938LIVE Interview: 4 Dec 2013

So… I got interviewed on 938LIVE yet again. My 3rd time there in just over 3 years of blogging! :D

Cozy enough to take a selfie in the studio :D

938LIVEI spoke with DJ Daphne Lim about Blogging and also about my book ‘Blogging For A Living’. Not bothering with podcasts or recordings since the program has an encore broadcast on Thurs at 2pm. :D

Here are some of the questions sent to me before the interview. We obviously didn’t keep to the list and some new questions were added on the spot. (@_@)

Questions edited for clarity:

1) What is the main source of income for your blog?

Advertorials, which are paid, full-length blogposts.

I am an accidental full-time blogger. I started this blog as my excuse to interview famous people and find out their secrets to success. My blog became my platform for securing these interviews.

When people started asking me to interview them, I did so and charged a fee. That’s how it began!

2) A good blog would be raking in $$?

A good blog can be raking in no money at all. :D

The term “good” itself is highly subjective.

A blog with a significant amount of traffic coupled with a blogger open to advertising revenue, should bring in a decent sum of money each month.

Having said that, some bloggers simply do not want to monetize their popular blogs. And other bloggers want to make money out of their not-very-popular-yet blogs.

3) How stable is the advertising income?

It definitely is *NOT* stable at all.

4) How much time do you spend on the blog (is it equivalent to the 9-5)?

Of course not. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have left my corporate job, which paid me $114,000 (annual income), where I worked all week and had no life.

I work less than 4 hours a week on my blog. Probably 3 hours.

5) Is there an equivalent occupation that the blogger is usurping?

Not that I can think of. Most bloggers in Singapore are kind and friendly. *wink wink* :D

6) How sustainable is an occupation like this is, in the long-run, with the development of technology?

I’m no fortune teller. I do not know if there will still be blogs 2 years down the road. But people who love social media, who love expressing their thoughts and ideas, will move with the times, and leverage on technology, to constantly invent and reinvent themselves.

7) Blogs are a dime a dozen, how do you make sure yours is seen, heard of, and shared?

By being featured on worthy programs like this one. :D

8) Is anyone who wants to start a blog NOW just too late in the game?

Of course not. Great, new ideas are always welcome.

9) UI and Design and flow is something quite different from creating content, and giving valuable opinions, is it necessary to hire a professional to handle that for you?

I don’t run a professional website. I do not have the expertise nor the inclination. Still, it is always wise to outsource tasks which you cannot perform as well as others.

I handle most things myself – from photography, to editing, to handling advertisers’ queries.

10) *One of those extra questions* Something along the lines of “The blogosphere is already saturated with blogs. Can I possibly find a niche to blog about?

Certainly! Despite the millions of books already published, I could still publish one more – ‘Blogging For A Living’. Many bloggers are unwilling to share their secrets to success, so I found that there would be demand for such a book. :) You can definitely find a great idea for a new blog!

Final words: Blogging is not the easiest thing to do. But it’s a lot of fun for me. I enjoy blogging. Hence, as long as I am able to, I will blog. :)

If you have a question, or if you want to attend a blogging workshop, drop me an email at gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com.

To Your Blogging Success,

Grace Tan :)

 

Sunday Siesta 1: Book Review ‘The River’s Song’ by Suchen Christine Lim

[The Sunday Siesta series: You'll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs! Every Sunday! :) ]

The River's Song by Suchen Christine Lim

I borrowed this book from the library on Thursday evening, and completed reading it before I went to bed. The book is riveting from page one!

A story about love and loss, about family secrets left untold, about identity, about the magical world of music. And above all, “the social upheaval created by the rise of Singapore”. Wonder about the history behind the pristine Singapore River as we know it today and try to imagine being one of the thousands of squatters and hawkers evicted from the river.

