Rescuing Your New Years Goals

Q&A with Michelle

Did you set a New Years Resolution this year? 45% of Americans set New Years Resolutions and of those only 8% actually follow through to completion. If you started strong, but your motivation is waning, today we’re going to talk about ways you can rescue your goals if you have fallen off the wagon.

In this Q&A segment I will share with you these four tips for rescuing your goals if you’ve already “fallen off the wagon”
1. Stop the Shame
2. Revisit your Why
3. Consider Goal Graduation
4. Focus on Habits Not Results

Question: Is there hope if we’ve already fallen off the wagon?

Michelle: Absolutely! One of the mindsets that holds us back from success is to believe there is only one time of year to succeed at change. And we don’t just do this for New Year’s Resolutions. We say, I’ll try again on Monday, or next month. But even deeper than that, because we consistently break our goals, we wait for another time to succeed. AND when we beat ourselves up for breaking a diet, or spending when we shouldn’t or whatever, we start the shame cycle and that self talk doesn’t make you want to try anymore. Believe you can and believe it’s worth it but stop telling yourself you’re a failure. THAT won’t help you reach any goals.

Question: What if the motivation just isn’t there? How do you get to the gym, or spend less, or apply for a better job?

Michelle: Revisit your motivation and make sure WHY you want the goal is solid. Are you trying to get organized because everyones sharing you Marie Kondo after pictures on Social Media? Or do you feel the need to be better organized in your life because you’re spending so much time trying to find “lost” things? Your why has to be rooted in what YOU want, not what others want. One year I had friends who were trying to motivate me to run a half marathon, but until I was willing to do it for me, I couldn’t commit or even be motivated to complete the training schedule.

Question: Do you think it’s more motivating to go for a BIG goal or a small goal?

Michelle: Depends, some people are more motivated by big hairy audacious goals and that helps them hit the pavement and work hard. However, most of us, especially if you have let goals go in the past, you may want to consider Goal Graduation. For example, let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds, some people would be motivated by that goal, but others need to start with something small like losing 10% of your body weight or even just losing 5 pounds so that they can feel success and stay motivated. BIG goals CAN be fun, but its hard to stay motivated if you don’t hit milestones over time.

Question: What final tip do you have for someone who isn’t ready to give up on their goal?

Michelle: Resolutions are great, but plans are better. My best recommendation for progress and achievement is to focus on habits not results. If you’re trying to lose weight and you get on the scale once a week and it doesn’t move, then it can be hard to continue the good habits when the results aren’t there. Instead focus on the daily, weekly, and monthly ACTIONS you need to take and then you can celebrate every night that you went to the gym or ate 5 servings of fruits and veggies, and you know that you body is getting healthy, even if the scale doesn’t reflect your efforts. Success is NOT a destination, its a practice.

How Can I Use Facebook Watch As A Marketing Strategy?

Q&A with Michelle

In an attempt to compete with YouTube video views and to keep active users on the platform, facebook rolled out Facebook Watch in 2017.  While the adoption seemed a little slow last year, it’s growing steam.  In Facebook Watch and newsfeed, Facebook has over 8 billion video views a day.
Today we are going to discuss and answer some questions about business tips if you’d like to use Facebook Watch as a marketing strategy.

Question: First off, is Facebook Watch really a place businesses and marketing teams should spend their time?
Michelle: Sure, if video is part of their overall marketing strategy.  Video is a key part of any social media strategy and if you’re going to spend the time to create videos, you may as well utilize the benefits that Facebook watch has to offer.  Videos that are uploaded directly to facebook will get more views than an external YouTube link.  Some companies are loading the same video in both platforms while others are creating separate content to meed the needs of different mediums and audiences, but either way, utilize the offering.  AND, since Facebook is putting algorithm focus on video, businesses should “play the game” so that they can get visibility in the news feed.

Question: If you do want to make Facebook Watch a primary marketing strategy, what do you recommend to start?

Michelle: If your business is going to lead with video and consistently create and share video, or if you’re primary business is entertainment (like comedy clubs) or expertise (like speakers, authors or trainers) content is your number one strategy for building an audience.  Changing your page template to video will make your videos eligible to get into the Facebook Watch button, and give you extra tools to promote past, present and current videos.  Experts like Marie Forleo and Gretchen Rubin have video pages, along with Dry Comedy Bar.  Changing your template is easy and you can easily change it to another setting if you don’t like it.

Question: How do you gain followers and grow your audience?
Michelle: It all starts with good content.  Take time to create a content schedule, decide how often you’re going to post videos or episodes.  As you share your videos to personal pages and gain traction it, good content will get shared and your audience will organically increase.  Also, don’t be afraid to do Facebook Live Videos, as long as their with a purpose. Remember every video needs to be an extension of your messaging strategy.

Question: One final quick question, what is the biggest mistake marketers make when it comes to facebook video strategy?
Michelle: Remember that social media is just one part of your marketing strategy.  You need to reach you audience in additional ways and you always need to remember to create and preserve your Home Court Advantage.  Tomorrow, facebook could change the algorithm again and they could change the “rules” for Facebook watch or any other feature.  Remember to spend as much time building your website, retail location and sales processes.  Get people from social media to your website where you own the team, the brand and the raving fans.

How Do I Get My Business Up and Going?

