#10 The NO EXCUSES! Episode

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What are 3 things that successful people share?

They make no excuses and they…

1) Outsource it!

Don’t do what you don’t want to in your business
Strengthen your strengths and outsource your weaknesses
What is the best way to find pre-trained people who can help?
2) Set up Systems!

Use the 80/20 rule
De-clutter your space
Productivity tips
Time management
Best way to handle meetings
How to delegate ideas
3) Hang with the right people!

Set up or join a mastermind group
Just remember NO EXCUSES! Get moving 1 step at a time.

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#10 The NO EXCUSES! Episode

  1. 1. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Hello everybody, this is Andrew McCauley with episode no. 10 ofour podcast and, of course, as always we have the lovely Heather Porter. Hello,Heather!Heather Porter: Hello Andrew! Hello everybody! Welcome, welcome back and wethought this would be a really fun time since we are on episode no. 10 and we havecut it down to few episodes already. We are now going to cover, what are we callingthis one, the „no excuse‟ episode.Andrew McCauley: „No excuse‟ episode. We have no excuses about anything andneither should you.Heather Porter: They say that people that grow their businesses are good atgrowing their business, get ahead in life, get what they want and build towardswhatever they want in their dreams, they all share something in common and that isthey don‟t justify, nor make excuses. They take full responsibility for they are doingand what they are going in their life. So, to illustrate that, right now as we recordthis, I am sitting in the passenger seat, I have a laptop on my lap, Andrew is next tome driving the car, he has just picked me up from the airport and we are in Melbourneand I am here from Sydney because we will be doing a four-day business meeting andwe are recording a podcast „No Excuses‟ from the car. And why are doing that?Andrew McCauley: Well, we hear a lot of people talking about “I don‟t have time todo this” and “I don‟t have time to do that” and “this takes too much time for me tofinish that and finish this”. So, I thought “Well, you know what, we are going to be inpeak-hour traffic”; it‟s peak hour in Melbourne, afternoon traffic, it‟s raining, it‟s coldin Melbourne, nothing worse than sitting in traffic. We have got a lot to talk about butI thought “Why don‟t we do a podcast to show people that we can do this sort of stuffeven while we are stuck in traffic.” We hear people listening to radio or listening topodcast and I thought “Why don‟t we do one?” Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  2. 2. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: And, Andrew, just the other day I was having a Facebookconversation with a group of people and they were asking our podcasts and they aresaying “Oh, look, I don‟t have time, it‟s too hard” and they started making the excuses“I have always wanted to but…” and I just said “Look…”Andrew McCauley: One of the other things that people say is “I don‟t have the toolsto do a podcast. So, I am still waiting for my microphone” or “I am waiting for myspecial soundproof office in my next house” sort of thing. You may hear the rain onthe car, you may hear the beeps going through the free way e-Tag thing going on. Itdoesn‟t matter. It‟s part of our podcast; we are happy to have it in there.Let me talk about stuff today. Make sure you think about how you can use the timeyou have got because we have all got 24 hours a day and that‟s all we have got –even the rich people don‟t have more than us – how can you use that time to get thethings that you want to get done in your busy schedule. So, that‟s what this is about.Heather Porter: It is and there is a favorite, favorite quote of mine, I love it and itgoes like this – “How can you tell something‟s a priority? It‟s done.”Andrew McCauley: I love it.Heather Porter: So, basically on that note, here we sit with a laptop, we don‟t haveany fancy microphones, we have a free program called audacity and we are justliterally talking into the microphone that comes with the computer. So…Andrew McCauley: Nothing special; not even a USB headset on our heads. It‟s justraw, straight into the computer. We are using a MacBook Pro. It‟s picking us uppretty clearly. I don‟t think you can hear the rain which is a good thing as I cancertainly see it. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  3. 3. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: No, no, it‟s crazy. Since we have now been in business, I suppose,for about a year and a half almost, at least with this agency that we are doingtogether, we have worked with a lot of clients. I would say like nearing a hundred ifwe think about everybody who worked with every aspect of what we have done.There is something at least I think and I know you agree that there are a few keytraits or characteristics that the business owners, they get ahead also; and today, weare going to actually discuss three of them. We found three themes that all of ourmost successful clients have used in their business and in their lives. So, that‟s whatwe want to cover today.Andrew McCauley: Great, I am looking forward to it.Heather Porter: Alright.Andrew McCauley: Just for those people that are concerned, I have both hands onthe wheel, watching the road. I am not looking at the computer and I need to attendthis job.Heather Porter: And speaking of which, here is point no. 1, Andrew. Alright, sowhat we have found is that…Andrew McCauley: I didn‟t mean that.Heather Porter: It‟s quite funny, good transition there. So, what we have foundwith people that get ahead in their lives and in their business is that if you don‟t likesomething and if you are not good at it, don‟t pretend that you like or that you aregood at it. Outsource it; get somebody else to do it for you that‟s either prequalifiedor trained to do that or good at it or loves it. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  4. 4. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Yeah, one of the things that I would like to say is strengthenyour strengths and outsource your weaknesses. Don‟t try and strengthen yourweaknesses because you will spend all your time, wasting your time doing that sort ofstuff and often when we are talking about outsourcing and people ask “what should Ioutsource? What sort of things should I outsource?”, get rid of the stuff you hate andI think we spoke about this in one of our previous podcasts about outsourcing itself. Ihate things like graphics, I can‟t do them. I mean, I can do them but it will take meforever. I hate writing articles. I would rather outsource that sort of stuff so that Ican go and do the things I like doing; that‟s the fun things that really juice me up.Heather Porter: And you know what, a good point about outsourcing is, well, I knowthat a lot of people get stuck in that whole concept of outsourcing because they don‟treally actually understand what it is and also they think “Oh god! How am I going tofind somebody? How do I interview them? How do I train them? Do I have to givethem systems or do I have to give them tools? How does that work?” The smartbusinesses that we worked with, they look for somebody that‟s pre-trained,prequalified, has the results on the table and