In all honesty, I had never once thought about the people displaced from the Singapore River because of the cleanup ordered by the Prime Minister (Lee Kuan Yew) at that time. You’ll read this book and think “Yah! What happened to those guys?” I read this book and I began to understand why Suchen Christine Lim is “one of Singapore’s most distinguished writers” and winner of the Inaugural Singapore Literature Prize (1992). How did I fail to get one of her novels as a Literature text in school? Hmm…

 

Book Talks at Kinokuniya: A Guide For First-Time Authors

Just yesterday, I did my first book talk (in a bookstore) EVER. For first-time authors, doing a book talk can be utterly terrifying, and many things can go wrong. So here’s what I have learnt, and hopefully, it’ll be useful to you when you plan for your book talk or Meet-The-Author sessions in a bookstore in future.

My Top 10 Tips:

#1: Ensure you have your friends come by to ‘fill up’ those seats that have been prepared!

Kino friends

There will usually be about 10 foldable plastic chairs provided by Kinokuniya. Ensure you have invited enough friends to come by. Some may fall ill, forget to turn up, or have other commitments on the day itself, so ensure you get the word out to as many people as possible. Or you’ll find yourself speaking to some empty plastic chairs during your session. ;)

#2: Do something to attract the ‘crowd’ in Kinokuniya

Kino Meet The Author sessionBefore my session began, a flipchart stand had been set up (because of my request), and I wrote on it “How To Make $MONEY$ From BLOGGING”. It was a surefire way to get some eyeballs, and have some people hang around to wait for me to share about these money-making ways.

At some point during my session, I realized the entire area was packed… so many people were just standing around listening to me. It was indeed a “WOW” moment.

I did my ‘research’ by attending a prior Meet-The-Author session held by a novelist. She had friends come sing Peranakan songs, and another friend prepare achar and pineapple tarts. I thought it was a fantastic idea! You can think along those lines and hand out balloons to children or food to the bookstore patrons (or something) to have them come over and hear you speak. ;)

#3: Ensure your ‘host’ or ‘emcee’ turns up. My ‘emcee’ turned up late – I have no idea what time he arrived, but it was later than the time we had agreed upon. So I got another friend to take over the emcee-ing role and we went ahead with the session.

Send a car for your emcee or meet the person for lunch prior to the session or just find someone reliable.

#4: Have a list of questions for your emcee to ask you, as the usual ‘bookstore crowd’ is unlikely to volunteer their questions during Q&A. So have your emcee ask you some questions first.

#5: Get an emcee who can ‘warm up’ the crowd. Unlike the people you meet at a party, or networking event, the people in a bookstore are usually rather reserved, content to go about their own business or bury their nose in a book, so find someone adept at making people laugh and get ready for a good time.

#6: Expect that something unexpected could happen.

A lady suddenly began speaking rather loudly at the back, to my horror. I couldn’t hear what she was saying but a friend later told me that she was upset someone was taking photos during my session and apparently blocking her view, so she was scolding him.

Erm… people in Singapore are definitely not an emotionless bunch. They are actually very stressed up. So be prepared to handle some unexpected situations. :D

#7: You don’t have to worry about bringing stationery.

Kinokuniya provided everything from flipchart markers to pens for my autograph-signing session.

Just come prepared with something to share.

#8: The bookstore manager will present you with a token of their appreciation for your time. So do not be taken by surprise.

I’d already known it’ll happen so I had a gift ready for her and her staff. :)

Whatever you do, make sure you turn up for the session, because the bookstore has already done some ‘marketing’ about your event! An Internet Marketer, whose book was launched about the same time as mine (his book cover has a plane in it. You know who) and I was told that he had not turned up at his session because he had other money-making plans elsewhere. It’ll probably be tough if he wants to speak at Kino again in future. ;)

#9: Attend another author’s book talk or Meet-The-Author session (at the same venue) to understand the event flow and learn about crowd management, how to engage your audience, etc.

#10: Nothing can substitute practice and being prepared.

Do a visualization exercise: ‘run through’ the whole session in your head. Visualize how it will all pan out.

