The Prosper eCommerce program is about the same difficulty level as a graduate level university course. As such, you must use solid methods to absorb the material that your coach teaches you. Within this post I provide three tips to maximize your learning.
Tip #1 – Read, Listen, Do
Your coach will provide you with instruction on how to do various eCommerce aspects; however, to truly absorb the material you need to reinforce your coaching sessions through additional material. You may do this best by engaging your various senses through your eyes, ears, hands.
Reinforce what you have learned from your coach by reading the relevant modules in the Course Curriculum, the Prosper eCommerce blog, and eCommerce articles archived in the Success Center. You can also do a Google search for additional information and read material that you find – wikipedia.org and about.com are particularly useful for finding material.
Each Tuesday evening Prosper eCommerce does a group conference call. If you can attend this live, please do so, but if you can not, then you may access the archived session in the Success Center by going to “Coaching Resources”, “Group Coaching Sessions”, and then scrolling down to find the archived sessions.
Once you have reinforced what you have learned through reading and listening, actually sit down and do what you have learned. Recognize that your first attempt will likely be a failure, particularly with technical issues. Your second attempt may also be a failure. Your third attempt may also be a failure. But, if you keep at it and do not give up, you will likely eventually succeed.
Tip #2 – Call the Resource Line without Hesitation
When you have a question of a technical nature, do not wait until your next coaching session. Instead, get the question answered while it is fresh in your mind. The Resource Line is staffed by qualified eCommerce coaches, and, when you call, the person you speak to will try to answer any eCommerce questions that you have. If s/he can not, then s/he will ask one of the other Resource Advisors to assist you, or will ask you to call back and ask for a specific person. Remember that the only dumb question is the one that is not asked. As such, if you have even the tiniest question, pick up the phone and call the Resource Line at 1.800.743.9833 (Choose Option 4, then Option 2). You should be calling the Resource Line at least once per week, and, if you are in the phase of building your website, about four to five times per week.
Tip #3 – Sleep Well
Before I started doing eCommerce, I spent many years instructing university students how to perform well on difficult tests such as the law school, graduate school, and business school admission tests. I often told them to sleep, sleep, and sleep because doing so would allow their brains to work at peak performance. Prosper eCommerce clients should do the same. Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it so that your brain works well during those long sessions crafting your business.
by Michael Stone