See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Honey Bee Collection and Removal Services
    Professional and Ethical Bee Collection or Removal at Its Best.
    24/7. Call Now! on 07840 874567 or 07483 242141.
    Best Advice and Survey for all Bee Problems.

    07895 677123

  • Peachy Impressions design and create both luxury handmade and cost effective e-mailable/printable wedding and party invitations. All of our work is printed in-house using professional printers, high quality materials and assembled and finished by hand.

    07870 681752

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Are You Chicken Or Tofu? - 09/08/2016

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Why do we have so many choices of different meats, vegetarian or vegan options in places to eat? Some are gluten free, dairy free, some are under 500 calories……...why? It’s because food is not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing. You can’t serve chicken to a vegetarian, you can’t serve ice cream to a vegan and you can’t serve a sandwich to a celiac. If we can understand and embrace that in life, why do we struggle to understand this in our work life too?

None of us can be meat, vegetarian, vegan & celiac friendly in one go – it’s not possible. OK, enough about food (it’s making me hungry). I’ve used food to symbolise that all of us are very different. We have different life choices, styles and beliefs so whilst we can incorporate and respect that in our personal life, we have to look at it from our work point of view too.

There is nothing worse than that phone call, email or meeting to say “you didn’t get the contract”. Whilst the first thing in the meeting you may do is ask why, in your head you wonder “What did I do wrong?”. Did I price it wrong? Did I pitch it wrong? Is it because I laughed at what I thought was a joke but quickly realised it wasn’t? Did they not like me? Perhaps we should stop the self doubt and turn it into the real options. Sometimes it’s just a case of you are chicken and your client is vegetarian. More often than not it’s not that they didn’t like you, it’s not that your pitch wasn’t suitable, it’s not that you product/service was wrong – it’s just not what they needed right now. It doesn’t mean sometime down the line they won’t be needing that chicken when they have employees who aren’t vegetarian or such but for now, they want tofu and that’s not you.

The most important thing to do is take away any criticism you get, not dwell on it and use it to improve yourself – even the best CEO’s in this world can improve themselves as NO ONE is perfect (no matter how much they say they are!) What you must do is make a good impression. There have been many times I’ve had a sales meeting or training and the client says “no thank you” - so many contact me in 6 or 12 months down the line and say “I’m ready now” or “I remember you” - often they’ll follow you on social media and watch in the background waiting to see if you actually do what you say you do. You peak their interest – feed them titbits and then they want more and buy you!

So next time you don’t get that business – evaluate what you’d do given the chance to re-do it and think “well I’m a chicken and they’re vegetarian”. It’s a simple ‘wrong place, wrong time’ scenario.


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