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How To Make Someone Feel Extraordinary By Saying Very Little

I walked into his office, a defeated salesman on the verge of quitting. Two hours later, I joined his mentorship program and signed a loan commitment for $12,500.
Nobody had ever made me feel like I was a man of such importance and stature. I strutted out the door, feeling like I owned the world.
But it didn’t start out that way.
I had stepped into his office hesitantly, intimidated by his display of success. The walls sported pictures of his skiing exploits from all over the world. His desk featured the requisite man with Mercedes photo. All of the trinkets on display looked like museum pieces.
I was barely able to pay my bills. This guy had achieved it all. I hadn’t earned the right to occupy his airspace. What the hell was I doing there?
It took him one minute to relieve my unease.
He invited me to sit.
“Just one sec,” he said.
Then he turned off his cell phone and placed it in his desk drawer. He called his assistant and told her not to interrupt him unless there was a family emergency.
He took out a fresh notepad and pen and sat across from me. We exchanged brief introductions, and then he opened with, “Tell me about your struggles.”
He scribbled notes furiously as I spoke. When I stopped, he shot back with, “That’s interesting. Can you tell me more?”
He’d throw in other questions (what he’d call reversals), not to frame the conversation but to keep me talking. The one or two times he wanted to change the direction of the discussion, he’d first ask permission.
By the time we had finished, he had filled up four pages of handwritten notes. He summarized his conclusions on a giant whiteboard. He labeled it “Barry’s Action Plan To Hit $250K.” I told him my goal was 100K, but he responded, “After hearing your story, you’re capable of so much more.”
And then he sold me on his mentorship program by pointing out what he had written on his whiteboard.
Fourteen years later, I consider it the smartest investment of my life. It was an insane amount of money for me. And I’m still amazed at how he sold me. He had barely said a word, but I had never felt so important, so revered by someone outside my family.
How to make someone feel extraordinary
A few weeks after my mentorship began, he broke down his three-step approach to relationship building.
Demonstrate your interest in them.
The most important lesson he taught me was that demonstrations persuade more than words.
When I walked into his office for that first meeting, he never said, “I’m going to give you my undivided attention.”
Instead, he communicated with his actions. He wanted me to see him turn off his phone and place it in a drawer. His assistant already knew not to interrupt him, but the demonstration mattered. Even the selection of a clean notepad was by design.
I saw all this and concluded; he’s treating me like I’m a dignitary.
But your actions alone, only make up half the demonstration equation.
You also show interest through your body language. Slumped shoulders and lethargic movement signals disinterest. Sharp movements, good posture, and smiles show sincere desire and anticipation about what they have to say.
Imagine meeting a friend for coffee. She greets you with a frown. She checks her phone every time you speak and breaks eye-contact to stare at the table next to you. But she tells you she’s super interested in what you have to say. Hard to believe, right?
If you want someone to know you’re interested in them, don’t say it. Let them conclude it from the actions you take and the body language you exhibit.
Use reversals to keep them talking about themselves.
The Dale Carnegie disciples recommend asking questions. My mentor had his own take on the power of questions. He preferred reversals — brief statements or questions that keep the focus on the other person.
Think of it as a game of Tennis where one player does just enough to keep the rally going. Reversals keep the conversation moving without forcing it into directions your counterpart might resist. It gives them a feeling of control, which makes them more comfortable and more likely to open up to you.

How To Make Someone Feel Extraordinary By Saying Very Little

I walked into his office, a defeated salesman on the verge of quitting. Two hours later, I joined his mentorship program and signed a loan commitment for $12,500.
Nobody had ever made me feel like I was a man of such importance and stature. I strutted out the door, feeling like I owned the world.
But it didn’t start out that way.
I had stepped into his office hesitantly, intimidated by his display of success. The walls sported pictures of his skiing exploits from all over the world. His desk featured the requisite man with Mercedes photo. All of the trinkets on display looked like museum pieces.

