Why Communication is not all about Talking!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

If you don't already know, my day job is working in the office for Purse Line Inc., a bait supplier for the fishing industry here in Maine. For us, the first full weekend in March is the weekend when suppliers from all over the country and Lobstermen from all over New England converge on The Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. It's a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves while catching up on the latest gear and technology, update on safety and regulations, and generally, see the people that we're too busy to see the rest of the year. The Forum also helps out the fishing community by providing health screenings, hearing tests and holding an auction with the proceeds going to scholarships.

This year, a good time is had by most.

So, where does communication come into this? And what do I mean by talking isn't everything? 


I don't have the exact numbers, but I suspect that roughly 80% of the people that attend the show are there because they have a question that needs answering. Oh, there are a few that go because they just want to see the sights or gather up a bag of swag, but I think they're in the minority.

Most of my time was spent in the booth, but I did get a chance to walk around and visit the other booths. While walking by the Grunden USA booth I got a look at their new boots that they are about to go out to the market. For us, our guys spend long days on their feet in varying stages of heat and wetness. Their boots are often an expensive piece of pivotal equipment and it helps if they do the job required and do it well. Grunden's new boots are winning all kinds of awards for just these reasons. So, I took my questions to them and was lucky enough to talk to the President of Grunden USA, Mike Jackson, and his wife (I'm so sorry that I can't remember her name).

They were kind and gracious and more importantly, they listened to my questions. They even asked their own questions about how we would use a product like their boots. It was a ten-minute conversation, but during that time they made me feel like what I had to say was important. And when I walked away I was impressed. Why? Because they did more active listening than talking. They weren't there to just sell but to see what the market needed and respond to needs. Just recently they came out with a line of gear made to fit women in the industry. No more trying to fit into something that wasn't designed for them. Ultimately, they prove the point that a business can not be progressive or proactive without knowing what the needs of the consumers are that buy their products.
And you can't do that without listening. 

Goodbye 2016!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Though I am ever the optimist, I won't be sorry to see 2016 go away! We are ending the year on a high note with the son having his 4th and final surgery tomorrow for his collarbone. I can't wait! The pins come out and with time he will be feeling so much better. We started this struggle on Labor Day with the first break and it's been a rollercoaster ride ever since. Here's to no new broken bones in 2017!

How I'm Helping to Pay Off Medical Debt with Swagbucks!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After joining a FB group called Couponing to Disney (wonderful group!) I learned about using Swagbucks to earn giftcards. You can do it a multitude of ways. You can do surveys, watch videos, or the easiest way is to participate in the special offers that the put up on their site. I usually will only do it if it is something that I already am interested in, or if I can get a good deal. A couple of months ago they had a deal for getting mucho points by buying Hefty products at Target. I had a coupon for $5.00 off any purchase at Target and I coupled it with the deal. I ended spending less than $10 on products I use anyway (lunch bags, quart bags for freezing, crockpot liners) and got $22.50 in credit for a gift card. I learned how to do this through the Couponing to Disney group. Most of them are using it for paying for family vacations. I'm putting it toward paying off debt so we can afford a vacation.

There are a couple of different ways to cash out with Swagbucks. You can have it go into your PayPal account for a small fee, or you can get gift cards with it. They offer the usual Visa, MC gift cards, as well as plenty for all the shops and stores that you frequent. Don't even ask me about the Amazon cards!!!!!!

Anyway, if you are interested in trying it out you can follow my referral link HERE or go to Swagbucks and check it out. If you sign up with my referral you and I will both get a bonus.

P.S. A quick tip on how to make the most of Swagbucks... be sure to check out the Couponing to Disney group on Facebook. They share daily ways to earn points and help you out. Plus, they're a great group!
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