they don‟t have to worry about thetraining or the systems or anything; they literally just ring them into their businessand they are ready to go. It‟s almost like out of the box, really.Andrew McCauley: So, Heather, what‟s the best way to find these sort of people? Imean, there is not a lot of places out there that will have pre-trained people.Heather Porter: No.Andrew McCauley: And one of the biggest misconceptions before you answer myquestion is the fact that we hear about these 3 dollar an hour outsourcing or 5 dollaran hour outsourcing people from India or Philippines and that‟s really cool, I will goand get someone to do that and the biggest problem is that many people think thatthey can go and find a 5 dollar an hour outsourcer which will assist in the VA who willdo everything you want them to do and be trained in them fully. Now, this is just notgoing to happen because there is nobody who knows everything about internetmarketing or marketing for your business on the internet and that‟s one of the thingsthat people think “Well, if I spend 5 dollars an hour on a VA that can do this, this, this, Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  5. 5. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionthis, this and this”, that‟s not going to happen. You may need a couple of differentVas with different skill sets.Heather Porter: Yeah. And, look, you can find good people like that but you have tobe willing to spend quite a bit of time and actually have quite a bit of knowledge in theexact thing that you want them to do for you because you are going to have to trainthem.Andrew McCauley: That‟s a really good point too. I don‟t even know if we have gottime to enter that kind of question.Heather Porter: Yeah, you have. No, you haven‟t actually, Andrew. Actually, yougo first and then I have another point.Andrew McCauley: Okay. So, my point is if you don‟t know what you don‟t know,then you can‟t ask for that sort of stuff. So, one of the things that we teach newbiesis we need to teach them what is out there so that then once they understand what isout there, then they can go and get it outsourced. They need to have done that itemone or two times just that they know a) what it is and b) how long does it takesomeone to do that because let‟s face it, outsourcers out there, they can be cunningsort of people and they might think, well, if you don‟t know how long it takes to goand socially bookmark a URL to 40 sites, they might take advantage of that.Heather Porter: Exactly. And another thing too is I am going to flip that on its headas well. I mean, a lot of people think outsourcing and they automatically think elance,oDesk and these popular websites that exist. There is a whole side of outsourcing likeyou can go and get virtual IT team, you can get like what we do in online internetmarketing or digital agency. So, you can look for companies that actually have teamsof people pre-trained. So, when we say „outsourcing‟, don‟t necessarily think I have togo to India or oDesk or something like that. You can actually find businesses thathave a specialty or specialized in certain areas. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  6. 6. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Totally. We have got an outsourcing team as part of what weare offering and we have things like article writers. One of the things that wasimportant for me was to make sure that I had articles that were written Englishspeaking people as their first language. I am not a big fan of some of these English asSecond Language articles because you can quickly spot one of those articles and Ididn‟t want that to be ruining my reputation. So, we went and made sure we have gotpeople on our team from the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Canada so wehave native English speaking people that can write article the way we want them tosound.Heather Porter: They love writing, they love researching as well.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. And that‟s part of what we had to because that‟s arequest that we had not only from me but from a lot of our customers a well. So,there are teams out there who are not just solely from the Philippines and India butthere are teams out there who are very cheap, very cost effective particularly if youdon‟t like doing that sort of article.Heather Porter: Another point too about outsourcing is like there is a site that Ilove, we used to call „Rabbit‟, isn‟t it?Andrew McCauley: Rabbit.Heather Porter: Yeah, Rabbit, http://www.taskrabbit.com I think. It‟s in the states,currently in the bay area of San Francisco and California and they specialize inoutsourcing for errands. I mean, there are these companies all over the world. So,you can literally have somebody that comes cleans your house and goes and shops foryou and gets groceries and things like that. What is that? – Mr. Handyman or Hire… Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  7. 7. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Hire A Hubby.Heather Porter: Hire A Hubby here in Australia – you can hire a guy that come in toyour house and fixes things that are broken in your house.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. I mean, that‟s why I am fond of outsourcing. I hatedoing gardening. I was at my parents‟ place and my dad was cutting the grass and soI am like “I don‟t do this, I hate it.” I said I would rather get someone to do it. So, Idid get somebody to do it. I enjoy the grass when I am on it but I don‟t want to bespending my time cutting it because I have better things to do. So, I outsource thatsort of stuff. Now, yes, that costs money but then you have got to weigh up; you gotto weigh up what‟s more important – the time that you take to cut the grass or themoney that you spend so you have got that valuable time for whatever you want todo.Heather Porter: Your family…Andrew McCauley: Family, things that I do…Heather Porter: Things that you do want to do. Life‟s short, we all know that. So,why sit around and waste your time and actually this is kind of a good segway into thenext point. I am thinking of the 80-20 rule right about now.Andrew McCauley: Okay. What‟s the 80-20 rule? 80-20 rule, what is it? Give us arundown.Heather Porter: Okay. My way of describing it is basically a lot of us will spin ourwheels on 80% of things we do in our day, constantly focusing on 80% of things…80% of our time is spend on things that don‟t get results, isn‟t it? Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  8. 8. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Yeah. I think it‟s Pareto Principle it‟s called and 80% of theresults you get comes from 20% of your efforts. So, you want to concentrate ondoing the things that can get you best results.Heather Porter: And, I guess, this brings us to the second point – the thing that wehave noticed that a lot of our successful clients do and just people that we hangaround with that really are constantly improving their businesses and their lifestyles,they focus on systems, getting better systems. And don‟t let us scare you when wesay systems like as in software and crazy stuff like that. We are talking more of a bigpicture about systems.Andrew McCauley: Just things to get organized and get things done in yourbusiness. You just said something now that I hadn‟t thought and talking about the80-20 rule and the people we hang out with. We have changed the sort of people thatwe have hung out within the last three or four years and the people that we arehanging out with – don‟t get us wrong because people we used to hang out with arestill friends – but the time now that we spend with other people and these are peoplethat have even sometimes got a grander vision that ours that can bring us up to thenext level we want to go. You have to think about who do you spend 80% of yourtime with because even that can be a great little piece of information for your business– are you spending the right time with the right people who are brining you up or youare spending too much time with the people who are going to bring you down and cutyou down.Heather Porter: Yeah, there is a lot of successful people like Tony Robbins, namelyone of them, that says that you are collective average of the people that you spendyour most time with.Andrew McCauley: Yeah and I think he even goes further. I think he talks aboutnot only that but also you are worth about the average amount of the people you arehanging out with too. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  9. 9. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: That‟s right.Andrew McCauley: So, if your friends are making 50 grand a year each, then youare likely to be making about the same sort of money.Heather Porter: Exactly. And the reason why… I mean, it‟s pretty much commonsense – people you hang around with, you sort of exhibit the same sort of prioritiesand characteristics and you like to do the same things but often times the mostpowerful thing is that you make excuses for each other as well. Like, for instance, ifyou are hanging out with a certain amount of friends or a certain level of friends andyou say “Oh, look, l just can‟t get out of bed. I want to sleep in that extra hour” andthey go “Oh, that‟s okay. I understand because we are also busy.” You don‟t reallywant somebody at that level as you start to play high level you like. If you wantsomebody that says “But this is how I get out of bed in the morning and you shouldtry that” and they come from a different angle.Andrew McCauley: Yeah it‟s funny you say that because I had recently taken on afitness campaign, again, my 57th one this year… no, but I have got some friends whohave been on internet marketing, they are just really big figures as far as healthproducts and fitness products go in the internet space but they also live it; they arealways training and they are all pretty fit and recently, three of us all got together asan accountability team and every day… I mean, one lives in Michigan, one lives inCalifornia, and me and we have an accountability through Skype. Every day we haveto write down what sort of exercise program we did for that that and that‟s holding meaccountable to a bigger level because other friends who aren‟t into fitness wouldn‟tcare if I did my exercise that day or not. They would probably say “Oh, you shouldjust sleep in.” That‟s that result that I don‟t want. So, I had to change my mindsetand hang out with the people that are going to hold me accountable. So, now I havegot this accountability team on Skype. So, it doesn‟t matter where we are or even likeI am currently in Melbourne, at times we are completely opposite ends of the clockright now but the little accountability on Skype gives me motivation every day to think“Wow! I am going to get every into…” Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  10. 10. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: And Skype is a good point. Think of it like this – when you arelooking at having better systems, you want to have systems that allow you to takeaction. So, if you think of it from a commonality across the board of “What systemsdo I have or can I put in place to help me take more action in my life to get what Iwant?” That brings you on the right track. So, one of those, for instance, might bede-cluttering your workspace.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. Okay, let‟s start with de-cluttering. What are some waysto de-clutter? How do you even know that you have got a cluttered workspace?Heather Porter: See, for me, a good example of that since I am so online and digitalnowadays, a cluttered workspace for me is actually cluttered inbox of e-mails becausethat‟s constantly where I am living and a couple of points on that. I am working toget better at not living on my e-mails and having them control me but also…Andrew McCauley: That‟s a big point though.Heather Porter: Yeah.Andrew McCauley: That‟s only people have the issue like… I was reading a reportrecently about people are on their e-mails now even to the point where Saturdaynights or Sunday, Sunday afternoons, whether they are in the office or not because e-mail is now so versatile – It‟s on your mobile phone, it‟s on your iPads, it‟s on yourlaptop – It‟s everywhere you go and your e-mail‟s there and people just want tocheck, just want to see if someone wrote in to me messages. So, people are checkingnow more than they ever were. There is no real weekend time.Heather Porter: And e-mails are known to actually break your focus and yourconcentration as well and it happens to me all the time. If I am not watching what Iam doing, I will be working on something, I will be doing a new project or writingcontent or whatever we are doing or working or working with a client and then an e- Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  11. 11. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionmail pops in and I drop everything, it‟s so stupid, I am so unconscious that Icompletely drop it…Andrew McCauley: And I know it‟s mine, that‟s okay.Heather Porter: Yeah, yeah, yeah exactly or when you write in your comments.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So, tell me do you have pop-ups so as soonas an e-mail comes in something pops up and says “new e-mail”?Heather Porter: I don‟t anymore and I turned off my sounds so I can‟t hear whenthey come in. So, I have done a couple of things. I don‟t get alert with sound and Ialso have set rules like big part of what I do is copywriting, so I have a little box called“copy gurus” and I have all these rules set of all these newsletters and things Isubscribe to which I think of good copywriters and I automatically go in there and Imaybe only look at that box or that inbox or folder, maybe once every couple ofweeks when I am writing copy.Andrew McCauley: Right, okay.Heather Porter: So, I categorize my inbox like that and it works really well. I amstill getting better and I still need help but…Andrew McCauley: I got one really cool tip but firstly before I give you that…Heather Porter: Okay. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  12. 12. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: The rules, how hard is it to make a rule? What are these rules?Heather Porter: Well, I am still little behind at times because I am not using Gmailfor e-mails, I use MacMail which is like Outlook or one of those…Andrew McCauley: I think all of the e-mail programs have rules settings because Iknow Outlook has rules…Heather Porter: I know Outlook does because Mac is the one I work…Andrew McCauley: Entourage has it and then Gmail and Hotmail has rules.Heather Porter: Just in your settings basically you say if an e-mail comes in from e-mail address or using this subject or has these words in it, you then automaticallyhave it go into this folder and you just create a folder.Andrew McCauley: I think I can feel a video coming up for this, correct?Heather Porter: Yeah, little bit of an extra training bonus.