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The Future Of Business – Workshop In Abbotsford

The Future Of Business


Workshop


September 26th – 6PM

 

With Owen Greaves

&

Special Guest Rick Rake

The internet has changed the way the world does business;
But will it ever stop changing?

Change is constant and the electronic age has served merely to speed up the rate and size of change. If you are in business, or are planning to start a business, understanding how the online world changes everything will position you not only ahead of your competitors, but as a trustworthy ally to customers. Owen Greaves will guide you to understanding the Future of Business.

What you can expect in the Future of Business:
  • Move out of your comfort zone to understand how the world of business is changing
  • Experience a journey to find your passion and learn “what now”
  • Understand how you can give away valuable content, free, while still earning revenue
  • Look at your business concept from a new perspective, in a way that will set you free!
The Future of Business Workshop is more than social media, the Internet or the world online; it’s about looking at business differently and fighting for your Businesses Survival. Together with Owen, you will see the Future Of Business and will apply that knowledge to create new ways of embracing the future in your business.

A workbook will be provided to each participant in the 2 – 4 hour workshop to encourage home study and application of the concepts presented.

What you will learn in this Engaging Workshop:Your Investment: $99 Per Person till Sept 23rd
Reg Price: $149.00 after Sept 23rd, 2011
  • Look at the 7 elements of building a clear vision
  • Learn how to listen in social networks Like Twitter, FaceBook and Google
  • See how you can find potential customers In social networks
  • Learn what content should be given away
  • Determine your CORE content
  • Identify revenue streams
  • See where and how to advertise online
  • Learn how to get your content MOBILE
  • Explore how to get your content published on Amazon
  • Find 8 ways to increase your blog traffic

Who is Owen Greaves?
Owen Greaves lives in beautiful Abbotsford, British Columbia; he is a Futurist, Thought-Leader, Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader, Author, Blogger, and Strategist. He has spent countless hours exploring and understanding what the next 3 to 5 years will bring and applies the vision of reaching out and teaching this model to business people eager to listen and learn. Owen is a man who loves making the paradigm shift around media and commerce to the Internet less painful.
Location:Sandman Inn, Abbotsford, B.C.
To Reserve Your Seat, Contact:
E-Mail: workshop@owengreaves.com

The Curse Of The Entrepreneur

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day and we got on the topic of why some entrepreneurs succeed and why others fail. I should premise this with, failing most of the time is a good thing when you are an entrepreneur. Also, the curse of an entrepreneur does not reside in each and everyone, it tends to be found in individuals that believe no one could possibly understand their vision and tend to be an authority on everything.

The curse is simply put, someone (an entrepreneur) who will not listen to input from others, tends to try and do everything themselves, and thinks people are telling them what to do. I might fall into this category on the last point, I can’t name very many people that made me feel good about myself, or helped me get to a place higher than they were. I’ll admit I struggle with being told what to do, that’s why I don’t conform well, to me rules are merely guidelines : ) I just want to get the job done without someone yanking my chain, I’ll bet you feel the same way.

The secret sauce, it’s merely the opposite of the curse, the entrepreneur that finds success more often, listens to a great many people and uses the shopping cart method. The shopping cart method is this, leave on the shelve the things you don’t believe or agree with, take from the shelf what you believe will help you reach your goals or desired vision.

I like to surround myself with great people, not good people, great people, great people who are passionate about what they do, and want to make the world a better place. Great people want to help others accomplish what they thought they couldn’t.

This is just one ingredient to the secret sauce, an ingredient to success as a leader and as an Entrepreneur.

The Future Of Business Workshop – In Abbotsford

The Future Of Business


Workshop
May 9th – 6PM

With Owen Greaves

The internet has changed the way the world does business;
But will it ever stop changing?
 

Change is constant and the electronic age has served merely to speed up the rate and size of change. If you are in business, or are planning to start a business, understanding how the online world changes everything will position you not only ahead of your competitors, but as a trustworthy ally to customers.  Owen Greaves will guide you to understanding the Future of Business.

What you can expect in the Future of Business:
  • Move out of your comfort zone to understand how the world of business is changing
  • Experience a journey to find your passion and learn “what now”
  • Understand how you can give away valuable content, free, while still earning revenue
  • Look at your business concept from a new perspective, in a way that will set you free!
The Future of Business Workshop is more than social media, the Internet or the world online; it’s about looking at business differently and fighting for your Businesses Survival. Together with Owen, you will see the Future Of Business and will apply that knowledge to create new ways of embracing the future in your business.

A workbook will be provided to each participant in the 2 – 4 hour workshop to encourage home study and application of the concepts presented.

What you will learn in this Engaging Workshop:Your Investment: $99 Per Person tillMay 4th
Reg Price: $149.00 after May 4th, 2011
  • Look at the 7 elements of building a clear vision
  • Learn how to listen in social networks Like Twitter, FaceBook and Google
  • See how you can find potential customers In social networks
  • Learn what content should be given away
  • Determine your CORE content
  • Identify revenue streams
  • See where and how to advertise online
  • Learn how to get your content MOBILE
  • Explore how to get your content published on Amazon
  • Find 8 ways to increase your blog traffic
  • Learn what your platform is and how to build it
  • See how to use your Ecosystem

Who is Owen Greaves?
 

