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Sales Truths: Gossip Can Severely Injure Your Business

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WHY IT’S TRUE Harmful rumors, whispers and gossip can reduce trust among your employees, adversely affect overall morale and ultimately impact their productivity and your business.

PLAN OF ACTION Set an example and don’t get caught up in it yourself. When staff members are about to spread gossip, tell them “Let me get my pen and paper, I want to make sure I get this right.” Or perhaps say something like “Gee, and they always say such nice things about you.” Address it firmly, frankly and fairly in your store meetings. Gossip and rumors can quickly get out of control. Put the brakes on now, before the real damage spreads to your customers.

[span class=note]This story is from the April 2011 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Sales Truths: Gossip Can Severely Injure Your Business

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WHY IT’S TRUE Harmful rumors, whispers and gossip can reduce trust among your employees, adversely affect overall morale and ultimately impact their productivity and your business.

PLAN OF ACTION Set an example and don’t get caught up in it yourself. When staff members are about to spread gossip, tell them “Let me get my pen and paper, I want to make sure I get this right.” Or perhaps say something like “Gee, and they always say such nice things about you.” Address it firmly, frankly and fairly in your store meetings. Gossip and rumors can quickly get out of control. Put the brakes on now, before the real damage spreads to your customers.

[span class=note]This story is from the April 2011 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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