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Creating The Customer Experience…at The Ol’ Ballgame!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Marlins Park SuiteA bad day at the ballpark is better than a…well, actually, I’m not sure there is such thing as a bad day at the ballpark. And at Marlins Park in Miami there isn’t even a bad seat.

You know what sounded terrific though: the idea of watching a game from the comfort and viewpoint of one of their suites behind home plate. Many of these are rented for the season by major companies in order to entertain their clients in this relaxed yet exciting sky-view setting. I don’t blame them.

So, while watching a game on TV and hearing announcers Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton promote the availability of renting a suite for just one game I thought, WOW — what a fantastic experience that would be!

So about 20 of us (including friends, family, clients, and MasterMind partners) attended last Thursday night’s game where the “Fish” hosted the tough Pittsburgh Pirates.

This post, however, is not about the game itself but the experience that the Miami Marlins leadership team creates for their customers. First, every customer, whether seated in the bleachers or in the most prime boxes right behind the dugout, are treated wonderfully by the entire Marlins staff.

However, it also makes sense that for those renting a suite, there is incentive for the club to make the experience extra special. For example, the suite itself was a large room stocked with lots of delicious food and beverages and was continually being resupplied.

There was an attendant, Edwin, who took great care of us, had a fantastic attitude and made himself continually available. Oh, and halfway through two people came into the suite with a food cart from which they made fresh guacamole right in front of us. Yeah, baby! :-)

She Really Made It Happen

Bob Burg with Lysandra Justiniano Sales ExecutiveTo me, though, the true star of the game was our Executive Salesperson, Lysandra Justiniano.

Lysandra did everything right that a salesperson does in creating the ultimate customer experience. To begin, she returned my initial call very quickly and very patiently helped me through everything renting the suite entailed.

Over the next month, whenever I had questions she returned my calls and emails promptly. As busy as I know she was she made me feel as though I was the only customer she had.

Isn’t that so important? And, we can all do that for our customers if we hold such a thing as a high value.

At one point she actually took time over the telephone to walk me through using the internal system in order to make emailing everyone’s tickets and other information much easier for me. Indeed, I’m not the most tech-savvy person and she truly went above-and-beyond…we’re talking some extreme patience.

Bob Burg at Marlins ParkThe night of the game she not only greeted me at the suite; she stopped in several more times to check on us, chatted with the guests, and brought by her boss, Director of Suites, Truscott Miller. After discovering that the Marlins Manager of Corporate Engagement, Tommy Knapp and I knew each other from some past South Florida events, she took him upstairs to visit, as well.

All of this; from the first call, the extra work, and the actual game, took hustle, caring, and effort on Lysandra’s part. And, while again, it felt like it was just for us, she’s doing the same for all her customers. And, she does this at every single home game.

People such as Lysandra who focus on giving value like this at every touchpoint create great customer experiences. They bring customers back, and elicit lots of referrals along the way. Sort of like this one.

By the way, my Miami Marlins lost that night. Though, really, it didn’t even matter.

Okay, it did a little.

But, even Lysandra can only do so much! 😉

The Value (And The Sale)…Was In The Solution

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

roofMy friend, Ilene, related to me a fantastic story on how a roofer helped her own a new roof for her home.

Earlier this year a powerful hailstorm greatly damaged the roof of Ilene’s home as well as that of many others in her community.

This was followed shortly by a number of roofers knocking on doors and offering to repair and replace roofs.

Ilene and her husband, Alan, had held off doing so until the above-mentioned hero of our story told them that the chances were excellent that if there was damage on more than 25 percent of their roof, their insurance company would need to foot the bill.

Surprised, they did some research and found out this was indeed true. They then called their insurance company.

When the insurance adjuster visited them, he explained that because the roof was ten years old they would need to take that into consideration and he would get back to them.

He did, and told them that the company would absolutely cover it. Ilene and Alan soon afterwards received a check for the full amount of the new roof.

Guess who got the sale?


Why? Because he was the most skilled roofer of all of them who’d called?

He might or might not have been. Regardless, that’s certainly not why the sale was his.

It’s because he was the only one that, rather than simply selling his services, found a solution to the problem his prospective customers had.

Selling: discovering what a person wants, needs, or desires…and helping them to get it.

Yep…that’s really what it is!

The Fragility…of Receptivity

Friday, July 10th, 2015

In John David Mann’s and my Go-Giver book series we discuss the fifth and final law, that of Receptivity and how challenging it can be for so many.

In one sense, the abundance of lack messages permeating our daily lives can create a focus on what is missing rather than on all the natural prosperity surrounding us.

