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By Paul Kiewiet

About Paul

Useful tips to help you get from where you are to where you want to go. Paul Kiewiet, MAS is an industry veteran providing business and life coaching, industry consulting and facilitation, and professional development services through BrandKiwi LLC.
 

Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
Product Videos Take Over Cyberspace
Aug 26, 2015

In the promotional product world, product videos are a beautiful combination of one or more promotional products and some sweet,...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
The Simple Solution to a Complex Problem
Aug 25, 2015

It's not usually very simple. Beware of people telling you they have the answers, especially when it comes to technology....



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
What Makes Our Industry Great?
Aug 20, 2015

I’ve been traveling lately and have a few more trips coming in the next month. Travel can be grueling, but...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
Ask the Accountant
Aug 7, 2015

Question: I use the order system in QuickBooks Premier. Why don’t the customer sales order and supplier purchase order appear...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
11 Keys to Great Success in Life and Business: Key 4: Start Now
Aug 3, 2015

Many people have big dreams and lofty goals. Big dreams and lofty goals are easy. But there is one key ingredient...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
A Cycle Of Engagement
Jun 10, 2015

In 2015, the journey of the promotional products professional in shifting prospects to clients is more challenging than ever. With...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Swing All the Way Through
Apr 20, 2015

From time to time, I’ve written about a situation involving one of my kids, and after observing something recently, it’s...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
What Creates Customer Loyalty?
Apr 14, 2015

Did you know that April is International Customer Loyalty Month? Think about the businesses you consistently patronize. What have they...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
The Exact Cause Was Never Determined
Apr 3, 2015

If you read what normally is in this space, you've seen a lot about the protocol it takes to manufacture...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Measure the ROI at Trade Shows (Using the Right Mix of Creative and Promotional Products)
Dec 30, 2014

Every year more and more products are being introduced into the market, and after a while it all looks the...



Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella
The Perfect Match
Mar 5, 2013

The Super Bowl has also become the Ad Bowl, where brands duke it out to see who has the funniest,...



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...



Why is That the Why?

 
"People donʼt buy what you do. They buy WHY you do it." —Simon Sinek

Why do you do what you do? Most of us will answer that with something having to do with money. "To make money." "To put groceries on the table." "So my children can have shoes." Hereʼs the thing: Those answers are not a "why." They are the result of what you do.

Iʼm going to ask you to go deep within yourself and find out your why. Just keep asking yourself why and then ask, "Why is that the why?" I will argue that if your "why" never goes beyond some variation of "to make money," you will never achieve high levels of success, greatness or customer loyalty.

If your "why" is because you care deeply about people, because you sincerely want to solve problems, because you want to deliver innovation, because you feel your best when you are creative, because you feel your best when you know that you helped someone or something outside of yourself—if that is your why—your customers will know it.

Your "why" is more important than any elevator speech. It is deeper and will earn you more loyal customers than the most carefully crafted mission statement. It will turn strangers into customers and customers into raving fans.

You have frequently read my articles and heard my presentations on being different and being relevant as the two most effective ways to grow a successful business. Well here is the how: How do you differentiate and become more relevant?

Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Most of your competitors start with the "What?" What is it you do? Instead you start with the "Why?" and you live it.

Start living out your deepest "why" in your work and watch the results happen.

"People donʼt care how much you know until they know how much you care." —John C. Maxwell

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