These 4 internet marketing peak performance tips aren’t found in any internet marketing course. I’ve gleaned them from a discussion panel 6 of the League of Extraordinary Minds.

Read the most important points from almost 2 hour long discussion of experts that may never get together again and learn how to perform at your very best all the time.

The League of Extraordinary Minds has lasted for 9 sessions and then ceased to exist. You can read about that and what was in the last session in my post which Google values highly: League of Extraordinary Minds Panel 9.

The collection of experts and the two moderators, Rich Schefren and Jay Abraham were discussing peak performance for people in any business, not just internet marketing. Please keep that in mind. I have made my notes and write this post from the angle and perspective of internet marketers because I’m learning to be one and so are most of my readers.

But all the people involved in the discussion do have a website or a blog or contribute to one and all of them recognize the importance of internet marketing and of having a presence online.

Before we start, let me point out that I made more than 20 pages of notes from the event and that what is below is the best of what was said as I see it.

What everybody in any business but especially in online business is asking is this:

How Can I Get Maximum Results From Minimum Efforts?

And the sub question which the panel 6 revolved around was this:

How To Operate At Peak Performance To Get The Best Results In Everything You Do

As you may expect there was more than one answer to this question. A lot of introductory and exploratory discussion went on and different opinions and philosophies were expressed.

Here is what I found the most valuable out of the 2 hour (minus 10 minutes) marathon:

Rich SchefrenHow can entrepreneurs make peak performance a permanent part of who they are and not just another passing fad?

Dan Millman What I’d like to share is perhaps the biggest challenge and maybe the biggest secret in the world. What is the biggest challenge? It’s turning what we know into what we actually do. The key to turning what we know into what we actually do is to start small.

Simple is powerful because we’re more likely to do it. It’s what we maintain day to day that’s going to make a difference, those little habits.

Tom McCarthy – I think in the beginning it has to become a ritual. When we require a new thought to perform at a higher level or a new emotion that we’re not comfortable at having or whatever, in the beginning it’s always going to feel awkward. It’s always going to feel like oh, that is just not me.

You need to ritualize it. You need to make a commitment to do it on a consistent basis.

They say the first 22 times you do it, it’s going to feel really strange. Your brain is going to be firing at a higher level, so it’s going to feel weird. After about 50 times you start to become more comfortable but it starts with a ritual.

So the first thing is you need a ritual. Ideally something in the morning and something as you’re going to bed. That’s a minimum.

Number two is building in some down time. Peak performance is not something you’re doing every minute of the day 100% of the time.

The human mind and body is not meant to do that. You need some down time too, otherwise it’s going to be something you can’t maintain and you’ll burn out.

Kathy Kolbe – The answer is so simple. You have to be yourself. You have to be authentic. You have to be free to be who you are. You don’t just go in and do that tomorrow or next week until you’ve cut the next deal. You do it every day the rest of your life.

If you continue to be who you are and you don’t compromise that and you fight for the freedom to be who you are you will always be at peak performance – always.

Josh Waitzkin – I’d recommend becoming allergic to being untrue to yourself. To be constantly asking yourself if you’re being organic, consistent, if you are acting in harmony with what your intuition is telling you.

I think that if we get into the habit of taking on our weaknesses, of building our strengths, it’s very important to take on our weaknesses through the prism of our strengths. That’s a really important idea.

People can take these types of ideas too far. They can just address their weaknesses and they get fixated on them and then can spend their whole life focused on their weaknesses.

It’s very important to spend your life focused on the style in which you naturally learn things best and you can build your game around that.

That really relates to being at peace with who you are – embracing who you are.

That’s the end of the panel 6 session coverage.

What do you think about the above peak performance tips? Can you apply any of them or all of them in your Internet marketing endeavors?

There is a bit of contradiction among what the 4 panelists had to say. Have you noticed that? I think that there is a very fine line between being ourselves and seeking improvement. The two don’t need to necessarily oppose each other.

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The free League of Extraordinary Minds is over.
Rich Schefren and Jay Abraham have put on a series of 9 panel sessions with outstanding business minds of the present time.

The free sessions were intended to showcase the format which was to continue on indefinitely at a monthly subscription price of $49.

In this post I’ll give you a report on the last free session with panel number nine of the League of Extraordinary Minds and the biggest surprise that took place at the end of it.

Then I’ll ask you to choose the subject of my last post/report from among three selected free panel sessions.

Before you continue reading this you may want to read my previous posts concerning the League:

53 Extraordinary Minds League, Rich Schefren, Jay Abraham
First Extraordinary Minds Panel

Let’s now get to the last Extraordinary Minds free panel session discussion number nine which featured, in contrast to the previous sessions with 6 to 7 panelists each, only two panelists – Dr. Spencer Johnson and John Kotter.

