This week my Lubbock lawn care friend and me got to the meeting a bit earlier so we could start praying for our businesses to grow and to be run for Kingdom purposes. We both thought that this would be a great addition to what we are learning and so we ramped it up. Even though we were both hesitant at first, we got going and it felt natural (or should I say super-natural) after about 10 minutes. We both expect to see good changes as we put this into play.
As for the meeting itself, we got to hear from a very successful businessman who specializes in Lubbock catering. Catering in Lubbock is a big deal and this guy has really done some cool stuff to become the best at it. Anyway, this businessman taught about how being extravagantly generous with giving away freebies to customers can establish long-term goodwill and thus long-term loyalty. He spoke about how his business has been generous with non-profits who are trying to raise money for their services and how this has not only made non-profit events much-needed money but has also earned a very strong community word of mouth that goes beyond just being a great catering company. He asked us to dialogue about how we might offer some of our services to various non-profits on a pro bono set-up to get the same results as they have gotten. It was a great speech and an even better discussion in the entire group. Almost everyone at the group thought that they could do similar things and most also committed themselves to implementing these ideas.
Beyond that, it was a wonderful meeting of men and women who seem to be bonding as friends as well as colleagues. I think that this group is making me a much better businessman and person. I am learning so much that I would have never thought about doing to build my business.
I wish I had been a part of a group like this since my company’s inception. I think all businesspeople would benefit from such gatherings.
Anyway, that’s my update for this week. I hope all of you are finding success in whatever you have put your hands to do. We have all been blessed with abilities not only to make money but to make a difference in our communities. Pretty exciting if you think about it…I’d love to hear your comments about this guy’s idea to be more generous and also what you think about adding prayer to the mix. Hit me up when you can –
Until next week…