When delivering Franchise Training Centre workshops I always, but always, turn off my mobile phone and request everyone else to do so. The request sometimes seems to fall on deaf ears and there have even been occasions when a delegate has been receiving and sending e-mails during the course of the workshop. Perhaps I must work harder at holding their attention or perhaps for them nothing is more important than their electronic life support system!
However, next Tuesday I will break my own Golden Rule – subject to the approval of the delegates at the ‘How to Monitor Franchisees Performance’ workshop. You see on that day, unless it happens earlier, I will become a grandfather for the first time and I want to know about it as soon as it happens. I know there will be the usual series of wise-cracks about how old I must be but you see I’m just not bothered – I’ve learnt the secret of eternal youth which I shared with you in last week’s blog.
I’m still learning all the time and I have again made changes to the next workshop, ‘Speed Up Your Network Growth’ to incorporate the latest thinking on marketing for and recruiting franchisees. There are still franchisors that haven’t learnt the secret of how making a simple change, which takes a few minutes to effect and costs nothing, can have a major effect on their lead generation results. Those that have done it are stealing a march on all the others.