Market Research and LinkedIn….think before you make that call…..

A wonderful question that I was asked and I thought I would ask it back to you all in the community here….

“Why are you on LinkedIn and what is the benefit for you? Maybe you might find the benefits much more rewarding if you upgraded?”

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Your thoughts……

So, the side issue to asking this came from the following:-

I received a telephone call today from someone, asking what I did and whether they can help by offering myself Social Media Training and specifically, training on LinkedIn and how I would benefit from some of their training.

When I asked why they thought this, they said that they had read my profile and contacted myself to help me use LinkedIn better as I obviously needed help with it! So when I ask about the people viewing my page does this get recognised? They said with their help, they could get me into the top 20 % of the most viewed profiles in the world this year.

I was surprised that they could make a claim so bold and wanted to know how they can see this working if I would get rewarded for this? They said that LinkedIn would reward and promote myself in January to this fact. So, I said that I am interested and would they review my profile and come back to myself with:-

  • a report on what is wrong with my profile
  • how they can change this
  • how they can improve my profile
  • how long it will take
  • a quotation based on what is required

I still can’t work out how they got my details to ring me after viewing myself on LinkedIn but I await to see what they will come back with…..I doubt they will……..

Note:-

The reason for doubting they will come back, is simple, if they had read my profile on LinkedIn, they:-

  • Would have seen my headline
  • My headline clearing stating that I was in the Top 1% of most viewed profiles on LinkedIn last year
  • I do offer Social Media advice, help, training and management
  • I also offer Sales Training too
  • LinkedIn do indeed send out confirmation (well they did this year) to you about your profile every so often, but I only have heard of and seen, Top 10%, 7%, 5%, 3% and 1%

So, a word of advice to any one out there who is looking to do cold calling today, this week or this month…..

RESEARCH THE PERSON YOU ARE RINGING BEFORE YOU SPEAK TO THEM……………………………………

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As one finishes, another one begins…..and into Quarter 1 or is it Quarter 2?

So, what do I write? Am I writing about what has occurred in Quarter 1 or was it Quarter 4?

Many people when writing always seem to relate to time in relation to the year, seasons and what is happening but sometimes may drop in the odd comment about quarters – yet what are quarters?

Well for me, I think quarters are driven by work however, they not only relate to work but our life yet these are not really discussed by many – why not? In every day of our life, everything we do is determined not only by the money we have but those around us and our country.

So, if things around us are driven by money, why don’t we pay more attention to the whole picture and not us being selfish towards thinking of just ourselves? Hence, we need to think of quarters in relation to work as this does really have a great impact on our everyday lives.

So in essence, why sit back and think in quarters? Is it because, yes we could think of months but what happens if a small thing can make a big change to what we are doing that month? Thus we end up behind schedule and then fighting to play catch up?

So by thinking months, we aren’t creating a leap into a quarter and once you have landed in that a quarter – you have created thirteen weeks of business scheduling and planning – confusing? Now you have taken your thirteen weeks, you work out where you want to be in week fourteen – have you done that? Still confused?

By thinking in quarters, you can plan more effectively and break things down from there and work backwards. Now you know where you need to be, do you know what you need to do? Write everything day from what you need to earn, to what needs doing, what sales must be made (especially if these sales are restricted by sell by dates), etc, etc, as a list and start working you way through them. That is setting your goals simply for the quarter and if something happens, the list is still there to work on the next day.

One important thing though, make sure you have put an item in week six for setting next quarters goals. Always do this around week six as this is vital to the next stage of your business. Not only is this important because you can hit next quarter running without having to work out what you need to do for that quarter but what happens when a list is finished?

Set your goals to be realistic and achievable – you could put in one or two that you know will take two or three-quarters (maybe more) to achieve – as you need to get them done and completed successfully within the thirteen weeks. Now if you are lucky to have done that, next quarter’s list is done in week six and is sat ready for you to start……

So just remember those 5p’s as they will focus you from days to weeks to months to quarters to half years to years……….welcome to the world and life of business………

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And before you say it – yes that is the polite business version of the 7P’s model……

Catch up on the week that was……..

So here we are on a late Saturday afternoon with time to reflect on the week that was but how do I reflect? Do I just say what I feel or should I be open or play it safe……

One thing I wonder, is if I should scream and shout more? I feel that people take you for being you and what you want people to believe you are! One thing I do is work – why do I work?

Well, it is simple, I was educated through school, college, some university and my working career by various companies and some amazing individuals. I was able to attend some top courses, seminars, talks, launches and dinners which have had management, Peer’s, Industry Leaders, Business Owner’s & Leaders together with celebrities, sports stars and inspirational speakers/motivators and oh some top sales trainers too. Why do I mention this? Putting it simply, I have done or experienced more than most, whilst I hear and see others sing, dance, shout whilst also getting others to sing their praises when they have done nothing like I have, experienced what I have or been in a room where you experience the vibes, energy and motivation that these events generate!

On reflection, am I jealous or annoyed that these people are considered more successful than myself because they have more ‘likes’, friends or followers than myself? No, why should I be! If they want to spend all their time reading books, reading the internet or watching videos, YouTube or Hangouts – then fair play to them but wanting to do this and be one-dimensional as they say….let them walk the walk & talk the talk…..

Actually, I feel sorry for their so-called fans, followers, tribes, supporters or what ever you want call them! Why, well it is simple, I have worked and experienced what I talk about and provide – these people haven’t! Does this remind you of the saying….

“Those that can – can! And those that can’t – teach!’

So I will leave you one this one thought or should I say contemplation……

You are ill, poorly, hurt or injured – so you go to a nurse, doctor, surgeon at a Doctor’s Surgery or a Hospital because you need the best to treat you as after all they have been trained and allowed to practice because they are not self-taught!!! So if they can’t be self-taught to look after and treat you, your partner, your family…………

Why do you let self-taught people tell you how to run or advise you about your business………….

Looking for a business partner, an investor or doing a joint venture – have you drip fed?

So you get given a piece of paper with notes, paragraphs, bullet points and mentions of websites – what do you do?

Do you look at and say I can’t understand this or I don’t get this? Or do you go away, look at it all and see how things link and fall into into place?

Well this is something I have done over the last three weeks to 18 different people and businesses and the results are surprising. 

Some ripped it to pieces saying how it should be done but all they were doing was trying to sell me thier business to do what was already there and when you asked them things, they couldn’t deliever – so using them was a step back! They didn’t see the concept of working together, joint venture or partnership – just that they could sell me something even though it was a step back!

Other’s just said I don’t get it, I don’t understand or what is this about – they clearly didn’t read between the lines, link the dots, cross the t’s and see the big picture – amazing!

The amount that saw it, looked at it, thought about it and read between the lines was surprising, higher than I thought but what did appeal was that they were visionaries! Not only did they understand what I had put down and given them, they all actually came back saying what about this, you have overlooked this, if come on board I can bring this, etc, etc but I had already done this and they could see why I hadn’t given them the full picture……..I drip fed them the parts to enable them to think outside the box…..

So, next time you want to deliver something and wonder if you are involving the right people around you, just jot down some ideas, write a small single page or a few paragraphs and distribute it amongst the people you want to work with, you will be surprised at who can actually deliver and show they are of the same working platform as yourself….