How to Take Stunning Pictures of Fireworks with Your iPhone

Every 4th of July you will see people posting pictures of fireworks on social media. If you want to take amazing pictures that people will want to share, I have put together some tips that you can use to make your photos look like a pro.

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All you need to take amazing firework pictures is your iPhone

3 Ways to Get Your Offer Accepted in a Hot Real Estate Market

There has been a real estate boom in multiple cities across the USA. So much so, that many cities are experiencing a housing shortage. If a home is priced right, it may very well have competing offers within hours of the listing going live. How can you be assured that your offer will be the one the sellers accept?

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Here are three ways to get the sellers to accept your offer…

Intentional Living By John Maxwell

If I had to choose one word for my coaching it would be intentional. My wish that that if I can impart anything to another person it would be to become intentional about your life and your business. Refuse to allow life to happen to you, but rather become so intentional that you happen to life.

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I am a big fan of John’s book Intentional Living and here is why…

This One Quote Will Challenge Your Thinking About Your Personal Brand

I love quotes. In fact, I love them so much, I post a quote called The Daily Difference every day on all of my social media platforms. You can subscribe for free by clicking here. For me, quotes challenge me to think better, be better and do better.

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Here is the quote that I believe will challenge you to think about your personal brand

“The simple truth is, if you aren’t deliberate, systematically, methodically – or rapidly and dramatically – establishing yourself as a celebrity, at least to your clientele and target market, you’re asleep at the wheel, ignoring what is fueling the entire economy around you, neglecting development of a measurably valuable asset.” – Dan Kennedy

Let’s break this quote down so you can take action…

  1. Deliberate. Are you being deliberate about becoming the person you want to be and what you want to be known for?
  2. Systematically. Are you putting in place the systems that you know will build your personal brand?
  3. Methodically. Are you using the right methods to build your personal brand?

You target market will be choosing someone to serve them, are you sure it will be you?

5 Takeaways from the Founder of Nike in His New Book

I love books, especially biographies that tell us the behind the scenes reality of the grit, determination, and sweat that goes into building a business. I just finished reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and here are my big three takeaways…

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  1. Start small but take a chance. When Phil first began the company it wasn’t called Nike. In fact, he came up with the name Blue Ribbon Sports on the spot in a meeting with a shoe manufacturer in Japan. His quick thinking is one of the many fascinating stories in the book about the growth of the company. He also did not know at the time what the company may become, he just kept hustling shoes out of the back of his car.
  2. Starting out is about the hustle. Phil often worked a full time job while growing the shoe business at night and on the weekends. Too many people grossly under estimate the time, energy, and effort required to get your business off the ground.
  3. Face the fight head on. Nothing worth having comes easy and you will face battles that you may never see coming, but if you want the dream bad enough, you will endure the fight.
  4. Growth happens with a team. Each of us has a cap on what we can accomplish individually, but when we build a team of passionate and dedicated members, there is nothing we can’t accomplish together
  5. Branding is key. We each must find a way to stand out from the competition. You will be fascinated by the story of the orange shoe box and how it came to be in the book. You can buy the book here

You can also watch the trailer for the book here…

5 Real Examples of Facebook Post You Can Replicate to Build Your Personal Brand

In life you will either intentionally become known for something that you decide or people will put their own label on you. I joined Facebook in 2008 and had zero idea of what I was doing, what this platform would mean or how it would be used in the future. I have always been an early adopter of technology and I am unafraid to experiment. 8 years later I have discovered just a portion of the enormous power of Facebook to build your brand, your influence, and your connections. Here are five post I have discovered over the years you can make that will drive your personal brand.

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Before we begin, I found the very first Facebook post I made…don’t laugh 🙂

Use This Simple Strategy to Grow Your Leadership and Influence

John Maxwell defines leadership as influence, nothing more, nothing less. If you want to grow your influence to build your business, attract better referral partners and gain more referrals you can use this crazy simple mind hack to become a better leader.

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Here it is…start seeing to yourself as a leader. The secret to our success begins in our mind. How we see ourselves is how we develop and how other ultimately begin to see us as well. Leadership has zero to do with the title on your business card. If you are a loan officer, then you need to first see yourself as a leader. If you are a real estate agent, start seeing yourself as a leader. Even if you answer phones, take orders or sweep floors, I want to inspire you to begin seeing yourself as a leader.

Here’s why…

When you begin to self identify as a leader, you will begin to act like a leader. You will want to learn and grow. you will begin to see what you do as an influence on what others do and over time you will begin to invest in your own personal growth that you will build influence over the people you come in contact with everyday. Leadership is not a title we are given, it is a lifetime of learning that we grow into and that growth begins first in your mind.

What will you begin to do once your change your self image to that of a leader?

5 Personal Branding Lessons You Can Learn from Muhammad Ali

What can we learn from Muhammad Ali when it comes to personal branding? Granted he was able to make a name for himself in the world of boxing, but he did not start at the top. Here is what you and I can learn from how he positioned himself to become a dominate leader.

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  1. Self Label the Identity You Want to Be Known For. In an interview Muhammad was ask how he became the greatest of all time. His response was classic. He said, “I said that even before I knew I was.”

    The Lesson: Either you decide on your own label or the market will place a label on you. If you opt for the latter, then you will be at the mercy of who the market says you are and they may not be the label you want.
  2. Put In the Work on Yourself. Nobody just arrives at the top, they work themselves there through blood, sweat, and tears. Champions are crowned in the ring, but hey are made in the gym.

    The Lesson: If you are not willing to put in the work behind the scenes, then you will not be able to reap the rewards.

  3. Be Likeable with Humor. Your ability to connect with people will be directly tied to the success you achieve. It has been said that the universal language is humor and anytime you can make that part of your brand you will see a dramatic increase in conversations.

    The Lesson: Be likeable

  4. Create Your Own Hook Lines. Probably one area I like most about celebrities that anyone can duplicate is their creativity to come up with one liners, quotes, or hooks. Muhammad had tons of them from “float like a butterfly to sting like a bee” and others.

    The Lesson: Create Your Own Quotes

  5. Be Approachable. I have header on many occasions that no matter how tired he was, he always made time for his fans. Too many sales pro’s get hung up on the deal that got away versus staying focused on the clients who got you to where you are.

    The Lesson: Stay focused on your current and past clients. Show them the love and they will return it with more referrals.

3 Steps to Create the Perfect Marketing Message That Drives Business to You

Gone are the days where you can speak about your greatness and all the things you offer to the masses. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly smaller by the day. What I mean by the world getting smaller is that if you want your message to be seen and heard you must embrace a niche audience. Here are some strategies to help you make your message resonate with your audience so they want to but from you.

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Begin with identifying the type of customer you want to do business with.

  • Outgoing
  • Driven
  • Professional
  • Charismatic
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Leader
  • Over-Worked
  • Stressed

Second you want to identify their problem, worries, or concerns. Here are some examples…

  • Lack of time
  • Frustration with the process
  • Lack of qualified clients

Third you want to introduce a results based statement that happens in the shortest time possible such as

  • More clients in 30 days with less work

So how would this look once you have your brainstorming complete…

I work with Goal-Oriented, Driven Sales Professionals who are frustrated by a lack of qualified clients fill their pipeline full with ready and willing buyers in 30 days or less.

If you are a loan officer it may look this way…

I work with Goal Oriented Real Estate Agents who are frustrated about poor communication for lenders get their clients closed on time and be in the loop with our communication guarantee.

The system is simple

  1. Identify your perfect target audience
  2. Get clear about their current pain
  3. Offer the solution that solves their pain in the quickest time possible