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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5 Ways to spice up your business meetings.

CEO Jack Cola
Nobody likes business meetings. So why do we have so many?
Unfortunately, they're a necessary evil when it comes to running a business. Having led my fair share of meetings aa a CEO, believe me: I hate it as much as my employees when I see them glaze over and stop listening to what I think is essential material. So I've devised my own strategies for waking them up and making the meetings more productive.
1. Meet More, Not Less
I know how this sounds, but hear me out. When you meet once a month (even once a week might not be often enough), your meetings tend to go on and on. People stop listening 15 minutes in. So while you have plenty of material to cover as you try to minimize your meeting frequency, you're actually less productive when you try to get it all covered in a single meeting. Instead, opt for more meetings, but keep them short. Like: 15 minutes short. More on that next.
2. Keep Those Meetings Brief
I know, you're still reeling from me suggesting that you hold a 15-minute meeting. Crazy, right? Hear me out. If you're holding more frequent meetings, you don't need them to all be an hour long. You'll keep your staff's attention span for such a short meeting, and they'll be more likely to be productive as a result of the meeting. Set a timer if you have to, otherwise the meeting will go on and on.
3. Center Each Meeting Around a Single Topic
If you're meeting more regularly, you won't have that desire to have a 10-topic meeting (you're starting to see how all these tips work together, aren't you?). It's better if you keep each meeting on a single topic, like "sales" or "brainstorming new products" rather than diluting your team's brain power over several different topics.Only invite those essential to the topic, and free up everyone else to get back to their own assignments.
4. Know When to Take the Convo Offline
Everyone's going to want their say in your meetings, and that's fine, within reason. When the conversation strays from the topic at hand, gently guide everyone back to what your focus is. If an employee really wants to keep talking, invite him to schedule an appointment with you later so you can "take it offline" and keep the meeting from derailing.
5. Send a Summary Email
After each meeting, send (or have your assistant send) an email summarizing what was covered, and noting who's responsible for what action items. This keeps it completely clear what your expectations are of others once they leave the meeting room.
Meetings don't have to suck. Just be aware of your staff's energy levels, and know when to call it quits. Otherwise, you're just wasting your breath.

Monday, May 4, 2015

5 Reasons why I think you should incorporate offshore.

CEO Jack Cola
Right now is the time to protect your assets from future liability. Make May of 2015 your time to secure your financial future from lawsuits, creditors or divorce. Here's the top 5 reasons to protect your assets now:

1. A Lawyer Can Lien Your Assets Immediately - After filing a lawsuit, a lawyer can immediately ask a judge to place a lien on your assets, a lis pendens on your real estate (keeping you from selling or refinancing), and freeze your bank accounts. Asset protection can prevent this from happening.
2. The US has 70% of the world's Lawyers and 96% of the world's lawsuits - Right now, there are more lawyers coming out of law school than ever before. They need to litigate just to survive. Putting on a seatbelt after the crash doesn't help. Protecting assets now prepares you for this eventuality.
3. Puts You in Control  - Instead of someone dictating to you what you can and cannot do with your hard-earned assets, asset protection puts you in the driver's seat, keeping your assets out of reach from viscous attorneys. This is especially the case when you add an offshore trust to your plan. But you can't wait. The sooner you act the better.
4. Estate Planning  - Do you want your loved ones to receive some or all of your assets after you die? A proper asset protection plan also aids in estate planning, insuring those you care about are taken care of long after you're gone.

5. Safer Banks - Studies show that the safest financial institutions in the world are outside of the United States. According to a Global Finance Press Release listing the top 50 safest banks in the world, only 5 of them are in the U.S. You can establish a bank account in the world's safest banks quickly, privately and today.
Contact me today, or post your questions and/or comments and I will answer them.