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July 26, 2017

When you need a great school for your young child…

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 6:48 pm

When you need a great school for your young child…

A child’s education seems to begin earlier and earlier as years pass. From babysitters and nannies to Head Start and Lubbock Pre-K school (I am located in Lubbock is why I use that as an example) there has been a significant rise in opportunities to get kids a balanced education started.

That being said, it is not always easy to find the best opportunity for your children. And if you are like most parents, you do want the best so that your child has a head start in their academics and their socialization. While there are many good options for early education, I have to recommend a specific school that specializes in Pre-K Lubbock schooling. This school is called Southcrest Christian and I think it has the best mix of academics, socialization, spirituality and sports training for kids all over Lubbock.

I found out about them from a friend of mine who have young kids. I also got to know their administrative staff and teaching staff because I did some marketing for them. This research of their mission and vision as well as how they fulfill both of these things was very refreshing. I’m not just saying this because I worked for them at a certain point – believe me, there are lots of past clients that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

Anyway, this school has two campuses – one of them is for 3rd grade and up. I don’t know much about that campus, but I do know that their other campus, which focuses on the lower grades is a fantastic and affordable option for parents who want to give their children a great mix of what I mentioned above. You can find them online at www.southcrestchristianschool.org. You can also call them and take a tour of their schools to see for yourself that what I am saying is accurate. If I had a young child who was ready for school, I would not hesitate to send them here. Even though it is a private school and comes with a fee, I say it is too important to go cheap when it comes to your kids early education.

So readers, what do you think about using a private school with a high-level reputation? Are you willing to invest in your children’s future by putting them into a school that offers so much? I know that it is not easy to afford private schools, but would you be willing to take a tour to see if this school is all that I am purporting it to be? I challenge you to at least do this to check on my recommendation.

What is a Texas Public Adjuster?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 6:44 pm

What is a Texas Public Adjuster?

 Abba Claims, a Texas Public Adjuster that works hard for all of its clients who have disaster hit them and their properties, is a great choice to help you get what you need in times of turmoil.

But what exactly is a Public Adjuster?

Public adjusters work exclusively for the interest of the policyholder or insured in the preparation, presentation, and settlement of first party property insurance claims.  Where the insurance company staff and independent claims adjusters work on behalf of the insurance company, public adjusters work exclusively for the policyholder or insured.

Public Insurance Adjusters are required to be licensed by the state, and must follow strict guidelines set forth by the Department of Insurance or Regulatory Agencies in each state, including the manner in which fees are charged.  For example, most public adjusters charge a percentage of the claim.  In Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma this fee cannot exceed 10 percent of settlement on the claim, Florida is 20 percent.  There are other rules and regulations designed to assure that consumers are dealing with well-educated, professional, and ethical public adjusters.

That’s a basic explanation and one you need to keep in mind if you have fire damage, water damage, etc. As well, I recommend writing down the website for the best Public Adjuster in Texas – www.abbaclaims.com. They are amazing in their professionalism in dealing insurance companies. I know they have helped settle thousands of cases and done so making sure that you, the client, gets what you need to put your life back together.

Have you ever had a property problem like the ones mentioned above? What did you do to get it settled? I’d love to hear from some of you readers out there who have dealt with other insurance adjusters. Did they do a solid job and provide passionate service to you? Let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

July 20, 2017

Wedding Prepping in Lubbock

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 5:40 pm

Wedding Prepping in Lubbock

There is so much prep that goes into getting a wedding ready. From invitations to cakes, brides and grooms have so much responsibility on their heads in one of the most stressful times of life. I recall my wedding prep and thankfully I have one of the best mother-in-laws on the planet who did most of the preparation for my wife and I. Without her, everything about our wedding would have been super disorganized. Instead, it went off with ease and we were able to enjoy the day from having our pictures made to having our honeymoon care ready and gassed up. At the same time, she picked our cakes (with my wife’s blessing) and chose our venue.

How about you married or engaged readers? How did your preparations go? Is it going great or will it go great? I’d love to hear your take on it all.

