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Friday, February 12, 2010

5 Ways to Keep Learning and Growing - Even on a Tight Budget

5 Ways to Keep Learning and Growing - Even on a Tight Budget

Farmington, MI (Christian-PR) get tons of emails from folks who want answers, solutions and help BUT have no money for PR, coaching or training.

I understand. I have empathy. But I also want to be frank - YOU have to DO something! YOU can still learn. YOU can think and follow the leaders. Learn from me and others and quit being overwhelmed by emails that contain important information that YOU NEED to know. The emails, blogs and podcasts I do are links to your destiny.

Hear the Synergy Energy show from today: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=EhYAx&m=JUqx9pMz0v8cIS&b=R0vKmcZ7OnMl4yvX1SBVHg

Here are 5 tips from one of my mentors, Ali Brown:

While in-depth courses and high-level mentorship programs deliver a complete plan for those who are ready to invest and move forward quickly, don't forget about tried and true low-budget learning options. The five I list below are surely nothing new, but often times we forget they are here for the taking! The only trick is you have to motivate yourself.
  1. Books.
    Yes, books. Remember books? There are millions of helpful and educational books out there. Both new ones in bookstores and used ones at the library. Ones to inspire you, to motivate you, to help you think differently, and delivering specific steps to grow yourself and your business. Spend a rainy afternoon in a Borders or Barnes & Noble with a coffee and see what strikes your fancy. Or finally get that local library card and see what they have to offer in their business and self help sections.

    Bonus: Most libraries also carry CDs and DVDs that they rent for free or a low fee, and usually you'll be able to find several educational titles.

  2. Free ezines and reports. [and emails]

    Search your topic of business online and you're bound to find tons of free online information and many in the form of ezine subscriptions and reports. From marketing to moneymaking, from advertising to finding clients, if you search for it you will find it.

    Just know these media - being free - are typically more introductory information and used as lead generators. But good content can surely be found!

  3. Free teleseminars and webinars.

    Along the same lines, many experts are also hosting free teleseminars and webinars day and night around the globe. All you need to participate is a phone or an Internet connection. From business training to personal development - search and you will find as well! As with free ezines and reports, you can learn a lot from these events, but just expect a sales offer during the session.

  4. Free and low-cost live seminars.

    Even adult education classes via organizations such as the Learning Annex are great to get started. Even though they usually feature very basic info, I've found these classes are still good to help reboot your brain and give you some new ideas to walk away with.

    If you live in a major city you can also almost always find free or low-cost seminars to attend as well, if you keep your eyes and ears open. But remember, the hosts of these events arenĂ¢€(TM)t non-profits! Expect a sales invitation to buy their products or enroll in a program. Just realize this upfront as you go in and graciously decline should you choose not to take advantage.

  5. Lower-priced information products and programs.

    If you can't afford a live mentor, how about one in a box? That's how I started! And I admit it was even from a TV infomercial. (see http://www.e-junkie.com/pamperry)

    [Note: Get the PR Boot Camp in a Box, if you can't take the course!]

If you're not growing, you're dying!

Remember that not having cash to invest in your business is no excuse to sit on your bum. There's a great saying, "God helps those who help themselves" Having money isn't a prerequisite to step forward to grow and become your best. The only requirement to your stepping into your greatness is your true desire to do so.

Final tidbit from Pam:
Google me, listen to me, comment on my blogs, follow me on twitter and facebook - until you get the money to hire me - you'll be so much further ahead in the game than just whining about how little you have right now - get what you can, while you can - and BE GRATEFUL that someone cares to offer you good, free information.

I care. But you have to lace up your boot straps and get to work.

About Pam Perry
The Detroit Free Press recently called her "a marketing whiz on an almost immortal mission." Publishers Weekly called her a "PR Guru." Known as the "connector and PR coach," Pam Perry knows how to pull the right people together for the right project at the right time and garner the right publicity. She is the co-author of "Synergy Energy: How to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry."

Her public relations and advertising career spans over two decades getting media hits for clients in Jet, Essence,TBN, Today Show, Oprah, Ebony, Moody Broadcasting, Salem Networks, Daystar, The Word Network, Tom Joyner, Tavis Smiley and Steve Harvey to name a few.

Pam Perry
Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc.


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