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The Distinctive Coaching Blog has Moved…

Posted by bizcoachjason on June 24, 2009

Yes, that’s correct. Due to a site reconstruction, we’ve moved.

For more informative, riveting, fascinating, thrilling articles, posts and general know-how on achieving your ideal business, sales, marketing, networking, social networking, productivity, motivation and all things that go into YOUR successful business, please see:

http://www.DistinctiveCoaching.com/Blog-posts

We’ll be waiting there for you . . .

:)

Biz Coach Jason

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Awesome FREE resource for FB, LI, Twitter…

Posted by bizcoachjason on June 18, 2009

Check out this highly-rated (and FREE) guide to exploding your business using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, etc..

http://www.DistinctiveCoaching.com/Social-Networking-Special-Report

Here’s what some people are saying about it…

“Jason, I love this report! I have been having a hard time figuring out Twitter and your report has done wonders for me. Thank you. Is it ok for me to share the link with others?
Continue the wonderful work!”
- Sheila E.

“I just read your report on social networking. I could relate to some of the same frustrations! lol Enjoyed reading the tips. Thanks!”
- Nancy B.

 ”Thanks for sharing the link. One of the better summaries on using social media/networks for business owners.”
- Brett T.

“Hi Jason,  This guide seems really interesting and goes right along with the training topic we just had. Why don’t you also post this info to the group? I think that audience would really benefit from this too.
Thanks!”
- Frankie G.

“Nice! I can definitely use some of these ideas. This makes a lot of sense for marketing. I can tell my sales are really going to take off now!”
- Shawn T.

“Jason, great report – sure opened my eyes. I could use this help.”
- Jim W.

“Jason, Hope you don’t mind…I posted your Special Report to my wall, encouraging all to forward it to their business friends who don’t yet ‘get’ the importance of social media… ’Pass this article along to your business friends not yet on FB, Twitter, et al – Thanks to Jason Rosado’ ”
- Geoff M.

“Wow… Thanks for sharing this!”
- Susan M.

http://www.DistinctiveCoaching.com/Social-Networking-Special-Report

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Q: Should I continue marketing my small business during a recession?

Posted by bizcoachjason on May 30, 2009

A lot of people are asking whether it makes sense to continue marketing as usual when money is so tight and often sales are low, cut back to save money and help stay afloat, or even cut marketing out altogether.

My definition of being in business is: “Selling a product or service.” And my definition of marketing is: “Creating exposure for your business, product or service.”

So a simplistic answer is: If no one knows you have something to sell, no one will be able to buy. 

Not only is marketing essential in this economic environment, it can also be done inexpensively and very often for free.

I work with my own entrepreneurial clients to build their businesses using marketing methods that are no cost, fun and motivating for them to execute, and extremely helpful to their target market. This also helps to build their brand and exposure. So even if some prospects are not ready to buy at the moment, the processes, systems and strategies are in place and moving to really take advantage when the economy turns around.

But even during the downturn, people are buying. It’s all a matter of delivering great value with your marketing and being able to easily and comfortably show a rock-solid return on investment – present and future.

The best marketing is free. And it will set up your sales for success now and explode even more down the road.

Happy marketing and enjoy the ride!
Jason

Jason E. Rosado
Business Coach & Professional Speaker

Helping entrepreneurs and sales professionals achieve your ideal business in 12 months or less.

Let’s connect and supercharge your success!
Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason
Facebook Profile: http://profile.to/BizCoachJason
Facebook Business Group: http://groups.to/IdealBusinessCommunity

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5 Tips to Avoid Entrepreneurial Burnout

Posted by bizcoachjason on May 21, 2009

Avoiding burnout for us entrepreneurs is key to having a strong, thriving business and happy life:

1.) Create your vision fully – List all the details, all the motivators and consequences of not attaining the vision

2.) Strategize your actions and make sure they are inspired actions – Productivity steps that energize and excite you. Don’t get bogged down with the little things that you don’t really enjoy. There is no one way to accomplish something; there are usually MANY ways. Work with someone to find out what those are, and how to get them done.

3.) Surround yourself with positive people and minimize time with energy draining people.

4.) Take time for yourself everyday, or in crunch time, at the very least every week. Do those things that relax you – read the morning paper in peace, have a cup of tea on the patio, walk, jog or bike for 30 minutes. Take a little time out of your day to refresh your mind and body. For me, bike riding on long trails is when I get the most relaxation, a good workout and fantastic business brainstorming, energy and motivation!

5.) And lastly, don’t go it alone. Work with others and get outside support. You’re not in it alone, and everyone benefits when we work together. 

Excerpt of a “TwitInterview” on entrepreneurial Marketing, Networking, Sales and Productivity, posted at: http://twitinterviews.com/tag/jason-rosado/ 

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“Testimonial Tuesdays” on Facebook and Twitter!

Posted by bizcoachjason on May 5, 2009

Hello Business Achievers!

In the spirit of sharing, helping reverse the recession, and providing sales to those that truly deserve it, I would like to introduce “Testimonial Tuesdays”!

http://snipurl.com/hey43 in the Facebook Group: “Achieve Your Ideal Business Now!”

I think Tuesdays are a great day for us to give a recommendation, testimonial or just kudos for a job well done to anyone we’ve worked with that we feel others could really benefit from.

