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December 3, 2007

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Inside Today's Issue

Opportunity Knocks

Teleseminars Are a Great Solution for People Who Hate to Sell 

Featured Resource  

Guest Article 

Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses

  • The Ultimate Money-Making Photo Workshop

  • "How to Become Joyfully Jobless" with Barbara Winter

The View From the Other Side

Resources for a Change

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Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job

Teleseminars Are a Great Solution for
People Who Hate to Sell

Valerie and her wonder dog,
"Cokie Roberts"

By Valerie Young

Do you have a business (or an idea for one) but hate the thought of having to “sell”? Do you love sharing information, resources, insight or knowledge with others? Do you have a message or cause you want to promote? If so, the solution may be as close as your telephone.  

Teleseminars make it possible to share your knowledge and experience or otherwise and get the word out about your business to people literally all over the world. All you need is a conference or bridge line and a message, and you can reach ten to hundreds of people at a time.

Anyone Can Conduct a Teleseminar… on Just About Anything

Don’t think Teleseminars will work for you? Teleclasses are a great income stream and can be utilized with virtually any business. Check out these interesting markets that are using Teleseminars:

  • Horse Training Secrets

  • Aviation Services

  • Book Promotion

  • Real Estate Q & A

  • Global Warming

As with any business, success begins with finding a topic you feel passionate about. It could be nutrition, the challenges of single parenting, hunting safety, energy conservation, aroma therapy, surviving divorce later in life, urban gardening, traveling solo, baseball trivia – you name it. There really is no end to the topics that can be turned into a Teleseminar.

Some topics lend themselves more naturally to the Teleseminar format more than others. It would be tough, for instance, to teach a motorcycle repair or a cooking class purely by phone. But you could teach a class on how to write and self-publish your own cookbook. Not an expert? Then use your Teleseminar to interview people who are. Then, turn the recordings into a CD set and companion booklet called “Secrets of Canada’s Top Cookbook Authors: How to Write and Promote Your Own Best-Selling Cookbook.”

Or say you create a video series on basic motorcycle repair at home. You could market your product with a free Teleseminar called “The 10 Biggest Motorcycle Repair Shop Scams and How to Avoid Them.” As long as you include valuable information in the free class, your listeners won’t have a problem with you ending the Teleseminar with a special offer to purchase your entire video series.

If you’re just starting out, don’t fall into the dream-zapping trap of thinking you need to have three PhDs or 20 years experience before you consider yourself remotely qualified to be speak on a particular subject. If you have a passion for your topic, I guarantee you already know more than you think you do.

Start by thinking of the three most important things you think people need to know about "surviving divorce" or "safe hunting practices." Then, for each of these three main points, complete the question, “The three or four most important things someone should know about this point are…” Before you know it, you’ll have a top ten list to form the basis of your seminar.

7 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Putting On Your Own Teleseminars

Whether you have an established practice, a small business, or are just starting out…

  1. Teleseminars are a great way to get your name out to a larger marketplace and establish yourself as an expert in your field.

  2. Teleseminars are ideal for people who, like me, hate to sell but love to teach. Informing and demonstrating your commitment to helping others is a great way to build credibility. And being a credible source of information or assistance will ultimately lead people to want to do business with you.

  3. Teleseminars are a great way to build a list of prospective customers or clients. Once you have a list, you can continue to find ways to share your expertise, educate them about the work you do and what you offer, get valuable referrals, and generally connect with prospective customers and clients.

  4. Teleseminars make it amazingly easy to create your own information product for future sale. Simply by recording the call, even a free class can be transformed into an ongoing source of revenue.

  5. You don’t have to actually “teach” to run Teleseminars. If you have Larry King envy, you can host your own Internet Talk Radio Show and interview top experts and leaders in their field. (Trust me – it’s not as hard as you might think.)

  6. You can create lucrative joint venture partnerships with other enterprising entrepreneurs who offer products or services that add genuine value to your customers lives. The profit sharing potential here can be enormous.

  7. Teleseminars are not just about making money. They’re also a great way to promote a cause or otherwise share a message that’s near and dear to your heart.

