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e-NewsLetter Volume 18 Issue 24
Friday December 15, 2017

In this issue:

Product Showcases Subscribers: Free Pass to ISA Sign Expo
Get a free pass to the trade show floor where nearly 600 exhibitors will be on hand displaying their products and services that can help you become more profitable and efficient, and gain an edge in the marketplace.
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Fearlessly Forward with 8 New Color Options - 3M(tm) Wrap Film Series 1080
Anything but ordinary. 3M(tm) Wrap Film Series 1080 is a distinctive way to make you -- and your car -- stand out in the crowd. Give your clients the individuality they demand with the hottest vehicle wrap colors. 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 gives your customers a distinctive look for their car, truck, or even boat.
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Why Commit To A Modular Sign System?
By choosing a preferred sign system and using it regularly, you become even more expert at designing and manufacturing signs. You and/or your shop will work more efficiently, lower your labor costs, make effective use of inventory, and begin to recognize potential applications for a variety of different jobs. You'll even save time and increase your chances for additional sales.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target - all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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SIGNLAB V10 - Exceptional design and production software. Exceptional prices. CADlink Technology Corp.
Industry-leading sign making, large format display software. Dozens of new, time-saving, easy to use features from V9.1 and even more from older versions. Call now for your upgrade price: 1-800-545-9581
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Back to Business Etiquette

Rudeness in business hurts us all. Whether it is being rude to a colleague, vendor, competitor, employee, or customer, it will follow you and develop a snowball effect that lingers on and on. Knowing and practicing good business etiquette pays dividends in the long run and is well worth the effort. As with all good practices, teaching good business etiquette to all your team members helps you hone your etiquette skills and seek better ways to apply them in your daily activities.

Business manners is a manner of conducting business in a humane way that is expected of a civilized organization. Knowing and practicing proper business etiquette means that you will always project professionalism and integrity at a high level. It is not just giving a firm handshake or using the correct eating utensil. It is learning to do the right things at the right time in the right setting.

    "When I won my way to the international science fair, I didn't want to embarrass myself. It was the first time I was going to be away from home, the first time taking an airplane. I went to the local library, checked out every single etiquette book, and I read those books like I was uncovering some sort of treasure."
      --- Charles M. Blow

Learning proper business etiquette doesn't mean that you have to give up your way of doing business-especially if your way has proven successful. It means that you can learn to do your way better. Proper etiquette enhances what you are already doing. It amplifies your successes.

    "I make a distinction between manners and etiquette - manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures."
      --- Judith Martin

If you are ever fortunate enough to conduct a seminar, (and I highly recommend that you jump at every opportunity given), study the rules for giving a good, successful seminar. If you are meeting with a client to discuss an upcoming project, learn the best ways of conducting yourself and your business. For every given situation, find out what the proper business etiquette is and perfect it.

    "Ballroom dancing: it's a wonderful thing at so many levels because you've got to follow the rules. They used to call those rules etiquette once upon a time, but you don't really have that anymore."
      --- Anton du Beke

The point of learning proper etiquette is so that you shine in every setting. You can still be yourself, but just a better self. You can still follow your principles and values, but they will show more to your audience whether a customer, employee, or competitor. Learning etiquette keeps you sharp and gives you the edge that you need to rise above others.

    "Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential."
      --- Emily Post

Take the time this month to review your company's etiquette level. If you or your team need to improve, and we all can, take steps today to make that happen. Brush up on the proper etiquette for every situation you may encounter and give your company the boost it deserves to excel.

Feature Articles

Frame It: The Uncovering of the Framing Segment of the Sign Industry
By Johnny Duncan

Businesses who are getting involved in wide-format banner framing are discovering a niche with a demand that needs to be filled. This segment of the industry provides an opportunity for sign professionals to diversify their businesses while offering customers a unique choice in sign products.
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Funny Signs

Outside a hotel in Kansas:

    "Help! We need inn-experienced people!"

Found on a street corner in New York City:

    "RED ZONE: No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping, No Kidding!

On a jewelry store wall:

    "If she asked for an engagement 'truck', you wouldn't hesitate."

We need those funny signs you have seen in your travels, come on, we know they are out there. Send them to us at:

Making Possible

These great companies below enable to serve you!

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- Have a great holidays and a safe and happy new year,

Sean Scott

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