Living in the Present – How to Release the Past

We teach what we most need to learn, and what we teach best, we end up learning well. This subject is not an exception. The present is the best place and time to live, whatever the circumstance, and I can tell you why: The most basic explanation I can give is that the past is spent, and the future is a promissory note. The most complex and interesting explanation I can give is as follows: About a day ago, I was complaining to my girlfriend Diane and my Mother about life, the past and the future both ways, good and bad of it all, and then partially through their prodding and through my own realization, I realized there is not any better time to do anything about anything than now. Also, I was watching the old “Mowtown 25″ special from the year 1983 on Public Broadcasting Station KOCE, Orange County, California on TV, and realizing that the past means nothing except for the dishonestly worked out psychological effects it has on unconscious people. Conscious people live in the present and make it always work for them honestly and then they have good pasts and future times from that present that they can make genuinely work for themselves.

Indeed, living in the concrete past or dreaming too much of the future without total “cold”, logical consideration and sober understanding of the present is a genuine weakness and should be shunned totally for the weakness it is.

On that note: Reality is what we genuinely and succinctly do with now, anyhow. It is said that consciousness is fully living in the present? That is the reality of the situation without question. Doing what we need and want to do (in that order) in the present is what we signed up for. Thus, we must live here and now to the best of our ability had we not? Yes.

Fear is living in the past and future that genuinely has not happened yet. Real courage is making the best of the now without guilt for the past, or trying to second guess the future. In short, make the now work for you and past memory and future reality will be made good and great.

What is important is that I know the present. The past and future are things I neither fear nor regret, bad or good, I have paid for it or have benefitted from it, and I move on with my life now. That is all. There are not any good or bad old days, or an unknown future. The now is just what we make out of it.

How to Promote Your Power Point Presentation for Your Network Marketing Business

Network marketing businesses are challenged by the changing internet scene to produce information accurately and entertaining. In the last article, PowerPoint presentations and their use was discussed in some detail. Unfortunately, the promotional aspect was not and today’s lesson will help uncover some ways to promote your presentations. They are powerful tools that combine many elements into one easy to digest format.

Going beyond publishing with Power Point

In a network marketing business PowerPoints, can increase your authority and trustworthiness, if used with factual data. This type of content can help jump start a business that is looking to build a strong reputation. There are other kinds of presentations that maybe needed to help with sales and marketing. Some internal issues including training and for style guides. The style guides will help you develop appropriate content for your audience. As mentioned in the previous article you can add audio to the individual PowerPoint. While videos are great, presentations can slow things down and share a volume amount of information within the fingertips of your team.

After creating the presentation, you will need to host it. After publishing the Power Point, you should have an idea of where you want to distribute the material on. This can be on social media, advertising platforms, email marketing or something else. You could even gate it to help drive leads for you. Do not feel like you have to be limited on which channels to use. It’s fine to use more than one channel to share your content on.

Measuring the success of your Power Points

Every aspect in network marketing requires measurement and monitoring. While some are more max than others, Power Points are one that need attention. If you’re hosting the PP on a hosting site, they should have a data section. This section may not be great but it should tell you the view count, comments and other data. Other hosts may offer better analytic tools. You need to know if the PP is getting views and if it’s sending traffic to your site. If the presentation has a call for action, you need to know if it’s working.

Over time in your network marketing business you will learn what data is important and what is not. If you need help with marketing, there are some free and low cost solutions available. Take care and plan out each presentation carefully and make sure they are tailored to your audience.

5 Traps to Avoid in Preparing for Negotiations

The most irksome, nasty, peevish, and stingy negotiator in creation resides between your two ears.

It’s you, and of course, it’s me, too.

We are our own worst enemies in a negotiation because we fall into five traps:

(1) We remain in our own heads instead of seeing the world from our counterpart’s viewpoint. As I demonstrate in the “Best Practices in Negotiation” class I teach at U.C. Berkeley extension and elsewhere, ferreting out the other party’s options and opinions pays off, nicely.

(2) We fail to set goals before entering a negotiation. Fred had his eye on a new grand piano, and after doing his research he boiled his choices down to two: a Suzuki and a Yamaha. He called and visited lots of Yamaha dealers but they were hesitant to discount the model he wanted. The Suzuki, reportedly a fine instrument as well, wasn’t in the same class, but Fred was willing to settle for it, mostly because it priced out twenty percent less than its rival. Still not convinced he wanted the Suzuki, Fred happened upon a one-day sale of Yamaha’s at Costco, and noting the price was discounted by about two thousand dollars from what he had seen at dealers, instantly, he bought the model he wanted.

What does this have to do with negotiation? Fred got them to throw in free delivery and set-up, but apart from that, he simply accepted the price as offered. Still, he negotiated with HIMSELF the terms he wanted most. He wanted a Yamaha at a slightly higher price than a Suzuki, and when he found that deal, exactly, he grabbed it. He had already established their relative values, but more significantly, he had determined their respective values to him. Some retail prices, i.e. “sale” prices, are great and being prepared to snatch them when they come along is what smart negotiators do.

(3) We’re impatient. Instead of starting with the presumption that “No deal is better than a bad one,” we endorse the concept that “Some deal is better than none.” Be willing to walk away, and establish what your walk-away price is, in advance.

(4) We dislike negotiating, believing it is “beneath us.” That is a prescription for failure, because in many cultures negotiating is promoted and perfectly normal, and in some it appears insulting to NOT be willing to bargain, at least a little.

(5) We endow other people’s prices as fair, objective and scientifically derived. Pricing is more of an art than a science and most pricing errs on the side of packing in too much profit, instead of too little. So, there’s “water” in most prices and our job as smart negotiators is to flush it out.

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