Avoid Using This Networking Tactic, It Will “Kill” Your Credibility.

Social media is great! a lot of people use it to learn things and reconnect with long lost friends or relatives. Then, you have a group of people out there who seem to use social media as a way to try and get attention when they haven’t done enough to earn it the right way…..let me explain.
People have a sneaky way of trying to look more important than they actually are on social media. This usually happens after they read a new book or attend a weekend seminar and so now they have some kind of new energy about them and they make attempts at trying to look or sound as if they are so much busier than they have ever been in their life.
You never see posts like this from them, but all of the sudden they are now getting a lot of attention?….WHY?, just because they got back from a motivational weekend? Let me show you a tactic people use and see if you can recognize anyone who has used this in the past. If you see this being done, start calling people out on it.Don-t-be-fooled-People-aren-t-who-they-Post-to-be
 
You ever see someone post this….
“Hey everyone, I have been getting a lot of people asking about my program lately so here is a video link that talks all about it in detail, contact me for details once you watch it”
 
 
OK, you see that post? its a lie! no one is asking “YOU” about anything. This is a tactic that people will use to try and get some type of attention to their brand when they are desperate. If they were speaking the truth here is how that would actually look.
 
“Hey everyone, I have been getting a lot of people asking about my program lately so I’ll drop a link for those people and for anyone else interested in the things that I teach…Here you go (Tag Person), (Tag Person), (Tag Person).
The people you are tagging should be the ones who have been asking about you and your program, that is…..if they actually exist.
 
This is a credibility thing and when you actually add names to your list of interested people, it shows you are not lying and it allows other people to look at those who are interested in you and from there people start making decisions as to whether or not those people’s opinions matter.
 
Why should you care?……If I posted that I have people asking me about my program, it shows that I am in demand, from there I show people who is actually interested in my content by tagging their names. This allows other people on Facebook to look at those people and see if they are kind of like them. If you are similar to these people then guess what?…..maybe you would like some of the information that I offer because you and these other people have a lot in common so instead of just saying “I have people asking me about”…….instead of saying that, BACK IT UP!b82e6d92c587c0743d6aeaffcdcc4e41
 
Leave tagged names for others so people can see what kind of crowd you are attracting matters. It builds trust and I myself have done this. I posted a while back about one of my classes. I hash tagged some names in that post and then I got some texts from people on Facebook saying “I saw your post and I am friends with (Tagged Person) , we are buddies on Facebook so I figured if they liked your class, then maybe I should look into it.
 
This is how I have found most of my students on Facebook. I post things and tag people who actually took my classes and did the work, from there it shows that some “Action” has been going on and maybe people who see that post will come take a look at what I have to offer. Credibility sells itself. Be honest and you will naturally attract more people.
 
See how that looks now? when you actually have people asking about your content, put their names down and tag them. Behind the scenes I send people links if they have shown any interest in content that I have produced. I contact those people directly vs announcing on social media that I am in such great demand from people. Go look at these people’s Facebook feed’s. If their page looks no different than usual, then how is it that they are now getting all kinds of attention when what they have been posting hasn’t changed at all?
This is what people fail to learn, when you try tactics like this, it shows desperation. You can tell who actually deserves new traffic and attention because you will notice on their pages an increase in activity or you will notice them trying new things which could contribute to new people actually being interested in them.
If you see posts like that from people, go see if they have made major changes to how they have been posting over the past few weeks, if its the exact same, CALL THEM OUT! you don’t all of the sudden become in demand if you don’t change how you get attention.53854431
This tactic is being used a lot on social media, it can be presented in many ways, here are a few.
#1. “Hey guys, I have had people asking to see more of my artwork so here is a link for that”
#2. “WOW”, people have been asking me about my new book because they heard it was really good from other people, this link will take you to my page on amazon”
#3. There has been a lot of people asking me about how I get free leads for real estate, I’ll drop a link for a video so you can see just how I do this”
Those three examples are ways to deliver the same pitch, but with just different wording. You can do this for any industry and it is being used a lot because people just don’t know how to gather in the right amount of attention to their brand. When things get tough and your views are not going well, this is a tactic that a lot of people rely on to get some kind of quick gratification and its a bad idea to try and prop yourself up like that when you haven’t earned it.
 
This is a common tactic used by business owners, its (weak sauce) is what it is so the next time you see this type of a post from someone, call them out! because people who are in demand don’t have time to post about how much demand there is for them, they are too busy getting back to those demanding people to even have time for posting that type of thing.
 
Don’t be so starved for attention that you have to use tactics like this to feel better about yourself, try earning attention with your work ethic and knowledge, its a lot more rewarding!

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I have had people ask about this class Masters Class. Contact me on Facebook and I’ll give you their names so you can ask them why they were interested and then you can see if they signed up or not and find out why! (Credibility Matters)

Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

Meet The Mentor: Do You Suffer From Excusitis?

