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Annual Learning Survey Results

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A few months ago, I conducted a Learning Survey of small business owners and solo entrepreneurs to determine how their learning preferences had changed since the last time I conducted the survey (in 2013).

1,816 small business owners and solo entrepreneurs completed the survey. You can download the PDF results summary report here.

I hope you find this information helpful in understanding your students and how they like to learn.

I don’t think there’s anything more important in the world than teaching others what you know and empowering them to use that knowledge to have a better personal and professional life. Keep teaching!

Please leave your comments and questions below…I’d love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. If you haven’t taken the Learning Survey yet, there’s still time. Take it here and get 18 great free biz-building bonuses from great business mentors, just for taking the 3-minute survey. 🙂

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Free Webinar: Want to Know How Your Customers Prefer to Learn?

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What Your Students Want: Trends in Adult Education

Free Webinar – September 17 –  3:00 PM eastern

The world of adult education is changing quickly, and if your revenue stream relies upon offering educational content to your audience, this webinar will give you insights into how adults prefer to learn today!

I’ll give you a first look at the Learning Survey results, and talk about modern trends in adult education that match the modern adult lifestyle.

We’ll also cover how learning preferences and learning styles impact the choices you make when delivering training and educational materials to your customers.

We will have plenty of time for YOUR questions about how you design, market and deliver educational material to your customers.

Register here:

http://www.passionforbusiness.com/trends/sign-up.htm

If you can’t attend the webinar live, sign up anyway! The webinar will be recorded, and I’ll email you when the recording is available.

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How to Facilitate Introverts and Extroverts in Your Group or Class

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Whether you teach classes, run mastermind groups, or offer group coaching programs, understanding what makes introverts and extroverts tick will help you run your group better.

We all know there are two personality styles that are polar opposites of each others, right?

I wish it were that simple.

Introversion and extroversion are on extreme ends of a line, a continuum. Sometimes people will be strongly to one side or the other on that continuum, but often people exhibit mixed tendencies, especially in a group setting where there is rapport and trust.

For example, an introvert like me (yes, I consider myself an introvert! 🙂 ) might be quiet around new people, but very gregarious when with my mastermind groups. I might be quiet when I’m the student and trying to absorb new information, and highly extroverted when I’m the teacher. We all fall somewhere on the spectrum, and often it’s situational.

So let’s define what we mean by these terms:

An introvert gains energy by being alone, and expends energy when in a group setting, like a mastermind group. Being an introvert doesn’t mean a person is shy; it means he needs quiet time alone to process the outcome of the group meetings and recharge his batteries before he wants to get back into the group-mode again.

An extrovert gains energy when she is out in the world, especially brainstorming with a group of people. She’s excited to share ideas and to process her thoughts verbally in the group. Sometimes she gets her best ideas while talking through a problem with other people.

How do you facilitate a group that includes both types?

An introvert needs quiet time, even a minute or two, to collect his thoughts and reactions to a given problem or situation. Giving the entire group a few minutes to write down their ideas on their own, before sharing, can give the introvert the space he needs to process.

On the other hand, the extrovert needs time to talk out loud, to process her thoughts while she’s actively communicating with others. Knowing this, you can allow the extrovert a few minutes to explain her situation: she just might find clarity — or even solve her problem herself — simply by talking openly about it.

Between meetings, give each of these types a way to communicate with the entire group, possibly through an online message forum. The extrovert will appreciate the ongoing connection to the group and the introvert can take his time to process internally, then communicate at his leisure.

How can you tell if a group member is an introvert or an extrovert?

It’s not possible to pigeon-hole someone and label them as “all introvert” or “all extrovert,” but there are tendencies the psychologists have identified that you can (and should) pay attention to:

  • an introvert makes more and sustained eye contact
  • an introvert will appear to think before she speaks
  • an introvert may disappear during breaks, or talk deeply with only one person during breaks
  • an introvert may seem shy around the group in the beginning, until he gets to know everyone better
  • an introvert needs quiet time away from the group to relax and process
  • an extrovert will appear energized by being in the group situation
  • an extrovert jumps right into the conversation and thinks while he speaks
  • an extrovert may prefer to talk with 3 or 4 people during breaks
  • an extrovert will interact with everyone in the group, even in the beginning, because she loves to meet new people
  • an extrovert may enjoy additional social time with the group after the official group meeting ends

As a mastermind group facilitator, teacher, or group coaching mentor, you will foster a tight, powerful group by being aware of these two personality types and giving each what they need.

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Passion For Stealing

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As many of you may remember, I had a lovely time a while ago with people stealing text from my website. Now, someone has upped the anty by stealing the layout and logo design of my website. How did I find out? A colleague noticed the similarities and let me know.

I contacted the life coach who’s logo and banner layout was extraordinarily similar to mine, and within two days, she modified her logo and banner.

In another instance, the entire text from my home page was on another coach’s website. Within three days, she had removed it and replaced it with her own text. In both these cases, they said it was their website designer who had stolen my ideas.

Can we not trust website designers? Can we not have clauses in our contracts with them, stating plainly that they are creating original websites for us and any damages for copyright infrigment will be fully upon the website designer?

And why should I have to pay an attorney to get these modifications made, or to take people to court?

 

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How Do You Prefer to Learn?

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As more small business owners are searching for ways to learn new business and marketing skills, I’m noticing some changes in the way that small biz owners prefer to absorb and learn new business-related education.

The ground is shifting very quickly when it comes to education and the delivery of training materials and information.

I’m conducting a research study to find out exactly which ways you like to absorb new content, learn new skills, and acquire new knowledge for your business and professional life.

I’ve put together a quick, 3-minute survey with ten easy questions for small business owners and solo entrepreneurs. Yes, just ten questions. It’s as simple as that!

But even 3 minutes is a lot when you’re busy, so we’re making it irresistible by offering you 18 practical, helpful educational bonuses for free, just for completing the survey.

Can I ask you the favor of taking just 3 minutes from your schedule today to take my survey? Here’s where you can take it online.

(The link will open in a new window/tab.)

Thank you for your help!

P.S. Would you like to see a summary of the results of this survey? Once you complete the survey, you’ll be asked if you want a copy of the summary. I’m happy to share the findings of this research with you, and all I ask in return is that you answer the survey questions…just 10 of them. Take the survey here.

P.P.S. Please share with other small biz owners and solo entrepreneurs you know. Share the love!  🙂

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