Make-it-Fly's In-Flight Refueling Ezine

Feature Article: Are You Missing Out on a Valuable Resource?

Business Owner in the Spotlight
Randy Anderson
RJ Anderson Financial, LLC

Refueling Recommendations
Make-it-Fly® Advisory Boards
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ISSN# 1552-3705

March 16, 2010
Volume 7, Issue 06

"In-Flight Refueling" is published twice a month.

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A Note From Dave & Victoria

So far, it’s been a busy year, and we’re taking a few days for some much needed R & R right now.

Last week we hosted a Rev Networking event at our office. These events are a great way to meet and get to know some highly motivated business owners who may be able to help you.

Dave also spoke at an event for Tradebank members on networking and building community. Building strong community is one of the most important things we can do in these challenging times.

Our very best regards,

Dave and Victoria

Business Owner in the Spotlight

Randy Anderson, RJ Anderson Financial, LLCRandy Anderson
RJ Anderson Financial, LLC

Randy Anderson has always been interested in investing, but it wasn’t until he became  involved in the finance sector that he realized what was missing in the industry – a personal, relational approach. “I help people on a personal level to provide them with honest, common-sense solutions to their financial concerns and most important to ensure that those solutions are in line with their goals, principles, and core values,” he says.

Randy works with individuals, families, and small businesses to create financial strategies that help them realize their financial and retirement goals. “I specialize in several areas,” he says, “including retirement planning, tax favored investments, asset allocation, estate planning assistance, and insurance.”

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about running your business?
RA: Helping people realize their dreams through effective planning is so rewarding. Too many people view financial planning as an unpleasant activity, far too complex, and something to put on the back burner. I love showing people how it all works and simplifying it so that it is easy to understand and they can really see the benefits of being proactive in this area of their life.

Q: What motivated you to start this business?
RA: I have always been interested in investing and knew that I wanted to do something in this field at some point in my life. As I got more and more involved in the industry, I realized there was a need for a more personal approach – a relationship approach to planning. This is the primary vision behind my company.

Q: What book has been most helpful to you in your business?
RA: When I first started my own company, I knew absolutely nothing about marketing. I discovered quickly that had to change. Get Clients Now by C.J. Hayden is a terrific book to learn about marketing and to help you develop an initial plan. I also enjoy books by Jeffrey Gitomer, especially The Little Red Book of Selling and The Little Black Book of Connections.

Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
RA: There is no question that my wife Julie has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am very fortunate to have truly found my soul-mate. Julie has been so supportive of my business and my passion for doing this. Without her, I can’t imagine where I would be.

Q: What has proved to be your most successful marketing strategy?
RA: I enjoy building strong personal relationships with my clients, and I believe this to be a key factor to my success.  I also hold seminars and educational workshops – it is through these events that I have met many wonderful people who have helped me to grow my business.

Q: What have been the greatest challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing, in your business?
RA: As my business continues to grow, it becomes challenging to address the various complexities that seem to arise. There is an increased need for more in-depth business planning, evaluating changes in marketing strategies and developing support functions in order to continue to expand the business in the right direction without sacrificing the ideals that I have for my company.

Q: How did you benefit from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
RA: Make-it-Fly® advisory boards have been instrumental in helping me focus on what I need to do to develop my business. The support and input that I receive from the talented business owners on my boards has been incredible.

Q: What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
RA: Don’t hesitate. Joining a board will open your eyes to the possibilities that exist for your business, and it will help you discover personal growth as well. You will meet people who can help you reach your dreams and goals both professionally and personally.

Randy Anderson can be reached by phone at: 303-305-5446, or visit his web site at:

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Dave Block, Co-Founder of Make-it-FlyDave’s Networking Nugget:

Before you’re tempted to ask someone, “What do you do?” Spend some time connecting with the person. Ask questions and learn more about her or him. See if you can find three to five things you have in common. Doing this, will help you to connect before asking what they do.

Feature Article

Victoria MunroAre You Missing Out on a Valuable Resource?
By Victoria Munro

If you’re like most small business owners, you might be overlooking an important resource right at your fingertips.

