Question: I know I need help to book more weddings, but I’m not sure your suggestions will work. They just don’t seem like ME. What should I do?
I know this is huge and we should be getting a lot more brides than what we are and it is frustrating to see people that do not have the qualifications are getting way more business than us. I also understand that we only started with the business here in Cancun in October and it needs some time but if the requests are flying in why on earth are we not closing them.
Anyways Steph as you can see I can go on and on as I am sure every other vendor can about how great they are, but in all honesty comparing to the industry vendors down here in Cancun we are by far the best!
I really appreciate your honesty. Thank you.
Here’s the question: is what you are doing now getting the results you want? If so, don’t change it! Keep doing what works, no matter what anyone else says.
On the other hand, if it’s not working, then anything else you do has a much better chance of working than what you’re doing now. If you keep doing the same thing, you are guaranteed to get the same results.
You’ll want to test, experiment and change until you get the results you want. Make sure you’re tracking your leads, where they come from and whether or not you get a response. Sometimes it takes some refining to get the right combination.
In our experience, it usually takes a month or so before you see a noticeable difference. However, our clients get a response rate up to 50% higher. Most of them need a little help customizing their response in a way that gets results.
Right now, the brides who are contacting you either…
a) Don’t care about Melissa’s amazing experience with Hollywood hair and makeup OR
b) Aren’t understanding the VALUE this brings to hiring you because you haven’t communicated it to them.
You need to change the way you market and sell to these brides, start targeting a new market of brides who are the right match for you, or possibly both. And that means big, fat, scary CHANGE.
I want to address your concern that if you make a lot of changes you will, “lose who you really are.”
It’s a common fear. When you make a change to a different way of doing things, it feels very “not you.” In fact, “not you” is exactly what you need!
“Being you” and doing what comes naturally for you is NOT getting you the results you want. You’ll have to change and do something that is NOT you…at least not yet…if you want to change your results.
Let me explain with an example from my life…
When we first started our DJ business, we didn’t know who would do the announcing. Would it be Jeff (the singer-songwriter guitarist) or me (the “quiet girl”)?
I never, ever would have predicted that I would be the mistress of ceremonies at a wedding, speaking before hundreds of people every weekend. I was the kind of girl who hated parties because large groups of people freaked me out.
I wish I could say that the first time I picked up the microphone I knew I’d found my calling. The truth is that it felt completely unnatural! I was extremely nervous, and had a habit of tripping over my words during my first sentence at every single wedding.
But I kept at it, and eventually I found myself in this behavior that was “not me.” I became the confident public speaker I envisioned for myself. I stopped bumbling my words and quit shaking when I picked up the mic.
I grew into that new behavior that I desired, but if I hadn’t pushed through that uncomfortable “not me” period, I never would have gotten there.
Of course, you should not engage in any business practices that you believe are unethical or dishonest and in that sense are “not you.” Even when it comes to making a change that will get you better results, make you more money, attract the clients you want and make your life easier, expect that those, “This isn’t ME!” objections will come up.
If these changes are unnatural for who you are today, but they would be quite natural for the person you want to become, then making those changes will take you in the right direction.
Make the change anyway. Measure your results for a set period of time, like a month. And remember: change is not a one way street. If it doesn’t give you the results you want you can always change back.
My motto: feel the fear and do it anyway.
What do you think about making changes that are “not you?”
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