I was barely able to pay my bills. This guy had achieved it all. I hadn’t earned the right to occupy his airspace. What the hell was I doing there?
It took him one minute to relieve my unease.
He invited me to sit.
“Just one sec,” he said.
Then he turned off his cell phone and placed it in his desk drawer. He called his assistant and told her not to interrupt him unless there was a family emergency.
He took out a fresh notepad and pen and sat across from me. We exchanged brief introductions, and then he opened with, “Tell me about your struggles.”
He scribbled notes furiously as I spoke. When I stopped, he shot back with, “That’s interesting. Can you tell me more?”

He’d throw in other questions (what he’d call reversals), not to frame the conversation but to keep me talking. The one or two times he wanted to change the direction of the discussion, he’d first ask permission.
By the time we had finished, he had filled up four pages of handwritten notes. He summarized his conclusions on a giant whiteboard. He labeled it “Barry’s Action Plan To Hit $250K.” I told him my goal was 100K, but he responded, “After hearing your story, you’re capable of so much more.”
And then he sold me on his mentorship program by pointing out what he had written on his whiteboard.
Fourteen years later, I consider it the smartest investment of my life. It was an insane amount of money for me. And I’m still amazed at how he sold me. He had barely said a word, but I had never felt so important, so revered by someone outside my family.
How to make someone feel extraordinary
A few weeks after my mentorship began, he broke down his three-step approach to relationship building.
Demonstrate your interest in them.
The most important lesson he taught me was that demonstrations persuade more than words.
When I walked into his office for that first meeting, he never said, “I’m going to give you my undivided attention.”
Instead, he communicated with his actions. He wanted me to see him turn off his phone and place it in a drawer. His assistant already knew not to interrupt him, but the demonstration mattered. Even the selection of a clean notepad was by design.
I saw all this and concluded; he’s treating me like I’m a dignitary.
But your actions alone, only make up half the demonstration equation.
You also show interest through your body language. Slumped shoulders and lethargic movement signals disinterest. Sharp movements, good posture, and smiles show sincere desire and anticipation about what they have to say.
Imagine meeting a friend for coffee. She greets you with a frown. She checks her phone every time you speak and breaks eye-contact to stare at the table next to you. But she tells you she’s super interested in what you have to say. Hard to believe, right?
If you want someone to know you’re interested in them, don’t say it. Let them conclude it from the actions you take and the body language you exhibit.

How do I best position myself for business school?

Another common inquiry I seem to get on discussion forums are from recent college grads who wonder how to best position one’s self for business school in a few years’ time.

If there is one thing, it is to become talented and accomplished at something other than studying or academics.

If you haven’t already since childhood, get actively involved in something else other than academics – arts, sports, politics, entrepreneurship, nonprofit, religion, etc. Getting involved in these activities and becoming reasonably accomplished not only is good for your soul (as well as your overall well-being and feeling like you’re part of a community), it will give you something that academics cannot – street smarts. The “real world” (however you want to define it) rewards street smarts more than book smarts.
Folks who are preoccupied with window dressing their resumes don’t spend their free time nurturing their talents. These window dressers are more preoccupied with what looks good on a resume than they do actually pursuing something with a remote sense of sincerity. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the window dressers from the bona-fide overachievers, but usually it’s easy to tell. If you spend your time window dressing, chances are you aren’t fooling anybody (other than yourself).

Build a life, not a resume.

When you’re young and just out of college (or even a few years out) it’s hard – many of us get it. We’ve been there. There’s lots of pressure (either external or internal) and people telling you “what to do.” The best thing you can do for yourself is to do what’s best for yourself (even if you’re not entirely sure what that is!), rather than giving up all your decision-making and choices to gatekeepers (adcoms, future employers you would give your left nut to work for, overbearing parents, peers/classmates/friends, etc.). You may not have the full confidence in your decisions because you feel you’re still a little green. But you will learn more from your own mistakes and regret far less later on if you made those decisions for yourself rather than planning out a career/life based on someone else’s terms (whomever that “someone else” may be – peer pressure, parents, imaginary adcoms, etc.).

