“Tis the season”

Yes, it is the season to celebrate so many things. The fun of family, celebrations, gift giving, laughter and memories. It is your choice of how you to choose to celebrate it.
Many of you have a double celebration as does my husband. His birthday is December 23rd, and he has dubbed it “48 hours of decadency!” Now that is a great attitude! Many people have several memorable dates around this crazy, intense filled week, but is how you personally handle it. I know many people with birthdays and anniversaries this month. And they celebrate each event with intensity. As they should!
Sadness is apparently abundant too.
Depression fills up so many lives. See if you can help people plagued by that.
Still, please find a reason for the season. Whether it is religious as it is for me. My family and I find it a special time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Church services are important and we honor them.
How do you celebrate this time of year? The act of giving; whether it is a smile, or gesture or gifts given to needy families…please be generous with this.
Make memories in your own way. This is truly up to you how you handle this intense part of the year….but remember to give time to yourself, and time to another person in your life. Volunteer, give a gift to a needy child or family. Give a coat to a person without one. Give a gesture of kindness to a stranger.
The rewards will be worth it.
Celebrate the season.
Celebrate the holiday.
Celebrate Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all!

The power of failure and embarrassment…..

How frequently we only remember what we ‘screwed up on.” We repeat the atrocity in our mind again and again and again. Rarely do we repeat the moments when everything went smoothly. Those events seem to blend and blur into the past.
If we messed up on a sales presentation and lost the sale….we repeat it again and gain more emotional scar tissue. Yet we spend little time, giving ourselves accolades of praise when we got the sale, or the appointment or even the date that we were hoping to take place.
Everyday truly requires us to recognize even the little things that we did….big or small. Simply recognize them and give yourself credit.
Whether you put in a long day of commuting, being productive at work and dragging yourself back home. RECOGNIZE IT!
This was another day of your life, that you did the best you could do. Stop judging, stop ignoring and start recognizing.
We tend to forget the norm.
We forget the beauty of the brevity of one more day of life.
I recently went to see the replica of Henry Thoreau’s cabin at Walden’s pond. And I purchased his book. It was a wise investment. Everyday I read at least two more pages, just to “check in” with the premise that today was well spent. That today was productive, focused and had an awareness of each activity done.
How we frequently we forget this. WHY?
Stop beating yourself up.
Start giving yourself a “TaDa” everyday.
Recognize the uniqueness of you. Don’t be shy on doing it. Appreciate what you did today.
Seriously you might not get a tomorrow.
Don’t focus on the “oops” but focus on the “wow’s” of the simplicity of today.
It was and is YOUR day and no one else’s.
Claim it and enjoy it because it is your life…and no one can live it like you!!
I have been dubbed the “Attitude Amazon” and intend to make that title stick with style. My company name of Strong Incentives…sounds motivational…and I do motivate…your mind and your belief system. You are worth it!

Dragging lack of confidence in your personal and professional life?

The fact is we are creatures of habit. We tend to drag things along with us. Yes, we have learned a lesson. This is good. BUT we tend to drag the negative and emotional luggage along with us.
Their is a sentence that might seem trite…but it is powerful. And it is……
“Yesterday is history…
Tomorrow is a mystery….and today is the present.”
LIve for today, right now. Make it the best you can. Irrelevant if someone in the office was unethical about something. Take next steps to address it and use the T.L.C. method. This stands for TAKE IT….LEAVE IT….or CHANGE IT.
This is your choice. And if you just drag it with you back home and back to work, you will keep accumulating a lot of negative luggage.
Address the issue, in a mode that works for you.
If it is costing you sleep, write it down, the WHOLE issue….and SHRED IT!
That’s right you read it correctly.
This is a mental “enema”, and you need to get it out of your thoughts.
Take control of your emotions, and chose to respond not react.
You’ll feel better about yourself. Your productivity will improve. And your life will continue…because you are living in the present.

The power of “Powerful You!” women.

