When it comes to customer service, do your people perceive you as giving more or taking away? As we know, a huge part of customer service is perception. What does the customer think they see or think they experience? I got thinking about this after reading an article on the website www.customerservicemanager.com. The group noticed two candy stores in the same neighborhood that offered, pretty much, the same… Read More »Candy Store Service: Are You A Giver or a Taker?
Okay young man or lady. I want to talk about your attitude… HA! Nothing good ever started with THAT one at the beginning of a sentence. Your attitude is the expression of what you believe about yourself and the world around you, and…how you feed those beliefs every single day of your life. While there is no manual on having a better attitude, here are 3 things you can do…..
Long, long ago, someone in a meeting in Beaverton, OR raised his or her hand and said, “I’ve got it, Just THINK about it.” Immediately the group idea expander said, “NO, Just DO it.” And so they did. That slogan has been used billions of times by billions of people who either want to take action or want to get someone else to do the same. We, as a society,… Read More »Daily RICHual #19: Just THINK About it?
I came across a book yesterday. It was written by Benjamin Zander, who if you don’t know was the world famous conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and called “The Art of Possibility.” It concerned (partially) leadership and our role as beings on the planet. Zander said, “Every single interaction between two human beings is always a matter of leadership.” At the age of 45, after 20 years of leading… Read More »Daily RICHual #18: Sales and Leadership
Al Gore’s invention of the internet has changed a lot of things in this world and nowhere, maybe, more than marketing. Technology has given us a plethora of ways to get consumer’s attention. In the old days, two fellas, leaned over the fence and utilized the greatest marketing ever: WOMM. They talked about the new preacher, the guy who opened the new fillin’ station, and that lady who took over… Read More »Daily RICHual #17: Word of Mouth Marketing – Still the best!
Yesterday we covered deadlock in a negotiation So how do we end deadlock without having to walk away from the deal? Every situation is unique, but here are 5 methods to help help construct the way out of deadlock.
We spend a ton of our lives in conversations. We talk, we listen. Or do we? How good of a listener are you? AND would it be valuable to get better at it? According to those in the know, the best listening is called active listening and it is defined as listening with the intent to understand. It, like empathy, is OTHER oriented. So in the interest of everyone who… Read More »Daily RICHual #9 . Being a Better Listener
Yesterday we listed four traits/skills/tips for being a better negotiator. Here’s another – and it’s a BIGGIE: Empathy. Empathy is our ability to understand how someone else feels, to be able to “walk a mile in their shoes.” While empathy is all encompassing as a life skill, it’s essential for negotiators.
We negotiate all the time. It’s not just a work thing, it’s a life thing. There are some great resources for being a better negotiator and I’ve listed a few of my favorites in the notes. But for the sake of the moment, here are four of my favorites: 1. Separate the people from the problem 2. Pre-Position everything 3. Understand motivation 4. Be a better listener
I remember my early days of being a real estate agent and balking at the concept that I was in sales. I was a real estate counselor, advisor, consultant. Not a sales person. Everyone hates salespeople. I don’t want to be hated. My broker reminded me that I had spent the last 15 years of my life in sales. No, I didn’t I taught 9th graders. HA! He replied. You… Read More »The Daily RICHual #2 . The Golden Rule in Sales