Other than that, there is no real template, other than being as accomplished and talented as you can at whatever it is you do. We all wish there was some cheat sheet or formula for success – that if you do “A” and “B” will get you “C” – how we navigate our careers and lives would be so easy, predictable, and boring.

No one can teach you or show you how to be an overachiever, or how to be exceptional at something (whatever that “something” is). You either do, or you don’t.

It’s about making the most of your talents – whatever that talent is – believing in yourself, and then having the discipline, thick skin and heart to recover and get up from the many setbacks and failures you will experience along the way to that one notable achievement.

Most things that are hard or worthwhile to attain usually take a few years of you hauling ass before you start to see results. Real leadership positions, relationships with important people, exceptional achievements, and so forth all take time to earn.

Career choices, what to do with your free time, and so forth aren’t all about “what looks good for adcoms” or “what looks good for a resume.” Children worry about how to impress others. Adults do what’s best for themselves (and the offspring they’re responsible for) — irrespective of what others think.

Weekly Message From Keystone Academy Head of School (December)

Dear Families,

Why is Keystone such a rewarding and joyous place in which to work? I have many answers to that question. For now, I’ll answer with a few illustrations from students, who are one of the delightful causes of work and life here being so fulfilling.

On Saturday evening, November 23, the High School students at Keystone organized and hosted their annual Charity Ball. This special event has already become an annual tradition. When we first started it, we thought that it might stand in as a positive alternative to a Prom, an event that has been debased in some schools to become an overly extravagant display of vanity and questionable behavior. Our Charity Ball is an occasion organized by students, who do of course love the decoration and the dressing up that goes with it. However, there is a seriousness of purpose to the evening and most of the entertainment is performed by talented student musicians. The lineup this year included The Rolling Keystones, a student band with a name only surpassed in mischief by the magic of its music.

As its name suggests, there is a social service element underlying the Charity Ball. The students invite as guests of honor a few representatives of a charitable cause that they support. This year they hosted two officers from the Migrant Children Foundation (MCF), who gave a rousing short address when they received their certificate of honor and appreciation from Keystone Academy. I was sitting at a table with these guests, and about 6 or 7 teachers. At one point, I turned to the group and I said to them all how fortunate I felt to be working here, with such wonderful students. I mean that. We have very few really serious or recurring problems at Keystone, which means that we can get on with the real work, and play, of learning, without too many of the disciplinary distractions that can cripple schools.

With that as background, I want to share a few individualized examples that illustrate my point. In the middle of the following week, I left on the Wednesday afternoon (November 27) for a conference in Scotland. I came to my office late on the Tuesday night to collect a few things so as to finish my packing. Pushed under the door, I found a beautiful, handwritten Thanksgiving card. This was from a student new to Keystone this year. She had joined our Middle School from a public school, and recalled in the card an incident near the start of the year, in late August, when I had gone to her dorm to greet her and to express an interest in supporting her to settle quickly into our community. She remembered that I had known her nickname, and informed me that she had adjusted to new friends and ‘the continuous efforts to make themselves better’. She ended by saying that ‘I will make you proud one day’. She has already made me proud.

I woke the next morning to an e-mail that had been sent to a senior administrator overnight and copied to me. This message was from a student who had had an altercation in class the previous day with a teacher. She was distressed by this, and asked for ‘understanding and help’. Incidents such as she was describing, whatever their cause and whomever might be responsible, occur in all schools, even ones such as ours that are characterized for the most part by harmonious and respectful relations between students and teachers. But what was so right about the letter was the way in which it was not at all a rant, but a considered response to an emotional incident, and a response that was tied throughout the short note to our Keystone values. The student wrote this: “Respect, as one of the Keystone’s shared values, should be mutual, from both sides”, and went on to say: “I believe that Keystone should be a warm community with respect and justice where everyone in the community should behave well.” Needless to say, the incident was sorted out easily by that senior administrator and, again needless to say, I felt proud of how the student had responded.

