fresh sales approach.

28 08 2010

We have some incredible toys in the store right now; Ezy-Rollers, plasma cars, Hexbugs, Magformers, etc. etc…

BUT – like any strictly brick and mortar operation, the toys are good as long as you get bodies moving through the store.

You can’t sell a toy to someone who isn’t in your store, right? (ok, well you can if you’re also an online store – which we aren’t… just yet)

Today I packed up half a dozen Ezy-Rollers and plasma cars and drove out to Eagle Mountain (a relatively affluent area). The purpose of the trip was to film some short video segments for our upcoming Blickenstaff’s blog (don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it’s up). The blog is going to feature a Toy of the Week! Each toy will have a short write-up as well as a video and some kind of special deal on it.

We recently hired a guy who is a film major at BYU and he was excited to be able to film some stuff for us – so we went up to Eagle Mountain to meet up with some of his nieces and nephews (and the entire neighborhood) to do some filming.

As soon as a few kids started riding around we had ALL kinds of kids coming out of the woodwork looking to have a ride. I’m not sure how they heard about it or if they just saw us and came wandering over. It was incredible. Parents were coming out and asking us questions about price and how and where to buy one.

The filming went great because we had a lot of happy kids riding around.

But I left the film session focused entirely on the possibilities of neighborhood riding promotions.
Imagine a toy store rolls into your neighborhood and just lets your kids play with a bunch of different toys. You see the toy in action and see which toy your kid actually likes so there is no more guess work in your gift buying.

The toy store is AMAZING in practically every way possible. But if there is another avenue we could pursue to get the job done – then it needs to be pursued.

Some of the prophets have faced serious obstacles in getting the message across to the people they were teaching. Abinadi was kicked out and the only back in was:

“…Abinadi came among them in disguise…” (Mosiah 12:1)

Sometimes the best sales approach is one disguised as something completely different.

? What would you think if a toy store showed up in your neighborhood for a toy day?





pleasant reminder.

27 08 2010

A couple months ago I got a call from a woman who runs a dance studio down in Payson. She got my name from somebody as a recommendation for breakdance teacher.

I LOVE teaching.
But – Payson is about 15 minutes south and I am already scheduled to teach at Center Stage this Fall. I’m not sure Leah is a big fan of me spreading myself thin on dance each evening. But she is SO supportive of me dancing. (Especially, when it pays!)

I took the offer and tonight was my first night.

You never know what you’re dealing with until you get to your first class and you feel out the talent level and more importantly the dedication of the kids.

I imagine most teachers feel like this:

“And as many as would hear his word he did teach…” (Mosiah 18:3)

Personally, as long as someone is willing to listen, I’m MORE than happy to teach. Things get sticky when you have a class that is not interested or unwilling to even try to learn the subject. It’s not a hopeless situation – just a little trickier.

I’ve never had an entire class of kids who were immediately receptive, attentive and willing to work hard….
Until now.

The young and older boys classes were incredible.
They picked up things quickly and were hungry to learn more.

If you have ever taught anything before – you know what a joy it is to teach individuals who are willing to learn and who graso the subject matter quickly and correctly.

I am grateful for the reminder this evening of how special teaching can be.

? What is your best teaching experience?





hybrid.

26 08 2010

We have a new(esque) girl working at the store now.
She’s a recent high school graduate just starting her first year at UVU.

A couple nights ago, we got talking about the “type” of people we were.

Have you ever talked with someone who tried to categorize you?
I’ve stood on both sides of conversation.
I’ve categorized and been categorized.

It all begins with appearance.
Hipsters. Goths. Emo’s. Jocks. “Easy” girls. Academics. Outcasts. Bboys.

They all have a look that is pretty recognizable.

But does the look truly represent the person?
YES!

and no.

“…but the judgments of man are not always just.” (Mosiah 29:12)

I was talking with our new girl and asked her how she categorized herself.
She responded by asking me if she had to fit into just one category?

Great question – and the answer is no. There are definitely the extremes out there who are almost exactly the type of person their image stands for – but I feel like there are alot of HYBRIDS in this world.

You are most likely a hybrid.
I’m a hybrid.

By hybrid, I mean a mutt-like collection of various interests and influences.
This particular girl is her own hybrid version of emo, goth, indie and harijuku.

