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Group Coaching Model That Is Super Simple To Implement

A group coaching program can be really difficult to implement, or really easy to implement. Some of the common things I hear when I recommend a client start a group coaching are:

1) I don’t have time to talk with dozens of clients each week

2) I don’t have time to spend 5-10 hours a week writing lesson plans

3) I can’t be available 24-7 on email

4) It just takes too much time.

5) It’s a lot of work technically to do it.

And the thing is, those are all valid – because in so many of the older models, that’s how it might have worked.

In fact, maybe as you read that list, you are thinking, yeah, that’s me – I want to start a coaching program, but it just seems like too much work.

So let me ask you this:

What if I were to show you a way you could coach 100 – 1000 clients in just 2 hours a week, and they get almost the same results as working with you 1-1?

If that would be cool, if that would feel like, “yeah, I could do that,” then read on!

Because I’m going to show you a super-simple coaching model that really works.

Before I get into it, I want to go over one concept: and that is the idea that group coaching doesn’t get the same results as 1-1 coaching.

The thing is, the coaching itself isn’t what gets results.

Your clients’ ACTION and implementation gets them results.

The biggest reason that 1-1 coaching generally gets better results than group coaching is because with 1-1 coaching, the client feels obligated to finish his work before your next scheduled call.

How many times has your client told you, “yesterday I remembered I hadn’t finished the assignment you gave me, and I thought about cancelling today’s session, but decided to work a late night to complete the work instead,” or something similar?

The thing is, if that client had been in group coaching, he probably wouldn’t have done the work.

But is it really the group coaching or the clients’ motivation that gets the work done?

Your client needs to step up and do the work on his own. You are a coach, not a babysitter. You are a coach, not a high school teacher. It is your clients responsibility to do the work. He needs to learn how to manage his time, and learn to focus. You can teach him those things, but he has to do it.

You are a coach, not a personal assistant, personal planner, or daytimer.

Now, here’s the thing, if you are willing to limit yourself to helping only 20 clients at a time, when you have inside of you the ability to change possibly millions of lives (I mean, how many people NEED what you help with?), then you shouldn’t probably do group coaching.

But what if you knew there were 1000 people RIGHT NOW in your circles whom you could significantly help – as long as THEY would be personally responsible for their results?

So yes, 1-1 coaching gets better results. But it’s not because of the teaching (think about it, if you have 20 clients, over time you work with all of your clients on the same 95% of the material you work with everyone else on, right?) So that means that only 5% of your individually – coached material is unique.

So why are you doing 1-1 coaching for the 5% difference? Why not just do a group coaching session instead that teaches the 95%, then open the call up for group questions and answers, and anyone that needs a unique 5% solution, can speak with you personally?

When you do that, you open yourself to being able to genuinely HELP 100-1000 people instead of being limited to your own ability to deliver 20 hours (or less) of quality 1-1 each week?

(And before I give you the model – let me say this – maybe you have 100 -1000 group coaching clients, PLUS 1-1 clients who really need the personal attention because they want to do much, much more than you teach most clients, and they genuinely need more personal attention to go over and above your average client. They are willing to pay more for your time. And you are willing to coach 2-5 1-1 clients at one time. And that’s fine. My belief, though, is that the bulk of your coaching can – and should – be done in a group environment. Read on to see how easy it is.)

Here’s the model:

–> One group coaching call 60-90 minutes per week.

On this call, you teach a topic for 45 minutes. The rest of the time is spent coaching, answering questions, etc. The clients learn EXACTLY what they need to learn, and they get to talk with you just like it were 1-1 – but you aren’t doing the teaching 1-1.

–> After the call, you send a recording of the call to your clients via autoresponder. This takes 5 minutes.

Each week, you record the 45 minutes of training you do, and add it to the autoresponder campaign you have created for new clients, so all new clients sequentially get exposed to every lesson you have ever taught.

