HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF ANY COURSE

Tips to Help Make The Transition Easier

I love school; I’m blessed to be able to keep on learning.   It’s hard to think of much else besides entrepreneurship and business building right now.  One of the courses is communication, and another is advanced marketing principles straight from one of my most admired gurus.  It takes some preparation to continue to run a business, family and stay involved in continued learning.

I believe in B-School because it has made such a solid impact on my life.  It has affected my bank account, but more than that, it filled a need to help others and allows me to travel, visit my family and even …to stay home and enjoy normalcy if I want.  It has given me immense freedom.  Read my story in Marie’s Reviews.

 

I am so excited for everyone who is signing up to go through B-School this year.  This is an exciting year for me too!  My business has changed a lot in the last two years.  My business changes so much year to year that I go through B-School every year.  I wrote Building Abundance, the Business Plan for Health Coaches and I’m still going through that again.

 

In B- School, you start off with some “prequels”,  “Fun Sheets” titled “Start the Right Business”.  This is the first Bonus you get when you sign up and it is incredible.

Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

Founder, The Health Coach Group

Cathy helps health coaches build and maintain successful businesses that improve the lives of others.

These are my Top Tips to Get the Most Out of B-School (or Building Abundance, IIN or any other Course of Learning)

Tip #1

 

Keep a calendar.  I use a digital calendar now, Google Calendar because it is connected to my email and it is easy and FREE.  For years I used Franklin Covey’s Calendar.  I had a hard time switching over.  I would miss appointments whenever I tried.  I finally took two months and kept two calendars until I got comfortable with my schedule and I wasn’t losing dates.  Google Calendar has a task list with a check off feature too.  I use this because it keeps me on track and it feels good to check things off.  My meetings schedule themselves!  If someone sends me a meeting invite, all I have to do is accept it, and it is on my calendar with instructions for contact too!  Same thing in reverse, if I set a meeting, it does the same for my people who are invited and for me.  I have standing Wednesday meetings with my team, and all I have to do is go to my calendar, click on the link, and I am in the meeting.  This year, Marie sent us a schedule for the B-School Launch and all I had to do was push a button and transfer all the dates to my calendar!  Anyone who has struggled with trying to keep kids’ activities in their schedule and updated can appreciate that.  I went to add Kora’s basketball calendar update yesterday and was interrupted six times.  I still don’t think it is all down.  Anyway, get a calendar (doesn’t have to be digital, but yay if it is!)  and write all your dates down and schedule your course release, activity dates, time to read and complete the workbooks and don’t forget implementation.

 

Tip #2

 

A place for everything.  I told you it took a long switch over from my Franklin Covey, well, I have a confession to make…I still have it.  I write everything …and I mean everything, down in my FC!  It is the only paper allowed on my desk.  Why?  I lose notes.  With one book (my FC) I can write everything pertinent in one place, and I can write it on the date that it happened.  This eliminates a lot of overwhelm for me.  I know some people do this digitally with Evernote.

 

Tip #3

 

Let your friends and family know what you are doing.  You know, your family is in this almost as much as you.  You are squeezing in one more thing.  Let them see what you are doing, let them know that what you normally can do and love doing, may be shorter, improvised or not happening.  Whenever I start something new that I know is going to take time away from my husband…I get him a card.  I tell him how much I love him and I say I am doing something vital for me…sometimes I go into detail and sometimes I don’t.  Then I say thank you for understanding and that if I may be preoccupied or not available all the time…for the next 8-12 weeks.  This saves a lot of pressure.  I am not going to promise that it will relieve all the pressure, but it does help.

 

Tip #4

 

Take advantage of your support.  With the course you will have a community, you should have a peer partner and in particular cases, (like Building Abundance Plus and B-School with THCG) you will have a business coach.  If this is the case, use them.  Let them hold you accountable and let them move you forward.  This type of accountability can make all the difference in the world.  Show up for your meetings and bring your finished work and implementation with you.

 

Tip #5

 

Eliminate the negative self-talk.  Do you know who most of our fear, resistance, and anxiety come from?  US.  Read this to learn some ways to deal with negative self-talk.  The thing is, when you get into this amazing community, you are going to see other people who are at all different places. Some members are just like you and others who have gotten through all the beginning work and are there.  Some of your peers are part of the way through, and it makes it easier to see that anything is possible and that one thing you have to offer that is good and the world needs is valuable and that it is possible to get it out into the world and make money doing it.  Seeing that all these highly successful people are just like you and I helps.  Get rid of the negative self-talk, it is just you holding yourself back.

 

Tip #6

 

Don’t go down the rabbit hole.  OR…at least curtail your time down there.  I may be alone in this because I love beautiful things.  I love fonts and colors and branding gives me such a thrill!  I could spend hours of time looking at fonts and themes.  Well, more than hours, maybe days or nights when you should be sleeping.  Have fun but don’t get sucked too far down the hole that you can’t come back up and get the critical details of building a business, brand, product and then communicating and marketing it.

 

Tip #7

 

Have fun!  B-School is an experience unlike any other you have had or will ever have again.  You are stepping into another world.  Enjoy every minute of it.

 

Have you been to B-School?  Share your Tips here!

On your way?  What is your negative self-talk and how are you going to leave it at the door?

Thinking about B-School and unsure?  What are your questions?

Please comment below and share with your friends!

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Kimberly

    I just signed up for 2 other courses, which I know are vital to where I am going in my business/life. But I thoroughly appreciate your tips as they are all appropriately helpful to me in my endeavor. Thank you for this post, Cathy. Best to you in all you do!

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