National Achievers Congress London 2012: my summary

National Achievers Congress is a 3-day yearly event taking place in London, among other cities.
I attended the last one this October.

What attracted me to the event and what was special about it
Two names: Anthony Robbins and Donald Trump. Both incredible personalities, highly successful and action-risk-taking entrepreneurs.
Watching them live was exciting and very motivational!
I also valued Ron White's speech - he is called the memory guy. He was able to memorize and repeat a 50-digit number and say it backwards. His speech was funny and valuable.

Business funding options: secured and unsecured business loans, venture capitalists

What are the pillars of successful business?
  1. Great products and/or services.
  2. Great customer service.
  3. Good accountant to take care of taxes.
  4. Good lawyer to advise on legal aspects of branding, secure transactions and selling.
  5. Sufficient funding to operate the business without unnecessarily delays.
First four points will not work without the fifth one taken care of. To understand that, have a look at some of the modern biggest companies. For example Apple. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created first Apple computer in Job's family home garage. To grow and expand, to be able to sustain the business they had to look for funding options. During various stages of Apple's development, the company was funded by venture capitalists.

I gave this example to show you how important it is to have proper funding in place to keep your business running and to develop it. There are other ways to do it. You can borrow money from banks and among other options you can choose between secured and unsecured business loans.

Any funding method is good, providing that your business grows and brings more and more profit.

Creativity and business by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was one in its kind. What I mean by that is that he can't just be compared with anyone else. He breaks many patterns when we think of someone as a leader.

He saw things and people in 2 dimensions: they were either white or black. There weren't things in between.
In his eyes a person could have been either a genius or a total failure. Product or service could have been either perfect or total failure.

His approach to perfection and excellence in products he was creating made Apple the fastest growing innovative company.
Words: it can't be done, it's impossible, we can't do it, we can't improve it - didn't exist in his mind and vocabulary.

If you have any of the Apple's products you know what I mean when I write about perfection and excellence. These products:
  • not only look great (you are proud to have them),
  • they are easy to use (very intuitive)
  • they are high quality (made with good materials and advanced technology).

If you want to find out more about Steve Jobs, his passions, personality, his decision-making process, his friends and family, I highly recommend a book written by Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs.

Can unsecured start up business loans get your business going

Staring your own business and being successful with it is a challenge. Apart from a good idea, you also need to know if what you want to offer is what actually others need. When this condition is met, you need to make sure that when the orders come, you have the proper payment and delivery system in place. Customers do not like to wait too long or to be forced to go through complicated procedures to finally order something.

If all that sounds very easy for you, you need also to realize that no matter the type of business: either traditional or internet one, you need funding to sustain the business growth.

Again, it can be easy if you have your own savings or family, which can financially support you. If not one of the options are unsecured start up business loans. They are usually easier to get than the secured ones providing that you chose the right company to help you with it.

How can personal word of mouth marketing benefit your company

Success of each big, medium, and small company is based on good branding, good leadership and team work (effective employee engagement). What is equally important is the company's mission statement and how it is put into action. Potential customers want to see that a particular firm can actually deliver what they promise. If such a company can be recommended without harming their own reputation. It is when personal word of mouth marketing starts.

There is nothing more powerful for a company's growth and success than being recommended by its customers to their friends and relatives. Research shows most people's choice is influenced greatly by recommendation of those whom they trust and follow their opinion as valuable.

How can it be achieved?
First make sure that you:
  1. offer quality products and services,
  2. have great customer service and
  3. that the customer's needs come first.

How important is employee engagement in company's success?

We hear a lot about good leadership, creativity, and vision. Particularly two names come to mind: Steve Jobs and his company Apple.

There is however one important question to ask: would Steve Jobs be able to succeed if he had to do everything alone or even if he had employees who wouldn't however engage themselves and wouldn't sacrifice themselves to finish certain projects and push them to the next level?

Certainly not! It is the whole point. It takes great leader and great team of people to achieve big goals, finish big projects, and bring more profits. Each employee engagement adds up to the company success. The great leader is able to motivate their employees to contribute the best they can to the company’s growth and success.

