How to manage time to grow your business

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Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

My biggest struggle right now is time management. I need at least an extra 4-5 hours in each of my days. I want to spend time on money-making tasks, but there’s just so much to do. How can I manage my time better to grow my business?

Neagle Code Answer

Hi, and thanks for the fantastic question!

This is an issue I’ve addressed in a previous post, so I’m going to pull it forward and share it again!

I learned a long time ago that we can’t manage time…we must manage activities.

You see, work will always fill the time you allot for it. This is why one of the first things I teach my VIP Clients is the fine art of calendaring.

Let me explain… as entrepreneurs, there are so many things that can bombard us on a daily basis. Whether it’s making sales calls, handling client satisfaction, fulfilling orders or programs, marketing planning or dealing with our personal lives, there is ALWAYS something to fill our time.

One of the key strategies to ensuring money-making activities get done is to schedule those activities every day, and STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE.

Start with calendaring the “non-negotiable” items first. These items can be up-coming travel, presentations, and other activities that are firm.

Next schedule all your money-making activities. These should include sales calls, strategy and launches.

From there schedule everything else.

In doing this you may even come to see that you actually have more time than you need or you may see opportunities to hire people to help you with the things you do not specifically need to be doing.

Once you have your schedule in place, you must discipline yourself to stick to it!

Sometimes this is the most difficult step, and if you find yourself straying from your calendar, take a moment to re-align yourself and course correct.

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[8 Steps To A Live Presentation That Sells Series] Article #17 ~ Should you offer a guarantee?

A few weeks ago I told you that your order form should include a written guarantee on the product that you’re selling in the back of the room.

Here’s why: The number of people who will actually return a product is very small, while the confidence that your guarantee provides can increase sales dramatically.

A guarantee lowers the level of risk in people’s minds, thus calming their fears, and helping them to get off the fence.

Longer Is Better

This may surprise you, but the longer the guarantee on your product, the fewer returns you’re likely to get.

That’s right, you’ll get fewer returns on a 12-month guarantee than you would on a guarantee that’s good for 30 days. Why? With a longer guarantee, people won’t feel the urgency to act, and so they’re less likely to do so.

Urgency to buy works in your favor. But urgency on the buyer to decide if they love and want to keep what they bought ~ that works against you.

So when you structure your guarantees, think like a quarterback, and go long.

Different Guarantees for Different Situations

When it comes to guarantees, one size does not fit all. You want the right guarantee for your situation, and in some cases, that’s no guarantee at all.

Coaching. I do NOT offer a guarantee for coaching, because, in order to get results, you have to do what I show you how to do. I can give you great information, the best information in the world, but there’s absolutely nothing that I can do to make you apply it.

Seminars. Currently, I offer a first-day guarantee on seminars. By the end of the first day, I should be able to show attendees enough value for them to want to stay for the length of our seminar.

Therefore, if they’re not absolutely convinced by the end of the first day that the seminar is everything we said it would be, we refund their entrance fee, plus reimburse them for up to $500 in travel expenses. The expenses need to be documented, of course.

Good Guarantees = Good Business

You're in business for life. You want to establish credibility. And you want people out there saying great things about you. Anything that you can do to make the experience with you and your company a fantastic one is better for you.

Show your clients that you and your company are top notch. Do it to the best of your ability.

Now, there will be some people you can't satisfy, no matter what you do. Don’t get overly upset about them.

Turn your attention to the other 99%, who will appreciate your efforts. They will be more likely to purchase because of your guarantee, and then, in all likelihood, never use it.

David Neagle, The Million Dollar Income Acceleration Mentor and author of The Millions Within, teaches entrepreneurs and commission-based sales professionals how to quantum leap their current incomes past the 7-figure income level, often in less than 12 months. As a world-class speaker, sales trainer, and success-mindset mentor to some of the globe’s top CEOs, David also privately mentors big decision-makers in their pursuit of quantum success and peace of mind.