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Creating Urgency

One of my favorite quotes is, “Be quick but don’t hurry,” from John Wooden the famous UCLA basketball coach who won 10 national championships.

Creating Urgency   
Nothing gets done without urgency.  Shorter timelines providing they don’t compromise quality are often better because they create urgency.

I spend a lot of time observing what makes our groups successful.  I find that our […]

As your guest volume grows…

Groups often ask me for advice and tips on how to handle things as their guest volume grows.  Some groups borderline freak out and don’t know how to handle a lot of guests.  Don’t freak out.  Your chapter meeting agenda is built to handle guests providing that you run a timer to keep things moving along.

Keep in mind that….. 

Not […]

Why do Groups Fail?

20+% of groups we start won’t make it to the 24 month mark.  I’ve tracked that ratio since 2004.   Groups that fail usually struggle with at least 2+ of these areas.

1. Poor Attendance:
When attendance as a group is below 80% overall the meeting value gets diluted.  When they fall below 70% it is death sentence for a group.

Our […]

4 Big Things for June & July

4 Big Things for the next 60 days

Summer is always busy.  Every season is, but during June & July I find our best groups focus on 4 things to maximize opportunities for success.

1. Be Ready to go
-Be ready to talk about referrals given/received, guests invited, testimonials, & successes

2. Bring Energy & Enthusiasm to each meeting
-Sometimes you need the meeting […]

What Should I do for my Next Presentation?

I often get asked, “What do you recommend I focus on for my next presentation in my group?”

Over the last decade I’ve seen a lot of great presentations.  I’ve seen a lot of poor ones as well, and  I’ve noticed some themes and topics that have consistently been more effective.

Begin with the end in mind.   The most effective […]

Podcast: Top 10 Take-a-ways from Podcast-Ginger Terrell (TN Referrals Group Market Leader)

My Top 10 Take-a-ways from the Podcast with Ginger Terrell- The Referrals Group along with Ashley Young who started CHA3-The Referrals Group & Clint Powell- the host.  I encourage you to listen and share additional insights you got from this fun, productive podcast.

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1.  Listen more than you pitch.  It will allow you to be a connector and […]

Why we don’t restrict where you can be a member

A competitor has been making some calls to a few of our members lately.  The members they’ve called happen to be also part of their organization & ours.  They are telling them that they have to choose us or them.  The reality is….you don’t.   We won’t make you choose.

We know that:
1. Entrepreneurs by nature don’t like being told what […]

How to prep for your meeting

Quarter 2 of each year is a busy time for our groups.   Over the last 4 years referral volume has increased by 34%+ from Q1 to Q2!  When things are busy in a group a few minutes of prep help make the meeting more valuable.  Here are the things I recommend you doing to prep for each meeting.

Prepping for […]

Are you holding yourself and/or your group back?

Every group has some members who:

Are hold themselves & the group back
Are Takers
Act “Too Cool for School”
Act More Important Than Everyone Else
Are Really Busy! (usually they aren’t any busier than you are)

Everyone notices the signs:

They email 24 hours before the meeting, “Hey all – Love you, but a client called. I have to be there.”  Message:  Y’all ain’t that important to […]

Tips on Staying In-Touch with your Contacts

You want to stay in touch with your customers & referral sources/COIs (Centers of Influence) because you want to build and maintain relationships long-term.  Referrals are the byproduct of the relationships we build.   Here some tips on staying in touch.

Have a process to stay in touch
I know a realtor who dials the alphabet in his phone.  He calls every […]

When you have Momentum…Embrace it!

Members want to be part of successful, thriving groups.  To get a group clicking you have to embrace the process and master the fundamentals.  Then one day it all clicks.  The meetings are more fun and referral volume goes up.  Occasionally I’ve seen groups waste momentum, because they relax too much when they get there.  I encourage you as […]

Structuring your 45,60,90 second

I recommend structuring your commercial in the following format: 

     I.  Basic Intro (5-7 seconds) 
    II. Tell us how to help you (25-75 seconds)

Now let’s break this down in greater detail.

Section I- Basic Intro
When guests/fairly new members are in the room I think this is important to reinforce.  Think of it as 5-7 seconds.
For example I normally say:  “Hi, […]

3 Things You Can Control in Recruitment

Things you can control
1-    That you invited someone
2-    You run good meetings
3-    That you follow a consistent process with all your guests and prospective members.

You can’t control
*If/when a guest responds, attends, is interested in your group, and if the rest of the group thinks they fit.  For those reasons don’t overthink your invitations.  Just invite.

Let’s break this down a little […]

How to talk about a referral- Referral Section of Meeting

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The value of this section of our meetings is the dialog about.  We should learn from the referral giver and referral receiver the scenario, how the opportunity was identified, how it was tee’d up, an update on the status of the referral, and anything either side could of done better.

(Referral Giver): 

Mike-Financial advisor:  “I gave a referral to […]

Guest to Member….The 9 steps that typically happen

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I get asked a lot, what are the steps normally involved in guests becoming members?  Or what should it look like?  Let’s run through the 9 steps that are normally involved .

1.       They Get invited
It starts with an invitation.  Guests don’t show up on their own.  Our groups operate by invitation only so everyone that visits a meeting […]