Next, open up your list. Let’s say you say you want a man or woman that has zero children. Think about what it is that is stopping you from dating someone with a child. Look at this from different perspectives. What if the person has almost everything that you want in a person yet they have a child. Would that be a deal breaker? If so, why? Remember, you don’t have all the information when you first meet someone to know what their circumstances are. You could be pushing the very person you are searching for away. Be cautious in your deal breakers.
Having said all of this, if you happen upon a shop for sale be observant and make a few visits before you know much. It will tell you a lot. I have been involved in a lot of discussions about buying an existing coffee shop. You have to take into effect the age of the business and the time left on the lease (w/renewal options). That is where half of the worth is at. There is always the case that someone may see value where others do not as well.
Starbucks sets the standard for coffee in Macungie, and in fact, there are two Starbucks within a couple miles of each other. This is a coffee drinking town! The first is on Route 100 just north of the borough, and the second is across Route 222 from Wal-Mart. You can’t go wrong with Starbucks; you always get a great cup of coffee.
If you look good old fashioned diner coffee, take a stop into the Bear Swamp Diner, also on Main Street in Macungie. It’s a traditional diner, and you can get your eggs and bacon on the side while you drink your coffee. You may even make friends with a waitress or some of the regulars there.
The hardest part of all of it was learning to take those first steps to make it happen, but now I wouldn’t even think twice about it. The awesome thing is, the more you practice, the less worried and more confident you’ll get.
People in bookstores like to browse books, pull out a selected title, and read a few pages. If they like what they read, they will buy the book. Unfortunately, they are limited to the books on the shelves, which might not be what people want. For example, I wanted to look at books on building tree houses. None were available on the shelves. (I was referred to the local hardware store!) I wanted to flip through the 2009 Writer Watchdog. I couldn’t do it. I wanted to read a few pages of Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates. Not available. Maybe I could look at Interpreter of Maladies, the first book by Jhumpa Lahiri. Same problem.
Make the audience Do Some of the Work. Instead of YOU speaking the entire time, give your audience some tasks. Ask them questions, give them a quiz, have them discover answers to tasks in small groups. Not only will the audience be more engaged and learn better, but you can take a break and gather your thoughts as they do their “homework”. Try it, you’ll like it.