I have a test I use on students. It’s a social media test and it gauges how much time you waste time posting things that do you no good. I don’t tell students that I do this but its part of their training when they are in my program.
I’ll break it down so you can see how this works. Most of my students suffer from bad habits, one of them is “Excusitis” this happens a lot because people get side tracked with bullshit drama in their life vs working on building their business.7-steps-to-get-beyond-excuses-5-638
Today I had to let a student go……yup, it was bad! Let me show you what their past week looked like and then you can see how bad it gets. This person told me they couldn’t get everything done for the week because they were too busy with “WORK”, then after it was time to hand in the work for the week this guy got defensive and lashed out at me because I was holding him to a higher standard of accountability (which is why he signed up for the program) .You can decide whether or not they deserve a second chance.
Monday 13th – Gets into an argument on Facebook about president Trump Online. The feed goes 27 comments deep and lasted longer than 2 hours.  Student tells me he head no time for a blog or a video that day because he was tied up with work.
Tuesday 14th – Tells me they can’t post a quick shout out video for followers on instagram because they are too busy……later (same day) they posted on Instagram but it was about over priced car service repairs from a place they just had work done. They had time to bitch but not time to promote?
Wednesday 15th – Spends the day cleaning the garage, yup that was it, nothing else for the day.
Thursday 16th – Watched March Madness, posted about scores and never posted a blog or video for the day.
 
Friday 17th – Watched College Basketball again, went to lunch with buddies, took pics of that, came back home.
Here is his reply to me for kicking out of the program.
“You know Mike, not everyone wants to work as hard as you do” I don’t spend my whole day working, I have a life to ya know and what good is working if you can’t enjoy life at all? You need to realize that people can’t life up to impossible standards that you set, no wonder so many people fail your classes”.
Nice message….he sounds like someone who was given tasks that were impossible to complete. Ladies and Gentlemen if I asked you to post a video each day on Instagram for the week, would that be a hard thing to accomplish? You only get 1:00 of recording time so would it be a lot to ask for maybe….6-7 minutes of video week from you so people can see and hear about your business more? That is what this argument was about and it shouldn’t have happened but things like this happen all the time in my classes because people have a big problem with following through on things and they have a lot of fear they refuse to get past.Blog-Article-two-photo-Are-your-excuses-more-important-than-your-dreams
The work I assign in my classes is easy on purpose, that too is a test. If you complain about class work, then you’ll never do what’s expected of you out in the real world when no one’s watching you. Every student who has failed my program did so because they didn’t do the work and tried to lie their way out of it.
If they were honest about messing up, I would still work with them because part of gaining progress means that you identify with the crappy habits you still hold onto. You can’t break habits that you are not aware of. Being honest with yourself is part of the program and how you grow as a business owner.
Now I could be a total asshole and post his text messages that show him having excuses vs him being all rough and tough. It’s very sad to me that I have people who sign up to get better at something and all they do is complain when being instructed and the worst part is they bring it on themselves by not doing the work and falling into comfort zones.
I bet if I was Tony Robbins and I asked this guy to post a video on Instagram he would do it. Part of the reason people fight me is because they think I don’t know what I am talking about so when they fail a task, they blame me which is a habit they have developed over time and they have kind of perfected it because its so quick to come out anytime a problem comes up. It’s called “Excusitis”6e13ef4240d377e4c6eb09e87f4e869c
The reason I bring this test up is because this is what people do without even thinking twice about it. They pay money for a class to develop new skills and gain new knowledge and then they turn around do screw off.
Being side tracked is a huge problem with people and what’s worse is when you assign them work that they say they need help with but then they don’t do it. They procrastinate until the last minute to get anything done and then try to lie to get out of being in trouble.
Being in business for yourself is not a game, its a real world battle for positioning in life. You either work hard to grow, or you work hard to keep yourself occupied with things that don’t matter. I’m real big on people keeping their word so be careful around me because if you promise to do something I will actually believe you until your work ethic shows me otherwise and if that happens, I’ll never trust you or work with you again!
It’s hard to find honest and credible people these days! Work hard and try and be one of those people. Believe me you will stand out if you do.FBCoverB
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

You Can’t Knock The Hustle, There is Always Work To Be Done!

I had a guy named Franklin reach out to me on Facebook and he tells me that I’ll never understand what operating a real business is like. I laughed at him and said “Oh really”?
Here is what he said……“Michael you work too much”, you are always busy and always working and that is not how successful people operate”.
{ME} – You sound like one of those hype men at a seminar, what are you trying to get me into?….Forex?…..Click Funnels?….which is it?….Diabetic Test Strip Selling?
 
{Franklin} – When you work a lot in a business, the business owns you vs you owning it.
{ME} Oh boy here we go!, you sound like one of those know it all, motivational speakers so let me shatter your pitch so you can stop doing this to people because what you are suggesting is just not accurate. Even if you have workers and everything outsources in your business, you still have to pay attention to it every single day. What are your people doing? is everyone being productive? are numbers dropping? what’s the ROI on marketing this month?
So you are telling me that you ignore all of that and just sit back and collect money?…I call bullshit. I know people who make $200k a month on autopilot with rentals and not one of them sits on their ass. They don’t have to show up to a job, but they still have a lot of responsibilities to the business. If anything, you are a silent, full time baby sitter to your business. Telling people that they are not a real business owner just because they still work is just plain stupid and not a good idea either.
{Franklin} – I guess you don’t understand the “Lap Top Lifestyle”
{ME} – Oh here we go! “Laptop Lifestyle”?…Oh you mean sit back and make money on your laptop all day and then do nothing else…is that what you mean? I work from home so Yes, I know what that term implies vs what it should really mean.
 
