I foolishly knocked my carriage clock off the mantle while cleaning one day recently and was heartbroken to see its shattered condition on the marble hearth. So I picked up the pieces and took the remains to a local clock shop.
The news wasn’t good. My clock was so badly broken that all that could be salvaged was the Seth Thomas brass face. A customer standing in line behind me, carrying his own broken mantle clock witnessed this transaction and commented on how beautiful my bright clock face was. He thought, in fact, it might fit into his own clock, which had a tired, faded face.
We held the face up and it seemed to be a perfect size match. He purchased it from me on the spot.
You Never Know Who’s Listening
While he was waiting for the clerk to research his problem, we struck up a conversation. It turns out he’s an author and has just published his second book: Titanic’s Resurrected Secret–HEW.
Having done a lot of reading about the Titanic and its survivors, I was interested–not only in the book, but in this fascinating man and his stories. Continue reading →
I came across a great infographic that shares the biggest landing page goofs business owners can make. It compares the experience of visiting your landing page (or home page) to that of a cross-country road trip.
You want to make the trip a smooth journey for your visitors, taking them from where they are now to their final destination. And you get to decide that destination.
Do you want them to sign up for your newsletter, click the “buy now” button during a special sale, or call you for a price quote or free consultation? Pick one and give them the directions that will lead them directly to the end of the line without confusion or roadblocks. Continue reading →
Working with clients, in many varied industries as we at All the Buzz do, it’s interesting how we come across the same questions over and over again. One I’ve heard most often is, “How do I work with the media? I have a story I think needs to be told.”
I must admit, even I had a fear of the media when I was an executive. Since I’ve been (and still am) a member of the media for over 30 years now, I want you to know that we’re just people. And anything you can do to make our jobs easier is always welcome.
Here’s how you can help us: Continue reading →
On Thursday, April 16, 2015 Linda Barrett led a teleseminar on “The Art of Closing the Sale,” for the members of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
Tips and Techniques to Closing the Sale
- What to bring with you and how to present your offer
- Why listening is more important than talking
- How to tell when the prospect is ready to buy
- Why you should never discount
- How to upsell and create packages
- Major mistakes salespeople make and how to avoid them
- Overcoming fear of rejection
- How to get your prospect to practically talk themselves into the sale
One-on-One Sales Coaching
Linda Barrett offers one-on-one and group sales coaching designed to help business owners and salespeople overcome their fears of selling or rejection, set systems into place, increase their sale price, and close more business. Contact All the Buzz for more information or for a copy of our tips sheet titled, “The Art of Closing the Sale: 22 Big Mistakes Salespeople Make.”
Working as we do with tourism sites, wineries, lodging, restaurants and others in the hospitality business, obtaining this certification was a perfect fit for us. It helps us understand and interact with tourism-related business around the region. Plus, it gives us “insider access” so we can uncover interesting tidbits for our travel articles. Continue reading →
One of the really fun aspects of being a writer is when I get to write about food. Or wine. Better yet: food and wine. Check out this story called “Idylwood Grill & Wine Bar. Great Food, Great Wine, Great Friends” I published in the Jan-Feb issue of Viva Tysons magazine. I highly recommend eating at the Idylwood Grill. It was–no kidding–fabulous.