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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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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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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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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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