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Store Owner Is Sick Of Rude Customers, So He Has A Creative Idea To Make Them Polite

Store Owner Is Sick Of Rude Customers, So He Has A Creative Idea To Make Them Polite

Working in a customer-focused job can be hard at times especially when people are less than polite. But coffee barista, Austin Simms of Roanoke, VA, found a novel way to encourage his customers to use their manners when ordering their cup of joe in the morning.

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    Manners Cost Next To Nothing

    The sign Austin placed outside the shop showed discount according to how polite a customer was when placing their order and it brought a smile to many faces – not only for the people working there but for the customers themselves.

    It was the next day that his unique sign went viral after a newspaper in the UK published the photo and got worldwide attention.

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      Changing The World One ‘Please' And ‘Thank You' At A Time

      Austin Simms wanted to put the message across that we're all human beings in need of respect which is sometimes a concept we can forget when going about our daily lives and living in our own minds.

      “I decided because I need to solve all the injustices of the world to start charging more for people who didn’t take the time to say hello and connect and realise we’re all people behind the counter,” Simms said.

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        Small Acts Of Kindness Make A Huge Difference

        The key message from this amazing act is that it's about the little things in life and how we connect to others around us – whether friends or strangers – that can make a difference in our own world and the world around us.

        So remember to smile and say hello to the people you interact with and spread the power of politeness!

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          Featured photo credit: CatalixTV via youtube.com

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          Last Updated on January 21, 2020

          How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

          How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

          If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

          Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

          So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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          1. Listen

          Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

          2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

          Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

          “Why do you want to do that?”

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          “What makes you so excited about it?”

          “How long has that been your dream?”

          You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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          3. Encourage

          This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

          4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

          After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

          5. Dream

          This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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          6. Ask How You Can Help

          Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

          7. Follow Up

          Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

          Final Thoughts

          By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

          Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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