Come prepared to share something of value to your audience. Some of them may have never heard of you or your new book. So go ‘wow’ them! :)

Good Luck, my fellow author! :)

 

My Dream Job Is…

When I still held a full-time job in the corporate world, I dreamed of the day:

1) I don’t have to jostle with the crowd during peak hours [I hate feeling like canned sardine]

2) I can take off for a holiday as and when I want [Seek approval for leave? No way!]

3) I can savor mom’s cooking without telling her “No, I can’t be back for dinner. Have to work.” [No more OT without pay, boss!]

And you already know what’s coming…

I scored that dream job! :D

Does Blogging pay the bills?

Not all the time, not for everyone, and certainly not at the start, as most bloggers will tell you.

On page 11 of my book ‘Blogging For A Living’, I make a ‘guesstimate’ of how much top blogger, Wendy Cheng aka Xiaxue earns per month. Read my book to find out more. ;)

If you’d like to become a successful blogger, learn from other bloggers, like I do. :)

Question: What do these top bloggers have in common?

Brad Lau Lady Iron Chef

[source]

Dr Leslie Tay ieatishootipost

Let me know what your answer is? ;)

Grace Tan blogger Singapore

*Receiving my blog award from Minister Lawrence Wong*

Receiving my award from Minister Lawrence Wong

My Tips on how to get started with blogging

1) Pick a topic of interest [Think not about monetisation first]

2) Set up your blog [I recommend WordPress]

3) Post [and post some more]

I provide a step-by-step guide to setting up your blog and uploading your first blogpost in my book ‘Blogging For A Living’.

To find out more about my blogging journey, and to check out my interviews with top bloggers in Singapore, purchase a copy of my book from any of the major bookstores and stand to win a prize from my S$1000 Sk-II Giveaway:

SK-II Giveaway

Come by for my book launch on 12th October, 2pm, at Kinokuniya’s flagship store at Ngee Ann City to grab a copy of my book, get an autograph and have a photo taken together! :D See you then!

No Limits with Nick Vujicic: One Heck Of A Motivational Speaker

938LIVE Nick Vujicic No Limits Postcard

I was one of the lucky 5,000 who managed to get tickets to watch Nick Vujicic LIVE in Singapore, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, next to Buona Vista MRT Station! :D Were you at the event too?

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Got to the venue in a taxi and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the cabby is none other than Halim Haron, a former national champion bodybuilder! He now drives a cab on weekends, and is a fitness instructor on weekdays. I even got some fitness tips during the journey – totally worth every cent paid! Haha!

Halim Haron

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Tickets to “No Limits” were sold out within 5 days (so apparently, there were limits to the number of seats! Ha!).

For those who were unable to attend the event, I’d like to share my notes with you right here. So, if it’s of use to you, leave me a comment, even if it’s just to say “thanks!” ok? :D

“When you concentrate on the things you don’t have, you forget what you DO have.”

You are valuable, no matter what. You are beautiful.

Heard about FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real?

How can you get courage? PURPOSE ignites courage.

8 principles:

(1) Have an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for what you have.

(2) You don’t know what you can achieve till you TRY!

(3) If you fail, try again.

Keep trying to reach your fullest potential without comparing yourself with anyone else.

The greatest things in life are not things!

Be yourself, not anyone else!

Don’t let your appearance define who you are.

Take one day at a time. Be thankful.

Have you forgiven yourself of the past?

(4) Failure = Education

You are not a failure.

(5) Obstacles can be transformed into opportunities.
Don’t know something? Now’s your chance to learn to do it.

(6) Dream BIG

(7) Never ever ever EVER give up!

(8) Have faith

If you don’t get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else.

Go and help the poor. Pray for those who don’t have food.
Do your best. God will do the rest.
Use what you are great at as a confidence booster. Focus on what you have, what you are good at.

Have clarity about which things you can change and which things you just cannot change.

Having trouble asking for help???
Nick’s answer: Be willing to ask for help so people can partake in your success to come because they have helped you.

Learn to delegate. Find trustworthy people. If you give someone a task, he’ll not do it exactly the way you want. Learn to let go.
Some things you just can’t compromise about, but for other things, you can!

Finally, one last thing that Nick said that really resonated with me was this: “I want people to want to work with me. Not because of money but because they want to work with me.”

Thanks for popping by Working With Grace. :) I hope you have been inspired. Let’s all have a ridiculously good life, just like Nick’s! :D

Book Hunt For S$1000 SK-II Products

*Important Update* Some people have told me that they can’t find my book in the bookstores. Will be getting my publisher to send more copies to the bookstores. Please CALL the stores before making your way down to avoid disappointment. Have the bookstores reserve a copy for you before heading down. *wink* :D

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As mentioned in my book, ‘Blogging For A Living’, SK-II is one of my favorite sponsors. And it is no wonder why as their products may be pricey, but they actually are worth every penny!

I’m pleased to give away S$1,000 worth of SK-II products to people who take part in my Book Hunt! :)

SK-II Giveaway

What’s a Book Hunt? Well, you’ve heard of Easter Egg Hunts, right? Mine’s a Book Hunt because I have a new book, and as a new (local) author, my book probably wouldn’t get a ‘prominent shelf’ in many bookstores, so you’ll really need to hunt for it! Plus, some bookstores may already have run out of stock of my book! :)

Here’s how the game is played:

1) Purchase my book, ‘Blogging For A Living’, from a bookstore near you.

Clarence and Blogging For A Living book

2) Snap a picture of YOU holding my book, AND a picture of the receipt with your name written clearly on it in either blue or black ink. [Keep your receipt for prize collection]

3) Send these two pictures to bfalbook@gmail.com

Prizes: Facial Treatment Essence (x3), Facial Treatment Mask, Signs Eye Mask, Stempower, Cellumination Deep Surge Ex. Each item is worth over S$100.

There will thus be 7 winners! Depending on the response, I may also add more products to this prize list! :) In fact, I want EVERYONE who takes part to win a prize. My promise to you: You’ll love this book (either for reading it yourself, or as a gift to a friend) and I’ll ensure you win something just for taking part.

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PSST!

Like all games, there’s the smarter way of playing the game. ;)

Instead of running around to all bookstores trying to find my book, you can simply… PICK UP THE PHONE! :D You can call bookstores to inquire if they have an available copy of my book, place a reservation, then pick it up. It is really that simple. And I’ll even give you the numbers for the major bookstores:

1) MPH

Raffles City: 6336 4232

PARCO Millenia: 6336 4232

Robinson Road: 6222 6423

2) Kinokuniya [website]

Singapore Main Store (Ngee Ann City)
Tel: +65 6737 5021

Liang Court Store
Tel: +65 6337 1300

Bugis Junction Store
Tel: +65 6339 1790

Jurong Store
Tel: +65 6430 0868

3) Times [website]

JCube: 66844150

Jelita: 6466 5702

Tampines 1: 6782 7017

Centrepoint: 6734 9022

Marina Square: 6334 4650

Paragon: 6836 6182

Plaza Singapura: 63368861

4) Popular Bookstores -> Full list of contact numbers HERE

So hurry, pick up the phone or head down to your nearest bookstore and ask for a copy of ‘Blogging For A Living’ now! :D

This book hunt ends on 12th October, 2013, 23:59hrs. Send me your photos by the 12th! :)

Good luck, my dear book hunters! :D

Blogging For A Living

*The Original Receipt MUST be produced for prize collection.

*This Book Hunt is currently only for people residing in Singapore. My book will be heading across the Causeway to Malaysia soon, so, Malaysian fans, hang on for a bit. You will get an equally awesome book hunt very soon! :)

*You may purchase multiple copies of my book and submit (multiple) individual entries for this book hunt. 1 entry = 1 chance to win an SK-II prize!