Jay Abraham called this session “probably the most relevant session we are going to do in this first round.”


How to Manage, Maximize and Master the Opportunity That Constant Change Presents

Jay Abraham says that in the two chosen panelists, Dr. Spencer Johnson and John Kotter “We have together the most widely read and most respected expert on individual change and the most widely read and most respected expert on organizational change.”

If you’ve never heard of Dr. Spencer Johnson and John Kotter here is a very abbreviated list of what they’ve accomplished so far:

Dr. Spencer Johnson has written 12 books which put together have about 50 million copies in print. He co-authored the “One-Minute Manger”. He’s also the force behind “Who Moved My Cheese?”. His recent book on individual change is titled “Peaks and Valleys”.

John Kotter is very highly regarded world authority on leadership and change and has written more than 15 books, (Jay Abraham knows of 17) which include the latest 3: “A Sense of Urgency”, “Leading Change” and “Our Iceberg is Melting” He also is a very prestigious professor at Harvard.

As he did with the previous panel sessions members, Jay Abraham poses questions to John and Spencer and stimulates the conversation as it develops. John and Spencer are good friends and feel at ease with this format. Rich Schefren is heard less than in previous sessions.

Since this discussion went on for close to two hours I’ll only cover the most important and profound points as they were arrived at by this panel.

Dealing With The Current Conditions Of Constant Change And Economic Upheaval:

Spencer – It’s remarkable to see today how many people are understandably afraid. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

It is a very practical question because you wind up doing things that will help you prosper. Rather than living in an illusion, be practical.

What do you believe and what should you be doing?

John – There is no question that there are some people that are actually taking advantage of the conditions we’re in today and are doing very nicely by it.

So it’s not just a wishful thought. You can go out and find opportunities to grow your business.

But fear can stop you in your tracks.

It’s just so easy under these conditions to be frozen by fear and do nothing. It is very useful to help your business stay alive and move ahead.

Or the anxiety just drives you to engage in all kinds of activity, not productivity. This is when you run around, trying to do this and that
and a little more of this and a bit more of that. But it’s not focused, it’s frenetic.

Can you picture it? Much like a confused and frantic chicken; a bit scared, and truly ineffective in its pursuit of freedom and abundance. Does that image describe your recent business-related behavior?

How do you deal with the good, the bad, and pinpoint the issues that are relevant?

How do you not freeze?

Keep a sense of urgency but first get clear on what are the few things that would really help you succeed today.

The questions to ask are:

What do people really need or want?

What is the market asking you for?

It’s important that you don’t fall into the trap of focusing on what you think is a good idea.

Reach out to your current customers and listen closely to their remarks.

Spencer – I think one of the biggest mistakes you can make in these troubling times is doing too much.

Half of the key to succeeding in bad times is stopping, really reexamining what are the few things that you could do that could make you very successful and not do all of the others.

If you can do things differently than everybody else, you can do very well right now. But if you keep doing more of what you usually do or what everybody else is doing, my experience is that it just makes the valley deeper.

Two Rules of Thumb (one by John and one by Spencer):

John – Never have more than five priorities. When people try to stick on the sixth, it just kills it. Before you add on a sixth, you have to eliminate one.

This works well under any conditions. In the conditions we are under now it’s even better since volatile times can make you feel volatile.

You’re kind of running around and the next thing you know there are 63 things and therefore there is no focus just when you really need focus.

Spencer – You need to be taking care of yourself, not exhausting yourself with a lot of unnecessary and ineffective activity.

If you don’t stay focused and rested and calm and dear, you’re going to put your health in danger, you’re going to be spinning your wheels and won’t be effective.

What Are The Fundamental Forces Of Change?

John – In general the fundamental forces affecting business have been for some time now technology and globalization.

Spencer – What drives change is one word: better. Either someone else has made a better product or they can get to the customer at a better price.

Better is the operative catalyst for change and that is getting something better.

If you think of change, change equals better.

In this scenario, ask yourself these questions:

How can I make my business better?

How can I serve my customers and prospects better?

Can I price my products or services better?

John – What we are feeling most right now is just the business cycle which is bringing all kinds of changes with it.

Those basic forces of technology and globalization and the crashing of the business cycle demand real leadership.

The Eight Steps for leading Change

Find out what they are by visiting the following section of John Kotter’s web site:

8 Steps for Leading Change

The Four Necessary Change Skills

can be found at Red Tree Leadership (formerly Spencer Johnson Partners) web site.

Spencer – You have to stop kidding yourself.

The situation may not be as good as you’d like to think it is.

The biggest reason people come off peak is arrogance masquerading as confidence.

