Dear Diary…Something Terrible Happened on Campus…TBEE Writes #19

I dragged my body out of bed lazily this morning really feeling tired and exhausted from studying till 2 a.m last night. It is not easy to be a student o! You see my goal is to get  first class and so far my grades from the first year are looking good. Our exams are coming up two weeks from now and I hope to read my handouts and notes from cover to cover.

Hurriedly I got ready for class and on my way, I scrolled through my text messages and sure enough, DT had sent me like three early morning love notes. I smiled and felt this is how to pamper a girl you love. DT knows how to make my world spin. I looked forward to catching up with him after lectures. My zeal for the day was rejuvenated but on getting to the lecture theater I saw students standing in groups and talking. Something was definitely up…my chest became heavy … I prayed and hoped it was not another bad news of losing one of our course mates. So far this semester there hasn’t been any fatal incidence apart from the lady who burnt her roommate with electric Iron. Thank goodness it the girl in question is fine.

I walked towards where Lizzy was standing with Peter the class governor and some others. “Guys, why is everyone standing outside instead of been seated in the lecture hall”, I said. Lizzy held her folder containing a few notebooks around her chest looking really blue. Agitated I asked, “will someone tell me what is going on here”! Peter responded finally, “It’s Dr. Bosun”. My heart started to race, “hope he is not…”Lizzy finally got her voice back, “no he is not dead but critically injured and in the hospital”.

The whole gist came tumbling out. The previous night, Dr. Bosun was attacked somewhere around the campus. His car was vandalized and he was seriously beaten. This meant that his class for this morning was automatically canceled. I was flabbergasted and not happy even though I had just recently been the object of Dr. Bosun’s attraction. No one knew who the attackers were. Trust students, some believed that perhaps Dr. Bosun was reaping from his past actions of harassing his students. The gist is that the school authority had vowed to investigate the matter and deal decisively with the perpetrators.

At last, we were forced to all disperse to attend other lectures for the day but this Dr. Bosun’s incidence became the center of discussions throughout the day. There are students who will really be happy about the fact that he was dealt with in that way. I mean there are many female students repeating his course simply because they won’t accept his sexual advances. Could it be one of them or what is it just that he ran into some cult guys who were about their usual midnight routine? Hmmmn, God please save us from these cult guys o. I really hope that they will be caught so we can have a safer campus.

The good thing about this is that now I have been spared the stress of having to turn down Dr. Bosun’s disguised advances in the name of been his P.A at a seminar. Life is full of twist and turns …hmmmn see how God saved me…now that is a wicked thought! Well…I wish him a quick recovery. Goodnight dear diary.

Catch up on Previous episodes of Dear Diary

Dear Diary…An Invitation to my Lecturers Office…TBEE Writes #16

Dear Diary…The Soup Thief was Caught But A threat is Underway TBEE Writes #18

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

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Meet Temi Olajide – Business Consultant, Productivity Strategist & Coach for Women

Temi, Studied chemistry at the university of Ilorin and performed brilliantly so much that she was encouraged to become a lecturer.  Temi instead went further to get certification in project management ; Introduction to media and journalism in London school of media and journalism; and Diploma in graphic design. Temi has also taken many short courses in business management.

Now she runs her own businesses and their family business in partnership with the love of her life(Husband).

A peep into her businesses

Temi: I run an initiative called Dreamwithtemi – The Chicmumpreneurs Academy, where I teach and empower busy mums who want to start or grow a business along the home-front to achieve business and life success .

I also run an Online makeup school as a side business to also teach and empower women to learn how to “do it yourself”. This helps women to save money while looking glam all the time on their own terms.

How did you get here

Temi: I started doing business while in school and had plans to work for myself after graduation. When I got married our families adviced that I get a job while my husband runs his business so I got a job with a bank. Working in the corporate world enabled me gather some experience and I later resigned to join my husband in running our busines. This enables me to manage my time and my home well.

How long have you been running your business with your husband
Temi: I’m married to my best friend of 17yrs,  Olawale Olajide , a lawyer and entrepreneur . We are blessed with two beautiful children. We’ve being running our family business officially for about 12years now, though we’ve been doing small businesses alongside for about 16years after we started dating in school.We try as much as possible not to allow our emotions and relationship as a couple get in the way of our business.

Has is it been easy running a business as a couple

Temi: It was very challenging at the beginning but we’ve been able to put all that aside and work with each other’s strength and it gets better now each day.
What else do you do

Temi: I  blog on http://www.urbanfixmakeupacademy.com/blog under dreamwithtemi umbrella on women related topics, but haven’t done so in a while since I began to do videos.

Lifes Motto – You can only experience true happiness and fulfillment when you discover and run with your purpose.

What is your best meal

Temi: My best meal is Eba and vegetable soup, but I can actually eat it with any soup even ordinary stew, Lol.

Social media handles
http://www.urbanfixmakeupacademy.com/onlineschool
Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/dreamwithtemi
http://www.instagram.com/urbanfixmakeupacademy

I met Temi at a training and she is an interesting personality with so much to offer women about how to succeed even as mums

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

Selling Points for WOMEN and ANYONE in BUSINESS

Unique selling pointWhat are you selling?
How are you selling/providing your services?
What is your unique selling point?
 

