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How to Raise your Value 2

Posted By Bob Jones on June 9, 2009 @ 2:08 am
by Ian Kleine

As said, respect and service do actually raise the overall value of your goods by a good margin. If there is something that you should remember, is that it is important to interact with your customer with as much enthusiasm with your subject as possible. Being that you are the proprietor and owner of your table or booth, you should be the one who exhibits the most excitement for your product. It’s like giving away your puppies to people whom you know will take care of them well enough.

Make the customer feel important. Prioritize them. Let them know that you, in the least, care about their welfare. If in any case, put their feelings and personalities above yours. The kooky part is that. We, not only have to be sellers, but we also have to function as ego boosters. Let them feel loved, wanted, and important. They will reciprocate and you will get yourself a valued client.

Of course, there is a difference between plain flattery and rotund comments. Sure, you need to be the ego booster, but have the rep to back that up. There’s no point for you to kiss up to the costumer if you are just a fibber, a tall-tale teller, someone who’s not at all that reliable. Reputation can also make or break your career here. Your client’s loyalty, your referrals, the way other customers (specifically the prospecting ones anyway).

Look out for what you wear, because it can also command the aura that you are depicting. If you would compare either a sandal-wearing guy, with sweaty arms and a greased undershirt versus a somewhat-casual guy, with a clean shave and a warm smile, you’ll have an idea who’s going to win in the customer wars.

Every little bit makes as to who you are in the eyes of the customer. It’s not a necessity that you have to wear a suit and tie, but being clean also helps with your reputation.

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Where Has the Food Gone?

Posted By Ian Kleine on May 31, 2009 @ 2:21 am
by Ian Kleine

Festival food, for the sense of argument, is very unhealthy. It’s just natural sense. When we talk about festival foods, we talk about the greasy, fatty, yucky type of edible items that when they reach our mouth, it usually leaves a shiny film all over our lips. Talk about the stuff of nightmares for anorexics and weight watchers. But, seriously, this type of unhealthiness is favored by most sellers because of the way the food cooks (it cooks so fast), the serving procedure (just dump it in a paper plate) and because its tradition (my pa has been eating this stuff way before we even were born!)

The other spectrum of festival food is the amount of sugar they usually incorporate into it. Most of the kids end up being severely sugar-rushed, overly hyper active and quite well overweight. It’s kind of a scary situation when you think about it. We, the people ourselves, are injecting so much sugar (and god knows what other sweeteners are out there) into our kid’s foods. Well, point is they’re enjoying right? And it is just a one-time deal.

No. This atrocity to the facade of festival food must stop. It is a shame, that as a country that should be promoting the idea of fitness, wellness and good life, is subjected to this inward slavery to fat, sugars and obesity.

We are not saying that obese people are bad and fit people are good, but we are saying that festivals represent all the good things about life, and if the food is one that could promote long-term disaster and unhealthiness, I don’t see why anyone would stand for this sort of unaccepted irony.

Truth of the matter, is that most people are satisfied with just the things that really don’t matter to them. Or things that they think won’t affect them in the long run. But I think it’ll do. Sooner or later.

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Maple: Syrup and Sweets

Posted By Ian Kleine on May 21, 2009 @ 2:50 am
by Ian Kleine

This symbol of sugary goodness cannot be helped but associated with Vermont. Maple syrup is a world-known sweetener derived from the sap of maple trees, those that grow well in good numbers in the forests and mountains of Vermont. Maple syrup is often served with waffle and pancakes around the US and in Canada.

It is also used for baking and making candy, for desserts or as an alternative source of sugar and as a flavoring agent for beer. The most prevalent form of sugar in maple syrup is actually sucrose, since fructose is less visible in non-fruit trees. Sucrose is also the more prevalent form of sugar in sugar cane and beets.

Maple syrup production is centered usually around the northern parts of America, associated with Quebec in Canada and the state of Vermont as the main producers of this sweet delicacy. Maple syrup can be obtained with the right and correct weather conditions. The trees most tapped for their sap is the sugar maple and the black maple, with a high sugar content of roughly two percent. The sap is tapped from the bark, delivered and sent to local sugar houses for syrup production.

