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July 26, 2018
Today at 1:30pm Pacific Time, I will have produced and co-hosted my last live radio broadcast for eBay Inc.: eBay Radio #733 (from eBay Open 2018 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV) plus 511 Ask Griff & Lee shows. It’s been a privilege over the last 15 years to watch you all become pioneers of ecommerce.
In that time, many of you transitioned from being hobby sellers to embracing entrepreneurialism. You’ve done a great job. I will miss hearing your voices as you call into the shows as well as seeing you at eBay events.
Today, I’d like to recognize the folks who made eBay Radio possible each week, our Voicemarketing team: Betsie Bolger, Donna Freher-Lyons, Burt Lo, and Frank Ceasar. Voicemarketing is a family business; my husband John Sell and I will miss the eBay community, and so will my daughters Melissa Mirabal Demille, Elisa Mirabal, and Jennifer Goldman.
I thank eBay Inc. for allowing me the opportunity to end my full-time broadcast career with this wonderful project. I know I’ll lose some of you as I transition my newsletter into a socio-political blog, but I hope your lives are filled with joy and a great bottom line. I will miss you!
Once again, today’s tip is aimed at those of you attending eBay Open 2018 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but it applies to your business in general as well. Let it be a guiding principle.
When you get home from Vegas, pick out the 3 best things you learned. Test the first one, and see how it works for you. Then test the second one, and finally the third one. Keep it simple, or you won’t know which element is having what effect on your business.
My tip for today is tailored to eBay Open 2018 attendees, but it applies to those of you at home as well. Two words: Pace yourself. Today and tomorrow and the day after that are going to be a whirlwind of education, networking, and seller celebration.
You’ll be pulling out all the stops to have the best possible time and get the most out of your Open experience here at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but please don’t pull them all out at once. A 3-day conference is a marathon, not a sprint!
Just remember to wear comfy shoes, stay hydrated, and replenish your stash of business cards every night or in the morning before you head to the convention space. Above all, enjoy this time with your eBay tribe. See you at the Brooklyn Bowl!
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Lots of research has been done into entrepreneurialism. We know that the Type-A personality is often not willing to take risks and may end up working for others their entire life, and that more C students become entrepreneurs than do A students.
The one lesson I have found most important is that of overcoming fear. It took me years to overcome my fears about losing my customers, having to make payrolls on time, or paying my bills on time. It took me awhile to realize that these things are probably going to happen from time to time no matter what.
No one has a crystal ball to tell us what is going to happen in the future. All we can do is to keep on keeping on and work on honing another universal trait of entrepreneurs: persistence. even in the face of challenging times.
With retirement looming, I’ve been taking stock of my life as a businesswoman/media person. Although early on I met some pretty rough characters who displayed bad sales ethics, later I was lucky enough to find great mentors who taught me the right way.
Having been involved in some pretty tough negotiations through the years, I learned to strive for win/wins and make sure I over-delivered on my services afterward. Which of the following would be the right reason(s) for doing so?