Rogue Spending

Abstract Do you know how much your organization spends on branded merchandise? You’re not alone if you don’t. “Branded merchandise” includes anything from company uniforms, giveaways, writing instruments, awards and any other logoed items you may have or use,...

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I Love You!

My blog is titled Million Dollar Mindset and many times I write about ideas to help my readers make more money. But having a million dollar mindset is about much more than just money. Let’s face it, we all know some very wealthy people who don’t seem very...

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Your Guide To Creating Multi-Sensory Brand Experiences

Let’s say you are looking for a hotel online and while clicking around you see an enticing web banner for the Westin hotel. You click through and after scrolling through amenities and pictures, you book your stay. Months later, when you arrive there is a...

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Honesty is the best policy. Your mother was right.

The manufacturing process is often much more complex than an end user would ever dream.  If you’ve seen photographs of a shipyard full of containers, or watched a port where one of those huge vessels unloads them, you were likely in awe.  Now if that scene is...

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How to Tackle Procrastination at the Office

Let’s face it, we all have stuff that we have to complete whether in your personal or professional life that we don’t want to do. Procrastination isn’t something new and this is why some people are professional procrastinators. As I’m writing this at this...

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TIME FOR YOUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The 4th of July is when we Americans celebrate our independence, our freedom. As you prepare your celebrations, let me encourage you to reflect on these two questions: Are you truly independent? Are you truly free? Most distributors with whom I speak don’t seem...

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Mental Mud

Let’s be perfectly honest: life can get a little overwhelming.  More than just a little, actually.  Life never really stops, and oftentimes can feel like we’re wading through the mud, fighting and struggling to cut through the pressing murk as the pressures of...

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How we unknowingly sabotage our own goals

How we unknowingly sabotage our own goals. If you were to ask me at this moment all the things I’ve always wanted to accomplish, I would most certainly write a list long enough to deter you from reading it. You may assume after seeing such a long list that I’m...

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Plan ahead to choose the right promotional product

Decisions don’t always come easy. Whether it’s time to reorder a magazine subscription or to replace that furnace, it involves thinking about what your needs are and whether you will be satisfied with your choice.  When it comes to big ticket items, like a...

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Fran Ford: A Lesson in Leaving a Wealthy Legacy

Most of my articles for “Million Dollar Mindset” are about creating financial wealth. But having just attended the funeral and celebration of life for a good friend of mine, and a good friend to the entire industry, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the...

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Leveraging the Power of Personality in Business: Part Three

Welcome to part three of Leveraging the Power of Personality in Business. If you’re not familiar with the DISC assessment, or need a recap, check out the first part of my series to refresh your memory. Part 3 of this series will be especially helpful to sales...

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It’s Just Lunch

How do you spend your lunchtime? Many distributors and sales reps think lunch is a great time to eat a sandwich at their desk and catch up on their work. In my view, this is an incredibly bad use of the potentially most valuable part of your day. We are all in...

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Swag Ideas for Community Walks and Races

Participating in a run can be an exciting and enduring activity. Participants train and volunteers work hard to keep everyone encouraged, and be responsive to the needs of the participants. The dedication to training and running is always encouraging and...

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What Employers Can Do To Reduce Stress In The Workplace

In my last blog, I listed several conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which may cause stress at the workplace. Low morale, health and job complaints and employee turnover often provide the first signs of job stress. But...

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Integrity Begins with Walking the Talk

Have you ever been in a meeting where everyone was told to silence their phone, yet there were a few who decided that giving full attention to the meeting wasn’t a priority and they continuously glance at their phones? Or is there a co-worker who adheres to a...

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Tax Season and Credit Card Debt Cancelations

With tax season here there are a number of 1099’s being issued. However, some people may be surprised to receive a 1099 due to a credit card write-off. People have many reasons why they are unable to pay their credit card bill including loss of job, income that...

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A Useful Promotion is a Great Promotion

Gone are the days where providing random trinkets to customers is considered a strategic promotional marketing tactic. In today’s world, your customers are bombarded with useless products that make their way into the junk drawer or the kid’s toy chest. In order...

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