The world came crashing in on me January 4, 2011. I walked into my office where I had been working in the capacity of sales and marketing director. An hour later, I walked out of that office having been given my wings! Yup, I was fired!

The common terms you hear are pink-slipped, downsized, side-stepped, out-sourced, or laid off. Let’s face it, if that employer does not have another job for you, you are ‘fired’. . . plain and simple.

After a period of self-pity, I decided that I would search for another job. So I sent out a myriad of resumes and cover letters thinking that I present myself well, and don’t have dementia, so should be able to find work quickly. Well, I got 4 job interviews and one job offer at $10.00 an hour! I was stunned!

What was I going to do…work 3 jobs?

I went to my car and cried. I still had car payments to make and a mortgage to pay. I was at a loss for ideas.

Then I spoke with my son, Michael, and he mentioned that I had been doing podcasting for a while now, and was also very good at sales and marketing. Why not start a Marketing podcast show and coach people how to use LinkedIn?

Voila! The Marketing Mentress was born along with the Marketing Mentress show.

What I did was dig deep to find my strengths and then package them in a way that people would want to use my services…and pay me money.

Once I started networking and meeting others who had found themselves in similar situations, trying to build a brand around themselves and their strengths, I realized that I had finally found my niche, and could help these people, but you don’t just walk up to someone and give them advice, do you. That is how I came to write my book…”Fired at Fifty: Stop looking for work and discover what you were meant to do.”

Sounds simple, doesn’t it. Well it was not so simple. It took me time to find the resources I needed to bring everything I needed together. I found free resources and free coaching services. I traded for services. I did whatever it took to succeed with my brand. –As long as it was legal & morally right.

A few short years ago, I was literally dragged into the 21st Century kicking and screaming. Let’s see if you might have been too.

I figured that I had managed just fine without a cell phone and without a computer for most of my life. Then one day I walked into my office where I had been working as a real estate secretary and there sitting smack in the middle of my desk was an Apple 2e! My beloved IBM Selectric typewriter was gone! I searched everywhere for my beloved typewriter, and it was nowhere to be found. The nerve of my boss to do such a thing. Didn’t he know that he had just cut off my right arm?

How in the world could this be really happening to me? I had seen the fate of the Commodore 64, so to me it was a no-brainer that computers would never succeed further than the rooms full of computers that helped run big business. Come to think of it, I have a good friend who still laughs today about his degree in “Commodore 64”.

Who’d-a-thunk-it!

It is obvious that more than just one someone did “thunk-it”. Today we have computers everywhere around us. They run cell phones as small as a wrist watch, or as large as those that run automobiles, transportation systems, the petroleum industry, and the list goes on. Here I am typing on a laptop for goodness sakes!

Every once-in-a-while I have the privilege of meeting a business person who does not use a debit machine to perform financial transactions. Even the smallest sole proprietorship at least has a “swiper” these days to help them process purchases for their clients. You know, those square gadgets that plug into your iPhone or Android so you can swipe a credit card and have money deposited directly into your bank account.

In light of today’s high tech lifestyle, it is kind of shocking to find individuals who still choose to remain “in the Ozarks”.

Now using computers and cell phones have become just a small part of the whole online connection that can be utilized in today’s high tech world. Because of this new advanced technology, people and thus business have become mobile. We receive email and messages through our mobile devices. The goal today is to be able to still keep on top of our daily communications, find new products for business, and book appointments while we are out and about.

We as a culture have become totally dependent on technology. Can you imagine not having a microwave or a coffee machine or a stove? Computers are everywhere!

For over 20 years I have been involved with sales and marketing. It used to be that I would use the newspapers and phone books to find leads. –Or I just plain went door-to-door making friends.

Do you remember the good-old-days?

Although we can still find people using the old systems to generate sales, today we depend on more sophisticated means for finding new clients and keeping in touch with them. Instead of sending a physical letter or greeting card, we send email and text messages. –But then how do we become effective using this new type of communication to get sales?

