I was voted leader of the week for week ending 2/11/17. When a leader in the office earns this title, they create a morning meeting for Friday. The meeting is meant to be a narrative that relates in some way back to the field.
LOA stands for Law of Averages. In our business, it is the concept that the more businesses you see, the more likely you are to make a sale.
In my meeting, I discussed the popular TV show, Shark Tank. I mentioned a company that had been three years in the making before landing a deal. The product was cricket flour. As I glanced around the room, I was getting squeamish faces. The creator walked away with a deal.
The pitches to get to Shark Tank were an example of LOA, for it took years to stand in front on that room.
The LOA doesn’t stop there.
The sharks make deals all the time, but that doesn’t mean the contract goes through behind closed doors. Sharks only see the surface of the companies/products they are pitched. The finite details do not come out until after the show is aired. The sharks are also playing with a numbers game every deal they make. There will always be deals that fall through or fail. The more companies and products the sharks invest in, the better chance they have at making a lucrative deal.
During the month of December, my office held a contest to win a holiday bonus check of $500.
I work in direct marketing in the Charlotte area. My territory is currently Rock Hill, South Carolina, with over 1,500 businesses. Each day I drive to that territory, check on current customers and generate my own leads.
The competition involved custoner acquisition and customer retention. Each category had its own point value.
Based on the scoring I won the 2016 Snowflake Showdown!
In early November, I was voted leader of the week at CMC. This is based on amount of days spent training/interviewing Account Managers, profit made, and overall performance. For speeches, we relate something inspirational to the field.
I shared an anecdote about a cartoon artist who worked hard for years only to have one of his characters and team of artists taken away by the wording of a contract. He could have given up at this point, as he was left with nothing. He persevered and went on to create… Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney had a tough start, but he created an empire.
Relating this to the field, I reminded my peers that every “no” given by a business is just a signal to move on to the next one (getting them closer to someone who will say yes). Confidence cannot be bothered by a “no.” One must keep a positive attitude and keep pushing on throughout the day. Giving up means that you will not have the ability to ‘build an empire that day’ (make a sale).
My last few weeks in Morgantown passed by in a few blinks. I graduated mid May and started my new job mid June.
I chose Charlotte as the city to truly start my career in. The opportunities are much more abundant than they were in my hometown. To search jobs, I used Indeed and LinkedIn. I made the six hour trek south multiple times to take interviews.
I chose a position with Charlotte Marketing Consultants, an I.C.L. that does B2B sales. I do direct marketing for one of the nation’s leading office supply companies.
The position has given me the opportunity to travel to three cities over an hour away from Charlotte and two closer to home. When in town, I have a set territory to be in to acquire new customers.
When meeting possible customers, I introduce myself and the company I represent then perform pricing presentations utilizing the promotions that best fit their needs.
A group of Account Managers that were promoted to Corporate Trainers.