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Are you good at what you do?

Discussion in 'General Business Talk' started by Mark, Sep 11, 2008.

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    Mark

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    If so, how do you quantify it?
     
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    Meanna Blog

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    Great question. I suppose with myself as a marketeer some of the measureables I have are:

    • Number of leads generated
    • Number of appointments booked
    • Number of appointments turned into clients
     
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    An Oasis

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    One measure is clients/customers who return to use your products & services.

    I was going to say I think many people know if they are good at what they do and then I thought of the X Factor.:eek:
     
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    Daniel :: EZPZ Hosting

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    Churn rate, reviews and feedback.

    We're rated #1 on a fairly popular review site (that isnt rated by affiliate payout!) which we're extremely proud of :)
     
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    Ian Gannon AKA Mr Mobile

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    I am good at what I do, because I know alot about the products that I sell. But I have come to accept the 85-90% rule

    You only know 85-90%, because if you know 100% there's nothing left to learn, you become complacent, and fail to learn new territories.
     
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    NikHurwood

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    I agree with this in part, but one vital lesson in business is that failure should not be confused with "not getting 1st place".

    When things don't work, these are valuable learning times, and it's how we learn and respond to times like these that gives the value. For instance, part of what I do is printing and selling stretched canvas prints, when I first entered this arena I thought I would do a market test (on real markets!). The street markets failed abysmally, I sold 2 in several weeks.. lost lots of money doing so... but I learnt alot. I learnt about what people wanted, where they would buy them, and what questions they asked. The canvas printing is now a great earner, and it would have taken longer to get where it is without the (initially heartbreaking) failure!

    A great quote I like is:
    "Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."
    Thomas Edison.
     
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    NikkiPilkington

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    Am I good at what I do? My clients and the results I get for them say so.

    Am I the best in the world? Nowhere near - and I wouldn't want to be because if I were there would be no-one to learn from.

    Have I made mistakes and got things wrong in order to get to be as 'good' as I think I am? You bet I have - loads of 'em!
     
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    Paul Norman

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    I have no actual opinion about how good I am, and agree with Jeff-Smith on that.

    But I do know it is extremely important to me to strive for excellence, the journey with no finish line. I must be better than yesterday, I must adopt the highest standards, I must push for better and better.

    Others will be the judge, thankfully, as to my success!
     
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    simonr

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    How do we measure it? We don't charge people for our training before-hand and splattered all over our communications is a simple promise: "if you don't think your time with us has been worthwhile, just don't pay". It's putting our money where our mouths are!

    S

    PS: As one of my staff says though - there's a bloody thin line between confident and cocky, Simon! :)
     
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    Emma

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    I was good at what I did a while back (beauty therapy) but with no sound business plan, my business died a death. :( Oops! :lol:
     
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    Mr. Mu

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    Interesting question Eagle.

    Am I good at what I do? Yes. Can I quantify it? No. I can demonstrate it, though.
     
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    Mat

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    It is an interesting question.

    I have indicators in place for conversion rates and customer satisfaction, but not specifically for how "good" I am. Then again, does how good you are have anything to do with it? I know some very successful web design firms who struggle to put together the most basic of designs.
     

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