All it takes to succeed with this new marketing medium is:

1.      Hard work.

2.      A system.

3.      Service with integrity.

4.      An unstoppable dream.

Let’s conquer this marketing together! What can I help you with?


Christine Till

The Marketing Mentress

www.marketingmentress.com

Fired at Fifty: Stop Looking For Work and Discover What You Were Meant to Do.

http://bit.ly/FiredatFiftyKindle 

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How long has it been since you rode a bicycle?

 

Do you remember when you first started to ride a two-wheeled bicycle? It was not a simple thing, was it. If you were like me, you ended up with a few scraped knees, elbows, and a bruised backside...more than once.

 

Then you finally caught the hang of it and you sailed off down the roadway feeling like you had just been given new wings! Remember? Remember the exhilaration that flushed through your entire body as you actually rode your bicycle all by yourself, no training wheels.

 

Now think about marketing your business. Are you still trying to market "using training wheels"?

 

What I am referring to of course, is are you moving your marketing techniques into the 21st century, or are you still using the old school systems? My question then is, are those old systems still working as well as they used to or are you questioning what you need to change or upgrade?

 

I can hear many voices groaning as you force yourselves to keep reading this blog post. But you know what, I understand where you are coming from.

 

You are already working twelve to sixteen hour days and are having challenges fitting anything more into your day. This makes me wonder if you are trying to wear all the hats in your business. Does your business rely totally on your own actions? If so, perhaps you need to learn how to delegate.

 

There are definitely some things that you cannot delegate, but when we have a business, we need to decide what parts of the business only you can do, and what parts you can pay someone else to do for you.

 

Or perhaps you just don't have the budget that allows you to delegate yet. You will be elated to hear that you can use online systems and social media marketing programs to help gain exposure to a greater market potential with only 30 minutes a day! Yes! I kid you not!

 

If you are a solopreneur or any type of entrepreneur trying to get connected to your target market, all you need are these few key elements:

1. A computer that works and is connected to high speed internet.

2. Be connected to the three basic platforms of social media - LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter.

3. A social media autoresponder, like SproutSocial.

4. A website with a blog, and a customer connect key.

5. A mentor to help you with your plans.

 

Sound a little daunting for you?

 

Try scheduling in a time every day to concentrate on your marketing and start recording ideas on your smart phone to help you get your blog rolling. As thoughts come to you throughout your day, record them on your smart phone. Then when you get to your 30 minutes, you can just sit and write, publish and post. 

 

Easy-Peasy!

 

Christine Till

The Marketing Mentress

www.marketingmentress.com

 

Fired at Fifty: Stop Looking for Work and Discover What You Were Meant To Do.

http://bit.ly/FiredatFiftyKindle

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Are you looking for new clients for your business? Tired of knocking on doors or telemarketing? Kamran has a solution for today's entrepreneur. 

We are living a fast-paced lifestyle with little time to be sitting at a desk or out door-knocking. What if you could get all the leads you need for your business, and then some? What if these leads came to you via an automated marketing system that all you had to do was check your mobile device and book appointments on the go?

How cool is that?!

How often do you find a business owner sitting in his office at his desk these days? --- Probably seldom. Today's businessmen and women are on the go.small_5MileMarketingca They are communicating over their mobile devices, almost entirely. They seldom are sitting at a desk in an office chewing bubblegum or sipping coffee. In order to make their businesses flourish, they need to be out and about, meeting clients, networking, constantly keeping active in their communities. These business owners are managing their businesses via mobile systems.

So are you!

So, if this is the case, how are we going to reach them to let them know about our products and services? Doesn't it make sense to come into the 21st Century with our marketing?

Using the www.5milemarketing.ca/double_my_leads you will be totally flexible in the marketplace. You will be able to check for new leads during the day while you are out and about. You will be able to connect with those leads in real time, when they have you fresh in their mind.

More coolness...What if you could track those leads and control your ROI as well? Check this out www.5milemarketing.ca/double_my_leads.