Experience Not Required

Setting up a Teleseminar is a snap. There’s no need to print up flyers or pay for pricey ad space. Start by promoting your class to your own email list. You can collect payment yourself or through a shopping cart or merchant account.

Technology-wise all you’ll need is a conference or “bridge line.” Once you sign up with a bridge line service, the moderator (that would be you) and your attendees will be assigned a dedicated phone number and pass code which you can send out to your list via an autoresponder.

Then, when class time rolls around, you can hop on the couch (no need to dress up), pick up the phone, push some buttons to get into the call and another to record the class and voila, you’re delivering your message to 10 to 200 or more eager seminar attendees.

There are a lot of bridge lines out there ranging from free to hundreds of dollars per month. Obviously the more expensive bridge lines offer more features, but many of these features are unnecessary when starting out. is well known in the industry for offering a free service for up to 150 callers using their Web-Scheduled Standard. They also offer an 800# service with a recording option for a nominal fee. Two other free services I’ve used are and Normally they work fine but there have been a few technical glitches with each.

Another service I plan to try out by Xiosoft. There is a monthly fee but this includes recording, event templates, a simultaneous webcast for those who prefer to listen in online (this is a biggie), and a number of other bells and whistles.

If you plan to turn your Teleseminars into information products, invest the money to have the call recorded by an outside service such as They’re reliable, professional, and deliver the MP3 file within an hour of the Teleseminar.

I don’t want to make delivering Teleseminars sound effortless. Anything you do to advance your dream of changing course requires some kind of effort – period. But the Internet has made the whole process pretty darned easy. And, hey if an avowed technophobe like me can do it…

Imagine Turning Your Annual Income into Your Weekly Income

If you’re even considering getting into Teleseminars, the undisputed leader in the field is a guy named Alex Mandossian.

Alex has delivered Teleseminars with many of the world’s top leaders and authors, including Donald Trump, Stephen Covey, and Mark Victor Hansen and has trained over 13,000 students since 2001. Over the past 12 years, he’s helped his clients generate over $203 million in sales.

Over the past few years, Alex has transformed his annual income into his monthly income. To see his actual numbers – and why he believes his marketing strategies can help practically any entrepreneur do the same – scroll down to read this week’s Featured Resource.

It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get Alex to agreed to run a special 90 minute “Teleseminar Secrets VIP Pre-Training” this Wednesday, December 5th. This is a free class and will include solid, complete tips (not teasers) to help you jumpstart your Teleseminar career.

Plus, everyone who signs up will receive an impressive 23-page workbook and a special offer to attend Alex’s next big training event. And since I know a lot of you are still in the idea phase of changing course, I’m also going to include my Super Idea Generator.

Whether you have a business now or are still dreaming about quitting your job to work at what you love, you won’t want to miss this “Teleseminar Secrets VIP Pre-Training.” Even if you have no plans to run a Teleseminar, I guarantee it will forever expand your thinking about turning your gift for teaching into a viable way to make a living.

Reserve your spot now at (Feel free to share this link with others you think might benefit.)

About the Author

"Turning Interests Into Income" expert, Valerie Young, abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.

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Life is "trying things to see if they work." ~ Ray Bradbury

Featured Resource

Turn Your Annual Income into Your Monthly Income

I'm not one to throw around big promises like "turn your annual income into your monthly income." But I recently met a guy who, through much trial and error, has successful managed to do just that... and quite a bit more.

In 2001 his annual income was $63,700. Three years later, he was earning that much in a month.

By 2006, his 2001 annual income became his "hourly" income (16 times) ... all through the revenue-generating power of his telephone.

The reason I even care how much this guy makes is that the methods he has used to do this can be used by anyone -- especially people who, like me, love teaching but hate selling.

His name is Alex Mandossian and he made his fortune because he figured out that it's a lot easier to educate customers than to try to "sell" them. And it's a lot more profitable.

Alex Mandossian

Alex Mandossian

I know a lack of marketing know-how is a big stumbling block for a lot of my readers.

Alex is a master at marketing by teaching, at earning by helping, and at succeeding by helping your customers succeed.

