Checking in from Nashville, TN

Greetings All~

I’m here at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN for the Dan Kennedy Marketing SuperConference!  This place is amazing – it’s HUGE…I have to say that it makes the MGM Grand in Las Vegas feel small 🙂

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 This picture was taken INSIDE!  It’s like a mini-city here!

I thought I’d check in and say hello and let you know that I’ll be coming back with some amazing new information for all of our Powerful Words Clients…case in point, I met some people on the plane down here that I believe could help you to continue to grow your schools…more info about that in my next post.  Gotta go to bed – we have an early start tomorrow!

Have a Powerful Day!

Jason M. Silverman

Powerful Words Character Development

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…

Skunk

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!

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

 Chris Herrman and 

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