June 16, 2007
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Art of Influence Workshop conducted by Johnny Wimbrey of Success University. So would just like to share some comments regarding it.
Now it’s obvious how important mastering the art of persuasion is. The power of persuasion can be seen as the ultimate source of advantage in life and work. And it can be the critical separation factor between the successful and the rest.
Think about it. In life, we’re constantly trying to persuade or influence others. Be it during the job interview, presentation to your boss to accept your proposal, or during a marriage proposal, there are many instances where persuasion takes place. And for internet marketing, it’s manifested in your sales copy and email promotions. Frankly, copywriting is the art of persuasive writing.
Hence, by mastering the art of influence will help you to get others to agree with your ideas and take the actions you want them to take. Certainly, the advantages are limitless as it could mean anything from clinching the million dollar business deals or getting your dream girl.
With that being said, how does one master the Art of Influence?
The first thing you should ask yourself when it comes to influencing others and becoming a great leader is, ‘Would you follow yourself?’ If you wouldn’t follow yourself then how do you expect others to?
There are a couple of things to look at and evaluate yourself as a leader.
Firstly, your emotions. As an influencer, you cannot crack under pressure and your emotions need to be under control.
Secondly, your energy level. You are expected to be full of energy and not let others suck the enrgy out of you.
Lastly, the words you use. You should always be careful with the words you use and use them wisely and to your advantage.
Many leaders also make the mistake of secluding themselves from others. However, as a good leader, you need to have relationships. Below list some steps to create healthy relationships:
- Slow down when walking by others to give them a chance to talk to you
- Show to others that you care about their needs and problems
- Always offer help to others
Shall take some time to stress the importance of being a good listener. Powerful persuasion begins with the ability to hear what others are saying. And listening is far more than being quiet when somebody else speaks. If carried out effectively, it creates and improves personal and business relationships. In any situation in life, effective listening will help you to understand another person’s thoughs, feelings and actions.
You need to first understand a person and build rapport before you can have influence over someone. Contrary to popular belief, being a master of influence does not just require good speaking skills. Developing good listening skills is equally vital.
Good listening skills?? Isn’t that easy you might ask. You just have to sit there and listen.
Now there’s a difference between active and passive listening. Passive listening is characterized by just sitting and hearing. However, active listening requires you to remove all distractions from your mind so you can concentrate on the speaker.
If you’re not interested in what others have to say, chances are they won’t either!
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
It’s just like building a relationship with your list in internet marketing. If it’s all about you that you emphasize and care about, people simply won’t bother about you.
More tips on being a good listener:
- Don’t interrupt others while they are speaking
- Don’t finish the other person’s sentences.
- Don’t offer your advice too soon.
- Show your attentiveness by nodding occassionally
- Paraphrase people’s sentences to show your understanding of what they are talking about
Oops.. Realized that this post most is mostly about being a good listener. But as mentioned earlier, powerful persuasion BEGINS with the ability to hear what others are saying. So it’s always important to start from the basics.
To end off this post, shall leave another useful nugget. An influential person will recognize their faults and not be afraid to show them as this makes them approachabel and real to others. This sense of approachablity will draw people to you because they believe they can talk to you without you judging them.
Signing off with this excellent quote from Dr. David M. Burns….
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life
God bless and have a nice weekend!
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March 6, 2007
With the proliferation of the Internet and the increasing advancement of technology, our lives are increasingly becoming highly dependent on Info-Communication Technologies(ICT). One of the modules I’m taking at the moment, New Media & Society, discusses this extensively. And the school project I’m working on also relates to this topic as we seek to find out ‘How Dependent Are We On The Internet’ nowadays.
I think the answers should be obvious even before we conclude our report. The Internet has changed the way we communicate, do work, source for information, conduct business, obtain education, make friends… and the list goes on… Relationships are being forged on the Internet today, many of which are even more solid than those being forged in the offline world.
Will there be a limit to the ever increasing dependence on the internet? I doubt so..
Interestingly, the guys over at Shutdown Day have declared March 24 Saturday, to be the official Shutdown Day. It’s aim?
The thought of it scares me.. I log on to the Internet even during lectures and tutorials. The moment I reach home, I switch on my computer.
So will I ever survive?? Only time will tell.. Meanwhile, my friends over at the Creativity Club have came up with ‘7 Things To Prepare For Shutdown Day’. It should help you to better cope with such a tragic day.. Oops..
As for myself, it’s time to think of how I should restrain myself on that day.. Well I can easily spend the entire day with my darling Patricia.. There are tons of things I could do with her..
For instance, we could watch DVDs on my laptop, or play games on the computer, or better still set up our websites……….. You get the picture…
The Internet Rocks! Shutdown Day? I’m not so sure.. Haha… What About You?? Are YOU Up For The Challenge?