Then, there are worthiness issues that rear their ugly heads from time-to-time. “Am I deserving enough to receive?”

Adding to the above receptivity challenges is that they both typically work on an unconscious level where the person is not even aware that the issues exist!

There’s another aspect to receptivity though that can also stand in the way. While it’s on more of a conscious level, it also means we knowingly have to face some possible fears.

Receptivity can be a fragile thing, because to be receptive, you must leave yourself open. Keeping yourself genuinely open to a yes also means you expose yourself to a possible no.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerableHaving the courage to embrace an unexpected path also means embracing the risk that this path may lead nowhere — or nowhere good.

Perhaps this is the most challenging thing about being receptive: it means allowing yourself to be vulnerable.

The key is to embrace that vulnerability and, rather than letting potentially uncomfortable experiences diminish your joy and sense of fulfillment, let them deepen your ability to receive the abundance you desire.

Your thoughts? We’d love to…receive them.

We loving seeing all the new members of our Go-Giver Ambassadors Facebook group. Every morning, my awesome business partner, Kathy Tagenel posts an inspiring quote from John David Mann’s and my, Go-Giver book series that is designed to start your day off right and give you something to keep in mind throughout the day. Check out today’s inspirational quote at http://www.facebook.com/groups/GoGiverAmbassadors/

The Referral-Based Mechanic

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Referral-based Mechanic - Bob BurgIn his new book, Enhanced People Skills, John Terhune tells a great story about bringing his car to his mechanic for servicing (the warranty with his dealership had expired). The particular issue was a part that would have cost him well over $500 to repair.

After doing some research, the mechanic informed John that the part had been recalled by the manufacture and so John should take the car back to the dealership where they’d most likely replace the part at no charge. They did and John saved what would have been an unnecessary expense.

Did the mechanic lose anything?

Well, one might say he lost over $500. But, did he really? I don’t believe so. Not only would John now never even think of taking his car to anyone else; he eagerly and enthusiastically refers everyone to him. And, John is definitely one of those Centers of Influence who business owners and salespeople want as their Personal Walking Ambassador.

The mechanic benefited greatly from his decision to put John’s interests before his own immediate one.

Please don’t think, however, that the mechanic was being selfless (which I define as “incongruent with self”). He was not. First, he was acting congruently with his values — that being honest and placing the interests of the customer first is the right way to live life.

Secondly, he understands that it’s also the best way to conduct business. He knew his own business would be well-taken care of. Not through some magical thinking but rather for very logical reasons. When you place the other person’s interests first, they like you more and they trust you much more than they would otherwise.

Not only does that feel good…it’s very, very profitable!

Perhaps you’ve been in John’s situation, or the mechanic’s. Feel free to share stories of either.


We loving seeing all the new members of our Go-Giver Ambassadors Facebook Page. Every morning, my awesome business partner, Kathy Tagenel posts an inspiring quote from John David Mann’s and my, The Go-Giver series that is designed to start your day off right and give you something to keep in mind throughout the day. Check out today’s quote and photo at http://www.facebook.com/groups/GoGiverAmbassadors/

Solving Their Biggest Problem

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Lean In - Sheryl SandbergIt makes sense, doesn’t it? Those who solve the biggest problems provide the biggest value and — as a result — earn the highest incomes.

In her bestselling book, Lean In, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg shares a wonderful story in this regard. Shortly after beginning at Facebook she was contacted by a woman named Lori Goler who was at that time a highly regarded executive at eBay. She told Sheryl:

“I want to apply to work with you at Facebook, so I thought about calling you and telling you all of the things I’m good at and all of the things I like to do. Then I figured that everyone was doing that. So instead, I want to ask you:

“What is your biggest problem, and how can I solve it?”

Sheryl was floored. As she related, in her career she’d hired thousands of people, “and no one had ever said anything remotely like that.”

In other words, Ms. Goler was asking how she could add value to the company; not how could the company add value to her.

Which question is most likely to get someone hired?

A while back we looked at the storied career of Kat Cole. Beginning as a restaurant hostess at age 17, she actively looked for ways to add value to the organization above and beyond what anyone asked and certainly way above and beyond what was expected. She was constantly solving problems and increasing her market value to the company.

At just 32 Kat was named CEO of Cinnabon and now, at age 35, she is CEO of Focus Brands, the company that owns Cinnabon and five other restaurant chains.

You needn’t be applying for a corporate job or be part of a big company in order to do this. Whether you are in sales, have a small company or…whatever you do, if you can seek ways to add value to people’s lives and businesses through solving their biggest problem(s), you are on your way to major, major business and life success!

What problems are you focused on solving in the marketplace?

Please feel free to share with us.