Can choosing wedding decorations be a pleasure?

To get married or not to get married? If you hesitate, then probably getting married is not for you. There can be various reasons:
  1. you are not sure if you have found the right partner
  2. you are not sure if you want to get married at all, even if you have found the right partner.
For those who do not hesitate wedding is one of the greatest events in their lives. It is also special because you spend a lot of time preparing it. Some people say that it is a hassle to prepare everything and to make sure all works great. I would suggest however to look at it from a different point of view. Choosing wedding decorations, wedding cake, wedding outfits, and wedding guests can be unforgettable experience and pleasure to do. It all depends how you approach it: in a positive or a negative way.

Formal and informal wedding cake toppers

Wedding cake is an essential part of the real, traditional wedding. Such a cake should also have a wedding cake topper which is usually a small model representing the couple in formal wedding attire.

Apart from the traditional (formal) wedding cake toppers, we can now choose between various other toppers’ types.

There are many informal ones and among them:
  • comic ones (for those who want to have more fun during their ceremony),
  • cake toppers which represent the couple's hobbies (they could be showing birds sitting together or puppies and even objects),
  • cake toppers for gay couples and mixed races.
Great thing is that you can keep such a topper for later to remind you about your great wedding ceremony!

Wedding decorations and dresses: 5 useful tips to have a great wedding

Wedding is an exceptional event. One of those you want to remember. Do you want your wedding reception to be a breeze and unforgettable experience?

Here are 5 useful tips which will help you have a great wedding:
  1. Plan your wedding date at least a year ahead: it’s just enough time to arrange everything on time.
  2. Buy a wedding planner: you won’t believe how valuable such a planner can be. Prepared by wedding experts, it helps you step by step arrange everything you need.
  3. Think about wedding theme: it is essential because wedding dress, wedding decorations, flowers, brides’ dresses need to be arranged having the wedding theme in mind.
  4. Adjust your wedding expenses to your budget: make sure you don’t overspend. If you do, it can cause you a lot of stress which you don’t need.
  5. Ask yourself a question: do I want to get slimmer? If yes - implement a weight loss action plan. Plan it and start in advance.

From wedding clothes to wedding decorations: is outsourcing a wise plan?

If you are engaged and getting ready to get married, you have 2 options: either to skip a wedding ceremony and just go with your husband on a world-around tour or to have a wedding reception of your dreams. If you are a goal setting person and you want to experience unforgettable moments organizing a wedding reception is a real challenge. I know that because I was involved in organizing such a reception. The big thing is that you have a certain deadline and the closer the wedding date comes the more time pressure you feel. There are a lot of things to arrange, from wedding clothes, band, cake, food, invitations to wedding decorations and even a hotel to accommodate guests from faraway places.

My point is that it doesn't have to be such a hassle... From my own experience I can advise you to outsource as much work as possible to a professional company who deals with wedding arrangements. It may cost a bit more but it will definitely save you a great deal of time and stress and time is money!

Wedding can be a great relaxing and unforgettable experience if you approach to it properly.

Infinite Banking Concepts, why are those systems so good for our money?

Can you get anything better than the system you are going to hear about? There is a system called Infinite Banking Concept, where you become your own banker. You lend yourself money, and receive the interest payments, you are paying for your own loans - instead of any type of bank or outside lender. Typically when you borrow money, what you in fact do, is spending approximately 34,5 cents on every dollar in interest to finance whatever they wish, whether it is their lifestyle, or business. But in the system mentioned above, called Infinite banking, what happens is that you get that additional 34,5 cents back, to build up the initial sum you have on your account.

How does it really work?
The system is based on your life insurance. You pay a sum of money that you specify, and that is related to your age, background, the number of years that you have individually set up for this action. While on the go, when you add sums of money each month or year, you can also act as a bank owner. You can lend yourself the money that you have previously saved, and receive the dividends. When you loan yourself money, you stop receiving the dividends. But when you repay the loan, the whole traditional dividends systems comes back into place.