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Editor's Notes

By Nichole Stella

About Nichole

Nichole Stella is Editorial Director for Promo Marketing Magazine.

 

Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
Common Characteristics of Businesses That Thrive...
Oct 30, 2014

Lately, I have been thinking about businesses that have had a positive effect on my life. These businesses are thriving....



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time II—Sales Goals Strike Back
Oct 29, 2014

For some people, setting sales goals is not a waste of time. It's all about perceptions, really—perceptions that empower and...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
How Appreciative Are You? 5 Easy Ways to Stand Out and Say Thank You: Part Two
Oct 28, 2014

It’s the time of year when you may be thinking about gifts of appreciation to send to your clients. Rather...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
10 Tips for Creating Testimonials that are Compelling and Useful
Oct 27, 2014

One of the best ways to promote your business is with compelling end-user testimonials. Here are 10 tips for testimonials...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
How Can a 3D Printer Make You Money?
Oct 24, 2014

One of the most difficult parts of getting the sale is showing the customer exactly what they want when they...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
The Smart Way to Grow Your Business
Oct 23, 2014

How do you step up and begin moving your business to better results? Well, first of all, you need to...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Draw Your Attention to Drawstrings
Oct 17, 2014

I guess it has something to do with the time of year. The weather in much of the U.S. begins...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
The Dash Between Two Dates
Oct 6, 2014

Let's face it. We're all busier than ever. Most of the busyness is dashing—dashing here, dashing there. Sadly, many people's lives...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Going Direct
Oct 13, 2014

I thought that would capture your eyes today because it’s a perennial hot topic in our industry. Today, we’re going...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Yes, We Should Be Scared About Bad USB Drives
Oct 7, 2014

Due to recent USB exploits available online (although not yet proven to cause any damage), sales of USB drives in...



Embellished

Kyle Richardson
The Best Laid Plans
Jul 11, 2014

Why it's always smart to keep a planner with your schedule and important documents, and why it's never smart to...



Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna
5 Soccer Promotions for After the World Cup
Jul 1, 2014

Studies show that Americans prefer soccer to NASCAR. Here are five items to sell to soccer fans....



Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Interview with Jason Black, CEO of Top Distributor Boundless Network
May 19, 2014

Ranking #19 on the Top 50 List, Black shares his thoughts on the future of the industry and what has...



The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
"How It's Made" Can Make You More
Jun 11, 2014

The show "How Its Made" is celebrating its 22nd season on television. How can we be a hit, season after season,...



Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Got Control Issues?
May 14, 2014

Does chaos define you? How you respond to certain situations says a lot about your character. Here are five quotes...



Big Picture Promo

Matt Kaspari, CAS
Meeting Clients Where They Are
Oct 24, 2013

Promotional marketing is at its best when it empowers a client’s brand, meets his or her objectives and fits within...



My Two Cents

Rick Brenner
For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
Jun 3, 2013

Whether you are selling to a global brand like Nike or to your local YMCA, no single asset is more...



Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS
Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
Mar 18, 2013

Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the...



The Sales Challenge

Bill Farquharson
Think and Succeed
May 29, 2012

What would happen if you woke up in the morning and your first thought was, "I am never going to...



Creating More Purposeful Sales Conversations

Lisa Leitch, CSP, MAS
Under 100 Days to Achieve 2011 Goals
Oct 20, 2011

It's hard to believe, but there are fewer than 100 days left to achieve 2011 goals! Are you on track...



In the Weeds

 

My brother-in-law recently opened a restaurant and is now learning what it means to be "in the weeds." For those of you unfamiliar with this expression, it means you are crazy-busy and working at a frantic pace. For all of us in the print and promotional products industry, this is the "in the weeds" time of year. Everyone is slammed with end-of-year projects, sales goals and preparations for 2013.

Many moons ago, I worked in a restaurant, back in the kitchen. It was a popular restaurant and because of the sheer volume of diners we were "in the weeds" frequently. I loved managing the situation, prioritizing orders and getting the job done right. I loved the mad rush. If all went right, when it ended, the quiet after the storm was filled with a sense of accomplishment. However, to get to that peaceful place, it was necessary to walk into the storm with a great team who knew exactly what was expected of them. With a talented and committed team, even when the unexpected happens, you still have efficiency, quick and creative thinking and a solid knowledge base to get you through.

Joe Mathews, Don Debolt and Deb Percival of Entrepreneur.com published a great article on time management to increase productivity. Given the time of year, I thought a few of these were standout suggestions to help maximize in-office efforts to get 'er done. Here are my picks from their list:

  • Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end.
  • Schedule time for interruptions. Put up a "Do Not Disturb" sign when you absolutely have to get work done.
  • Practice not answering the phone just because it's ringing and emails just because they show up. Instead, schedule a time to respond to emails and return phone calls.
  • Block out distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.

Good luck, everyone, and enjoy the rush.

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