It is good to be home after 2 grueling weeks on the road. We launched our newest chapter in Florida in Niceville and two new chapters in Des Moines bringing the total there to five. We are looking to add two more chapters in Florida in May and the calls just keep coming in to bring RLI to new areas. Why the explosion of growth? Because of the forward thinking and cutting edge type of networking that we do that is changing lives all across America. With more than 15 networking first having been created in the last 30 months RLI continues to lead the way in innovative networking that gets REAL results. If you would like to bring RLI to your city please contact me.
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RLI is proud to announce the addition of Nationally recognized speaker, business coach and author Tim Davis to our executive team. Tim is joining our team as VP of Men of Faith Connect, RLI's newest model of top level networking. RLI recently expanded it's brand with the creation of Wise Women Connect led by VP Cathy Weaver. Men of Faith Connect is the next step in providing various models of networking under one umbrella. Men of Faith Connect will be a faith based men's only model that will meet once a month for great food, fellowship, business coaching, networking and inspiration. Tim Davis is known across America for his faith and his personal life calling to change every life he encounters. RLI is proud to have him join our team of ever expanding national leaders.
I actually have known about this out for little a while. Recently Gizmodo did a write up on it. The app I’m talking about today is Bump. This app makes it possible for you to share information from one phone to another by simply bumping them together. The only downside I can really see with this app is that both parties have to have the app for it to work. I will put a link to what Gizmodo had to say about some of the new features added to the app.
So what you think? Is the new feature of being able to share with your computer one that would make you more likely to use this app. Let me know what you think.
I thought about this topic for a while. I thought about the best tip I could give that would make your website better than any other on the Internet. My answer is this, preparation. The best thing that you can do to make your website amazing is to know what you want. Know what you want before you begin.
Create the pages that you want the content to go on in your mind first. Some examples of that are about us, contact us, company history, services, etc. After you’ve decided what the pages are going be start writing your content. As you are writing your content be thinking of pictures that would be good to illustrate your points. Write notes! You’ll never remember all the stuff if you don’t keep notes. Again this all comes back to being prepared. After you have written all of your content go about the task of finding the pictures or taking the pictures that you thought of while you were writing.
When you are done with all of that you’re still only halfway done. You still have to think of a budget. Most people come to me and ask me what their budget should be. The problem is if you don’t have a budget in mind you are leaving it up to the web designer. That puts them in a difficult situation they have to guess how much you’re willing to spend. If they guess too high they will not get the job. If they guess too low your expectations may not be met. Make it clear what your budget is and what your expectations are for that budget. Again know what you want.
A good way to come up with a budget is this. The life of a website is approximately three years. Figure out what you would be willing to spend every single month for your website. Add that up for three years and that’s what you should be spending on your website. So if your budget is $25.00 a month for three years that would be a $900 website. You should also be taking this amount and setting it aside for your next redesign that way in three years you’ll have the budget to do it again and it won’t be a stressful thing for you.
Your website is an important part of your business. One that most business owners don’t prepare for. The best thing that you can do is be prepared. Be ready with the budget. Be ready with content. Be ready with expectations. Be ready with some design concepts. In might next website tips blog I’ll be talking about website upkeep. If you have any questions about website upkeep that I can answer please send those to Josh@IJWAS.com.
I hope this is helpful and look for writing many more post in the future.
Josh Wendel here . I'm one of the owners of ijustwantasite.com. I'm really excited to get started with my new blog here on RLI. I'll be covering several subjects in my posts. The core subjects will be,
- Social media
- Website tips
First just a little bit about me. You already know that I'm one of the owners of I Just Want A Site. What is I Just Want A Site? We are a website development company. We specialize in building WordPress website for small businesses. We also host websites, build applications, do search engine optimization, social media management, and very soon will be offering Google apps for business. Enough about me. In the next few paragraphs I'll be covering exactly what you can expect from each one of my topics.
Social media- in this section I'll be talking about social media in general. I'll talk about Facebook, Google plus, Twitter, and all the other social media platforms. I'll also talk about search engine optimization in this section and how social media can affect SEO.
Website tips- In this section I'll be talking about your websites design, SEO,and Analytics. Don't worry if you don't know what any of these things are, you'll know after you read my blog post for a little while.