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February 20, 2007
Yup.. Just realised that my testimonial is being displayed on Adam Khoo’s SecretsOfSelf-MadeMillionaires.com
Many people have asked me how did I get started on Internet Marketing and how I managed to stay so motivated and start an online business despite having to juggle my studies.
To be frank, I was a lazy and unmotivated student once too. However, my mindsets and belifes changed after reading Adam Khoo’s books. The first was his ‘Master Your Mind, Design Your Destiny’, which focused on NLP, which is basically the mastery of the brain.
Frankly speaking, I was extremely impressed how Adam managed to achieve his first million at such a young age. And Adam started as a juvenile delinquent. Still, he managed to overcome all odds and attain his multi millionaire status today.
His second book changed my mindsets and beliefs about wealth completely. All the limitations and negative beliefs I had about wealth were swept away instantly after I read the book. And that book is none other than ‘Secrets of Self Made Millionaires’
I’ve previously read wealth books by Robert Allen, Robert Kiyosaki and Warren Buffet, just to name a few. But none of them has managed to impact me as much as Adam Khoo’s ‘Secrets of Self Made Millionaires’.
Secrets of Self Made Millionaires is truly the most powerful wealth creation program I’ve ever came across. Not only is it simple to read and comprehend, it provides practical and detailed strategies for you to follow. Most importantly, it alters your beliefs and transform you into a highly motivated and driven person.
And it comes with a bonus 12-Cd set which I listen to it everywhere I go. It cetainly serves as my motivation booster and recharges me every now and then.
Without a doubt, my life has changed dramatically after reading Secrets of Self Made Millionaires. Else, I would still have remained lazy and unmotivated and would never have ventured out of my comfort zone.
I posted a rather long testimonial on SecretsofSelf-MadeMillionaires.com, so I shan’t go on too much about it here. Hence, I urge everyone to just head over to Adam Khoo’s SecretsofSelf-MadeMillionaires.com to see for yourself how this ultimate comprehensive wealth creation program has changed the lives of myself and many others all over the world.
It is truly a must read for every working professional, executives, and simply anyone who has ever dreamt of achieving financial success. Secrets of Self Made Millionaires holds the key and answer to enable each individual to break out of the rat race and attain financial freedom.
Be enlightened and prepare yourself for a defining moment of your life.
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January 13, 2007
This weekend was absolutely phenomenal. The amount of knowledge that Patricia and I learnt was truly overwhelming. Well, due to a very unique & rare opportunity, we managed to catch Johnny Wimbrey & Matt Morris in Singapore and in person! And for free.. (the tickets cost $85 each by the way)
So who is Johnny Wimbrey?
Johnny’s inspirational story of overcoming life’s adversities has empowered masses for greatness. He tells his story and much more in his book Johnny grew up in a battered women’s shelter to growing up on the hard-core streets as a young drug dealer.
After several near death experiences Mr. Wimbrey decided it was time to flip the switch and refused to let his past determine his future. At the age of twenty, he became a temporary licensed insurance agent with no experience, and within six months of being in the insurance industry, Johnny received recognition as a top fifty producer in a national marketing agency.
In less than a two year period, moving from senior agent, to district manager, to regional manager, on to regional Vice-President overseeing the states of Texas and Oklahoma, Johnny found himself in the position of training experienced regional managers to recruit, to manage, and to teach sales development skills for well-known national agencies.
After recognizing the high demand for his services, Johnny decided to use his skills for a higher purpose. His passion is to create success stories by helping others experience financial, spiritual, and emotional wealth. Johnny Wimbrey has been interviewed on national radio talk shows and television networks as a young success story.
Today at 31, Johnny is financially free and ever more inspired to respond to his higher calling and bringing success in many others through Success University.
And who is Matt Morris?
Matt Morris is the CEO and founder of Success University. He’s also a young man, but with the vision and will to succeed and help people succeed in life.
Both of these man are exceptional speakers and trainers. And this is only the third time Matt has spoken out of the United States. Shouldn’t we be proud that Singapore was chosen?
What Is Success University?
Now, Success University was created with one goal in mind, that is to become the most visited personal development website. And they have achieved the goal in 2 and a half years. Now, Success University is the platform that provides people with the chance to continually improve themselves, earn a residual income, and make a difference in others’ lives all at the same time.
It has a wealth of self improvement resources authored by 50 of the most famous speakers and trainers in the world. And it covers all the life essential skills such as communication, leadership, relationships, health, wealth building, interpersonal relationships and many many more. Furthermore, it also provides an excellent online referral program, which has managed to create tons of 6- figure income earners in the past two years.
