Understand that Dr. Robyn and I are both super-sensitive to smell…especially nasty ones. We’ve done as much as humanly possible to improve the “air quality” in our house…we’ve scrubbed every inch of our house, sprayed bottles and bottles of Fabreeze, thrown out anything that’s unsalvageable, done 25 loads of laundry, and I’m convinced that we are personally putting our dry cleaners kids through college. But still…we keep asking people, “Do I stink?” because we’re unable to even smell it anymore as we’ve become used to it!

This really got me thinking…what have you gotten used to in your business? Anything that stinks? Some of my personal coaching clients have shared with me that before we started working together, they got used to:

  • Low new enrollment numbers
  • High Quit Ratios / Lousy Student Retention
  • Cruddy Marketing Strategy (or a complete lack thereof)
  • Unprofessional or Disrespectful Staff Members
  • Disrespectful Clients
  • Negative Mindsets and Attitudes

Obviously, to get rid of some of these STINKERS, it usually takes Massive Action. The problem I’ve seen however, is that most people get completely overwhelmed by the need for Massive Action…SO…here’s a suggestion that I got from my coach that works well for me and actually accumulates into Success!

What is the smallest and easiest action you can take RIGHT NOW to move you closer to your goal? Do it right now. Then once you’re done, ask yourself the same question and again, do it right now. What you’ll find is that by staying in constant motion and implementing small improvements on a consistent and regular basis, you’ll get rid of the STINKERS and find the success you deserve!

In the next few weeks, I’m going to share some information with you about an opportunity I’ve created to help you achieve this very success. Stay tuned!

Gotta go shower…again!

Jason M. Silverman

P.S. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Dr. Robyn’s new Power Moment – YOU ARE MAKING A MISTAKE! Sign up for FREE by clicking here!

New Resource Announced Today from Dr. Robyn Silverman!

Greetings All~

I am thrilled to invite you to take advantage of a brand new Free Audio Coaching Newsletter with Dr. Robyn Silverman…each and every week!

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This newsletter is designed to help you and your staff become more effective at what you do and the best part about it…it’s free. Dr. Robyn wants to see more schools succeeding and feels that this information will be helpful to everyone.

The website just went live and I’d be honored to have you onboard – check out the site:

The Power Moment

Sign up and you’ll receive the very first episode immediately in your inbox!

Again, check out The Power Moment right now!

You’re gonna love it!
Best regards,

Jason M. Silverman
POWerful Words Character Development

*** Here’s some feedback from one of our brand new Power Moment Subscribers:

“Hi  Dr. Robyn!

I’m going to start using the Power Moment Accountability Sheet to keep me on track.  I will start this afternoon and I’ll know it’s complete when I see the papers on my desk bulletin board with the first one marked COMPLETE!  I will also use a similar form with students that could use an extra help with accountability.

Great program – You Rock!

Signed,

A Raving Fan”

P.S. Would you mind forwarding this site to anyone who
owns a school that would like to achieve more success?

How I saved time, effort and money today…

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OK – I’ve gotta share this with you as I am really excited. Those of you who know me, know that I am forever on the search for systems that will make running our businesses easier and more profitable. Well…tonight, I just took advantage of one of these types of systems.

Most school owners have some form of financial systems in place to record all of their accounting / book keeping needs. I always did. For years, I’ve been using Intuit’s Quickbooks Software – if memory serves me correctly, I think I bought Quickbooks 98 way back when and have been using their software ever since. It’s pretty easy, and most importantly, my accountant has always been able to come to my office once per month to close our books the right way using it.

This was all well and good…HOWEVER, I no longer have a physical “OFFICE” anymore! Once we sold our martial arts school, my office became our house (actually, most days I can be found at our public library in one of the study rooms – it’s perfect…if I could just convince the librarians to allow me to set up a coffee maker, it would be perfect!) and in order for my accountant to close our books, I had to burn the file to a cd and either send it to her or deliver it to her – during the time she was working on it however, I was unable to use my accounting software! This was clearly a problem. So…

After doing just a little bit of research, I’ve decided to take advantage of Quickbooks Online Edition and I have to tell you, that it’s worth looking into for everybody. Here are the reasons I like it:

  1. I have access to my financials from anyplace I can log on to the internet
  2. My accountant can login from her office without needing ANYTHING from me!
  3. I just linked my online banking to this program and now all of my transactions (that I used to pay my accountant to enter for me) are automatically input FOR FREE! (well, I do pay a monthly fee for the whole service…but it’s a lot less than I paid my accountant to enter this stuff for me!)
  4. I just linked my credit card to this program and now all of my purchases are automatically input for FREE as well – one of my least favorite things to do is enter my credit card statement into Quickbooks – so this is especially cool!