Anyway, my wedding in Lubbock got me to thinking about two main things that could have made my wedding even better and might make your wedding a wonderful day of joy and excitement. Check these out and comment at the end…

  1. Catering in Lubbock – Some people have a full on dinner or lunch planned for after they say “I do.” We didn’t. We just had cakes and finger foods to satiate our guests. But, I wish we would have chosen one of the best Lubbock catering restaurants in town to provide better foods – not necessarily more expensive foods, but tastier foods. If you are going to just provide snacks for your post-ceremony, I want to recommend using Chick-fil-A as your provider. They are known for their myriad food choices and can wow a crowd with their customer service. I’ve been to a wedding where they offered nuggets and strips from Chick-fil-A and there wasn’t anyone at their wedding who was disappointed. Pick the place you think is best, but I vote on Chick-fil-A.
  2. Outdoor wedding – If you are going to throw a wedding in an outdoor setting, especially if you are having it in your backyard, you really want to make sure you get some Lubbock landscaping done that matches the rest of your décor. I know of a great crew in this town who has handled the Lubbock lawn care for several outdoor weddings. They basically sit down with you and your prep team and show you some designs that they can do and then they handle it all. They think of everything – things you might not think of – and they beautify your setting with the chosen design. You can look them up at lubbockroots.com if you are interested.

Okay, that’s all I have when it comes to improving your special day. Let me know what you think – tell me what options you have either used or prepare to use and let me know why. I’m always open to hearing what others have to say about both the foods and the designs for Lubbock weddings.

When you need landscaping and holiday lighting from professionals…

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 5:36 pm

When you need landscaping and holiday lighting from professionals…

The holiday season is only four months away and the exterior of your house is counting down the days until it can showcase the shine of high-quality Lubbock holiday lighting. I know of a local company who not only does top notch lighting, but who also spend the rest of their energy on turning your front yards into art designs or preparing into prepping your yards for the winter months. This company called Lubbock Roots (www.lubbockroots.com) is my choice for both things. I am recommending them for both your Christmas lighting and your landscaping. They have done brilliant work for me and my neighbors and I know they will surprise you with their ability to give you the exact looks you are going for whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.

Besides their excellent work, I want to commend on the leadership of their teams and on the affordability of their work. I know two or three other really high ranked landscaping and holiday lighting companies in town, and while they might have great exterior designs too, they typically cost a ton more than Lubbock Roots. And I know one of them has a leadership team that is pretty weak when it comes to customer service. That’s a big deal to me. I don’t just want the job done right – I want to be treated right as well. That’s another reason why I use Lubbock Roots – they serve each customer – even those with small jobs – with kindness and fairness.

Okay, so that’s my little set of suggestions for you. Even if you use another company for your Christmas lighting and landscaping, I have to recommend that you at least check out Lubbock Roots for yourself. Either send them an email to their web address or give them a call. They will be happy you did and you might be happy to change who you do business with.

 

So, who do you use for your landscaping needs in the winter months? For your holiday lighting? I want to hear about your expectations and your experiences. Thanks for commenting and sending me your ideas. Thanks in advance…

July 19, 2017

Fire Damage Solutions

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 3:22 pm

When you have fire damage…

If your house has fire damage and you need to file a fire damage claim with a Texas Insurance Adjuster, it can be a trial to find a company to handle it with professionalism and customer care. It’s enough that you have had to endure the fire in your home – you don’t need a claims adjuster who botches the process and gets you less than you need to replace smoke damaged furniture and to fix the exterior. And this happens a lot more than you would think. There are a lot of claims adjuster companies that promise the moon, but leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth. I have experienced this myself and watched as it happened to another of my family members (no, we are not pyromaniacs). We have all had to deal with the loss of precious things and we thought we would get the right amount of money to at least recover from the mess. But, neither of us got what we needed.