 

Owen Greaves lives in beautiful Abbotsford, British Columbia; he is a Futurist, Thought-Leader, Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader, Author, Blogger, and Strategist. He has spent countless hours exploring and understanding what the next 3 to 5 years will bring and applies the vision of reaching out and teaching this model to business people eager to listen and learn. Owen is a man who loves making the paradigm shift around media and commerce to the Internet less painful.

Location: Sandman Inn, Abbotsford, B.C.

To Reserve Your Seat, Contact:
E-Mail: workshop@owengreaves.com


What Content Should Be Free?

I wrestled with this question for some time, I mean the whole idea of charging for my content was foreign to me when I started running my first site. In studying the trends of online commerce, and the Open & Free Business Model, it was clear that many people were asking the same question, what should I be writing about and what content should I be charging for.

In working with local business owners, they aren’t even paying attention to what’s really going on, online commerce is just a nice to have rather than a strong component of their business. Meaning, they think it won’t get much bigger than another advertising medium or to just make a few extra dollars. They still practice the price & item approach, the control business model is what they know and trust. My goal is to help as many local businesses understand a different way, and to see the tidal wave that is coming, to pay attention and change the way they think.

A simple exercise is to walk through following:

1.) What is your CORE business about? The first question I usually ask is, what does your business do? Normally, the answer coming back is a description of what the person does or a very high level answer. I would say I am a Technology Strategist, that really doesn’t tell you much does it? You have to ask that question differently two or three times before you get to an answer that gives you a much better understanding. Keeping asking yourself until you get to the real thing that you do.

Knowing what your CORE business is about, helps you with your content, it will help you focus on what the free part might be over the paid part. This seems overly simplistic but it’s not, working through this is much tougher than I’m writing it.

2.) What’s your vision? This is the WHY, why are you doing what your doing and where are you going. That’s pretty simple isn’t it, not really, there is a process to working through what your vision might be.

3.) What is your Mission? Again, something that seems simple but really isn’t. What’s your mantra, your war cry? You want everyone to know it and to be shouting it throughout your organization, even if it’s just you.

You might ask these questions in reverse, whatever makes sense to you. Someone once said recently, keep it simple, simple is hard enough, I try to keep it simple by asking simple questions to tough problems.

These three questions can help you, and it can help you determine what will be free and what will be paid. Keep in mind, there are only three ways to get paid…I pay, you pay, they pay.

This is one way of figuring out what should be free, if you are a writer, write! But write about the thing you are passionate about. Write short stories for free and offer paid for lessons on how to write short stories properly, or writing construct, get creative. Hold writing workshops that are paid for and offer writing tips for free on your blog or newsletter, help your community get what they want, and they will help you get what you want.

This is just one small part of the Open & Free Business Model, the framework is actually straight forward but the details are much harder to figure out. The sooner you start, the better your Blogging experience, and knowing what content should be free makes your blogging life alittle easier.

I.T. Strategic Planning – Action Plans

We’ve covered Vision & Mission, KRA’s and Objectives so far, today I want to talk to you about Action Plans. As you know nothing happens without action of some sort, even writing this article requires action on my part. This area of your strategic plan does not have to be an exhaustive list but a substantial one, these items should also have dates beside them as targets for delivery or completion.

This list might look like a To Do List in or on any other document but this is your bigger picture stuff that goes into your short & long term plans. I am listing for you a few items that might be on your list but you’ll have to assess your situation and build your list. This action list should be in line with some or all items listed in your objectives, this list will cover a broad scope of projects & items you want to get done over the next 12 to 18 to 24 months. Also keep in mind this list is not written in stone, it is like a budget, it’s a guide to keep you on track with the organizations needs. You may make changes to this plan as circumstances arise and technology advances.

1. Identify the most effective software package for the organization – 2Q – 2010

2. Prepare 5 year budget for core applications – 3Q – 2010

3. To prepare a general implementation plan and schedule for core applications for the next 18 – 24 months – 3Q – 2010

4. Develop strategy to train staff – 3Q – 2010

5. Complete a formal review of Network Infrastructure – 2Q – 2010

This list could have over 20 projects or items on it, it’s like a to do list you want to complete in a timely fashion in the upcoming months. At this point you have been assessing your organizations needs and requirements, then documenting your findings. You should have met with all departments and subject matter experts to learn as much as you can about the current shortcomings of your existing core applications. You also would have collected a wish list from each department to assist in assessing or identifying the appropriate software package that will handle 80 – 90% of the organizations process. Your goal is to make the staff’s job easier and giving customers better support by automating as many processes as possible.

As you can see these plans can take on different shapes and sizes but you as the I.T. Leader must know your organizations needs, if you don’t, that’s your first task before you can build an intelligent I.T. Strategic Plan. In the next part of our mock plan, we will shift gears and move into the Analysis part of our plan.