For my first Testimonial Tuesday post and I want to give props to someone that has saved me hundreds of dollars over the past year, if not more:

I love the professional service and additional coverage she was able to provide at a much lower rate on my home, auto and umbrella insurance. I’ve been very happy with my rep for over a year. Let me know if you want Richele’s contact info to have her give you a great quote! Jason@DistinctiveCoaching.com

Please post your own Testimonials:
http://snipurl.com/hey43 

All the best,
Jason

P.S. Here is a Twitter post for you to ReTweet about Testimonial Tuesdays:

“Testimonial Tuesday”! Let the world know about the awesome service & value of other polished professionals! http://snipurl.com/hey43 Pls RT

@BizCoachJason  http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason

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Online Communication Tips For — Communicators

Posted by bizcoachjason on May 4, 2009

“Online Communication Tips For — Communicators” 

It’s all about image, communication, relationships and style.  Especially for us business owners.  Remember that people are looking to you and will decide if they want to buy from you, do business with you, or network and help you connect with others.

Richard Laermer provides some very good points here about what you’re posting on Facebook, as well as how you are emailing to your audiece.  Everything you communicate reflects on you and your brand.

“… By now, we’ve all received the message that our online reputations and images are as important, if not more important, than their off-the-Web counterparts.

So here’s how to rise from the ground floor to a higher level…”

Read more here:
http://badpitch.blogspot.com/2009/05/online-communication-tips-for.html

Jason’s additional comments:

This is very sound advice!

I would add that if you are writing marketing copy (webpage, newsletter, etc.) think of your audience as they are reading a note from you specifically to them specifically. At times it’s appropriate to write in a “personal” voice. The grammar doesn’t have to be perfect in these instances; it should sound “natural” and even a touch conversational. But it still needs to sound intelligent, respectful and thoughtful. 

All the best,
Jason

Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason
Facebook Profile: http://profile.to/BizCoachJason
Facebook Business Group: http://groups.to/IdealBusinessCommunity

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Why your Facebook account will be disabled

Posted by bizcoachjason on April 21, 2009

http://contactdubai.com/tips/why-your-facebook-account-will-be-disabled

Great summary!

I was once, too, temporarily suspended for unknown reasons, and for an unspecified period of time. But I was definitely told not to do “it” again, or else! lol

I couldn’t find in the terms of service what I had violated, and to this day have no idea what happened.

Thanks for sharing these tips. They are more specific and give an idea of what to watch out for and avoid in terms of being Facebook terminated.

All the best,
Jason

Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason
Facebook Profile: http://profile.to/BizCoachJason
Facebook Business Group: http://groups.to/IdealBusinessCommunity

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Master the Interview – Prepare with these Interview Questions

Posted by bizcoachjason on April 16, 2009

With so many people looking for work right now, the art of the job interview is as important as ever.  And this is true for both the job candidate as well as the hiring manager. 

Competition for jobs is so fierce, and hiring the wrong person can waste time, money, energy, productivity, and cause a lot of stress for everyone involved.

This article is written for the hiring manager, to help them make a great staff decision, but it is also helpful to the job candidate as they prepare for the interview.

When I coach my small business clients that are growing their business and hiring new employees, I give them the standard questions to ask, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “What are you three best skills”, “What is your biggest weakness”, “Where do you see yourself in three/five years”, “Why do you think this would be a great job for you”, etc. 

We also work together to create questions that asses skill sets that they want their new hire to have a mastery of.  These questions typically start with “Tell me about a time when…” and end depending on appropriate skill or characteristic that is being assessed.

For example:

“Tell me about a time when/describe a time when…”
- “… you had a disagreement with your manager, but you just knew that you were right.”
This can asses many things: conflict resolution skills and styles, relationship building & maintenance skills, communication abilities, etc.

- “… you were working with a difficult or irate customer.”
Obviously, this looks at their customer service tendencies, philosophies and behaviors.

- “…as you approached an important deadline, you saw that you weren’t going to make it.”
This can show how they prioritize and set action plans and goals, in addition to how they handle unexpected and possibly stressful situations.

- “…you had to give a poor review or rating to an underachieving employee that you were managing.”
This might give a glimpse to their leadership and mentoring abilities and styles.

Some follow up questions to their initial answers might include:

- How did you handle that?
- What was your biggest concern at the time?
- Do you feel the situation was resolved?
- Looking back, do you think you would have done anything differently?

These are great questions from the hiring manager’s perspective, and they can be difficult for the job candidate to prepare for.

I suggest an interviewee take a look at the job description and make a list of probable skills that the interviewer may want to measure appropriate for the position. Prepare examples from your experience that demonstrate positive outcomes. Sometimes there is no “right answer” – the interviewer just wants to asses your thought and communication style to see if it is a fit with theirs or with the department or company culture.

And lastly, both sides need to be very truthful when answering interview questions. If you concentrate too hard on selling yourself or your company during the intweview, you’ll probably accomplish just that. But when the new hire begins working, you might find it’s a very poor fit and will probably not have a happy ending for either side.

I hope these ideas help both job candidates and hiring managers alike.

To your succes,
Jason

Where is Jason speaking next?
Take a look at www.DistinctiveCoaching.com/events.htm to find out or have him speak at your event!

Jason E. Rosado
Business Coach & Professional Speaker

Helping entrepreneurs, small biz owners, and sales professionals achieve your ideal business in 12 months or less. 
Vision, Strategy, Sales, Success.

773.829.1276
Jason@DistinctiveCoaching.com

Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason
Facebook Profile:
http://profile.to/BizCoachJason
Facebook Business Group:
http://groups.to/IdealBusinessCommunity

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Thought of the Day on Increasing Your Value

Posted by bizcoachjason on April 14, 2009

Want to improve your value to your customers?

Ask your past clients about the benefits of their experience with you, not just the bottom-line results. Getting clear on this value will help you to produce even more of it.

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Posted by bizcoachjason on April 10, 2009

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison, my childhood inspiration.

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