To my friends & colleagues in this nation & abroad:
I am so grateful to your outpouring of love & support. I apologize for not being timely on my email follow-up or returning your phone call as fast as I should.
Many of you have asked how you can support our Louisiana people.
Look around your house. Do you have these items & haven’t used them lately? Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, clothes? We need them!! Soap & Toiletries - will be needed for a long time.
Anything you can spare, I will get it to the right place. Mail it to:
Marvin LeBlanc, 615 Central Ave, New Orleans, LA 70121
Peace, love and Gumbo to all!!
“True genius is when you can do a simple, repeatable tasks and accurately track the results”. - MarvinLeBlanc.com
For those that want to grow their referrals through the help of your existing customers here is what you need to do:
“What if you emailed just 5 or 10 customers daily, directly from your customer data base. (Some call it your CRM – Customer Relationship Management software)
That it! That’s the tip.
1-Don’t call them.
2-Don’t assign this task to a team member.
3-Your EXTREMELY short email will ONLY soft sell for your next visit with them.
4-Soft ask for the Referral. Why? Because you must either you do all the talking and asking for your referrals or you can commit to enlisting the help of your customers to talk for you. You need to understand that you must ask your customers to help you.
Would you please ask for help? Do not just try to generate all your referrals without the help of those that already trust you.
Believe it or not, your customers don’t naturally think about constantly giving you referrals.
THEY MUST BE REMINDED – CONSTANTLY. So REMIND THEM!
Without beating them up!
Remember, you’ve EARNED the referral. How do I know that? Because they are already your customers, so obviously there’s some level of trust already established. Oh and by the way, the 10 minutes you spend a day on this task is surely a lot less expensive than a bus bench, bill board or other traditional advertising channels.
Try it. Think about it. The 10 minutes you waste on the internet can be used to generate referrals that come from people that already own your product. That sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Peace, Love and Gumbo
Soccer moms and dads, employees, middle managers, laborers, corporate executives and entrepreneurs: The time to unite is now! It’s time to embrace the concept that, regardless of what activities you’re juggling, you can control what you do and when you do it.
Here are a few general time-management tips that will help you maintain your sanity and balance:
Plan a regular date night with your partner.
Do the same with your kids. In my travels with our Marvelous Performance Schools, all too often parents tell me they have no life because they are "taxi drivers" for their kids. Guess what, lots of kids don't want to be in all those activities either. Hello! Would you please communicate with the stakeholders? Could you simplify and increase your quality of life by dropping one or two activities that you really don't care about anymore? Would this help inspire you to do something different? You really can get off the Hamster Treadmill of life. Did I mention, doing something different? Yep, I did. Twice.
Schedule regular alone time. In The Power of Pause, Terry Hershey discusses how essential it is to get quiet and get alone. Discover new possibilities with this read. I did.
Allow for free-wheeling web surfing. Get new experiences added to your subconscious mind. Go get an iPad and lose the TV. Your way of living is not the only way to live. Nothing can take you around the world faster than a 25-minute Google session.
Make space for spiritual time. There is an infinite creator and our spirit and soul life is everlasting. Carve out time just to listen and to be.
Keep a resting appointment – and not just at night. Rest throughout the day. Thomas Edison would often work 40 hours without sleeping. However, he routinely practiced the habit of resting in 15- and 30-minute intervals. How can you plan your day around a few resting intervals?
In my experience, the irony is that when I create the boundaries of set appointments, I am able to serve more people and live a fuller, more meaningful life. Add a few more purposeful appointments to your life, and you too will see your life become richer, more peace-filled and more productive.
Tell us what other things you do to lead a happier life?