Apps – In this section I will be talking about apps. The hottest greatest latest most awesome apps that are out and up-to-date. Specifically I'll be talking about apps that are great for productivity and business. All work and no play makes Joshie dull boy though, so also be including some games in the section as well.
Networking – In this section I'll be talking about networking.You'll find out about events that are coming up. You also find about out about events that already happened. I'll post pictures and notes if there are any from past events.
I'm thinking of posting these every Friday. Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to let me know my contact information will be down below.
As a special Chritmas gift to all RLI members if you sponsor a new member between today and January 31 it will count for 2 new members for sponsor four pay no more. So some of you who have already sponsored 2 will just need 1 more to get your next year's membership FREE. Must be a new application taken from today thru Jan. 31. The New Year is a great time to help someone grow their business my introducing them to your amazing fellow members. Let's make it a goal for everyone to sponsor one member in Jan. Merry Christmas early!!
When I wrote my post on Thursday about this Christmas feeling different I had no clue how accurate I would be in light of the great tragedy that hit our country yesterday with the loss of so many innocent lives. Yesterday to me felt like 9-11 all over again. Amber and I stopped many times during our date day to talk, weep and pray for the families of the victims, we closed our night together once more praying for them. We asked ourselves if this troubled young man had come across our path's would we have been sensitive or caring enough to have given him a hug or a word of encouragement. These are troubled times we live in. In the middle of the day yesterday we went down to Healing House to see how we could serve them this week. There was a small urgent financial need we were able to meet and Amber and I will be cooking dinner for all of the residents on Wednesday night. Not because we are special but because they are. I have committed to going out on the weekends to feed homeless people under bridges and in small camps. Why? Because they need love and hope just like me. Maybe if I could give hope to just one individual it might save someone else's life. What will you do to help the hurting and mentally ill in order for us all to live in a better and safer country? As for Amber and I we will serve the Lord and those who have been given up as worthless to restore as many people as we can to hope, love and success.
This Christmas feels different to me. There seems to be more hurting people than in years past. Broken bodies, broken homes, financial stress, uncertainly and a lack of direction seems to be everywhere. Maybe I am just more sensitive to it this year I don't know. I know that much of my success came from being given a second chance ....ok hundreds of second chances by God, my friends and my business partners than any one person deserves. That's why I am driven to help people because sometimes "they" just need a second chance or a third or a fourth.
We give up on people way to soon and often it is because we really have no clue what they are going thru. Last night I was chatting with an RLI member online whose personal life is in shambles because of the person they love being an addict. No one on the outside would even know by looking at them in their successful business. Thankfully we came up with a plan to hopefully steer this person to help. But this is just "one" household and there are thousands of these troubled homes in every city some are even on your block. So if you are blessed this year what will you do to bless others?
I have just a few more events on my schedule for this year so between now and January 1 Amber and I will be devoting every spare minute to helping others. Please don't be afraid to ask. If you need counseling, encouragement, a meal or a helping hand moving or finding a job please let us know how we can serve you. We want to give of our talents and gifts to bless others.
Breaking news from Kansas City about the December Master Mentoring event. We have put together an incredible video production team that will do a test run of broadcasting it worldwide in real time. We have received requests from all across the country asking if we could stream it live. If the test goes well we will launch it live in January. Josh Wendel is heading up the team and will also begin a weekly social media blog on our website at www.referralleaders.com . Now it is getting real exciting. Just one more Networking First!!! Explode your business whether you live in Kansas City or in Paris as I share my top secrets to business success.
Time for true confession...... I am terrible at blogging but GREAT at social media which doesn't help with the SEO rankings of our site. My BAD. Sooooooo I am going to do better and try to announce exciting stuff here first before posting on FB. Keyword is TRY!!! So here are some exciting things coming soon. 1. We have produced an incredible coaching CD that we will be giving to every guest that attends your meeting in hopes that they will love the coaching and want to join just to get it. 2. We are beta testing a new vacation certificate voucher that if we are pleased with the results will be giving away free to every guest that attends as well as the member who invited them. 3. Executive coaching weekends, I will be hosting executive weekend getaways at my beautiful vacation home in Branson starting in January, look for more details in the next two weeks.
BTW how did you like our brand new newsletter?? It was awesome and produced in house by our new VP of Operations Suzie Savage. Thank you for all of the positive comments. Untill next time.