Kamran Malik is a digital marketing strategist and Marketing Automation expert.  He  has mentored/coached 91 entrepreneurs across 18 countries and spanning 5 continents, all within the last year (Kamran tells us “I honestly did not have the foresight to track this before the last 12 months”). Kamran Malik 1Kamran Malik 2

The ultimate goal of Kamran’s work is to have his clients work half the time and earn double. His secret weapon is Marketing Automation ( shhh…keep that on the down low).

Kamran is offering his B2B lead generation service to you entirely free for two weeks, so you have an opportunity to test it for yourself.

To take advantage of Kamran's free 2 week business to business lead generation service, click here:  www.5milemarketing.ca/double_my_leads

kamran@5milemarketing.ca

 

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​"​​When you want to be more committed, powerful and compassionate with life, you need to experience how you can live your dreams."​

Paul is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), mentor and a powerful speaker with over 18 years in coaching and personal development.Paul Sahota

Paul Sahota is a committed, powerful, compassionate leader with a life devoted to inspiring others to reach their goals and live their dreams! His actions speak louder than words ever will.

Paul worked with Bob Proctor (The Secret) in Bob’s youth mentoring program, as well as attending and promoting Bob’s "Science of Getting Rich" Seminar, and has consistently continued his personal development journey since 1996 working with one of the oldest foundational personal development companies that link back to Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich) and Andrew Carnegie … thanks to Bob’s recommendation.

After almost 18 years of work, Paul has developed his coaching to a whole new level. He is announcing his new 26 week course designed to help us live in our strengths. It is called "Transformational Steps". We have all taken workshops and courses to help us become better in some way, but Paul helps us transform our lives to become the success we dream of.

Paul has coached and mentored many people to build successful businesses and create better balance, peace and liberty in their personal lives.

"To reach your goals and live your dreams, what Paul Sahota teaches is the key."

Meet Paul:

Meet Paul:

www.paulsahota.com

paul@paulsahota.com

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Sue’s new book “Heart Led Living ~ When Hard Work Becomes Heart Work”  describes her personal journey through the darkness of anorexia, alcohol abuse, and other self-destructive behaviours. Enroute, she discovers her true gift of inspiring others to awaken their innate ability to heal and to trust their intuition as they lead with their heart and discover their “YES!” for life.

Sue Dumais
Sue Dumais

 

Heart Led LivingToday we discuss relationships and what the difference is between those that are no longer serving our hearts and those that are. Exactly what is a "heart led relationship"? Can everyone have a great relationship this way? How do we lead with our hearts?

Do you have obligated or feared loyalties in your relationship?

Sue says, "You either listen to the whispers that come up, or you wait for the 2x4." Ouch!

Sue answers these and many other questions about relationships and how we can have great ones.

There is a lot of work that goes into building a great relationship. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to face themselves and the things they need to change personally, in order to help their relationships grow and flourish. When this happens, it is difficult for the relationship to progress beyond a certain point. What are the options available to us in this situation?

Are we becoming a society of "disposable relationships"?

What is meant by "Relationships are meant to heal your deepest wounds"? 

Sue explains how we can learn to grow together...how to "go deep" and help heal ourselves and our relationships. 

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Meet Sue:

Phone: 604-312-8203

For Fertility Yoga and support visit http://www.familypassages.ca

Sue's Speaker website: http://www.thefertilityeffect.com

Expect Miracles at http://www.heartledliving.com

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Sue Dumais is a Heart Led Living Coach, Author, International Speaker, and a gifted Intuitive Healer who helps others see the invisible, feel the intangible, and do the impossible. Due DumaisHeart Led Living

She brings the gift of insight, awareness, and self-empowerment to her audiences. She is passionate about helping others heal the root of their dis-eases and return physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically to their natural state of harmony.

Desperately seeking answers for herself, Sue Dumais has walked to the edge of life over and over again, asking “Why am I here?” At a deep level, she believed she wasn’t good enough, even while she was constantly striving to prove her own worth. After sensing cancer deep within her own body, Sue discovered her unique healing path back to vibrant health. Her deep desire to understand human behaviour and to heal her past has led her to become a coach and embrace her intuitive gifts as a healer.

Sue’s new book “Heart Led Living ~ When Hard Work Becomes Heart Work”  describes her personal journey through the darkness of anorexia, alcohol abuse, and other self-destructive behaviours. Enroute, she discovers her true gift of inspiring others to awaken their innate ability to heal and to trust their intuition as they lead with their heart and discover their “YES!” for life.

Meet Sue:

Phone: 604-312-8203

For Fertility Yoga and support visit http://www.familypassages.ca

Sue's Speaker website: http://www.thefertilityeffect.com

Expect Miracles at http://www.heartledliving.com

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Paul Sahota is a committed, powerful, compassionate leader with a life devoted to inspiring others to reach their goals and live their dreams! His actions speak louder than words ever will. Paul Sahota

As a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), mentor and a powerful speaker with over 18 years in coaching and personal development, Paul has coached and mentored many people to build successful businesses and create better balance, peace, and liberty in their personal lives.

You remember Bob Proctor (The Secret)? Paul worked in Bob’s youth mentoring program, as well as attending and promoting Bob’s "Science of Getting Rich" Seminar. He has consistently continued his personal development journey since 1996 working with one of the oldest foundational personal development companies that link back to Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich) and Andrew Carnegie … thanks to Bob’s recommendation.

Paul created immense value from these programs, enough to drive him to be an integral part of the core team that brought those classes to Vancouver, Canada in the fall of 1997. His work continues as he works closely with this leading edge personal development Canadian seminar company. His 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, experience in playing sports, along with the work ethic Paul has had since the age of 9 years after immigrating to Canada with his family, have played a key role in Paul’s career as a Certified Professional Coach.

Paul created immense value from their programs, enough to drive him to be an integral part of the core team that brought those classes to Vancouver, Canada in the fall of 1997. His work continues as he works closely with this leading edge personal development Canadian seminar company.

Paul wants to be able to “touch that one kid to help them with their life”.

“What gives us a right to play small? We can always do more.”

"To reach your goals and live your dreams, what Paul Sahota teaches is the key."

 

Meet Paul:

 www.paulsahota.com

 paul@paulsahota.com 

 

 

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Fired at FiftyHave you found yourself in a position where you were out of work and fifty-ish?

There seems to be a trend in the workplace these days not to hire people who are over fifty. Have you noticed?
When I was "Fired at Fifty" (title of my book), I discovered that there were some very prominent and questionable strategies being exercised in the workplace.
I sent out many resume's and had four interviews as a result. Out of those interviews, I had one job offer... for $10/hr. I politely told the HR Director that I would let them know my answer.
At this point, my whole life flashed before me. What was I going to do? I could not afford to spend eight hours a day for only ten dollars an hour. That would mean that I would have to work three jobs! When would I sleep?
Talk about being frustrated, exasperated, discouraged, and angry all at the same time!
Here is what I discovered:
1. There is a genuine concern about employee commitment to the company. Companies want to know that they are hiring dedicated employees, and people who will be with the company for a long time; people who will have a vested interest, who want to make a career of working with the company. When the HR Manager interviews someone with "grey" hair, they wonder if this person will work for a few months or a year and then leave the company to retire.
2. Can I afford you? This is the next question that the HR Manager will think when they are interviewing potential employees. Often corporations will opt into hiring much younger employees because they figure that they can train them up into the required position and the extra cost of mistakes and training will be worthwhile. Hence the familiar quote, "They feel they can hire two twenty-year-olds in place of one fifty-year-old.".
3. Will they use our extended health benefits more and drive our monthly premiums higher? The statistics show that the older employees tend to use the extended medical benefits more than their younger cohorts. So, corporations want to hire younger staff members and keep their extended medical premiums from climbing exponentially.
4. Employees in their fifties are being "side-slipped". Corporations design a new position in the company that the fifty year old does not qualify for. Then the corporation arranges for the existing position to disappear, thus eliminating the fifty-ish employee. I call is "expulsion by deletion".
5. It is less obvious that a company is eliminating employees to avoid paying retirement pensions when they pink-slip them in their fifties. If they wait and lay off an employee in their sixties, it is more obvious that the company is trying to avoid paying any retirement benefits, and the employees can have recourse against the company...especially if the employee is let go just before their sixty-fifth birthday.
What do we do when we find ourselves in this position in life?
Here is what I did: I sat down and listed all my strengths and how I could make use of them to earn an income. This has given me freedom to make my own decisions and also be happy with what I am doing, because it is more like fun than work.
Would you like to do "fun work". Try working for yourself in your strengths.
If you have found yourself in a similar position in life, you can get some help with this book: "Fired at Fifty: Stop looking for work and discover what you were meant to do." Order through my website or Amazon.ca or Amazon.com or Amazon.UK.
Order Now: www.marketingmentress.com