This allows you to literally duplicate yourself, as you only ever teach one topic once, and anytime a client needs instruction on an already-taught topic you just send them to that recording.

And they can always come onto the call live.

This total coaching program, with 100-1000 clients only takes 60-90 minutes per week for the actual delivery, plus about 10 minutes per week queuing the emails into your autoresponder delivery for coaching clients.

That is less than 2 hours a week.

You can help hundreds of clients instead of 20.

It only takes you 2 hours a week instead of 20.

And if you REALLY want to work with 2-5 1-1 clients, you can.

Can you see how easy this can be?

It really can be this easy!

It’s what I do.

It’s what my clients do!

And you can too!

Now, maybe you have questions, like these:

1) Well, do I have to offer email access?

Answer: you can if you want. But you don’t have to (and with 1000 clients, you can’t possibly answer all your emails, so with a lot of clients, no, if they want to get a question answered, they simply have to come to the call [which they should come to anyway, right?]) Fair enough?

2) Do I offer skype access? I don’t. Skype is highly distracting to me. Skype is only useful to me for pre-planned specific conversations, where skype would be faster than telephone. But if you are looking at your skype box 24-7, can you say DISTRAAAAACTION!

3) Do you do a webinar or a teleseminar for delivery?

Answer: here’s the thing: I often find that new coaches want to offer webinars for their coaching. They think it is more personal. Then they spend 5 hours a week preparing a powerpoint and realize that 99% of everything they teach could be spoken instead of shown. If you REALLY have to show something, record what you want to show, and send the recording out before the call in an email. Have your clients watch the video before the live call. They can ask questions about anything they want to on the call.

Plus, webinar means you HAVE to be online for the call. It means you have to have a good internet signal. It means you have to transcode the recording, upload a bulky mp4 file, and let’s face it, that can take hours of your time or your assistant’s time. PLUS your client has to WATCH the video each week.

Instead, I use teleseminars. Many reasons.

1) I don’t have to prepare a powerpoint.

2) I don’t have to be online (I have done coaching calls from Costa Rica, on the road, in my car, walking in a neighborhood when I was out of town traveling and my car was in a shop, from a ski resort, and many other places). With a teleseminar, I just call in the dial in number, and presto, I am on the call.

3) The recording is done automatically by my teleseminar provider. That means within 5 minutes of the coaching call being over, I can send an email to my coaching clients with the recording.

I don’t have to upload, download, transcode, deal with 400 MB, nothing.

If I don’t want to, I don’t have to think about my coaching call until next week.

The system is easy, when implemented the way I have just described.

You can easily coach 100 – 1000 clients in a productive group coaching call, 2 hours a week total involvement from you, the entire program runs almost completely on autopilot, except for 2 hours a week from you.

And you have the rest of your week to live, to focus on getting new clients, and to truly enjoy the entreprenuerial life you thought you would have by now!

Why Do People Steal Your Identity?

Sometimes, it is hard to understand why a person would want to steal your identity. However, there are many reasons that a person would steal an identity and they are not all good ones. Criminal minds act out of rebelliousness, desperation, and for personal gain. They all have their own purposes for stealing your identity, but they all possess a negative impact on the victim’s lives that they steal. Stealing your identity is easy for them, and it is crucial that you always use identity theft protection tactics in your life or this is how they will use you identity:

  • Fraud via credit cards- Thieves steal your information and especially your credit card numbers so that they can make large purchases in your name. They do not worry about your credit because they do not have to suffer the consequences. Identity thieves change the billing address of the credit card companies so you do not know when that have committed the crime.
  • Utilities and phone- Sometimes these criminals steal your identity to use for purposes of hooking up utilities and phone accounts in your name. This way they can ruin your credit and reputation as well as benefit when they have already done this to their own good standings.
  • Financial and bank- Identity thieves will steal your personal information so that they may create bank accounts in your good name as well as take out loans they never intend on repaying. Also they steal ATM cards, write counterfeit checks, and take your life savings in an instant.
  • Employment and legal- You can have your identity taken with government documents such as social security cards, drivers licenses, even birth certificates. These smooth minds take this information to obtain employment, governmental benefits, for tax purposes and to receive medical treatment.
  • Personal gain-Complete and utter desperation will cause people do do crazy things. Identity theft gives a person a new self, reputation, and history. With this a person can evade the law, escape their life, and start all over while ruining someone else’s life.