Now so why was Matt Morris, the CEO an Johnny Wimbrey here in Singapore. Well, they were impressed by what a Singaporean team has done in their efforts to promote Success University.And impressed enough for Singapore to be chosen as only the 3rd country that they have spoke to. And this coming year, they have more exciting plans to make it an excellent opportunity for people looking to attain financial freedom and self develoment at the same time.
They also plan to launch it aggressively in Singapore and in Asia. And guess what? They will be back in March again! Singapore will be used as a springboard for their campaigns in Asia. And they are looking to personally train leaders which will help them with their efforts.
Now if this is not called OPPORTUNITY, I do not know what else is. Patricia and I are extremely excited and looking forward to their return to Singapore in March.
So if you would like to find out more about Success University and jump onto the bandwagon before it explodes in Asia, simply visit http://calvinwoon.com/resources/successuniversity to find out why we’re so excited about it.
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January 10, 2007
Many of those who have downloaded our ‘7 Ways To Earn Money Online’ eBook previously have emailed me saying that they are absolutely clueless regarding how they should start.
Now I understand that the most difficult step is the first. But I believe that in my eBook, I’ve clearly laid out the steps you should go about. The first thing you should do is to listen to the audio CD we’ve included in our package.
You’ve got to first establish your driving factor - that is know why do you want to earn money online. You may not be aware, but the reasons to doing something rates much stronger than the methods you use to get the job done.
When you have a strong enough motivating factor, you will naturally find ways to achieve your goals. You know when I asked some of my friends if they see the need to create passive streams of income for themselves, they would say thy do not see a need for that.
However, when I asked them if they would like to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones, their answer would be a resounding ‘Of course!’.
The truth is, everyone wants a better life, but yet how many are absolutely committed to achieving it? And with the changing world today, by relying on one source of income stream is simply placing your future and success under a huge risk.
Hence, start by establishing your driving factor!
Follow through the various income streams I’ve laid out in the 3 eBooks. Identify which are the ones you feel the most interested in. Now do not attempt to create all the 7 income streams all at once.
No doubt, you can aim to create multiple streams of online income. But if you’re just starting out, you’ve got to focus on one or two first. After you’ve established them, then move on to others.
You can start off by joining some PTR programs such as Email Cash Pro and Take The Internet Back. You can also sign up for Agloco, although it is still at beta stage. But it is truly one of the most talked about programs online.
If you were to ask me, the most lucrative and important income streams that one should concentrate on are laid out in the eBook ‘Create Multiple Income Streams With An Online Business’. So, if you’re serious about making money online, you’ve got to pay special attention to that.
I’ve actually included tons of resources you can use to help you towards building your own income streams online so be sure to go through all of them.
Now some of you may be clueless as to what you can sell online. Do not worry too much about that as you should first start by identifying your passions and interests.
As mentioned in the eBook, you can use affiliate marketing to promote other people’s products. There are also resell rights that you can purchase.
Hence, focus on identifying your passions and interests. Think of which are the areas you are able to add value to your targeted market. And which are the areas you are an expert in and able to talk passionately about. Focus on building your credibility in that area.
Only when you’re doing something you’re absolutely passionate about will you be highly motivated to push through when things go wrong. And this is also what online businesses are about. Having the opportunity to work from home and doing something based on your passions.
It’s really a chance whereby you can do something that you truly enjoy instead of merely reporting to work everyday.
So think about what are your passions and areas of expertise. I’ve dedicated one section in my eBook which will guide you to do exactly so. So be sure to refer to them!
I will continue on how you can start creating online income streams tomorrow so stay tuned!
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November 19, 2006
In the book “Multiple Streams of Income” by Robert Allen, he detailed 50 Ways on how everyone can save $50 a month. I found it really useful. Well, I’ve come up with my very own 15 ways to save $50 a month. So hope it will benefit you too.
1. Always plan your finances ahead. Plan a budget for the month and stick to it.
2. Watch Movies on Weekdays.
3. Use a piggy bank and deposit all your spare change. Do not underestimate the power of multiplication. Over time, your coins are going to convert into huge amounts,
4. Always ask for a discount. There’s no harm trying.
5. Stop before you buy anything and ask yourself this question ‘Do I really need this?’
7. Take a shower instead of a bath.
8. Delayed Gratification! Before you splurge on those branded goods, consider delaying it and put your money to better use.
9. Instead of spending $30 for a meal at restaurants, why not save the money and cook a meal at home. Not only will you save money, its much healthier too.