{Franklin} – You are wasting time on building a traditional business. If you don’t have systems, then you are a worker vs a true business owner.
{ME} – HA HA, are you done now believing this crap? Grant Cardone is worth $400 Million…..works everyday! Gary Vaynerchuk is worth $150 Million, works everyday. Tony Robbins, worth about 1 Billion, works everyday. All of these guys have systems and people who work for them and not one of them sits on their ass all day doing nothing so are they doing it all wrong too?images (2)
{Franklin} – They work only because they love what they do.
{Me} – And that’s why I work everyday. I’m not one of those people who can just sit around all day and rely on a system to keep bringing me in money each month, I need to be busy or else I freak out, besides I have this feeling you are bias because you sound like one of those brand new people who just got started with click funnels and you are brainwashed into thinking that if you work hard enough, you can make ton of money and just open your laptop everyday and check your new bank balance?….is that what you think?
 
{Franklin} – Why is that stupid? and yes, I am actually a part of a TEAM who teaches this stuff. If you haven’t been to one of their events, then you really don’t know what this is all about.
{Me} – Oh yes I do actually in fact, I’ve asked to speak at their events and they won’t return my calls. This is an area that I excel in so here we go. Click funnel webpages are being targeted by search engines now so its much harder and much more expensive to convert traffic from that type of set up. Your teachers won’t tell you this because they want you paying a monthly membership fee to them and that is all they want from you so in the end, you got suckered into a business model that you feel will make you rich really fast and then once that happens, you can sit back and enjoy the money until you die.
 
{Franklin} – Have you ever done this type of business before?
 
{Me} – Nope, but I have students in my program who are and they tried to get me into it (much like you are) and once I explained to them all the work involved with that, they seemed kind of angry.
 
{Franklin} – Why would they be angry?
{Me} – Because its not as great as they make it sound. Landing pages and Doorways pages are now hated by search engines. This update was implemented on March 8th and it was called the “FRED” update.
{Franklin} – So what you are telling me is that my teachers are lying to me? That’s not nice to say, where is your proof?
{Me} – They are doing the typical seminar guru bullshit, they get you all hyped up and then only show you the basics. Once you start “NOT” making money, their go to phrase will be “It takes time to get these ads to convert”. The truth is, it only takes a few minutes to get a new page to start getting responses, it doesn’t take long at all but they will tell it does so that you don’t quit the program. Go ask your teacher about ranking signals and algorithm changes and see if they have a ton of knowledge to dump on you, otherwise they are just selling you another system that they say can’t be denied.
If they can’t answer any of the ranking signal questions then you are being sold a system that is not based on telling people 100% the truth and that is because your teachers don’t even know about the new changes so they just teach you how to saturate the market with targeted ads and in their minds as long as you get tons and tons of traffic to your pages it won’t matter because eventually some of that traffic will convert.

This is stupid because the more unconverted traffic you are getting, the worse your ad ranks overall and then it gets “Ghosted” by search engines which means its not even seen anymore so then it under performs and when that happens you are told to try new keywords and make new ads which means?……spend more money!

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Pages like this are now hated by Google….Just so you know!

{Franklin} – So then I should just quit?
 
{Me} – Nope, instead actually get educated about what it is you are doing. Stop relying on keywords and only what your teachers are telling you. My information comes from the people directly at Google. I somehow doubt your teacher knows the SEO laws like I do because only 47 people sat in on that last Google SEO update video and I didn’t see any guru’s names in that chat room so unless they are pals with the people at Google, then they don’t know this material.
{Franklin} – So you are calling them liars?
{Me} – Technically…..YES! because I can go onto their sites and see just exactly how they are making their money. I can see what keywords they use the most and how. I can also see what links trace back to them. This is not something rare, if you understand SEO at all you can trace people’s work. Your guru isn’t telling you the whole truth about how this all works and here you are sitting online telling people “If you work in your business you don’t own it, it owns you”, but yet here you are not even knowing the complete story about what it is you are actually being sold on. Most of your Guru’s are manipulating the system and in my Masters Class, I show people just how they do this.
{Franklin} – I’m still new at this sales funnel thing so I’m just getting things going now.
{Me} – How long have you been involved with this?
{Franklin} – about 6 months now.
{ME} – That’s not being new anymore so after 6 months, what I just told you is something you never hard before?
{Franklin} – That’s all news to me and if it was actually important, I would think these people would know all about it.
{ME} – You need a new teacher or guru to follow who will be more honest with you about all of this because this click funnel method is something that caters to people who don’t like work so they do this in the hopes that it makes them enough money to the point where they can buy back their time. I don’t care what type of business you have, as the owner, you don’t have days off. As much as you don’t want to believe that you still are accountable to a lot of things and this whole “Laptop Lifestyle” bullshit pitch that you are falling for is more work than they are selling you on.
{Franklin} – Well, I’m not quitting because I believe what I am doing is going to work.
{Me} – You can have all the belief you want, but if you don’t fully understand how something works in real time, then all the hope in the world won’t fix that. What if I told you that Google will hate anything you post that doesn’t cater to the users query?
 
