16 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

You’re incredibly smart and handsome

Most (if not all) major brands add you to an email marketing list after you buy and register a product with them.  Such is the case with Toshiba.  I was forced to buy a new laptop when the one I owned was damaged in a car accident (I looked like I got hit by a truck, […]

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12 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Relationships are inefficient

Relationships are incredibly inefficient. You have to identify a likely potential candidate, present yourself in a way that you hope they will find compelling and attractive, if they agree to the possibility of a relationship you have the whole let’s-hang-out-together-trial-runs, and if the other party finally decides that YES, you are the one for them — you have […]

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05 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Your most important client should fire you

Your most important client is also your most neglected client… YOU. You would absolutely stop doing business with a company immediately if they treated you the way you treat yourself. Think about it. Compared to all the other clients you serve, YOUR projects are always the last to get done, your needs are the last to get met, […]

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20 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Empty Tank Full Mind

Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?” First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is. As is […]

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27 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Are You Earning or Burning?

Everything you do Earns a sale (earns a conversation, a returned email, another phone call, a visit to the showroom, a positive online review), or Burns a sale (they never want to hear from you again, they tell 10 friends about their terrible experience with your company, they tell 10 million people on the internet […]

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12 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Customer Service Highs and Lowe’s

For a company with a marketing tagline of “Never Stop Improving”, Lowe’s may need to start an in-house home improvement project… A couple weeks ago my mother bought a new dryer (around $400 or $500) from Lowe’s. During the order/checkout sequence the clerk asked if she needed a vent/dryer duct hose (about $15). Since the older dryer she was replacing had been […]

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22 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Helpful Humor (and Cheesecake Appetizers) Break Response Patterns

I’ve been exploring the idea of “Helpful Humor” in some recent blog posts. First on the Emergency Coffee article and then on my coverage of Dollar Shave Club’s colon cancer awareness campaign. In both instances these companies used humor to break their prospect of a pre-programmed response. According to a study I found referenced on […]

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31 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Back-Up Coffee

This morning I arrived early for a meeting at a local Bob Evans. I told the greeter (who also turned out to be the server) that I was expecting to meet one other person. They noticed my laptop bag and asked if we’d need a place to plug-in. WOW… Nice job paying attention and trying […]

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11 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Wiping Out Cancer

Continuing on the trend of Helpful Humor I’ve been noticing lately, I wanted to share the activity of possibly one of the funniest businesses I’ve had the pleasure to spend my money with — Dollar Shave Club. Still the BEST commercial you’ll never see on television, these guys didn’t quit with a one-hit wonder (technically, […]

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03 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Emergency Coffee

A few weeks ago I was in San Diego taking a few vacation days after delivering three workshops at the DogWatch Hidden Fence annual Dealer conference in Huntington Beach, California. My fiance and I had asked an employee at The Nat gift shop if she could recommend any local restaurants near our hotel, and without […]

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