I was a good little Brownie, but by the time I got to be a Girl Scout I had found dirt bikes and school sports. Although one of my fondest memories of being part of the group was a play that my friends and I still talk about and regress to looking at silly pictures of us with red foam noses, the most important life skill was selling Girl Scout Cookies….not like today where they sit out in front of the grocery store, but going door-to-door and utilizing our network of friends and family to be successful. Learning people skills and how to ask for the sale, not having our Mom’s standing there doing the work for us. Guess that is a bit of contention for me, as I write this with a gush!
The skill set that separates success from failure: A Selling Personality. Every successful person I’ve ever met has one thing in common: Awesome People Skills. The kind of people skills that attract all kinds of people, almost like a magnet. This is a skill set no one should go through life without, but most people are not willing to learn it, or maybe we need to go one step further with allowed the opportunity to learn it. Have you empowered anyone to learn lately?
Then recognize and use your network. Did you know social scientists estimate that the average person knows at least 2,000 people by the time they reach age 20? So who is on your list of resources? Your friends, family, co-workers, college friends, high school friends, your hairdresser, the bank teller, the Starbucks guy, the lady that does your nails, the manager at the gym. This includes everyone you’ve ever come in contact with. That’s YOUR Marketing List. Why buy one when you have one sitting right in front of you that you probably haven’t maximized yet. Who have you told about your business (or race team or cause etc) lately?
I don’t buy from the Girls at the Grocery Store. I look for the Girl that is working hard to make it happen. Beating the streets, understanding her Marketing List and working it. That is the future of our workforce, that is the one that I want to support.
My Mom & Dad never did the work for me. I had to do it. They enabled me by getting me to the right spot, but I had to make the sell with them far in the background. I sure am glad that they made me!
And, Yes, I still have my Brownie and Girl Scout Vest in my cedar trunk!
Did you know?
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 59 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.
More information on the Girl Scouts History at http://www.girlscouts.org/