FLASHPOINTS: How Did You Communicate Today?

On April 24, 2013, in FLASHPOINTS, by Larry Broughton

The biggest problem with email is the illusion that it’s communication.

Emailing has certainly sped up decision making in the workplace, but is it really the most effective way to communicate with your team? I can think of hundreds of scenarios where emailing has made life easier for leaders & achievers—saving time and resources. There are, however, times when email causes more problems than it solves. For example, you can’t easily communicate genuine excitement or passions with it. Emotions and feelings don’t always translate accurately; and this can become a barrier for motivating & inspiring your team. That barely coherent email you sent your assistant late last night could have been communicated better in person, by phone, or video chat this morning, couldn’t it? Before you hit send, ask yourself, “Is there a better way to communicate this more effectively?”

Are You Getting Paid What You’re Worth?

On June 10, 2012, in Entrepreneur, Success, by Larry Broughton

As a business owner or entrepreneur, we often undervalue our services. There comes a time when you need to raise your rates to equal what you are worth. Here’s a list of top times or ways to consider for upping the ante in your small business or entrepreneurial start-up:

1. When you’re too busy to handle all the business coming in, it’s time! When you have so many clients coming in the door that you’re having trouble handling them, it’s time to raise your rates. Think of it this way, if you doubled your rates and lost 50% of your clients, you would still be making the same amount of money in half the time! [READ MORE here...]

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Faith & Fear

On January 23, 2012, in Motivation/Inspiration, Uncategorized, by Larry Broughton


Let your faith be BIGGER than your fear.

You May Own the House, But Not the View!

On January 9, 2012, in Motivation/Inspiration, Success, by Larry Broughton
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality;
and then there are those who turn one into the other. ~Douglas H. Everett

It’s a cool, clear evening.  A dreamer wanders a neighborhood he’s only able to visit.  It’s a neighborhood where the privileged live, yet he’s wandered these streets many times as he longs to live here too.  He knows one day he will.

He stops at his favorite spot, between two of the magnificent homes, with the city in full view.  Its gleaming lights reflect off the bay, set against a pink and purple sunset.  This seems to be the place where his dreams become their most vivid.

A voice startles him.  “Hey buddy, what are you doing?  We don’t like strangers ’round here!  I didn’t pay all this money for my house to have the likes of you hanging around…clear out!” Disheartened and dejected the dreamer turns and heads back from where he came.  Then another voice calls out, “Don’t worry son, my neighbor’s always like that.  You like the view? Come see this.” The man leads the dreamer into his house, up the stairs and onto the balcony where the view is more magnificent…tens times so.

The dreamer is speechless. “Like it?” the man asked.  “Yeah, I thought you would.  Now, let me tell you how I got it.” An hour later the dreamer made his way through the congested city streets towards his studio apartment.  He slept that night knowing he was one step closer to his goal.

Don’t discourage dreaming, everyone has that right.
Every successful person was once a dreamer.
You may own the house, but everyone owns the view.
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Triple A's of Goal Setting for 2012

On December 20, 2011, in Entrepreneur, Peak Performance, Success, by Larry Broughton

Now that the end of 2011 is in sight, most of us start to contemplate our goals and desires for 2012. There’s been plenty written on setting and achieving goals—some of it’s great, and some of it’s downright bogus. So, I’m not going to kid you, nor share some Law of Attraction bullsh** hocus pocus. Sure, a positive attitude is needed to accomplish anything in life—but let’s actually take action on our goals this year!

Here is my simplified Triple-A’s of Goal-Setting: ACCESS your situation. Take AIM & focus your thoughts towards your ideal life and write down your goals. Take rapid ACTION on completing your goals!

Here are some encouraging words of wisdom from folks, much brighter than me, on achieving goals:

What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Ziglar

A goal properly set is halfway reached. ~Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ~Andrew Carnegie

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. ~Charles C. Noble

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. ~Nido Qubein

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. ~Brian Tracy

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. ~W. Clement Stone

Triple A's of Goal Setting for 2011.

On December 20, 2010, in Entrepreneur, Success, by Larry Broughton

Now that the end of 2010 is in sight, most of us start to contemplate our goals and desires for 2011.  There’s been plenty written on setting and achieving goals—some of it’s great, and some of it’s downright bogus.   So, I’m not going to kid you, nor share some Law of Attraction bullsh** hocus pocus.   Sure, a positive attitude is needed to accomplish anything in life—but let’s actually take action on our goals this year!

Here is my simplified Triple-A’s of Goal-Setting: ACCESS your situation.  Take AIM & focus your thoughts towards your ideal life and write down your goals.  Take rapid ACTION on completing your goals!

Here are some encouraging words of wisdom from folks, much brighter than me, on achieving goals:

What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Ziglar

A goal properly set is halfway reached. ~Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ~Andrew Carnegie

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. ~Charles C. Noble

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. ~Nido Qubein

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. ~Brian Tracy

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. ~W. Clement Stone

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I love attending conferences when the attendees and speakers  are driven, inquisitive, and up-beat.  I was a keynote speaker today at the Identity Conference (see the list and links of other speakers below–it’s an impressive list).  The energy from the attendees, participants, and music was electric.  I am already looking forward to the next one.  While enjoying our donated Chick-Fil-A lunch in the sun with fellow speaker Dr. John Townsend and conference staff member Matt Dowling the topic of business “Postmortems” and After Action Reviews came up.

Matt offered one of the most intriguing, effective After Action Reviews I’ve heard.  Its simplicity is freaking awesome!  Within 24 hours of wrapping up an event or project, gather your team and discuss your “R.R.W.” so the next time around you’re more efficient and effective in your efforts.  In a spirit of cooperation, ask your team to share and REJOICE about the things that went well and need to be repeated, systematized or institutionalized in your organization.  Next, ask for those items that you need to RETHINK–things that may have gone wrong, need to be tweaked or can be improved.  Finally develop a WISH LIST of items, resources, tools, equipment,  etc. that would help launch your events, efforts and ideas towards success.

That’s it.  Simple. Effective. Efficient.  Just the way I like it.

I hope you find this idea helpful, and you’re able to incorporate this into your business or organization.

Thanks Matt!

Here’s a list of speakers I shared the stage with today:

Dr. John Townsend, best-selling author, mentor, consultant

David Jay, ShowItFast.com

Kohl Crecelius, Krochet Kids

Aurelio Barreto, NOTW & C28 Stores

Steve Bray, Power Plus

Dale Partidge, President ThirtyBelow30.com

Michael Jr., Comedian



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