Both these incidents had happened, or been written about, before my day began. And I was leaving for Scotland later that afternoon. At breakfast, I was walking around chatting to various groups of boarding students when I noticed a boy at one table who had an unusually large number of tomatoes on his plate. In commenting on his enjoyment of tomatoes, I asked him if he said ‘tomARtoes’ (British pronunciation, like mine), or ‘tomAAtoes’ (American pronunciation, which turned out to be his preference). We shared a small joke about that. How gratifying it was, then, to receive this e-mail just before I boarded my plane in the afternoon.

The Best International Schools in Australia

International Schools are very popular in Australia. Discover The Best International Schools in Australia.

Why choosing a International School?
Finding the right school for your child is one of the major concerns for many international families when relocating to a new country or city and they can be confident to find a wide range private international schools top choose from. These schools typically offer different curricula, with the most popular being the British, American and International Baccalaureate (IB).

Study in Australia
Studying in Australia offers international students excellence in learning, terrific opportunities to engage in extra-curriculum activities with friends, and an accepting learning environment within a multicultural society. Private boarding schools offer the highest level of academic learning with many students from these schools consistently achieving the best results in state or national examinations.

International Environment
Students come from almost every country in the world, especially China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Greece, Germany, France, Russia, Turkey, the Netherlands, South Africa, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Since Australia has embraced becoming a multicultural society, even the youngest students are taught to accept people from other cultures and nationalities. It is part of the national curriculum in every school. This means your child will make friends easily, which is essential within a boarding school. It is likely there will be other children from your country within the same school, which can help your child to settle down and enjoy school. Although teachers will only use English to teach a class, students will find many teachers and other students have come from other countries and are able to converse in other languages during non-class times within the boarding school.

Unique Australian Experiences
Australia offers students some very unique experiences, partly because of the landscape and the animals that are only found in this country, including kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, platypus, Tasmanian devils, and emus.

HOW SEO CAN CHANGE YOUR NETWORK MARKETING BUSINESS

Network marketing,often known as multi-level marketing (MLM), direct marketing, and community commerce is a growing business model in Australia.

The network marketing landscape is blooming with fresh faces. From 2017 to 2018 the numbers of those working in direct marketing grew from 500,000 to 576,400 in 12 months. Additionally, those in network marketing grossed a total of 1.38 billion dollars during the same period. Impressive statistics.

Have you recently thought about taking the first steps on the road to financial freedom with network marketing? Perhaps, you just launched your exciting new business endeavour, or maybe you have been in network marketing for some time.

Where ever you are on the network marketing continuum, there is always more to learn and more ways to build your business, so you experience continued growth and success.

Stories about success that others achieved can often prove to be very inspirational.

I am the top enroller in Isagenix Australia/New Zealand region and have personally enrolled more than 6500 people to Isagenix. Additionally, I rank in the top 0.1% of sales worldwide. I am an internationally recognised expert in direct marketing, as well as in search engine optimisation (SEO), and I put my knowledge to work helping those with little experience in these areas.

DO NETWORK MARKETING AND SEO WORK TOGETHER?
The short answer is yes, the two are a great fit; and here are some reasons why.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and network marketing complement each other well. They share the goal of visibility for your business. As your SEO ranking rises, your views and business opportunities grow.
By crafting specific blog posts within your network marketing website, you will improve your SEO ranking. It is possible to use keywords to share specific qualities/benefits of your product. Presenting visitors to your site a collection of quality information improves Google’s perception of you. This, in turn, builds your standing in search engine ranking and leads to better visibility and greater trust online.
While creating an informative place for potential customers to learn about you and your product, you can improve your search engine ranking. Consider adding an ‘about us’ tab and filling the space with news about your company, as well as product information and points of interest. More interesting content gives visitors to your site a reason to stay longer and buy your product or consider joining your team.
CAN NETWORK MARKETING BENEFIT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA?
Many network marketers experience excellent results by promoting their businesses on various social media platforms. Here’s how to maximise your efforts:

