Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Video Interview


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-30-2007, 07:12 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here is a informative interview with Eamonn Holmes and Anita Roddick.

Let me know what you think of it.

__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-31-2007, 09:32 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Have you ever listened to:

"The Psychology of Winning" by Denis Waitley?

This series is fairly old...from the late 80's or early 90's but Denis does a great job of identifying many of the key elements to becoming successful in whatever it is you decide to do with your life.

Part of my definition of success is the knowledge that I am moving forward in life. This isn't strictly about financial gain but also with my plans for the future and if I am moving toward the betterment of myself and those around me.

I'll share something personal with you. Right out of highschool, I worked a minimum wage, retail store job. These days (all these years later) if I feel like I am not moving forward in life or if my business plans are off track, I will literally have nightmares that I am back in that store, working for nothing. That dream is sort of a barometer for me and when it creeps into my subconscious, I know that I need to work harder, or smarter, or tweak my direction.

I am also a fan of Tony Robbins. His "Unlimited Power" should be on everyone's short list.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-31-2007, 10:32 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]This series is fairly old...from the late 80's or early 90's but Denis does a great job of identifying many of the key elements to becoming successful in whatever it is you decide to do with your life.
No, I have never heard of him but I should look him up online now. Maybe there are youtube videos on him.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Part of my definition of success is the knowledge that I am moving forward in life. This isn't strictly about financial gain but also with my plans for the future and if I am moving toward the betterment of myself and those around me.
Do you feel that moving forward is about exploring new ground? I have always wondered for men at least if part of what happiness is for us, is that we are constantly learning something new or exploring new grounds. Do those that explore find themselves happier than those that don't? What's yor view?

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I'll share something personal with you. Right out of highschool, I worked a minimum wage, retail store job. These days (all these years later) if I feel like I am not moving forward in life or if my business plans are off track, I will literally have nightmares that I am back in that store, working for nothing. That dream is sort of a barometer for me and when it creeps into my subconscious, I know that I need to work harder, or smarter, or tweak my direction.
I definetly agree with you on the nightmares. What is on your mind does find it's way into your dreams. That is a very good insight. I bet that happens to many people whether they realize there is a connection or not.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I am also a fan of Tony Robbins. His "Unlimited Power" should be on everyone's short list.
I have yet to ever read or listen to any of his books. I have seen him on tv in the past.
What do you think you pulled from his information that effected you the most?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-31-2007, 02:33 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

The most powerful message I get from Tony Robbins' writings is that you can affect how you are treated. You can affect the outcome of any situation.

If you go in with a positive mindset and an understanding of how you want the situation to proceed, you can most often be the one directing the proceedings.

He explains it as a technique called "Neuro-linguistic Programming." I have taken his teachings and adapted them to the lawn care business...especially in the estimating and customer negotiation processes. I've written quite a lot about this. In my experience, using these ideas greatly helps when giving customer quotes. Now, I'm not saying you can charge $90 for a $45 lawn but I definitely have seen it help get prices greater than what you would ordinarily expect. And, I've seen over and over again where I have matched a competitor's bid and gotten the job based on just a few nuances of the customer interaction. Hey, as competitive as the lawn care business is, every little bit helps.

You are right, also, about men always seeking new ground. Do you think that is an evolutionary trait? We are, in fact, hunters and gatherers and our ancestors were always on the move. I remember a Seinfeld episode where he's talking about television remote controls and the differences between the ways men and women watch TV. He said: Women want to see what's on TV. Men only want to see what ELSE is on TV. That's why we have to control the remote.

Hey, speaking of exploring new ground. There is a remote possibility that I might get to visit Africa for a couple months this winter to teach a sport I love to African highschool aged students and make a short video documentary about it. I'll let you know if it works out. I have some funding issues to work out but I am excited about the possibility.
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-31-2007, 03:48 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]In my experience, using these ideas greatly helps when giving customer quotes. Now, I'm not saying you can charge $90 for a $45 lawn but I definitely have seen it help get prices greater than what you would ordinarily expect. And, I've seen over and over again where I have matched a competitor's bid and gotten the job based on just a few nuances of the customer interaction.
I agree. It's my view, people buy from people they like and can relate to. If you come across to a potential customer as someone who is friendly, warm and receptive to what they have to say, they will choose you over a competitor. It can even help you command a premium. This is also part of the reason why an lco should look good and be presentable when giving an estimate. All of the visual perception effects how a person judges you in their mind and determines if they want to hire you or not.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Do you think that is an evolutionary trait? We are, in fact, hunters and gatherers and our ancestors were always on the move.
It very well could be. I haven't read enough on the topic to hear the scientific viewpoints but it's my view that men want to be king of their domain. That is one of the reasons why I feel owning a business is something that is very healthy for men. The business becomes the kingdom. It's the place where you can be the boss and also create your dreams and visions.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Hey, speaking of exploring new ground. There is a remote possibility that I might get to visit Africa for a couple months this winter to teach a sport I love to African highschool aged students and make a short video documentary about it. I'll let you know if it works out. I have some funding issues to work out but I am excited about the possibility.
That is amazing! Which sport will you be teaching? Can you give us a little background on why you choose to do this and why in Africa?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-01-2007, 05:52 AM
S.P.Martin Lawn Care
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

You have my attention! This is good stuff!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-04-2007, 12:46 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

The sport is Ultimate (frisbee). I've played for over 7 years and I've coached a few youth teams.

A good friend (and fellow Ultimate player) is in Africa right now setting up a large health study for a U.S. organization. Part of the study is to see if adding sports to the local school curriculum can effect a lifestyle change for the youth.
As this works out, I'll video the entire process and make a 1 hour documentary on the program and the outcome.

Nothing is finalized yet but this is a chance of a lifetime and I'm pretty excited about it.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-04-2007, 01:09 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is awesome!

Have you considered putting together this documentary for someone like PBS or National Geographic? If you record it with a good camera, I bet you could potentially pull this off!

You could also potentially make a series on it.

And to continue to brainstorm on this, you could also take your knowledge of business and possibly teach them about being an entrepreneur. Maybe help some of them start a business?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
Today 04:48 PM
by mattthelawnguy
10 334
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
Yesterday 08:59 PM
Today 01:14 PM
by Steve
3 69
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Today 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 280
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:23 PM
by Steve
28 1,142
Customer letters
kslawn
Yesterday 06:17 AM
Today 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 84
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 12:14 PM
by Steve
76 4,314
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
Today 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 132
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
Today 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 847
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
Today 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 152
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
Today 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 191
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
Yesterday 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 224
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
Yesterday 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 150
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
Yesterday 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,326
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
Yesterday 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 187
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
Yesterday 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 95
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 217
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 617
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 454
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 231
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-21-2014 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 506
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 532
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 121
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 122
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 668
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 987
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 718
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 653
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,710
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 224
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,664
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 404
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 331
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 795
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 514
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 525
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,841
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 514
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 183
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 615
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 272
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 750
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,217
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 495
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 357
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 318
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,391
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 220
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 219
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 299
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,208
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial craigslist customers ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark fall ferris four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely holiday honda how much to charge how to bid hydraulic installation invoice kawasaki labor cost late lawn lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness office management online classifieds podcast promotion rotating scag scag v-ride season seo sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:49 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:49 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy