Archive for April, 2009


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Today’s Quote: “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” – Unknown

Today’s Question: Are you experienced?

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A little soul searching in this time of uncertainty.

A status update on Facebook stating that all past American Idol champions should thank their lucky stars that Adam Lambert wasn’t competing in their seasons because “That boy is MADE OF WIN” got me thinking about my situation at the day job, which in turn got me thinking about this grand scheme of a side gig.

I am currently stuck with nowhere to progress at work. I’m not surprised with the direction of the business in this economy, but this is the first time I have ever sat in a job with nowhere to move AND some well applied hand breaks to the other duties as assigned that to keep me sitting still long enough to stew in my own frustration.

In a time where jobs are being slashed at all levels in broadcasting, there are still opportunities for the next big radio star. Just not many. So a combination of my timing of testing the market along with the timing of the actual market is my problem.

Or is it? What if I we’re actually so entertaining, so compelling, so dynamic that with minimal airtime I could truly be a turnaround player for the radio station I work for in the market?
One would think that someone would take a chance an take on potential star material, even if it means pushing subpar talent out of the way. Me having game changer talent is far from the case, but how far exactly? How much talent do I actually possess, and would it actual be enough to carry some steady on-air time?

Applying that same level of thinking to this business and personal consulting business that I named Fast Forward Business Properties, LLC., is the timing of starting a small business as my spare time is being overtaken by more and more uncompensated work hours the bad idea? Or, is my ability to actually consult not up to par, meaning the excuses don’t matter as much as I have no real growth potential in the first place?

Are you facing a decision to continue down a path that isn’t paying off as expected, but are unsure whether your obstacle is bad timing or insufficient talent? When I read Seth Godin’s book The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) almost a year ago, it seemed like the talent I had would be adequate if I just rode out time until my number came up. Now, I wonder more and more if that time will actually come, and if I will still have the talent (or possibly even care) if that time actually comes.

How are you dealing with timing versus talent dilemmas?


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How many times have you past up a great personal opportunity, with the only reasoning being you figure you could live with the good thing you already had going? How did it make you feel in the short and long run, as you watched greatness continue and you flounder?

How many times have you watched as your bosses balked at the chance to go after a potentially great employee hire, get in on the bottom floor of a potentially great business opportunity, or expand on a potential great internal program?

There might be good reason (no sustainable capital, not enough physical resources or manpower, possible conflicts in our business model, contractual loopholes to battle out of, etc). Then again, there might not be any reason other than being able to live with the ‘good’ thing we got right now, even if that thing is more along the lines of ‘serviceable,’ or ‘adequate.’

How does that make you feel in the short and long run, as you watch greatness continue for other job sites and yours continue to flounder?

And in some cases, you will find not only opposition to the change that can take your good to great status, you will find much more effort and energy to keeping things status quo that taking your new initiative to greatest, especially if the current state of affairs is closer to the sub par than the par .range

Anytime you take a risks, despite how minimal you can make it, if there is no risk, there is no reward. Even getting out of bed has some risk involved, even if the much more pleasing alternative offers enough consequences to make the decision not to particularly silly.

If you get the opportunity to reach out and touch great, you need to take that opportunity.


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Today’s Quote: “I was always taught to respect my elders and I’ve now reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.” – George Burns

Today’s Question: Are you gaining wisdom as you grow older?



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This Guest Post Written By Christian Fea

Joint ventures are an excellent strategy for increasing your market reach and overall revenues. However, the question is, how can you entice a prospective partner to join you in a lucrative joint venture? Not everyone can see the big picture quite as vividly as you can ‘ and therefore, it is important to employ strategies to make sure you both are on the same page of excitement.

Increasing the value of the partnership

There is only one bottom line to attracting a joint venture partner: provide significant benefits. Of course, this is easier said than done, and therefore, there are several strategies you can take to enhance the lure of your joint venture proposal.

– Craft your proposal with only the partner’s perspective in mind. You already know what the joint venture will bring to your benefit, so there is no need to re-hash this information in your offer. Instead, your proposal should truly focus on how your potential partner can benefit significantly from this joint venture.

– Clearly outline all of the benefits. What seems obvious to you may not be apparent to your potential partner. Being too clear is never a flaw, but vagueness is always a fallacy. Make sure that you specifically highlight all of the benefits to your potential partner, whether tangible or intangible. Of course, the partner will gain additional sales and revenues, but what about the intangibles, such as increased branding, new market segments, and free exposure to a target audience? The revenue benefits may not be seen immediately, but certainly offer long-term benefits.

– Make your offer standout from the competitors. Chances are that if you are approaching a potentially lucrative partner for joint venture purposes, then other companies are doing the same thing too. Making your joint venture enticing means standing out from the crowd. If you are willing to provide your potential partner with a higher commission than the industry standard, then make sure to mention that first. This will attract their attention, motivating them to read through your entire proposal and absorb the benefits.

– Be exclusive. If you have joint ventures with anyone and everyone, then the most lucrative potential partners will not be enticed. Why would they want to joint venture with you when your partnerships are already saturated? Make sure that your joint venture proposal feels exclusive, and you can discuss the reasons why this proposal is unlike the others already out on the table.

– Demonstrate your understanding of both lists. When you show your potential partner that you have a full understanding of both your customer bases, this demonstrates that you fully understanding the prospects of the joint venture. Point out both why and how your customer list benefits the joint venture’s endeavors. The more specific you can get, the more enticing the offer is.

Joint ventures go above and beyond the standard affiliate marketing. Typically, joint ventures can offer significant rewards for both parties that supersede the affiliate relationship. Subsequently, the work you put into enticing your ideal partner will be worth the payoff in the end.

About the Author:

Christian Fea is CEO of Synertegic, Inc. A Strategic Collaboration Marketing consulting firm. He empowers business owners to discover and implement Integration, Alliance, and Joint Venture marketing tactics to solve specific business challenges. He demonstrates how to create your own Collaboration Marketing Strategy to increase your sales, conversation rates, and repeat business. Contact: christian@christianfea.com or http://www.christianfea.com


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Today’s Quote: “If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Today’s Question: Do your snap judgments usually lead you down the right or wrong path?


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In what is essentially another variation of asking “What Would Jesus Do,” I have come up with a not exactly original concept called ‘The Next Effects.’

The Next Effects is a system that will help you think ahead to any action you might deem risky (good or bad risk is not important) and determine the potential consequences that may come from making that choose.

All you do is when you are faced with the choice to make an action, ask yourself:

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few minutes?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few hours?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few days?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few months?

-How will this action effect me or those around me in the next few years?

For those who want to swap out the verb ‘affect’ meaning “to influence” for the noun ‘effect’ meaning “result,” feel free. I prefer effect, but spell check suggested otherwise. Not wanting to miss the point or lose the moment of creativity, I offer you the creative license to pick a favorite or ridicule me for not grasping 8th grade grammar.

For a more detailed and well thought out model of this line of thinking, pick up the new book 10-10-10 : A Life-Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch. Or, you can follow the model I just laid out for free. Its no Bubble Friday, but The Next Effects is one of my favorite current creations.

UPDATE: I’m going to count it as a fine example of great minds thinking alike, and then dare to compare my feeble brain to Michael Wade’s over at Execupundit.com, who put my rambling thesis in perfect business perspective with his post The Next 30 Minutes.


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Today’s Quote: “Procrastination isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. So procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Today’s Question: Are you applying the right solutions to your problems?


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Today’s Quote: “Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams.” – Cherokee Saying

Today’s Question: Do you ignore the warning signs?


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Today’s Quote: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

Today’s Question: What have you traded to improve your life?