Monday, January 31, 2011

20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life!

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Dear Why Annie Armen Readers,

Once you’ve had an opportunity to read through 20 quotes, take a moment to post your valued comments on any or all 3 questions toward the end.

May you find these purposeful quotes on COURAGE inspiring and empowering, adding productive value with revenues kick to your business!

1.  “COURAGE is being afraid but going on anyhow.”  ~Dan Rather

2. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a COURAGEous decision.”  ~Peter F. Drucker

3.  "If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything.” ~Win Borden  (Note:  In other words, do you find yourself making decisions and/or taking actions by putting yourself through "Paralysis by Analysis"?)

4.  “There is a certain degree of satisfaction in having the courage to admit one's errors.  It not only clears up the air of guilt and defensiveness, but often helps solve the problem created by the error.”  ~Dale Carnegie

5.  “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.  The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions COURAGEously and honestly.”  ~Albert Einstein

6.  “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  ~Helen Keller

7.  “I learned that COURAGE was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  ~Nelson Mandela

8.  "COURAGE is tiny pieces of fear all glued together."  ~Terri Guillemets

9.  “Without COURAGE, wisdom bears no fruit.” ~Baltasar Gracian

10. “COURAGE is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear!" ~Ambrose Redmoon

11. “COURAGE is grace under pressure.” ~Ernest Hemmingway

12. “Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of COURAGE and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”  ~Bernard Baruch

13.  “You gain strength, COURAGE and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

14.  "COURAGE is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears."  ~Arthur Koestler

15. “To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the COURAGE to be happy.”  ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

16. “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” ~Thomas Carlyle

17.  “Success means having the COURAGE, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”  ~George Sheehan

18.  “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of COURAGE -- to move in the opposite direction.”  ~ E. F. Schumacker

19.  "I'm not funny.  What I am is brave."  ~Lucille Ball

20. “The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, COURAGE.”  ~Thucydides

Questions for Why Annie Armen Readers:

1.  Is the success of your business due to taking risks and making decisions with COURAGE?  What is one highlight that comes to mind you would like to share?
2.  Do you believe COURAGE can be taught, learned, or is this a value one is born with?
3.  What does COURAGE mean to you, both professionally and personally?

Fire Away!  Looking forward to reading your comments!

~Annie Armen

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Annie Armen Show Presents: Social Media Doesn't Work for My Business -- Or is it Me?

Annie Armen Presents --
Social Media Doesn't Work for My Business -- Or is it Me?
Featured Guest Expert, Dear FriendJohn McGrann

Is Social Media More Than Just a Craze?
I know of one person who can truthfully answer this question in a strategic manner, with clarity and simplicity – John McGrann, Chief Executive Officer at Drive Social Media, headquartered in Dubai.

What is John McGrann's Company, Drive Social Media About?
In short, Drive Social Media (DSM) is about assisting clients in developing successful strategies, key training resources and in providing ongoing support to maximize value from social media marketing.  DSM provides excellent service and great value for money for  their clients.  Bottom-line, they have the expertise to understand, match, and exceed  clients' needs! 

Now... Drum Roll Please … Who is John McGrann?
John McGrann is a UK national and his home was Cyprus for 10 years.  He haslived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since April, 2010 and is married to Genny. John has used his 20+ years IT and Oracle ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) management experience, chartered management accountancy training, social media certification and seasoned, people development skills to implement and drive business and systems performance on behalf of major organizations globally.
John has consulted on a range of projects and supports assignments for the UK Government, and international private sector clients including but not limited to:  General Electric, Canon, Network Rail, Saudi Telecom, and Touristik Union International (TUI).

Nowadays, his main focus is social media consultancy.
 Valuable Resource to Share as a Take Away:

Questions for Why Annie Armen Readers...
1. What are your top 5 Social Media Complaints?
2. Do you have ONE revenues results story you can share after implementing Social Media into your marketing plan to attract business? 

Be sure to post your questions and comments below, during and after Annie Armen Show.  We want to hear from you.  

~Annie Armen

Monday, January 17, 2011

14 Quotes on LOYALTY in Business and in Life!

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What does LOYALTY mean to you, both professionally and personally?

14 Quotes on LOYALTY  in Business and in Life

1.  "LOYAL customers, they don’t just come back, they don’t simply recommend you, they insist that their friends do business with you." ~ Chip Bell, Founder Chip Bell Group

2.  "The deciding differentiator in how you drive LOYALTY lies within your greatest asset....your people." ~Don Farrell, Chief Cultivating Officer at Fresh Revenues, Inc., Author of Ethical Theft

3. "Our earliest ancestors probably learned that loyalty was a valuable survival tool. In the jungle, the desert, or the open plains, LOYALTY to your tribe increased your chances of surviving harsh weather and an unreliable supply of food and water." ~Dianne M. Durkin, The Loyalty Advantage

4.  "I’ll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent LOYALTY." ~Samual Goldwyn, The Man Behind the Myth

5.  "You don't earn LOYALTY in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day." ~Jeffrey Gitomer

6.  "Unless you can find some sort of LOYALTY, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living." ~ Josiah Royce

7.  "Repeat business or behavior can be bribed. LOYALTY has to be earned." ~Janet Robinson

8.  "LOYALTY is dead, the experts proclaim, and the statistics seem to bear them out. On average, U.S. corporations now lose half their customers in five years, half their employees in four, and half their investors in less than one. We seem to face a future in which the only business relationships will be opportunistic transactions between virtual strangers." ~Frederick F. Reichheld, The Loyalty Effect

9.  "Customer satisfaction is worthless, customer LOYALTY is priceless!" ~Jeffrey Gitomer

10.  "An ounce of LOYALTY is worth a pound of cleverness." ~Elbert Hubbard

11.  "You've got to give LOYALTY down, if you want loyalty up." ~Donald T. Regan

12.  "Lack of LOYALTY is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life" ~Napoleon Hill

13.  "There is one element that is worth its weight in gold and that is LOYALTY. It will cover a multitude of weaknesses." ~Philip Armour

14.  "Those who appreciate the price of betrayal through experience, honor the value of LOYALTY by practice, in business and in life." ~Annie Armen, Communications Artist

Do you think the value of LOYALTY has increased or diminished in business over time?