{Franklin} What do you mean?wmt1
 
{Me} – Google wants your webpages to answer a users question with just one page! Click Funnels are designed to take you from one page to another and then to another. That is called “Doorway Pages” and when you have those, Google redirects incoming traffic for those search queries that you would be getting, and it transfers them to a page with a higher “Authority Score” this means that Google see’s their webpages as a much better source of information.
This gets done without you knowing and the result of this is you not getting any converted traffic so what will you do once that happens?……make new ads and spend more money so for a guy who seems to think that I work too hard in my businesses, you sir still don’t have all the facts about what it is you are even trying to do. Before you start lecturing people about how they should be running their business, you might want to learn how yours even works before you start doing something like that.
 
{Franklin} – Ok Mr. Know It All….
 
{ME} – No reason to get defensive just because someone pointed out that your seminar guru isn’t telling you all the details. I’m not lying about any of this. I don’t think you like what I had to say because it goes against everything you are being taught right now and I’m here to tell you the truth. No business owner sits on their ass all day and just makes money on auto pilot, behind the scenes those people are working but not telling you. Its a status thing they sell to people because that is how you get butts in the seats at an event, trust me I use to say the same shit back when I was in Network Marketing. I said whatever I had to in order to get people to just show up.
A real business owner always looks for new growth and that doesn’t happen sitting around doing nothing all day. Stop thinking that there is some magical finish line of money waiting for you. There is always going to be work that needs to be done and it will be work that only YOU can do so get it out of your head that one day you will suddenly just have enough money to ignore your business 100%., If billionaires still work, then you will still be working, just in a different capacity! I would stop looking forward to that, and focus in more on actually understanding what it is that you are trying to do because you are not very well informed on how opt-in pages are now looked at.
 
{Franklin} – I just looked you up online and I see a ton of your content that talks about this stuff so you must actually know this huh?
 
{Me} – Why do people have a hard time believing that some people actually do research?Yes I do know this stuff, and it makes no sense to get your hopes up on any business opportunity unless you fully understand what you are up against. I have pals who make money on click funnels so it does work BUT, they are not sitting around all day doing nothing, so don’t think that you will someday be doing that. If you own any business, there is always work to be done vs thinking that your laptop will just make you money to the point where you sit on your ass all the time.digital-strategy-dont-believe-the-hype-it-always-depends-on-research-14-638
{Franklin} – My teacher lives the laptop lifestyle, he can go and do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
{ME} – Really? is that why he has all these events booked he is speaking at? because he is financially free? If it was me, I wouldn’t be speaking to anyone, I’d be out fishing, or traveling vs any of what he is doing. Your guru teaches you how to live a laptop lifestyle, but yet here is working like crazy to try and get his brand more recognition? How can you not see that? He’s not sitting around relying on his systems or laptop is he?, so what makes you believe you will be doing less than what he is once the money starts to pour in?
{Franklin} – I was told that once you set things up, it runs itself.
{ME} – Oh my god Franklin that doesn’t mean you stop paying attention to the business, if anything you have to be the one who is the most involved! Franklin if you want a lifestyle that welcomes in more money then you have to realize that you just signed up to become a much more accountable person, not just with work priorities but also with money management and future growth.
This life is hard, being your own boss is hard, and it takes a shit load of work to make it all come together and then STAY TOGETHER! If you want to really stand out and impress people, don’t go around telling them to work hard so they can be lazy someday. Instead show everyone how much of a beast you are and how much hustle you have because that will attract more attention than you just telling people that you will be rich really fast and then not have to do anything. Smart people know better!
{Franklin} – I hated you when we first started to chat, after a while I see that you not trying to be mean but you are trying to just make me aware of somethings and thats cool.
{Me} –  Franklin, I always end up looking like the bad guy because I have the details that most people don’t pay attention to. Those details matter especially when you are trying to gain quality traffic online for your business. Like I said, Click Funnels can work, but you need to know all about them or else it becomes an expensive hobby vs a business that can rely on steady income each month.
This blog was posted so that people can see that behind the scenes I have people who will argue with me but this is their way of asking questions. I don’t expect people to understand it but this sometimes is how people get past their fears, if they have to be defensive I am ok with that but if I shows them facts about something and they still argue, well then they are just bias.
Over the last 20 years I have noticed a lot of people getting all amped up for the chance to make easy money online and they are not being told how hard it is to build that up. I understand that people have to motive others at a seminar with best case scenario’s, but people need to know all the truth’s about how money is actually made online because what a lot of guru’s don’t tell you is…..they use their fame to increase traffic and there are ways to do that and seminars is just one of them.
They will show you the steps they took to get things up and going, but no one will show you all the tricks of the trade. I almost called Meet The Mentor something else, I was going to call it “The Anti-Guru Zone” because a lot of my content is based on a lot of the things that seminars leave out. I sit in on events, I take notes, and I start outlining all the things they are not telling the audience but they should be.
I then write a blog or do a Podcast on some of that content but for the most part I teach a lot of the deeper content inside the classes I host. After 20 years of watching seminars evolve and how they get set up, I made sure that my program never turned into one of those platforms. This guy Franklin is a good guy. He’s passionate and fired up, but at the same time he is scared because after 6 months of work, he has no money coming into his funnels and part of the reason he got defensive with me was so he could pull information out of me (Smart Move). 
I recognize this tactic in a lot of people. Sometimes its the only way they know how to ask for help. I am not an SEO know it all, but I do know whats going on right now, I have changed how I create content because of the new changes and it has worked well. My goal for Meet The Mentor is to just be straight with people. Be Honest, Try New Things, Work Hard, and Move On!
I get a lot of people like Franklin in my classes. They get started in something new and after a while it doesn’t work like they thought it should so they try to see if its them, or if they need more information that will allow them to grow in new ways. A lot of the classes we have are based around lead generation, branding, social media marketing, and networking. There is a lot that gets covered in the Meet The Mentor classes band I am not bias to any one industry, I look for missing pieces in all areas.
Whether its a network marketing seminar, or a copy writing meet up, or an SEO master mind group, I do a ton of research on what’s being taught to people and what important things are being left out. That is what Meet The Mentor was built on, so seeing chats like the one I had with Franklin happen very often. I like sharing some of them because I know there are people out there who can relate to this type of dialogue.
Its real life in action and sometimes its not pretty, but that’s where communication skills comes in. Franklin could have taken off and said “Eat Shit”….but he didn’t. What you see here is a shortened version of our chat. (believe me it was a long chat). I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got something out of this because behind the scenes folks, personal development is not fun, its hard, there will be conflict and doubt and fear and more. I get it because I use to do the same things 20 years ago, now I work to train people how to break those ideas and habits because I know how to move on from all that crap.
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Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