With all of that being said, I want to recommend a group of Texas Public Adjusters that actually fight for their customers. Abba Claims is a group out of Dallas but they have offices from Lubbock to Florida and they helped some of my friends get what they needed – even more actually. My friends who used this Abba Claims company were able to completely renovate their house and put in new furniture to replace the smoke damaged stuff. I actually couldn’t believe it when I walked into their “new” house. It was filled with new furniture and the house actually looked better than it had previous. They told me that this fresh new space was all because the owner of Abba Claims (Ches) went to bat for them and did it with passion – as if it was his own claim and his own fire damaged house. He promised the moon and gave them the stars too. He (Abba) over-delivered on everything and made me a little jealous. Now, I don’t want to have another fire so I can use him and them, but I just wish I had used Abba Claims. If I ever get fire or water damage in my house I will definitely give them a call.

I am writing this blog to give each of you the chance to use them if you need their services. Why slog through the interview process when you can start your claim with one of the best? I think that Abba covers all sorts of damage to property, but I recommend that you check out their website to see how they might be able to help you in the present or in the future. They can be found at www.abbaclaims.com – Check them out and then feel free to comment on them. I’d be interested in hearing other positive reviews from some of you out there…

Have you ever had any water damage or fire damage at your house? If so, did your claims company help you get what you needed to have a “new” home? Send me positive and negative reviews so I can help people find the best company for their claims. Thanks in advance…

Lubbock catering solutions

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 3:19 pm

When you are going to cater in Lubbock…

http://cfalubbock.com/lubbock-catering/

First of all, I want to simplify your Lubbock catering issue. If you are looking for excellent food, lots of options, amazing customer service, event delivery and a happy crowd, the best catering in Lubbock is hands-down Chick-fil-A. Just drive by Chick-fil-A at lunch and dinner times and you will see the lines forming outside – hundreds of people who are “chikin” addicts and who love all of the food offered at Chick-fil-A. Knowing this, I figured that this popularity would translate over to events I hold from time to time. I’ve tried several other restaurants, which have promised to be the best catering option, but I have been disappointed every time. As you know, sometimes you cannot trust marketing. Anyway, when I decided to give Chick-fil-A a chance, they exceeded every expectation. Not only did they make it easy on me, but there was not a person who attended the event who had any negative things to say. In fact, most of the people who I have had conversations with after an event tell me that they loved the food and also that they will also use Chick-fil-A for their next event.

I don’t work for Chick-fil-A restaurants, but I am a huge proponent. I am writing this simply to help you make an informed and wise decision when it comes to choosing Lubbock catering. Trust me on this one. And you can trust me when it comes to whatever event you are catering for – you might think that Chick-fil-A wouldn’t be good when it comes to weddings or other more fancy events, but you cannot beat them for rehearsal dinners. You are not limited to the Original Chicken Sandwiches – They have so many other foods you can choose from. I can assure you that the bride and groom and the rest of the party will be so happy for their consistent great tastes. Chick-fil-A catering can also be used for parties at your home, golf tournament breakfasts and lunches, work retreats/meetings, and just about any other event you handle.

So, I have written plenty – what do you think about what I am recommending? Have you tried other Lubbock catering groups and been disappointed like me? Besides Chick-fil-A, what would you suggest to my other readers? And if you have used Chick-fil-A successfully, please leave your reviews in my comment section. I know I am fully sold on them, but am open to try other new possibilities if you say that someone can outdistance Chick-fil-A.

With that, I bid you adieu. Till next time…

July 18, 2017

Glass Half Full

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 4:14 pm

Glass Half Full – Week Thirty-Six

I went ahead and moved my company retreat to this next weekend because so many of my employees had voted for this upcoming weekend’s date. It wasn’t best for me, but I shuffled some family things around to make sure I was going to be ready to talk with them about incentives, vision, living wages and attitude shifts. Liz said that her Lubbock catering business was going to be held in about three months time. She mentioned that since she had some strong corporate ties to several other franchises she wanted to keep a later date open so that leaders from those franchises could join them. Josh was still up in the air about his Lubbock lawn care retreat because of his father’s continuing struggles with health. We prayed together today after reading Psalm 23 aloud and asking God to show us what we needed to focus on. Then we just spoke out our prayer requests while in prayer mode. It was a powerful time of bonding between us three.