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, maybe you can do the video so you can learn your rulesbetter. I wonder if the listeners would like to see a little video on how to set rules ourproperly.Heather Porter: I think they will, yeah. Okay, alright. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  13. 13. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Watch out for a rule-based video coming from one of us.So, those are important. The other thing that I learnt probably six to eight monthsago is most e-mails by default will go out and look for e-mails on the server. So,basically how it works is someone sends you an e-mail from their e-mail address, itgoes out into the big internet, it sits on your e-mail provider server and then your e-mail account goes and pulls it down and most of them are set pretty much by defaultto go and get them every couple of minutes.Heather Porter: Two to five minutes, yeah.Andrew McCauley: Every five minutes your program goes out, looks for any e-mailon the server and says “Okay, come with me” and then it brings them into your inbox.So, what I did was I stopped my computer doing that I would get the same – pop-upsand noises and drop everything and see what‟s going on. So, now I do it every hour.So, every single hour…Heather Porter: That‟s smart.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. So, I don‟t get any e-mail pop-ups for at least an hour.Heather Porter: Love that.Andrew McCauley: If I was talking to you and you said “I have just sent you an e-mail”, I can hit „send and receive‟ and manually make it go out and look for my e-mails on the server but if I don‟t want it to do that and I am trying to keep focus ondoing what I am doing, I will set it so that there‟s an hour between automated goingand getting it from the server. So, that way I don‟t get pop-ups, I don‟t get anyinformation. I use and Mac I use Entourage. On the Entourage there is a button that Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  14. 14. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptiontells me how long until it‟s about to go out and look for mails. So, I can see it‟s got 15minutes before it goes and gets mails. So, I can go and hit „send and receive‟ nowand get it or I have got 15 minutes before I am going to get interrupted again.Heather Porter: Yeah, what I love about these two tips, Andrew, is that they areactually really easy; they are not too scary. You know we are not saying “stop doinge-mail” but they are going to give you some good results, they really will help and willcut down on your clutters of your inbox.Andrew McCauley: Totally, and I think rules are an extremely important part ofyour productivity because I have got boxes of rules, I love those little rules. They arereally cool and puts all things in all sorts of folders and categories and it just means Idon‟t have to read some of this stuff; I know I subscribe to those newsletters and Ilove the information. I get a lot of junk too. So, I want to make sure that I am notgetting sidetracked by junk and I am only getting the important message. GoogleGmail is really ramping up the quality of deliverability of what‟s important to you andwhat‟s not.Heather Porter: On that point too, let‟s go back to paper, the paper pushing stuff.Speaking of categories and rules, I have almost done a similar sort of thing to myactual paper work and in my desk drawer I have three little folders and one of them isfor accounting. So, if I have any paperwork that has to do with accounting – receiptsor statements or bills or whatever – I stick it straight in there. Sometimes I am sobusy I don‟t even open the envelope but at least I know it‟s all in one place and takesme no time whatsoever. I have one for ideas so that I am out networking andmeeting people and getting business cards or whatever, I put it in there. Somethinglike that as well and it‟s not on my desk, it‟s in a drawer; it‟s out of mind, out of sightand I have these stacks of strange papers in front of me like I can only address itwhen I want to address it.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, yeah. What about productivity tips during the day? Anytips to stay focused throughout the day? I know it for a fact that you have got ahundred thousand things going on… Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  15. 15. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: Really? Nah…Andrew McCauley: And I am pretty sure every other listener has to. I mean, we allhave so much going on.Heather Porter: We all do nowadays.Andrew McCauley: How do you keep you focus on a track? What are yourstrategies for keeping focus on track of what you need to do?Heather Porter: Well, I am getting better and better I think at delegation.Andrew McCauley: Who do you delegate to?Heather Porter: We have wonderful project managers on our team and when theylisten to this, hopefully they will agree when I say I am getting better. What I meanby getting better at delegating is I am making more of a conscious effort if somethingcomes in my inbox or a phone call or whatever it is, I stop and I say “Is thissomething I need to do?” and if I say “No”, then I make sure I find the right person todo it. It can be a really quick e-mail or whatever it is to just get the message out tothe person to do it. If I say “yes, it is something I need to do”, then I say “Okay,great, I am going to do it” and I ask a second question to myself “Will I need to dothis again?” and if I say “yes” to that, then I look at how I can make it into a systemand literally to the point where it might be just starting a Word document where I justtype some bullet points on the Word document and grow from there but the idea isthat you don‟t want to have to keep doing the same thing over and over and overagain and if you have done it a few times, then you should be able to hand it over tosomebody on your team. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  16. 16. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Yeah, and I think it‟s almost worth saying again because thewhole system idea of systematizing yourself and this is what we are talking about inthis whole program – this whole podcast is about no excuses in getting things in asystem. How hard is it to realize… because when you haven‟t done this before, it‟ssometimes difficult to think “I don‟t know if I am going to do this again or not”, like“do I need to do this again?”