For those of you who have followed me for part (or all) of this two-year blogging journey, you will know that I am having the time of my life!
- Help others
- Share my message
- Meet incredible people
- Promote and share other’s content
- Learn from fellow bloggers
- If you are currently blogging, why are you loving it?
- If you are you on the verge of blogging, what are you most looking forward to?
Please keep me posted on your blogging journey. I will be posting some success stories!
Just a quick note to say thanks for following my on this blogging journey that is quickly approaching 2 years (wow times flies by)!
I have kept you updated on important milestone that I reached with my blog, and I have another one to share today.
Over the weekend, I published my 300th post!
Or as I like to say, I TOOK ACTION 300 times!
I recently backed up all of my posts and took count. Over 200 of those were original content. When I started out, I thought I could only write about like 8 things 🙂
All joking aside, I am very proud of this accomplishment and am looking forward to many more years of blogging and helping others.
One quick bit of advice if you are just getting started on a blog, or are in a bit of a “writing rut”…
Don’t put pressure on yourself! Be open to creativity and be ready to take notes at a moment’s notice when ideas pop in to your head.
I have also gotten in to the habit of:
- Reblogging other blogger’s content
- Posting videos or links to cool stuff I find online
- Reposting my earlier writing every 6-8 months
Take the pressure off, and just have fun! Get in the habit of supporting others too, and not just feel obligated to come up with new material .
Thanks again for your support!
It means the world to me..
Summers are short in Northern Canada, so I have to make the best of the warm weather and longer days!
I actually do sell in the summer, and just wanted to get your attention with a catchy title 🙂
Here are the top 5 things that I like to do with customers and/or prospects when most of my competitors are on the golf course:
- Drop by later in the day with cold drinks and snacks. Most people are stuck at their desks just counting down the minutes until they get to leave and enjoy the sun too!
- Take them out to lunch! Make sure to sit on a patio and take in the great weather.
- Attend an outdoor sports game, concert or other outdoor event. No better way to get to know them than enjoying these activities together
- Plan a trip with key customers. Every time I hear about customer trips they rave about the good fun for years to come!
- Have a “there are still people to sell to” mentality vs. “everyone is off ’til September so I will just coast” mentality.
These business building activities will pay dividends in the long run. Nobody likes being stuck in the office when the weather is balmy!
I am sure there are many other great ideas that I am missing. But the key is to:
- get creative
- build rapport
- get sales!
You don’t want to risk your competitors having all the great ideas!
Susan Wright-Boucher and I have been following each other’s content and corresponding for quite some time now. She is a fellow Canadian and has a very cool blog. She recently did a post titled “7 Blogs For 7 Days”.
I was lucky enough to be one of the blogs featured on this fantastic post! Stop by and check it out when you have a sec…
I am a firm believer that you have to be good to be lucky, and lucky to be good. Whatever the case me be, I am very fortunate that Broc Edwards has come in to my life.
I love reading his blog:
“A Fool’s Eye View of Human Resources” is a breath of fresh air in a profession that can sometimes lack “jam”. He has a new book out called “What Thinks You?” which I am just loving! It is a collection of his best blog posts.
Check it out at: http://amzn.to/17a3BRk
Before I got in to the meat of the book, I stopped in my tracks at the foreword. Check out this fantastic piece of writing by Joe Gerstandt titled “Taking Chances”.
jump in, just jump in, just jump.
always off balance.
never quite falling, but failing
and failing often.
on the verge,
something other than
risk and reward
dance hand in hand.
feel the thrill in your throat,
feel the electricity in your belly.
step away from what you know,
be exposed, be known.
yes there are consequences,
when you provoke the future
– Joe Gerstandt
I wanted you start the week with a powerful message. Hope this did the trick. Please connect with Broc and Joe and check out Broc’s book. It will be well worth your time.
Have a fantastic week!
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?