Although you may not want to deal with the fact that identity theft is very popular, it is best to bee safe and not sorry. Ignorance could cause you great hassle and financial short-comings. In order to protect yourself from the various reasons a person may steal your identity you need to be aware of all the facets that identity theft involves. With this unique knowledge and understanding, you will be able to beat this horrific crime before it happens to you.

Review of Benchmark Fiberglass Entry Doors by Therma-Tru

Doors are not made equal. Exterior doors, such as the front door, are the most exposed to climate change and repeated use. Fiberglass is now a preferred surface material for doors because it does not rot, warp or crack like wood, nor does it rust or dent like steel. Traditional doors are a throwback to the time of exquisite handcrafting and craftsmanship but this artistry would be wasted on wood surfaces that would soon fracture and crumble too early. Benchmark fiberglass entry doors are now some of the most popular for new homes and replacement doors for old homes that once had wooden doors like mahogany or oak. These products are backed by the Therma-Tru name, pioneers in fiberglass doors, and exclusive distribution by Lowe’s stores. As wood doors are sliding from staple to next best, fiberglass doors are gaining interest. Architects and remodelers want to know how to find the right ones and make the most of those.

Benchmark fiberglass entry doors are increasingly known for achieving a balance between design and price. They are good-looking but affordable, an attractive possibility to savvy builders and homeowners who may be on a budget. Their classy designs mirror handsome doors of old but clean lines harmonize with unexpected elements like glass and metal. At the same time, their reasonable prices compete with real hardwood doors that reigned over the market with an iron hand in the past. The real test is in weathering and usage. If your location is troubled with fluctuating outdoor conditions, or if it is a high-traffic area requiring a new door, you should have a realistic budget with a ceiling for a top-of-the-line product. For a low-traffic area, especially inside the home, you may opt for something charming and mid-priced.

The promise of a long-lasting, energy-saving product that offers peace of mind adds to the appeal of Benchmark doors. They feature a “leak protection pad” that has been designed like a special corner pocket to block air and moisture where it is most expected to penetrate. Dual bulbs and dual fins make a heavy-duty door bottom sweep that further seals up against air and water infiltration. These enhance the quality of energy efficiency attached to fiberglass, which provides three to five times more insulation and lets natural light inside homes. The door sill has been developed to resist rotting and corrosion, with a cap using non-wood composite material and adjustable hardware using stainless steel. Greater resistance to rotting and insect damage can be had with the optional jamb, primed and ready for painting. An optional three-point locking system promises increased security. It has also been constructed from stainless steel and is resistant to corrosion.

Therma-Tru Doors, which owns the Benchmark by Therma-Tru brand, specializes in doors made from fiberglass rather than steel, composite material or wood, specifically, pre-hung entry doors and door systems. It manufactured the first fiberglass entry doors more than 25 years ago. With Benchmark fiberglass entry doors, the company is working on establishing an expertise in other aspects of the door business on a par with veteran manufacturers such as Masonite, Milgard and Feather River. An order delivery system and aftersales service are examples of those other aspects that have great impact on buyers. As Benchmark entry doors are pre-hung, you can choose do-it-yourself installation or professional installation, either by exclusive carriers Lowe’s or a company you have contracted. Unless you are skilled, installing a door yourself would most likely be troublesome. If the door area must adjust to a particular architecture, design or age of the house, you should probably obtain a professional installation service on your own.

