Monthly Archives: April 2015

3 Tips for Reaching Your Goals

These tips will help you reach your goals this year.

These tips will help you reach your goals this year.

If you’re like many people, you set business, health, financial or other personal goals in January. However, a few months into the year, it becomes more and more difficult to stay on track to reach those goals. Just take a look around your gym the next time you’re there to workout—chances are, it’s less crowded now than it was in January. So how can you stay on track to reach your goals? Follow these three tips. Continue reading

Higher Productivity in 5 Steps

Breaks can help you boost your productivity. Clear your head and get outside today.

Breaks can help you boost your productivity. Clear your head and get outside today.

Who do you think is more productive—the person who works tirelessly every second of the day, putting in overtime and sacrificing lunches and personal time to plow through their to-do lists OR the person who breaks up the day strategically, follows a prioritized list and takes frequent breaks to refocus? While we may say that the first person wins this round, research shows that nose-to-the-grindstone workaholics actually get less done during the day. Why, you ask? It’s simple—their brains are fried. The average mind can only focus for so long and when you’re firing on all cylinders, those cylinders are sure to wear out, leaving you feeling burned out, frustrated and angry (and who can get anything done when they feel like that?) It’s about working smarter, not harder. Here are several ways to start working smarter today. Continue reading

4 Client Party Ideas for Spring

Bust out the barbeque grill for a memorable spring party for Father's Day.

Bust out the barbeque grill for a memorable spring party for Father’s Day.

Get social with your clients this spring! The warmer temperatures and longer days make it the perfect time to host a client appreciation party for your best clients. Face-to-face contact is one of the best ways to touch base with your clients, express your appreciation for their business and referrals and remind them that you’re never too busy for their referrals. Here are some spring-tastic ideas! Continue reading

How to Provide Value to Your Clients

Mail--via monthly mailings and personal notes--is a great way to connect with clients and provide value.

Mail–via monthly mailings and personal notes–is a great way to connect with clients and provide value.

Want to stay at the top of your clients’ minds? Provide value to them consistently before, during and after you’ve completed the transaction. Many people complain that they lost touch with their real estate agents after the deal closed on their homes. Providing value gives you the opportunity to reach out to your clients and maintain the lines of communication. Here are five ways to provide value: Continue reading

Stay on Track to Reach Your Goals

These tips are sure to help you reach your goals.

These tips are sure to help you reach your goals.

Many people set goals in January, only to forget about them in April. While it’s important to set goals, the act of creating your goals is only the beginning. The next step is to participate in activities that make it possible to achieve your goals. Here are a few ways to keep you motivated and help you do what it takes to accomplish your goals by the end of the year. Continue reading

6 Things We Learned from Nido Qubein at Brian Buffini’s Success Tour Richmond

Dr. Nido Qubein inspired thousands last week at Brian Buffini's Success Tour in Richmond.

Dr. Nido Qubein inspired thousands last week at Brian Buffini’s Success Tour in Richmond.

“There are no unrealistic dreams; only unrealistic timelines.”
–Nido Qubein

Did you catch Nido Qubein’s session on day one of Brian Buffini’s Success Tour in Richmond? If you did, you missed a treat. Dr. Qubein explained how an immigrant from Lebanon came to America and achieved success on the lessons he learned from his mother. Here are six take-home tips that we learned: Continue reading

3 Reasons Why the Stacking Effect Works

Leverage the stacking effect to build relationships and your business.

Leverage the stacking effect to build relationships and your business.

Working by referral is hard work. Your business relies on others to refer your great expertise and services to their family, friends and associates. This makes keeping in touch with the clients in your database essential to help your business thrive. But how can you keep in touch with your clients and run your business? The stacking effect, of course! The stacking effect is based on the principle of compounding interest.  What works for loans also works for relationships, funnily enough. Here are three reasons why: Continue reading

Why Prioritizing Is Essential to Your Productivity

Planning and prioritizing are essential to your success.

Planning and prioritizing are essential to your success.

We’ve all had those weeks where we feel overwhelmed by everything that’s being thrown at us. We’re barely able to make a dent in the daily to-do list because phone calls and urgent matters keep popping up. It’s so busy that we can’t even remember the last time we ate lunch, making us overwhelmed and hungry by the time 2pm rolls around. We leave the office later and later, feeling like a failure because we think we achieved nothing that day. Stop the madness! It’s possible to complete the tasks on your list and deal with the urgent stuff that comes up—it’s all about prioritizing. Continue reading

5 Things to Do Before Bedtime to Boost Your Productivity All Day

Recharge your batteries and make yourself more effective all day with these tips.

Recharge your batteries and make yourself more effective all day with these tips.

The most successful business professionals have honed productive routines for their mornings, afternoons and evenings. This doesn’t mean that they’re making calls or working well into the evening; rather, they set aside time to recharge their batteries and reconnect with what’s important to them. Here are five habits to add to your evening routine. Continue reading