I’m a mix of business, bboy and Justin Timberlake! (well, at least this is what I like to think)

However, the interesting thing about categories is that the ones you put yourself in are not necessarily the ones that others put you in.

The categories are always changing. The next time you try to categorize someone you should probably stop and find out a little bit about them before throwing them into a very generalized category!

? What are you a hybrid of?





dream job.

25 08 2010

Have I mentioned how much I love my job?
Of course I have. Well, I do.
A lot.

I got home from work and went and saw Leah yesterday and we were talking about our days and the convo went something like this:

Leah: There is a lot to get done before we get married. I need to finish up this magazine so it can be sent to press.
Kyle: Yeah, I know. I had a long day too. I bought some sleds for the Christmas. Long day at the office. HAHAHA

This is a typical day for me.
I LOVE it.

My cousin Ty is the man. He has been teaching me everything I could ever hope to know about the buying processes and procedures. I couldn’t have asked for somebody better to learn from.

Today we did our Halloween orders. (If you live anywhere remotely close to the store you HAVE to come by for Halloween. The store is going to have some AMAZING stuff)

We are already doing the Christmas orders as well (hence, the sleds I bought the other day).

There is SO much stuff that needs to be done and I just love being at work. I go in early every day because I am EXCITED to get as much done as I possibly can. Yesterday I worked from about 7:45 AM – 10:00 PM. It was a LONG day but when I went to see Leah she remarked at how happy I seemed.

I just could not be happier right now about my current work situation.

It is amazing to see how your life can change in an instant. In May I was unemployed with no job prospects at all.
Now, I am working a job that beings me (and kids) a lot of happiness.

I’m like Santa, or maybe an elf – or maybe the Candyman.
Well, whatever it is, I love it.

It’s nice to have a job that puts bread on the table and is also enjoyable.

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground…” (Genesis 3:19)

? What’s your dream job?





the interview.

24 08 2010

I’m less than two weeks away from getting married.

That means that tonights interview was with the Bishop!
Oh Yeah!

There is something about interviews that has always made me a little uneasy. (I attribute this to my sliding scale of obedience)
Even when I have been on my best behavior I’ve always been a little nervous going into interviews.

I feel like there is always something else I could or should be doing better. So when they I get asked if I feel worthy to go to the temple I always have a little hesitation in my gut. I could try my very hardest and still come up short of perfect cleanliness.

“…and no unclean thing can dwell with God…” (1 Nephi 10:21)

So, of course there is always this tiny lingering feeling of unworthiness.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get past that. I may never feel like I am totally clean and ready to just be in His presence.

Well, the Bishops interview is done – now there is just the Stake President on Sunday!

? Do you ever feel like you are 100% clean?





ties.

23 08 2010

Ties.
One of my assignments for the wedding.

I’m not doing so well with it at the moment.
It sucks that my buddy Mike had some sick ties for us to wear to his wedding and I’m not really feeling anything I’m seeing.

I’m down to 2 weeks and I’m feeling the heat.

I gotta come up with something.

I am really into the whole skinny tie thing, so that narrows things down a bit.

It helps that I often take my fashion cues from Justin and (if the money was there) Neil Kaffrey.

Although eventually skinny ties will be out and fat will be back. Basically you should just wear whatever you want to wear because eventually everything comes back into style…

or, out of style completely:

“or the fashion of this world passeth away…” (1 Corinthians 7:31)

This whole tie thing has been a sore spot in the whole planning process. I will be a lot happier when I find ties and we can call it a day!

? Are you a fat tie or skinny tie?





the picture.

22 08 2010

The invitations are out and most of the planning is DONE!
Thank goodness.

I sent out invites to people I had addresses for – hopefully you got them!

If I had no address, or if our great postal service somehow misplaced it (not like that ever happens, right?), I figured I would post up the picture we decided to use!

I’m excited to be pretty much done with everything (even though Leah did most of the work) because somehow it seemed to wear on me as well.

We have interviews with Bishops and Stake Presidents this coming week and we are excited to finish up this last piece!

2 more weeks and we will be married!!!!!!

I’m sure everyone reaches a point in the planning when they feel like they are just ready to be married.
That’s exactly where I am at right now. (I’ve been there for a few weeks already now!)

“And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the apromises which the Lord had made unto them.” (4 Nephi 1:11)

? How long did it take you to get past the point of planning where you were just ready to be married?








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