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Keeping Your Promise Improves Your Business Image

Promising Yourself to Failure

I promise, I will pass-on your resume
I promise, I will help you promote this product
I promise, I will stop smoking
I promise, that I be home by 6:00
I promise, that I will lose weight
I promise, I will come over and help you
I promise, I will _____________

What have you promised and not delivered on?

You may not be using the word promise, maybe you said…”I know a guy who can help!” Johnny-on-the-spot just has committed themselves to helping which is as-good-as a promise.

Promises are the easiest thing to make, but are one of the hardest things to do.  If you want to improve your image, make fewer promises.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, author of the The Social Contract, wrote “He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in its performance.” Think about what you are actually promising to do for somebody.

  • Can you actually do what they are asking?
  • Do you really have the time and resources?
  • Do you care enough to complete the promise?

Successful people make very few promises and when they do… they deliver and many times over deliver.  So, do not make promises just to give empathy to a problem.  Listen, think, analyze the situation, then research the solution more. Once you have the full understanding of the situation, you will then if you are fully committed to the problem, make a promise to help resolve the situation.

It is better to be known as a person who keeps their promises and delivers on them then to be the person that breaks promises. Now, promise that you will think before you make your next promise, that’s  all I ask.

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We’ve Stop Learning and Are Expected to do Greater Things

LearningWe encourage our children to keep learning, growing and developing, but why is it that when we become adults we slow down the learning process?. We settle for the CliffsNotes of learning, by watching condensed News, skim newspapers for interesting articles, flip through magazines that have more pictures and ads then real content. We listen to radio news that repeats the same summarize news broadcast over and over again yet we want our children to be well-rounded in their education and to grow up creative and educated.

How can we become experts and teach our children, when we are just sliding through life without making the effort to improve and advance.  Companies have learned to accept this logic and find it easy to replace people who conform to this thinking. Being creative and in the know, makes it harder for a company to simply plug-in another body and continue as normal.

If expanding your knowledge on a subject makes you expert, than what is stopping you from doing it?  Experts are respected and hired more readily then people with basic knowledge. Why not set an example for you kids and become an expert? The company you work for will appropriate your skill and knowledge, your kids will have a role model and along the way you too will become enlighten with the knowledge you’ve learned.

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Join me for a Lunch-n-Learn

How to Enhance Your Business Image Through Your Image

How to Enhance Your Business Image Through Your ImageCome join me at the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce as I speak on How to Enhance Your Business Through Your Image

Be a participant, as I intertwine comedic balloon art with proven strategies that illustrate how your image communicates to customers and perspective customers.

Learning how your image will develope can bring you greater success, in business and life. Come learn, laugh, and be inspired.

This is a Lunch-n-Learn program sponsored by Gurnee Chamber of Commerce.  Lunch is included in the price! So come join me on September 21, 200 at 11:30 am at Timothy O’Tooles Pub, 5572 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL.

Contact the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce and get registered today!

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The Excuse: “I am too busy”

I'm too busy

I'm too busyI am too busy to exercise.
I am too busy to read.
I am too busy to have a hobby.
I am too busy to take a vacation.
I am too busy to learn all the functions on my Smartphone.
I am too busy to write a blog.
I am too busy to work for a charity.
I am too busy to join a community club.
I am too busy to play with my children.
I am too busy to learn new things.
I am too busy not improving myself or advancing my career.

There is not a person in the world that is not busy doing something, just that some people have learned the secret to success… scheduling time for yourself. If you do not schedule some time for yourself, you are just going to be too busy to do anything. Schedule 1-hour a day for yourself and do the things that you claim you are too busy to do. You will find out how rewarding these tasks are once you build them into your schedule.

Moreover, think about this, there are people who are so busy that they could not take 5-mintues to read this blog and improve themselves, but will spend 5-minutes waiting in line for a cup of coffee.

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Improving Self-Image through Positive Thoughts


Perky Coworker vs Drama Queen –
Which stimulates positive thoughts?

Self-improvement throught postive thoughtHave you ever considered that your positive thoughts shape how others see you, react to you and thus create your self-image? Perky people are positive people who like bright colors and are willing to engage everyone and anyone in a lively conversation. They see the good in everything and sometimes labeled “goodie two-shoes” by those with negative personality.

Negative personalities relish in others failures; they seek out the car crashes, failed relationships, and gossip news. Negative people are the worrywarts and drama queens and everything revolves around them and their emotions, ideas, and their life.

Let’s treat our mind like our body and feed it with healthy food. Fill your minds with positive thoughts, images, ideas and people. This positive information will improve your health and attitude, but also the consumption of “healthy” positive information will be communicated to others though body language, personality and topic of discussion with coworkers.

Why not start today, digest more positive information and allowing the metamorphism to start and enhance your self-image to the positive forces.

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The Image of Intelligence


Being Informed, the Illusion of Intelligence in Business

Intelligence is in constant learningKeeping informed of what is going on at work, your industry, and events’ happening around you creates the illusion of intelligence. One doesn’t need to be a world scholar to read a blog or scan a press release. Business reports, company emails, and social media information streams past us on a daily basis.

Intelligent individuals learn to manage their information and develop a routine to gather and absorb information. Take 10-minutes a day to read industry blogs, press releases, and review the company’s web site. You’ll be surprised what you can learn or didn’t learn by just reading your own web site.  Being informed about your career and what’s going on in life will give you a competitive edge in the word of business and among co-workers.

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Perception it’s a Mind Game

Perception it can be more

Perceptions, don’t let them keep you from Archiving your Goals.