People Love Seminars, Too Bad They Treat Them Like Rock Concerts.

How many of you have ever been to a seminar? I was a seminar junkie when I was younger and I always loved traveling to them and learning new things. Over the years I started to notice a trend with people who went to these events. They treat these things like tailgating at a rock concert.
You see people coming in all excited, they can’t wait for the show to start and then after a few days of being home, the high energy and vibe you were engaged in is all gone so what do you do?……get tickets to the next event so you can go ROCK OUT once again.

I will never forget one of the best speakers I ever heard, it was at a comedy show in Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre. I went to go see George Carlin that night and the guy who opened for him was a comedian who played guitar and sang parody songs on stage. He comes out, doesn’t say a word for like 10 seconds, then he blurts out “ARE YOU READY TO ROCK”?……..The place goes nuts, everyone is screaming and then he softly says “Then why are you at a comedy show”?

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Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont Illinois

That was how he opened his bit and people laughed but I think I was the only person in the audience who thought to myself “Holy Shit” Seminar people have the same mindset, they come in with expectations of one thing but end up finding out its something else. Once they get to an event, after a few hours they start tuning out, playing on their phone, and they stop taking notes. The whole excitement of the moment has now worn off after a little bit and that is where most people fail at these events.
As soon as one thing comes up at that event that isn’t super awsome in their eyes, they tune out and start going back to old habits. It’s weird that a comedy show would be used almost 20 years later as a place where I got the idea to start looking into seminar behavior more but here it is.
You know something interesting? You see all these seminars coming out with these “All Star” line ups. So here is the question. Out of all the speakers…..who is the most right? Who’s advice do you take, how come there isn’t just one theme and they all target that? I don’t like “All Star” lineups for any seminar because its a Guru tactic to take advantage of other people’s fame and center it around you. This tactic has been around forever.
Guru’s will do this because if they add in famous speakers to their line up, all the followers of those people will not connect with YOU if you are hosting the event and in return that turns into a hell of a lot of web traffic that YOU don’t have to pay for, it will naturally flow to you.
The intent is nice and they want you to believe its all for you, but in the end its a self promoting expose of non stop people promoting their brand and personal philosophy’s. This is why a lot of people at seminars never end up doing any of the work that gets taught at those things. They get pulled in so many directions emotionally and end up losing track of what one person said because someone else said something cooler or wiser or worse, they end up falling asleep of paying attention to their phone.1st day
Very soon you will start seeing a lot of “Marketing Seminars” popping now because of all the changes happening to search engines. Smart guru’s are already on top of this. Social Media Influencer’s are jumping all over this as well and everyone and their mom is going to tell you how “THEY” made something work for them. Your job is to take notes and try out everything you hear from that weekend and hope it all works out for you.
Most of it will be good content, and you will fail a lot when you try most of it, but eventually something that you try out brand new will stick and then you have yet another building tool to add to your arsenal in life. The problem is people burn out before they get a chance to test out all those new ideas. Seminars are not personal and that is what people need more of, believe me I’ve been to enough seminars myself to see that this is a problem.
A large portion of people who attend seminars only do so because they want to be closer to a certain speaker or maybe get a picture taken with them so they can gain some status on social media in some way. These people are “Seminar Groupies” and much like people who go to rock concerts and follow a certain band around, these seminar people go to all the events and most of them only go to be “SEEN”, vs actually being a student.
They will take notes and show proof they are a hard worker but after a few days of being home away from the hype of a seminar, reality sets in and then you find out what people are made of in terms of their work habits and real intentions. They buy all the books and attend all the events, but do half the work, or none at all.
Much like a rock concert, most people after a seminar just want to get home and sleep in their bed and wake up the next day with some of that fire burning inside them but much like a rock concert, the fun and the excitement fades and that is why seminars are not for everyone, only the disciplined.burnout-600x600
I sat through SEO and Copy Writing seminars all last year. Those are not super exciting events but I noticed something, not one of the speakers said the same thing. If I sat back and looked at it as a whole. I had 37 different speakers telling me to do 37 different things. No wonder people can’t ever seem to get value from seminars most of the time, they have too much information overload and think they can do all of it, but end up doing none of it.
This is why I created Meet The Mentor a few years ago. I realized that most people don’t want to spend time in seminars, or pay thousands of dollars to go to a weekend event and stay in a hotel when they would rather stay at home and just get the information that way. I went to over 100 seminars in my life and I saw a huge demand for this type of training that Meet The Mentor does.
Why go to a weekend event when you already know that you don’t do the work afterwards anyway? People have convinced themselves that if they don’t go to seminars then they will not be seen as a hustler in life or a leader.
It’s about education and actually doing work folks and not about just being seen or trying to increase your popularity on social media! I’ve seen way too many people pay tons of money to sit for a weekend in a place where they pump you full content and you literally retain 5% of the information you just sat through and once you get home from an event like that you will apply an even lesser percentage because the hype and excitement wears off pretty quick.
I stayed in hotels and I did all that stuff too but I know its not the best platform for most people to actually learn especially when it comes to paying attention to details. I know a seminar is not the best setting for most people to learn from because if anything, its too much information too soon and they get overwhelmed by it and then get intimidated by the work load.