The Various Types Of Magazines

Ideas, writing, design and photography are some factors that can make a magazine attractive and great. The worth of a magazine depends a lot on how it catches not only the eyes, but also the hearts of the reader. You can find different types of magazines like:

General interest magazines:

This type of magazine is published for a wide audience and the focus is either on one or many different subjects. Every general interest magazine is tailored for a specific enthusiast reader. These are not only fun to read but also provide information on topics where a common man would like to read. Freelancers or staffs write stories and articles and a lot of photographs and pictures are included in it. Entertainment, viewpoint promotion and product sale are the main ideas behind every general interest magazines.

Scholarly magazines:

Such magazines focus on academics. You can get in-depth information on many subjects. The format of providing information in a scholarly magazine is serious and so the text book alike. You will find more of graphs and charts rather than pictures. Teaching and providing help in researches is the main purpose of scholarly magazines.

Sensational magazines:

You will find sensational magazines in a newspaper like format. They are thin, but large in size as compared to other magazines. Sensational magazines are said to thrive on creating a stir. Flashy headlines are used for attracting attention of the readers and the main focus is on stories related to celebrities or any other amazing stories. Freelancers or staffers write these articles, which are usually more picturesque than stories that are included in sensational magazines. These are also known as tabloids.

These are few basic magazine types that cover almost every type of story. No matter what type of magazine you read, it will certainly fit in any of the above-mentioned categories. Knowing something about the different magazine types can help you locate easily the reading stuff you like. Magazines are available on every possible topic, you could think of. Whether you have a passion for cars or bikes, you can find a long list of magazines especially tailored for the information needs of bikes or for car lovers.

If you are looking for mouth-watering recipes from world-renowned chefs or tips on decorating your house, the market is full of cookery and interior design magazines. Magazines have a longer shelf life as compared to newspapers. Usually the high quality of paper used in magazines is much better than newspapers and you can read it whenever you like. You may have to pay more for buying magazines, but these can be a great companion when traveling on trains or buses. You can look for a list of magazines published on your favorite topic, on the Internet.

Factors Affecting Consumer Behavior

Consumer behavior refers to the selection, purchase and consumption of goods and services for the satisfaction of their wants. There are different processes involved in the consumer behavior. Initially the consumer tries to find what commodities he would like to consume, then he selects only those commodities that promise greater utility. After selecting the commodities, the consumer makes an estimate of the available money which he can spend. Lastly, the consumer analyzes the prevailing prices of commodities and takes the decision about the commodities he should consume. Meanwhile, there are various other factors influencing the purchases of consumer such as social, cultural, personal and psychological. The explanation of these factors is given below.

1. Cultural Factors

Consumer behavior is deeply influenced by cultural factors such as: buyer culture, subculture, and social class.

• Culture

Basically, culture is the part of every society and is the important cause of person wants and behavior. The influence of culture on buying behavior varies from country to country therefore marketers have to be very careful in analyzing the culture of different groups, regions or even countries.

• Subculture

Each culture contains different subcultures such as religions, nationalities, geographic regions, racial groups etc. Marketers can use these groups by segmenting the market into various small portions. For example marketers can design products according to the needs of a particular geographic group.

• Social Class

Every society possesses some form of social class which is important to the marketers because the buying behavior of people in a given social class is similar. In this way marketing activities could be tailored according to different social classes. Here we should note that social class is not only determined by income but there are various other factors as well such as: wealth, education, occupation etc.

2. Social Factors

Social factors also impact the buying behavior of consumers. The important social factors are: reference groups, family, role and status.

• Reference Groups

Reference groups have potential in forming a person attitude or behavior. The impact of reference groups varies across products and brands. For example if the product is visible such as dress, shoes, car etc then the influence of reference groups will be high. Reference groups also include opinion leader (a person who influences other because of his special skill, knowledge or other characteristics).

