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August 23, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about making plans.

Hey folks, Shawn here with you, talking to you about planning and not just making plans but making them even better. Hopefully, you saw my earlier video on the dreams process, the way to build a plan. If you didn’t see that earlier video, go check it out after this video.

Now we’re going to talk about how you take a plan that’s quality and how we make it even better – how do we build it to the next level. I’ve worked for many years, I’ve built two businesses, both my law firm and my business strategy firm, taken both of them to the next level, and I’ve also helped countless other business owners build their businesses. And I want to convey the processes and the things that I’m seeing that are creating success for you so you too can be successful.

So hopefully you’ve built a plan, you know where you want to go, but how do you make that plan really good, how do you take it up a notch to make sure it’s excellent and really, really a great plan? Well, this is where we’re going to work through a system that’s going to make it even better.

# 1 We’re going to write that plan down. You need to get that plan in writing. This is going to force you to think through a lot of issues, work out a lot of detail, if you have a business partner it’s going to force you and your business partner to have a discussion and really think about what the broader metrics look like and how the business is really going to work.

# 2 You’re going to involve others. You want to find somebody who you trust, who understands the business that can help you work through your plan. It doesn’t have to be an industry expert, just somebody that’s knowledgeable, have a good set of head on their shoulders, and they really understand what’s going on. Talk to that person.

# 3 After you do that, now you’ve got new ideas. You’re going to ask him a lot of questions. Don’t just ask him, do you like my plan? Ask him, what do you like about my plan? What’s good, what’s bad, what would you do differently? What weak spots do you see? You really want to learn from this. Once you’ve got those three steps done the next thing is you want to come up with a new version of your plan. You’re going to revise your plan based on the feedback you receive through steps one through three.

And then the S on the wins system is you’re going to start fresh occasionally. Every once in a while you need to just start the whole planning process over again with a new written plan based on where you are and keep working through it. The five step process is going to allow you to make a great plan and take that plan that you have that you put together earlier that was a good workable plan and make it even better – make it really great.

Are you working on something involving really great plans? Give me a buzz, let me know what you’re working on, let me help you and your organization. Check me out at If you just want tips on business and ideas, go to the R. Shawn McBride fans and audiences page on Facebook and check out McBride for Business on YouTube. And let me know how I can help you do even more. Maybe I can come speak to your group or help you take things to the next level. Whatever we can do to help you do things better, that’s what I’m here for. I’m R. Shawn McBride, I’ll be talking to you soon. Make sure you get your free business evaluation checklist and I will talk with you very soon.

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. typofi.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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