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Michael Hartzell

Recent Posts by Michael Hartzell:

“Get Rich Quick” by Selling Information

“Anyone can do it” – is probably true. “Anyone” can be a great success selling MLM products, while singing on American Idol, be a bestselling author, or be successful after being rejected on Shark Tank.

Is it possible to get 1,000,000 purchases of a product?  Possibly, but the list of considerations below have to line up perfectly and good karma will be needed.

The get rich quick plan to sell 1,000,000 may require:

20,000,000 views at 5% conversion = 1,000,000 purchases
  or
10,000,000 views at 10% conversion = 1,000,000 purchases

Topics: Business Success Business Planning

Hack Your Chronotype (Get more done!)

Dr. Oz has talked about it and Wikipedia offers information about Chronotype and  Circadian Rhythms. You can find a quiz here to learn about your specific Chronotype. While you have heard people say they are a "night owl", there are actually four different Chronotypes:

Dolphin, Lion, Wolf and Bear.

Which are you?

By understanding your chronotype (or the chronotype of your staff), you can adapt and improve your energy levels, improve relationships and 'get more done'.

According to clinical psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, your genetics can tell you when it’s the perfect time to do just about anything.

Try using some of the tips and techniques listed below to power through your energy lows and come back out on top. (though I am unsure about a giggle break and watching kitten videos.)

Topics: Leadership Health Personal Development Personality

One of the Best Motivational Videos You Will Ever Watch

In 1961 a band auditioned for a Decca Records deal. Decca Records rejected them , saying "guitar groups are on the way out" and "The band would have no future in show business,". That band was the The Beatles.

In 2003 a group of friends came together to start a gaming company. They made 51 games with no luck. Their 52nd game was Angry Birds.

Failed at business eight times, Milton Hershey founded the Hershey's which is now one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S.

He was rejected by Eddie Bond when the 18-year old Elvis Presley auditioned for his band. Eddie Bond 'advised' Presley to stick with driving trucks 'because you're never going to make it as a singer'. Shortly after, Presley recorded his first single.  The rest is history.

What does it take to overcome failure? Hope, faith, belief... these are important, especially when failure feels imminent. This video might inspire you to have a little more faith in yourself and fuel your inspiration:

Topics: Success Inspiration Motivation

The Truth is Out There

If you believe in something enough, you will risk your very reputation to hit the mark, accomplish a goal and achieve success.  You may believe your idea is worth a million dollars or possibly believe that "everyone" is out to get you.  Your may believe that you can sell 10 million widgets... though you have not yet sold even one.

The truth is out there and you want to believe... 

Topics: Paradigm Business Success Deep Thoughts Personal Development

Create and Sell Courses Online to Profit from Your Genius

Getting paid for your knowledge and wisdom may be an attractive path.  You have the expertise, a history of success and believe: “Knowledge empowers so learn and teach”. There is now a long list of options to create and sell courses online.

What you are looking for is a specially designed software system referred to as “Learning Management System” (LMS). A Docebo report anticipates that e-learning will grow to a $50 billion industry this year, thanks to double-digit growth in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. With hundreds of vendors, however, choosing an LMS isn't a simple task.

Topics: Training Ecommerce

How to Create an eBook Fast and Easy (free)

With the technology available today, you can create an ebook in any language quickly and easily to encapsulate information about a subject matter.  If you have a vision to conquer the world or change the community and want to share authentic information, this may be just what you are looking for!  One reason is that you don't have to write the ebook or pdf.  Experts have already done the work for you.

This will allow you more time to awesomize your business vs. writing content while burning the midnight oil.

Or you may simply need to put the information into a form which is accessable by your mobile device or possibly in print form.

Here is the step by step process for creating an ebook (for free) without the use of fancy software:

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Write a Book Inbound Marketing Content Marketing

Using a SWOT Analysis for Business Success - Not Your Gut

A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective.

The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey, who led a convention at Stanford University in the 1960s and 1970s using data from Fortune 500 companies.

A SWOT analysis must first start with defining a desired end state or objective. A SWOT analysis may be incorporated into the strategic planning model. Strategic Planning, has been the subject of much research.

Topics: Business Success Leadership Business Success Tips Analysis

MacGyver is now in the Oxford English Dictionary - Are you a MacGyver?

Is this your skill? MacGyver is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. Possibly you are hoping to recruit someone with MacGyver skills for your team.

Shorter loose definition: (verb)

Make or repair something in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever resources available.

Longer loose definition: (verb)

To assemble, or cause to be repaired or completed, an object, device, machine, or project from available items and resources. These items and resources usually seem common, ordinary and mundane. Where others would assume one needs a manufactured part or tool by design, a person with MacGyver skills use resources and tools in ways significantly different than their intended use.

Translation: (verb)

To handle a difficult situation through improvisation using only available materials (Which might appear to be an impossible activity). 

Topics: Innovation Definition Skills

Definition of Guru and is it GobbledyGook

Guru is a buzzword in business and internet marketing you may use to describe someone.   Or maybe it is a term you use to describe yourself. 

Interestingly, the word guru originates in Sanskrit. 

- Gu indicates darkness.
- Ru indicates destruction.

A guru is considered "a dispeller of darkness".

Anyone able to shed light (dispel the darkness) on a topic for another might be considered a guru.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Leadership Definition Personal Development

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Managers

With The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Managers  top of mind, make a commitment yourself and to others:

Topics: Business Success Leadership Personal Development

A Story About a Duck

This is a story I have told many times. It is a funny story about a duck, success and thinking fast. (with a moral to the story)

A Story About a Duck

Topics: Funny Personal Branding Inspiration

ThrowAwayEmail for “Fake” Disposable Email Addresses - It’s a Scary World

ThrowAwayMail.com

is a disposable email address service. When you visit ThrowAwayMail.com a new email address is generated for you. The generated email address can immediately receive email. Any email that is received will show up on the main page. No one other than you will see the emails that are received.

It is important to note that an email address expires after 48 hours. When an email address has expired, the email address and any received emails will be gone. A new email address will be generated upon visiting this website.

There are many reasons for using a disposable email. You may want to give someone an email address without revealing your identity. Or you may want to sign up for a website or web service but you are concerned that the website will send you spam in the future. Completing surveys, completing forms on a site you are unsure of, to put off an annoying sales person, or when a company email address won’t do… these are but a few examples.

Topics: Security Free Software Email Marketing Facebook