Popcorn in the Park
By Michael Dalton Johnson

I have a friend who, after working for 20 years in advertising, risked a good deal of his money and went into business for himself. His boutique ad agency was open for several months, but he had not landed a single client. He was working hard: each day he devoted hours to nonstop calling and mailing potential clients. His stress was turning to desperation, and he was a few weeks away from closing his business.

One day, instead of going to work, he stopped at a store and bought a large bag of popcorn. He drove to a park and spent the entire day feeding pigeons, quietly sitting in the sun and watching kids play. He bought a hotdog and lemonade for lunch.

When he got home, his wife asked, "How was your day?" He smiled and said, "Great."

The next day he returned to work to find two inquiries about his services waiting for him. Within a week, both companies were signed. He went on to build a successful business.

Things changed dramatically after his day in the park. Was this the result of his easing his stranglehold on the problem and letting the "law of attraction" work, or did he just get lucky?

It's your call on this one.

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Five Tips for Selling in Tough Times
By Wendy Weiss

In a recession, you cannot open a newspaper or turn on the television without hearing about the economy, the market, bankruptcy and tough times. It is a scary, depressing time filled with doom and gloom. What’s happening with the economy? What will happen with your sales? With your business? With your job? Will you survive?

Let’s face facts: we are in difficult economic times and things will probably get worse before they get better. At this juncture, business owners and sales professionals have only two courses of action available to them:

Option 1. Tighten your belts, cut costs, increase discounts and accept lower sales revenues and a shorter, smaller bottom line. Hunker down and hope that you will survive till good times come around again.

Option 2. Sharpen, refine and increase your prospecting and sales skills, and look for new opportunity.

Yes, look for new opportunity. While other business owners and sales professionals are busily tightening their belts, cutting costs, increasing discounts and accepting lower sales and lower sales revenue, opportunity is there for those who take action.

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Trivia Question:

Q: What puppeteer created Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy?

Answer below.

Interesting But Useless Facts:

It is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.

Hummingbirds can’t walk.

There is about 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans than there has been mined in our entire history.

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

Dogfucious Says:

I'm great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.

Team work is important; it helps to put the blame on someone else.

The Word

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publicity and promotion; press-agentry

Answer to Trivia Question:

A: Jim Henson

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