My Unique Selling Point:
I am a Producer/script writer/media trainer who also provides media content (Development communication and marketing of companies, goods and services) among other things i do. My selling point according to an organization i work with (ARDA) a development  and behavioral change communication Non-governmental organization, is that they like my “quick response” and “quality work”. While feeling good about this endorsement It occurred to me that we sometimes don’t pay attention to our unique selling point as service providers or business people. I therefore decided to share my thoughts and experience on how to harness our selling points and also learn from others. So If you want to take your business to the next level you might want to consider these few tips I want to share.

Learning from others
Let me first paint a picture with this personal observation of a business woman whom I will call Bolanle(Not real name).
Bolanle owns a shop adjacency to a major road in my neighborhood. Her shop is a sizeable one where she sells drinks in cartons and crates; beverages of all sorts; bread and various household goods. Sales boys and girls help Bolanle attend to customers which means that she has all the help she needed…she is the CEO/Madam of her business. In other words she needn’t lift a finger; all she had to do was sit and dish out instructions. In fact Bolanle is a woman with a big stature who looked like she couldn’t move smartly because of her weight. But on the contrary she amazes me with her vigor and energy. Whether it is a day I am purchasing goods or simply just passing by, Bolanle is on her feet in her jeans and t-shirt or native skirt and blouse busy attending to customers alongside her sales boys and girls.

In my native tongue we refer to such a person as “Akikanju obirin to loyoya”, meaning a hardworking and friendly woman. Bolanle is a friendly and warm business woman who is very polite. She would greet and thank you for patronizing her every time you showed up at her shop. The Interesting thing is that there is no difference in her treatment of  customers; whether you are buying a N50 item or N10, 000 worth of goods, she is smiling away and making you feel special about patronizing her business.

Why would I not come back again and again to purchase what I need at her shop? In fact my family and I would drive pass other shop owners along our route to buy from Bolanle.

Her Selling Point:
Politeness, Friendliness, charm, humility- ability to stand up from her “madam chair” and attend to customers alongside her employees; consistency and continuous special treatment of customers.

Many seamstress/ Fashion designer/Tailor do not meet the deadline given to their clients to make a garment. One Tailor I patronized once required about 3weeks maximum to make a dress. For me this was too long but at least she was honest up front. However she might want to improve on time of delivery for people who want their garments made faster. So if you are a seamstress deliver on time and don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Don’t take more cloths than you can manage to sew within the different deadlines just because you don’t want to loose money.
• Don’t give a time frame you cannot meet
• If you want to handle more cloths/business then you might want consider expanding…employ more hands and invest in more trade tools.

 

Emotional Appeal, key to continuous/improved patronage
Personally I would buy an item that costs more when I am treated nicely and “the seller” has a good sense of humor. It keeps me coming back as well.

When customers keep coming back soon a relationship is formed between customer and service provider. This will inspire friendship and loyalty.

A Kind, friendly and warm attitude connects with the emotions of customers. And guess what…A lot of people purchase/buy stuff with their emotion. If they feel good in your shop or with your services they’ll keep coming back. They will help spread the word about your business which translates to more customers.
Rude and unkind treatment send customers scurrying away  fast and they may never come back. During a discussion at a business seminar where I was one of the facilitators, the director of the company narrated an unpleasant event at a popular store. She almost always stopped at this store every evening on her way home. On this faithful day the girls on duty treated her badly so much that it struck a terrible cord in her emotion and she vowed never to patronize that store again. Unfortunately the shop owner/manager was not aware that one of their faithful customers had just been chased away.

So if you are a good sales man/service provider or business owner you’ve got to transfer your customer service values/skills and unique selling point to your employees. Train and Re-train plus monitor them. Treat your employees kindly too. When they feel good working for you, it will become easy to treat your customers the same way.

A HAPPY CUSTOMER = MORE PATRONAGE…MORE SALES
Adebisi A.M

Points to note in improving on your patronage/sales
1) What is your unique selling point? Have you given thought to this? If you have not, find out what each of your customer/client like about your services/products or business. Keep doing and improving on it.
2) Be informed about what is happening /trending in your particular industry or business and try new things. If you are not aware, you are going to be out run by another smart business owner.
3) Be open to learning; learn from others: Find out what is working for others and see how you can use it to the advantage of your business/services.

Selling points that get businesses thriving
Quality work/service or goods. Never compromise on quality and be honest in your dealings. If you deceive a customer one time, you lose him/her and their endorsement forever.
Promptness. A service delivered on time makes a happy customer.

Laziness/sloppiness and delay in delivery will rob you of  current and intending customers. Adebisi A.M

Care about whether your customer is happy with your services or goods. Have a feedback mechanism.
Invest in a good public relation (PR) with your customers/client. Don’t only reach out to them in the times when you want them to patronize you. Reach out at festive seasons, their birthdays and so on. I get a birthday wish from my bank every year…feels good.

PRIDE HARMS YOUR BUSINESS – HUMILITY SELLS MORE
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Keep doing your best and keep improving.

Photo Credit: LEDingthelife.com

Adebisi Adetunji (C)