• Family

Buyer behavior is strongly influenced by the member of a family. Therefore marketers are trying to find the roles and influence of the husband, wife and children. If the buying decision of a particular product is influenced by wife then the marketers will try to target the women in their advertisement. Here we should note that buying roles change with change in consumer lifestyles.

• Roles and Status

Each person possesses different roles and status in the society depending upon the groups, clubs, family, organization etc. to which he belongs. For example a woman is working in an organization as finance manager. Now she is playing two roles, one of finance manager and other of mother. Therefore her buying decisions will be influenced by her role and status.

3. Personal Factors

Personal factors can also affect the consumer behavior. Some of the important personal factors that influence the buying behavior are: lifestyle, economic situation, occupation, age, personality and self concept.

• Age

Age and life-cycle have potential impact on the consumer buying behavior. It is obvious that the consumers change the purchase of goods and services with the passage of time. Family life-cycle consists of different stages such young singles, married couples, unmarried couples etc which help marketers to develop appropriate products for each stage.

• Occupation

The occupation of a person has significant impact on his buying behavior. For example a marketing manager of an organization will try to purchase business suits, whereas a low level worker in the same organization will purchase rugged work clothes.

• Economic Situation

Consumer economic situation has great influence on his buying behavior. If the income and savings of a customer is high then he will purchase more expensive products. On the other hand, a person with low income and savings will purchase inexpensive products.

• Lifestyle

Lifestyle of customers is another import factor affecting the consumer buying behavior. Lifestyle refers to the way a person lives in a society and is expressed by the things in his/her surroundings. It is determined by customer interests, opinions, activities etc and shapes his whole pattern of acting and interacting in the world.

• Personality

Personality changes from person to person, time to time and place to place. Therefore it can greatly influence the buying behavior of customers. Actually, Personality is not what one wears; rather it is the totality of behavior of a man in different circumstances. It has different characteristics such as: dominance, aggressiveness, self-confidence etc which can be useful to determine the consumer behavior for particular product or service.

4. Psychological Factors

There are four important psychological factors affecting the consumer buying behavior. These are: perception, motivation, learning, beliefs and attitudes.

• Motivation

The level of motivation also affects the buying behavior of customers. Every person has different needs such as physiological needs, biological needs, social needs etc. The nature of the needs is that, some of them are most pressing while others are least pressing. Therefore a need becomes a motive when it is more pressing to direct the person to seek satisfaction.

• Perception

Selecting, organizing and interpreting information in a way to produce a meaningful experience of the world is called perception. There are three different perceptual processes which are selective attention, selective distortion and selective retention. In case of selective attention, marketers try to attract the customer attention. Whereas, in case of selective distortion, customers try to interpret the information in a way that will support what the customers already believe. Similarly, in case of selective retention, marketers try to retain information that supports their beliefs.

• Beliefs and Attitudes

Customer possesses specific belief and attitude towards various products. Since such beliefs and attitudes make up brand image and affect consumer buying behavior therefore marketers are interested in them. Marketers can change the beliefs and attitudes of customers by launching special campaigns in this regard.

Keep Your Eye on the Target and Obstacles Fade Away

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off the target.”

— Henry Ford

What does this famous quote mean to you? When you set your sights on something, do you get it? Do you send that tractor beam of light toward your target and keep your blinders on until you get there?

That’s how Henry Ford created the automobile. He wouldn’t take “no” for an answer because he saw it in his mind. That’s where he set his sights – on that vision that he created in his mind. That’s where he focused his tractor beam until he made it real. And that’s all it takes!

What is your tractor beam set on? How do you set your tractor beam on anything, anyway? You may be thinking, “Sure, I can imagine it, but what else do I have to do? Imagining doesn’t just make it happen.” But that’s where you’d be a little bit off base with your thinking. It’s in your imagination where your idea begins.