As for the larger gathering, we had Claire again – the Attitude Coach – who had begun her talk on complaining the last week. She is a good speaker so I enjoyed her once again today. She mixes in funny jokes and stories to hammer home her points which is not easy to do as a speaker. Anyway, today she went into how our business cultures needed to have optimism rule the days rather than negativism. She said that if we were “cups half empty” environments instead of “cups half full” environments, it can lead to work being a necessary grind rather than being a hopeful place to share life. She reminded us that how we coach our employees needs to be true but not harsh. She said we needed to be strong when we admonished our employees but not heavy-handed. She told us that the way we treated our employees was going to trickle down to the lowest levels of our company and either positively affect or negatively infect who we have hired to represent us in the community. She said a bunch of other stuff too – like about being a careful listener and a person who gives out encouragement often. But I have to admit I wasn’t paying attention as well as I should have been after the first fifteen minutes. I got distracted by a few new people who came in late to the meeting and I sat there wondering who they were and why they had joined us. Goofy me!

So readers, do you have any experience leading positive cultures at your workplace? What do you do to make working for you as enjoyable as it can be? Does it make a significant difference among your crews? Let me know what you think when you get the chance.

July 14, 2017

Applying the Living Wage

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 4:34 pm

Applying the Living Wage – Week Thirty-Four

We had an intense prayer time today – all of us felt especially empowered after we were finished. I’m not sure why this happens sometimes. There are prayer times when I feel like we are just going through the motions – just lifting up Josh’s Lubbock landscaping or Liz’s Lubbock catering business – and then there are days like these when we get hit with a wave of the Holy Spirit and we all know that there are some deeper things we need to cover. Today we all felt moved to pray for the speaker for today and as it turned out (we found out later) that this person had had a serious car wreck on the way to the meeting. This person named Stan was not hurt even though his car was totaled – Liz, Josh and me just looked at each other in amazement when we found this out. God covered Stan and we knew it. Pretty cool, huh? Not that his car got totaled, but that he made it out of there with no injury. It made us know that God was paying close attention to the prayers coming out of early meeting. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that God pays attention. But sometimes there are things that happen like this that increase our faith.

As for the larger gathering, we had no set speaker set, but the main leader for this meeting stood up and tried his best to encourage all of us in our business dealings. Jim reported on Stan and asked us all to be praying for him. Beyond that, the floor was opened to anyone who felt like they had something to share with the entire group. A woman named Judy stood up and shared that she was seeing some shifts happening in her short-term furnished apartments. She said that she had been applying some of the talks into her business and that she had actually taken her staff on a one night retreat to give them clear vision and to open things up for there to be a living wage. She said that most of her staff was truly thankful for her willingness to give them more money. She did say that she wondered how this living wage would stress out her personal finances as time went on. She asked us all to tell her if we would raise salaries to the same levels – in other words, would we make everyone get the same amount even though some people had higher levels of responsibility. This started up a good conversation and we all came up this solution: Everyone who worked at a different level of the business would receive the same amount – like all managers would make the same living wage while regular employees would make the same as their fellow regular employees. It was not going to be a total egalitarian measure.

 

I was glad to have this discussion because I had never thought about how to raise incomes just yet. I was dedicated to a living wage but I had not thought through how redistribution would be done. Now I had a better clue as to make this happen.

 

That was all for this meeting.

July 7, 2017

Google Adwords for Marketing ROI

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 5:27 pm

Google Adwords for Marketing ROI – Week Thirty-Two

Hey guys – another week and another set of good teachings that I think all of the owners really needed to hear – me especially. But before I get into that let’s talk about prayer with my cadre of three. Josh is rolling along with his Lubbock lawn care business and said that he has implemented some of the things we have talked about in the larger group. He said that it has been amazing to see his workers respond to his different style of leadership. Liz echoed Josh as far as her Lubbock catering business – she is experiencing what she calls a “renewal of hard work.” I reported that I needed prayer for my follow-through with things. I tend to start well with change and then I let it fall. This is a bad thing to model to my employees and so I need some supernatural help to motivate me. Besides those things, we also committed to read the same spiritual books – first one is The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen. We all said that being on the same spiritual page with our spiritual times at home would be great.

