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Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is MSNBC’s business make-over expert; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of the cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan has already been called “the next E-myth!”

Change Gears! How to turn your Weakness into Strength | Nextiva Blog

Mondays with Mike: Change Gears! Turn your Weakness into Strength

By May 22, 2017 No Comments

I think it’s human nature to focus on our shortcomings.  Instead of seeing the happiness captured in a photograph, we focus on our crooked smile or lousy haircut.  Rather than appreciating the wonderful view from the windows of our retail store, we fret about the parking shortage.

To a certain degree, though, being critical can help us excel.  Think about it…if you could identify weaknesses and transform them into strengths, your company would benefit big time!

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of turning weakness into strength:

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Banish Boring! 5 Ways to Make Your Business Retreat Brilliant!

Mondays with Mike: 5 Ways to Make Your Business Retreat Brilliant

By May 8, 2017 No Comments

I’ve worked in a lot of stressful, busy environments, but the hands-down crazy-making winner was my computer forensics business.  We had techs in the field, staff in the office, and people who needed answers and analysis yesterday.  It was full-tilt frantic most days.  So many different personalities and competing demands on resources made for quite a bit of tension, and it occurred to me that we could use a little team-building work.

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elevator pitch tips

Mondays with Mike: Deliver the Perfect Elevator Pitch, Every Time

By May 1, 2017 No Comments

Every single entrepreneur needs to have an elevator pitch – a sixty-second rundown of what you do and why you’re worth your clients’ valuable money.  Whether you’re on the hunt for investors to finance an expansion or you’re just making a sale, being able to succinctly deliver relevant information will come in handy more times than you realize.  And here’s how you do it:

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Mondays with Mike: 7 Steps to Get Prospects to Sell Themselves

By April 24, 2017 No Comments

No matter how many hats you may wear in your company (and sometimes, it’s a lot!) one role you’ll always come back to is sales person.  We sell ourselves, our vision, our culture, our values, and we sell our products.  But it isn't always easy.  Consumers are busy, perplexed by a multitude of options, and they’re reluctant to part with their hard-earned money.

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Mondays with Mike: Desperate for Cash? 7 Practical Strategies

By April 17, 2017 No Comments

In general, the times when you need money the most are going to be the times when it’s hardest to get.  Think about it from a lender’s perspective.  If you’re hemorrhaging money, you’re a lousy risk.  But even successful entrepreneurs have moments when there’s just an ugly money crunch, and the only thing that will get them past it is an influx of cash.  Here’s how to generate some $$$:

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Is a virtual office right for you?

Mondays with Mike: Can a Semi-Virtual Office Work for You?

By April 10, 2017 No Comments

Offices used to be pretty rigid places.  The business day started and ended at definite, specific times.  And while the interior spaces of offices evolved – from offices with doors and windows (if you were lucky) to a maze of cubicles for worker bees – the way offices ran stayed the same way for a very long time.  You showed up on time, worked your eight hours, and you left your work behind as you departed the office.

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Secret Ways Your Alma Mater Can Boost Your Business

Mondays with Mike: Secret Ways Your Alma Mater Can Boost Your Business

By April 3, 2017 No Comments

Okay, so most of us have forgotten that silly fight song, and we’ve lost touch with people we swore would be lifelong friends.  But you spent thousands of dollars and lots of work to get that piece of paper that links you to your college forever.  Now you may not ever use trigonometry or foreign language in your everyday life, but that doesn’t mean your alma mater is irrelevant to your world.

Colleges and universities are bustling places with more to offer the entrepreneur than you might realize – especially if you’re talking about the school you graduated from.  Want to know how your alma mater can help grow your business?  Read on!

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