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Spring Fling 2008
– An Open To All event
Date: May 19, 2008
Time: 5 – 10 p.m. EST
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Growing as a business owner is imperative if your business is to survive. With new entrepreneurs appearing every day, your business’ success becomes harder and harder to maintain and grow. To stay on top of the pack you must learn the nuances of successful business ownership.
Pushy salespeople may get the sale but being an information provider will guarantee a long and prosperous business success. So how do you make the transition? Before you will ever convince anyone of your superior knowledge on a subject, you first must be wholly convinced within yourself that you are an expert.
As you begin to share your knowledge, others will begin to accept you for the expert that you are. The best way to begin is by sharing through offers. Do you have a white paper, ezine, eBook or some other informational product? If you offer to provide that resource in exchange for their contact information, you not only set yourself up as an expert but you additionally are able to begin list building.
Another idea is to offer free consultations. This allows you to answer the needs of those who ‘raise their hand’ to your product or service while proving your expertise. This is something that I have found to be successful in building both a multi-million dollar surgical facility and my online business as well. Be sure you are prepared to answer most of the questions that will arise before tapping into this business-building tool.
One word of warning, when you don’t know the answer be honest, tell them, “That is a very good question, I’ll have to check into it and get back with you.” Never, never, never give advice if you are unsure of what you are saying. It is better to complement the questioner and let them know you will get back to them than to be caught later having said something that turns out to be wrong.
Being a problem solver, information provider will ensure your business will continue to thrive and grow. These powerful techniques will build trust with your prospective customers and your contact list as well.
I am sitting here looking at a recipe that I have made a couple of times called Pecan Crusted Salmon. As I look at it and consider making it for dinner the though struck me that as good as this recipe tastes if I just throw it on a plate with no thought of presentation it will still taste good. However if I “plate” it to make it look as yummy as it tastes I believe it will taste even better.
How much like plating a dish to enhance its appeal is our business? What do you think? Can and how could this be done? I guess you could call this “Food for thought“. (Pun intended)
Here’s the recipe in case your taste buds are feeling adventurous.
Pecan Crusted Salmon
Place in a food processor:
Pecans, Red Pepper, Salt and Garlic clove
Process on high until thoroughly chopped.
Dip fish in olive oil to coat and then the pecan mixture. Pat to adhere and fry.
Don’t forget to make your plate look pretty. Enjoy.
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I just love to do cryptograms and the other day I completed one that got me to thinking. It was a quote by Rita Rudner that read, “I was going to have cosmetic surgery done until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits of Picasso.” I can just see her skeedataling out of his office as fast as her feet would take her. Moreover, can you blame her? I think I would probably do the same.
The thought occurred to me that we sometimes have things that represent our businesses in what we think are beneficial ways when in reality they are doing more harm than good. Let’s look at this scenario from the doctor’s point of view. The art he chose to display was well known and proved his love for all things artistic. However, to the viewing patient it held a completely different meaning.