Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Web Site?

Issue No. 116 March 25, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Web Site?

This week’s reflection point: I want to share a few examples of how clients can self–sabotage their website and possibly their business. Several years ago, while developing the web site for one of our clients, she contacted our team requesting that we change the font size from 12 points to 11.75! I would admit that to the naked eye, there is absolutely no way to discern the difference so I contacted her to understand how she arrived at such a request. To my amazement, she was spending way too much time trying to explain her peculiar logic.

On another occasion, a client wanted to see more pink used in an already pink–saturated site.

And finally…. the client who was in love with his methodologies and lengthy descriptions rather than concisely describing what’s in the clients’ best interest.

As I indicated in this video, there are many ways you may self-sabotage your web site.

Why is that important? Because the ones I observed, who self-sabotage their web site, do this in other areas of their business and from my vantage point they are significantly limiting their growth and success.

This week’s tip: Focus on the practical application of your site and how it is used to deliver and communicate your value to your clients rather than worry about font type and size, shades of grey, or pixels position of images. Let the experts deliver their expertise so you may focus on your business.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Are You Surrounded By Genius?

Issue No. 115 March 18, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Are You Surrounded By Genius?

This week’s reflection point: I just returned from the amazing Million Dollar Consulting convention in Atlanta where I was privileged to learn from the many great minds there as well as provide my presentation to the group. I was surrounded by some of the top minds in the world as I realized that the constant evolution of my wisdom is due to the brilliant minds around me. Some are alive and many are available to me in my extensive library.

Let me share some of the highlights of last week’s learning to prove a point:

  • In your areas of expertise, what are the brightest and best in the field doing on a consistent basis?
  • Per Dr. Martin Seligman, Twitter is predicting heart attacks better than other scientific tools as tweets are posted immediately and analyzed in real time.
  • Word clouds are the new trends and models for analysis rather than surveys.
  • One of the most profound ways to increase your happiness is to write down three positive things about your day each night and why.
  • Dr. Seligman also explained PERMA, which is about focusing on your strengths, and what you are good at. It stands for:
    • Positive (Hunt for the good stuff)
    • Engagement (Optimism & optimal performance)
    • Relationships
    • Meaning (Belonging to and serving something bigger than self)
    • Accomplishment (Grit)
  • Resilience is twice as important as talent or IQ.
  • Ask your clients for the 2 – 3 words that are associated to describe your brand.
  • Get to do what others don’t or what others are not willing to do.
  • Your past clients and past connections are a goldmine.
  • When you want something bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get there.

The people you surround yourself with and the books you read are a reflection of who you are.

Who are the geniuses around you?

This week’s tip: Study the genius around you and implement one idea this week.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Virtual Workplace

Issue No. 114 March 11, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Virtual Workplace

This week’s reflection point: Over the past 5 years I have worked primarily from my home office while my team continued working from our main office. I loved the new arrangement as I found it convenient and it worked extremely well for me. Then, as a couple of our team members moved out of state and a couple of our new hires lived overseas, I approached my “home” team to see if they would like to work from home. The answer was a resounding yes!

It’s been over a year since we closed our physical office, enabling our entire team to work from their homes and leverage technology to improve our communication, productivity and lifestyle. The many benefits include:

  1. Improve productivity
  2. Eliminate commute time
  3. Enable more flexible schedules
  4. Reduce interruptions and the water cooler effect
  5. Gain a sense of autonomy
  6. Be close to your family
  7. Big brother is not watching you
  8. Blast your favorite music and wear your wildest outfits
  9. Improve your life balance and reduce stress
  10. Save huge dollars otherwise spent on rent
  11. Leverage technology to easily and instantaneously communicate with each other and share documents and workload with each other
  12. Use technology to improve the speed of communication with clients

This week’s tip: Whether you head a team or not, if you are not working from your home office, I encourage you to consider making the change. If you are working from home, why not leverage technology to improve your productivity and relationship with your clients?

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

 

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Join Me at The Million Dollar Consulting® Convention

Join me tomorrow with Dr. Alan Weiss, Dr. Marting Seligman, 8 other expert presenters and colleagues from all over the world for an amazing experience that has never before been provided for solo practitioners and boutique firm owners.

http://www.alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/million-dollar-consulting-convention/

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Purpose of Technology

Issue No. 113 March 4, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Purpose of Technology

This week’s reflection point: I love technology, its use and especially its impact. What makes no sense to me is using technology for technology sake rather than leveraging it to achieve great results and improve the quality of our lives.

The critical aspect when investing in technology is to identify how it is going to improve your business, knowledge, enjoyment, and your life. Once you identify these, focus on getting the most out of that technology so you reap the potential rewards.

One of the most gratifying aspects of technology is when it is used to increase our knowledge, and when applied effectively, increase our wisdom, which then creates a profound impact on our world.

Whether it’s battling illnesses, improving education, providing water in Africa, allowing the disabled to virtually visit museums, connecting the world, and improving our business and enjoyments, technology makes it all possible.

Don’t waste yours.

This week’s tip: Don’t take your technology for granted or let it go to waste. Put it to good use.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Developmental Experiences to Transform Your Business

Issue No. 112 February 25, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Developmental Experiences to Transform Your Business

This week’s reflection point: I am here in Miami, Florida, meeting with our global growth circle (Suzanne Bates, Guido Quelle, Phil Symchych, Bart Sayle, Steven Gaffney, Chad Barr) facilitated by Alan Weiss. The essence of our meeting is to challenge ourselves to think bigger and to impact our lives and businesses and that of our clients. Here are some of the insights shared by our group:

What key question should you ask yourself or your clients to raise the bar?

