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You know how it feels to be stuck in a rut. You’re doing the same activities over and over, and you’re not happy. Maybe you feel bored with your life or burnt out on the job. Perhaps you know what would make you happy, such as a new job position or increased responsibility at work, but making that goal a reality seems insurmountable and not even worth trying. So you stay in the same situation you’re currently in, hoping that someday something will change, but it never does. Face it … you’re in a rut! Being stuck in a rut is never fun. Aside from being bored with your situation, being in a rut also makes you more prone to depression and negative thinking-the two things that will keep you in your rut for even longer. So if you want your situation to change, you must change. Instead of complaining that there’s nothing you can do to make your life better, realize that there’s actually a lot you can do. You just have to get out there, take a risk, and do something. When you are not making any progress toward a particular goal and feel completely stuck, the key to making a big change is to make little changes. Use the following six guidelines to jumpstart your life out of a rut right now. (more…)

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Wellness continues to be the mega-trend in personal care, blending concerns about beauty, fitness, preventative healthcare, anti-aging and stress relief into one package. As part of wellness, interest in what might be called alternative medicine “lite” continues to run high, especially the areas of massage, yoga and pilates and aromatherapy. (more…)

Top 10 Sales Mistakes

Every salesperson, regardless of the industry, product, or skill level, makes mistakes. Here are some basic sales mistakes to avoid and some tips for selling more and having happier customers.

  1. Not listening. Do not just listen to what the customer is asking for; look past that to find out what they need. Too often salespeople sing the praises of a product without hearing what the customer wants. You cannot sell to someone if you do not know what they want. Listen to your customers, identify the need, and fill it.
  2. Overselling. (more…)

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As small retailers, it’s even more important that we have the inventory in stock.  It’s another one of those customer service elements that can separate us from the big guys.

A bit ago, I wrote about the need for newness.  And that’s true.  You need to offer new products for your customers.  But if you’re going to discontinue a line, make sure it’s for the right reasons as follows: (more…)

As long as you are going to go about your day thinking anyway, you may as well “think big”. Anyone can think small, and most people do. In fact, most people keep themselves in the same place in life, doing the exact same thing, without significant growth or change because of limited or conditioned thinking.

It is probably true that many of your current and future clients are living in that place right now. Who better to support them than you? The coach who is thinking big.

Ideas: (more…)

For successful retailers, offering the optimum level of choice – or selection – is often a defining brand characteristic. Typically, one thinks of selection as the quantity and variety of SKUs, but at some point in the purchase process, there’s a more fundamental decision shoppers make: “How am I going to pay for this?” 

Often the primary consumer driver for which payment option to use is economic, or it may be a simple behavioral response – “Whatever gets me through this line quickest.” For many, it’s simply ingrained…a cultural predisposition toward cash, credit or debit.

Choice in these matters can be very important to consumers, but lately perhaps more on the mind of retailers for two primary reasons: 

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The Top Radical Resolutions To Create Your Best Year Yet!

With the dramatic changes in our economy and in our society, it’s no wonder that many of us are asking ourselves, “Now what do I do?” while looking for more order and certainty in an uncertain world.

The New Year brings the opportunity for change. For many us, it’s the time to think about resolutions. Often these resolutions are the same ones that we make every year or the ones we only stick to for a few weeks.

If it’s ever been a struggle to create what you want most in the New Year or to keep to your resolutions, consider that your goals and the strategy to achieve them may not serve you best.

Resolution is defined as, “The process of reducing to simpler form.” Which brings us to the paradox of resolutions: instead of simplifying our lives, we wind up dumping more tasks, goals or projects on our “to do list” thinking that by achieving more, our lives will be more fulfilling and successful in the New Year.

To make and keep your resolutions with the least amount of effort, start with upgrading your attitude and your strategy to achieve greater results. To begin, here are some resolutions that will enable you to live your potential and manage your life. (more…)

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