He's delivered Teleseminars with many of the world's top leaders and authors, including Donald Trump, Stephen Covey, and Mark Victor Hansen and has trained over 13,000 students since 2001. Over the past 12 years, Alex has helped his clients generate over $203 million in sales.

And he's agreed to share what he's learned with you.

Save This Date

On Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 6pm PST/9pm EST

Join me for a live 90-minute Tele-training where Alex Mandossian has promised to share with you how he has realized so much success by offering Teleseminars and how he has taught others to do it too. He’ll also he sharing his tested marketing methods to build your list from scratch.

The Teleseminar is free and Alex assures me it will include solid, complete tips (not teasers) to help you jumpstart your own Teleseminar efforts.

Whether you have a business idea but no clue as to how to market it or are already in business, you do not want to miss this call. No matter WHAT line of business you're in, from construction to chiropractor. Dentist to software sales, farmer to franchisee, you name it, this guy can show you how to get higher results from your marketing.

Claim Your 23-Page Study Guide

Once you register, you'll get access to an impressive 24-page Study Guide. Make sure you print out your Study Guide as soon as you register. If you can, have it in front of you as the training begins (with pen in hand).

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 5th and register today.

Go and register now:

Alex is convinced that, once they apply his principle-centered electronic marketing strategies, practically any entrepreneur can transform their annual income into a weekly income as he has.

P.S. If turning your annual income into your monthly income seems like way too much to money to a) be believable or b) even just wrap your brain around, then try thinking in more modest terms like doubling your income. Is that worth 90 minutes of your time?

Better yet, reserve judgment until after the December 5th Teleseminar is over. I'm 100 percent confident that just the process of registering for this class will give you a good idea that this guy has truly mastered the art and science of running Teleseminars, as they say, for fun and profit.

Whether you have a business now or are still dreaming about quitting your job to work at what you love, don't miss this opportunity to expand your thinking and your income.


I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.~ Jimmy Dean


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Master This 7-Part Breakout Formula to Start Your Own Business

By Vicki Milazzo

Are you the rebel -- mouthy and opinionated? Do you like the thrill of change, always eager for the next new venture? Is your idea of security to never be the victim of a corporation's downsizing or reengineering? Are you a fiercely independent risk-taker who can comfortably handle the uncertainty of being responsible for your own paycheck?

Answering "yes" to all these questions put me squarely in the entrepreneurial ring more than two decades ago, and I can honestly say I've never been happier. Or richer. Or more in control of my life and career.

I started with only $100 in seed money and my experience as a registered nurse. After putting in long shifts at the hospital, I worked part-time from my home for more than a year before my business gained enough momentum that I could quit my day job. I continued to work from home until my business income reached $1.2 million.

Did I have a secret formula? No, I was going on passion, commitment and intuitive vision, but I do have a formula now.

If you also answered "yes" to the questions above, and if you have a passion for the thrill and independence of being an entrepreneur plus commitment to follow through on that passion, this 7-part breakout formula will take you wherever you want to go.

One Part Research

First you have to know where you're going, so research your chosen industry. Identify types of businesses that match your passionate vision and aptitude. Explore areas that show growth potential and, using your experience and insight, look for a need not presently being filled.

Find a successful company similar to the one you envision owning, and study how it started and how it grew. Learn as much as possible about theentrepreneur behind it. Devour books and publications related to your business concept. Talk to other entrepreneurs to discover their best practices.

One Part Vision

As an entrepreneur-in-training, you'll need to build basic and advanced leadership skills. A successfulentrepreneur is a bold visionary, seeing what others cannot and willing to follow that vision despite naysayers. Many entrepreneurs never finished college, but that hasn't stopped them from owning large companies like Dell Computer and small companies like neighborhood restaurants and consulting firms. They relied heavily on their visions, not on MBA programs.

Entrepreneurs handle ambiguity with ease. They get a thrill out of leading the way into unfamiliar territory and thumb their noses at failure. Fearless pacesetters, they are usually mystified to find they're weak at operations and management.

That's okay. Other people can manage for you, but you must be the guiding force that inspires your managers and staff to follow your vision. You'll shoulder responsibility and hold yourself personally accountable for the outcome. As a leader you have to focus on the big picture and trust others to focus on the details. People who do it all are self-employed but not entrepreneurial.