 

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3 Major Beliefs That Just Do Not Hold Up:

 #1. People Cannot Change.

People can and do positively change. With a simple-to-learn system, you can have tools at your command to help yourself and others eliminate unconstructive habits and beliefs creating permanent positive change. Imagine the positive change you could orchestrate.

 #2.  Your Strength Lies In Your Will Power And Resolve.

Dr. Bruce Lipton in “The Wisdom of Your Cells” conveys his research that,

"95% to 99% of our daily behaviours are operated by our subconscious mind.” And “Our subconscious is 1 million times more powerful than our conscious mind."

 

What this means is that while you are forcefully exerting your will power, it is really the subconscious mind that is running the show. Your real strength lies in harnessing the full power of the subconscious mind, working in harmonious tandem with the conscious mind. Discover how to put the full power of your subconscious mind to work for you – instead of against you.

     

  #3. Conflict and Friction Is The Natural State That Fosters Good Results.

Cooperation is the frontrunner, out-pacing Competition, and is now ruling the day.  Both current research and ancient wisdom point out, in no uncertain terms, that when people work harmoniously together with cooperation and mutual respect, the ultimate result is greater productivity and employee satisfaction. Consider how you can contribute to an environment that nurtures and sustains the best results for all.

 Learn More about what it takes TODAY to Lead with Logic and Heart, and have the skill to Stand Out Like a STAR in your field.

 

You are invited to join Global Master Coach and Trainer, Betska K-Burr, The Guru Coach™, for a

Free Training Webinar, custom-designed for Corporate Professionals.

 

Register NOW for the Free “BE A STAR” Webinar: 5 Secret Insights To Be a  Brilliant Driver of Positive Change. https://cli.infusionsoft.com/go/beastarwebinarmar/Christine/

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Become an Indispensable Asset and Driver of Positive Change for Yourself, Your Teams and Your Organization.

 Discover How to Bring Out the Very Best in Your People

 

    Recognize: Acknowledge and amplify the strengths and contribution of every person on the team.

 

    Engage: Be a Team Leader that can engage every person at every level of an organization to create a powerful synergy.

 

    Create the Racetrack: Pave the way so your people can efficiently and effectively do their work with maximum success. Everybody Wins!

 

    Provide The Support: Acquire the coaching tools and skills that will greatly expand your leadership competencies and communication skills. Have at your command the ability to peaceably resolve conflict and create the work environment that supports positive development and growth.

 

 

Learn More about what it takes TODAY to Lead with Logic and Heart, and have the skill to Stand Out Like a STAR in your field.

 

You are invited to join Global Master Coach and Trainer, Betska K-Burr, The Guru Coach™, for a

Free Training Webinar, custom-designed for Corporate Professionals.

 

Register NOW for the Free “BE A STAR” Webinar: 5 Secret Insights To Be a  Brilliant Driver of Positive Change. https://cli.infusionsoft.com/go/beastarwebinarmar/Christine/

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