Fire Away!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Annie Armen Presents: Revenues ... FRESH and Sexy!

Annie Armen Presents

Featuring Trusted Guest Business PRO, Client, My BuddyDon Farrell

Direct Link to Audio Archive:  Annie Armen Interviews Don Farrell

What is it about "Revenues" that makes it both FRESH and Sexy?
There is only one person I know of who can genuinely answer this question like no other, yet in a practical and tactical way -- Don Farrell, Chief Cultivating Officer at Fresh Revenues

Folks imagine that... Finally, no theories, no philosophies, no fancy talk, but the real deal!  As Don says -- you're gonna get more STUFF than fluff! That's what I'm talkin' about!

What is Don Farrell's Company, Fresh Revenues About?  
In short, taken verbatim from Don's website:  "Fresh Revenues is all about a single purpose... driving maximum revenues for our clients.  No operational duties, no hidden agendas, and nothing to get in the way of the mission.  Period! Everything is GUARANTEED or client does not pay. We are that simple and that sure!" 

Within the first week of our connection, I immediately asked Don this question:  "Do you know what is the ONE word that sets you apart from the rest?"  Stay tuned as you will have this answer during the show.

Now... A Little About My Buddy...
Don Farrell started his hospitality career as a pot scrubber and worked through 30 different jobs on his way up to becoming the Founder and Chairman of the best and largest sales and service training company in the world -- Signature, Inc.  Don now writes, speaks, conducts workshops and consults with very "select" clients showing them how to produce FRESH revenues when others can't.

Quotes by Don Farrell
1. "A perfect partnership has no hidden agendas, a single purpose and an insatiable commitment to delivering incremental revenues resulting in a mutual beneficial relationship."

2.  "We're not for everybody, only those clients who share our passion for increasing revenues!"

3.  "Your company destiny is determined by choice, not chance!"
Question for Why Annie Armen Readers... 
Have you ever tried selling something to a prospect, by telling him or her: 
"Come See Us at our Worst"?

Buckle up for one rockin' Hurricane interview you don't want to miss!

P.S.  Be sure to post your questions and comments below, during and after show.  We want to hear from you.  

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What are Your two Most Valuable Assets in Business and in Life?

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1. Time and Money
2. Sales Staff & Customer List
3. Tangible & Intellectual Property
4. Time and Energy
5. Family and Health
6. Time and Space
7. You and Human Capital

Once you decide on your final answer, explain "WHY" with clarity of purpose.

Optional Challenge:
After you explain your why, ask yourself: "Are my two most valuable assets in the current what I truly 'need' as my two most valuable assets for the long-term, to thrive in business and in life?"

Fire Away!
~Annie Armen


January 2011 Opportunity to get Published on
Why Annie Armen Blog! 

Every month, I will be posting a question on Linkedin, to give you an opportunity to answer and get published on my blog.  Be sure to PASS IT ON to your friends and colleagues who wish to take part in answering today's question:  "What are your two most valuable assets in business and in life?"  

Hurricane 411You now have 7 days and counting to submit your answer on Linkedin  Only the BEST Answer will be published.

Note: Let us remember that there is no right or wrong answer here.  Imperative that we purpose kicking all judgments, opinions (good or bad) out the door, and embrace each answer with utmost respect, encouragement, and gratitude!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Annie Armen Show Presents: The Art of Cultural Networking!

Cultural Networking | Consult with Annie Armen, Communications Artist

Experience Cultural Networking on the air!

Just because we speak the same language, does that necessarily mean we are the same people?

No doubt, traveling is fun!  Meeting new people, experiencing varieties of life whether through music, food, entertainment, always a beautiful thing!  Now, how can we effectively apply some of those experiences in business when networking with professionals from different cultural backgrounds, especially when networking in their home country?

Tonight, I’ve decided to replay a program I produced over a year ago to provide insights to that very question!  Within this interview, I also share about my rare experience in Egypt regarding the values of “time” and “respect”, when visiting the Head of the Parliament with a colleague of mine.  You’ll just have to tune in to catch the rest of the interview for my “WHY” behind that particular disclosure.  (smiles)

Also in this program, you will hopefully discover the artistry in blending American and Indian cultural networking flavors, the do-s and don'ts, while grooving to the more modern Indian Music Beat.

Tune in tonight, on the Annie Armen Show and experience cultural networking and cultivation on the air! 

Hurricane 411:  Starting next week, expect NEW production, NEW guest line up, LIVE programming where you can also call in and participate.  Stay tuned for more upcoming Annie Armen programming details.  Visit Annie Armen Show for direct access to show information and archives!

Now... I would love to hear of your cultural networking experiences abroad as it applies to business.  What cultural networking nuggets can you offer drawing from your professional journey that can help guide others in a practical / tactical way in growing his/her business effectively?

Post your comments and share your story!
~Annie Armen
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