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December 02, 2010 | By Barry Moltz

Giving Some Attention

This is a time of giving.  I was blown away by an idea that my friend, Jim Kukral, had last Wednesday right before Thanksgiving.  This is a guest blog post on what he did.

“Last Wednesday, on the day before Thanksgiving I had a spur of the moment idea.  What if I gave away my time to all of you?  So I sent out an email to thousands of people saying simply, “call me”, and I gave you my direct phone number.

And you did.  Wow.  Here are the results of that email.
250+ email responses
to which I have responded to every single one.
100+ phone calls with 54 voice mails.
Over 15-hours of my time on the phone speaking to you or responding to your emails.

Money made on consulting fees? Zero.
New friends and fans for me? HUNDREDS!
People who got helped or unstuck? HUNDREDS!

So why did I do it?  Because when you give, you get.  I just recently finished a great book called “The Go Giver“.  It’s about how to think about giving, instead of getting.  Because when you give with your heart, and when you are motivated by trying to help people…you succeed.

I know.  It sounds so corny.  But it’s true, and I’ve been practicing it for years now.  In fact, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people.  That’s what I do.

So the question for you today is: What are you giving? Think about it.  This isn’t about donating money to a charity.  This is about truly finding ways to give.  When was the last time you picked up the phone and called your customers and ask them what YOU could do for them?  Try it and see what happens.”

On a daily basis, Jim Kukral spends most of his time helping entrepreneurs and small business owners learn how to find success online.  His passion for teaching shines through in his training and coaching programs that have been taken by business owners from around the globe.  He is the author of a great book, Attention!  This Book Will Make You Money

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.

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