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Get Ready For Next Year

September ‘20 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that the year is almost three quarters gone, and what a strange year it has been!  With just over 3 months to go, what can you do to finish strong, and prepare for a better 2021?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take a course or read a book or attend a virtual conference on a topic that will help you improve, either personally or professionally.  One of my colleagues, Gloria Manchester, is hosting a virtual summit, LEAP to Prosperity, at no cost, from September 23 – 27.  To sign up, go to https://createathrivinglifestory.com/leapsummit .

  • Work on getting a book done to enhance your credibility and generate more leads for your business.  If you want any help with that, let me know.

  • Sign up for virtual networking events.  There are many out there that are free to attend.  You’ll expand your network and are likely to meet people who you would never have met otherwise, and who might refer others to you.  Another colleague, Gerald Haman, runs a weekly “speed networking” zoom call.  You can find Gerald on LinkedIn and seek to join his call.

  • Contact all of your current and former clients, and all of your prospects to find out how they are doing and what challenges they are facing.  Offer whatever assistance you can.  You’ve probably heard the expression, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care”.  Show that you genuinely care, and people will be more likely to use your services or refer you to others.

Taking positive steps such as these will help position you for a better finish of 2020 and a stronger start to 2021.

 

  1. The SkillBites Show

Each month, we bring you an expert to help you get your book done, leverage your book, grow your business or improve your life.  The shows are recorded, so if you can’t listen to one live, you can listen to the recording by clicking here.

Our next the SkillBites Show will be on Monday, September 21 at 1 pm ET.  My guest will be Arline Warwick, founder of Find Corporate Sponsors.  Arline helps businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits find large sums of money to build their businesses. She teaches people how to partner with large corporations and get paid handsomely to do so without having to pay the money back. After learning from her own experiences and years of research, Arline now guides businesses through a system that reveals the easiest approach to finding the best partnerships for their individualized needs.  As Arline says, “the money is there but you’re not finding it because you don’t know where to look.”  In this episode, Arline will share tips on finding and getting corporate sponsorships.

To listen to the live presentation, you can go to https://zoom.us/j/98012759802?pwd=ZW51UjQ0OGlDWnlCWHZ1M2pNWnhnQT09 or call in, using a line local to you:

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abAXTgmoXv

Meeting ID: 302 156 4627

 

Save The Date:

Next month, the SkillBites Show will be on October 21 at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT.  My guest will be Barbara Hemphill.  Barbara is founder of Productive Environment Institute. Her passion is helping people accomplish their work and enjoy their lives and organizations to increase profit, productivity, and peace of mind.

Barbara has been featured on national media platforms including Good Morning America, The Today Show and CNN Nightly News. She has also been showcased in publications including USA Today, New York Times, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple and Guideposts. She is a contributing writer for Formidable Woman magazine.

Barbara has published several books, including the best seller Taming the Paper Tiger.  Her most recent book, Less Clutter More Life, reveals that physical and digital clutter is a symptom of emotional and spiritual clutter.  Barbara will share some of her de-clutter tips as well as discussing how her books have been a significant component of her continuing success.

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Last month, we heard from Melissa Taylor, a top strategic business consultant and mentor who shows businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals how to increase their impact and influence through networking, her signature Speaker League program and community, and her SCALE Mentoring.  Melissa shared several tips on how to get speaking engagements.

If you missed this presentation, you can listen to it by clicking here, or you can read a summary of the show on the SkillBites blog by clicking here.

Do you have expertise that you believe would benefit the SkillBites community of entrepreneurs and authors?  If you would like to be the guest on the monthly SkillBites Show, contact me at judy@skillbites.net or 610-783-4519.

 

2. In The News

 

This month, I will be a guest on the podcast, CEO Blog Nation, hosted by Gresh Harkless.  The podcast and Gresh’s CB Nation company are geared to helping accelerate business success for entrepreneurs.  My episode will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, YouTube and Google Podcasts during the week of September 20.

 

 

  1. Tip of the Month: The One Page Book

When I started SkillBites, my concept was to help business owners gain the many benefits of being a published author by providing an easy and convenient publishing platform to get their books done.  I encouraged people to write short books, as they are quicker to write and quicker for the target reader to read.  I had heard that the average person gets through only 18 pages of a non-fiction book.  Interestingly, I also learned that TED Talks are limited to a maximum of 18 minutes, because that is the average person’s attention span.  So why write a 300+ page book?

Recently, one of my authors, Joe Tumolo, introduced me to the concept of the one page book.  He sent me an example.  Joe provides consulting services to non-profits in setting up legacy programs, among other things.  His “one page book” was a pdf file that included an attractive front cover, title page, content page, page outlining the various services he offers and an offer for a free consultation, and back cover.  The one content page consisted entirely of the following:

Up to 90% of your donor’s

wealth is in their assets not

their wallets or checkbooks.

– The End

The book certainly gets people’s attention, and it makes a strong point.  According to Joe, he has gotten great feedback from it.  The verdict is still out as to whether the one page book is an effective marketing tool.  I think like any other marketing tool, this can be useful if used properly, and in conjunction with appropriate follow-up.  Joe could include on the page outlining his services a line about his books Simplify, which covers how to create a legacy campaign, and Go See People, which more generally covers fundraising, thereby enhancing his credibility.

If you want to create a one page book and would like some assistance, let me know.  SkillBites can create an attractive cover for you and help put the book together for you.

4. Earn Commissions For Referrals

Do you know anyone who has been wanting to write a book but has been stalling?  Let them know that SkillBites offers a variety of services to make book writing and publishing easy, quick and convenient.  When you sign up to be a SkillBites affiliate, you can get a commission for each person who signs up to purchase SkillBites services through your unique referral link.  To obtain more information and to sign up for our referral program, click here.

Thanks for supporting SkillBites.  If there is anything you think we ought to be doing better or anything we should be doing that we’re not, please let us know.  We value your input.

Cordially,