Podcast: Your Game Plan To Hire The Right Team

Maria shares her easy way to simplify your strategic planning process. Learn how to create the start of a successful hiring process on this JenningsWire Podcasts.

Your Game Plan To Hire The Right Team

◾What should your business game plan look like?
◾Where do business owners make their biggest mistake in hiring?
◾How does a hiring plan work when it comes to “teams”?
◾What is it that you need before doing any planning, marketing or hiring?
◾What else would you like to tell our listeners?

It’s a little more than 9 minutes long but high in content! Listen here

JenningsWire is created By Annie Jennings PR, National Publicist. Annie has also worked in the financial industry and works with financial advisors today.

JenningsWire is created By Annie Jennings PR, National Publicist.

32 Signs of Burnout in Advisors

burnouthelp13077350_mlAccording to the Oxford University Press, burnout is the physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.

Burnout often creeps into our lives, a little at a time. One symptom on top of another and the next thing you know, you’re using words like “overwhelmed”, “exhausted”, and “burnt out” to describe how you feel.

There may also be a hidden societal issue at play; this has to do with your line of work. It is well known that social workers, nursing assistants and nonprofit managers are overworked and underpaid—and burn out as a result.

Many people think that because advisors (traders, CPAs, financial executives, etc.) earn an excellent living, they shouldn’t get burned out, overwhelmed, or continually frustrated. We all know there is no truth to this belief, but the thought may keep you from even considering burnout as a cause for your distress.

Here’s what I learned from being there and getting back (a few times).

1) As long as you help other people live better lives—and worry about the people you help—it’s possible you’ll find yourself feeling tired, and then may move to frustrated, overwhelmed, burnt out and possibly end up depressed.

2) The amount of money you make has -0- to do with these feelings.

3) If you don’t set boundaries, have a plan, and get help in your business, you may find yourself burned out.

4) Often, the only people who will know you’re burnt out are the people who love you. Listen to them.

5) Some of us love what we do so much we can do it 24-7. For me, that means I have to SCHEDULE fun, plan time to spend with family and friends, block out free days. This also means making sure I get enough sleep and eat healthy meals.

6) Creating systems, where they are needed, is a very helpful thing to do.

7) Know yourself and take care of yourself however is best for you.

I’m not a therapist (I’m a coach), but my own experience is that left unchecked, burnout often leads to depression. In fact, many of the “signs” below are also signs of depression and anxiety.

Learn the signs of burnout and catch it in its tracks. If you have an inkling that you’re depressed, please go directly to a doctor or therapist. There is hope and many different forms of help for those of us who deal with or live with depression.

1. Low motivation energy, even for things that used to get you excited.
2. High level of stress or anxiety.
3. Lost feeling of enjoyment from people, places and things you used to enjoy.
4. Lack of engagement in life.
5. You’re a lifelong learner who can’t remember the last time you learned something new.
6. You describe yourself as a workaholic.
7. You don’t remember the last time you spent a day playing.
8. You’re questioning being part of the profession you used to love.
9. Irritation, impatience, resentment or anger are often near the surface.
10. Not getting enough sleep or changes in sleep patterns.
11. No time or little time for yourself, friends, and family.
12. You’re always in a hurry because your time is very limited.
13. You hate walking into your office.
14. Difficulty concentrating or having fuzzy thinking.
15. You’ve taken on new habits that you know are unhealthy.
16. Energy drinks and caffeine have become your best friends.
17. Not feeling good about things you used to feel good about.
18. Can’t remember the last time you went out to eat dinner.
19. You always have too much to do.
20. You’re moody and have become cynical.
21. You don’t have a life after work.
22. You’re sick a lot.
23. You neglect preventative health maintenance.
24. You’ve turned green!
25. Constantly changing your mind or aren’t able to make decisions that stick.
26. Self-criticism has run rampant.
27. You’ve had a major weight loss or gain.
28. Feeling helpless, often, for no reason.
29. You’re working longer and longer, never catch up and feel guilty about it.
30. You eat by yourself, always eating at your desk or on the sofa.
31. You’ve isolated yourself.
32. Your place often looks like a disaster area and you haven’t had guest over in months (or years).

I am luckier than most. Because I graduated from Coach U, I have tons of resources, tools, and assessments that help me have a great life AND a great business. My clients use many of those assessments. Based on their needs, I’ve created additional assessments and checklists that help them simplify business, advise more, and live better.

(c) 2016 Elevating Your Business

Are you in a study group? Is your chapter looking for speakers?

If you are a member of a Study Group or a chapter of a financial association or network, Maria would like to provide your group with a free 30 to 45 minute teleseminar or webinar. The topic would be educational and your group can choose from 4 practice management topics.

To view Maria’s training programs, go to ActNowSeminars.com

Contact Maria today and let’s see how we can make a program happen for your study group or chapter.

We’re Offering Training For Advisors Clients

If business owners or CEOs are your niche, here’s a special invitation.

I can help you help your clients to grow their business by providing them with a business development workshop, just like I did for Sam’s Club. I brought the store manager the idea of offering his customers a 60-minute strategic planning on steroids workshop and he jumped at the idea. He was looking for opportunities to get more business owners into the store without it being about purchasing a Sam’s Club Card or products in the store. They invited their customers and asked them to invite other business owners, 60 of which attended the event.

My offer to you is similar. It’s an opportunity for you to bring strangers into your business who may be prospective customers. I’ll provide an educational webinar for 50 people or teleseminar for 1000 people, on your behalf.

I’ll conduct the program and you offer it as a sponsor of the event. Send out invitations, invite who you want, ask your clients to invite people, etc. Invite others to the event could dramatically widen your prospective client list dramatically. This is a great way for you to thank your current best clients, as well as the friends that they invite.

Or if you conduct in person seminars, I could do an event at your location. You see, in a few months, I am driving across the country, from Seattle to Orlando, to New York. So talk to me about doing an in-person workshop for 90-minute.

My speaking rates and how I customize programs are clearly listed on my website. http://actnowseminars.com/new/index.php/customization/ . However, I’ll conduct a teleseminar or webinar for just $250 or a workshop at your place for $750.

Please note: 2016 webinars or seminars must be scheduled and paid for before May 20, 2016. Webinars can take place before May 20 or between September 1 and October 30. Workshops must take place between May 27 and July 10, 2016 when I’m traveling. or before or after the Christmas holidays. (January is a great time to hold a planning workshop).

To view Maria’s training programs, go to ActNowSeminars.com

Contact me so we can collaborate to develop a great seminar that you can offer for your clients and help them grow their businesses more this year! Let’s Talk!

Add Pizzazz To Your LinkedIn Profile With Symbols

Here’s the answer to another question I’ve been asked this month.


Where do you get the symbols you use in your title on LinkedIn and throughout your LinkedIn profile?


I use symbols and lines and such because it differentiates different sections of my profile and makes a profile easier to read. And we all want our profiles read, right?

I gathered those symbol since 2004 from a variety of places online. You have my AOK to copy and paste the symbols and use them on your profile, too. Here’s my profile www.LinkedIn.com/in/mariamarsala

You can create them, too. When you’re on your computer, open a document, you hit control >alt and some numbers, you’ll create a few of them the old fashioned way! They way we used to create them in the early 1990’s.

Symbols are also available by going to MS Word, then change the font to one of the Wingdings. Use the symbols you want and then copy the symbol to your LinkedIn profile.

Lastly, you can use the cheat sheet I use nowadays at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miscellaneous_Symbols