Small Business Development – Peanut Shells On The Floor

I hope by now everyone has had the opportunity to go to a pub, or bar where they encourage you to throw your peanut shells on the floor. If you haven’t yet been, then consider this a weekend challenge to talk to your friends, find the closest one, and go there by Monday.

I love that concept for three very important reasons:

It is:

Memorable: People talk about the bar that lets you throw your peanut shells on the floor. I have been to hundreds of bars, pubs, and restaurants in my life and I remember just a handful. Among the select few that I remember are the one’s that had peanut shells on the floor. I may not even remember the name of the pub, but I remember the experience, the people I was with, and that I had fun.

Consistent with Core Values: When a pub owner allows customers to throw peanut shells on the floor he/she is sending a clear message that they want customers to relax and have a good time; to have fun, and loosen up. It helps the patrons feel welcome, comfortable to be themselves, and wanted back tomorrow. What friendly neighborhood restaurant wouldn’t want to send that message?

Simple and Inexpensive: I would imagine it takes a little longer to sweep the floor at night, but you have to sweep the floor anyway. Compare that to the money you budget every year to let people know what it means to be your customer, client, or partner.

If your goal is to Build a Better Workforce: to make more money by working less, to create leverage for yourself through the success of your employees, and to transition from chasing dollars to chasing your dreams and experiencing wealth, then ask yourself this question.

Is Working for me memorable?

If the answer is no, then change something. Focus on your core values, and keep it simple. When you create an environment that is memorable, consistent to its core values, and simplistic in its execution you create an opportunity to increase employee and customer engagement like no other.

Other Benefits: By expressing your core values in a memorable way you are helping to set expectations to your customers, and future employees. If someone is in the mood for white glove service, elegant atmosphere, and expensive champagne they will know not to enter the pub with peanut shells on the floor.

When working for you is memorable, your employees will share their stories with everyone they know and meet. Every time someone asks them about their job they will share the cool things you do to be different and in the process reveal the core values that drive your business.

You will begin to attract new customers, business partners, and grow your talent pool from sources you never had the opportunity to explore or even think of.

Business Developer Resume Cover Letter Example

This is an example of a cover letter. Use this as a template and for ideas and inspiration, do not just copy it word for word. Before you can use this example you will need to replace all the dates, all the names and all the addresses. Add your contact details to the header or footer of the document. Remember to include keywords for the position you are applying for. Try to find a comeback in the company that is responsible for human management and address the application to him or her. Good luck in your job hunt!

January 1, 2009

Mr. Example Name
Human Resources Manager
Company Name
111 Street
City, State 90111

Dear Mr. Name

As a skilled business development manager with an outstanding background in successful technology and satellite communications sales projects, I’m seeking to align myself with a progressive company poised for strong growth and market expansion. With extensive experience working with talented sales teams, meeting aggressive revenue targets, and delivering first-class sales solutions, I’m confident that I can help your company meet the challenges that you now face.

Capitalizing on my success at example global corporation and OO&L Network Systems, I am seeking a professional opportunity to leverage my exceptional sales record and proven account management skills to benefit your company as well as your clients. With both practical experience and demonstrated success, I have the drive and the talent to quickly become one of your top performers.

With this goal in mind, I have attached a resume outlining my qualifications. Some of my key strengths and qualifications include.

> At Example Global Corp., successfully designed and developed a new unit for broadband IP products and services, resulting in more than $14 million in first quarter revenues.

> Skilled communicator, instructor and project leader with the flexibility and experience required to adjust to rapidly changing schedules, frequently shifting priorities, and high-pressure settings.

> Extensive experience with large-scale business clients, providing high-level support, building critical business relationships, addressing the long and short term needs of the customer.

> The ability to enter new environments and begin to produce clear cut results right from the start with diverse sales management and technical skills that are easily transported between different industries and varied working environments.

Given my strategic business development accomplishments and invaluable expertise, I would like an opportunity to discuss the value I can bring your organization. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to meeting with you.

Sincerely,

SIGNATURE

Your Name

Coaches And Consultants – Are You Making Any Of These Twenty Business Development Blunders?

Professionals who market their services can attract more clients by avoiding the following deadly business development mistakes:

ERROR #1: Talking about specialized knowledge more than about solutions.

ALTERNATIVE: Speak your client’s language. Show him or her how you will get specific results that will help their organization, career, or personal aspirations. Demonstrate your ability to provide significant value, in specific, measurable ways.

ERROR #2: Focusing on you instead of on the prospect.

Prospects care first and foremost about solving their problems and taking advantage of their opportunities. Therefore, they only care about you if your experience and knowledge directly and uniquely relates to solving their problem.

ALTERNATIVE: Focus on the prospect’s problems and opportunities. Build credibility and demonstrate value by establishing yourself as the expert who understands the prospect’s situation and ways to get results. Make sure you use the word “You” at least twice as much as you use the words “I/We” when you speak to prospects.

ERROR #3: Letting your achievements or expertise speak for itself.

This is a huge mistake. You may be brilliant, but that doesn’t mean clients will come to you.

ALTERNATIVE: Invest in business development. Reach out to prospects in ways that builds your credibility. For instance, provide education and information that matters to them, and also shows the value you offer.

ERROR #4: Not choosing a specific niche or target market.

This will give you the false security of having unlimited prospects, but ultimately will get you fewer clients at higher cost than if you focus.

ALTERNATIVE: Focus on a specific target market.

ERROR #5: Not reaching your target market effectively.

