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Healing Garden – A visit to The Carnival of Flowers 

Healing Garden – A visit to The Carnival of Flowers  

Healing Garden – Last Thursday Sue and I took some time out to smell the roses, so to speak. In this case literally! We stopped what we were doing and had planned for the day to journey up to Toowoomba for The Carnival of Flowers where we spent a most enjoyable day in the parks and gardens.

Healing Gardens

This was also the hottest recorded September spring day for Queensland, so it was a great day to be in Toowoomba’s elevated atmosphere. Tribute must be paid to the gardeners as their work was very well presented considering the wilting heat. Colour and fragrance were abundant as all about you could see the care and attention that had gone into creating a magnificent show.

Walking around the parks and gardens we could feel ourselves becoming more serene and centred as nature did her revitalizing and nurturing work. In fact spending time in gardens is one of the best healing and re-energizing exercises we can do for ourselves and it’s free!

I am sure my crystals made the most of the day as well. When I removed them from my pockets and took of my ‘medicine pouch’ at the end of the day, they felt enlivened and brighter, as though they too had cleansed and refreshed their energy from the abundance available in the gardens.

Nature and mans work come together in gardens to offer a kaleidoscope of beauty, colour, smell and touch that can invigorate and lift our senses providing a free healing equal to the best any professional healer may have to offer for a fee.

Never put off taking pleasure in ‘life rewards’ like visits to parks and gardens. I must admit that before setting off on our day’s escapade, I had a pang of guilt as I thought about our business responsibilities and the tasks that needed to be done, but I am so glad I chose to ignore it.

Now its a couple of days later and nothing seems to be amiss, and as a bonus, while I was sitting in the rose garden a simple and easy to use solution to problem that had been perplexing me popped into my head. This has since been employed to great satisfaction.

Ron and Sue

A Simple Haircut – A true story of business relationship

A simple haircut – A true story of business relationship

A simple haircut – is it really? Perhaps the value of “relationship” marketing can be seen in this story. Let’s face it we all put a lot of faith and confidence in our hairdresser. Primarily to make sure they keep us looking at our best. Also we don’t want them to muck up our appearance by slapdash craftsmanship.  And we definitely don’t want them to ignore or not listen to our requests. For a small amount of time our continued or chosen appearance is in their hands.

About a year back I changed my hairdresser because I was unhappy with what was happening. She was cutting my hair far too short for my liking. It often looked stepped because my hairdresser had taken to using numbered combs on the hair clippers. While this was quicker and easier for her, it was not so good for me. Although she was friendly, I got the impression I was just another customer. Really nothing more than another turn of dollars into the till, just another daily number in her hairdressing business. Just another simple haircut. (more…)

Ron and Sue

Good Relationship Marketing starts with HELLO.

Good Relationship Marketing starts with HELLO.  

There has been a lot of buzz lately about building relationships, especially when it comes to marketing and with good reason. Economics and the wise use of our dollar being one of them, especially as some figures I saw recently suggest that it is 90% cheaper to keep a customer than it is to get a new one. Nevertheless, we need new customers to be able to keep hold of and like all of our relationships, it all starts with hello!

Strong, solid relationships also make it easier to interact with our customers and add to our own feeling of self-worth and contribution. This is by no means an undesirable result.

As a relationship marketing specialist, I am most certainly for the development and building of first rate relationships. But please do not lose track of the fact that all of your current relationships started with a ‘hello’.

Starts with HELLO

When we meet a stranger we usually lead with hello. When we’re introduced, we usually respond with hello or some version of it. Most of us, when we answer the phone habitually say hello. From a stranger to our best friend we greet with hello.

Everything worthwhile starts with Hello

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Ron and Sue