• Do you show respect to all colleagues?

    18 Jan 2019 | 12:00 am

    Scripture teaches "that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work" (1 Thessalonians 5:13 NASB). From the executive suite to the night cleaning crew, all workers need and deserve respect. Walk around the office, shop floor, or[…]

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Jun 30
2018

Bridges

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Frequently in today's business environment, people burn their bridges to other people or relationships.  Someone has a bad experience, becomes angry or frustrated and they terminate a business relationship. However scripture gives us a different model: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, NIV)

Jun 25
2018

What is the Purpose of your Business?

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When I consult with a business for the first time, one of my first questions often is: “What is the purpose of your business or organization?” I usually get one of three responses. One response is a clear and concise purpose for why the organization exists.  This is good. A second response is when the person stumbles and doesn't really answer the question. The third response is an answer that is somewhat off target from what the business is actually doing.

Jun 20
2018

Providing Evidence to Customers

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Allen asked me to review some ad copy that contained a number of claims: “You will save money;” “The system is reliable,” or “My system is easy to use.” My first response was, “Says you!” 

Allen paused before he asked, “What do you mean?” I explained that his entire advertisement was made of claims without providing any evidence. How did he expect prospective customers to trust his statements without evidence? 

Jun 14
2018

Creating Business Relationships

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I belong to Business Network International or BNI (https://www.bni.com/), an international network group designed to help each other grow their business. Members are encouraged to share what they do, learn about other members, and refer business to other members of the network. I often recommend this as a marketing step for businesses and have found it to be effective.

BNI teaches three steps to success: visibility, credibility, and profitability. These are steps we need to utilize in our general marketing.

Jun 12
2018

Too Many Choices

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I was looking over a restaurant’s menu of multiple pages and was struggling to figure out what to order. After a few moments I found an old stand-by. It was a safe choice, and I placed my order. Others at the table had similar challenges.  There were just too many choices.

A study published by Ragan’s PR Daily offered one group of shoppers 24 different samples of jams while another group was offered only six possible selections. Interestingly, the customers with six choices chose 20% more product than those with 24 choices. Sometimes by offering fewer options we increase our chances of making the sale. Too many choices may make the customer indecisive and confused.