ALTERNATIVE: Develop a series of messages and strategies that reaches and attracts prospects from your target market.

ERROR #6: Not dominating your target market.

If you don’t dominate, someone else will, and your revenue will suffer.

ALTERNATIVE: Position yourself as the leader by establishing your credibility and authority with prospects. If you can’t be the leader, find or define a new niche.

ERROR #7: Creating an incomplete or non-compelling marketing message.

With a poor message, your business development efforts will go nowhere.

ALTERNATIVE: Develop a complete, compelling marketing message that describes the problem you solve for your market, how you solve it, the specific results you have achieved, and why you are better than anybody else. Be especially sure to highlight your “edge” and why it matters to your prospects/clients.

ERROR #8: Trying to “close the sale” too soon.

Most prospects, especially in the market for professional services, need a series of positive interactions with a candidate before making a decision.

ALTERNATIVE: Provide a series of educational messages to establish credibility and attract qualified prospects to you. Get rid of the tacky “sales pitch,” and follow up with prospects in ways that demonstrate your value. This will establish you as the authority in your field, lead to more sole source deals, and earn loyal clients.

ERROR #9: Making poor use of publicity.

Getting mentioned in the news is an exercise in vanity if it doesn’t grow your company.

ALTERNATIVE: Use publicity to attract prospects to your business, capture their information, and build a relationship with them.

ERROR #10: Not asking for referrals.

Few professionals take full advantage of their opportunity to generate referrals.

ALTERNATIVE: Ask for referrals at key times in the client relationship. Develop proactive referral strategies within your sphere of influence.

ERROR #11: Relying too much on referrals.

Referrals are a fine source of additional business, but they put you in the position of being dependent on others.

ALTERNATIVE: Make sure your marketing strategy includes tactics to attract requests and inquiries directly from prospects, clients and your sphere of influence.

ERROR #12: Competing on price.

This error is a sure way to lack enough high-paying clients to meet your financial goals.

ALTERNATIVE: When prospects perceive you to be the authority in the field, you no longer need to compete on price.

ERROR #13: Forgetting to stay in touch with past clients.

Remember the old adage, “Out of site, out of mind.” You forfeit one of the best sources of profitable work if you forget to stay in touch with, and continue to support, past clients.

ALTERNATIVE: Develop a plan to strengthen your relationships with past clients, maintain their loyalty, and continue to show how you can provide them with ongoing value.

ERROR #14: Providing poor or mediocre service during engagements.

Word spreads fast when you do this, and can quickly destroy your reputation.

ALTERNATIVE: Develop a system to delight clients on every engagement.

ERROR #15: Cutting or delaying your investment in business development, especially in bad times.

This error will only hurt your bottom line more.

ALTERNATIVE: Commit to investing in business development. There are plenty of low-cost ways to attract clients in good times and bad.

ERROR #16: Not creating a simple, clear business development plan that lays out goals and a way to achieve them.

If you don’t set goals, how will you know if you are successful?

ALTERNATIVE: Create a plan every quarter that sets aggressive goals and lays out a path to accomplish them.

ERROR #17: Creating a business development plan that misses some crucial steps in the process of attracting and retaining clients.

Your plan must establish yourself as a credible authority, demonstrate your value to prospects, earn trust and commitment, and keep your clients’ loyalty.

ALTERNATIVE: Evaluate how well your business development plan achieves these outcomes, and revise it accordingly.

ERROR #18: Not taking action on your business development plan.

ALTERNATIVE: Make business development a top priority. Budget time as if you were your own client. One of your primary jobs is business development because if you don’t do that, you won’t be doing much consulting.

ERROR #19: Relegating marketing to an administrative role.

ALTERNATIVE: Marketing should be a core part of your strategy, and handled at the top levels of your organization.

ERROR #20: Not getting help.

Many professionals tend to want to do it all on their own. In business development, this can cause them to repeat common marketing mistakes and get poor results.

ALTERNATIVE: Hire competent professionals who can help you build your business. The investment will more than return itself in results.

I sincerely hope you don’t make these, or other costly mistakes. The market is extremely competitive, filled with professionals who are struggling to attract clients.

Software and Business Development In Chennai

In India, after Mumbai, Chennai is the second most popular city for foreign investment. Chennai is often called as the Detroit of India, hub of automobile industry, silicon alley of India, and so on, as it has witnessed tremendous growth in the field of software development, business outsourcing, automobiles and electronics manufacturing.

World’s leading software development centers are coming into Chennai providing huge employment opportunities for youngsters. Software development process and testing facilities are good at Chennai. The quality of education in Chennai is high.Not only Chennai, cities such as Coimbatore, Trichy are also getting foreign investments for software development. The growth of software in Tamilnadu is unbelievable in recent years.

Availability of human resource, scientific and technical manpower, liberal foreign investment policy of state government, pool of young software engineers and congenial work atmosphere has made Chennai, the cynosure of all eyes who outsource their projects to offshore countries.

Pentafour, Alcatel, EDS, IBM, Infosys, and Wipro are some of the software companies who have made huge turnover with their establishments in Chennai.

Many projects are outsourced to Chennai & Bangalore as these two cities are considered as favorable destinations for foreign stakeholders. BPO, call-centers, telecommunication and ITES industries. Bill Gates has praised south Indians for their performance and recognition in global product development.

Thus People of Chennai have done remarkable achievements in the development of the city, making it as one of the finest place in India for business development. If this current growth rate persist for years to come, Chennai will definitely become as the super city in India.