Non-Negotiables

In this presentation called, "Non-Negotiables," e4e partner Cathy Sexton explains how we can set non-negotiable rules for our personal and professional lives. She tells us how we use our beliefs and values to make these rules that we can live by.

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October Sponsor: Cathy Sexton

Cathy Sexton

The Productivity Experts work with Small Business owners who maybe caught in the "Time Clutter Syndrome" struggling to move their business forward, working too hard, not making the profit they desire, too many things getting stuck in the bottleneck, low productivity, not enough time, feel like they have don't have any balance in their life. With implementation of the "Biz Life Grind System" they reduce the Bottleneck Battle, Multiply their Money, Reduce the Struggle Conversation, Identify and Work in their Natural Productivity Style and Learn to Let go with a "No Longer list. This system allows them to increase their success, money and enjoyment of life!

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Every Challenge Has a Solution

In this presentation called "Every Challenge Has a Solution," e4e partner Cathy Sexton describes her four step process for overcoming challenges in the workplace. She explains how to identify a problem, find the core causes, brainstorm solutions and how to implement one specific solution.

Contrarian Panel: The Trouble with Time Management

Led by e4e partner Dale Furtwengler, the "Contrarian Panel" explored this question: "Why is it that we still feel the pressure of time." The panel and audience had a lively discussion, captured in this video...

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Powerful Success Strategies to Ignite Productivity

Be P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. in Your Productivity!

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Video: Profit First

Ready to be wildly successful and make meaningful profit? Pay yourself first and rekindle the joy you had when first starting your business.

Productivity expert Cathy Sexton turns conventional accounting practices on their head and helps people get real about the need to make profit first as a business owner. She addresses the necessary process for creating profit and collecting it no matter what your income, in order to experience sustainable and increasing success.

In this presentation, Cathy provides key insights from the book Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, whose information provided her a major money mind-shift and increased improvement in her business. She read the book over a weekend and touched upon the following:

  1. How to make profit and owner’s pay immediately on day one
  2. How and why to look at expenses as investments designed to create an ROI for you
  3. Why we will get the same results if we don’t change our thinking and behaving around conventional accounting practices because they are based on a broken formula
  4. Awareness of Parkinson’s law; the ways in which our demand upon a resource tends to expand the amount of that resource;
  5. How we approach our resources such as time, energy and money; what we have, we spend without consideration of all needs.
  6. How to set up your banking accounts so your financial processes allow you to make a habit out of taking profit first when you receive income.
  7. Tips on how to slowly implement a bi-monthly, quarterly and yearly process including use of multiple banks and accounts so money is not easy to manage and preserve.

Cathy’s personal stories and engaging examples help the viewer understand that even the most practical among us need to question the conventional way we have approached money and make significant changes so that profit is a reality and a stabilizing factor in your life and business. Cathy Sexton is founder and CEO of The Productivity Experts and a nationally recognized expert and speaker on productivity. To gain further support and information, contact Cathy at cathy@theproductivityexperts.com or 314 267-3969

Video: Work Life Balance Mindset

Work and Life balance can be a messy experience because the demands and desires in both work and life are always vying for dominance. The struggle can be challenging and requires our attention. Productivity expert Cathy Sexton shares personal and professional examples of what entrepreneurs experience as we learn to build and grow our businesses, including the roles stress and balance play in the quality of our relationships, energy and outcomes.

When stress hits us, we may fail to have a personal or family life in which the needs of others and ourselves are being considered mindfully or managed well. Cathy Sexton describes the role our mind and actions play on our wellbeing. In this presentation, she provides information on:

  • Our conscious choices – 10% on the surface
  • Our subconscious beliefs – 90% under the surface
  • Our fixed mindset – when we are focusing on limiting beliefs, negativity, inability to see the possibilities, and fearful thoughts about what is new or different
  • Our growth mindset – when we are looking at everything as if it is a bright future, believing it can be better and what we want it to be, being optimistic, seeing the new as possibilities and opportunities and facing challenges with hope
  • Our consequences of working too hard
  • Our attitude - How we approach a situation, what we focus on, and what we decide about a situation and about ourselves and our clients and families can be positioned in a negative, fixed state.
  • Our need to rejuvenate and re-energize
  • Our control over the ways we make and use our time, energy, money, and minds

Cathy helped each person in the audience to identify their highest values and recognize the importance of living from them. During this presentation, she opens up her heart in a vulnerable manner to express the importance of paying attention to what matters most so your decision-making is easy to live with and is informing your choices.

Cathy Sexton is founder and CEO of The Productivity Experts and a nationally recognized expert and speaker on productivity. To gain further support and information, contact Cathy at cathy@theproductivityexperts.com or 314 267-3969

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Video: Why Engage in Speaking and Coaching?

Cathy Sexton, national speaker, teacher, coach and recognized expert on productivity topics, provides first-hand experience and lessons-learned about the benefits for finding and delivering speaking engagements and what to do to attract and find great opportunities. Cathy shares that the majority of her business, including her coaching and training come as a result of her speaking engagements. You may want to make money, make a positive impact, get exposure or gain credibility. In this video presentation, Cathy provides insights on:

  • Reasons and benefits for choosing to engage in public speaking
  • The type and number of topics to deliver so you become known as an expert
  • How to target your ideal audience and where to find them
  • What financial arrangements are possible? Are you paying to speak or earning income?
  • The importance of identifying associations to approach
  • Determining the right role to contact within an organization
  • Having tools and being prepared for when someone calls to hire you
  • Various ways to get the phone to ring
  • Finding the people who book speakers within your target market and how to best get in front of them
  • Speakers associations, bureaus and other support systems for honing skills and getting hired
  • Ways to use social media and your website to promote your speaking and coaching
  • What type of content to deliver and how to keep it fresh and updated

Cathy Sexton is founder and CEO of The Productivity Experts and is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on productivity. To gain further support and information, contact Cathy at cathy@theproductivityexperts.com or 314 267-3969

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Nurturing Customer Relationships

Learn how and why specialized experts and business owners create habits to nurture and expand relationships with their existing customers.

Serving customers and setting an intention to create a satisfying experience with them engenders ongoing loyalty and often-extraordinary results. Being grateful and mindful about your customers and attentive to their needs, translates into strong relationships that are mutually positive and supportive. Some likely results: your customers develop business for you. They like you, they trust you, they continue to buy from you and they refer others to you. Most important of all, developing caring habits that keep them happy ultimately make you happy too. Benefit from the experience of our experts who offer you a range of ideas to try out for your benefit and those you serve.

From our Experts:

John Eyres

I like to EMAIL out new and interesting trends I feel would benefit some of my current and past clients. This is a very positive way to help them and help me keep in touch with them. I think they really appreciate the way I send them specific information tidbits they can use in their business.

Cathy Sexton

I send an email every week with a productivity tip of the week that brings value and is quick and easy to read. I get a lot of positive feedback.

Glenda Woolley

I like to give more than my customers are expecting. When opportunities arise to support them in unconventional ways they don’t anticipate, more than a working relationship develops. We also become friends.

Bill Prenatt

Many years ago I had a colleague who said, "Do the best you can and do a little bit more.”

My goal in working with my clients is to make them feel special...like they are my only client in the world. I also want them to trust me deeply.

Doing what I say I'm going to do, when I say I'm going to do it, is important to me. They don't care what I know unless they know that I care.

These are just a few of the partner responses. 

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Video: The Importance of Knowing Your Natural Productivity Style

A lack of awareness of your natural productivity style may result in burnout, illness, stress, and disengagement. It’s key to your success and effectiveness long-term.

Your natural productivity style is unique and important to understand. It differs from your adaptive style because it’s based in your inherent personality traits, including your values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings about what works most naturally for you. Understanding, honoring and building upon your natural productivity style is key to success in your life and work. The main things to consider when discovering your natural productivity style are:

  • How you make decisions – are we a snap decision-maker or do we need to contemplate and analyze things before we take action?
  • How you interact socially – are you introverted or extraverted? Do people sap your energy or increase it?
  • Are you spontaneous or rigid in your pace for doing things – do you maintain consistent routines or function best with no plans?
  • Are you detailed and process-oriented or not – you may be very focused on the details or more comfortable thinking about the abstract, high-level perspective.

If you or those who work with you are not aware of the significance of each person’s natural productivity style, results may often include burnout, illness, stress and disengagement. What works for each person as identified in their natural productivity style is key to their success and ability to remain engaged and effective long-term. The ramifications for gaining awareness of it and the impacts of honoring it in the workplace are crucial to understand and address. To enter the process of discovering your natural productivity style, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her websitewww.TheProductivityExperts.com

Video: Why a Brain Dump Increases Productivity

Most business owners have the bad habit of holding too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only focus effectively on about five.

