Thoughts and Adventures From Greenlite Heavy Industries

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 Bike Expo

Spent the weekend at the Seattle Bike Expo, this was my first experience actually getting out there and selling product.  I really worked hard on making a nice booth; something that showed I’m willing to go the extra mile.  I think that the work paid off.

My buddy Joe came down to help me man the booth, I was on my own for a little while Sunday afternoon and I’m telling you it sure is good having a friendly face to talk to and to have someone manning the battle stations while you rush off to the bathroom – once again too much coffee.  Joe is a great salesman and I learned a lot just watching how he interacted with the customers.  He was cool, enthusiastic and confident without being pushy.
Saturday was a long day: 9-6; we arrived at 7:30 and so Joe and I were on our feet for eleven plus hours.  Sunday was 10-4, given that we’d sprung forward the night before I was happy for the late start.  By the time four o-clock rolled around I was done – physically and mentally.

My son helped out Sunday afternoon and he was awesome.  I certainly wouldn’t have been out there talking to customers when I was fifteen.  I would have been hiding out somewhere no doubt about that.
All in all it was a great experience: made some sales, got some awesome feedback, meet some extremely cool people.  This doing your own business thing is a real rollercoaster: one minute you’re totally stoked that you did the right thing, the next minute you’re head in hand asking “what the hell was I thinking?”  Right now I’m in the totally stoked mode.

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