Date: 4/16/2017 4:45 PM PDT
It's funny - if you asked me what I do I would tell you I work with teams of people. The thing is, on a day to day basis I'm alone a lot. I have meetings, trainings, conference calls, webinars...but those are all scheduled throughout the week. What about the grind...the hours each day that I'm supposed to be working from home, killing it and churning out results.
It's pretty isolating for me. And a bit demotivating. I have tried a lot of things to motivate me...reading my goal statement, staring at my vision board, joining an accountability team to keep me in action. It all works to a point.
Then I found the Power Hour and it changed my business and skyrocketed my results.
What it did was create TEAM in the day to day grind that I usually do alone. Now there are other options and I've tried them all!
Starbucks - the music is SO LOUD and it's weird...people are talking and talking but when YOU are talking on the phone, it's like you're the one being rude.
Panera - ones the most popular solo preneur place to work, they now limit the online time during lunch rush to minimize the thing that brought them to their height in the first place.
Work Hives - they aren't free, plus around me there isn't one closer than 30 minutes away (and believe me, I'm enough of a road warrior to work 30 minutes from home during my from-home work time)
Library - SHHHHHH - no calls please.
My car - no wifi and the traffic can be a bitch! ;-)
Outside at a park - I LOVE this on a nice day but the lack of wifi and plentiful bugs make it a short term...and seasonal choice.
So here's how the Power Hour goes down. We get together via Zoom video conference and we work! Each of us is in our own space, usually our homes. Often we will carve out 90 minutes and declare what we will accomplish so we can add some accountability to the company. We use the Chat to share wins.
Best of all, there are always a few seasoned Entrepreneurs each session, so if one of us is stuck on something, we can ask for coaching and support.
If you're using the Power Hour for making calls...which is what most of us use it for...here are some tips to get yourself set up for your next Power Hour...Getting Ready for a Power Hour Call WorkshopWhat You’ll Need
1. Names List of 10-30 people
2. Power Hour Call Workshop Tracking Sheet (1)
3. Lead Sheets (10)
5. Fully charged phone
6. Laptop, computer, tablet with camera/audio functionality
7. Internet connection
8. A drink of your choosing
9. Distraction-free space
10. Positive Attitude
11. Willingness to be coachable
What to Do
1. First you want to have a list of people to call or text…do this PRIOR to the Power Hour - Create a list of 10-30 people to call including their names and phone numbers.
2. Before the scheduled session, print out a tracking sheet for your Power Hour to keep track of your session results. You may also want to have a Lead Sheet so you can up your follow-up game.
3. Next you want to have a space to work that is quiet and clear of interruptions - no pets or kids that can pull you away from this chunk of time. “Mommy’s going to work” should be your mindset.
4. When your Power Hour Call Workshop time has come, go to the link Trista or other team member sent (probably a zoom.us link) and join in the meeting. You’ll need to have your audio and camera enabled on your computer. I recommend a cup of coffee or glass of water too =) and of course a pen and print outs from steps above
5. Have fun! Be ready to ...
- Declare how many calls you will be making during the Power Hour Call Workshop
- Be in action
- Put a pin in whatever is going on that could distract or derail you during this hour
- Ask for coaching if you get VM only for 15 minutes
- Ask for coaching if you get a very negative call or 3 nos in a row
You can CALL or TEXT during this session. A TEXT should be to ask for a good time to call. The calls can be invites to an event, following up on a customer purchase or any of the work you do for your business. At least 80% of the time spent should be ACTION and no more than 20% administrative calls.
These calls should NOT be about…
Calling business partners
Playing on Facebook
Making calls of non-Shop.com topics
We have room for you! If you want to be part of our next Power Hour, comment below!
I'd also love to hear the ways YOU stay productive during your work hours.