My friends all give me varying advice on what to include in this blog. Some tell me to only write upbeat entries. Some advise me to tell the truth. I think for the most part, my entries have been pretty truthful.
Today I made three calls on educational retailers. The first store, âThe Learning Postâ was great. The buyer at second store âThe Learning Connectionâ seemed disengaged and busy. She insisted that we had made no contact and that no appointment had been made. My third stop (now this was a clerical error on our part) was to the right company but the wrong location. When I finally connected with the buyer by phone he absolutely didnât want to see me at all.
Being a perfectionist, I will remember this day. I wonât dwell on the first great store thatâs interested and has already bought our titles. Iâll think about the two that donât. And it will be that way for the next year. Yikes. What a life. When you âwear the hatâ of a salesperson you donât really ask for this situation to be thrust upon you but once it happens you are stuck with it.
Iâll walk around thinking about it and I wonât consider myself successful until all three companies are frequent and happy buyers. I will report on my final success (in the blog) one day and you will see me drinking a glass of champagne.
Well. If youâre interested, here are the photos of the folks I visited in Iowa.
Bob and Janelle are the sales people I met at The Learning Post, although Darlene and her son Monty own the store. The Learning Post is a real success story. Since its inception it has grown so much that they have changed locations three times. Darlene and Monty now own this 12,000 sq. ft store plus a second Learning Post in Ankeny, IA. This store is filled with fun stuff right to the brim. The staff is upbeat and there are many things Iâd like to purchase for myself, including a wonderful line of stickers!
My second visit was to The Learning Connection in Coralville. This is just outside of Iowa City. Luckily for me, Mindy Wieland, the owner, was in. Mindy is one busy lady. She still works part time (mornings) as a Special Ed. teacher and she owns a second Learning Connection store in Davenport. As you can see from the photos, Mindyâs store in Coralville is bright and cheerful.
Here is a photo to remind me of the meeting that never happened at the Iowa Book and Supply Company.
This is a little worse than getting your foot in the door. Actually, itâs worse than peeping your head through the door. Itâs never making it to the door. Period.
Ha ha. Well. This will be my project for the year. If I make a sale to this place we will all have a drink.