Three Parts Action

You must also be an actor. You act and get things done by delegating, subcontracting and leveraging other people's talents. You're innovative and unflaggingly determined, willing to put in fast-moving 16-hour days to reap the rewards of independence, creative freedom and unlimited financial gain.

Learn to be a marketing genius. Everything is marketing, from the way you say "good morning" to the contacts you make on an airplane to making a sales call. You sell ideas, products and services to potential purchasers by getting inside their minds and creatively communicating benefits.

Above all you must grow your enterprise and make a profit. People who say, "I love it so much I'd do it for free," are not entrepreneurs -- they're volunteers. Most entrepreneurs are willing to start small and grow slowly, but they fully expect to make money. There is nothing noble about being poor or failing financially.

Two Parts Strategy

When you know where you're going and have the courage to act, the only thing missing is the strategy for getting you there – but this is no small thing. Jumping into business without a strategic plan is like jumping in the ocean without knowing how to swim.

To create the strategic plan, envision your enterprise exactly as you want it to be. Then write down your goals and objectives for achieving that vision. For each goal, create a strategy and a target date for achieving it.

Assess your strengths. You already possess knowledge, skills and experience your enterprise will draw on. One of my strengths is that I'm persistent and go for it all the way. List all your strengths that apply to your enterprise.

Then appraise your challenges. They might involve market penetration, profitability, expertise, competition or location. Challenges change as your enterprise changes. My first challenge was getting clients to recognize the need for a new type of consulting service. When my company grew, a new challenge surfaced: my weakness as a manager. Without addressing that weakness, I might have worked solo forever, never achieving the bigger vision. That challenge led me to seek the right directors to support my vision. How will your challenges impact your goals?

Finally, act like a CEO. Create an income and spending plan. Know where your money is going, question every expenditure and keep the cash flow positive. That means taking in more money than you pay out, plain and simple. Make a budget and stick to it.

A CEO gets things done through delegation, so create a framework of people who can help you achieve your entrepreneurial vision. Even if you work solo, you can benefit from a myriad of talented consultants, vendors and subcontractors. From day one I hired a subcontractor to assist me with client projects, which worked so well that I put off hiring my first employee for ten years. Eventually I recognized that to stretch toward a bigger vision, I needed employees. Expect your framework to change as your vision grows, but build it only as big as you need.

I always joke that I'm a working CEO, a style that makes things happen. But no enterprise is unsinkable -- even the Titanic sank its first time out. In 1990 I hit an iceberg when my largest clients dissolved their law firm. Thankfully, through my vision, strategic plan and framework, I had the necessary lifeboats in place. My business stayed afloat and took a new course that changed my business forever.

After being an entrepreneur for more than two decades, I'm happier, more alive and more constantly challenged than I ever imagined when I started out working in my one-bedroom condo. Answering "yes" to some simple questions about myself made all the difference. If you're mouthy, opinionated, independent and your desire for adventure leads you to entrepreneurship; I guarantee this tested formula will take you wherever you want to go.

About the Author

Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD is the founder and president of Vickie Milazzo Institute. She is credited by The New York Times with creating thelegal nurse consulting profession in 1982. She is the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing the Profession and the Stevie Award (business's Oscar) as Mentor of the Year. Vickie has revolutionized the careers of thousands of RNs. She is the author ofInside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now
. Learn more at


Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive..... ~ Howard Thurman

Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses

Here are a few featured workshops and Teleclasses, you'll find a complete listing

Turn Your Everyday Snapshots Into Cash

This January in Austin, TX, You Can…

  • Turn Your Everyday Snapshots Into CashLearn from professional photographers the techniques they use to shoot pictures that sell for $150, $400, $600 -- and even higher…

  • Get hands-on practice applying your new skills -- while you explore one of the world's most enchanting cities…

  • Discover how travel photographers create a need for their photos -- and double or even triple your photography income…

  • Find out just how easy it is to turn your snapshots into cash… and enjoy the freedom, independence, and travel that freelance photography delivers…

The Ultimate Money-Making Photo Workshop
January 31 - February 2, 2008
Austin, TX

Visit: for more details or (866) 415-1425 or local at (202) 370-6459 from 8:00am -5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Spaces are limited.