What ends up happening is, they will try some new ideas, fail at a few and then quit working hard after that. It’s instant burnout! When the hype of a weekend event doesn’t match up to how things are in real life, it hits people hard and most can’t handle the disappointment.

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If The Data is Good, Then The Hype Lasts Long After The Event is Over. People Will Praise a Speaker and Their Presentation, but Then Turn Around and do None of The Work.

People want the knowledge alright, but having to sit through a weekend and take notes is not very appealing to many people and that is why most people who attend seminars never do anything with the information they just learned….because they were tuning out during the event.
I watched a famous speaker recently online at an event. The people in the front row were not even paying attention. They were on their phones and not even looking up. It’s people like that who never create breakthrough’s.
When I created Meet The Mentor, the goal was to take out that seminar feel and make it more like a group gathering. We are in the 3rd week of the Masters Class and so far not one person has giving me any issues.masters class blue
In my Accountability Classes I get people who fight with me all the time because they don’t want to do certain things like “Post an Instagram Video” or “Actually be in the videos they post” so they argue about it and its gets them nowhere.
The Masters Class people are a different breed. They are a hungry bunch of people who are starving for more knowledge. this group I have right now is loaded with stars. These people came to the class not only prepared, but they also come in with an open mind because when you get a room full of alpha males and females…..it can get intense sometimes.
My hats off to the people in the class right now. Not only are they doing well in the class and taking good notes, but they are also doing the work “NOW” vs waiting for some magical day to come along where they all of the sudden work like a person who wants to go somewhere in life.
Meet The Mentor is a program for those people who have been to seminars and have not seen any changes in their business. “Seminar Sickness” is real folks, sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need hence why the classes we host are so small. Don’t get overwhelmed by 100 people telling you to do 100 different things. Instead learn the information that would be presented at those events but then have it delivered to you in a way that makes more sense because you can actually talk to the host directly on camera.
When I host these Masters Classes, students are “Live” with me online and they can ask questions at anytime. Having that type of “Live” interaction is important to people because many times they need clarification on things and by them asking questions in real time ,that helps them learn better because they are getting instant responses vs just relying on speakers notes.FBCoverB
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

What Do You Want To Be Known For?

Do you know anyone who leases an exotic car every year and uses that car as a Branding Tool? This seems to be a big thing on Instagram now.
 
I will never post a picture of a check or a car or anything like that ever again on social media. That’s not what I want to be known for or linked to. I did that a year ago and the results were not good.
 
When I bought my BMW a year ago, I set that as a year long goal and once I finally hit that goal, I posted my check that helped pay for it “all cash” and all I received for the most part was shit from people telling me that BMW’s are crap and they break all the time and they are expensive to repair (Nice Friends I Have) so now I keep my personal life stuff off Facebook.

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I Will Never Post Like This Again on Social Media. It Brought Me Nothing But Problems!

 
If I buy something nice or brand new, I seriously doubt people care so I’ll stick to just posting educational content and video game highlights on my feed along with music stuff and maybe some humor tossed in there from time to time.
 
When you post things like cars or checks, it brings you all the wrong attention. No one gave a rats ass about my program or book, but once I started posting checks I was all of the sudden “The Man”
 
I don’t want that type of attention and not from those type of people. I learned a hard lesson last year. I ended up trying to train 130 people last year in my program who were fake people and not real grinders at all and because of that terrible experience, I revamped my program and changed how I brand myself.
 
