Posts Tagged ‘life’
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a little more free time, just maybe this one Friday, to spend with your kids?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to worry so much about being half way through the month and the pile of bills on the desk is already 8 inches high?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you felt like you could be more confident about what people thought of you?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to worry about being safe or being taken advantage of by anyone?
Wouldn’t it be nice you felt like you can’t focus on the important things because you are so darn busy?
Wouldn’t it be nice to not always pray that nobody really knows just how confused you are about some things some of the time?
It sure would be.
But I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the small business owner you. He or she is thinking these things all darn day and you can help them.
You serve these people. You help these people. You love these people.
And chances are what you do and what you have helps every one of them with all of the angst they have above.
Maybe you can help them put that best face forward to the whole world both online and off- line. Maybe you can get them more calls, more visits, more leads and more money for that stack of bills. Maybe you can take hours off their plates with your super cool products, services or widgets so they can take this afternoon with the kids. Maybe you can secure their payments or their business or their workers and lessen the worry. Maybe you can help them feel it’s OK not to quite understand digital marketing or financial products or even custom full color print because heck, you’ll teach em’.
Make no mistake. The products you are schlepping are worth nothing. They are silly, stupid and dumb. It’s what they do that matters. And further, it’s what they do emotionally that really matters.
So go out there and help these people. Make their day. Don’t talk about pricing and sizes and subscriptions and colors and shipping fees. Help them take a load off and ease a bit of their burdens.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Till next time,
Grow The Business.
You can call it volunteering if you want but I just call it “an old fashioned whoopin’ that keeps on giving”
It’s true I’ve been known to head to the local Sr. Center and um… volunteer to play scrabble with some of the folks that hang out there. My objective is twofold: give of my time and talent to these wonderful folks and of course, to win.
Scrabble is a great game. It’s a great game for anyone. It keeps the mind sharp.
Let’s all agree to that helping drive interest in the playing of Scrabble is a good thing – especially at a Senior Center. Let me make an argument that it’s even better when I do it. Scrabble in my hands for a mere hour a week, is a series of important life lessons for all of us.
- Losing never gets old. Chances are overwhelming that you will lose to me. (Ok, well 2 weeks ago was an exception – but I’ve got my eye on you Betsy). There’s no age when losing should stop. Life is funny like that; the only time losing stops pretty much is when you’ve given up trying something or are no longer literally getting in the game. My trouncing you is therefore, good for you.
- Chi is good, really good. Chi is a word that means vital internal energy. Good chi is exactly what you want in your Senior Center and exactly what you want in Scrabble. With me as your Scrabble guide, you’ll get vitally energized when you learn that you can spell “chi” for immense points in two other ways with just two letters as in “xi” and “qi”. What fun! When I did this for 31 points, Kathy shot me a look and then spewed out two other choice letters tied together that I can’t mention, but nevertheless, this is a teaching moment! – Teaching never grows old, even if we do.
- Without rules there’s Chaos. Just because we may have a little more life experience doesn’t mean rules get lax. I have a lot of personal rules about Scrabble I think are endearing and truly in the spirit of the game. One rule is that you should never put down a word that you cannot use in a sentence. Nancy disagreed when I asked her about “el” and then slammed down her 4 page print-out of acceptable 2 letter Scrabble words and said “That’s stupid- it’s a word! But to make you happy, how about you shutting the el up?” Funny now but she’ll think about it later and realize how much I’ve taught her.
This week at my suggestion, we’ve added a Scrabble trophy for the winner of the weekly matches. The winner keeps it for the week, snapping and posting photos of you and your trophy around town. A nice incentive to work hard every week and improve your game I say. My Scrabble mates liked the idea but suggested if I win, to take a photo of myself and the trophy at the end of a long walk on a short pier.
Not very nice but chi is chi baby– bring it on!
Till next time,
Grow The Business.
The 4 Best Sales Pick Up Lines Ever
Want to get a date with your prospect? Want to see if you make those sparks fly? Or maybe you want to date your current customer and move into a deeper more satisfying relationship.
Pick up lines work great.
My favorite one in college (worked darn near every time) was when I sauntered up to an unsuspecting attractive young lady at the bar and said “I can play Lionel Ritchie songs on the piano, you wanna hear some? ”
But I’ve grown and realized that pick-up lines aren’t just for your love life. They’re for work too.
Here are my top 4
“I know people just like you, in fact I spent the weekend in Vegas with hundreds of them” – This one is always good; you’re smart about their business – you went to a trade show in their industry and bragged about it. You’ll be fun and a good listener.
“You may not know this, but I’ve been watching you..”. Creepy? No, not at all. You’ve been watching them on social media, maybe read their posts or blogs. You might have even read their financial reports. You’re the type that makes people and businesses feel special. You’re a nice talker, not a stalker.
“I’m learning about the most entrepreneurial and successful people, do have a minute for me to interview you?” This one is always great. People like to help people and especially if they can talk about themselves too! You’re sure to get some time and maybe even for way more than a minute!
“Do you believe in love at first sight or should I show you that again?” Great line to use In your presentation when you are super proud of your stuff – your product or your solution. It is very contagious and attractive to be proud so be proud! You’ll have prospects fawning all over you.
Till next time,
Truly Grow The Business.
There’s Something About The Plastic!
“There’s something about the plastic!” is a hilarious phrase around our house these days. And I think there’s an interesting business lesson to it as well. Let me tell you why.
I have a cat. I like cats. My cat likes plastic. I like plastic too. But not like my cat. My cat would lick plastic all day long if you let him. Plastic bags, plastic wrappers, plastic sheet protectors, empty plastic zip lock bags ( his fav) or pretty much anything plastic including the Tupperware kind of stuff. I have no idea why.
My son’s friend Jamie heard me incredulously exclaim (after seeing the cat lick a zip lock bag for an hour) how crazy it is that the darn cat licks plastic all day long and Jamie shouted “That’s what all cats do!!” He said it with the obvious tone that he knew the answer as to why they do. I leaned forward and could not wait for the answer – I needed to know!. And then Jamie said…. “There’s something about the plastic!”
That was it. He had no idea why either. And that’s why we all collapsed on the floor laughing and why the phrase now is spoken, texted and emailed randomly among us for last 6 weeks especially when someone texts or says something worthy (unworthy).. “There’s something about the plastic!” is the label we put on something said that brings absolutely nothing new, interesting or valuable to the conversation.
There’s a bit of that that goes on at work too eh? Here are 6 of my favorite phrases (often shouted out ( like Jamie did)) that mean nothing or are just plain let downs. I have been guilty of a few of these myself for sure. Please feel free to add yours in the comments section!
- “We tried that a few years ago, it worked great.” [And why is it not still here? Usually heard in a brainstorm meeting]
- “Just gotta get people to offer it more. ” [usually in a sales meeting- we all know it’s more complicated than that]
- “There’s a right way and a wrong way to do this” [usually followed by silence. Thanks cpt Obvious.]
- “We need better leads” [ I’ve been on all sides – selling to feed my family, sales management & training and I can say never in my 25 years have I seen where that is true – it’s how you work the leads ( or better, make your own) that matters ]
- “People need to be retrained” [OK –so this hits home today in my role but seriously- it’s a rare day that folks need “retraining” – what they really need is” re-selling” of the content by a leader or “re-coaching” or “re – holding people accountableness-ness”
- “We have to prioritize this with everything else.” [Guilty am I here at times on this but think about how often we really hear it. And how “future tense” it is. Worthless. And usually it never does get prioritized because that means something needs to be “de prioritized” and that is courage not enough of us have in excess. ]
Till next time,
Grow The Business.