Being a commercial locksmith in Waterloo is a great feeling, I personally got the chance to meet with many great business owners and property managers. While doing calls in Waterloo for the past 4 years I realized that many of the people who decide to move closer to Waterloo do it because of the city’s innovative image.
Waterloo is a city that is always on the go, which makes it hard for businesses to stand out but has large potential. Imagine opening a new business in a city like Waterloo and trying to stand out in the midst of the chaos.
Ideas keep your business alive!I made a little experiment this week to see how businesses respond to a door to door interaction. I printed close to 50 double sided letter brochures for my locksmith Waterloo service and head out for distribution.
I started in the afternoon so things are more relaxed and it was good. Since my brochure looks amazing many businesses were in fact interested in keeping it. Yet, sometimes people do not want to be bothered, so I made sure to be polite and respectful as I have learned to do throughout my locksmith career and beyond.
I was happy to finish the west part of the city, and continued towards uptown Waterloo. I went where I had most chances of business traffic and started distributing around the university area. I must say, a busy city is definitely a rude city. Everyone is busy and no one cares about my locksmith brochure, but then I thought for a second — this is the exact reason no one cares.
How do you turn a busy person into an interested person?
You create a “non-sales-speech” intro — something like “I decided to stop by and give you my brochure just in case!” I mentioned that I do 24/7 locksmith services in Waterloo and I am here to help.
So I walk in, I don’t ask if they want anything and I don’t offer anything. I am just a passing by stranger with a cool looking brochure (that my wife designed for me) who happens to be a locksmith 24/7 and happens to service the uptown Waterloo area. Now that’s how you create an interest. The more random and less predicted your body language is the more interest you can create.
Rests of the businesses in Waterloo were already looking at me differently. I walked in same way, looking around surprised and wondering who I leave my brochure to as I was just passing by. I am all shy quiet and polite but raise my voice if necessary so the waiter or the owner of that business knows the purpose of my visit. My purpose was? Drop an important brochure just in case!
Here is the truth, no one wants to hear your story, simply because we do not have time for everyone’s stories, dreams and hopes. But we can interest each other by taking a different approach and sharing. Meaning that if you show your interest in a business a business might, just might be interested in you and hopefully you will be remembered.
So next time you think that doing business in Waterloo is tough, maybe you need a few creative ideas to make it work simply because creativity keeps your business alive.
Lastly I will say that no matter who you are or where are you from. You can change the course of your business and the course of your life, only when you stop focusing only on money and start looking around for inspiration. Money is important when good is done, good business, good service, professional hands and most of all good hart. Customers can be unpredictable and sometimes you might feel that you are under attack, don’t freeze. The best cure for rudeness is smile.
My conclusion is simple — Hard work+Creativity+Timing=gets you results!
My result was that I had run out of brochures and got declined only 1 time.
I believe an idea needs time to develop and only more work plus time = will tell.
So, business in Waterloo is booming and when you need a quick commercial locksmith service in Waterloo to provide you with a friendly and professional service. You know who to look for.
Thank you and good luck in your business!
Hello its me again and this is my second memo in a series of memos about — anything. Call it memo for thought if you like. You might think oh there goes another lock guy who writes fake blogs to advertise himself, boo. Well thank you, I am not offended or mad at you and it’s simply because I understand that you just don’t know me. Hi I am Eli from Kitchener Ontario Canada and I am in the Locksmith business. So when there is business I work but when there isn’t any business, I write. Nice to meet you!
“One of the best ways to get inspired, is to meet a new person who makes you feel better.” — Eli Abbasov -- 24 Hour Locksmith Memo --
Part 1When you don’t really know someone you can easily take things out of context or misunderstand a person or the whole idea. It is how you view or judge a person by what you see and think that is acceptable or a standard which is known to you. For example — #womansmarch or the recent #Muslimban ban protests show such pattern. Where many things are over inflated and taken out of proportion. More about the technicalities and proportions to understand how a pattern called — “Ride the Media” is repeating itself.. all the time. View of or judge a person by what you see and think that is acceptable or as a standard known to you. Me on the other hand prefer to rely on some statistics ;)-- www.wired.com
I shared the above article simply because it’s good and it shows an example of how our awareness and perception shapes our opinion. Now back to my subject.
I was saying how people create a whole different opinion and reality about an idea or a person who is in front of them. There are in fact many dimensions, and why the term dimensions and not perceptions? Because your perception of the world shapes your dimension and in your mind it’s a whole different world than in mine. You chose yours, you chose how you see others and your dimension is your way of living and perceiving things. It’s your way of expressing yourself which is your way of communicating with the world. People misread you because some are better communicators and some are not used to it at all.
