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November 1, 2016

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer.. 11/01/2016

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Incorporate Barter Purchases This Holiday

It's time to organize your barter-spending list! As this holiday season is expected to be especially hectic, take action now to cement your barter spending. The following suggestions are intended to help make your holidays more enjoyable — and a little less stressful.

  • Check with your trade broker before you make a single cash purchase this holiday season. Remember, inventories at your trade exchange are continually changing and growing.

  • Looking to put together a company party this year? Call your trade exchange broker ASAP.

  • Your next call may be to one of the printers within the exchange to get your holiday invitations printed.

  • Maybe you'll want special banners for the office party.

  • Also ask about available entertainment — musicians or a disc jockey make each event a little livelier and more fun.

  • Other considerations include catering needs, balloons, flowers, a photographer, and a limo for invited VIPs.

  • When looking to provide personal gifts, you'll want to ask about jewelry, a weekend getaway, a bed & breakfast, or possibly a health club membership.

  • Don't forget gift certificates that cover the gamut from restaurants and selected merchandise to special events.

  • Make sure to visit the trade exchange's Holiday Faire or Expo to view the wide variety of available merchandise.

  • Finally, consider your own special needs around this hectic time of the year. Set some time aside to get a tan, or visit a beauty salon for a hairstyle and manicure — yes, men too! And remember to enjoy this festive time of the year. — World's Largest Depository Of Barter Information

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Your Reliance On Typical Assumptions Hurts Business

We all have false assumptions. Even if we don't realize it, they exist. For instance consider these typical assumptions:
"Advertising doesn't work, it's a waste of money"
"If our sales staff would just make one more call a day, everything would be great."
"Nobody asks for the order anymore … that's the problem."
"The only thing our customers care about is a low price. Nothing else matters."
"Everybody knows us."
"We are the best!"
"We're the oldest."
"The current downturn in our business is only temporary. We'll come out just fine."
Without even realizing it, businesses base their plans and programs on assumptions such as these. But embracing such ideas can unfortunately keep companies from expanding their vision, attracting creative employees, and succeeding in their quest to gain new customers.
Often, rather than testing an accepted premise or adopting a new strategy, owners will ignore the all-too-obvious fact that their course is heading straight for trouble. Yet only by challenging all assumptions, can a company literally breathe new life into its operations.
The issue is not just staying in business. What's really at stake is finding ways to open new markets, and becoming the company of choice in your field. The job is not an easy one, because it often demands dramatic changes in the way we approach doing business.

In the final analysis, the determining factor for success is a state of mind that freely welcomes new possibilities.

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Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company's listing on isn't current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site receives heavy traffic - with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly "Tuesday Report," and the "Contacts Section" of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company's listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company's listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here's how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


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Ten Words Never To Be Used In Customer Service

•      No.
Customers came to you to solve their problem. Saying "no" is the same as sending them elsewhere.
Better: Yes.
•      Can’t.
Worse than "no." It implies you COULD do something, but you're unable to.
Better: Can.
•      Impossible.
The same as "no" with an exclamation point. There is always a solution.
Better: Here's how we can help…
•      Why?
Why questions carry a suspicious tone and do nothing to focus on the present.
Better: Help me understand...
•      What?
Makes customers repeat themselves, and in worst case your tone can imply you doubt them.
Better: Could you please repeat that?
•      Policy.
Customers see "policy" as a dodge.
Better: Our mission is...
•      Listen!
Interrupting a customer is NOT an effective way to get them to listen to you.
Better: I understand.
•      Wait.
Who wants to wait…for anything?
Better: Let's move forward…
•      Wrong.
Blame never leads to solutions.
Better: Our solution is…
•      Should've.
It's always too late to "should've." Had they known they should've, then they would've. Deal with the present.
Better: Here's what can be done now…


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The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today's New Age Of Possibility

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