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The Art of Listening!

Bob Hamilton

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Are you in the process of preparing to open a dollar store? Whether you are just preparing to start a business or you have been operating your business for many years, one of the most important things you need to learn is to listen to others. It is important that you know that by listening to others your business will be more successful.

When you open a dollar store you will find that employees often seek time to discuss issues with you. While they may be seeking you feedback, in most cases they have things to say and they are looking to you to listen before you offer any comment. Employees will communicate their wants and needs regarding training and tools. They will provide comments about the business and operational changes that might make it easier for them and their peers as well as your shoppers. They may provide feedback about customers and their thoughts and ideas.

Customers are a wealth of information for those who open a dollar store. They willing provide feedback about your store and the products that they would like to see carried. They can give insight into where and how to display merchandise so that it appeals to the greatest number of shoppers. They may be able to provide information about problems that you aren't even aware are occurring!

Vendors and suppliers provide a wealth of information to those who will listen. When you open a dollar store this information can clue you in to the latest hot products and product trends that are occurring in the marketplace. It can also provide information about products that are beginning to move away from shopper favor. And of course there will be those who want to talk so they can write still one more order for merchandise!

If you are planning to open a dollar store, then focus on becoming a better listener. Effective listening requires asking a few appropriate, well-timed questions to clarify. It also may require developing the ability to keep speakers on course.

To Your Dollar Store Success!

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Bob Hamilton is an entrepreneur, author, writer, business consultant and trainer.


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