Getting to Know You

July 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning potential customers. Today is Monday, July 18th. The holidays today are:

Get to Know Your Customers Day

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a salesperson, or an executive, Get to Know Your Customers Day encourages you to take time today to get to know your customers. Most small businesses already know the value of greeting their customers personally and catering to their needs. Many large corporate enterprises such as “big box” and “chain” stores, however, often don’t seem to care about customer relations at all. Whether you own a business, are a manager, or just an employee, there are steps you can take to improve the relationship between you and your customers.

1) Create a consistent experience. Let the customers know what they can expect every time they patronize your business.
2) “Peoplize” your business. Treat your customers the same way you would like to be treated if you were a first time customer at your business.
3) Remember that without your customers, you don’t have a business. Ensure that the way you treat your customers makes them want to patronize your business regularly.

This holiday is actually celebrated four times a year; on the third Thursday of each quarter.

International Mandela Day

International Mandela Day celebrates the birth of Nelson Mandela. It is a United Nations holiday created in 2009 to recognize the contributions of Nelson Mandela to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Nelson Mandela has devoted his life to the service of humanity; as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected black president of a free South Africa.

Get Out of the Doghouse Day

Get Out of the Doghouse Day is a day to mend fences and move forward in your relationships. It is observed annually on the third Monday in July, although no one knows why. There is no documentation available about this holiday.
Generally, when you are “in the dog house”, you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the dog house” with a friend or your boss at work. National Get Out of the Dog House Day is an opportunity to use all those good cliches and get you back in the big house where you belong.
The best way to get out of the doghouse is to start a dialogue…and no, don’t send an email or text or other form of electronic media. A face to face or hand written apology is best. Meet at a favorite coffee house. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and try to figure out how you can repair the relationship.

National Caviar Day

Caviar is the processed and salted roe of fish. Roe is the mass of eggs contained in the ovaries of a female fish or shellfish. While people use the word caviar to describe any fish egg, true caviar comes from the sturgeon, which lives in the Caspian or the Black Sea and includes such species as beluga, sevruga. and osetra. The sturgeon and its different species are known to produce the finest varieties of caviar.
A female sturgeon’s roe supply isn’t as puny as you might think and can comprise up to 25 percent of her body weight. Given that some mature sturgeons can weigh up to 300 pounds, each female can supply a substantial amount of caviar during her lifetime. The smooth tiny eggs are usually black, though caviar comes in many shades, including red, gold and gray.
According to the Caviar Guide, the term caviar comes from the Turkish word havyar, derived from the Iranian word khayah.
Caviar berries are rated on a variety of characteristics, including egg color, lucidity, maturity, size and uniformity. The caviar’s fragrance and egg-shell hardness also contribute to it’s rating.
It may be hard to believe, but at one time, caviar was served in bars, sometimes for free like peanuts are today to encourage customers to drink more. That was during the caviar boom experienced in North America during the 19th century after sturgeon fish were discovered in North American rivers. The supply was so rich that Canada and the United States became the major suppliers of caviar to Europe. By 1900, the United States was the largest producer in the world, generating over 600 tons a year.
Because so many fish were harvested for their caviar, a ban was imposed on commercial sturgeon fishing in 1906. By then, though, Americans had grown to love caviar. Cesar Ritz put it on his menu and caviar secured its place in high-end dining establishments that began popping up around this time.
The ban never countered the dwindling sturgeon population, though, and by the 1960’s the price of caviar skyrocketed due to scarce supply. Today, there are limits and bans on fishing as well as exporting bans on caviar in an effort to conserve endangered fish supplies. Naturally, these restrictions raise the price of caviar even more.

On this date in:

  • 1536 – The authority of the pope was declared void in England.
  • 1872 – The Ballot Act was passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
  • 1914 – Six planes of the U.S. Army helped to form an aviation division called the Signal Corps.
  • 1927 – Ty Cobb set a major league baseball record by getting his 4,000th career hit. He hit 4,191 before he retired in 1928.
  • 1932 – The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • 1936 – The first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago, IL.
  • 1942 – The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, made its first flight.
  • 1947 – President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
  • 1964 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) hit the only grand slam home run of his career.
  • 1970 – Ron Hunt (San Francisco Giants) was hit by a pitch for the 119th time in his career.
  • 1971 – New Zealand and Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam.
  • 1985 – Jack Nicklaus II, at age 23 years old, made his playing debut on the pro golf tour at the Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, IL.
  • 2001 – A train derailed, involving 60 cars, in a Baltimore train tunnel. The fire that resulted lasted for six days and virtually closed down downtown Baltimore for several days.

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