Imagine you planted a watermelon seed and, whenever you thought about it, you could just taste the flavor of that juicy watermelon that you were growing all by yourself. You knew that you couldn’t just plant it and walk away, so you watered it every day. You fertilized it when necessary and loved it every day. And you continued to imagine what it would taste like, look like and feel like. And you were excited about those feelings. You enjoyed the process of caring for that seed, and then the sprout, and then the baby plant and all the way until it was ripe and ready to eat. And, ohhhhh, how delicious, how absolutely heavenly was that flavor.

What happened in that example was that you put a tractor beam on that seed and coaxed the watermelon out of it with your constant attention and imagination.

Your thoughts are just like that watermelon seed. If there is one particular thought that tickles your fancy and you really would like to do something with it, set your sights and turn on the tractor beam. Imagine you are shining a spot light on that thought and the spot light is coming from inside of you!

Inevitably you’ll be tested by outside circumstances and naysayers, but as soon as you cut the power of that beam, it loses its connection to that thought and the thought just fades away.

That doesn’t mean you have to focus 24/7 on that one thought. But what you do have to do is give it energy and believe that you can make it real. Set your daily schedule to allow yourself 10-15 minutes three times a day to sit quietly and think about that thought. Watch it grow in your mind. Feel what it feels like. Enjoy the process. After awhile – depending on how devoted you are to growing your idea – things will start to happen in your life that seem like coincidences. But actually, they are circumstances that you drew to yourself by keeping that tractor beam on full blast for 10-15 minutes three times a day. Of course you’ll need to take action as your thought becomes more solid. And you’ll be delighted as everything begins to fall into place and you enjoy the process of watching your creation come to life.

Try it and watch what happens.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off the target.”

Try this affirmation to help you along: “I honor my creative thoughts and allow myself the solitude to help them grow.”

Here’s to making the time for quiet moments to help your dreams come true.

Need to Sell Home Fast? – Deal With Property Investors

Problems and difficulties are inevitable in life but with them start the money squeezing exercises. The best option which seems alluring and holds most of material investments is either house or other property. Number of people sells their houses for numerous reasons like on being separated from their spouses; they have been unable to pay mortgages as their houses are on 100 percent finance or simply because they have been transferred to another place. If you are one of them looking for an interested buyer to sell your house fast and at full payment for once, then going to a realtor and telling him ‘I Need To Sell My House Fast’ will not do the trick. Selling in open market may get you buyer sooner or later, but when you want it quick, the relevancy of this method remain dubious. Moreover, you have to judge the market, paint your house, repair or renovate it properly as real estate agents evaluate the property as per the present condition.

If you are selling your home out of financial crunches, then these cash trade buyers are the best way because when you don’t have time and money, it seem worthless to spend countless hours and dollars for getting your house redone which instead of, stabilizing your financial position will make you sink in more debts. The investors can give you money in lieu of your property within 7 days. This selling and buying process is entirely legalized and ethical.

Cash buyers or property investors can come to your rescue when you are looking for quicker selling. They judge and take estimation of property at face value. You don’t need to repaint, repair or renovate it to sell it. Also, the service is tailored made to meet every requirement, responsive, fast and reliable. They just need one show time of property unlike estate agents who want you to hold a show down on all business days and holidays.

Whatever the reasons of selling your home are, you can track cash buyers very easily. They can be looked for on internet. You just have to type ‘Sell My Parent’s Home’ or ‘sell my house’ and location where the house is located. You can also visit websites and search for their credentials.

You need to be careful while posting your needs to sell your property on their websites. Just’ I need to Sell My Flat’ wouldn’t be enticing enough for them to get back to you. It’s recommended to explain all the features of your property. Always deal with registered and reputed investment buyers only.

Airport Shuttle Service – 5 Advantages

Airport shuttles offer reliable and inexpensive transportation to and from airports in most major cites. The most common type of airport shuttle service utilizes the share a ride model, where passengers share the ride with a few other passengers to keep costs down for everyone. Some companies are even offering luxury airport shuttle services, allowing passengers to share a ride in limousines or private cars instead of standard passenger vans.

