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Stephanie Young's Blog Posts Tagged 'Professionalism' (15)

A Bug In My Potato Salad

“It only takes one bug in the potato salad to ruin a picnic,” according to one of the little old ladies I went to church with as a child.  As I move further away from a precocious child and closer to being a sweet little old lady, I am realizing that she was not registering a complaint about church picnics but planting a seed of wisdom that would develop as I grew older.  One little bug…

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Added by Stephanie Young on January 19, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

Are Your Service Advisors Order Takers or Advisors?

If I wanted someone to just take my order and deliver, I would go to a fast food drive thru.  When I go to have my car serviced, I want service.  I believe that service advisors are more than just order takers or the message delivery system between a consumer and a technician.  Think about it?  An advisor according to …

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Added by Stephanie Young on September 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Do You Have a Career or a Job?

As shocking as this might seem to my peers in the automotive industry, I am not much of a golfing fan.  The game of golf is something I tend to endure as part of my job.  I wrote a blog recently about how changing your attitude can change your pathway to success.  I decided to heed…

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Added by Stephanie Young on September 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Advancement is Management Minus the Power Struggle

Best piece of advice I have been given as a manager:  Always be teaching others how to be you.  Inspire them to be gunning for your desk and to become you.  Humbly step aside when they replace you.  Without them to replace you, the opportunities of your advancement decline.

 

Right after that tidbit of wisdom was imparted on me, I was asked to spear head a rather large…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Team Building as the Coaching Manager

The sport that so many predicted I would excel at due to my size was actually the sport where I floundered.  When it came to the hardwood, the only skill I had was shooting free throws.  My coaches could have just given up on me and focused their attention on the superstars on the team, but instead they invested time and energy into the one thing I could do well.  In place of teaching me…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Fixing by Feeling Your Way

In a previous blog, I told a story about my father being deaf and how this becomes a superpower for him in business.  (To read more on this back story, please visit “Seeing What People Say”)  I had no idea what a gift my father had given me during my childhood until I became a…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 26, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Meltdown Management

As a sales manager, I hosted a daily sales meeting like every good sales manager should.  Like all good salespeople do, the sales team would come to the meeting with their list of “should-haves” and “could-haves” if only “blah-blah” was true.  This would often take the wind right out of my…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 19, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Fixing Template Emails to Get Results

I remember as a child my mother sitting us kids down after a holiday or birthday to write handwritten thank you notes for any gifts we had been given.  It was a chore that as a child I found little value and a whole lot of grief in participating.  As an adult, I have learned that it is the little things in life that make an experience memorable.

 

We all have mailboxes full…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 12, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Traveling Planning as a Roadmap for Success

This year, I made a trip to Japan, which was a year long adventure in coordinating and planning with a group of college buddies.  Despite a tragic earthquake and tsunami followed by a real nuclear threat, we continued to plot and chart our big adventure.  It was during all this adjusting,…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 1, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Perception is a Powerful Force

In real estate it is location, location, location.  In the retail sales world, it is perception, perception, perception.  Every one of your consumers wants to have a individualize experience when doing business with your organization.  I like to call it the “Disney” experience since Disney has set the benchmark in customer service.  It…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 1, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Building a Social Network Brand Image for Your Company

The word “social” in social network can be a bit misleading when building an online brand for your company.  Social networking was born out of the concept of sharing one’s personal life and not professional endeavors.  Today, people as well as companies are using social media to drive personal and professional branding.  Social networking is still a format that is deeply embedded in…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 30, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Helping Goldilocks Find the Right Car

Below is one of my favorite tales of two dealerships. It is a favorite story because I believe both dealerships had the best of intentions, just one made a positive impact and the other a not so positive impact on how one woman in a vast world of consumers experienced buying her first brand new car.

 

The ink on the…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 30, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Stand Out and Deliver

To build your personal brand that attract prospects and referrals, gain customers by beating out the competition and ultimately increase yours sales; you must differentiate and stand out.  Here are three focus areas that will help you build your own personal brand: 



Under Promise, Over Deliver.  Many sales people will do less than they promise while chasing a…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 29, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Can I Get a Witness!?!?!?!

I never question the freshness of a candy bar when I buy it.  If the candy bar is not up to my standard, I toss it.  It would “cost” me more in effort than what I spent on the candy bar to report my dissatisfaction.  When it comes to big ticket items, there is a lot more at “risk” and customer satisfaction becomes a turning point in the decision making process.  So how can a salesperson…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 29, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

How to Write an Effective Sales Letter

Sales letters are important tools for effective interactive marketing, lead generation and sales opportunities.  Often, the first impression made upon a customer is from a sales letter.  Selling is like dating.  Imagine you are on a first date, would you present your best one-size-fits-all-everyone-is-the-same-generalize-for-the-masses…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 22, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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