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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Melinda's One-Finger Manicure

While escorting my sister around San Antonio's famed river walk last Saturday, a young, tiny woman at a kiosk quietly stopped me with the question, "Want to see something amazing?"


Of course.

I was curious.

I said yes.

She then asked me to put my hands in a bowl. Then she poured a small amount of dead sea something or other on my hands and asked me to wash them. I did.

"When was the last time you washed your hands?" she asked.

Though it was Saturday, I said, "Last Monday."

She laughed, and then pointed out how dirty my hands were. Apparently the dead sea stuff was getting dead dirt off my hands.

The little lady then asked me if she could do my fingernail. I agreed

She began to scrub my index finger's nail with some dead sea block of something or other. As she did, she asked, "When was the last time you had a manicure?"

"A manicure? Probably in a past life. I've never had one."

The girl went on with her sales pitch. I was going along with the demo, thinking all along I would just buy this stuff for Nerissa.

But I have to admit I was enjoying the interaction and becoming interested in the products. It was hypnotic selling at work.

Though the girl seemed a little awkward in her presentation, she was doing fine in engaging me.

But the punch line was yet to come.

At the end of her spiel, I bought just under one hundred dollars of her goods.

She then announced, "My name is Melinda and you were my first customer."

I was stunned.

Almost speechless.

"You've never done this before?" I asked.

"Today's my first day," she replied. "You're my first customer."

Her boss was standing behind the kiosk and came out to confirm that yes, indeed, Melinda just made her first sale.

Goes to show you that you can never determine what people are thinking, what their skills or experience level might be, or much else, until you put them on the stage.

And even then you won't know for sure.

This is true for you, as well.

So go out there and try something new today.

Ao Akua,


PS -- "I love you" is now actress Cathy Lee Crosby's mantra. Stay tuned to learn why.

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Blogger Patrice Julien said...

Dear Joe,
Today as you suggested I went out chasing trough the net to try something new. On my way, I found an amazing offer about a writing wizard who is supposed to convert my writing potential into pure gold...unfortunately no information about a Mac version of it...Am I a selective blind or is it that the Marketing Alchemist forgot to share his magic with the Mac users...
Please Mr Fire, help me clean my fingernail...Following your suggestions I'm on my way to a bestselling author's life, just need a version of your magical software ready to run on a Mac as soon as possible...
Ao Akua.


9:37 AM  
Blogger Joe Vitale said...

Patrice, there isn't a Mac version of Hypnotic Writing Wizard available, and no plans to make one.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Patrice Julien said...

So sad to know ths Joe...
Let's do it without...
And anyway thanks for the fast answer.

4:46 PM  

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