Terrific Tips from Jurek Leon
Jurek Leon’s Terrific Tips e-newsletter that is packed with anecdotes, ideas and examples on service excellence, customer focused selling, motivation and marketing.
As a speaker, trainer and retail consultant Jurek Leon provides entertaining, energising seminars and workshops are filled with practical tips, ideas and down-to-earth examples on word-of-mouth marketing, motivation, customer focused selling and designing and managing the customer experience.
The June / July edition is filled with more great advice and tips including positive signage, sticklers for standards and the trouble tree.
Welcome to the August 2017 edition of ‘Terrific Tips’ delivered to your desktop free each month.
This edition includes marketing lessons from health shops.
It also puts the focus on the customer experience provided by medical practitioners and by snake catchers and has some lessons on getting your message across when discounting.
A lesson in climbing to the top
While on holiday recently I read ‘Paths of Glory’ by Jeffrey Archer, not a book in his usual style. It is a ‘What if…’ story based on George Mallory a man who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mt Everest in the early 1920s. In fact, George Mallory may have been the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest… many years before Edmund Hillary.
Stories of alpha males completing epic feats don’t do much for me, even when well written. Reading the book though did prompt me to search out a far shorter Everest story from US sales trainer Jim Meisenheimer that has a valuable lesson for us all. Here it is:
Seventeen years ago I did a sales training program in Colorado. The meeting was held about two hours north of Denver, in a lodge situated in Roosevelt National Park.
My client was Low Alpine, a manufacturer of outdoor gear. Specifically, they made the stuff that Mt. Everest climbers use to trek up that mountain. My two-hour presentation was scheduled right after lunch. The speaker, who preceded me before lunch, had a slide presentation showing his various attempts at climbing Mt Everest. As you might imagine it was a powerful and extremely insightful presentation about the skills and dangers of mountain climbing.
I was sitting on the edge of my chair during his entire presentation. There were 25 salespeople at this meeting. Their climbing gear was sold to retailers. So they knew all about the climbing business. They also knew, by reputation, many of the names the speaker referred to. He talked about the climbers who made it to the top and also talked about those that didn't survive the ordeal.
Throughout his presentation everyone was glued to their seat with anticipation. Just before ending he asked the group a question: “There's a time when you're climbing, when you can almost feel depressed. You just feel so low and down. Do you know when that is?”
My imagination started to run wild, especially since the highest I ever climbed wasn't even climbing, it was an elevator ride to the top of the Empire State Building. I thought surely the salespeople in the audience would know the answer to his question.
They responded with things that I imagined; when you first begin the climb, when you only have 100 yards left, when you reach the top, and when you begin your descent.
The speaker’s body language and facial expression gave it all away - no one was even close. I was surprised by his answer - maybe you will be too. He said, "Climbers get down when bad weather sets in."
He went on to explain that when bad weather sets in you can't see the peak; you lose sight of your goal and become easily distracted and sometimes even depressed. You need a crystal clear picture of what the peak of your mountain looks like, in other words - clearly defined goals.
Isn’t that an amazing story, with such a valuable lesson? As Jim Meisenheimer goes on to say, “Being distracted isn’t your ticket to achieving your goals – being focused is.”
Key Learning Point: You don't have to climb Mount Everest to appreciate how important keeping your eyes focused on your goals is to achieving success in your business and in life.
In your business who makes the rules and who are they designed to serve?
In your June Terrific Tips I concluded the It's alright it's only a customer article by highlighting the key lesson from this case study:
Around the same time Melbourne small business marketing maestro, Winston Marsh in his newsletter included the excellent example below from the health sector. There are definite lessons in this, not just for health professionals, but for every service business. Over to Winston:
As old age slowly creeps up on me I’m finding more and more reasons to go and see medical people.
Now, I’ve always had a beef with most of them because they're about the worst people at keeping appointments. They use the hoary old excuse that, since they never know when they going to have emergencies, they will unfortunately run late.
Of course, when an emergency does arrive, the team members could ring people who are scheduled for appointments and let them know. But, because it's not customary to do so, it's rare when any medical receptionist provides that courtesy.
And, in the case of most medical practices, I believe that it's not the person who owns the business that runs the business. I think the actual medical people are so involved in doing what they do that they leave the running of the office to others. So, it’s those “others” who set the rules and they are generally designed to suit them rather than patients.
A case in point.
The other day, along with the other five or so other people, I had a procedure performed and was asked to attend for a check the next day at 8:30 AM.
To read more click on ‘Who makes the rules and who are they designed to serve?’ or go to Terrific Blogs.
“The Customer Experience Report is the biggest bonus”
It always fascinates me how the good operators are on a continuous path to improvement, and despite their extensive knowledge and skills are willing to learn from others.
A classic example of this is renowned central Australian wildlife and tourism identity – and professional snake catcher – Rex Niendorf of Alice Springs Reptile Centre. He has been working with Jan and myself since first engaging in our Alice Springs Business Development program for tourism operators in 2013.