Entrepreneurs, especially those who are passionate about what they do, often live life on a fast track—after all, there’s a lot to do and much of it is up to you. It can be tough to take time out, step back, and reflect on, analyze and learn from recent events.

In our Make-it-Fly® Alumni Boards, members start the meeting by sharing their biggest successes, challenges and how they fared with their 30-day goals during the previous month. We notice that successes and challenges are often linked to each other.

Though you likely aren’t looking for more projects to fill up your days, much can be learned by stopping on a regular basis to study and learn from the past. I recommend setting time aside to assess your past month and ask yourself the questions below.

My Biggest Success(es):
This can be really encouraging!

What was the key cause of this success?
What did I do, or not do, that contributed to this success?
What new insights did this reveal that could be useful in the future?
How can I repeat this success, perhaps in other areas?

My Biggest Challenge(s):
Challenges could be viewed as ‘failures.’ However, seeing them as valuable learning tools to be used as stepping stones to future success is more fitting. In his recent book, The Slight Edge, author Jeff Olson quotes Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (founder of IBM) as saying “The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure.” Olson then adds, “If you go through life with the philosophy that ‘failure is not an option’ then you’ll never have any good opportunities to learn.”

What can I do, or avoid doing, in the future to prevent this from recurring?
What can I learn from this?

Profit from Lessons Learned:

In light of the above, and with my long-range goal in mind, what realistic goal will I set for the next 30 days?

As entrepreneurs working for ourselves, it’s easy to set goals and then later rationalize why we didn’t achieve them. Increase your chances of success by asking someone else to hold you accountable to do what you’ve committed to do. Tell him or her to take this seriously and accept no excuses.

Don’t miss out on this simple yet valuable resource. Plan to take time on a regular basis to reflect and learn from your past successes and challenges.

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Victoria’s Time / Balance Tip

Make the Most of Frustrations
View stressful situations, large and small, as opportunities to learn. Stop, step back and think about what you can learn, what creative ways you could benefit from these events. Velcro® and Post-It® notes are just two of the many brilliant ideas developed as solutions to frustrating problems.

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Make-it-Fly Marketplace

Sharpen Your Speaking Skills this Year
at a Presentation Dojo

You worked hard on your presentation and afterward several people came up to compliment you on it. You think, “That’s nice, but I didn’t get any business.” If you want to grow your business through public speaking, enroll in the Presentation Dojo.

Jay Murray of Solutions for Tuition says, “Before working with Turning Point Presentations, 3% of my audience members typically requested appointments to learn more. Now, it’s over 50% and my business is thriving.

Angela Libby Jankousky

Angela Libby Jankousky

Rev Networking

Rev NetworkingUp to 20 professionals, each representing one profession, meet one on one at customized speed networking events, allowing you the opportunity to have a five-minute conversation with each participant to generate leads, referrals and business. Rev Networking is not a group, as you will meet new professionals every time and people that attend are serious about growing their business by networking and power partnering with other professionals.

Reservation only $68
Marilyn Manning 303-763-1865

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Refueling Recommendations

The Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101

Each Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 program consists of 8-10 non-competing business owners who meet once a month for five consecutive months. In the spirit of giving, they offer each other solutions, ideas, resources and encouragement. Dave and Victoria facilitate each group and share powerful tools to assist business owners in reaching their goals and living more balanced lives.

If you have experienced a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board, please share the following openings with other business owners who need support. Call Dave for more information at 720-962-8888.

Programs are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Next Advisory Board 101 in Denver:

  • Tuesdays - April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14
  • Tuesdays - May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5
  • Mondays - June 1, July 5, August 2, August 30, October 4, November 1

Click here to sign up for an Advisory Board.
Or call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Alumni Boards are groups of 12-14 small business owners who have participated in at least one Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and wish to continue the support and accountability with a group of like-minded, giving business associates. Members meet once a month for a three-hour meeting. If you completed the initial Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and are interested in more information on Alumni Boards, call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherNext Café:

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door

Location: The Wellshire Inn
3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222

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