Food for Thought: Are You Someone That Others Would Want to Do Business With?

I’ve written before on the topic of earning referrals from other vendors (twice, actually).  This post is more of a character study.  Are you — the individual, the business owner, the human being who represents your company — a person with whom others would want to do business?

Some things to ask yourself:
 

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Are You Keeping Your Promises?

Are You Keeping Your Promises?

I wrote recently about the necessity of a backup plan to ensure you can fulfill your obligations even when things go wrong.  It’s just as important, though, to remember that even the little promises count.  All of them do.

Most of us receive requests constantly — from media opportunities to providing guest blog content or images to giving advice on a problem.  And most of us (myself heartily included) tend to say “yes” too much.  Few of us want to disappoint others; few of us want the publicity well to dry up.

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Five Ways to Respect Other Vendors

Five Ways to Respect Other Vendors

I never cease to be horrified by stories I hear from the DJs who work for me and from other professionals in every aspect of the wedding business, who all complain about the same thing: vendors who don’t play well with others.  Vendors throwing one another under the proverbial bus.  Vendors not only stepping on the toes of, but actually sabotaging, others.

I can’t think of any sane reason for behaving this way, but something tells me that the vendors conducting this way can’t all be crazy, so there must be something else going on.  What would cause vendors to conduct themselves in a way that goes beyond unprofessional, and right into shooting-themselves-in-the-foot territory?

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Business Etiquette, In Case You Missed It

Business Etiquette, In Case You Missed It

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a huge fan of Sage Wedding Pros: I read their blog religiously and even signed on as a local host of their Thursday Therapy networking concept, because I believe in it (and them) so much.  Their advice is spot-on, and is so readable and relatable.  I think any wedding business owner could benefit from their knowledge.

Last week, Kelly Simants published a fantastic three-part primer on business etiquette.  These are points that seem almost obvious at first — who among us would admit they don’t know how to conduct themselves? — but, upon further consideration, are something we could all use a refresher on from time to time.  How many times do we see one wedding vendor throw another right under the proverbial bus?  How many people show up to industry events, only to congregate in a corner with the people who are already their BFFs?  How many times do we hear fellow vendors complain that they just don’t know why that bride didn’t book?

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