10. Do not buy branded goods.
11. Buy airline tickets in advance.
12. Pay yourself first, set aside a dollar a day.
13. Always scan through all receipts. Cashiers are humans too and they make mistakes.
14. Off the aircon and use the fan. Aircon makes your skin dry anyway.
15. Lastly, invest your money wisely. Do not spend all your money away for the month.
Hope that all these tips can help you save some money!
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November 9, 2006
The secret of the wealthy is not that they have more money but that they have more time freedom. Because many of their streams are residual, they have more time to spend on anything they want.
So what’s all this comparison between linear and residual income? Income that is paid once for every hour you work is linear. Hence, income from a salary is linear. You only get paid once for your effort.
However, with residual income, you work hard once and it unleashes a steady flow of income for months and even years. You get paid over and over again for the same effort. You get paid while you’re sleeping, while you’re watching a movie, 24 hours a day.
Now doesn’t that idea sound nice to you?
So what are the various forms of residual streams of income?
1. Savers earn interest
2. Songwriters earn royalties on their songs
3. Authors earn royalties from their books.
4. Insurance agents get recurring commissions from their sales
5. Investors get dividends and interest from their stock.
6. Game designors and software creators get royalties.
7. Entrepreneurs get business profits.
There are tons of other forms of residual income that you can tap in. Question is: ‘How many of them do you already possess?”
If not, how much effort are you willing to put the effort to achieve them? Now personally, I feel that the Internet provides numerous opportunities for us to create for ourselves residual income streams. Thus, that shall be my main focus for the time being.
How about you?
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November 7, 2006
I shall now continue from where I left off from the previous post. Many may not realize, but money is one of the most important subjects to study in your entire life. Some of life’s greatest enjoyments and most of life’s greatest disappointments stem from the decisions you make about money. Whether you experience great peace of mind or constant anxiety is dependent on the extent you get your finances under control. Similarly, your relationships can be affected by money decisions too. So many divorces have happened because of disagreements over money.
Hence, understanding how the game of money is played can be crucial to maintaining your success, relationships and happiness. Do not underestimate this skill, as it’s one thing which is severely lacking in most people today. They do not invest their money wisely and rely on only one stream of income.
As I mentioned in the previous post, it’s dangerous to do so. As much as people are skeptical about owning a business, there’s one thing that almost all of the wealthiest men in the world have in common. No, they do not work ten times harder. But simply ,they own a business. And most of them have multiple streams of income.
Passive income refers to income you will continue to receive even after you stop working. This could include interest, dividends, royalties and profits from a business. Hence, it is certainly the more lucrative form of income, and we should all focus on building passive form of income streams.
After reading Adam Khoo’s Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires, I discovered a relatively easy way of building a passive income stream in terms of setting an online business. Similarly, Robert Allen “Multiple Streams of Income” also list it as one of its “money mountains”.
One thing I found out after reading these two books was that many people have been quietly earning money from the comfort of their own homes. Determined to find out the truth, I spent 3 months and thousand over dollars researching on the various methods one can create income online.
Hence, I hope to share the various techniques one can employ to build for themselves multiple streams of online income. Be sure to stay tuned for more internet marketing tips!
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November 5, 2006
If you have not read the book “Multiple Streams of Income” by Robert Allen, I suggest you go read it. It’s really a good book about the concept of wealth. Let me share with you something which is thought provoking and mentioned in the introduction of his book.
You see, most people will earn at least $25,000 a year. If you were to do the math, more than $1 million will flow through your fingers. Hence, the good news is, we’re all already on track to becoming a millionaires. But the question is, ‘why do so few people ever become a millionaire?’ Simply because most people end up spending almost that they’ve earned. And hence, most retire with little savings.
The reason can be attributed to the fact that nobody teaches us about money. In school, we’re forced to take several compulsory subjects. No doubt it helps in providing a more wholesome education. But we receive no formal education in the most critical of all life skills: how to become financially successful!
You see, it’s not about how much money you earn, but how well you’re able to manage your money that will determine your wealth. Yet, we weren’t taught how to manage money in school.
Here’s a shocking fact: Today, managers over the age of 45 are fast getting retrenched and many have failed to find employment thereafter. How would you feel if you were to place your wealth and future in others’ hands only to be informed that you just got retrenched. What are your loved ones and children going to do? Can’t possibly let them starve right? If you happen to have some savings, then you might still survive for a few months.
But the shocking thing is, most ppl do not even have savings to cover their expenses for three months. Not to mention if they have other streams of income.
On the other hand, how would you feel if you’ve built for yourself multiple streams of income. If one stream were to stop, you do not have to worry as you have other streams to depend on. Your spouse does not have to bear the extra burden and your children do not have to suffer.
Hence, this all points to the importance of building multiple streams of income for ourselves. If you do not think of yourself, at least think of your loved ones.
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