Harry Browne’s secret to selling anything is “Find out what the customer wants and help him get it.” In this way you are actually selling something they want rather than forcing it upon them. Who wants an obnoxious, in-your-face salesman telling you about something utterly irrelevant to your life anyway? There are five steps, according to Harry Browne, that help you to make a successful sale.
#1: Discover what the customer wants. You must find out what he wants. Maybe you’re not selling something he wants, in which case, don’t waste your time. Sell to someone who wants what you have to offer.
#2: Summarize the motivation. Once you know what the customer wants, find out why he wants it. Does he want a new car because his old one broke? Because his child needs one? Because he simply desires another car? Then summarize this in a sentence, telling him, to make sure that you know exactly what he wants and why. Continue reading “Harry Browne’s 5 Steps”
Yesterday I made an apple pie but I used both apples and pears instead of just apples. It turned out amazing, so I figured I’d share it with you.
Pie Crust*: (I make my own pie crusts, but you can also use bought ones. It never tastes the same though!😀 )
-1 cup (2 sticks) of cold butter, in pieces.
-2 cups of flour (I use white flour only, you can also use 1 1/3 C white flour and 2/3 C whole wheat pastry flour).
-Tiny pinch of salt.
-1/4 C cold water.
Place the flour, butter and salt in a food processor and pulse till combined (about 30 seconds). Add cold water and mix till combined (maybe a minute more?). Set the ball of dough in the fridge to cool (rolls out better if cool-you don’t have to though, I do it both ways). Continue reading “Absolutely Delicious Pie!”
What is a franchise? Well, some of the most popular ones, and most common, are fast food places, such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Other’s such as Lowe’s, Best Buy, Target and Costco sell home goods and such.
All the above stores have one thing in common: each store is part of a larger franchise that has many “sub-stores”. So, whether it’s located in Kansas, or here in Montana, Target has the same logo, the same red letters, the same products.
You can decide to start a franchise branch. Let’s say you decide to open a new Lowe’s in your city. You then talk to Lowe’s, the corporation, and they help you. You don’t have any risk at all, because they help you plan your location, Continue reading “Franchise vs. Independent”
As I’ve already mentioned in my last essay, Adventures by Cabeza de Vaca was the account of a soldier in the 16th century who survived among the native American tribes in the South of the modern U.S.A. for ten years. He then was able to return to his home, Spain, and write down this account.
A contemporary of Vaca’s was Bartolome de Las Casas, a spanish friar who went to the New World to preach Christianity and convert the Natives. He wrote his account, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies, in 1552. It is almost all about how cruel, in Las Casas’ eyes, the Spaniards were and how innocent the native tribes were.
Which of the two books was most enjoyable? I enjoyed reading Adventures by Cabeza de Vaca much more for a couple of reasons.
This is for the Liebster award, for which I was nominated three times.
- I love organizing things–rooms and people.
- I love baroque opera music.
- I hate spiders, and all things creepy-crawly.
- My name means Mary in Hebrew.
- I want to be an architect.
- I make jewelry.
- I love skiing.
- I love dolphins.
- I want to go to New York City.
- I love America!
- I really like blogging.
Thanks to all those who nominated me!
These are the rules:
1: Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
2: Make a blog post outlining 11 facts about you.
3: Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
4: Prepare 11 questions for those you will nominate.
5: Nominate 5-11 new bloggers (those who have less than 200 followers) by commenting in one of their blog posts.
So, these are my answers to the questions Continue reading “Liebster Award”
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish soldier who went to the New World in the early 16th century as part of an expedition. After spending eight years exploring and trying to survive in what is now the southern part of the United States, he returned to Spain and wrote down, from memory, his adventures, hence the title of his work-Adventures by Cabeza de Vaca.
In the account, he relates how after being separated from most of his party, he and some other men had to survive by living with various Native American tribes. In most tribes they were made slaves. In others Cabeza de Vaca was able to become a trader. In yet others he and his men were revered because of their special “powers”.
These “powers” were their ability to cure sick indians. They would go to the sick person, pray over them and the person would miraculously heal. The indians of course were in awe. Cabeza and his friends just prayed that God would allow them to continue doing this so that they could survive.
To me, the part of the account that struck me most was his faith and trust in God. He really had faith that whatever happened, God would protect him, and He did. Cabeza still needed to take care of himself, but incredibly, through many dangerous adventures, he never died. Cabeza de Vaca lived to tell the story and then became the governor of modern-day Argentina. He died in 1540 in Seville, Spain.