Recently I read a great quote:

Don’t expect to find one right way to make yourself more creative.This really got me thinking.

It made me thinking. How often do designers block their creativity in by following their normal path of inspiration? It is good for all of us to find new avenues of creativity. Stop being a creature of habit!

Be obsessive

Now this one comes easy to me. When I’m focused on a task that is all I think about, much to the chagrin of my wife. Take the simpler tasks in life and relate it to what you are working on. If you’re eating toast think about how that toast relates to what your working on. Crazy? Yes, but it works.

Take a look around

Being creatures of habit we put blinds on. If you don’t believe me take a look around at the cobwebs on your ceiling. You didn’t realize they were that bad, did you? It is important to strive to put on new eyes from time to time and take a new look at your surrounding.

Put on a child’s mind

Think like a child. It is amazing how differently the little ones see the world than us big people. If you have trouble doing this just hang around kids. It’s contagious. Just don’t forget to wear your play clothes.

Get away

If all else fails, get away from the front of the computer, go outside, and let out a primal scream. The neighbors may look at you funny, but I’m sure they already do. Relax for a bit and tackle the problem from a different angle.

What are your recommendations for finding new avenues of creativity?

How to learn listening

Listening is fundamental in a work from home careers

In a direct sales opportunity you will be in daily contact with people. As I discussed on my post on never criticizing, you have to be able to listen. By listening I mean ‘active listening’, which is a skill that is taught to managers and employees to enable them to do their jobs more effectively.

Active listening to someone who may be interested in work from home careers involves:

Not interrupting the other person even if you have a good idea, wait for a natural pause then inject your idea as an open question
Open questions are vital to active listening, they are questions that invite the other person to elaborate
Listening to the other person more than talking but making sure you are genuine in your interest – faking will be spotted immediately
Being non-judgmental
Reflecting back, which means that if you say, “network marketers are never successful because XXX”, then you would start by saying, “So if I understand you, you believe network marketers are never successful because XXXX, where did you hear that?” This invites a response from the other person.

Your aim is to be a good conversationalist, because to persuade someone to join in work at home careers you need them to want to. Dale Carnegie in his book, How To Win Friends and Influence People, says; “So if you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested”

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The secret sauce of a business opportunity

This is the second installment in my discussion of how the principles in, How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie can be used by network marketers.

Dale Carnegie starts his discussion on his second principle with this simple statement; “There is only one way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything. ……..And that is by making the other person want to do it. Remember there is no other way.”

There is in all of us an innate need to feel important. Studies have shown that ‘I’ is the most used word in telephone conversations for example. So what this means for you as a network marketer is that people are not interested in you. Brutal I know but it’s a fact. They are interested in themselves and what your product or service can do for them.

Knowing this information there is a ‘secret sauce’ you can use. Lack of appreciation is one of the single biggest reason’s people give for leaving their jobs. Therefore if you want someone to join you as a business associate in your network marketing business opportunity you have to show genuine interest in them.

The crucial thing is that this is unable to be faked, people can see through feigned interest straight away. This requires you to take time to listen to the other person and show genuine interest. The final element is to demonstrate you have shown interest by showing appreciation.

For example a client is in when you rang them at the agreed time and ready to speak to you, start the conversation by thanking them for being ready, ask them how they are. Crucially do not think you are wasting time getting to know the person, people love to talk about themselves. This is how you find out about them. Successful network marketers operate this way; they ‘sort’ people who are really interested in a network marketing business opportunity from people who have a passing interest.

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