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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

My darlin' husband is a huge fan of the TED talks. When he tells me that he's just seen another great talk, I can't wait to hear what he wants to share, our 14 year old has a "trapped in the headlights" kinda  look on her face as she tries to make a slow, stealthy exit from the room. There's nothing worse than being the "lucky" recipients as we try to spread the word of enlightenment to the kids. If you have a moment, well actually 17 moments, grab a coffee, sit back and have a listen.

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

Susan and I started 100 mile finds because we wanted to make it easy for customers to find locally made products. When we ran the idea past family and friends, almost everyone said it was a great idea, something that they would want to participate in. As we've gathered artisans, manufacturers and retailers to the site almost everyone on that side of the fence expressed what a great idea the site is too. Now we want to take the site to the next level. What do YOU want from the site? As a customer and as a vendor, many of you are both. 
After listening to Ernesto Sirolli I realize that we've done exactly what so many people who want to facilitate an outcome do. We've come up with the solution without really finding out what the real problem or needs is to our customer. 
I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks talking to vendors and customers and see what they want from a local shopping site. I can't wait to see what we all come up with!
If you've got ideas, suggestions or thoughts about what you want from the site or what would make it more valuable to you, we'd love to hear from you
Have a great day!

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