Seven Steps To Delegate Successfully

Delegating and MentoringMost entrepreneurs spend less than 30% of their time focusing on their natural talents. In fact, by the time they’ve launched a business, it often seems entrepreneurs are doing everything but the one thing they went into business for in the first place. Don’t let this happen to you.

There are only 24 hours in the day. The problem with doing it all is that you’ll eventually run out of time and energy, then you’re stuck! How can you take your business to the next level if you’re doing it all yourself? It’s unrealistic.

There’s a ceiling you hit—a plateau. Then things start to break down: your health suffers, relationships deteriorate, you’re no longer getting back to your customers in a timely manner, there’s no free time—you get the picture. Is it easy or difficult to focus and be creative when you’re depleted of energy and burnt out? Difficult – right? When you delegate the things you loathe doing, those tasks that are so painful you end up putting them off, or those areas that are not your expertise—you get to concentrate on doing what’re great at. In addition, you free up your time so that you increase productivity and enjoy life more.

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Five Rules To Help Grow Your Business In 2016 That Work

The light bulb is the 2016 logo for The Creative Concepts GroupIf 2015 was a bad year for your business, here are five rules to live by to grow your business and prosper in 2016 that work.

Rule Number One: You can’t grow your business if you’re a hostage of 2015. Stop looking in the rear view mirror of life and concentrate on what’s happening NOW! Otherwise, you won’t be able to take advantage of  opportunities coming your way in 2016. You can’t control the past. You can’t change the past. So the sooner you put 2015 behind you, the faster 2016 is the year to grow your business and prosper. Continue reading

How to avoid website Oops Pages

Lightbulb IIWe all make mistakes. It’s why typos appear in publications including our favourite daily newspaper – and they have editors who try to prevent these kind of mistakes. Luckily, for the publications,  most of us who are not English teachers don’t catch all these mistakes. That’s because our brain tends to project the intended message and doesn’t always let typos jump out at us. But what happens when a potential client is on your website, clicks on a page tab they want to read and this pops up:

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Marketing campaigns start with a list

The light bulb is part of the marketing campaign for The Creative Concepts GroupHere is something many small and medium sized businesses or entrepreneurs don’t do when trying to market their goods and services. They don’t create a list to zero in on what exactly their company does and who their products and services are for. A successful marketing campaign starts with a list of what your business does and who your potential clients are. That list will help you spend wisely and not waste money on a campaign that isn’t designed to meet your needs. Here is what you need to include in your list:

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Three Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Canadian Tire CEO

Lightbulb IIThe new CEO of Canadian Tire has some great ideas to grow his business that small and medium sized business owners and entrepreneurs should consider including in their future business  plans.  If it works for the big guys, it’s worth looking at to see how their big ideas can help generate big results for your business.

It’s not like you’re hacking into their boardroom computers to steal their ideas. Canadian Tire issued a news release about their new three-year plan on Canada News Wire.

“We can unlock tremendous growth in our existing businesses,” said Michael Medline, President and incoming CEO of Canadian Tire Corporation.  “Each of our businesses has a clear three-year vision for growth.”

So what exactly is Canadian Tire doing what small and medium sized business owners and entrepreneurs should be looking at? Continue reading

5 secrets to keep people from checking emails when you speak

Lightbulb no background II Shining light bulb indicates the 5 secrets are a great ideaYou know you’re losing the audience when you scan the room and see people on their mobile devices checking their emails instead of looking at you when you’re speaking.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a management meeting, staff meeting, making a presentation or giving a key note address at your local Chamber of Commerce. When people in the audience are more interested in Uncle Charlie’s emails than listening to you, the problem isn’t bad manners. It’s about not connecting with your audience and not holding their attention.

So here is The Creative Concepts Group’s 5 secrets to keep people from checking emails when you speak. Learn the 5 secrets to be a great speaker. To captivate the audience, have them nodding their heads in agreement, generating applause or even creating a buzz in the room when you make a point – even if they’re disagreeing with you.

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Promote Your Business With A Blog

Shining light bulb is the logo for the company blog at The Creative Concepts GroupNo one knows your business better than you do.

So, why not write a blog on your website to tell stories about your products or services?  A blog is a great tool to help people solve a problem by sharing your expertise. Give them a solution to their problem and they’ll remember you when it’s time to buy your product.

Treat the company blog as a billboard to capture the attention of internet search engines to point potential clients to your website. Your blog is an important vehicle to tell stories about your business. Blogs help generate repeat visits to your company website. They may be coming to your website for the blog but they are also being exposed to all that your company has to offer.

Writing a blog is easier than most people think. Don’t be scared off blogging because you think you have to write a long essay. The truth of the matter is: the shorter, the better. This is also not a daily writing assignment.  The shelve life of a blog is about one to two weeks.

So, what do you blog about? Anything that promotes different facets of your company, especially if you can provide a solution to a problem that will help a potential client.

Coming up with ideas for a blog is no different than how you create business strategy. It all starts with a single thought that inspires you to come up with a new way to improve the business, pitch a client, to create a new product or even come up with a topic for your blog.

Writing a blog or coming up with solutions for problems at work, is like anything else in life: you have to be in the mood to do it. You can’t force creativity. It happens when it happens. It can be at three in the morning while you’re lying in bed with all these thoughts bouncing around in your head. Don’t try to go back to sleep.

Your brain is telling you it wants to be creative. It doesn’t want you to go back to sleep. It won’t let you go back to sleep because it’s generating all these ideas that you’ve been trying to come up with during the day. So get out of bed and let those creative juices flow to resolve whatever is on your mind, including writing the blog.

Ever notice how you get some of your best ideas in the shower or while mowing the lawn? That’s because taking a shower or mowing the lawn is a mindless task. Your brain doesn’t like to idle for too long, so it starts dealing with things that have been on your mind. Before long that mindless task of taking a shower or mowing the lawn lets your brain kick into the creative mode that unlocks writers block or offers a solution to the problem you’ve been wrestling with.

If you were struggling to come up with a blog topic, chances are this is when you have the answer to what you want to write about. This is the time to start writing your blog. The trick is stay focused. Remember: one idea, one blog. Just expand on the thought or the idea to tell your story.

Once your blog is posted, remember to promote it. Include a link to the blog in any of your company social media postings. Use your company email list to send out information about the new blog and its link to your website. Remember, you’re not just sending potential clients to the blog, you’re also giving them a reason to check out your company website.

At The Creative Concepts Group we understand that writing isn’t everyone’s thing. Fair enough. Maybe your energy is best focused on building your business. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a blog on your company website. Call us today at 905-853-5778 or email to book a free consultation on how we can write the blog for you.

Steve Kowch

Managing Partner of The Creative Concepts Group

Telephone: 647-521-6397