Your Questions About Successful Trading Plans

John asks…

What was the British attack plan in WW1?

Im not the history type of person but i just need someone to answer this because im doin an History assesment and i need to write an attack plan. Please help, try write the source of where you got the answer from.

John answers:

The British strategic aim of World War One was as follows.

The British navy (which at that time was the largest in the World) would blockade Germany. This would cut off her Oceanic trade, as well as weaken the German economy. Because of the German position in Europe, this was a relatively straight forward process. The British did not need to defeat the German navy, just make sure it did not get defeated. This policy was pretty successful. By 1918, the German people were starving and living off a diet of sawdust bread and turnips. But Germany’s own mishandling of their own economy was just as important as the British blockade.

Dont worry if you dont understand the strategic relavance of the Oceanic trade routes, and the fact Britain did not need to defeat the German navy just blockade it, because this is quite high level.

On Land. Britain was relying to a large extent on the French and Russians to defeat Germany. With the Germans making better progress than was expected, Britain was forced to send more men to France to hold the line.

Once a stalemate had been reached on the western front by the end of 1914, both sides had ideas how to break this deadlock but in reality their ideas were useless. The British planned a major attack in 1916 at the Somme. The French were under pressure at Verdun, and needed the British to launch a massive attack to help them out.

At the Somme, the British fired on the German trenches for a number of days leading up to the attack by infantry. It was wrongly believed the artillery bombardment would devastate the German positions. Infantry were told, they would have no problems taking the German trenches.

Ofcourse, once the artillery stopped, the Germans realised an attack would be coming fairly soon. Not even the British were dumb enough to maintain firing on no mans land, whilst their own infantry attacked. The Germans were well prepared for the British attack, with the grave result, that 50,000 British fell on the first day alone. 500,000 casualties later, the British stopped the attack. They had gained a handful of miles, for the cost of so many. German casualties were only slightly lower.

It was not until later in the war, that Generals finally learned from their grave mistakes. By the time of the Battle of Amiens in 1918, the British were finally attacking with some intelligence. Artillery opened up the attack, but it did not stop once the infantry attacked. A rolling fire of artillery was kept up on the German trenches, so as to keep the Germans pinned down. The infantry were supported by Tanks, with aircraft also playing a part (although only minor). Aircraft would drop supplies of ammo, and fire on the trenches….Tanks were slow, but offered some protection for the infantry following behind, and were a problem to destroy for the Germans.

Earlier on in the war, the British landed troops in Turkey to try and knock the Turks out of the war. The landings at gallipoli in 1916 were a disaster, and the campaign was called off.

It was not only British Generals who were rather poor officers in the war. Neither side could make a breakthrough for much of the war. French Generals were particularly bad, so bad that in 1917 the French refused to attack anymore. German Generals, although superior to Russian Generals, were virtually no better than that of the British.

Lions led by Donkeys, is a common term used to describe the British Generals of the First World War. (Lions being the British soldiers).

George asks…

How to create an individual sales plan?

I have been asked to create a sales plan to achieve a sales target of £100,000 over 12 months for a company. Could I have a sample or some guide lines to help me do it?

John answers:

It is very simple divide over 12 month
Set the Key Performance indicator for each sales man in your member keep the month target 10% higher than require so in the end you may acheive the cooperate target

Simple Steps are
Define the value of your product or service.
Analyze your position in the market.
Examine your pricing structure
Outline your long-term and short-term revenue goals. Be as realistic as possible in your forecast. Use your recent revenue history as a guide, accounting for significant changes in the market that may decrease your revenue or create new opportunities in the future.
5Identify ideal locations for your products and services. Opening a new store location and making your products available to resellers are possible options. Your sales plan should include where all of your sales activity will take place and the costs associated with each location.
6Define your advertising approach. Websites, print publications, television advertising and banners are a few advertising options. Evaluate the performance of each marketing strategy throughout the history of your business and include the successful options in your marketing plan.
7Outline the activities of your sales and marketing team. Include the sales strategies that have proven effective in the past. Cold calling, attending trade shows and partnering with organizations are examples of sales and marketing activities. Describe the approach that your sales team will use both in the short-term and long-term to generate leads and close deals.
8Include all other revenue possibilities. Outline grant opportunities, government proposals and all other revenue options in concrete terms. For example, a goal to pursue government contracts can be described in numerical terms as “identify and submit 6 government proposals in a 12-month period.”

Sandy asks…

Do day traders who are successful beat the market year after year, mean they are doing the impossible?

What I mean is, there are people that day trade from home for a living. This is their only source of income. I am assuming that they are are beating the stock market because they are making money year after year. I had heard that is impossible. Also, could they just start a hedge fund and work on a larger scale?

John answers:

Professional & experienced traders do not “beat” the market, they always take what the market gives them and takes full advantage of it but they NEVER try to “beat” or out smart the market.

Traders, both professional and experienced, can a do make a living from the market year after year. I’ve been in the business for over 45 years and no it is not impossible and it is done every day, every year.

Traders know that they are not going to make money on every trade although they would like to but they know that it is impossible BUT they do have a good trading plan along with a sound money management program they follow which allows them to be very successful and profitable year after year.

