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Monday, September 11, 2023

911 - 22 Years. I've played this video on 9/11 since 2010. Super Bowl 2002.

Months after the attack, our country was numb and jumpy.

Well before self-loathing Americans started calling our movements in the Middle East "invasion" and "occupation", patriotism was on every street corner.

I remember that night; I remember seeing it live.  I can't tell you the football teams playing, but I can say it was one of the deepest, most moving TV moments, ever.

U2 - that Irish rock band, stood on the world stage, honoring the greatest country on earth and her fallen citizens.  Names float to the sky, as the rousing "Where the Streets Have No Name" beats on.  

The song, the second of the half-time set,  was written about a place without class stigma, where the distinction between religions and income is no more; a World Without Sin?

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

"We Didn't Start the Fire": A Tale of Two Generations Through Billy Joel and Fall Out Boy

History Does Not Repeat - It Rhymes

In the annals of music history, few songs have captured the zeitgeist of their respective eras as vividly as "We Didn't Start the Fire." The iconic track, originally penned by Billy Joel in 1989, received a modern-day facelift by Fall Out Boy in 2008. Both versions serve as time capsules, chronicling the social, political, and cultural landscapes of their times. But how do these two renditions stack up against each other? 

Let's dive in.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

New to Copier Sales: Another Lesson in Basic Selling

In the article "New to Copier Sales: Another Lesson in Basic Selling" by Greg Walters, the author provides insights and advice for new copier sales representatives. With the plethora of tools available today, it can be overwhelming for newcomers to determine the best approach. 

Walters emphasizes that while sales managers may advise traditional methods like phone calls and physical visits, the landscape of selling has evolved.

Executive Summary:
  1. Evolving Sales Landscape: New copier sales representatives face a steep learning curve, with a plethora of tools and methods available. While traditional methods like phone calls and physical visits are still recommended, the modern sales landscape requires a more multifaceted approach.
  2. Five Essential Sales Tools: Greg Walters highlights five key tools for sales success: the phone, instant messaging, LinkedIn, emails, and face-to-face chats. Among these, the phone remains crucial, especially in the post-pandemic era where a human voice offers a unique connection.
  3. Multifaceted Sales Strategy: A successful sales strategy should integrate various methods. Starting with a phone call, building an online presence, and turning cold leads into warm engagements are pivotal. The ultimate goal is to provide a seamless and engaging journey for prospects, ensuring their transition into loyal customers.

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