Q&A with Michelle

According to a OnePoll Study, 1 in 7 Americans believe they are sitting on a fantastic business idea.  Of those 41% haven’t taken any steps to get their idea off the ground.
Today on the blog I will be answering a few frequently asked questions about starting a business.
Question: How does someone know if their idea will actually work?
Michelle: Step one, is to really consider if this is a product you want or if there is an actual market for your product or service.  You do this by defining your target market. What group of people will benefit from this product or service? What does this group of people have in common? Age? Income? Education? Geographics? If there is a group that will buy your product, then you can go onto the next step.Question: What’s the next decision that needs to be made?
Michelle: Then next decision is does this product or service serve a local audience or a national or international audience.  If it’s a salon, or gift shop, while there may be an online element, a majority will happen online. While it’s easy to say you can sell to everyone, it’s hard to reach them unless it makes business sense that matches the product or service.

Question: How do you decide if you want to bootstrap your business or if you need income from another source?
Michelle: Many small business ideas can be bootstrapped.  But tech companies and inventions could need capital or maybe just a small business loan.  If you’re still not sure, consider the income and expenses that your business has.  Many startup hopefuls consider the income but not the costs. Understanding both is very important.

Question: One final quick question, how does one know they’re ready to dive into a startup?
Michelle: The truth is you’re never ready.  There will be things you figure out on the road whether you start you business now or 6 months from now, but thinking and planning can only get you so far.  Do some initial work and then get started and dive in.  You can adjust your sails as you go, but you won’t move forward until you push away from the dock.

50 Apps for You & Your Business

Using Your Phone for Increased Productivity & High Performance

I had the opportunity to speak at a conference this year on the 50 best apps for your business. Today I get to share 4 of my favorite apps on KSL’s Browser 5.0 but I wanted you to have my whole list.

In the digital world that we live in, we’ve got apps for everything from health to money.

Check out the list of my favorite 50 apps below.

 

 

5 Questions To Ask To Know How To Get Your Business Off The Ground

KSL Browser 5.0

I had the opportunity to be interviewed on KSL this week about business ideas. In this segment we talked about the 5 questions you need to ask to get your business idea off the ground.

It takes a lot more than four minutes worth to explain these steps, but this quick interview will help you figure out if your business is viable to take the next steps. Watch the segment below!

 

How Can I Better Manage my Emails?

Question and Answer with Michelle Mccullough

Studies show that employees waste 17 hours a week on pointless work email. Take 17 and times it by all of your employees and that’s a hefty expense for businesses. Today’s blog will help us all better manage our email whether you work in an office or not.

Let’s start with some questions.
Question #1: Is that your actual email number? You have 62,000 unread emails?

Michelle: Yes I do have that many emails, and trust me I wish that wasn’t me. I have 7 different emails for 4 different companies that I manage every day. I’m not the person who gets my inbox to zero before being done for the day, but there are some things I do to help keep me sane, because there are many weeks I spend MORE than 17 hours a week in email.

Question #2: What would you say is the number one things professionals should do when managing their email?

Michelle: They should set a schedule for when they look at email. It shouldn’t be open all the time and notifications should be turned off. A study by Basex research shows that that if you’re in a project and you get interrupted, it takes 20 minutes to get your brain back to the point where you were. Productivity would increase if you check your emails 3 times a day. Morning when you get in, right before or right after lunch and right before you leave for the day.

Question #3: Many people get SO many emails, that only checking 3 times a day doesn’t seem like enough to sift through everything. What would your advice be for that?

Michelle: That’s why I recommend opting out of emails and there’s a great service called unroll.me that will tell you what lists you are signed up for and you can opt out on the screen with a click of a button. Cut back the junk and it makes the important stuff easier to respond to.

Question #4: How do you recommend people sift through email so they are focusing on the biggest priorities first?

Michelle: I recommend using folders. In most email clients you can set rules to send certain messages to certain folders so you can access them easily. You can also have your email client Star or bold emails from certain clients or your boss. If that’s not enough, I found out about a service called Sanebox that goes even further with rules and folders so that you can take back your email.

Celebrating 20 Years In Business

And other August Milestones

Before this month comes to a close, I want to acknowledge how awesome August is in the life of Michelle. I’m celebrating  FOUR major anniversaries.

FIVE years ago, my first book hit number 1 on the Amazon Bestseller list.

TEN years ago, a number of things happened.  I quit my corporate sales training job, built out my speaking business and expanded my marketing consultancy.  AND I started working with Kelly Anderson at Startup Princess (and got my first social media account). I ran my own agency and promotional products company not the side for years, but this year, with a baby in tow, I went on my own and built partnerships that changed my business and life forever.

FIFTEEN years ago, I married my husband. Good Stuff.

TWENTY years ago, I started my first business, Doodads Promotional Products.  It was 20 years ago this month when I started my entrepreneurial story.  This business isn’t my life’s mission, but it’s run “in the black” every year since it’s inception and it has funded EVERY other of my business ventures.  When I needed to produce and record my first speaking event, I sold more pens, mugs and t-shirts to pay for the production company.  When I needed a new website for a new venture, I sold some folders and CD cases to a long time client.

I don’t promote this business anymore, but I do try to keep existing customers happy and 100% of my business comes from repeat customers or referral each year.  I’m still grateful for this company that practically raised me.  I was 19 when I started it.  Doodads taught me about business to business marketing.  It taught me about tangible marketing and campaigns.  It taught me about systems and hiring help so that I could focus on revenue generating activities.  It taught me about competition and differentiation and that people weren’t just buying a pen, they were buying me.  It taught me about customer service and it taught me about myself. I have said many times, owning a business is the best personal development tool EVER.

So, in these final hours before it’s September, I acknowledge the Augusts of my life.  Without which I would be monumentally different.  Too bad I didn’t do anything incredibly awesome this year so that I could add to this list in five more years for the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25.  LOL

Here’s to August!