… at what point do you realize that “this could berepetitive task that I should document”. How do you make it into a system, what arethe steps?Heather Porter: Well, what I have been doing because this is a learning thing formyself as well because in order for us to grow and help more people it is very much aconscious thing in my life right now, what I do is I think “Okay, here we go again; Iam doing the same thing again” – this is literally how I work; not necessarily I amrecommending them for you guys – but in my e-mail program I just have an e-mailthat just sits there and I actually add bullet points to it, I will just add little kind ofcrazy written points about this particular system and then I will actually e-mail that offto our project manager and I will say “Can you please turn this into a checklist?” andwe use Base Camp as our project management tool because it‟s amazing and we alsoare building up something called Backpack which is where we are going to have ourtrainings and systems and our templates for our team as we grow. So, what all I do isI just write it down in the e-mail and I keep adding to that, save to my drafts and thenI flick it off when I feel like it‟s got to a certain level where it can be delegated or putout.Andrew McCauley: So, the project manager gets the e-mail, they look and it andthey turn it into more of a solid…Heather Porter: They read it and make sure it makes sense. If they have anyquestions, then they get on the phone or Skype; we have our little weekly calls withour team as well and that‟s when they can raise those questions to us.Andrew McCauley: So, the next time that particular task comes across the desk… Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  17. 17. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: Then I can actually say “Oh, team, you have a checklist. This is thetask that corresponds with this checklist. Let‟s see how you could do it at this time”and also part of that too is a supplement of those task list with something… there is agreat tool called Jing but there is a lot of these little video tools but I literally will do aquick little training video on some of the points that are a little bit more complicated.Andrew McCauley: www.Jing.com put out by Screencast?Heather Porter: Yes, brilliant life-saving tool.Andrew McCauley: Do you know that Jing‟s actually stopping next year?Heather Porter: No, we cannot.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So, don‟t get discouraged though. They areactually going to roll that into Camtasia.Heather Porter: Screenflow, Screencast… yeah, Camtasia…Andrew McCauley: Camtasia. So, they are going to have a free version as far as Iknow. You can do the same sort of stuff but Jing is an awesome tool and it‟s a greattool for training people.Heather Porter: Yes. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  18. 18. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Particularly VA‟s and outsourcing too. If you need to train themon a specific task, Jing is a screen capture program, it looks at your screen and thenrecords what you are doing on your screen at the time so that you can send it off topeople and say “Here is what I am looking for. This is what I want achieved. Here arethe results that I should get” and that way there is no confusion because often a textdocument of instructions can be confusing for a lot of people.Heather Porter: Yes, exactly.Andrew McCauley: Particularly with second language English.Heather Porter: It‟s a brilliant tool and I got another reminder to myself of “Okay, Ishould not be doing this” is when I am sitting there and I am looking outside at theocean or I am thinking “Well, the sun is setting, how beautiful. Oh my God! I havetoo much stuff to do, I can‟t go enjoy this.” I am starting to get a little better mindsetaround just cluttering work, noise really. So, I think what my reward is I can go havea glass of wine overlooking the ocean and if I take that extra 20 minutes and go do asystem around it, then I am certainly not having to do it anymore. So, there areconstantly these little reminders that “Okay, if I can fill my time now with this becauseI am making a conscious effort to get rid of this.”Andrew McCauley: So, let me ask you a question – how do you know that you havedone all of the things that you wanted to do for the day? Like, do you have a way toaccount for like sometimes, for me, at the end of the day I am like “Wow! I was sobusy today I don‟t even know what I did. What the hell did I do? Did I actuallyachieve anything? Where did all my time go because from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I wasbusy but what was I busy doing?” Do you have days like that?Heather Porter: All the time and I can tell you because I have been to the coachesbefore and mentors, all around time management because there is always… I thinkthat any of our busy, self-driven crazy entrepreneurial spirit people, we all share it like“So, how do I have stuff enough in my day to get done?”, right? Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  19. 19. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Yeah, yeah, yeah.Heather Porter: So, for me, I could not stand the thought of doing to-do list, itdidn‟t work with me and I think for me I have kind of come up with, I guess, whatworks for you. You have to ask that question. For me, it is a combination of awhiteboard where I jot down notes and I can move them around and up and down andI don‟t even use numbers because the whole idea of using numbers makes my mindthink “that‟s a to-do list” and too structured or Base Camp – again, Base Camp is aproject management tool and I love that because we have a list of all of our clientsand projects and I can easily go into the dashboard and at a snapshot see everythingthat‟s happened that day because of the highlighted different color, know what I havedone, know what our team has done. When I look at it like that, I think “Oh my God!We have done a lot today.” It‟s starting to become a nice reward actually, that tool.Andrew McCauley: That‟s good, that‟s good. I do use to-do list. I use them a littledifferently. My to-do list is actually written at the end of the day. So, what I do isonce I am about to finish for the day, I will write down the pressing topics that I needto have done the next day. So, I may need to say “Well, I am going to enter these e-mails, I need to go and create this product or this introduction or this training sessionor a video on this. I need to go and ring this person or communicate with thatparticular company” and I will write it all down so that I don‟t go to bed thinking aboutit.Heather Porter: That‟s a great idea.Andrew McCauley: I don‟t know if it‟s just me… I mean, I would go to bed and Iwould be thinking about “what do I need to do? What do I need to do? Oh!Tomorrow, I need to remember to do this.” I get that all out of my head before I getto bed, before I even have dinner actually. So, I write it all down so that it‟s a list onmy desk. I clean up my desk and the only thing on my desk is my laptop computer,one pen and this notepad of the things that are on this to-do list. And when I get inthere in the morning, I don‟t need to sit there for an hour or half an hour to write Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  20. 20. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptiondown all the things that I try to remember from the night before I went to bed. It‟slike “Okay, what do I need to do today?” So, it‟s there in clear plain black and whitesort of thing. So, I go through those and as I do them I scrub them out.Now, let‟s say I get to the end of the day and there are still a couple of things that Ihaven‟t done. I don‟t stress about that because I know I have packed a lot into theday. I can look back over and say “Well, I have done a lot today because I remembernow that back in the morning I actually did this, this, this, and this.” So, what I do isI rip a piece of paper off the top pad and I write down the first thing that come on thenew piece of paper or the things that I haven‟t done.Heather Porter: Yes.Andrew McCauley: So, they are fresh. It‟s like “Okay, they need to happen againthe next day.” And I throw the to-do list in the bin. Many people keep it becausethey want to keep a reminder what they had to do that day or last week or whatever itwas. I throw it out because that day is done now.Heather Porter: It‟s done.Andrew McCauley: I don‟t need to record it anymore.Heather Porter: That‟s a good point actually. I do use those index quotes, those 3by 5 quotes and that‟s actually what I do at the end of the day too. I write down whatI need to focus on first thing in the morning and I just chuck the quote. When I done,I just throw it out. This is a similar kind of…Andrew McCauley: I found it‟s been really effective because then I can concentrateon it, I can enjoy my dinner without needing to know “Well, what do I need to do Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  21. 21. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptiontoday?” I have got a clear indication of what I did. Some days I go “Wow! I musthave wasted some time” because that took longer than I thought or I didn‟t allowenough time for it in the first place.Heather Porter: Here is another really powerful thing I wanted to talk about which Ifound when I stopped doing, it completely changed my life and our business andeverything that we are doing and that is meetings, meetings in person. Now, look, Ilove people, I love to be around people. It‟s kind of like…Andrew McCauley: Actually, Heather is about to go to a four-day meeting.Heather Porter: Yeah, exactly but that‟s different. What I mean by that is for solong because the entrepreneurial headspace is just constantly driven by ideas and wewant to talk about those ideas and we want to network and meet people and get outand what I found that I did publicly for two years was having about 50 million ideas –it‟s not quite that much, probably only 10 – but I was trying 10 ideas and I hadconstantly run around in circles meeting with people, talking about the ideas and Inever really had much to show for it and now when someone says “Hey, can we havea meeting about it?”, I say “Look, why don‟t we first e-mail each other with the pointsthat we want to cover. Second, we will have a phone call to go over it. And then fromthere if it starts to have legs, like it actually starts to go somewhere, then let‟s sitdown and have a meeting and actually make sure we are on the same page.”Andrew McCauley: Yeah, that‟s a great point.Heather Porter: It completely transformed my life because now I have my socialtime for my friends and with my family and the meetings are literally laid out in thatway.Andrew McCauley: Yeah and I think the important thing that it does for you or foreverybody is it actually puts guidelines and expectations as well on what people are Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  22. 22. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionexpecting to get done. We had meeting where… it wasn‟t in the end a meeting and Iwould say yes to meetings because I thought I was doing the right thing and all it waswas they wanted something free, they wanted me to give them advice and spend anhour or two with them for free and it wasn‟t just the hour or two that I spend withthem, it‟s the hour or two getting there and getting back, speaking about it,contemplating on it, spending money over lunch or whatever it was and what did I getout of it. I was sick of getting…Heather Porter: Feeling taken advantage of…Andrew McCauley: Yeah, totally, totally.Heather Porter: Also, actually one doesn‟t find much value in it because it‟s for free.Andrew McCauley: And you are not giving your full 100% because you are like“Well, I am giving all this information but what am I…?” I mean, you still give 98%but you are still 100% not there.Heather Porter: And don‟t get us wrong because we both very much love to giveand help in a way where it makes sense for everybody involved.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. And if you are running a business, it wasn‟t making yourbusiness any money. It was being nice but that wasn‟t bringing home the bacon.Heather Porter: Yeah. So, I guess, as you are de-cluttering and you are gettingbetter systems and de-cluttering your life, part of that is also looking at how youspend your time in meetings and in communications with potential clients and yourcurrent clients, how can you streamline that, can you do it on an e-mail, can you do iton the Skype, can you do it on a Skype conference call, a webinar; we have so many Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  23. 23. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionof those nowadays. Actually, the other day I was supposed to fly out to Queensland,it was going to be the entire day out of my life. Now, I was actually not feeling verywell which was kind of a fortunate thing because it helped remind me of this wholeconcept and the meeting thing. I ended up having a one-hour webinar or Skype callwith the entire executive team. They were in the boardroom, I was in my homeoffice. One hour is all it took to cut the chase and get straight in there, talk exactlywhat we wanted to talk about rather than flying all the way there, driving, having aday, flying all the way back and then waffling on and on and probably having a lightconversation. It was the most incredibly quick, concise and more powerful meetingactually I probably ever had with this client.Andrew McCauley: Okay. So, let me ask you about this thing. You were talkingabout meetings as a solopreneur or very small business you have to deal with. Whatabout companies… I know we have a few listeners who have a number of employeesand they have meetings inside their office. So, the travel time is not an issue. Goingand meeting in a room is not an issue. It‟s all part of their work day. What sort oftips can you give or you have about that sort of thing?Heather Porter: Good piece of advice actually. One of our contractors, he worked ina advertising agency for 14 years and he ran the whole entire team of creatives andartists within that company and I love what they did and basically they have a once-a-week – well, actually it happened twice a week, I think, he said; Monday morning andFriday morning – they would have a check-in on the Monday morning to discuss andthey had 30 minutes to sit and they literally would go boom, boom, boom through theprojects and just get on the same page on what they are working on for the week andat end of the week on Friday, they would review the projects and that‟s when theteam can actually bring up any ideas for improvement and also any challenges thatthey face through the week. So, two separate meetings, two very separate topics.Andrew McCauley: Okay. And the agendas were set for the meetings.Heather Porter: It was always a set timeframe of 30 minutes and the head of themeeting or the manager would go “These are the projects we have on for the week; 3minutes” and they have a stopwatch and they time it, they literally go “Project no. 1, Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  24. 24. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionwhere are we with this?”