Your Business Quick Tip Alert from Debbie Mayo-Smith
Vol 17 No#150 – May 14th 2018
- Gmail? Labels and Colours Make It Alive
- Two Easy Office Economy & Recycling Tips
- MS Office Ribbon Tip
- Bull Clips
- Debbie’s top productivity sales tip
- Where’s Debbie
1. Gmail? Labels and Colours Make It Alive
To add colour to the folder (and all the emails within that label) simply mouse over the label and you’ll find three dots. Click them and one of the options is Label colour.
2. Two Easy Office Economy & Recycling Tips
- Set all printer defaults to double sided. This will halve paper consumption
- Invest in good bins and labelling. Then remove individual employee bins
3. MS Office Ribbon Tip
4. Bull Clips
5. Debbie’s top productivity sales tip
We all have a ‘To Do’ list. Most maintain it mentally. Some write down a list, or have 17 scattered and half crossed out lists. You might use your software calendar to prompt you, but this is a bad place to do so. The calendar is built for appointments and meetings only. Reminders make you look unnaturally busy.
Only a minority use their Software’s Task function. But even then, it is only used as a short-term reminder system. Look at Tasks another way. For long term persistency and tenacity.
Most people in business are interested only in nurturing prospects that will do business with them instantly. If someone is not ready to do business with you when you first meet or send out a proposal – do you forget about them, moving on to the next prospect?
This is where Tasks can make you a sales superstar. Helping you to remember to stay in touch, to follow up – every few months, every year. Until they are ready to do business with you.
Once you create a Task, on the appointed day you’ll be reminded the Task is due. You can also set a recurring task or assign a task.
How can you use Tasks to raise the bar of your business performance?
To follow up:
- When a client will need your services again.
- On current quotes, proposals, emails you sent that have remained unanswered; on the longer term following up on business that didn’t eventuate.
- On customer service problems (especially if they are not expecting a future call/contact)
- Staff when reports, items are due
- Yourself to renew – such as domain names, licensing, contracts
- Use recurring Tasks to remember to call important clients every 12 weeks or so.
- Project management – including assigning Tasks to staff
- Following on from meetings- Task action items to the people who are responsible for them
6. Where’s Debbie
Why not book a custom in-house workshop while I’m close to you? Simply email for a quick discussion firstname.lastname@example.org
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