So why I am writing about this on a blog? Good question! I am convinced that most business owners are usually so busy working in their businesses, that they rarely, if ever, take the time to “find a better tool” that will save them time, effort, and money. My friends, this is that kind of tool.

Click here to Check Out This Software!

I hope you find it as helpful as I did!

Massive Success!

Jason M. Silverman

Sometimes doing GOOD helps you to do WELL!

Greetings All,

We’ve got a blizzard going on in New England right now! I really do love seeing how beautiful everything looks when draped in a white blanket of snow…I might think differently tomorrow when I have to dig out our cars.

Many of you know that Dr. Robyn and I believe that giving back is an important part of our lives. In addition to many other charitable events and donations that we take part in, every year, we make a nice donation to the North Shore Animal League in New York the place where we we adopted our fantastic Sheppard / Finnish Spitz mix Casey from 7 years ago. He’s pictured below…pretty darn cute, don’t ya think? It makes us happy to know that we are able to help them help many other animals who are also in need.

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Well, I was speaking with one of my best friends the other night…Platinum Level Member Christopher Herrman of Alpha Martial Arts in Seattle when he shared something with me that made me proud to be his friend. I asked him to write a little bit about what he told me so that I can share it with all of our readers…so here it is…

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Hi Jason,

I started volunteering at the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) in September of 2007 after completing an orientation and 2 training courses. I walk dogs every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:30am (rain or shine) and it’s a great experience. I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity that suited me and my schedule and this has worked out better than I had anticipated!

In addition to spending time with the dogs, exercising and socializing them, volunteering at the SAS has given me time to think. For 2 1/2 hours every week I have time to think about my business, my relationships, and anything else that comes to mind. The time away from my school has improved my business and helped balance my life.

To me, a big part of being a Black Belt is giving back — not just to my students, but to my community as well. This is the first time I have consistently volunteered and it is an incredibly rewarding experience. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in volunteering to find an opportunity that suits them and go for it!

Sincerely,

Chris Herrman

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I think it’s great that while Chris is out there doing good for the world, he’s also helping his business to do well. I find it brilliant that he realizes that the time spent away from his business helping others, actually helps him to find the balance so necessary for success. Chris you’re an inspiration! You Rock!

Have a fantastic weekend folks!

Best regards,

Jason M. Silverman

How Keeping Notes Can Save Your Butt

Greetings All,

Happy Tuesday!  It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post on this blog – I’ve been crazy busy with my Best Year Ever Tele-Coaching Program, which by the way, is producing AMAZING RESULTS for all of the participants!

In any case, most of you know that we recently sold our Martial Arts Academy in Massachusetts so that we can dedicate 100% of our energy to helping the POWerful Words Family to grow and prosper.  Now that the school has been sold, we are dealing with some of the annoying fallout that happens when you do business.  The most obnoxious of all these issues is the fact that my old landlord has decided that she sees no reason to return my last month’s rent and additional month security deposit to us.  While it’s not all the money in the world, I find it disgusting that while we’re trying to help the world by building better character, I’m stuck dealing with somebody that has none!

Now I don’t share this to “air our dirty laundry”, I aim to provide a helpful lesson that might come in handy to you someday!

I was on the phone with my attorney today preparing to take the next legal step in getting our money back when it occurred to me that we were in very good shape due to one specific reason…My brilliant wife took detailed notes about everything that happened – here are some of the things she had documented:

  1. Every communication that we had made requesting the funds
  2. The response or lack of response from our ex-landlord
  3. A copy of the lease with highlighted fields showing what we paid
  4. A copy of the letter we sent to the Attorney General’s Office
  5. a copy of the demand letter that was sent to the landlord
  6. the return receipt signed by the landlord when she received our demand letter
Taking Notes Saves Time, Effort and Your Sanity!

So, the lesson for today, boys and girls (aside from ensuring that you marry a brilliant and highly detailed spouse) is to make sure that you ceate and maintain a file for each important business transaction you take part in.  Don’t forget to take notes and keep them in the file as well because the lightest ink is always better than the sharpest memory.

You know, it was funny, the lawyer was shocked at how complete our information was…this is sure to make everybody’s life easier, the case much simpler to present in court,  and it’ll even save us some $$ in legal fees.  Ya gotta love it!

Hope you have a fantastic day!

Jason M. Silverman