As for the larger gathering, we had a female marketing expert from a Lubbock private school come in and really shake us up with some really excellent advice. She basically said that we need to be putting our marketing dollars into play where there is good return. She told us that if we were still taking out ads in the phone book that we should immediately stop when the contract with them is over. She also said the same about putting ads into the newspaper. She told us what we should have already known – marketing via those mediums is an old and mostly useless exercise. We are wasting our money on these things. She told us to save those monies that we were putting into old mediums and start to become acquainted with new forms of advertising. Why? Because the old ways are hardly looked at anymore, which makes our investments poor – in other words, we wouldn’t get a good Return on Investment (ROI). She focused in on using Google Adwords and gave us some basic starting points for that. She also said that if we fill out a form online then a Google advertising specialist will get in touch with us. She said that they can train us how to set our pay per click budgets and get us rolling. She also recommended that we swallow any pride we have and to buy a Google Adwords for Dummies book so that we can grasp some of the intricacies of this online advertising service. After she finished, there were several questions concerning the costs of this new marketing. The people who were silent pretty much agreed with everything this woman had to say. I was feeling confident about pulling my money from those old investments and giving Google Adwords a chance to have better demographic targeting and increased ROI.

So readers, any of you out there still using the old methods of marketing? If so, why do you do it? Any of you have experience with Adwords? If so, let me know what you think about it as a marketing strategy? Let me know when you can. Thanks in advance.

July 3, 2017

Interpersonal Skills in Business

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 8:43 pm

Interpersonal Skills in Business – Week Twenty-Nine

I’ll skip over most of the prayer time we had this morning. Josh was away from us and away from his Lubbock lawn care business to go see his ailing father and so Liz and I decided to ask another group of two people if we could join them. The corporate housing folks agreed to let us come in with them and so we briefly got acquainted. Then we prayed for the entire gathering and for each other. It was interesting to hear how this group approached prayer, but I think next time, Liz and I will just stay on our own. It was a good time but it felt a little strange without having Josh there. I have been praying for his father all week and he contacted me to let me know that despite his dad’s struggle, things were stable. I was happy to hear it.

As for the gathering, we had a psychologist named Dr. Shena Smith come in and share with us about all sorts of things. She started with saying that all of us business owners needed to really work on improving our interpersonal skills, regardless of how skilled we thought we were. She said that we needed to pay close attention to how we communicate both verbally and non-verbally with our clients and our employees. She said that most people don’t realize how bad their communication is and how this bad communication affects our businesses for the bad. She gave us some tips as to how to communicate better and she also told us what specific words we needed to avoid. After spending some time on this, she went into personality types and learning styles. She recommended that all of us go back to our places of business and give our staff personality tests so that we can best know how they function. She also said that this would be telling to us as to how personality affects our tendency to hire the same types of people that we are comfortable with. She said that this would also be a good lead-in for any sort of corporate retreats we took with our staff. (She said that we should be the first to take the Myers-Briggs personality test and that we should share the results with our staff. She gave us a sample test so that we could make copies of it and hand it out to staff.) That was about it. I found it to be fascinating information and I planned on doing what she recommended as a lead-in for our upcoming retreat. I made sure to tell her afterwards that I appreciated her sharing some of her communication tips and some of her personality tools. She said she was happy to have been invited to speak and said that she planned on coming back next week to be a group participant.

So, readers, what do you think about paying closer attention to communication? Do you have any specific tips I could use? Also, have you ever done a personality test that gave you insight into your tendencies? Ever used one with your staff? Let me know. I’m always looking for ways to improve.

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