*For people in all other countries: If you’d like to purchase an autographed copy of my book, email me at gracewwg@gmail.com [shipping costs will apply]

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Update: Those who have already purchased the book from me do not automatically qualify to win these prizes. You actually have to take part in this book hunt and purchase a copy of the book from the bookstores (as a gift for someone else?).  Reason:

1) When purchasing from me, you get my autograph (hehe!)

2) I bear all postage and shipping costs

3) You don’t have to pay GST

4) You have likely gotten yourself entry into my blogging workshop for free (usual price: S$250)

So, thank you for the support! If you’d really like to win one of these SK-II prizes, do take part in the book hunt just like everyone else. :)

Thanks, everybody, thanks! :D

*Final Update* I gave away a bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence at my Meet-The-Author session at Kinokuniya today (12/10/13) to SY, the FIRST person to take part in this book hunt! :D All other winners will be contacted via email. Thanks for taking part!

*The Lucky Book Hunter – very camera shy*

SY

Blogging For A Living – My Book’s Finally Published! :D

Mere words cannot express my joy! :D

After thinking about publishing a book for years, and after many long months of actually writing one, my first book is finally ready to meet the world!

Blogging For A Living book

Woohoo!

The book is not just about my own blogging journey. It also features interviews with 6 of Singapore’s top bloggers, such as Alvin (alvinology.com), Daniel (danielfooddiary.com) and Celes (personalexcellence.co).

Find out everything you have ever wanted to know about Blogging – from how to set up a blog, to how much money bloggers ACTUALLY make, to how YOU can start a blog and monetize it.

In this book, I have revealed some things I have never, EVER revealed before – such as that email I sent that got me the interview with Peter Buffett, who is Warren Buffett’s son. You want to know what’s in that email?

Grab a copy of my book now at bookstores (S$22 before GST)

You can also purchase an autographed copy from me at S$22 (no GST). I will also MAIL YOU THE BOOK AT NO EXTRA CHARGE! :)

All you need to do is:

1) Make payment of S$22 to POSB Savings 126-85658-0

2) Take a snapshot of the receipt and send an email to gracewwg@gmail.com with subject “BFAL book payment done!”. Include your mailing address so I can mail you an autographed copy! :)

For Overseas Buyers:

1) Make payment of S$23 (1 extra dollar to [partially] cover PayPal fees and shipping) to gracemg@gmail.com via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/sg/webapps/mpp/make-online-payments

2) Email me (gracewwg@gmail.com) when that is done with subject title “BFAL PayPal payment done”, and provide me with your mailing address! :)

Grab your copy of Blogging For A Living now! :D

[New Book Giveaway] And 4 Steps To Thinking & Feeling Better Instantly

My friend, Jacky Chua, an author and professional coach, has recently published his second book ‘Tame Your Emotions – A Practical Guide To Overcoming Everyday Challenges‘.

I was really keen on reading this book as it shares with us the techniques of getting out of a negative state of mind and into a more empowering state so we can achieve the outcomes we desire. Isn’t that useful? :)

I love how he selected 4 of his coachees to be featured in his book and they give their honest, no-holds-barred account of their own emotional struggles and how they emerged stronger.

I found the book uplifting and loved how the personal stories made the book an even more valuable and engaging read. You’ll tap into not only the wisdom of one man, but that of 4 others too!

Best part is I took only slightly over an hour to complete reading the book. Sure, I know how to speed-read but it helped that this book is an easy read.

Some nuggets of wisdom I extracted from the book and scribbled into my notebook:

“In any relationship, if you are not adding value to it, by default, you are a liability” [That sure set me thinking!]

“There are only three things that you can control in your life: the thoughts you think, the words you say and the things you do.” [And most of the time, don't we try to control what others think (of us), what words they spout, and their actions?]

“Avoid becoming emotionally bankrupt.”

“mix with the people whom you aspire to emulate”

“Just because no one else has done it yet, it does not mean that you cannot do it.”