On September 22, I was one of the keynote speakers at the “Powerful You” 2010 Transitions program for NY & NJ.
Speaking on my keynote program called
C.H.A.N.G.E.S.
The program was focus on your business and how “change” affects your business in so many ways.
I addressed C- communication – How you handle your social media communications and marketing materials.
H. is for Health – the health of your bottom line of your business.
A. is for Attitude – staying focused with positive master mind groups.
N. is for Negativity – reading books such as “The Secret” and “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Avoid working or being exposed to negative thinking people.
G. is for Goals – Making sure that your goals are S.pecific, M.easurable, A.ction oriented, R.esults, T.ime frame for your goals.
S is for S.uccess – And that is inevitable by incorporating all of those key steps….
C.H.A.N.G.E.S.
The “Powerful You” Women’s group is a nationally based company that is growing through out the country. It incorporates Master Mind groups, Gratitude and applicable topics that help all women entrepreneurs.
The accolades I received for the rest of the day was incredible! And I am most grateful for this fascinating group of women.
Seek one out in your area…or take the next steps to starting one in your city.
It will be worth your investment of time and the paybacks will be incredible!

Confident to compelling! What a goal to achieve!

To be able to speak with such a manner that people stand when you finish…is “nirvana.” It is the ideal model that most people would have their draw drop open, if that were to happen. Well it has happened. When professional speaker Randy Gage speaks….audiences leap to their feet at the conclusion. He has mesmerized them and has had them take a “call to action” as a result of his content rich information. In fact his video’s usually open with footage of audience, after audience, after audience, literally giving him a standing ovation. Now that is compelling! Yesterday I had the incredible pleasure of meeting and working with Business professional Vicki Sullivan. She has booked speakers, worked with them and now shares her wisdom with multitudes of professionals who are eager to “sit at her feet”…and simply learn. And I intend to do so also. I have taken pride in the fact that speaking is a learned profession that has to be frequently tested, so that your learning curve continues to spiral up. At the National Speakers Association of New Jersey she did a workshop and a presentation on the technique of mastering a focal point. A marketable topic that is enticing enough for people to call or send an email. Her skills are so powerful, that even the veteran speakers felt energized! Well that is what my company Strong Incentives does. I work with people directly to minimize their fears and accelerate their learning curve so that presentations become effortless. It is possible. You may not think so…but it is. If “confidence” is the missing piece to your presentation….call…do it now. No more excuses….take control, take action and take a presence on the stage that is worthy of your knowledge!

Know your material…literally be prepared!

When presenting there can be so many variables. Cell phones ringing, people distracting your flow when you present, interruptions, people leaving to make a call. All of these components can affect the quality of your presentation. Being interrupted can upset you from feeling smooth and confident about your material. It happens to the best of us!
When you know your topic, and can pick up at any point in time (and this takes practice) you will always have a sense of credibility. People will realize if you have felt distracted and have lost your flow.
As my late uncle used to say….”Now that I was so rudely interrupted”
He may not be in your audience….but they are out there.
Confidence regarding your message, clarity and credibility will make you shine.
If you were a boy scout you would remember their motto “always be prepared”….well it is the truth. Be prepared and you will be great!

Presentation Secrets

Tell me a story!

The Ta - Da cape of Loretta LaRouche

Catch your audiences attention immediately! Intrigue them and beguile them. Make them eager to hear your next sentence!

Remember growing up and how you loved to be told a story? Well, do just that. Tell them a story that invites them to listen to your compelling message. You will have so much more credibility and rapport and they WILL listen to your message.

This is a technique that works. Build your story into your message. Make it one that they will learn from. Your message will be more poignant and beneficial for all who listen.

Loretta Larouche always builds such stories into her presentations….and  you relate to them. Stories of what her grandmother would have really done regarding life’s issues and marriage. Her stories make you laugh, remember your own childhood and your stories that would compel people to listen. This is a technique that works. And it works powerfully. Create a thread  that builds into your story and  have a successful presentation that people will come up to you and say how they related to what you talked about.

Try it…you’ll like it! (remember that Life cereal commercial?)

Let me create a presentation story for you. It is my strength at Strong Incentives.

Do Your Marketing Materials Have a “Call to Action?”

