Lift Up a Veteran
Veteran’s Day is a great time to reflect on all that our armed services have done for our country. And for me, it’s way past time to ask what we as business owners can do for the veterans. There was a great article in Entrepreneur magazine about the benefits of mentoring a veteran, and I’ve decided I’m in.
You can read the article here.
So I am laying down the gauntlet. This might sound a little adversarial, and for that I apologize. No I don’t. It’s a challenge. If we all made a commitment to hire veterans, like JP Morgan Chase, Disney, Starbucks, and two other Fortune 500 companies have, then we might make a dent in the unemployment numbers for returning troops (which, according to Time magazine, is as much as two points higher than the national average).
From now until the end of 2015, for every veteran new-hire you have in your sales department, I will offer you four hours of free sales coaching. Just send me an e-mail and we can talk about all the details. If I get too overwhelmed because too many of you out there are taking me up on the offer, well, let’s just say that will be a great problem to have.
Happy Veteran’s Day to you all, and for those of you who serve(d)—my humble thanks.
Blogger, author, consultant, coach and all around evangelist for the graphic arts industry, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include sales and marketing coaching, enabling clients to find engagement strategies that work for them and mentoring the next generation of sales superstars.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league. She is also the mother of two sets of twins under the age of ten, so she fears nothing.