Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bill Bartmann Business Resources: Business Consultants

Bill Bartmann advises his students to seek help from other business professionals. When it comes to running a business, many people get it stuck in their heads that they need to be able to make everything work by themselves or they will be a failure. What they often don't realize is that by doing just this they may be dooming their business.

Think about all aspects of life. When you are facing a challenge and you have people who can help you, you ask for help, right? Even back in grade school if you needed help with your homework you could ask a friend, family member or even a teacher to give you a hand.

Running your own business is no different. While you can't expect people to run your business for you, you can be willing to ask them for a little help when you need it.

Bill Bartmann Recommends Networking

Bill Bartmann's tip #1 Network with other business owners and consumers in your market area

Word of mouth is one of the best advertising forms out there, especially if you run a business that is catered to the area where you live. One of the reasons that networking is so positive a form of advertising is that it has a trust factor to it. When someone wants to know a place they can go for a particular product or service and someone you know recommends you, that is much better than seeing an advertisement in a newspaper or on TV. It gives them a recommendation from a person they know. That holds a lot more weight than any advertising you can buy.

Bill Bartmann says Seek Expert Services

Bill Bartmann's tip #2 Utilize the services of the experts around you.

Do you have friends or family members with some sort of special expertise that may be able to help you through or around an obstacle you are facing? Think about all the people you know. Everyone has areas where they are better than others. If some of the people you know have expert skills that can help you and your company, ask them for a helping hand. For example, if you know an accountant who is a good friend, why not talk to them about your company books. There is no use struggling over trying to figure out how to do the books, and possibly messing them up, when someone can help you make sure you do them right the first time.


Bill Bartmann's tip #3 Rehearse Sales Presentations with Family and Friends

If you have to do sales pitches, presentations or other things that are going to need an audience, why not have your family be that audience? Family and friends are a great testing ground for any new presentation that you need to try out for your company. Ask them to really listen and ask any questions or voice any concerns they have. You can use their feedback to make changes and make your presentation better.
Bill Bartmann is a self-made billionaire who has created the Billionaire Business System, a series of books and seminars that teach you what you need to know running a business. Bill Bartmann has provided real business guidance to thousands of entrepreneurs to help them succeed in business, even during tough economic times.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bill Bartmann Business Development Tips: Building a Master-Mind Group

The concept of the master-mind group was originally developed and implemented by Napoleon Hill, over 50 years ago. It has been proven to work for many serious entrepreneurs. The idea is to surround yourself with people who know more than you so you can benefit from this collective intelligence as you rise to a whole new level in life and business.

The master-mind group of only 4 or 5 is smaller than your advisory board, and the group is designed for everyone to help each other, where an advisory board is just focused on your business. The master-mind group provides a reciprocal trade of knowledge.

It is lonely at the top; you need a group of people who you can relate to, network with and learn from. Unlike your monthly, one hour meetings with your advisory board, you will meet with your master-mind group quarterly and the meetings will take place over two days at 6-8 hours each.

You will meet at a place completely disconnected from your life and business; this will be a sort of enrichment retreat for all of you. After the meeting, you and your distinguished group can enjoy some recreation, play some golf or have dinner, drinks and conversation.

The purpose of the master-mind group is to have the support of other individuals who are at your level of business, and who may be facing some of the same challenges you are. It is an opportunity to discuss things that you would not discuss at work or home. It is a chance to confide in others who you can trust will offer support and be discreet. What is said at the master-mind meeting stays at the master-mind meeting.

Here are some of the responsibilities and benefits of the master-mind group:

Sharpen skills while sharing business and personal experiences and knowledge
Honesty and loyalty while providing advice and opinions
Experience is our greatest teacher; learn from each others’ shared experiences
Group helps us be accountable, as we hold our employees accountable
Valuable support is provided by other business leaders who know what you don’t know.

A master-mind group is vital to personal and business growth. A master-mind group should provide each other an opportunity for growth, by sharing support, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in business.

Bill Bartmann has quarterly meetings with his master-mind group of like minded people who come together to provide value and to gain value within a group. Surround yourself with others who think like you do; who share similar interests as well as unique skills.