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Bridal Business Academy Comes To Southern California

The Bridal Business Academy is an intensive course in bridal business management, where wedding industry entrepreneurs gain hands-on familiarity with the fundamental skills needed in a successful business from the novice to the experienced.
The Bridal Business Academy features an intensive education program designed to strengthen the business acumen of wedding industry leaders. The workshop is designed for owners, managers, staff leaders and those looking to advance their wedding business.  Attendees range from the novice to the experienced as the Academy provides a strong foundation for wedding professionals who enjoy perfecting their trade.

Featured Trainer & Business Motivator, Chris Evans -Top Wedding Industry Specialist will be on hand to help you learn how to improve your business and grow your sales.

Additional top bridal business trainers will  teach information which focuses on practical concepts and tools to strengthen leadership capabilities in your wedding business.
Trainers include: Wedding Planner Alice Goetschel of Memorable Occasions, Susan Tellem, Owner of Tellem Worldwide Communications, Nick DiLello, Owner & Operator of the Phoenix Bridal Show and Daryl Bryant, Business Motivator & Owner of Total Entertainment.

As a bonus,  Wedding Coordinators/Planners can get a complimentary registration courtesy of the Sheraton Delfina Hotel.  Discount registrations are available for those in the Wedding Industry wanting to attend!

  • DATE:  December 4, 2012
  • TIME: 11:00-5:00 (Academy) 5:30-7:30 (Soiree’)
  • LOCATION:  Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica
Call 805-322-4446 to reserve your seat (limited) or email to: Academy@EvansSalesSolutions.com   Go to: www.EvansSalesSolutions.com or www.BridalMarketingConcierge.com
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Are you leading or just managing your wedding company?

Leadership is about taking risks and overcoming obstacles.  When Chris Evans, top speaker in the wedding circuit, left the wedding industry as a major bridal show producer, he decided to use his skills and teach wedding merchants ‘how to sell’ through workshops, seminars and more. However, there were a lot of obstacles in his way.  This included a massive brick-and-mortar system of getting the word out to those in the wedding industry via direct mail and advertising costs.  But he left his safe job and founded ‘Evans Sales Solutions, LLC,’ and stepped into the training and speaking circuit, changing the way many in this industry look at ‘sales and marketing.’

What is the key to assessing big decisions and overcoming obstacles that he used?  He didn’t want to waste his ‘God-given talent’ of teaching and then regret not doing it.  He would have regretted not joining the ‘speaking circuit,’ where he has met and trained thousands in the wedding industry to grow their businesses.

He had a clear vision of what he wanted to do, he knew the obstacles involved, set out to overcome them, knowing the whole time that there was a high failure risk.  He didn’t want to be 80 years old and regret what he could have done for this industry.   His theme every morning?  ‘It’s a Bright New Day Filled with Possibilities!’

Will you look back with regret at what could have been in your wedding organization?  Maybe you’ve owned your bridal business for a long time or been in an executive position for a few years, but are you leading or managing?

Leadership is about making the hard choices and living with the outcomes, good or bad.  Managing is more about ‘not doing the hard things-keeping all running smoothly’ thus making sure employees, vendors and customers are all happy.

Sometimes though, the path to a greater success requires you to ‘rock the boat,’ to the point of tipping it over.

The first step is to:  Know where you are going in this industry.   Too many bridal companies start with a ‘passionate idea,’ and then ‘just survive the ride.’  They are not plotting their growth plan; they are doing what they’ve always done, hoping that it’s enough to get by for another day.  If you are a leader, you won’t go for that.

Second step: Make a list of how you are going to make it happen!  List the easy steps, and list the obstacles.  By listing the obstacles, you can then go around them, through them, over them or simply get rid of them.  Most obstacles are going to fall into the category of people, products or the structure you have in place.    Ask yourself: Is this the right management team to get you where you want your company to be? Is your product on the ‘edge’ of what 18-36 year old brides are looking for?  Is your company structured to handle the challenges that lie ahead (yes, they are there) on your path to growth?

This is where leadership comes in.  Do you have the DISCIPLINE (consistency plus perseverance) or SELF CONTROL (the ability in the heat of the moment to take a specific action in the right direction) and COURAGE (Strength of purpose, to do your best and not swerve from your path) to grow your business?

None of these changes are easy.  But that’s the difference between a leader and a manager.  A leader says, ‘we are going a different direction and that means things are going to have to change.’  Your other option is to leave things alone and play it safe.  But get ready, Chris won’t be standing next to you at 80, when you declare, ‘I could have done so much more!!’

Evans Sales Solutions/ Bridal Marketing Concierge, leaders in the wedding industry with support products, business training, sales & marketing techniques to grow your business.  As a solutions-based and results-driven concierge we create opportunities to grow your bridal business sales and increase your profitability.  Reach us by calling: 805-322-4446 or go to:  www.BridalMarketingConcierge.com 

Five Ways to Grow Your Business

Are you feeling stalled out in your business? Get to work this week, formulating your plan for growth. Take a look at these five suggestions to get started.

Customer Service Get a leg up on the competition by making excellent customer service your number one priority. If your client feels like you are doing everything you can and more to take care of them, they will want to tell everyone how great you are!

Expand Take inventory of your most popular services and add on accessories that make them even more attractive. Then add more services that are becoming popular in the marketplace. If you are not constantly growing and improving your product, you will eventually go backward as your competitors move ahead.

Quality Every product or service you put out there reflects on you, so make sure it is your best work every time. Attention to detail can seem like a dying art. Perfecting the little things goes a long way with clients, and word of mouth will spread quickly.

Team Put your goals in writing, then communicate them with your team, updating everyone weekly on the progress. You won’t believe how motivating this will be. Also, ask your team for ideas on ways to grow. Often, the best ideas come from those who are in the trenches.

Referrals Always ask your client if they know of anyone who needs your services, and ask them to contact them for you. This can be the quickest way to get new business. A warm contact is always more open than a cold one.

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Business growth is possible; sometimes it just takes some rethinking, imagination, and hard work.

To learn more about growing your business, check out my book How to Double Your Wedding Business in 12 Months.  Find me on the web at EvansSalesSolutions.com for more tools to improve your business. While you’re there, sign up for a Bridal Business Boot Camp in your area!

This week, put on your thinking cap and strive for more!

Sincerely,

Chris Evans

The ESS Team

Chris Evans – CEO, Motivation, Sales & Techniques Training

Rebekah Evans – Marketing & Sales, PR & Social Media Manager

James Mitchell – Internet Expert, Web & Database Design

Vanessa Carroll – Copywriter & Marketing Content Manager

EvansSalesSolutions provides business training, workshops, emarketing and more to grow your wedding business. Products are available at www.EvansSalesSolutions.com 

 

 

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