The services provided by utility companies are vital for their customers. Whether it be water, gas or electricity, temporarily cutting the service is going to cause some inconvenience. In order to cut down on the amount of customers calling into the office asking why the service is disrupted and when it will be resumed, you can save everyone the headache by executing a plan for outages that has every customer involved in the communication loop.
1) Plan Ahead
Once you know there is work that needs to be done which requires a disruption, your engineers should start planning on how it can be accomplished most efficiently. As much preparation as possible should be done ahead of time, and practice sessions performed to ensure that are no surprises that will cost more time.[click to continue...]
So you've decided to put your musical talents to good use and start teaching students the fundamentals of guitar, piano or any other instrument you have a special talent for. Being able to make a living doing something you love is a gift not to be taken lightly. The only problem you have now is getting students enrolled, and getting them as passionate about playing music as you are.
Follow these top 5 marketing tips, and your music classes will be rocking and rolling in no time:
1. Promote Your Music Lessons
You are not going to get any students until you start letting them know about your classes. Ask your local schools if you can do quick presentations in classes to recruit interested students. Hang flyers at local churches, community centers, colleges, and even busy supermarkets. The more people hear of your classes the more sign-ups you will get.[click to continue...]
You may think that you are effectively communicating with your employees, but ask them and you’re probably in for a big surprise. It seems easy enough on the surface, but communication in a work environment is complex and often confused with talking. If your employees are continually not getting your point, or even underperforming, it is probably time to take an inward look at the ways in which you can improve on your communication skills.
Do You Know Your Audience?
Not every business model is the same, and different employees will relate to your communication efforts in some ways better than others. For example, in a business where the majority of your staff is young, a mandatory, after hour, two hour staff meeting is not going to be well received. Consider other forms of communication such as small group meetings, emails and even SMS text messaging.[click to continue...]
Nonprofit fundraising should be easy, considering you are working towards a noble cause. The problem is there are thousands of organizations like yours vying for funds whose cause is just as noble. In order to stand out from that crowd, start getting creative with your fundraising efforts and you will quickly see your goals being met.
Make Your Fundraising Events Competitive
It is very hard to resist participating in an event that highlights your skills or shows off secret talents. This could be a cooking challenge, talent show, karaoke, or any type of sporting event. If you are able to create the right amount of hype around the competition, plenty of people are going to come out to watch as it unfolds, making generous donations in the process.[click to continue...]
Reality television may make running a storage facility look like a party, but the real reality is that it is a business like any other where profits can be lost quickly if you are not diligent. Owners of storage facilities who follow these 4 easy to implement tips will soon find that they can meet their true profit potential:
1) Hire the Right Staff
Although customer interactions are limited with storage facilities, customer service is still highly important. Make sure that every member of your team is outgoing and friendly, with a running knowledge of how your operation works. Each staff member needs to have the knowledge to answer all customer questions about storage room sizing and pricing consistently. This may involve ongoing training, but your efforts will be well worth it.[click to continue...]
The population of the United States continues to get older as the average life expectancy continues to rise. It is estimated that in just 15 years, senior citizens will make up 20% of the total population. Overseeing a senior housing or retirement community puts you in a unique position of being able to help these seniors continue to enjoy a high quality of life, surrounded by their peers. Now out of the work force, seniors have adjustments to make in their daily lifestyle, and you have the power to help make that adjustment a pleasant one.
By following these four tips, the seniors inside of your retirement community can enjoy their golden years in a healthy and fulfilling environment:
1. Provide Comfortable Housing Choices
Senior housing needs differ from the rest of the population in subtle ways, and you can be subtle in accommodating them. Avoid stairs on the property, and where they are absolutely necessary make sure that you install sturdy handrails. Use faucets that are pushed on rather than turned, and make sure to have handles to help maintain balance in the shower or tub. All homes should have plenty of light sources, especially in work areas like the kitchen.[click to continue...]
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