It is crucial for you to get the approval of your network’s compliance team before you launch a website and link social media. Each company has its own rules and standards marketers must follow. Take the time to be sure your efforts are going in the right direction.
Choose relevant content and freshen it frequently. One of the fastest ways to drive away visitors is to allow old content to sit on your social media page. It gives the impression that you are inactive. This is especially important when it comes to seasonal or holiday-themed content. You do not want visitors viewing Halloween graphics in the new year. The same is true for outdated advice. It is worth every moment of your time spent on relevant and fresh content and images.
This cannot be stressed enough, ENGAGE with those who visit your social media site. Pay special attention to how visitors respond to your posts. Be friendly and post comments directly to frequent visitors. After all, no one will want to join your network marketing business if you are not willing to answer a question or respond to a comment. This also includes being consistent. If you are active and engaging for a few weeks and suddenly show up sporadically, or not at all, those following you will find someone else to follow.
Building your network on social media takes time and commitment. You need to be patient and proactive while you work towards your goals. Most of us know about the proverbial “friend of a friend” who found marvellous success within weeks of launching a network marketing campaign on social media. While this sort of success is possible, it is also not likely.
Build your network of followers based on quality content. You are much more likely to have your posts shared across various social media outlets by numerous people if what you say resonates with readers and its value is apparent. This lends itself well to your SEO efforts as followers share your content with their followers.

How to Create Content Plan for your Social Media Accounts?

Hi there 👋🏻, Arkitekt Team is here. Considering the recent account creation and content plan development, for keeping it, we would like to share ideas on how to create the desired content plan.
Why it is needed?
A clear content plan will save your time and give you the ideas on writing posts. You will find the topics to highlight, which of them can be divided into pieces and considered on another hand. Also, it’s useful if you work in a team. A common content plan will allow you to avoid confusions and misunderstandings.
 What does the content plan include?
Think about your area of expertise and make a focus on the things you are intended to share with your followers on your page. To successfully manage and develop your account, it is necessary to keep in mind the main principle — “Teach & Entertain”. Inform people about something that will distract them, make them smile, break out of everyday life and probably think.
Fun activities can also be different. You shouldn’t give complex information to your reader. If the person is not skilled enough, it is quite difficult for him or her to perceive something solidly written in the contemporary era of the immediate information transfer. It is relevant to provide short pieces of educational content that would not overload the reader but simultaneously, help him or her to develop.
 How to create a content plan?
Content plan is an individual option and it should be created at a chosen period of time.
You can use Google sheets to create your plan and edit them when necessary. Defining time for publications, keep in mind your audience and subjects of your posts. In general, making two-three posts per day is enough to grab the reader’s attention and not make them bored. Also, it is worth noting the time of publication since if you publish posts in the most popular hours, they can be lost in the general flow of other ones.
 Depending on the period of your content plan (week or month), you can review the activities planned for the time chosen. While planning and prioritizing, give preference to promotions, competitions, lotteries, new articles and the most engaging content.
You can make individual columns in the table for each item like “Date”, “Time”, “Theme”, “Idea”, “Notes”, “Statistics” (likes, reposts, comments and conversations). Summing up the outcomes of your publications will allow defining which of them are successful and the most demandable among readers.
Do not forget to check out your texts for grammar and spelling mistakes. Feel free to use Grammarly, a useful tool for detecting critical issues in your content. It helps to find  In addition to correct writing, it is necessary to use the appropriate format for your content that will make it clear and easy to understand. The tools like Hemingway Editor assess the readability of your text and highlight adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words. This is an excellent web application for learning how to write effectively.
In case you have any additional questions, you are always welcome to contact us. We will be glad to assist you.
How do you work with social media? Do you create content plans or write posts by inspiration? Share your experience with us.