That wall behind you

Recall your most recent company regional event or convention.

Have you squinted at slides with tiny writing or low contrast, spending your brainpower trying to understand them (instead of paying attention to what the speaker is saying)?

That’s me.

I wear glasses and have them checked every year.

But at a convention or training session, I’m not necessarily in a good spot to read the visual projections of what you prepared. I might be at the back of the room or over to the side, craning my neck to see around the head of the person in front of me.

My eyes are tired and my brain is racing from all the excitement of the event. Both of those conditions make the eyeball-to-brain-comprehension connection move more slowly.

When these things happen, I don’t hear what you say and I’m not seeing what’s on the screen. It’s a double loss for me, and I feel disappointed. I was hoping to glean your insights!

Speakers, please don’t let your visual and verbal efforts go to waste. Here are some tips for preparing the “slides” for your next presentation.

And a request? Please put the slide up as soon as possible! Consider that it takes the audience about 3 times as long to read and begin to comprehend it… (and I know by the time you go on stage, you’re sick of seeing those slides… but please let us audience members revel in looking at them).

Tip #1 for the audience: if there is information you want to remember from a slide, take handwritten notes if possible. You will retain the information longer.

Tip #2 for the audience: If the speaker is moving too quickly for handwritten notes: take a photo of the slide. (Turn off the camera flash! 😉  )

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #thatwallbehindyou #speaking #slides

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Feeling stuck? Here’s one way to get into action

What if I could show you a way to break out of procrastination and get into action?

(Hint: it has to do with the number “one.”)

Watch Eric Worre’s video for the tip.

(He also describes a reason why he recently felt stuck in procrastination… I too experienced that effect last week! I can relate!)

I also use other techniques to ease myself out of procrastination. See the “Pick Your Ick” post, in particular.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #pickyourick #procrastination

Taunting or showing you the catalog?

Jealousy is a fierce beast. When I experience it, it feels like a hot electric ball meandering through my body. Not a pleasant sensation.

I saw a social media post from The Secret this week, which helps me transform those thoughts… and I thought it might help some of my blog readers.

In summary, when you see something you want, add it to your mental shopping list. Here are some suggested words to do that.

“I like that! Universe, add it to my list.”

My viewpoint: You can modify the words to fit your situation, of course.

Personally I think “my list” is too vague. ‘List of what?’, I ask myself.

I am musing about the “my list” phrase to see what fits me best. Perhaps “shopping list”… that seems to push it into the future, never accomplished. “Receiving list” feels better, as if I am receiving that item now. I’m looking for a phrase that implies “manifesting now” or “celebrating the newly-formed memories of that recent event.” Perhaps I will use “celebration list.”

Regardless of the wording you use, the technique is a powerful way to move from frustration of feeling taunted into a delight of window-shopping or satisfaction of ordering precisely what you want from a catalog.

Remember, you can add whatever you want to the catalog of possibilities. Let yourself be inspired by other people’s experiences.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #tauntingorshowingyouthecatalog #networkmarketing #shoppinglist #thesecret

Listen, acknowledge, refocus.

This week I watched a Facebook Live broadcast from industry leader Lisa Grossmann. She taught us a tidbit from a recent industry-wide leadership conference.

I paraphrase her words: When a distributor comes to you expressing fear or concern, be sure to listen and acknowledge their concern. Too often, leaders simply tell people not to worry about that and get back to work! Yes, we want people to concentrate on topics and actions they themselves can control… but brushing off their concerns is disrespectful.

However, as human beings, we all want to feel loved, appreciated, and respected. And a huge tool in meeting those needs is listening and acknowledging what you heard.

By quickly (but not flippantly) acknowledging their concern, we reinforce the respect in the relationship.

Please remember to pause, briefly and sincerely acknowledge the concern, THEN help the distributor refocus their energy toward actions they can control.

Your respect makes the out-of-control world feel safer.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #listenacknowledgerefocus #networkmarketing #lisagrossmann

Lessons from a 1980’s shopping mall

The 1980’s was the heyday of indoor shopping malls in the United States. The closest mall to our house had more than 80 stores including 5 major department stores, so there were plenty of choices.

(In this post I will change the names of the stores, for copyright’s sake.)

We knew if we wanted something artsy and ahead-of-the-trend, we shopped in Solomon’s.

Prom or career-defining business interview coming soon? Hit the racks at Cube for clothes that would impress.

If Cube was too expensive, we combed the selection at Seaform, which had still-very-nice business wear, and even a small “Tall Ladies” section.

Janice’s had “knock-offs” (imitations) of several designers displayed at Cube and Seaform.

And if we simply wanted a basic pair of blue jeans, we headed to Deerfield.

The gist of it: every store had different clothes and fit different budgets. There was something for everyone, and we knew which store would likely have what we wanted.

By the early 1990’s, I noticed Solomon’s and Deerfield kept their unique identities, but three of major department stores started carrying the same designers. Many of the women’s clothes were identical. Our shopping strategy changed in response.

Was the item likely to be carried by Cube, Seaform, or Janice’s? Head to the store that was likely within budget. Check out the prices and sizes. Now walk into the other two department stores and compare. Walk to the store that had the lowest price for the item, and buy it there.

What happened?

Instead of being unique, the three stores in question offered the same merchandise with no significant differentiation in customer service or perks. So the only thing separating them was price… beyond the possibility of bragging that one “bought it at Cube.”

The stores became interchangeable commodities, and that was their downfall.

Even if that sweater was available at Cube, why would one want to spend more for an identical item? The brand name didn’t justify spending $10-$15 more, in my and most of my friends’ eyes.

We face an identical issue in network marketing, within our companies.

Each independent distributor within a company markets the same products.

So, why would the potential customer buy from YOU?

Price wars among distributors reek of desperation, so steer clear of that.

To stay away from becoming a commodity, do some deep thinking about what makes your distributorship unique.

Here are some ideas.

Do you offer special and memorable customer service? Do you gift wrap physical items? Do you donate to charity for every item purchased? Do you thank your clients in a way that they enjoy and remember? Do you remember and honor your clients for the special occasions in their lives?

Remember, your worth is much more than the sale price of the items you market.

Become comfortable with being you, express that uniqueness in the way you take care of your customer’s needs, and that will build a loyal customer base.

People appreciate being appreciated.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #networkmarketing #shopping #lessons #lessonsfroma1980sshoppingmall #unique #appreciation

Special edition: how to view today’s eclipse safely

**Please share this post with your friends in the United States.

**The entire “Lower 48” USA states will see at least a partial eclipse and will need this advice.

I have seen numerous social media memes and claims of how to safely view the August 21 North American Total Solar Eclipse.

Advice for safely viewing the event, from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Are your eclipse glasses or viewers safe?  (site recommended by NASA): https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

If it’s cloudy or you don’t have safe eclipse glasses, many livestream internet broadcasts are available. Visit http://earthsky.org/human-world/how-to-watch-eclipse-online-aug-21-2017

I will be watching the live internet broadcast from our flat in Stuttgart, Germany. (The eclipse does not pass over Europe.)

Happy Viewing!

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #eclipse #eclipse2017 #safety #viewtheeclipse #nasa

A leap made with eyes wide open

In March my husband accepted a permanent position in Germany.

We discussed such a move for several years, and then a fabulous job opening became available in January.  So we jumped at the chance.

After our transatlantic flight in late July, we are settling into life in southwest Germany, and I continue to run my network marketing business which is incorporated in the USA.

I will be posting stories about networking in a new language and other business topics in the coming months!

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #leap #networkmarketing