Perception it can be moreThe inside sales staff perception of the world is controlled by their communication limitations.   Tethered to a phone, computer, and the surrounding equipment they struggle to achieve goals set by management.  Many will seek to reach the goals while others fall short and blame the tools at their disposal.   They perceive the newest smart phone will enhance their greatness and make them efficient, but forget with any new device the learning curve is steep.  Overwhelmed by the changes they quickly wish for their old ways and look upon the new ones as the reason they cannot achieve their goals.  No matter what you perception is of your equipment, good or bad, it is up to you to envision that you can achieve any goal with whatever tool is at your disposal.  Because, the greatest tool at your disposal is you and your ability to adapt, improve, and overcome.  And if all else fails, read the manual, it just may change your perception on what you’re doing.

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The Yin and Yang of Positive Images

Positive Images creates Winning Results

Positive images it's Yin & Yang of winning resultsI know doing standing side-lunges are good to build core strength and works the legs, but it is the one part of my daily workout I just want to fast-forward through. Organizing the basement is tedious and not fun or as my son would say when cleaning up his room “it’s boring”.  We all have things we just don’t want to do for many excuses, but we create a negative image to the chore which makes it harder to accomplish.

My four year old son will spend more time crying, standing in the bad boy corner, and getting yelled at for not pickup his toys. The energy spent not doing it is more than if he just picked up his toys.

Create a positive image in your head about the project.  There is a yin and yang to everything and it is our job to focus on the positive image.  Things we like to do we accelerate at and cannot wait to jump into it and get our hands dirty.  A positive image is a winning image.

Tips on how enhance your positive images and improve results.

  1. Add music – music is a natural pick-me-up mood enhancer and will help make the task not as boring.
  2. Relaxing breaths – take a five to six big relaxing breath before doing a project. Breathing will help relax muscles and increase your focus.
  3. Drink water – The body needs water and being hydrate will ensure your body and mind are physically ready to take on the task.
  4. Imagine what the project will look like when competed.  Visualizing the completed project will make you feel better knowing there is an end to the project.
  5. Work with somebody who likes and has a positive image about the project.  Allow some of their enthusiasm to rub off on you.  You just may learn to like the things you dislike.


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10 People who have Tarnished their Public Image


Public Image: The Good, Bad, and Ugly – Do you know these people by their tarnished image?

Public Image Good, Bad, and the Ugly

1)      Take a picture of private parts and store them on a computer that has access to the Internet.

2)      Frantically trashing a hotel room while looking for your wallet and cell phone, after you have been partying with a prostitute.

3)      Predicting the day of Rapture and when it passes, said you “miscalculated”.

4)      Actually lip sinking on national TV and not admitting to it when audio stops  you instantly break into river dancing.

5)      Shave your head and hold up a picture of the Pope on National TV, and say “Fight the real enemy!” and then tear the picture.

6)      While performing make the statement, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

7)      Running a dog-fighting ring in your back yard.

8)      Have a gorgeous wife, child and a reputation of being a clean cut person, but have over 20 mistresses.

9)      Not verifying the facts before announces to the world that the leading GOP candidate’s military record is false.

10)   Publicly retiring from professional sports, then come out of retirement  -move to another team, retire, then come out of retirement again, just to play against the team that you retired from in the beginning.

Actions are linked to your image, so don’t make the mistake that these people have done in their career and tarnish your public image.

1)      Anthony Weiner, Congressman

2)      Charlie Sheen, Movie & TV Star

3)      Harold Camping, Christian Radio Broadcaster

4)      Ashlee Simpson, Musician

5)      Sinead O’Connor, Musician

6)      Dixie Chicks, Musicians

7)      Michael Vick, Professional Football Player

8)      Tiger Woods, Professional Golfer

9)      Dan Rather, TV News Anchor

10)   Brett Favre, Professional Football Player

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Organization Helps an Image

GoogleCal - Sync

Sync Outlook with Google Calendar and Improve Organization and Your Image

Organization helps your imageLong gone are the dedicated intercom systems linking directly to the efficient secretary whose organization duties were to maintain our business and personal appointments. Nowadays, we are the secretary, efficiency is questionable, but schedule makers we are. We don’t have anybody to blame for missing an appointment except ourselves, which tardiness or missing appointments reflects badly on an image. With the advancement of computers in the work place and smart phones becoming an extension of ourselves; it becomes important that we keep up with technology that improves efficiency and organization.

Google makes many free tools for the business person to be keeping connected, but one tool that helps improve organization and scheduling is Google Sync.  Google Sync is a free software application that allows a person to synchronize their Microsoft Outlook to their Google Calendar.  Synchronize calendars can be tricky if not impossible, due to the simple fact that competing companies don’t like interfacing with each other.  Microsoft is one of those companies that make it difficult to share information outside of its software applications.  Google bridges the gap and makes it very simple to sync Outlook to Google calendars.

Advantages of syncing the two calendars allows users to use their MS Outlook at work (standard in most companies), to sync it to their Google calendar.  Once sync, you can now manage is your calendar online or through your Android smart phone.

Google sync allows users to make changes on both calendars (online or smart phone) and share calendars between co-works, spouses, or allows you to maintain multiple calendars. Changes in Outlook will reflect in your Google calendar and vice versa.  No more missing the kid’s baseball game, birthday parties, or business meetings.

Organized calendars allows you to show up to scheduled events and dramatically improve an image.  So my advice is to seek out automation that interfaces with your existing technology and allow it to organize your schedule, which intern helps your image.