Did you tidy your office today?

Ask my staff and on 99 out of 100 hundred days they would tell you that my office needs a good sort out.  I admit that it could to with a tidy up from time to time, but strangely I know where everything is and can lay my hands on anything I need in seconds.  Oddly, this is something I can’t do if papers are neatly filed away.  But yes, I do admit, there are occasions when even I would accept that my office needs to be tidied.  You really can’t work effectively if things are in a real mess.

But enough about my office, I want to talk about yours.

My question is more by way of example than really wanting to know if you tidied up your office today.  You see all too many business people spend far too much time putting off what really would make a difference to their business in order to do, well almost anything else. Tidy the office, create a new filing system, design a new spreadsheet for the petty cash, make a long list of people to call. You know the type of thing I mean.  We’ve all done it.  We have all convinced ourselves that these things are really vital and will make a difference to our lives.  And, of course they will, but not in the way we actually want.

Why do we do it?  Well, the things that are going to have the biggest effect on our success are hard, and sometimes even unpleasant.  So we put these difficult things off and do other ‘important’ things like tidying the office instead.

So, if your business isn’t moving in the direction you want, as fast as you would like, be tough on yourself and list the ‘important’ jobs you have done in the past few days, against the really important jobs that need to be done to move your business forward.

Actually picking up the phone today and calling even a few people will have a much more dramatic effect on your business than having a long list of people you could call another day.

Do you press the button?

I was listening to Radio 5 Live recently: the programme on allowed listeners to have a rant.  When they were finished the presenters gave them a score: top score being the Rant of the Week!

Well, one guy explained how he couldn’t understand why people had to press buttons that he had obviously already pressed.  He gave a couple of examples: waiting for a lift and at road crossings.  I have to say it amazes me when people press the button at road crossings even when there is not a car insight.

The thing is that people are programmed to do all kinds of stuff without thinking.  We all do hundreds of things every day without a moment’s thought.  But, and this is really important, what don’t you do because it would mean having to think differently?

My bet is that you really want to grow your business. but that marketing your business everyday (as it should be) is not automatic.  So, the big question is how long does it take for something to become automatic?  Like most things there is no hard and fast answer.  Research shows that it can be anything from one to eight months and I bet it has a great deal to do with what sort of person you are, how old you are, but, bottom line, how much you really want to do it.

So, how about trying this?  Write in your diary, right now, ‘Marketing’ every day for the next month and see how long it takes to become automatic.

Is your phone answered?

I was at a seminar recently on sales and marketing and the following facts were given.  And, these facts weren’t just generic: they were the result of the company ringing their own client base between 8.30am and 9.00am.

18% were answered, 43% had an answerphone pickup, and 39% just rang.

Further, at least half of those answered by the answerphone made the caller never want to call back!

So, this is my question – how much business are you losing by having a bad answerphone message for your business or simply because no one answers the phone?

By having your phone answered well, you could improve sales significantly, without any effort or extra cost.

If your phone is left ringing, make sure it isn’t.  And, listen to your answerphone message now.  If it doesn’t make you want to call back, make you feel welcome, change it today!  It’s a five minute job.  Promise me that you will do it today!

Why not let me know in a couple of weeks time how much your call rate has increased?

My Story

My name is David Wimblett and I live in Chilworth, Surrey with my wife and we have four grown-up sons.

My background

I started my first business as a 21 year old in printing and have always run my own businesses since. Although, at times, it has been very hard work and even challenging, I love the freedom and variety it has given me, as well as the rewards.

Marketing, I soon discovered, was key if I was to have a successful business and so over the years I have become skilled in that area.

I have worked with the Entrepreneur’s Circle as a Business Growth Advisor providing Mastermind meetings and monthly workshops on all areas of business as marketing is a key component of our offering to the members.

As a Director Consultant for BNI I have helped 100s of business owners to grow their businesses by giving them support, training and mentoring. I have run workshops on marketing, networking skills, presentation skills, goal setting, leadership skills and team building.

As a business mentor I firmly believe that everybody in business should have a business mentor, certainly at some point, someone who has done what they are doing already; someone that has learnt from being in business themselves. I help my clients with real practical knowledge that works, gained from over 30 years of working for myself.

Hobbies and interests

I have so many! Skiing and sailing I love. But I also enjoy karting, football, basketball, tennis, photography, cooking, walking, riding my bikes and writing. I have written two business books and one children’s book. Currently I am trying to learn to play the drums.

My goals

One of my biggest goals was to own a classic car. I recently achieved this and now have a beautiful 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.

Two current goals are to learn how to fly a glider and to ride on the Darjeeling Railway.

Long term my goal is easy, as it’s to enjoy life as I have always done, which I hope will include a week skiing, at my favourite resort Les Deux Alpes, in March, and then in September a couple of weeks sailing off Corfu, every year.

 

 

Welcome…

Thank you for finding my blog; I hope you enjoy reading it and also find it useful.

So why am I writing a business blog?

In answer to that, I guess I need to start at the beginning. I’ve never been one for lots of rules and taking orders from other people. I know it’s a fact of life and at some point we all have to, but I wanted to minimise these things as much as I possibly could and so at the age of 21 I started my first business.

As both my business and my commitments grew (a mortgage and a growing family) so did the rules and having to do what others say. But I still wanted to ‘play’ a little in business and at the same time earn some extra money for the fun things I wanted that my mortgage payments wouldn’t let me have, and so I’ve always been involved with other businesses; mostly successful but some not so.

Building businesses successfully from scratch, coupled with the knowledge gained of other business sectors, has given me not only a great deal of enjoyment but also invaluable practical experiences.

For the past six years I have concentrated on providing marketing advice plus a wide-range of other business learning to my clients. Often this has led to mentoring and consultancy.

And, I guess, that is why I’m writing this blog because other business owners might find my ideas and experience useful.