One on One Networking -Are you any good at it?

Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 04:49AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment

                 It's not much different than a blind date- but it does take skill to win a person over. Many of such meetings are a complete waste of time if it all boils down to a real lenghthly pitch on one side or the other. Hopefully, the other party picks up the check. If it's only coffee, the person may not be really  interested in your business, only getting in another pitch that day. If the person starts the pitch on you early on, it's a bad sign- THEN you should order expensive if the person seems not to be listening to your pitch or whatever you are talking about. If it seems a waste of time to you, it probably is- ask for the check!  

Summer is coming - Is your business ready to take advantage of the HEAT?

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 04:22PM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment

                                                Us entrepeneurs can't wait to get all you consumers outside today to show you what we have to offer you in terms of quality products, unsurpassed customer service, and pricing that even the big boys will have to take a step back and watch us do our thing. We have fine tuned our business to compete with the best of them ............the internet and the social networking tools and gadgets have let us get you to notice us, contact us, and strike a deal. Just can't wait to show off our new approach to selling, custome service, and pricing.

The Holidays are coming! It's either going to be good, bad, or ugly..choose your poison!

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 03:31PM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment

          Black Friday is around the corner........and either you learned your lesson last year and have reloaded your marketing bag of tricks for 2009 or you have not. Hopefully you have come up with a real written marketing plan that will really work this time based on correcting all the mistakes that you made last year. 

          Let's hope that you learned enough about social networking sites to foster a closer relationship with your customers and prospects.  Entrepreneurs must never stop reading and learning- never assume anything.

          Times have changed...............forever.       Happy Holidays!

It's now or never! Develop your own referral group or fail!

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 07:43PM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment

            If there was ever a time to get involved with a group of business owners who will try to steer business your way, this is definitely it. The days of just cold calling, direct mail, or newspaer advertising advertising or a combination of thereof being utilized as your primary marketing tool are dead, buried,     and long gone. If you don't have other people singing your praises ...............get ready to close the inn.

 NETWORK, NETWORK, and NETWORK some more till you develop a group of referral partners. Get others to know you, like you, trust you, and eventually refer you. Don't just sit there and complain about your lack of business.......get involved and learn how to network.

I want to give you business, but you won't take it!

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 02:24PM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | Comments1 Comment

   I am still amazed at the number of small business owners that are so disorganized in these challenging times. Even presenting my business card to these entrepreneurs & asking them to contact me after receiving & buying their pitch still results in no action on their part. I don't get it. I'm going to buy from them, but their unorganized state of mind somehow forgets that I ever met them. I guess they finally discover my business card at some point, but their lack of jotting down a note on paper or in their mind results in lost sales sales and lost credability in my mind. Just how can these businesspeople survive?