I loved this post today from my good friend Chris Goodrow! Have a read, and enjoy your Tuesday.
Did I mention it has been a busy summer?
Well it has.
What was designed to be a summer of nothing, turned out to be exactly the opposite. Please don’t mistake that statement for complaining however. Although our expectations and reality didn’t quite line up this summer, I feel that I have been productive and have demonstrated to myself that I can adapt and perform well under various pressures: certainly better than I ever have before.
Additionally out of the craziness I have some stories I would like to share.
Last year, my wife and I embarked on a new venture by investing in Real Estate. The first year has been rewarding beyond our expectations, both from a personal development perspective and a business perspective. One tiny aspect had been nagging at me since soon after we took possession. A small section of concrete at the back of the house…
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My wife is pregnant, and I figured that she might need a late night snack a couple of weeks ago. Truth be told, she was not that hungry, but I was up for some take out food! I convinced her to order something with me, and off I went. This was not a fast food restaurant, and had an above average menu.
I placed my order at the counter, and proceeded to sit down at one of the booths. It was half an hour before close, and I was the only patron left in the restaurant. There was a cook preparing my food, and one Manager/Owner.
The Manager caught my attention for the wrong reasons. He had a frown stapled to his face, and looked like he would rather have been anywhere else but there. This was not a young adult, it was somebody in their late 40’s/early 50’s who had probably been in business for some time. He seemed to be hovering behind the counter, watching the cook’s every more.
He walked right past me on two or three occasions as well, and never said one word.
I received my order a few minutes later and left.
I described my observations of what happened with the manager with my wife, and noted that he did not even say one word to me in an empty restaurant.
Her reply (grin included),
“Maybe you are expecting too much.”
Here is how I would have approached “myself” if I was the manager in that situation.
- “Hey, how are you today?”
- “Oh great! Have you been to our restaurant before? How was the food/service?”
- “Fantastic! Just to let you know that we are under new management, and are appreciative of your continued support.”
- “I will tell you what. Here are a few $5 off coupons for you and your friends to come by later. I would love if you help us spread the word! Thanks so much!”
Truth be told, I would have probably settled for,
“Hello, how are you today?”
But I am always trying to take things to the next level, and expect more than a simple hello!”
- What type of interaction (if any) would you have expected from the manager in that situation?
- How would you have interpreted his constant frown, hovering over the cook, and lack of interaction with me?
- The million dollar question…. was I expecting too much?
Bruce Zimmerman’s post about Paul Castain brought my night to a screeching halt on Monday. I wiped the sweat off my brow in the stifling summer heat, proceeded to the “coolness” of my basement, and read every word.
If you have followed for a while, Paul Castain’s name is brought up quite a bit on this blog. There is good reason for that.
Bruce captures the true essence of who Paul is, and what he stands for. I had already been planning a post for Thursday which references Paul’s website, so this will be the first of two posts, back-to-pack discussing somebody I admire greatly. Enjoy!
A while back I had the opportunity to interview an individual who I believe is truly a Sales Rock Star. Actually, I was so excited about the fact that I was able to interview him that I wrote a blog about it shortly after the interview concluded.
It was my intent to review all my notes, bring the whole thing together, and post my thoughts and perspectives within a couple of days.
Wanting to make sure that what I wrote was perfect in every way, I wrote several drafts but nothing seemed right. I would write something, I would read it, and conclude that it didn’t adequately portray my true thoughts. It had to be perfect! I wanted, no needed, to use the right words to describe how much this individual has meant to me and the thousands of other “aspiring sales rock stars” over the last few years. Somehow…
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I have had the good fortune to correspond with Richard from time to time over the past year. I also read his blog when time permits.
This post caught my attention over the weekend. If anyone is thinking about owning a business, is attempting to “live the entrepreneurial dream, or wants a great read, this post is for you! Check out how Richard eloquently describes the need for a business coach.
I Need a Business Coach
What is your intention and objective? What rationale are you using to determine your tenacity to reach your purpose? Is your resolution resolute? Will your commitment and resolve match the desire of the want? What are you willing to do to reach your objective?
We all want success. I have never met any person that wanted failure. Sometimes success eludes us and it is difficult to understand and discover what is holding the success from overflowing the cup of wealth and desire. Often opportunities are pushed to the side and forgotten mainly due to our own ignorance to look past our own self absorb opinions. We live in this circle of what we know that binds and hinders our willingness to seek opportunities outside our realm of vision and beliefs.
Many business owners have hit the first of many curveballs thrown…
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Special thanks to Michael Kroll over at The Sales Effect for bringing this video to my attention last week. I followed Michael Gerber’s work a couple of years ago, but not as much recently.
After hearing him speak on this video, I am going to look him up again!