Most business owners fall into the bad habit of trying to hold too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only consciously succeed in doing so effectively and thoroughly with four to five thoughts at a time. We process at least 60,000-70,000 thoughts per day so it’s important to recognize that when these thoughts remain in our mind:

  • We can’t organize them
  • We can’t prioritize them
  • They likely cause us stress
  • They can overwhelm us
  • Their sheer volume makes us feel out of control

It’s all too common that many business owners are stressed out simply because they hold too many thoughts in their mind rather than taking time to sit down and write everything out in order gain clarity and take productive action. To engage in the process of an effective brain dump, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her website www.TheProductivityExperts.com

Video: How to Identify and Leverage Your Natural Productivity Style

Your life and business function the most effectively when you are working within your natural productivity style. The following video describes how we identify our unique style and make decisions based on that self-awareness. Productivity expert Cathy Sexton details three key steps we must engage in:

  • Awareness - Pay attention to what causes us frustration and lack of progress. Notice stress around certain aspects of your business processes. Look for places you procrastinate and avoid certain tasks
  • Assessment - Take assessments such as Disc, Meyers Briggs and others so you can better understand what are your values and priorities. Take Cathy Sexton’s natural productivity assessment on the e4e website
  • Application – Put into practice and incorporate into your life and work what you learn about your unique style for greater success

Breakdowns in our emotional, physical, social, spiritual and financial lives can be attributed to our alignment or lack of alignment with our natural productivity style. A key to our success is in our ability to be aware of how we best function within it and how to best honor it. To get the support you need to be productive and fully engaged, contact productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s to get your life and work on track. She can be reached by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her website www.TheProductivityExperts.com

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Video: How to do an Effective Brain Dump

A brain dump is a process to mitigate the stress of most business owners and enables them to get back into control when your life and work seem overwhelming. Productivity expert Cathy Sexton helps viewers turn what feels like a disorganized mass of information into a scalable process. Her clients report the effectiveness of simplifying and focusing on what needs to happen in what order and why. When Cathy Sexton’s clients are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, she has them

  • Sit in a quiet setting and starts to write down all the thoughts that are in their minds just to get them out on the table.
  • Then they separate all the information into priority categories. Much of their thoughts are not worth keeping or should not be on their top ten list.
  • After distilling down the most important focus areas, they create a master to-do list. This list is limited to 5-10 areas of priority.
  • Next, they determine the 3-5 things to accomplish each day so they can be successful in making slow and steady progress, which is encouraging and manageable.
  • In this way, business owners define weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly goals on a realistic timeline, helping each to gain a sense of control.

To get the support you need to be productive in your life and work, starting with an effective brain dump, contact productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s to get your life and work on track. She can be reached by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her website www.TheProductivityExperts.com

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Video: What Keeps You From Taking Action

Cathy Sexton reviews the factors that keep us from taking action and offers us simple and practical steps to get in action by:

  • Increasing your energy
  • De-cluttering your mind
  • Defining your why
  • Sticking with the basics
  • Applying the 10-minute rule
  • Creating a master list
  • Focusing on your top 3 tasks
  • Developing an accountability system
  • Deciding a clear yes or no
  • Taking incremental steps

In a memorable, practical way, Cathy Sexton helps viewers understand the pathway to get the results you want by getting into action.  So take action today and visit Cathy Sexton’s website at www.theproductivityexperts.com

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Video: Where Does My Time Go – Boosting Productivity Levels?

When it comes to being a multi hat person you can't wear them all at the same time. For your business to grow and thrive, you must use your time wisely and make the concerted effort and ask yourself, "Which hat am I wearing?", "Which hat is most important for me to wear?", "Which ones am I capable of doing or learning to do?" and an even more important question is "Is this the best use of my time?"

• Using the 80/20 rule = being 16 X more effective
• Time Vs. Results
• Analyzing where their time is spent and quick way to understand what to delegate
• How using a powerful tool like Evernote can boost productivity

In a memorable, simple and practical way Cathy Sexton helps viewers understand the best way to boost productivity is by doing more of the vital few.

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Is Having Too Much To Do Keeping You Stressed? Use SOS

“When was that project due?”, “I am buried in paperwork.” “There never seems to be enough time.” “Why can’t I ever find what I need?”

Staying on top of things was hard enough before cell phones, the internet and PDA’s. Now many of us spend our days in a sea of conflicting demands, missed deadlines and lost details.

Do you want to get more done in less time with less stress? Set priorities and stay focused? Be on top of incoming items – paper, e-mail, and voicemail? Cut through clutter so you never again have to apologize for missed deadlines? Maximize your most precious resource – time?

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How Many Hats Are You Wearing?

You probably wear more than one hat and in some cases, may wear all the hats. But it may be time to stop and welcome some independence by delegating… and ensure you maintain some sanity too!

Wearing too many hats is a major cause of new businesses failure. Too many people start with no idea of all the work that must be done, let alone the special skills or experience some jobs require. So wearing all the hats can be problematic because typically, no one person is an expert in all aspects. Small business owners are generally reluctant to let go of anything, for fear of not being in control but maybe it’s time to ask; what do I enjoy the most? What am I best at?

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