  1. What do I need to let go of, so I can do what I need to do?
  2. What was my most recent success and how can I replicate it?
  3. How can I increase what I most enjoy doing and decrease what I don’t?
  4. What does it look like for me to be the world’s best?
  5. What does think bigger mean to me?
  6. Where am I not challenging myself?
  7. Why am I at less than my full potential?
  8. Do I have the courage to do what it takes to be successful?

Best implemented growth ideas:

  1. Calling buyers and bankers
  2. Consistently reinventing and pushing ourselves to go to a higher level
  3. Track how many sales conversations we have
  4. Developing an acquisition pipeline
  5. Asking clients to give us a reference to a new client while using the opportunity to share with our client what we are currently doing
  6. Creating irresistible and dynamic communities
  7. Have a fierce commitment to take action and execute our ideas

Trends to watch for:

  1. Web sites created by artificial intelligence
  2. Developmental experiences without the need to travel
  3. Technology is impacting us faster than we can conceive
  4. Desire to humanize technology and have it work for us
  5. A quest to find out our meaning and purpose and the why
  6. Use of technology to accelerate speed and results
  7. Truth is revealed faster than ever before
  8. International move towards clean air, clean water and clean knowledge
  9. Growing disparity of wealth and poverty as it relates to the item above
  10. More intelligent and educated consumers than ever before
  11. A bigger sense and need of belonging to communities
  12. Internet presence impact on business reputation and strong brand

What developmental experiences to you attend and also offer to your clients?

This week’s tip: What key questions should you ask yourself to raise the bar? What are your best growth ideas? And What trends do you recommend to watch for?

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: 10 Reasons for Powerful Interviews

Issue No. 111 February 18, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: 10 Reasons for Powerful Interviews

This week’s reflection point: I was just interviewed by Social Media and global influencer, Mitch Jackson. I enjoyed it immensely while answering Mitch’s provocative questions on life, business, cyber strategies and creating your global digital empire. I even managed to put Mitch on the spot towards the end of the interview.

I conduct interviews as well and find them to be a powerful aspect of your marketing strategy. Here are my top 10 reason why interviews are powerful:

  1. You get to share your insights and help others.
  2. You have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom of others.
  3. You increase your own interesting content, intellectual property and digital empire.
  4. You extend your global reach.
  5. There is an exponential impact when your interviewer shares with their audience and you share with yours.
  6. The exponential impact goes viral when your audience and theirs start sharing as well.
  7. You receive inquiries that often turn into new clients.
  8. Others want to interview you.
  9. New insights come up, which generate new intellectual property.
  10. You get to collaborate with some of the most interesting and successful thinkers worldwide.

Finally, when you invite others for an interview, I recommend you refer to them as conversations rather than interviews. The former positions you as a thought leader.

Here is the full interview. Enjoy.

This week’s tip: Identify the opportunities around you and suggest others interview you. Also reach out to fascinating global thinkers and suggest you interview them. Better yet, start having conversations.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | 1 Comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Evolution

Issue No. 110 February 11, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Evolution

This week’s reflection point: I’ve been saying for years that evolution is an awesome power and especially when it comes to your web presence and its content.

An idea, when captured, may become a tweet. A collection of tweets may become an article. A collection of articles may become a book. A book may transform itself into multiple presentations and workshops. And all these concepts, when effectively repurposed, will produce an overabundance of new products, services and more content.

So what’s your next idea?

This week’s tip: Start evolving your content and you will transform your business.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Aggregating or Plagiarizing?

Issue No. 109 February 4, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Aggregating or Plagiarizing?

This week’s reflection point: A while back, in my Proper Attribution Please article, I shared with you the story of my daughter’s seminary sermon being plagiarized.

There has been a trend, where individuals using their blogs and social media platforms, share content written by others. I don’t have an issue with this practice as long as proper attribution is given. If your objective is to strengthen your thought leadership, I suggest you use your own unique thoughts and reduce your usage of others’ published ideas.

The issue I do question is when individuals share such content without the proper attribution or under the false pretense that they are providing value by being an aggregator of others’ content and ideas.

The web makes this extremely easy to do. However, I find this practice not only unethical and it has nothing to do with aggregating but everything to do with plagiarizing.

This week’s tip: Develop your own unique content so you may proudly share with others and increase your reach and thought leadership.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Testimonials

Issue No. 108 January 28, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Testimonials

This week’s reflection point: One of the recurring discussions I often have with my clients is all about testimonials. They are critical to create and increase your credibility and demonstrate your track record of success. The more testimonials you have the more impactful they are. I encourage you to solicit them actively and continuously and make sure they focus on describing the impact you have helped create for your client.

There are two types of testimonials. The best are unsolicited, when your client volunteers to share with you how you helped improve their success and provide such in an email, or on their letterhead or a video. Second best are solicited testimonials, or the ones you request, which I wrote about in my blog post, Capture Their Bragging, a couple of years ago.

When it comes to solicited testimonials, and as I indicated in my previous article, the best time to ask for them is when the client shares with you their success. I would also recommend that during your ongoing conversations with your clients, you ask them about their recent successes and use these opportunities to request a testimonial.

This week’s tip: Reach out to several of your clients, provide them with valuable insights, ask about their successes and request they provide you with a testimonial.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Print This Post Print This Post
Posted in Raising the Barr Weekly Memo | Leave a comment