Have you ever been in a conversation with one of your office staff or technicians and asked or been asked, “If you could just…?” or “It’s just…”. I believe we all have or many still do phrase communication this way. I believe, if we were aware of the true indication of that word, we would do our best to just remove it. Just, has several meanings, but when used in this way it simply means…the task or solution is simple. It’s a way of communicating that the particular thing you’re asking for is not a difficult task and requires … Read More >>
I was on the witness stand being questioned by a $260,000 per year attorney! “Mr. Koop, how much do you think your time is worth?” Now this was back in 1998 and at the time I happened to know this particular attorney was billing his client $125 per hour. I was an Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC contractor so I looked him in the eye and replied, “My time is worth $125 per hour. Do you think that is too much to charge for expertise?” I tried hard to keep a straight face as he hesitated…trying to regain his own composure. … Read More >>
We all know that sex sells. Whether you’re a man selling to a woman or a woman selling to a man, there is almost always an awareness of sexual attitudes. As a matter of interest, a study in the early 1960’s said, a man and a woman put together in a room typically cannot go five minutes without one or both thinking about sex. Advertisers have used provocative poses for close to 100 years. Radio ads will often take advantage of smooth sultry female voices when doing direct advertising towards men. So, how does that affect you? Some would say, … Read More >>
Many times we as business owners and managers overlook or misuse the power of the ride along. The ride along is traditionally used for the observation of technicians not meeting the expectations of the company. As leaders and owners of companies the ride along can create a stigma associated with your “undivided” attention in the technician’s world. You’re either valued or not. You’re either the super star technician or you get a ride along from the boss. What if this particular tool was used without prejudice? How would you implement it?
Think of the greatest sports stars to come out of American baseball history since its genesis in the 18th century. Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays just to name a few. Not one of these legendary players were born with a glove and leather bound ball in hand. Not one of them knew how to play the sport of baseball until they stepped out on the field. Every single one of our sports hero’s had to PRACTICE! Icons are not born, they are made. The same goes for salesmen, entrepreneurs, and athletes. We are not all fast learners. And, no
“Let’s Go!” I yell promptly at 8:30 every day. As strong advocates for morning meetings, we recently reinstated the morning round up with our own staff – highlighting the day’s priorities (not just their to-do lists, but actual top level priorities). From the beginning, our goal was to cultivate an environment that yielded focus and respect; even focus and respect are not attributes incapable of burning out.
As I’m sure is true with yours, our staff is very busy each day. This meeting has to bring about more efficiency during the workday and has to build-up our staff. … Read More >>
Traditionally, when customers call Plumbing, HVAC, or Electrical service companies, one of the most commonly asked questions is, “How much is this going to cost?”. As service providers we can feel as though we need to answer all their questions immediately, because truthfully, we don’t want them to go somewhere else. As contractors and business owners we have an inherent need to please our current and potential customers. This need can make you a true success, but it can also keep you from the very success you dream of. But, have you ever wondered, maybe we’ve been doing a … Read More >>
Recently, I went to the gym during lunch. Upon returning to the office in gym clothes, I noticed the parking lot needed to be weed eaten. I was already sweaty and casual so I went in search of the battery powered weed eater in the shop. Naturally, this was a task that could have been delegated, and many very successful people would have said, “Do not waste your time weed eating – your job is to move the company forward!”. In the back of my mind I knew this to be true…
Recently I began the song and dance with a salesman and his ‘manager’ about joining their membership for marketing services.
In the beginning stages, I made it crystal clear that the timing of this exchange may not be favorable, but that I was still interested in engaging in their proposal. In life, regarding personal and professional exchanges, we must be able to acknowledge the power of timing. Timing is imperative to the success in any situation, especially when it involves expectation. In this situation, there was an expectation of a sale.
A month went by and after several phone calls … Read More >>