My job is not to show people my checks and make them think I am hot shit. My job is to make people realize that I know a lot of things about social media that a lot of people don’t because I put in the work to learn all that. I value education and hard work over shiny things any day. 

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Don’t Be This Person!

 
I don’t place any value on showing people how well I can do my job or how much money I can make in a year. None of that matters to me because its not a benchmark for success. Half the people I coach make more money than I do anyway so its not my personal success that draws people to my classes, its the education that I offer that no one else teaches. I value things  like “Teaching people valuable content” or “Helping them gain confidence with new skills”. I want to be known for the value I can bring people vs the stuff I can buy.
 
No one signs up for my classes because I paid cash for a BMW a year ago, they don’t even ask about it. All people care about is “Can you give me new information that will allow me better leverage in my niche” and my answer to that question is YES!FBCoverB
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

The Guru’s Are at it Again! (SMH)

It never gets old watching people recycle old ideas or methods and then reintroduce them to the masses as something brand new and never before seen because that is going on right now. I remember a few years ago I got an email and it said “If you want to discover this hidden niche for real estate deals, click here”.
So I click on it and after 15 minutes of a bullshit video, I finally get told what it was…..Bidding on HUD houses online and flipping them to cash buyers…..That’s not new, but how they sold it was. The presentation was well thought out but in the end it still wasn’t anything new but yet guru’s found a way to sell this and people buy it every time.
Everyone in real estate start paying attention. Because of the recent trending going on from Click Funnel guru’s, The Real Estate guru’s are now taking click funnels and implementing them in to their real estate practice and they are selling it as the latest and greatest thing…..sorry guru’s, you are already late to this party! This is not a secret, this is not new, this is just another way for guru’s to try and get you to sign up for something they are promoting and selling…..typical bullshit!
 
Sales funnels have been around forever folks. When you add in today’s technology and toss in some graphs and a fucking slide show, people all of the sudden think its brand new and they must be a part of it….its a hoax! and its meant to sell you on “THEIR AGENDA” otherwise I wouldn’t have click funnel people in my classes right now pissed off after what I just showed them last Saturday about this method. When people get the full truth about things, it kind of opens their eyes a bit.maxresdefault
 
I just did a class last Saturday on click funnels and how that math even works and how people even come to conclusions on what it considered a (Quality Lead) as it comes through the funnel. If you have a real estate guru trying to tell you that they know a way to get the very best leads and close the biggest deals….I’ll save you the seminar time and the opt-in, don’t bother, they are now promoting click funnels which is a version of landing pages.
 
So be on the look out for something like…. “Mr. Moore’s Click Funnel, Fast Track, Lead Generating System.” It worked for my millionaire buddies so it will work for you too….sign here!
 
I hate that this crap is being pushed onto people as if its some new thing when its not. I just wrote a blog the other day talking about this very topic. I don’t like it when a guru takes other people’s results, especially only top producers results and then turns around and uses those as a benchmark for what “YOU” should be learning or doing in your business. I hate to say this folks but the only business metrics that matter are “YOURS”
 
This is why people quit programs. They get told what they should be doing vs being taught what they are actually qualified to do. I see people try so hard to be good at direct mail but they run out of money after a while so that method can’t work for them….but the guru keeps pushing it vs working with that person on other methods that they could be good at. If anything this is a gateway for the guru to sell you a brand new shiny box that has all the details in it for the low price of….let’s say $997.00….you know typical guru bullshit.

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Sales Funnels Are Not New, But They Are Being Sold Like They Are.

A simple sales funnel should look something like this:

  • Attract – to attract visitors to the landing page through paid search, paid social, organic,
  • Convert – to convert visitors into leads by offering a free trial on the landing page.
  • Nurture – to nurture leads by using email auto responders.
  • Close – to close qualified leads by following up with a call.

This is what they will show you in a seminar. Seems nice, only about what…..4 things to really keep an eye on right? How bad could the real truth be you ask?

The REAL CLICK FUNNEL LAYOUT ….Looks like this.
Traffic Quality, Site Performance,Site Copy,Site Structure,Conversion Page Effectiveness, Persons Intent, Strength of offer, Follow on Nurturing, Pricing,Lead Routing,Sales Follow Up Time, Product features,Match Comparisons Between persons Intent and Product Features, Budget Cycle Timing…..”oh wait, I forgot to add in a bunch of other ones but I think you get the point.”
 
Click Funnels are not the greatest thing ever invented, not even close! It’s a marketing tactic that you use to over saturate targeted traffic with emotional based ads that have “Trigger Word” in them and you run those until those people who you are targeting finally cave in and buy from you.
It’s not science at all really, its all based on impulse and you only target specific data and that data isn’t even accurate so your CTR (Click Through Rate) will be very low because of that, but the guru’s will tell you that so much traffic will be coming in, it won’t matter….Umm…yes it does jackass.calculating-click-through-rate
Google redirects web traffic away from sites or Funnel Sites that can’t convert at a certain percentage and when your CTR or Bounce rate is not good, it actually does matter. Maybe you should learn how this stuff all works now because low ranking pages that have a high bounce rate will not convert traffic at all and the more you flood it with bad leads that don’t convert, the worse it gets for you.
The guru’s justify this by saying “You’ll have so much traffic it will eventually convert enough to the point where you won’t need to care”. Ummm, Yes I should care. If I don’t care about my bounce rates, then its going to cost me more money to convert traffic so once again sleazeball guru….It Does Matter! Maybe you should learn SEO before you start launching seminars….Hmmm maybe?
 