. “Okay, stopwatch, it‟s done.” And literally it would trainpeople to be really quick and concise and they know “What would Donald Trumpthink? What does he say when you are coming in, you have five minutes and he kicksyou out of his office?” Lot of powerful professional people do that.Andrew McCauley: I have heard it worked really, really effectively and the thing is itwas driven properly, it is really effective and stops the fluff, the waffle…Heather Porter: Do the waffle at lunch.Andrew McCauley: A lot of people feel waffle‟s important because it gives them…they think the more time that they take in a meeting, the more important they look,which is completely opposite to what really…Heather Porter: Well, so if you do it like this, if you structure it like this, then theydon‟t have to feel like they are more important. It‟s really, really breakthrough, thatfast.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, awesome.Heather Porter: So, we have covered meetings. It‟s about better systems. Wehave covered de-cluttering your space, the 8-20 rule briefly, talking about anythingthat you can create within your daily systems and routine to allow you to take actionand to stop making excuses.Andrew McCauley: And we are still driving, by the way.Heather Porter: And we are still driving. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  25. 25. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: We are nearly at the destination.Heather Porter: One more quick point on that better systems, point no. 2, is youwere saying about transcription. So, tell me a little bit more about that. So, if youhave an idea like when you are driving or whatever, what do you do?Andrew McCauley: One of the things that I like doing is writing articles. So, I willoften take… these days, mobile phones, cell phones are becoming so awesome, suchan awesome, don‟t-leave-home-without-it gadget and there are recording devices inall the cell phones, even cell phones of five years ago, my old Nokia has one of thoseand if you are driving or you need to write an article or you need to write a report, youwant to even get some notes down so that you can send them off to a client orwhatever it is, use the recording devices on your phones so that you can quicklyrecord something and I do this for my blog posts. I mean, I either outsource thewriting of the blog posts entirely or I give them a summary of what I want them towrite about. So, I record it on my cell phone, I put it into a Dropbox on my phone, Igot a little Dropbox – if you haven‟t used Dropbox, you get on to it, it‟s awesome – alittle application, I drop that file into my Dropbox, my transcriptionist who I have goton the team, he looks at his updated Dropbox every day and sees if there is any newfiles and he will transcribe that file and he sends it to me in a Word doc. I have thedocument already there. It can be an e-mail. So, if I am driving, I can punch out 20e-mails to different people just by recording them in my voice and sending it to him.Heather Porter: And he gets it transcribed and on Dropbox. By the way, when wementioned tools like Dropbox or Jing or whatever, we will list these tools on ourwebsite for this particular podcast.Andrew McCauley: What‟s the website in case they don‟t know? Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  26. 26. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: It‟s www.AutopilotYourBusiness.com/podcast and we will list theresources underneath the podcast episode no. 10, this one, and also we have a speciallittle menu item called „resources‟ and we will put the information there; but on thecase of Dropbox, because I know a lot of people still aren‟t using it and they don‟tknow what it is, it‟s basically a shared place that lives in the cloud or up in the serverwhere you can stick files, any file type you want, and anybody else that shares thatparticular folder has access to the file. So, if you drag or load a file into a folder, thenthey can go into that folder and access that particular file.Andrew McCauley: Let me give you a quick example. I was with a client today andwe were talking about his lack of content on his website and how easy it is to putcontent update and he is like “Well, I don‟t have the time, I am busy, busy, busy” andwe broke for lunch, we had gone to shops for lunch and it was an 8-minute drive and Isaid “While we are driving we will do our next article” and he goes “What do you meanyou are going to write it?” I am like “On no, I am not going to write it. I am simplygoing to record it on this little phone and I will show you how easy it is to do content”because even I didn‟t know what to say. I said “You will find out.” So, basically, inthe car I turned it on and I started him some questions about his business and hestarted answering them and I couldn‟t shut him up actually. When we got to theshops, I said “That‟s it” and he said “Well, I haven‟t even started yet” and I said “I amglad that you haven‟t started; you have just done two different articles right therebecause you were talking so much.” So, it was so quick for him to do an article andthis is, I think, get it out of your headspace that it‟s hard to do. Get rid of the excusesthat you have about how hard this stuff is. It‟s not hard.Heather Porter: It‟s not hard. Like, the other day I was driving, I had my iPhone onmy lap and I came up with this whole idea for an info product and I was driving and Ididn‟t want to lose this information pouring into my head. So, I just turned on thelittle record tool and I just talked my way through the product right there on therecording. So, when I got home, I quickly, in my case, ended up typing it up becauseI wanted to listen what I said. Yeah, it‟s so easy…Andrew McCauley: One of the best uses of our time, I think, when we were on atrip to Texas and we created an entire… this is huge; in fact, we got photos, we shouldstick these photos up somewhere… Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  27. 27. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: We will on this post, actually.Andrew McCauley: We sat on the plane, the plane trip was about two hours, it wasabout a two-hour plane trip and we sat on the plane and we come up with a brandnew product with Post-It notes and we had Post-It notes over the plane windows, overthe seats in front of us, on the walls, bright pink Post-It notes, it was hilarious andpeople looking at us were going “What the hell are these people doing?” And we tookphotos because we loved it so much. So, we should release that product pretty soon,actually.Heather Porter: Yeah.Andrew McCauley: I won‟t tell you what the product is just yet but that was just theuse of time. We had two hours to kill, we couldn‟t sit there and moved around and Iwasn‟t falling asleep, we could utilize the time that we had and we did that.I guess this podcast is coming to an end pretty soon.Heather Porter: Pretty soon. We have one more point.Andrew McCauley: One more point, okay.Heather Porter: Okay. So, we have covered the „No Excuse‟ episode. We havetalked about the power of outsourcing and specific thing to pre-train people that noone else is doing. We have also talked about better systems and what we mean bybetter systems is how you use your day so you can take action and stop makingexcuses. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  28. 28. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAnd no. 3 and I love this. I am going to get on this one actually over to you, Andrew,because you are really good at talking about what this actual item is and how powerfulit is because you have been doing it for the last year or two – well, not really – but tellme about it. What‟s point no. 3?Andrew McCauley: Point no. 3 is mastermind.Heather Porter: Yes.Andrew McCauley: The last couple of years I have been seeing some amazingresults from different masterminds. Essentially, mastermind can take a number offorms. You can have a group of people around you who are all conspiring to yoursuccess. We spoke about who are the people you hang out with. They can all be partof your team or part of your strategic team so that you have got some really coolpeople, thought leaders in your industry who are all helping you get to where youwant to go. So, everything that you want to talk about is all focused back towardsyou. So, that‟s one form of masterminding.The other form of masterminding… there are sort of three forms. The second form isthe form where you all come from the same industry. So, let‟s say a whole bunch ofreal estate, all get together, and they talk about the things that are important in yourindustry that can help you get ahead. So, what happens in your industry, how canyou have some best practices, what sort of things can you do to grow your business.So, let‟s say mastermind of the people from the same industry type.And then the other mastermind that I really like and I have been involved with themmost is a mastermind that is from all different people from different walks of life anddifferent industries, all sharing their experiences from their industries about theirbusiness and thinking outside the box. So, when you go there, you might be inindustry A and you are listening to C, D, and E and industry B talking about their Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  29. 29. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast Transcriptionproblems and issues and how do they get over it and how can you use those issuesand those solutions for your industry because sometimes in your industry you are soingrained in it that you can‟t even remember or can‟t even see out of that box, if youlike.So, masterminding is definitely one of those things that I would highly recommendany business to do. It‟s pretty easy to start your own. You can go on things likeMeet-Ups which are a form of mastermind, you can go and look for some meet-upgroups that are slightly masterminding groups – they are not exactly mastermindingbut they are the basis and they start up masterminding groups. So, get out there andthink about how you can share that knowledge with people and how you can use otherpeople‟s knowledge to enhance your business as well.Heather Porter: And masterminds are structured, right?Andrew McCauley: Totally.Heather Porter: Yeah because it‟s different than actually going out and networking,going to networking events and trying to sit down and do it that way. They arestructured.Andrew McCauley: Totally. So, there is a number of different ways to do that. Oneway is to have spotlights. So, you may stand up in front of a group – and this groupcan be 5 people or it can be 50 people – stand up and say “Here is my business, thisis what I do. My biggest challenge in my business is…” and you talk about yourchallenge and then the people from the group whether you go round-robin or they arejust yelling out as they go and they say “Hey, I think you should do this” or “Have youever considered doing this for your business?” or “I had an experience similar to that,we had this problem and here is the solution that we had for that problem” and youare getting answers to problems that have already happened. Don‟t re-invent thewheel in trying to find solutions. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  30. 30. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: You know what‟s cool about masterminds too is like if you go to anetworking gig, you are constantly trying to sort of sell yourself and who you are andeveryone‟s spending so much time saying “Oh, this is who I am and this is what I do”.Masterminds are stripped that all the way, you are in there trying to help each other.There is an organization, EO or Entrepreneurs‟ Organization or Young Entrepreneurs‟Organization where you wouldn‟t even know that sometimes they have multi-multi-million dollar company that‟s sitting next to you giving you advice and that‟s thebeauty of these things is that you know they are successful people but you aregenuinely in there for good of the group and helping each other.Andrew McCauley: Yeah. And the more people you help, then the more help youare going to get.Heather Porter: Yeah, exactly right.Andrew McCauley: That‟s one of the things I have learned way back in personaldevelopment world – the more people you can help, then the more help you are goingto get from that help. So, definitely, if you have got a chance to go mastermind, ifyou have got an opportunity, go and check out masterminding groups, do a Googlesearch on masterminding groups and find out who is running them.Heather Porter: Often times people that you like that are teachers or mentors orspeakers, they will often time have a private group that they work with, it‟s amastermind group. So, if you have a teacher or mentor that you really like, just askthem; they might actually have a group already that exists that you don‟t know about.Andrew McCauley: Yeah, totally.Heather Porter: So, anything else on this? Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  31. 31. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionAndrew McCauley: Wow! What a big podcast! I can‟t believe we have gone thislong already. We are just about home, end of our journey is here and I think the endof the podcast is here.Heather Porter: Yay! What a fund drive from the airport to the house, huh?!Andrew McCauley: That was good. That was a very useful use of our time.Heather Porter: So, guys, if we can do it, you can do it. We have done this on alaptop with a free audio program and no fancy equipment.Andrew McCauley: We are running out of battery too. So, it‟s probably a good timeto wrap it up. Leave your comments. Make sure you come and visit and check outthe website, check out www.AutopilotYourBusiness.com/podcast.Heather Porter: Yes.Andrew McCauley: Leave your comments. Tell your friends, tell everyone we wouldlove to have more listeners.Heather Porter: Yes.Andrew McCauley: If you are going to request for us to do anything specific on ashow then, by all means, let us know in the comments at the bottom of our page. Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!
  32. 32. Podcast – The No Excuses! Episode Autopilot Your Business Podcast TranscriptionHeather Porter: Yes, guys, thank you. Thanks, Andrew, for a very safe drive in therain as well.Andrew McCauley: I know, it was fun, it was fun.Heather Porter: Thanks, guys, for listening very much and until next time…Andrew McCauley: Goodbye.Heather Porter: Bye, bye.**End of Audio** Listen to the audio version of this document HERE Get your FREE Online Survival guide at www.autopilotyourbusiness.com © 2013 AutoPilot Your Business. All Rights Reserved. Note: We of course cant promise that all links mentioned in this document will be live, and if you stumble upon any that arent, we apologize!

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