Yes, in today’s world we are exposed to thousands of different messages almost on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we have learned to block them; we put them all in the “round internet basket” and never know if there was anything of value. As an example, I heard that 35 hours of video are uploaded on U-Tube every day. I’m sure that hundreds if not thousands of new websites and blogs are added every day, each trying to sell something.
I believe that this massive sales effort has caused us to ignore most of the information that, in fact, could be useful to us. There is no possible way that every new business website gets a hit every week, much less a real inquiry. With millions of “hungry” small businesses waiting for some action, there has to be an opportunity for you to contact them and ask how you can help each other grow. There is nothing more discouraging to a small business owner than to put up a web site, or to write a blog and have no response. If going out in person and calling on people is not your forte, then spend an hour a day making contacts on the internet. Think of a business that would be compatible to yours, look up a website and start a conversation.
By not being in the right frame of mind you can also miss opportunities when someone calls on you in person. As an example, I am working on a new book, not sure of the title yet, but it has to do with businesses growing together. In setting up my research projects, I am selecting small business to participate, at no cost, but with a positive endorsement from me. In calling to set up appointments with business owners I explain the concept and ask for a face to face meeting. In two out of three cases, I never finish my introduction before they say they are not interested and hang up.
When someone calls to talk to you, open your mind, listen carefully and see if there is an opportunity for you to learn or do something that will benefit your business. Surprise people that send an e-mail asking you to buy something. Reply by asking them how you both can work together to benefit both businesses.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
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