“Treat all whom you meet as if they matter, because they do.”

“Dream big, start small.”

“…becoming a person of worth is more important than the destination.”

Good news! I’m giving away TWO AUTOGRAPHED COPIES of his latest book! :)

HOW TO WIN

1) ‘Like’ my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

2) ‘Like’ the ‘Tame Your Emotions’ giveaway post

3) ‘Share’ the ‘Tame Your Emotions’ giveaway post

And you can be one of two lucky winners! The book will be delivered to you! :)

Right now… everyone can be a winner because I asked Jacky to share the 4 steps to thinking and feeling better instantly…

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Because emotions are a product of our thoughts, you can change any way you feel in any particular situation, to any way you would like to feel, just by tweaking those thoughts.

Step 1: Be consciously AWARE

A conscious awareness of your thoughts is essential to contain any negative emotion from escalating when it is brewing, preventing it from causing potential threats to your well-being, and saving you from regrettable decisions. You will always know when a particular undesirable emotion rears its ugly head. The next time you experience a self-talk or random thought that does not make you feel good, capture it. The battle to maintain a neutral state of mind is half won. But in order to secure a sure-win you will have to do more than just being aware of it.

Step 2: Read the Intended Message

Only by understanding what the intended message is behind common negative emotions will you be better able to cope with them. Going past the effects of these emotions and extracting the messages encoded within grants you the power to make the necessary changes. For example, anger surfaces when a rule or standard, especially one that is closely associated to your values and beliefs, has been violated by others, or perhaps even yourself.  To free yourself from the shackles of anger, you can disrupt it by asking what circumstance led you to be angry, what you can take away from this episode and how you can communicate the importance of these standards (which makes you unique) so they will not be violated by people again.

Step 3: Take Responsibility

Despite addressing a brewing emotion and grasping the intended message, it is not sufficient to change the state of mind just yet. You will have to take full responsibility for harbouring that thought, which leads you to feel in that particular manner. Only by doing so will you be able to progress towards shifting your state of mind away from the undesirable one. While you may not be the cause in the chain of events which placed you in that state, but you can and have the right to choose if you want to be affected by it. For example, someone may taunt you and try to make you angry, but you have the right to decide if you WANT to be angry. It is a choice you can utilise; option you can exploit; a power which you can wield.

Step 4: Rationalise

This final step to liberate you from the negative state will only work after you have gone through the first three steps. To finally be able to change your state of mind to the desired one that you wish to be in, you will have to justify it with facts, figures and proofs. Only by rationalising and straightening out your thoughts can you find freedom from the cage of negativity. Try asking yourself the following questions when being affected by negative emotions.

• Is this a one-time event or one that has been continuously repeated?

• Is the event triggered by similar catalysts?

• Is this situation beyond your capability to handle?

At first, you will find it hard to go through all the four processes and you may be stuck along the way. But with regular practice, you will move through them with ease and within a shorter time frame each time. Once you are able to do that, you will find that you can actually save yourself a lot of time coming to a conclusion or gaining closure to move on, time which otherwise you will spend dwelling in the negative state.

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I hope the 4 steps above will be of use to you! :)

If you’d like to make a bulk order of Jacky’s new book ‘Tame Your Emotions’, head over to www.tameyouremotions.com

To connect with Jacky on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/jackychua.coach

To win an autographed copy of ‘Tame Your Emotions’, head over to http://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

~ Grace :)

Help! I’m Working On Weekends Too!

If you are a business owner who just cannot take your mind off work even on a weekend, well, you’re not alone. :D Since we’re in the same boat, I have 3 goodies to share with you, and you don’t even have to take part in any contests! Ha!

First up, I’ve recently met up with a guy named Tom Abbott, who is an International Sales Expert and Author of ‘The SOHO Solution: 21 Selling Strategies For Growing Your Small Business’. If you are interested in increasing sales (who isn’t?), you should grab a copy of his book. But here I have for you, not one, not two, but TWENTY ONE sales tips from Tom! Enjoy! :)

21 Sales Tips from Tom Abbott

1. Discovering Your Niche
Have you discovered your ideal target customer? Find customers suited to your purpose,
expertise and market trends.