#1 Cost Effective

Shuttle services across the country offer inexpensive airport transportation services to passengers. With fares averaging between $15 and $25 per person, shuttles present a significant value over taxi’s and private car services.

#2 Reliable

Most shuttle services allow you to schedule your pick up time and location online and then guarantee that they will arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled pick up time. This reliability ensures that you will make it to the airport or your hotel on time.

#3 More Comfortable than Public Transportation Options

Most big cities offer public transportation options to and from hotels. Depending on the city, these options may range from buses to subway systems to trains. All of these options require passengers to cart their luggage to the necessary stop, leaving passengers tired and exhausted. Passengers may also experience confusion concerning what stop is closest to their hotel. Shuttles take care of passenger luggage and drop passengers off curbside at their hotels.

#4 Knowledgeable Drivers

Most shuttle services have courteous drivers who make the trip from the airport a sight seeing affair. Landmarks and other attractions will be pointed out on the way, making the trip to or from the airport an enjoyable experience.

#5 Luxury Options

Some cities, including New Orleans, offer luxury shuttle service. These companies offer share a ride service in limousines and private cars, giving passengers a more upscale experience. Even though luxury vehicles are used, these luxury services are still affordable.

In short, make sure to research airport shuttle companies when you are making plans to travel to a new city. You will save money and experience a number of benefits during your transportation.

Los Angeles Clippers – Fun Facts To Entertain The Whole Family!

The professional NBA (National Basketball Association) basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers, is based in the California town of Los Angeles. Not always known as the Los Angeles Clippers, the team is very established as such now. The following fun facts are sure to get any basketball fan, or Los Angeles Clippers fan, a “slam dunk” of information. The Los Angeles Clippers and basketball history facts can be used: when you are bored in the car and want to play a game, for a homemade trivia game, or if you are just interested in learning on your own!

Fun Facts: Did You Know?

o Before the LA Clippers were the LA Clippers, the team held two other names and home locations? The team was called the Buffalo Braves from 1970-1978 and was located in Buffalo, New York. The team moved to San Diego and was the San Diego Clippers from 1978-1984. Only in 1984, did the team move to Los Angeles and become the famous Los Angeles Clippers!

o Paul Snyder was the original founder of the Los Angeles Clippers?

o For $20 million the San Diego Clippers became the Los Angeles Clippers? The owner of the San Diego Clippers sold the team to Donald T. Sterling, a high-end real estate developer and attorney.

o The Los Angeles Clippers were not the only professional NBA team based in the city of Los Angeles? The other team is the LA Lakers.

o One of the LA Lakers top players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was hired as an assistant coach for the LA Clippers in 1998? He was hired to help one of the Clippers’ star players, Michael Olowokandi, by tutoring him in the sport. Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s stint on the Clippers only lasted for the duration of one season.

o The LA Clippers officially announced in 2005 that they were going to build their own first-class practice facility? This facility would mark the first official NBA practice facility in the Los Angeles area!

o Basketball was first invented in 1891 in Springfield, MA? Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing it while he worked at the YMCA.

o The LA Clippers has three people affiliated with the team in the Basketball Hall of Fame? They are: Bob McAdoo, Bill Walton, and Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay.

o Basketball hoops were not made of net in the beginning? They were created from fruit baskets.

o The LA team, the Los Angeles Clippers, is officially placed in the Western Conference of the NBA?

o The Los Angeles Clippers team has no retired numbers?

o Basketball was created for the first time with a soccer ball? The sport was developed for some gym students who were bored between the business of football season (fall) and baseball season (spring).

o The two LA teams, the Clippers of Los Angeles and the LA Lakers, are still competing against one another as they live in the same city?

These fun facts are a great conversation starter; a cool way to entertain your family in the car or your friends in the school cafeteria; and a great way for you to build your own personal knowledge about one of America’s favorite sports!