It is with mixed emotions today that we officially announce the departure of one of the most incredible people to have ever walked into my life. Sasha Poell who helped me to start RLI and has committed 100% of her efforts the last 30 months to RLI will be stepping down as President on October 30th. As most of you know there has been huge changes in her personal life including her up coming marriage to Scott Randolph this coming weekend. While we celebrate all of the exciting changes in her life we will sorely miss her as a vital part of our success team. To honor her and Scott we will be having a farewell card and cash reception for them on Friday Nov. 2 from 6-8 PM at The Bass Pro Shop in Olathe. All current and past RLI members and friends of RLI are encouraged to attend and spend a few moments thanking her for her past service and wishing her success on her new marriage and career. Let's pack the house to show her our love and support.
RLI is proud to announce that we will soon be launching Doctors on a Mission. This latest gift of generosity to hurting members of our community will feature the excellent medical doctors of RLI giving of their time and talents to treat the residents of our non-profit organizations that we support through our chapters for FREE. They will be donating their time each month to care for people that normally could not afford treatment. I am proud to announce that Dr. Rich King will be heading up RLI's newest gift back to those in need in our community. RLI will not only continue to create new and innovative ways to create referral relationships that will create wealth for our members but to be "the" leader in genersoity to those in need.
When is the last time you chased a dream? I mean REALLY chased a dream? The other night Amber asked me if I could do anything in the world what would it be? I told her " I am already doing it" because my dream is to help people. 2.5 years ago I sold my home on the lake, much of my furniture, sport cars, tools, toys you name it to start RLI because I had a dream to create the best netwoking organization in the world. I gave up leisure and vacations around the world to make in a year now what I use to make a month in income. And you know what? I wouldn't change a thing. I get to live my dream everyday while others just sit and think about their's. I have met over 1500 new people in the last 2.5 years, I have been able to publicly speak over 300 times and travel 10's of thousands of miles while living my dream. The price I have paid has been high but worth every penny of time,swet and tears. The wins out weigh the losses and now thousands of people are being helped thru RLI and our non-profits. Lives have been changed, families have been provided for and a life time of connections and relationships have been made. Why? Because I chased a dream and was willing to pay the price. Are you ready to chase your dreams but just need a little encouragement? Well here it is.......YOU CAN DO IT!!! Now go make your dreams come true.
Calls, emails and FB messages are pouring in from all across the country inquiring about what it takes to start an RLI chapter in new cities. Timothy Chin, RLI Founder/CEO, will be hosting a 30 minute informational call on what it takes to bring RLI to your city and how YOU can be compensated to do so. Friday, August 3rd at 1:00 CST. All new information and benefits. If you would like to be on the call, respond here or email me Sasha@ReferralLeaders.com and I will send you the call information.
There is just 13 days left to qualify for the Lobster Bake. Sponsor one new paying member into any RLI chapter in America and you qualify for an incredible event, our second annual Lobster Bake. Sponsor two and bring a guest, sponsor three or more and receive a 50.00 gift card for each additional new member. THAT is how we say thank you to our members for helping us to grow our chapters. This will be the social event of the year and you do not want to miss it.
RLI wins over BNI in court. As I shared briefly on Friday RLI won a huge victory in court for ALL BNI members who have ever signed a non-compete form (under the guise of it being a "leadership" form). After two years of threats from "some" BNI executive directors that they would sue their former members for joining RLI one actually tried to do so in Knoxville TN. Dan Rawls had his former members served with a lawsuit during their weekly RLI meeting. It asked the court to bar them from meeting for any reason and sought damages. The judge ruled that Dan Rawls had NO legal standing to sue since the agreement was between BNI corporate and the members NOT the executive director and the members. Before the ruling was even handed down the judge voiced his concern that one of the defendents in the case was an RLI member who is an attorney that practices in his court. When faced with the fact that the case might be set aside on those grounds the BNI attorney immediately asked if they could take the attorney off as a defendent and "just" sue the other 8 RLI members. In other words it would be ok for the attorney to continue in RLI after signing "the" form but not the other 8. A clear example of discrimination to serve their purpose. At the end of the day the ruling was that NO executive director could ever sue a former member for signing this rediculous form. So if you have kept yourself from joining RLI for fear of retribution it is now settled for all BNI members and you are free to join. FREEDOM of choice as been restored for thousands of people. The little guys wins, God Bless America. Oh BTW it appears that certain franchises are now for sale, interesting.