2. Qualifying Prospects
Identifying people as prospects is a very important aspect of personal selling. Create a list of qualifying questions.

3. Having Conversations With Prospects
Before investing any more time and money promoting products that you love, find out what
your customers love. Be curious!

4. Understanding the Decision-Making Process
What needs are being filled by your products: physiological, security, social, esteem and
self-actualization? Focus!

5. Discovering Ways to Reach Customers
Success in sales requires discovering the top three ways of consistently reaching large
numbers of your target customer.

6. Organizing Prospecting Information
How are you going to organize all of your contact and payment information? Using a CRM
tool makes prospecting easier!

7. Becoming Family with Your Products
Becoming a product expert by speaking with colleagues and customers. This will make you a more valuable resource.

8. Studying Companies that Sell Similar Products
Visit the websites of your competitors and take note of their offerings. This will help identify your positioning.

9. Discovering What Sets You Apart
Ask your customers why they picked you. This will help you focus on communicating what’s important to your prospects.

10. Identifying Reasons to Choose Your Business
Brainstorm the essential elements of what your business is about. This will help you when
speaking with prospects.

11. Compiling a List of Frequently Asked Questions
Compile a list of five, ten or twenty frequently asked questions. Then formulate your answers to those questions.

12. Creating Scripts for Scheduling Appointments
How will a meeting with you help them? Answering this question makes it easier to get in
front of more prospects.

13. Creating a Needs Assessment
Create a tool for identifying the needs of your prospects. This will better position you as the ideal solution provider.

14. Engaging Prospects Effectively
Identify ways to engage prospects, new clients and maturing clients. Establish 3 ways to
move them through your funnel.

15. Making Compelling Demonstrations
Make compelling demonstrations. Plan your benefits, your answers to objections and your
materials in advance.

16. Choosing Your Top Three Closing Techniques
Role playing is the best way to experience the feelings that accompany responding to
objections and closing the sale.

17. Focusing on the Future
Measuring your weekly activities will help you take responsibility for results, both good and
bad.

18. Having a Positive Attitude
Write down your greatest sales achievement. You’ll be able to draw upon that for motivation and inspiration.

19. Developing Your “Expert Power”
Register for a course, join a group or get a coach. This will help you become an expert in
your field and increase sales.

20. Improving Your Communication Style
Notice the manner in which you carry yourself. Is it communicating the importance of what
you have to say?

21. Establishing Strong Relationships
Demonstrate how you can support your customers in solving their problems. Establish a
partnering relationship.

I hope you found the tips above useful! I’m enjoying reading Tom’s book too and you can get a copy here.  [It's so popular, you'll be lucky to find it in stock! Order anyway!]

And as a busy business owner, one of the biggest time-wasters (in my opinion), apart from watching television, would have to be visiting the hair salon! I spent over an hour sitting in a chair just to get a perm! Imagine that!

But fret not! You can read a book, snooze a little, or organize your schedule for the upcoming week! ;)

I got a little hair makeover recently, courtesy of Jawed Habib.

The BEFORE picture

The book I read while waiting – I’m in the midst of writing a book myself ;)

And the AFTER picture :)

I liked the end result a lot! My hair was still silky despite the chemical and heat treatment and the Korean Perm kinda suits me, don’t ya think? ;)

Unfortunately, without tongs and a willingness to use a hairdryer to tease out those curls, I never saw those lovely curls again after that day. LOL!

If like me, you need to write a book or do some work in a cozy environment with a good cuppa, here’s a well-kept secret: Java Detour at Marina Bay Sands:

Their Signature Drink

I ordered the Chewy Chocolate Chip Black and White Mocha ($7.80) – what a mouthful huh – and loved it! :) I’d even drink it with the whipped cream and all again! XD

Of course, there are light snacks if you’re feeling peckish too:

No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to spend time with family and your loved ones! Ultimately, they are the ones who matter the most, so don’t let them be the first to be neglected!

