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Thursday, October 22, 2015

THE REMI BOOK CLUB: The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone

The Remi Group BOOK CLUB is back and this time it’s with a review of Grant Cardone’s The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure. Cardone is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, and public speaker. He came from humble beginnings and has an in-your-face way about him that grows on you throughout the book. My favorite quote from Cardone is at the beginning of the book, “Anyone that suggests to me to do less is either not a real friend or very confused!”

The basic premise behind 10x is simple – if you want extraordinary levels of success in your personal and professional life, you must fully commit to setting your goals to ten times more than the original. According to Cardone, massive thoughts require massive actions. If you happen to fall short, isn’t it better to miss the 10x goal than the lower, original goal? Reaching one’s full potential and becoming extraordinarily successful is not only your duty, but it’s unethical to not even try. Cardone goes on to explain that part of the 10x thinking is to take control of everything – nothing happens to you, it happens because of you. My new favorite slogan by Cardone is the last line on page 45!

For the past several years, Remi’s management team takes every Business Development Representative and several marketing employees on a two-day sales training retreat in Myrtle Beach, SC. This year was no different and the theme of the meeting was based on the “10x Rule” book. The heart of the meeting was centered around the following ten lessons from the book and how they can relate to the company’s equipment maintenance management program sales:
  1. Be Unreasonable – This doesn’t mean act crazy. But, it does mean that in order to be successful and make the impossible possible, you must be unreasonable. You cannot accept no for an answer.
  2. Readily Take Action – It’s not luck or an inherited trait, it is massive amounts of action that results in success. Lazy or unsuccessful people have a plan, but never get around to implementing it for various reasons.
  3. Habitually Commit – Commitments are non-negotiable. Cardone recommends just jumping in and going for it, quit testing the waters, and keep your eye on the prize.
  4. Be Disciplined – Discipline will get you what you want in all areas of your life – spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, familial, and financial. Discipline is an absolute requirement for 10x-ers.
  5. Be Goal Oriented – Don’t spend your life achieving the goals of other people. Write your goals down and when you run into a problem, write them down again. Repeat as necessary.
  6. Be Uncomfortable – To stay on top of your game, keep putting yourself in new and unfamiliar situations. Complacency causes the focused to lose the drive to stay ahead.
  7. Focus on Opportunity – Success doesn’t happen without some challenges to overcome. Treat each challenge as an opportunity to succeed in some way, no matter how big or small.
  8. Be Dedicated to Continuous Learning – Take every opportunity to keep educating yourself; attend webinars, conventions, and read, read, read. Reading everything and anything can be the difference between making $60k a year and making $600k a year.
  9. “Reach up” in Relationships – A famous quote from Michael Dells sums this point up perfectly: “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room.”
  10. Focus on “Now” – Do not procrastinate! Cardone repeatedly emphasizes that the “10x Rule” is based on taking immediate and massive action. Procrastinating and living in the past will keep you from achieving your goals today.

Amazon reviews give The 10x Rule 4.6 out of 5 stars and I couldn’t agree more! The books gets you to seriously question if you are living up to your full potential and if you aren’t, asking yourself why not. Have you read the book? Have you started living 10x? What do you think of the last line on page 45? Share your thoughts with us – we’d love to hear from you!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Are PowerPoints the way of the dinosaur?

PowerPoint is an extremely user-friendly slide show presentation program from Microsoft that was launched back in 1990 – which makes it 25 years old. The Baby Boomers grew up using it, Generation X tolerated it, Generation Y or Millenniums aren’t sure what to do with it since it’s as old as they are, and Generation Z will probably never use it. Even with updates every few years, can PowerPoint keep up with technology and appeal to the masses or are they the way of the dinosaur?

Higher Education
You might ask yourself, what’s wrong with PowerPoint? That same question was asked in an article from Business Insider. According to “Universities should ban PowerPoint – It makes students stupid and professors boring,” you can take a guess. The article addresses the issue of equating students’ preference for PowerPoints versus overhead transparencies with increased learning or grades. The article goes on to list why PowerPoint presentations “are toxic to education.” One reason is complex thinking. It’s believed that trying to present complex thoughts on a slide discourages deep analysis and understanding. Another objection is reasonable expectations. When slides are used, students expect detailed notes on assignments and tests.

In an article titled “Boring PowerPoints New Leading Cause of Death Among Healthcare Practitioners,” the topic of discussion is a study done by Dr. Steven Doldrums and Dr. Mara Tedium that was published in the Journal of Small Font & Uninteresting Topics. If you aren’t laughing yet, wait, it gets better! “Tedium states that standard PowerPoint presentation (SPPs) have a kill rate of 33% while “the most boring of boring” PowerPoints (TMBBPPs) have a kill rate of 100%”. According to the study, as the number of PowerPoint slides increased, so did the death rate. You can expect warnings of the risk for death on all future presentations thanks to the Food & Drug Administration. Doldrums asked, “Is this the death of PowerPoints? I hope so. PowerPoints and healthcare practitioners cannot coexist.”

Don’t worry, there’s good news…non-hazardous to your health alternatives do exist! Some alternatives include but are not limited to, PowToon, Prezi, Keynote, Prezintit, and SlideRocket, according to PowToon’s Awesome Blog, “10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives.” The blog is set up nicely because it gives a quick one-liner about the program, as well as the pros and cons. Depending on your needs, there is likely a PowerPoint alternative to suit you.

In Remi’s line of work, equipment maintenance management programs, management uses PowerPoints for employee, board, and investor recap meetings that often contain confidential information. Our sales reps use PowerPoints for initial presentations and the marketing staff have used them for webinars. 

So, what is the best alternative out there for sales and marketing professionals? Is there a different alternative that’s better suited for higher ed and healthcare professionals? We’d like to hear from you…leave your thoughts on using PowerPoints presentations or some alternative in the comments section!