One thing I know, communication can save your life. It goes as far extreme where communication can save your life as a captured soldier or help you get the right support at the right time, then it hits home where communication can simply save you from an accident. In Canada you are allowed to take a left turn on a green light traffic ahead. It means that you have to wait for the perfect timing and judge the situation accordingly so you can to take that left turn and avoid hitting passing vehicles or pedestrians. It’s not easy for everyone as you think. It is also socially accepted to to cross on yellow, now here’s a miscommunication scenario I will give you an example Danny in car A and Debra in car B — now just so you know Debra and Danny never met before and they are about to meet each other hopefully not in heaven but in court (I am just joking eh): car comes to take a left turn on a green light turning yellow and what do you know danny boy is flying towards the beer store which is about to close around 9pm to get his BudLight or a different alcoholic beverage. Then Debra decides to intercept the free pass available to her, and doesn’t realize — Danny is traveling too fast. Danny tries to brake! Danny hits Debra. You decide how the story ends.
Danny could communicate better and let Debra know he is intent on crossing the yellow. Now I can’t tell you how to communicate but you can get pretty creative with your dash light panel. I usually signal with a flash to make sure that the driver in front of me is alerted. I communicate, to prevent disasters and so should you. If you see things only by perception and social standards you might misunderstand what’s in front of you and misunderstandings do not help. Communication helps, being alone doesn’t help but coming out does and that’s what you can do as well. Many people are trapped inside their world stuck in a situation or a cycle they can’t get out of, sometimes I wish I would be able to help. Yet the way our world work is you have to help yourself, you have to make things happen for yourself and maybe. Maybe someone will help you, some people find it very hard to help themselves though. My mother is an example, not everyone is able to fight their own mind. Sometimes the pain is too big or the depression stage is too far beyond fixing. I don’t believe so, I believe you can fix things maybe not right away but with a bit of time and patience you can. After all it took me years to force my mom to use a cellphone and it didn’t work, then I stopped forcing and I started encouraging. It did work. You know how your parents never actually listen to you? Well, they don’t have to because they will naturally pick it up if you keep encouraging them but not forcing them.
“Your experience is who you are now and your awareness is who you can actually be” — Eli Abbasov.
On a different note Kitchener is a great place for a new beginning and there are so many new beginnings, every day. I learned something from a very interesting country which thought me a very good lesson, start ups keep you alive. When you have the right people in the right places and they’re able to communicate good things start happening. That’s how start ups born and we have been living in a start up world our whole lives. Many small scale company’s start here in Kitchener-Waterloo region and it all depends on the economy in the region. If people have less money to spend, it automatically impacts businesses and investors are more careful so fresh companies definitely need to develop a strategy of bringing business from out of the region, creating world wide interest. It takes a good branding company powerful enough to create the right exposure measures for a startup, and it is possible because we live in a century where media is a power tool and it’s in your hands. Best strategy these days for a small business like mine to survive is either a monopoly or the old and simple — “word of mouth” strategy. I prefer the word of mouth over a monopoly because I like to keep a good connection record :)
Being a Locksmith in Kitchener with a background like mine is very interesting, it’s my background that mixes up with my past experience and general awareness of the situation around me.
“Your experience is who you are now and your awareness is who you can actually be” — Eli Abbasov.
In my opinion aside the disappointing winter this year which keeps reminding us how hard things can get I still hear a lot of positive voices! Maybe it’s just a reflection of myself and maybe what ever you project forward is what people see in you and sometimes they are influenced to be more positive as you are. This is most important to me, at least in business. Business is cold sometimes, but when you leave a great experience for your customer to remember, you become priceless. It’s very hard to achieve but it’s worth a try — every time!
So now that you know me better. Simply take my advice, don’t destroy, don’t hate or try not to lol. Don’t judge unless an advice is needed because positive judgments are good. Don’t forget. I have written you these things because It helps me remember, helps me to do more and if saying is doing then writing is too.
So next time you see my post, even if it looks too spammy it still took me like whole day to write it so like and share!
Until next time! Your local Kitchener locksmith Ciao!
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Many calls I remember from years ago working 24 hour locksmith, and even till this day there are all kinds of customers out there and not everyone is positive yet we always try to make sure our customers are satisfied.
The biggest advantage of being a 24 hour locksmith is flexibility, I was never into sitting at home I was always running around looking for friends. I suck at meeting new people and I always end up meeting them, it's an automatic response of mine to feel positively about meeting new people (until I meet them then things not always go so positive).
"One of the best ways to get inspired is to meet a new person who makes you feel better." — Eli Abbasov — 24 Hour Locksmith Memo --
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