Here I am with one of my twin godsons. I consider myself a fairy godmother of sorts. Muahaha!

Joseph’s mum had a really TOUGH time conceiving him and his twin brother, and after multiple health scares, I am glad to announce that Joseph (in this picture) and John are healthy and active and oh-so-cute.

When a baby grabs your fingers and refuses to let go, strangely enough, happiness grips your whole being and the stresses of work let go…

Have a blessed Sunday, folks! :)

 

[Million-Dollar Question] What Does Grace Do In A Day?

I get asked this question rather frequently: “What’s a typical day in your life like?”

Do you get asked such a question too? Or is it just me?

I always end up explaining how each day is just entirely different from the previous day. So, I figured I might as well blog about TODAY and direct people to this blogpost every time the question’s asked! :D

Yes, I’m a full-time blogger, but I also pride myself on having a full-time LIFE too. Some people I know have either a HALF life or NO life at all (yes, you know the kind, right?). So, today’s supposed to be pretty relaxing (by most people’s standards).

I hit the gym in the morning, trying to shed those extra kilos gained since I-don’t-know-when. And because a lunch appointment was postponed to another day somewhat last minute, I ate lunch on my own (no big deal since I love savoring my meal without being distracted by the conversation going on).  Subway’s my favorite when I’m on a diet. And their $5 combo is such a great deal. I only ever order TUNA and nothing else – no beef pastrami or such nonsense. And I try to resist getting the chocolate chip cookie. :P

By the way, I get ‘paralyzed’ (metaphorically, of course) when I encounter too many choices – bread and ingredients aside, have you seen the number of SAUCES Subway offers?! It’s like you can have 500 different sandwich combinations!

Hence, I stick to the same order each time: 6-inch Hearty Italian bread, TUNA, with lettuce, onions & MORE tomatoes, topped with a Sweet Onion sauce.

Boring and predictable, you may say, but this makes everything so fuss-free and I’m not complaining. :D

How do YOU deal with choices when there are just too many of them?

After lunch, I went to FullHouse cafe at Rendezvous Gallery (9 Bras Basah Road) to meet my friend, Sean, who has recently published his 2nd book titled ‘Gone Fishing with Buffett’. It’s a great read, and I even wrote a testimonial for him with regard to this book:

 

 

Want to get this book at an amazing price? Click here.

Why did I choose to meet Sean at FullHouse cafe, though? For one, I’d never stepped into the place. And two, I’d gone to the outlet in Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) and liked the concept! :)

Their Hi-Tea Promo (3-6pm) is worth a try, in my opinion. For $5.90 (before taxes and all),

 

Choose from their selection of cakes and get a drink.

The place is great for photo-taking, but here’s just one of Sean and I hijacking the car in FullHouse. XD

 

It was a most enjoyable tea session with Sean sharing his knowledge about book publication and me eagerly taking notes. One of my goals for 2013: Publish a book! Remember to show your support by getting a copy ok? :)

Then I went to shop for a birthday present for a dear girlfriend of mine at Bugis Junction. I can’t tell you what I bought, in case she reads this blogpost. :D

And finally, I headed to Katong CC for a Toastmasters meeting. You can find out more about the Katong Toastmasters Club here.

 

My friend, Joni, presented her final project to earn the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. And I’m glad I was there to witness her achievement and take a photo with her:

The new DTM !

 

Those sweet darlings at her club gave her a (cowgirl) hat and a cake!

It was great being back at Toastmasters – the energy was high, the speakers eloquent and knowledgeable, and the catching up with old pals was priceless.

And there you have it. Mystery solved – this is one of those days in my life. ‘Those days’ are not all the same, but I’m happiest when I learn something new, and I can’t complain about today. :D

What is a typical day like in YOUR life? ;)