Here’s what Rex has to say:
“The Terrific Tourism program has been great for my business… The workshops are great, but the biggest bonus is getting the Customer Experience Report that is part of the program. It’s more like a roadmap that lays out a pathway to follow. This makes it easy because the hard work is done.
“We’ve been able to follow this step by step and used the independent in-depth report to help justify two successful grant applications that between them amounted to over $90,000. We’d have struggled to get these Grants without the Customer Experience Report.
“These 10 month Business Enterprise Centre Terrific Tourism programs are mandatory if you want to be a success. Why?
The Customer Experience Report Rex refers to is produced after conducting an on-site Customer Experience Audit. For a brief overview click on Customer Experience Audit.
Twice a month I get a hurtful and offensive text from my local health shop.
They tell me that I’m an idiot for shopping with them whenever there is something that I need from their vitamins and health food range, and I’m a mug for paying full price at their store. Instead apparently, I should only shop with them on the first Tuesday and third Saturday of each month.
Well, that’s not quite how they word it. Here’s what a typical text says:
“21% OFF Super Tuesday tomorrow at …”
“21% OFF Super Saturday…”
For a time-poor person like myself who prefers to shop when I need something and it’s convenient for me to pop in, each time I walk into their store I feel resentful. Why?
Because I know that if I’d organised to go on the first Tuesday or third Saturday of the month I’d be paying 21% less.
Why do they have this stupid approach? Why do they punish shoppers who come throughout the month?
Because that’s what their competitors do and they claim they would lose too much business if they didn’t use an equally inane approach. No doubt they can point to the huge turnover they make on these two days each month but at what cost in terms of lost margins? And in lost customers during the other 28 days each month?
Is it surprising that many health food stores are struggling in spite of the growing interest in health and healthy eating?
If you have retail clients
The retail edition of this month’s newsletter includes examples and guidance explaining why and how to make outgoing phone calls to past customers whenever it is quiet in the store.
If you are a supplier of products or services to retailers, in shopping centre management or a franchisor, please stress to your retailers the importance of reading and acting on this information which can be accessed at these two blog posts:
Best video case studies
I recently made a wonderful discovery.
I’d received an email enquiry asking me to recommend any useful resources for local campaigns – particularly video based – to get business people and the community working together in small towns.
My answer was Tom O’Toole’s Beechworth Bakery video case studies. Tom is always commenting that he has to get people to Beechworth before he can get a dollar out of them. His theme is businesses working together in the town so that they all make a dollar.
I was going to recommend ‘The Making Dough With Tom O’Toole Masterclass’ DVD – 3 separate videos included in this package with the 18 minute ‘Making More Dough’ the best one to start with. Then I noticed on his website that this has now been reduced in price from $198 to $29.90.
At that price I recommended she also invest in the ‘Drop Everything for the Customer’ DVD which has the same price reduction. While a few years older, this is my favourite because it goes into more behind the scenes detail about why they have achieved their ongoing success. I still use both DVDs at times in my workshops (in separate sessions) because there is nothing better available that is down-to-earth and easy to relate to.
Read the Sign
If you are going to have a sale always explain simply and clearly why you are doing so.
For example, Tom O’Toole could be saying that due to changing technology people have the chance to get the final copies of his DVD case studies at a bargain price… and have copyright permission to transfer them to their PC, laptop or tablet for training purposes.
Mr Toskana understands this approach to spelling out the reasons for discounting as you will see in this photo.
Winston’s wise words and more
Each edition of Winston Marsh’s twice monthly newsletter contains 3 or 4 insights such as the medical example earlier in this newsletter as well as tips for personal and small business marketing often shared with humour as in the next example on ‘Selling Benefits’.
When you are in a selling situation you can talk all you like about features and advantages but, if you want to make the sale, sell the benefits. Winston Marsh uses this story to emphasise his point:
Ole, the smoothest-talking Norske (a person of Norwegian ancestry) in the Minnesota National Guard and a natural born salesman, got called up to active duty.
Ole’s first assignment was in a military induction centre. Because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits, especially the GI life insurance, to which they were entitled.
The officer in charge soon noticed that Ole was getting a 99% sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance. This was remarkable, because it cost these low-income recruits $30 per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the government was already providing at no charge.
The officer decided he’d sit in the back of the room at the next briefing and observe Ole’s sales pitch. Ole stood up before the latest group of inductees and said…
“If you haf da normal GI insurans an’ yoo go to Afghanistan an’ get yourself killed, da governmen’ pays yer beneficiary $20,000. If yoo take out da supplemental insurans, vich cost you only t’irty dollars a month, den da governmen’ got ta pay yer beneficiary $200,000!”
Then, Ole concluded… “Vich bunch you tink dey gonna send ta Afghanistan first?”
Remember… always sell the benefits or as Winston would say, answer their WIIFM question – ‘What’s in it for me?’
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I do not know." W. H. Auden
“The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi Berra
Overheard: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
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