Posted by Rich DiGirolamo on November 17th, 2011 | No Comments
Most days I smile. But let’s be honest, aren’t there just those days that no matter how much you try that smile just cannot be mustered up?
Enter Tim Smith……CEO and Curator of Smile-Therapy. Whether it’s a link to a fun video or song, a humorous story, a motivational message or a joke, each morning I get something delivered to my inbox to start my day. But today’s was something to get me thinking. With Black Friday just around the corner and Small Business Saturday the next day I thought today’s Smile-Therapy was appropriate. With Tim’s big smile of approval I share today’s Smile-Therapy:
Today at Smile-Therapy:
New idea for the Holidays: Do you like this?
It’s that time of year when the Holidays are upon us. You can almost smell the cranberries, stuffing, apple pie and glazed turkey in the air.
Anyone notice that we’ve already had 2 or 3 Black Friday’s before the true Black Friday. Seems like marketing for Christmas shopping comes earlier and earlier each year.
We received an email the other day and it got us thinking about CHOICES when shopping for all of our loved ones this Christmas holiday season.
The question was raised–Do we want to do all our shopping online and in big box stores– spending thousands and thousands of dollars on products and gifts not made in the US of A?
Or what about supporting some of the local businesses in your hometown. Not only keeping the people in business, but helping your community thrive.
Simple things we can do:
What about asking your brother what pizza or sub shop does he usually eat lunch at? Does he use a local landscaper for his lawn needs?
Where does he do his local dry cleaning? Gift certificates are available for all these local establishments.
Your sister. Where does she do her nails, or get her hair done? What about where she works out, does yoga or Pilates? Perhaps a gift to the local gym?
Mom and Dad..Do they drink wine? Most towns have a liquor entrepreneur.
Do they enjoy bowling, golf or tennis… how about some local passes to the nearby alleys, links or courts?
In general, a GREAT QUESTION to ask is:
Where do they usually spend money, and what other services do they regularly utilize?
Maybe buy them something you know they will utilize, rather than that cool sweater that sits in the closet, or, that funky new gadget, that never comes out of the package.
We took a quick look though our local Chamber of Commerce directory book and found a few other ideas. Most of these sell gift certificates too…
Legal services, chopped wood for winter time, chiropractic services, massages, flower shops were a few.Then there’s a tire store, day care and babysitting services, putt putt golf, and restaurants galore.
Yard care, window washing, painting companies, and martial arts. Even web designers for those thinking of starting a website or re-vamping an old one.
Let’s not forget the local photographers, wedding consultants and fitness instructors
Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
We aren’t suggesting avoiding the malls and shopping on cyber.com as a whole. We do propose you tax your creative noggin a bit more.
Ask a few questions of your loved ones. Perhaps– some of your holiday budget can end up staying in and supporting the local businessmen and women right in your own community.
What’s your thoughts and feedback on this subject??
Smile More. Feel Better. Excel Toward your Personal Best.
There’s so much information out there that talks about how important small businesses are to our economy. Here in CT businesses are rallying around Small Business Saturday. I am sure they are in other states as well. As a business speaker, working with businesses large and small, I recognize the importance of next Saturday and I will be participating – even if the items cost a few bucks more. Heck, I will even be supporting some of my clients.
But for right now I want you to think about how this time of year is not the happiest for some people. Finances. Loss of loved ones. Military folks away from home. This time of year is an opportunity to put smiles on the face of friends/coworkers/employees. For $5 a month you can do that. $5. Now I know a lot of training budgets have been slashed, but I’m sure you’ve got $5. And in addition to the morning message you get access to tons of money saving ideas Tim has researched. Your $5 will be returned over and over – and people you work with will love you. So, check it out and tell Tim that I sent you.
And with the small $5 investment you can go participate in my Cyber Monday event: 28% off everything. Just use the code 28%RICHER when you purchase any of my products on November 28th. Maybe you’ve been eyeing that Do-It-Yourself training system: the RECESSitation Pack. Smile, November 28th is your opportunity.
RICH DIGIROLAMO, founder Recess At Work, works with organizations to create happier work environments, strengthen work teams, design new programs, and create better relationships with customers and peers. He believes that a smiling engaged workforce makes for a better employee and customer experience
Are you ready to take a Recess from old school thinking and inject some new energy into your organization resulting in a better employee and customer experience?