Can’t Make the Live Workshop?

For the next five days only you can try either The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program or Turn Your Pictures into Cash: A Comprehensive Program in Taking and Selling Amazing Photographs for just one dollar.

Choose either and pay just $1 for the test drive. There's absolutely no risk to you.

That’s because no matter which program you choose, you'll be charged only $1 (plus shipping and handling). And you'll have a full 30 days to look it over. If you see the same value and benefit that so many of your fellow readers have, do nothing. At the end of 30 days you will be charged the balance of the program cost.

I have personally reviewed both of these programs and they are outstanding. If, however, you (or the person you're buying for) doesn't love it - no problem. This offer comes with a no-questions-asked guarantee. Simply return the unmarked materials in those first 30 days and you won't be charged.

That means with $1 today you can begin a completely new and exciting life. You'll have everything you need to start your new career, and enjoy one of the most exciting, romantic, and rewarding lifestyles there is.

Please understand, though, that you'll have to act fast. This offer is only good through December 8th.

Simply click on the program that suits you best...and start, today, to revolutionize the way you experience the world.

The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program:


Turn Your Pictures into Cash: A Comprehensive Program in Taking and Selling Amazing Photographs:

P.S. Of course, whichever program you choose comes with AWAI's no-questions-asked guarantee. If you (or the person you're buying for) doesn't love it…no problem. Simply return the unmarked materials and you won’t see another charge. It's as simple as that.

"How to Become Joyfully Jobless" 2007 Teleclass Series hosted by Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job

Barbara Winter

Learn what it takes to live the joyfully jobless life from the master − Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job. A vivacious and wildly popular speaker, Barbara will address such topics as the power of multiple income streams… how to stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an entrepreneur… why starting small is the smartest (and most profitable) way to launch your new enterprise… and much more.

Like mini-workshops, these monthly Joyfully Jobless Teleclasses are interactive, which means you get to ask questions and benefit from firsthand feedback from the woman I call the "Muse of Self-Bossing."

This series is free to current members of the Fast Track Your Dream Community members. Non-members are welcome to attend for $19 with all proceeds going to the non-profit micro-grant organization

Wednesday, December 12th
8:00-9:00pm Eastern Time

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*To learn more about how you can fast track your dream of working at what you love - and get a two month membership FREE - go to

**A portion of all revenue from this Teleclass will go to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of impoverished people in the US and internationally via the micro-grant organization

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
~ Author Unknown


The View From theOther Side

"For me, businesses are like buses. You stand on a corner and you don't like where the first bus is going? Wait ten minutes and take another. Don't like that one? They'll just keep coming. There's no end to buses or businesses."

~Sheldon Adelson,
an American billionaire, property developer and chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp



Resources for a Change

Become a Professional Rock Gardener
Attending workshop, seminars, and conferences is a great way to see how people in your interest area are making a living. For example, if you think you’d like to reinvent yourself as a professional rock gardener there’s the “Rock Gardening for the Future” workshop sponsored by the 4500-member strong North American Rock Garden Society. Some of the nine gardening experts and authors featured include Geoffrey Charlesworth aka “The Opinionated Gardener,” John Good author of Alpine Plants, and Kristl Walek owner of the Canadian seed house Gardens North. Happening March 28-30, 2008 in Farmington, Connecticut. Early registration ends December 31st. Learn more at

Good Magazine
A great example of social entrepreneurship in action is the business model used by a fascinating new general interest magazine called Good. When you subscribe 100 percent of your payment goes to one of a dozen non-profit organizations of your choosing. Last year Good helped raise more than $500,000 for non-profit partners like Room to Read, Malaria No More, and Ashoka. Learn more or subscribe at 

Discounted Travel for International Volunteers
This unique site offers discounted international airfare for humanitarian volunteers. Volunteers can find places to volunteers. Nonprofits can connect with interested volunteers. Learn more at Check out the Good Network for an inspiring list organizations doing good.



Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!