When your bounce rate is high, the search engines will take that “Qualified” traffic that is coming in and send it to other site because those pages better answer users questions than what your ad does so then it becomes a constant battle of changing out keywords, and spending money all because your numbers are never consistent…..did your guru explain all this to you yet? When you do the things they say and you get shitty results…its your fault just so you know.

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Guru’s will tell you to have your sites Mobile Friendly….so what happens when people put “AD Blockers” on?. How are you getting past those? Like I said, you can’t measure metrics you can’t see.

 
The guru will tell you (no worries) if you are not converting  on your funnels that this just takes time……No it doesn’t. A well written landing page or funnel can get a lead in a few hours. A brand new webpage doesn’t take weeks or months to be indexed into search engines either, it takes a few hours. Like I said, guru’s are at it again. So if you start getting click funnel ads or emails from people inviting you to take part in this amazing experience.
Read my blog first before you wet your pants in excitement over click funnels and how much they will change your life. The Blog is here: https://meetthementor.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/sales-funnels-are-great-until-something-better-comes-along/
You have to know how they work and what is being taught is not good enough and part of that is the instructors don’t know the new changes with search engines so they just shove this down people’s throats in the hopes of selling truck loads of this new and powerful system they invented.
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is no brand new sales methods that are in play here. This is just people renaming things and putting their own spin on it and calling it the greatest thing out there. This is how sales evolves over time. Who can you get to buy into your narrative enough to sell it and create a market for it?
Go ask your Click Funnel expert if doing a 301 Redirect is a good idea when you are swapping out old URL’s for new ones. Ask them that, if they have no clue what you are talking about…..you just found yourself a bullshit artist selling you repackaged methods  with a 2017 twist on it. Enjoy the hunt!, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of these people!happyhunting-medium
 
“Sales Funnels” or “Click Funnels”nothing more than a lead generating method, its not special!….it’s just work! You can read the blog post I write a few days ago that talks about this very topic. Here it is – https://meetthementor.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/sales-funnels-are-great-until-something-better-comes-along/
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.
 
 

Meet The Mentor Presents: “Behind The Scenes” (Double Standards)

I find certain human behavior to be interesting. A lot of people live in denial and its scary to watch it play out in real life. Behind the scenes in my program I get told a lot of things by people. They tell me they are hard working and goal setters but when it comes time to being accountable to that, those very same people fall apart within a few weeks.wannabe
 
The topic today is “Double Standards” You say something that you feel strongly about and it may even be honest but when you do that as a mentor sometimes you are told that you are mean for saying that, but if someone Like Gary Vaynerchuk says it, then its considered a “Golden Nugget”?
 
I bring this up because I had a student who I told to “Suck it up” when it came to doing “Live” video on Facebook or Instagram and they told me that was rude and just down right mean…….So I check their feed and it has a video where they are doing Q&A with Gary and someone asks “Gary your a Dad…So What would you tell some little girl named Mischa who makes a Youtube video and tries hard to do good but she gets no views and then thinks “Nobody Likes Me”?….Gary answers back with….“Mischa step up your fucking game”
You can watch that exact part @ 58:20  of this video. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPKzoah6A4c
 
The former student commented on the video saying, “Gary speaks the truth” Keep in mind this is coming from a 42 years old male who told me his daughter meant everything to him and after 3 weeks in my program he quit and wouldn’t return emails because he hated having to post a youtube video or anything on Instagram for his business because he has insecurities he can’t get past.
 
I told him to hire someone to do his videos for him, he told me no and said he’ll get it that when it matters….well when the hell is that going to be?
 
There is something wrong with people and I think it should be investigated. I get people in my program who love Tony Robbins, and Grant Cardone, but yet the second you put them to work, they crumble and they start complaining that things are uncomfortable for them because “It’s New”, but yet they cheer for these guys and say “Right On” anytime they mention hustle, working hard or tenacity.images (2)
 
It’s ok for Gary to say “Mischa step up your fucking game” but yet when someone actually tells you to “Grow Up” in real life and start doing the work that Gary Vaynerchuk talks about that you say you love so much, you can’t handle it.
This is a reality I have to deal with in every class I host. I have a lot of people who are wannabe’s and they are finding out the hard way that they are just admirers of people Like Gary vs trying to be someone who actually takes their advice.
 
This is how “Seminar Groupies” live their life. They cling to a person they admire, and buy all their books and courses and then do none of the work and wonder why things don’t change. One of my very first students was that 42 year old male. To this day he hasn’t posted a video or a blog or anything, but here he is commenting on a Gary V video showing his support for the grinders and hustlers of the world.3D_michaelopolski
To me that means you have a broken brain. You’re a fan of success principles, but you are too scared to actually live by them. I know what their problem is…They need a copy of “Embrace The Grind”