Publish a Bestseller! Written by Jonathan R Taylor
Many of us have heard term “residual income” many times before. It simply means getting paid over and over for effort you have put forth one time. In sales, I may sell a product that a customer will need over and over for many years. I can expect to earn residual commissions for that one time effort.
Imagine now, writing your own book and earning on-going royalties for many years off of that effort. Now I know thoughts that are going through your mind, “Yeah, that would be nice, but I’m certainly no John Grisham.”
Well, you really don’t need to be in order to make an incredible living at writing and publishing. Sometimes, all it takes is a great idea. Here’s an example—Cindy Cashman took a simple idea and made over $1 million from marketing her book, Everything Men Know about Woman by Dr. Richard Harrison (her pseudonym). Here’s funny part: All 96 pages of book are completely blank! Women were buying her book by caseload to give out to friends. Cindy has made enough off that one idea to completely retire.
The Chicken Soup for Soul books have been one of most popular series around and they are nothing more than a compilation of individual heartwarming stories. The authors, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen don’t have to write a word. For them, it means gathering these true stories under a particular theme and then having them edited.
Leadership Coaching – “Easier Said Than Done” Written by Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D.
Recently at a Pharmaceutical meeting in Europe, one of presenters shared results of a recent study that demonstrated that Managers who were trained in Eight Step Coaching Skills were out selling DM’s who were not trained in program. This quantitative data seems to support that cornerstone of success lies in effective leadership coaching and diagnosing needs of Representatives. However, it is not simply a matter of being trained. Managers must overcome day to day hurdles to be an effective coach. It takes a knowledge of skills plus courage to open up sensitive and important topics with others. It takes time, a precious commodity in a DM’s week. It takes self-control over our emotions when someone doesn’t measure up on an important mission that we, as Managers care about. When we coach, we run a risk of opening up conflict, differences, and misunderstandings that can create discomfort. In short, “coaching is easier said than done.” But results will be worth it if we are consistent and rigorous at using coaching skills.
Some DM's often ask us: “Is it Coaching Skills or Coaching Steps?” Clearly heart of Eight Step Coaching Model is composed of skills. The primary focus on skills and behaviors differentiates Eight Step Coaching Model from other coaching training. For example, we call Step One, “Be Supportive,” and it depends on skillfully listening, giving recognition, and building collaboration. Likewise, Step Two, “Define Topic and Needs,” requires Manager to have good feedback skills, good questioning and inquiry skills, and ability to define and clarify expectations.
The word “steps” simply means that there is a building process in progress when you coach. The word “steps” implies that there is a conceptual sequence. It doesn’t mean that every time you speak with a Representative you have to force yourself through every step. Sometimes you have to coach quickly. An example may be coaching in between physician calls and you want to help Representative with their skills. In this example, you can coach “fast;” you can cut right to topic and plan. In other situations, you want to cover more steps or more skills in order to orchestrate a successful coaching experience. If you want to speak with a Representative about a larger topic, such as teamwork, goal attainment, or participation in meetings, you will definitely need to reserve more time and pull in more skills or steps. The key is flexibility. You need to know steps or skills thoroughly and then draw on steps that are appropriate for each situation. As you practice Eight Step Coaching Model and apply it often, you become more natural. The more you experience Model, you hardly realize that you are even following process.