It’s okay to repeat yourself and repeat yourself

Many companies and organizations seem to have a paranoia about repetition. Once they mention something in an email newsletter, a blog, or on a website, they don’t think they should mention it again. If someone suggests a repeat discussion of that topic, they’ll reject it outright, adding “we promoted that already” or “we already told […]

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Reconnecting with ex-customers

Customers stop doing business with you for any number of reasons. Those who were dissatisfied or angry probably won’t come back. But those who simply may have been tempted to do business with a competitor — or those you didn’t work hard enough to keep — may be willing to return and do business with […]

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The secret to cloning your customers

There’s a way you can “clone” your best customers, so you’re able to do business with more of them. It starts by really getting to know your current customers. The more you understand the reasons your customers chose you and what they really think about you — as opposed to what you believe they really […]

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Always use familiar definitions

As I looked on, mother began to materialize around the edges of the copper vessel. Did that confuse you? Baffle you? It’s a completely legitimate and accurate statement. Mother often appears when someone is making alcoholic beverages, and it has nothing to do with the personal habits of the woman who brought you into this […]

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Don’t become a PowerPoint comedian

When I mention the malady known as “death by PowerPoint,” nearly everyone nods. We’ve all been subjected to a variety of excruciating presentations that aren’t improved by the speaker’s use of that popular presentation software. I could list several examples, but the one that ticks me off the most is the goofy slide that’s stuck […]

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With bad news, be bold

At times, businesses have to deliver bad news to customers and other stakeholders. In most cases, the best way to do it is just get it done, and move on. A solid business relationship will nearly always withstand one instance of bad news. Some time back, a service provider with whom I’ve worked for years […]

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