Friday, June 28, 2013

What's Being Thrown at You

  1. 32 Seconds

 Every man and woman alive, at one time or another, has had “stuff” thrown at him/her.  You can’t escape that. 
 
People will …
Dis on you
Talk about you
Spread bad rumors about you
Tell lies about you
Do you wrong

Note this:

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” 
~David Brinkley, Television Journalist


Having to wade through junk? 

Make something of it.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Your Sphere

How big is your sphere?  Your sphere is the space around you full of individuals you influence with your life.  We carry our sphere with us wherever we go.  When you positively impress your sphere, you increase your chances of positively affecting the sphere of others, for we like to talk about good experiences. 

Love this thought:

Every single individual is the hub
of his or her own sphere of influence
and that sphere’s potential is immense.
~Go-Givers Sell More
Bob Burg and John David Mann



Want to expand your sphere?  Increase your serve!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Monday, June 24, 2013

A Few Words on Competency

We admire competency.  We cherish it.  We seek it in others.  

Do we demonstrate it in ourselves?

Maybe this will help.

How to Show Competency
-Show up every time you say you will.  Competent people are responsible.  They are prepared, they are on time, and they play hard.

-Competent people improve and keep improving.  They are ever the learner.  Competent people read and find ways to better themselves and their industry.

-Competent people follow through with superior work.  Quality is no accident.  It is always because of intention.

-Competent people do more than they are paid to do.  That is an old Napoleon Hill axiom. 

-Competent people inspire other.  They breathe into others, inflate them and lift them up.



P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Friday, June 21, 2013

Thoughts on Listening

42 sec

Do you listen?  Can you hear?  These are not rhetorical questions.  They matter in all of our relationships.  Let’s consider some key points.

John Maxwell says: 

“Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.”

We listen for two reasons:
1.     To connect with others
2.    To learn from others

It’s an old saying and it is still true: 

“People don’t care how much you know
until they know how much you care.”

Love what Larry King once said: 

“I remind myself every morning:  nothing I say this day will teach me anything.  So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Great Discovery

18 seconds

Please remain standing – this will be brief.

I quote from William James – Psychologist

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their minds.”

~In other words … change your mind, change your life.

~Our thoughts are what make us.

~We become what we think about.

Enough said.  Now, back to your regularly schedule life.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Monday, June 17, 2013

Approval

42 seconds
We love approval.  We love to be thought well of, appreciated, esteemed – especially in front of others. 

People large in stature offer way more approval of others than criticism. 

We actually perform better under approval than under scrutiny or criticism.  Criticism squelches, stifles, diminishes, and demeans.

Approval enlarges, builds one up, and causes an endorphin rush better than any shady drug one could possibly buy. 

Are you going to enlarge others?

Note this:

“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”
~Charles Schwab, Industrialist


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Friday, June 14, 2013

Commitment

What is commitment?

~A boxer getting back in the ring one more time after being bloodied and wanting to quit

~A marathon runner going six more miles when her legs scream for her to stop

~A soldier following orders and charging over the hill, facing whatever he faces, simply because it is his duty

~A business owner opening the doors one more day, even though business is slow and he is tired

~A leader still leading, because everyone you lead is depending on you

Are you a leader?

Are you committed?

Lead on my friend.  Lead on!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Leader's Legacy

Want to leave a legacy with those who you lead? 

You would do well to remember this …


Be the boss – and be the best boss possible.  Be human.  Be full of understanding.  Be a coach. 

Do you go into an encounter with your employee looking to find something wrong?

How about the opposite?  Look for something right with that situation.  Tom Peters and Robert Waterman promoted this idea in their book In Search of Excellence.

It’s still valid.

Stop being a drill sergeant and be a coach with a winning team.





P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Monday, June 10, 2013

What Does Age Have to Do with It

Great title
                    Great thought

Worth mulling and considering. 

Now, consider this:

After Edison’s Invention Factory burned to the ground he
said, “I am sixty-seven, but not too old to make a fresh start.”  He rebuilt his lab and worked another 17 years.

-The amazing spirit of the will to do-


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Friday, June 7, 2013

The End or a New Beginning

27 seconds

Disappointments come.
Things change.
Life as we knew it in one era is now different.

Is it the end?
Or is it a new beginning?

Love this:

What the caterpillar calls the end
of the world, the master calls a Butterfly.
~Richard Bach


Endings change us.
Jobs end
Relationships end
Leave the old gang for a new neighborhood

Troubling though an end may be, look what might be around the corner.

NEW!

Always, always, look for the new!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Questions Customers Ask

22 seconds

 Buyers of goods want to know at least three things:


Can I trust you?
Will you do what you said you’d do?
Do I really matter to you?
Taken from
~Go-Givers Sell More
Bob Burg and John David Mann


Analyze this for yourself, and I imagine you’ll agree. 

So …

~Can you be trusted?”
~Will you do what you said you’d do?
~Do your customers really matter to you?

Worth considering.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Monday, June 3, 2013

The Path to Rapport

17 Seconds


Want to know how to get to rapport? 


Take these gentle suggestions from Go-Givers Sell More

1.     Smile
2.    Be polite
3.    Listen
4.    Say “please” and     “thank you”
5.    Be genuinely interested in the  
       other person
~Bob Burg and John David Mann

And remember to smile.

A good working definition for rapport is this:  relation marked by harmony.

Build rapport.
Create harmony.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time