We lose our humility, we become arrogant and we think we’re some kind of a genius when more often than not it is the cycle.

We don’t stay humble and listen and keep looking for the truth. So we fall off our peaks.

On the other end of that coin, the way you stay in a valley too long, the most common reason you stay in a valley longer than you want to is fear masquerading as comfort.

The quickest way to change is the way you look at your situation.

John – Perspective makes so much difference.

We sit around moaning and groaning right now and there are literally billions of people on this planet that would take our place in a nanosecond.

Spencer – Uncover the good. It is hidden in the bad times. There is good that is hidden.

Unfortunately it is hidden so well that a lot of us don’t see it. If you can use that good to your advantage, you can do well in bad times.

Getting outside of yourself is one of the fastest ways to get outside of a valley.

To stay on a peak longer, appreciate and manage your good times.

Most of us don’t realize good times need to be managed.

Be humble and grateful, do more of what you do there. Remember the basics that got you on the peak?

It wasn’t all you. Some of it was timing and cycles and so forth.

But what did you do that got you there and have you forgotten to do those things?

Enjoy making things better. Your competition is. The world is. So enjoy improvement.

Don’t just sit back and be complacent. Do more for others.

To stay on a peak, to appreciate what you have, do more for others.

Don’t get so self-absorbed that you become arrogant without even knowing.

Save some resources for your upcoming valleys.

They are coming up. If you get too arrogant you’ll spend your resources, your money, your relationships, whatever. Save your resources for upcoming valleys.

What Is The Right Time Perspective To Have ?

John – You have to have both short term (about 15 minutes) and the long term, if you’re a small business person, is more like two years.

In this kind of economic environment right now, anybody who isn’t thinking two years out and how they’re going to be able to grab the opportunities to really prosper when the economy goes up is taking a risk.

Spencer – Agree with John. Immediately the goal would be survival. If that means cutting back expenses, if that means taking any realistic, not fearful steps.

Don’t do things just because you are afraid that things won’t turn out well if you don’t do them.

Do what you would do if you weren’t afraid.

What got you into the valley?

If you overspent then cut the spending. Do the opposite of what put you in, short range.

After survival, there is prosperity.

I would say at least two years out. I would build it on the things that we talked about so it would be balanced.

Do what you need to do immediately so you don’t go under, so you don’t lose.

That would be the short goal.

The long goal would be to win by going back to basics and doing what really works.

I would say make a friend of the truth.

That’s been my biggest ah-ha that took me many years to get.

I think it is the thing that has added the most to my life I would say in both business and a personal sense.

I used to always try and rearrange reality to make it different than what it was.

Make a friend of reality and realize the truth will set you free.
And the challenge is: Can you see the truth and can you build your plans on it?

That would be the one thing that if I couldn’t do anything else and somebody left me with only one tool, that would probably be my tool.

This ended the panel session 9.

I had to leave out the non-essential parts of it to avoid making this post even longer.

I was surprised and delighted at how John and Spencer stayed close to reality and while remaining positive didn’t lose sight of the hard truths.

What I never expected – the biggest surprise that Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren decided to deliver after the panel session 9 ended.

The biggest surprise is that the League effectively ended with the last free session.

All future paid members of the League have been automatically “upgraded” to the already existing Founders Club at a lower monthly fee of $47.

Even those who have not yet committed themselves to be paying members of the League of Extraordinary Minds future sessions were given a chance to sign up for this entirely different membership.

Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren say that the reason for this “upgrade” is doing what the survey of the League of Extraordinary Minds audience wanted which was basically to get:

Immediately actionable steps and information to make money right away when starting from nothing or next to nothing with very little or no money.

The League of Extraordinary Minds was a great experiment which has never been done before and that may never be repeated again.

Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren are incredibly talented and successful men with great foresight.

I want to thank them for giving everybody the opportunity to participate in listening to the greatest business and personal development minds of our time for free.

Jay and Rich consider the 9th panel and session the best of the nine discussions. I don’t fully agree with that assessment.

If you’d like to read a post about what I think was the best free session of the Extraordinary Minds League please say so in your comments.

Better yet, tell me which subject out of the following tree you’d be most interested in:

1) Getting People Who don’t Buy to Buy Enthusiastically

2) Operate At Peak Performance to Get the Best Results from Everything You Do

3) Accelerators That Drive Rapid and Soaring Success

So go ahead, post your comments and tweet and bookmark this post so others can find it and do the same.


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What’s The First League of

Extraordinary Minds Panel Like?

First Extraordinary Minds Panel of seven plus Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren really pulled it off. Hours of lively and captivating discussion on a twofold topic:

Getting Customers To Choose You Over Everyone Else,

Leveraging Credibility, Believability and Trust In Everything You Do.

Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren were taking turns in asking the panelists probing questions making it very interesting and engaging.

I must admit that I didn’t know much if anything about the staring participants in the session discussion aside from Rich and Jay except that they were recognized experts and capacities in what they do.

You can test your own familiarity (or not) with these outstanding individuals.

The 7 Panelists Revealed

Jack Trout – recognized world’s foremost marketing strategist who writes as well, his latest book is In Search of the Obvious, In Search of the Obvious

Joseph Jaffe – author of “Life After the 30-second Spot” and the older and well known book Join the Conversation,

Kevin Hogan – the persuasion and body language expert and the author of a remarkable book “Psychology of Persuasion”,

Michael Bosworth – author of “Customer Centric Selling”,

Russell Granger – wrote “7 Triggers to YES: The New Science Influencing People’s Decisions”,

Bert Decker – of Decker Communications and the author of a very remarkable book “You’ve Got To Be Believed To Be Heard”

and to crown it all

Stephen M.R. Covey – trainer, consultant and “The Speed of Trust” author.

What To Do Now?

While it would be a lot of fun to share with you everything that happened during the first panel session it would just take too long for me to write and for you to read it.

I doubt that I could do it justice in writing. Hearing it live is just something else. I highly recommend that you to take the free trial offer which will allow you to attend the next several sessions of the League of Extraordinary Minds and see for yourself if you’d want to continue with the paid program.

You may already know that I’m no fan of following the crowd. But there is something to be said about the fact that more than 27,000 business minded people have already joined the League.

The first extraordinary minds panel was only a small foretaste of what is yet to come. Why miss on something so obviously beneficial, why not glean some wisdom now without having to pay for it?

Take the plunge to profit from extraordinary minds. You may be one too.

Rich Schefren & Jay Abraham will do all they can to make that a reality.

In case you’re not fully aware of who the above panelists are,

you can check on some of them by clicking on their names here:

Jack Trout, Joseph Jaffe, Kevin Hogan, Michael Bosworth, Bert Decker,

Stephen M.R Covey.

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World’s Most Respected Business Advisers Join Forces. Can They Alter Your Life?

The league of Extraordinary Minds, so far 53 of them, has been put together by Jay Abraham and Rich Schefren with a view to help change and improve business as well as ordinary lives.

Previously unheard of undertaking that could impact your own life and my life in ways that have never been possible before, where people from all walks of life can gain access to the most influential, most recognized, most respected and the brightest business advisers in the world.

People used to have to pay thousands of dollars to get access to any single mind of the group. Now virtually everybody will be able to profit from their insights, experiences and accumulated wisdom. Now you and I can pick and choose the most precious gems from these multiple treasure chests of living knowledge.

We can now save decades of time, bypassing all the trials and errors these extraordinary people went through and get the diamond like mined, purified, condensed, cut and polished masterpieces.

And they are not just about business. They have transformed their personal lives too. they show this by their willingness to share and contribute their knowledge, expertise and experiences.

This is our lifetime opportunity

Nobody in any position in any place could have ever even dreamed of finding access to this caliber and quality of brilliant, prominent, famous real-life business, marketing and performance experts.

The first 9 expert panel discovery sessions are completely free, gratis. They amount to about 36 content rich hours. There is no selling in them. You decide if you want to continue after that.

What Would Andrew Carnegie Have To Say About Extraordinary Minds League?

You may have heard of or read about Andrew Carnegie, the man who commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview the most successful businessmen of their times. Based on those interviews he then wrote the famous book and the long running bestseller Think and Grow Rich.

What do you think Andrew Carnegie would have to say about the opportunity we have right now to access extraordinary minds?

Would he say jump on it while you can? What about Napoleon Hill?

Would You Listen To Top Brains To Sharpen Your Own Ideas?

You may be surprised when you meet with really cool people who are at the top of the heap. I’ve met a couple of people like that. I was astonished at their approachability. They actually made me feel equal to them. They didn’t put themselves on a high horse at all.

It was very stimulating and my own ideas were forming at an accelerated pace and degree. It was like my own brain was being sharpened by combining with their brain.

I’m fortunate to have had that experience. How will it be when it gets multiplied with the 53 minds and Rich Schefren and Jay Abraham?

I’ve been introduced to Rich Schefren and Jay Abraham by Alex Jeffreys.

I’ve been Alex Jeffreys student since the end of this July, 2009. Alex Jeffreys is Rich Schefren’s student and greatly admires his expertise.

I have definitely learned a lot from both Alex and Rich.

I can personally recommend them both to you. I have listened to and even took a training from at least one person included in the 53.

From what I know and have experienced so far I’m convinced that you and I should give ourselves the opportunity to see what the 53 extraordinary minds league can do for us.


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