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What can you do to further your business on Christmas Day?
Well, it didn’t look like a lot. By the time the children had unpacked their stockings and we’d breakfasted off the biggest pannetonne in the world (it must have been two feet high by two across – half price from M&S) it was time for the Christmas morning walk.
This involved saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone we met – but that was hardly a conversation likely to lead in the direction of: “Are you in the market for more time, more money or possibly both?”
So we came home and started eating again – and we didn’t rise from the table until late afternoon – just in time to start on the presents under the tree.
That left just time to spend a jolly hour wrestling my son’s new time trial bars onto his bike before filling two bin liners with old wrapping paper.
And it’s now late in the evening, the older children are watching their new DVD and I have wandered into the office for the first time today and began jotting down a preliminary list of goals for 2012.
One of them is a “Clutter-Free Office.”
And when you set a new goal, it’s a good idea to do something towards it immediately. It doesn’t have to be anything big or dramatic. But it does have to be immediate.
So I took the letter from the overflowing pile in the basket on the desk and dealt with it.
The letter was from the Suffolk Constabulary (… nearly gave me heart failure when I opened it!) In order to maintain my status as a community volunteer – occasionally I man the community speed gun – I needed to update my details. Had I acquired a criminal record in the last 12 months… or begun to associate with known criminals?
… or been charged with a motoring offence?
And this is how my speeding conviction came to light – which is not good news for a speed gun volunteer.
But it did give me the opportunity – just before I sealed the envelope – to reach out and pop in a recruiting leaflet in along with the completed questionnaire.
Police officers make darned good distributors. Everyone knows that…
This is Chris Williams’ guide to Goal Setting. An absolute must for anyone who wants to achieve their dreams. Chris designed my company’s Goal Setting course and I go on it three times a year.
This was the third iron in a couple of years. OK, so we have a lot of clothes in our house – and a wonderful babysitter who irons once the children are in bed. But iron lasted only seven months before steam started spurting from unlikely places.
And there began one of those wonderful episodes that restores your faith in human nature (and does wonders for your network marketing business).
I couldn’t find the receipt. But since we get a discount on our household bills by buying electrical stuff from Comet, I took it back and there I found one of those rare and really helpful shop assistants. Betweeen him and the computer we found my purchase. He looked up the price I’d paid and deducted that from the price of a new and even grander iron. Then he gave me another five percent – and then of course I paid with my Cashback Card and got a further five per cent!
It all generated such good vibes that I said: “I haven’t seen you in here before. Have you worked here long?”
It turned out that he used to be a football coach at Ipswich Town (I never knew they had more than one). But now he was getting paid to play by some minor league club, he needed his Saturdays off. Ipswich Town wouldn’t give them to him – but Comet would.
And guess what that meant I could say: “You ought to have a look at what I do. I get time off whenever I want it.”
“Really,” he said. “What do you do?”
What else could he say? Actually, what I could have done - instead of just giving him a card as the manager came bearing down, sensing extra-curricular activity – was to say: “I just talk to people.”
- like for instance the demonstrator offering cream cheese in Sainsbury’s or the man in the queue at the checkout: “I always give one of the of these to people next to me in queues. It’s about money.”
The next thing you know, this man told me all about how he paid off his mortgage in only six years. He expounded on debt being the curse of modern life. He boasted that back in the days of high interest rates his neighbour’s mortgage increase had been more than his total payment…
Once you get used to it, all this chatting seems very effortless – but never so much as when the man behind the counter in the petrol station said: “How do I make money then?”
What? Oh yes… I was wearing my badge – the one that says: “Save money… Make money – Ask me how?” I don’t even notice I’ve got it on any more.
I left him writing his name, email address and mobile number in my little notebook while I went back to the car to get a DVD.
And if anyone asks me if all this ever does any good, I can tell them that today, the company’s computer sent me two emails telling me who had downloaded informatiion packs from the website…