Traditionally, the sap is harvested by tapping, a process of producing incisions in the bark to allow the sap to drip. The sap is directed to run into buckets which are collected daily and then stored in a larger container. Some sugar houses use plastic pipelines in contrast to buckets, and only small-scale sugar houses and homes use the bucket method nowadays.

Sap harvesting is done during spring, when the nights are still winter-cold, but the days are somewhat summer-warm. This stimulates the trees to produce a good amount of sap. Every year, farmers must make a different tap section or hole in the tree because the tree heals the old wounds up.

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Wheaty: A Bread Festival

Posted By Bob Jones on March 3, 2009 @ 2:41 am
by Ian Kleine

I had not perceived regarding the idea that the bread world was far too extensive and more complicated than what I have thought bread to be.

So, I had chanced upon this druidish fair when my nose picked up the sweet scent of fresh bread. My guess would have had to be oats or barley added to the mix. You could smell the grains popping from the heat of the brick oven. And lo, I was right!

There is this annual bread festival somewhere up north. It was a rare occasion (it was an annual event, around Spring when the ground smelled of fresh mud) and the people dressed up like Quakers. But they had so much flour and stuff going around. And when you have too much flour, the next logical thing to do would be to make bread out of it. They had allowed outsiders to their festival, and it was joy for me. You could rarely experience the sight of bread being made, baked in a brick oven and immediately allowed for eating when it has cooled down a bit.

I got a hold of an herby bread immediately. I could smell the pepper, the dill, and cinnamon from inside my mouth. Cleared up my sinuses there too. That bread packed quite a punch. Needless to say, it did not escape me, as I had devoured the whole thing with much fervor. The couple just gave me an amused look, and I had the courtesy to turn red. It was a funny experience.

They had meat pies too, though not the same as we city-folks have it. It’s still inside the whole bread, so you really get a full meal. And there was lots of different types. I really did not venture trying each and every bread, but I went for the safest I could think of: turkey. So there I sat and ate. The turkey seemed…wild. Or something, I really can’t tell. Probably wild, since I never had wild turkey before. If the thing in the groceries count anyway. Others took to pork or mutton.

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Folk Festival of Alaska

Posted By Ian Kleine on February 17, 2009 @ 2:21 am
by Ian Kleine

Alaska, too, has festivals of its own right. Every state does have one. Alaska has its Alaska Folk Festival which is held every spring, in the good month of April, when the air has thawed out a bit.

The event is free; there is no admission fee, any charge for concerts, the dances or any other event. It’s an event of humanity for the folks around the state. Everyone is encouraged to join and be a part of the event. Novices, amateurs, professionals and experts are welcome, and there are no auditions whatsoever. Just the submission of applications and its done.

The Alaska Folk Festival is an open event for people of any age. It is usually visited by most people from around the country and around the world. It is a very extensive festival, with its audience of varying demographics, culture, location, age and interest. But the festival can cater to everyone and anyone.

The history of the AFF started around 1975, with the title of the First Annual Southeast Alaska Folk Festival. The first event was proven to be a success, thus it had continued on to become a yearly event.

It had went on until the event became a well-rooted tradition for the people of Alaska. The main focus isn’t really of the modern times but the style and culture of the Alaskan musicians. In contrast of the guest artists music, it displays the varying differences and the similarities of each and everyone.

Even then and now, the festival continues to be a non-profit endeavor that continuously brings in crowd upon crowd of performers and culture-enthusiasts. It is a meeting place, a venue for people of one heart; for those who want to preserve and discover the subtlety and art of the Alaskan culture.

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Master List of Web Directories

Posted By Mitefind on December 17, 2007 @ 8:14 am

Boy, do I love web directories.  Sure it takes a bit of time to submit your sites to them, but once you are approved, that is a link pointing to your site for ever.  I really love marketing methods that you only need to do an action once and benefit from it for a long time.

So, I was ecstatic when I discovered the 8000 web directory listings this week.  Inside you will find a gold mine of free and paid places to promote your sites.  Looking for deep links?  They have all the directories that offer deep linking.

Looking at a specific general directory description gives you any important details at a glance, so you can decide which sites to submit your site to.  You can also find listings for niche directories that are the same as your site.

Be sure to bookmark the directory list as it will be an invaluable resource that you can use to promote your sites now and into the future.

Information Web Directory

Posted By Admin on April 20, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

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