This is a major mistake that exists on your business cards and your marketing materials!
Yes….you list all of your features of what you can do for a potential client. That’s great….but it does not motivate them to e-mail, text or call you.
You MUST list features after every benefit.
Remember….what’s in it for me?
Yes, people will read your card, but to capture their attention…to get them to contact you, LIST THE BENEFITS of what they will achieve or receive whenever they work with you.
Take a few minutes right now.
Look at your literature. Look at your cards, leave-behinds, one sheets, etc.
What are the reasons that they should contact you?
Yes you know what you have to offer….now make it crystal clear of what they will get!
If you are a entrepreneur, put yourself in your potential customers place. Would YOU call or email after reading what you had to offer.
Remember….Create to Relate to Capture!
Repeat with confidence, and watch your bottom line change!
As a Professor of Marketing at Kean University I make this very clear to my students every class.
They learn that this is how the world reacts to YOUR message.
So….make it memorable, create a call to action and the benefits that they will have working with you… successfully!
I always list the fact that my company Strong Incentives creates productive and profitable entrepreneurs who present and market themselves with credibility and confidence.
As a result their bottom line speaks for itself!
Strong Incentives….Powerful Results!

Interview with confidence!

Remember….the first sale is to yourself!
Believe in what you have to offer to a client or a company that you want to join. And believe it with rock solid confidence.
So many approach an interview with hidden apprehension. Fearful that they will not be accepted or worse yet…..completely rejected, and no follow up is required.

Keep a passion of what you want to achieve. And sell yourself with this passion everyday. Start in the morning and reinforce it during the day.
Image yourself shaking the hand of your client. Seriously DO THAT NOW!
See the contract being signed.
See that phone ringing and think of how that sentence will sound as they accept your idea…your proposal! The power of your mind continues to be the most important sales tool that you can carry with yourself at any point in time.
Research has proven this again and again.
It is written about in “The Secret” and also in “The Power of Positive Thinking”…and even more so in Napoleon Hills “Think and Grow Rich!”
It is all simply waiting to be untapped by you.
Self your skills and talents to YOURSELF first!
Do this EVERYDAY….seriously. Think of how Vince Lombardi took that average football team in Green Bay and took them to 9 championships and 2 Superbowls…all because of the way
he made them believe in themselves.
Start this week off with a positive visualization each morning… and an even more powerful verbal sentence of focus and gratitude.
Remember….as Alan Weiss always says “The first sale is to yourself!”
It’s true!

Eileen Strong

Powerful Results with StrongIncentives

The constant journey of keeping and maintaining your confidence.

How many times have you felt confident about yourself for the existing moment….and then someone tells you “NO” about your idea, or a project you were working on, or a date went wrong and they do not want to see you again…..the list can go on and on. Confidence is a sensitive area for all of us. We always seek the welcoming experience of pleasure (in all forms) and want to avoid pain (of all forms.)
This journey of life takes us thru this roller coaster of emotions on a daily basis….doesn’t it?
Think about the simple things. You see an article of clothing and you like it…till you try it on, and can’t believe how lousy you look in it. The spiral continues down from there…as you look at yourself in that 3 way mirror, being your own worst judge. C’mon….you’ve been there. And you have been there more than once.
As a professional speaker, I am very comfortable in front of audiences. It has always been a natural feeling for me….and I love it to this day. Yet every time I watch myself on video….the criticizing takes place with such force.
Each time I make a slight change, a pause, a sentence or even a story. Always wanting to improve…which is good, but boy can this be tough. Especially when you thought you were doing so well!
I have several speaking engagements coming up, and each one becomes a challenge of how I can make it better.
That also happens when I work with people making their presentation better. They want to be able to feel good about their speech, but have already given themselves a “death sentence” of failure. They think that they cannot make it a great presentation, long before they are even in front of their audience!
Always remember the art of practice.  Your speech, or toast, or leading a meeting in the future, practice it  in front of a mirror or your pet. Just feel comfortable enough so that when it IS your time to “shine” you do so with confidence.
Hey you have heard it before….. the “practice makes perfect”…well it does!
Professional athletes practice for hours on end to keep their game at a highly effective level. So can you.
Making a sales presentation is a matter of words and credibility being present with every move and every sentence….but also remember one important component.
LISTEN.
Combine all of those skills and you will be composed, confident and skilled.
Your sales skills will improve.
Your presentation skills will improve.
Your level of confidence in yourself will improve too.
I genuinely love to help people with these issues. Call today or send me an e-mail to make a positive and confidence change within your life!

Simply go to EileenStrong.com and get a free consultation call. You are worth it!   Eileen@StrongIncentives.com