Very few traders do not want the bother to start a hedge fund, only those that “think” they are good try it and/or do it. But most professional & experienced traders keep low profiles, are content in making a very good living being successful without the aggravations of running a hedge fund.


Helen asks…

What are all of the main things you need to know about to be the most successful realtor and investor?

I am a young single mother who is just starting in the real estate business as a realtor. I have always been “Big” about always wanting to have a “plan of action” before I jump into something new, and that is why I am asking my question and hoping that someone with alot of experience will reach out with some advice!!! Thanks you- Michaela

John answers:

To MadforMAC and trblmkr30, great advice…..I couldn’t have said it any better!

I’ve been a licensed Realtor for almost four years and it can be very lucrative and I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for it.

Remember, Michaela, always have integrity….your name is all you have in this business. Real estate is a great business but you must have patience and endurance. Always keep up with the latest trends in the industry…..take CE classes.

I’ve heard people say that everyone is becoming a Realtor, but you must find a niche so that you will “differ yourself” from other Realtors. My specialty is apartment building sells and development. I also own a couple of multifamily buildings and I do property management.

Lastly but most important. Family comes first! My work hours are between 10a-2p (this includes listing appointments and showings – never evening showings). I absolutely do not work on Sundays (this includes openhouse – I conduct my group showings thru the week)…this is the only day that I can vegetate. Sure, other agents get upset about this when they want to show my listings, but you can be just as effective with set hours. Otherwise, you will burn out quickly in this business,which I learned very early in my real estate career. Go after listings! As a seller’s agent, you can set the appointments that are in sinc with your schedule. When you work with buyers, make sure you prequalify them. There are buyers out there who will run you all over town and can’t buy anything. Make sure they’ve started the loan process, and find out what price range they can buy before you take them out. Again, to prevent the runaround, get listings. You heard of the old adage “work smart, not hard”. The same goes with the real estate business. Always prospect….just a simple trip to the grocery store can materialize into a listing appointment. You can work from your home, as well as your vacation spot. All you need is a laptop, cell phone, pocket pc, and “Efax” and you’re good to go, girl!

You’ll be fine and good luck!

Realtor/Property Management

David asks…

Where can I find a lesson plan for grade 2 about community helpers?

Where can I find a lesson plan for grade 2 about community helpers?

It has to be a very interesting one…probably involving role play and integrating other subjects.

What students activities can I use? How can I assess students? What culminating activity should I use?

John answers:

Social Studies – Society and Culture

LESSON: Community Helpers



This lesson is designed to help children realize that it takes many varied jobs for a city or town to create a community. Each person plays a role in this community.


Describe ways members of a community meet one another’s needs.


* identify the purpose of the work done by the students parents or guardians in or out of the home

* become aware of and appreciate many different jobs that make a successful community

* list many varied, and unusual jobs that people might have


OVERVIEW For this lesson the children will bring a tool of the trade that is used by their parent/guardian and explain what it is and how it is used to the class. The students will then select a tool and write about it and the person who uses it as well as draw a picture of it being used.

BEFORE THE LESSON Well before the day of the lesson the teacher must send a letter home explaining the activity and asking for parental support and help. This will enable all children to come prepared on the same day.

ACTIVITY #1 The students make a list together of the many jobs that people might have. The teacher records these on a large piece of chart paper.


ACTIVITY #2 The children share their tool of the trade with the class and explain what it is and how it is used. Each child presents individually, perhaps at the carpet to make it feel like show and tell. Good listening skills should be reviewed before the students begin.

ACTIVITY #3 The students select a tool that has been brought in, it can be the one they brought or another. They will write a story about a person using this tool and draw a picture of it.


Teacher Materials:

* chart paper, marker, note home to parents explaining the project

Student Materials:

* paper, pencil, crayons, tool of the trade from home

ADAPTATION Children who may find the writing aspect of this assignment difficult could be given permission to create a picture book, in which more than one picture is drawn to create the beginning, middle and end of the story. Another way to adapt this activity is to change the assignment to the creation of a comic book which requires less writing, but still needs some.

EXTENSION For students who may find this activity simple, they could be given the task of doing a library research project about a certain job in the community. The amount of time spent on this should not exceed the amount of time that the other students have used for their assignment. It should not be viewed as a punishment, but as a unique learning experience.



* eight to ten sentences

* correct spelling

* a picture of the tool being used


* each students knowledge and presentation of their parents/guardians tool will demonstrate their knowledge

* formative assessment during student presentations and the class discussion will state awareness of different jobs

* a rubric will be used to evaluate these

1 = weak

2 = developing

3= average

4 = outstanding



This lesson plan was adapted from a lesson also entitled Community Helpers that was created by Shirley Sutton from Parkside Elementary in Wyoming. It was taken from the internet site:

It was originally created for grades kindergarten to two, so it has been adapted to fit the abilities of a grade three class. Instead of having the students dictate their story , as was suggested in the original lesson, I had them write their own story. Adaptation and Extension activities have also been added as well as assessment and evaluation strategies.

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