Some days everything falls into place.
In between paying the Bed & Breakfast cheques into the bank and fitting a replacement bailer into my new sailing dinghy ready for the Wednesday evening race, I did exactly 30 minutes of prize draw in the car park. This is what happened:
1. The first person I asked agreed to go in for the draw. She agreed to an appointment but I would have to ring her husband to check his shifts. Her husband is a policeman. We like policemen in this business.
2. The sixth person I asked wanted me to call back to fix an appointment.
3. The ninth person is desperately looking for an extra income because her mother is selling up and going back to Australia leaving her homeless.
4. The tenth person gave me an appointment next Tuesday.
5. The 11th can’t take a job because she cares for her bedridden mother and has been looking for flexible part-time work. She is watching the DVD and I will call her on Thursday.
6. The 12th is going through a divorce and doesn’t have much confidence in her husband’s willingness to pay maintenance. She too has a DVD.
7. The 13th person wasn’t interested.
Then I went and fitted the new bailer (without any trouble, to my surprise).
But when I got home I discovered I had lost my planner. I was beginning to worry about this when the head teacher from the primary school near the sailing club phoned to say someone had handed it in. Clearly I had left it on the roof of the car and it had only fallen off when I turned the corner by the school. I went to pick it up. The head teacher met me at the door. I thanked her. I asked if she wanted to know what was inside the planner: “It’s a prize draw. You can win a car or £10,000,” I told her.
She agreed to enter the draw. She agreed that I should tell her what it was all about. She agreed to an appointment on the Friday of half term week.
Later I rang her husband (also a head teacher) and he was equally enthusiastic. Then I rang the policeman with the indeterminate shifts and we set up an appointment for May 18th.
I don’t think I have ever achieved so much interest from talking to so few people. Am I doing something different? Certainly! All I did was develop something that appeared to work on Friday (May 8th). If it works again during the rest of the week, I shall adopt it permanently – which is great news because the next Cold-Market Academy is coming up on Monday in Ipswich and it can be incorporated into that.
Ipswich is full, by the way. But Gloucester is on the 27th and I’ve just booked the Mere Court Hotel in Knutsford, Cheshire for July 5th. See www.coldmarketacademy.com.
|08.05.12||1240 -1244||Woodbridge Car Park||4||1||Yes|
|1244 -1249||5 (9)||5 (6)|
|1249 -1256||7 (12)||3 (9)||Yes|
|1256 -1301||5 (17)||1 (10)||Yes|
|1301 -1307||6 (23)||1 (11)||Yes|
|1307 – 1312||5 (28)||1 (12)||Yes|
|1312 -1314||2 (30)||1 (13)|
|17 25 -1730||School door||5 (35)||1 (14)||Yes|
Total for May: Prize Draw: 2 hr 09 mins. Customers: 1. Distributors 0.