Saturday, June 20, 2009

How to Acquire the Best Project Team

A project is only as good as the team surrounding it. An endeavor that is being taken on by an individual that requires planning, tracking and continued analysis is a project. Good examples would be building a structure (office, church, or home), writing a book, or opening a new business. Whatever your project may be there are certain requirements for putting an efficient team into place. By taking the time to properly analyze what your project is set to accomplish and making sure the proper resources are involved can make completing the project that much easier.

~ Availability

Will the potential members have the time available in their schedules to complete project tasks?

~ Ability

How proficient are your potential teams members? Will their level of proficiency be able to handle your projects schedule?

~ Experience

How experienced is the team member? Have they done this type of work in the past? Have they worked in this type of team environment? If so, have they done it well?

~ Interest Level

Are they interested in working on this project?

~ Costs

How much will this individual team member cost the project?

Also, the project manager should set apart who are project stakeholders from the selected project team members. A stakeholder is someone who has interest in the project either financially or as the "product" owner. This could be an individual whom the project is being delivered to, groups, communities, or a vendor. For certain projects, the entire project team could be stakeholders. In this case all team members have a vested interest in the outcome and are apart of the creative process in seeing the project through to closure.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hold true to being YOU!

What is personal branding?

To me it is about how you want to be perceived, your reputation. Whether that be online or in person with your peers.

With friends, you may be the shoulder to cry on or the friend that is known as the good listener, or the friend that gives a honest opinion no matter how harsh it might come across, but your friends always appreciate you for it.

The same holds true in network marketing... are you the one that provides good content to your team? Can you listen to the trials of others and give them a good action plan to turn their marketing efforts around?

When first starting out its hard not to jump from one training course to another or from one self proclaimed attraction marketing expert to the next. A good course of action could be to step back away from all the hype and truly decide what it is you want to do. Do you want to help others improve their health and wellness? Do you want to show people how to send out appreciation to those important in their lives? Whatever it is, try to hold true to those values. Try not to fall prey to every 2x2, 3x3, or 100x100 latest and greatest matrix that's proclaimed to "Do all the work for you". Reach out to people and show them that you truly care about helping them and alleviating their fears. Even if they choose not to work with you, you could leave them with a positive experience which could lead to referrals.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Seperate Yourself From Your Competitors

When meeting with people or networking at events always represent yourself as a professional. Be on time or even early to the meeting or event and be prepared. Have a courteous, positive attitude when chatting with everyone. Try to conduct your voice with a cadence that relaxes the person you are talking to and puts their fear of being sold to at ease.

When talking about what you do, share simply what you have to offer and do not over promise. If your product or service is exceptional, it will provide the customer or client exactly what they need. Lastly, be sure to follow up. Let the customer or client know that you appreciated the time they spent with you and you are just checking in to see if there are any other questions that they might have that you can answer.

Another thing you could do to separate yourself from your competitors is to show people that you care. Make friends with them and begin to build a lasting relationship. Write them a heartfelt greeting card in your own handwriting. This could show them that you really do want to build a friendship and not just sell them something by taking the time to do this action.

Keeping consistent constant contact with your client requires layering. Emails, phone calls, and hand written notes could let the prospect know that you are willing to do what it takes to earn their trust and in turn their business.