I was waiting in line (it was excruciatingly long this afternoon, only one register open. #CanadianProblems) and I noticed a man in what was most-obviously the typical dark-blue mechanics uniform that we all see every so often.
I obviously can't remember the exact wording of how the conversation went, but he made small talk and it went something like this:
Him: What a line, eh?
Me: Haha, I've seen worse! (a few seconds pass)
Me: Hey, you don't happen to have your own shop, do you?
Him: Yep, I do. The one down on [street name].
Me: Oh really? Nice. Do you guys have a website up?
Him: Nah! I've been meaning to get around to that but I'm not too tech-savvy.
Me: Ah, I see! I've actually got a Web Design company of my own. I wouldn't mind giving you a nice deal to get you guys online.
Him: That sounds pretty good, actually.
I then pulled out my business card and told him to give me a call and we could discuss how to benefit his business. I assumed he would say thanks politely, accept the card, and that would be it. But his reply pleased me!
Him: I'll definitely give you call. What time's best to reach you?
Me: How does Tuesday early afternoon sound to you?
Him: Sure! I'll give you a call then.
He extended his arm for a handshake before he walked up to place his order.
I really enjoyed this conversation. I think that if he does call (he did seem genuinely interested) it will be a very easy sale to close right over the phone considering we've already met in person. Either that or we discuss meeting up to finalize - which wouldn't be terrible either.
I'd call this luck, but if you get nothing else from this thread I'd like to point out that although the chance for me to warm up a lead in line at Tim Horton's are slim, the possibility for it occurring when you do not take action is a flat 0%. I didn't hard sell him or come off as a solicitor or pushy -- we simply had a nice, casual conversation and I ended up getting lucky with it.
I'm starting to see more and more threads of this kind pop up, and I'm happy about that. It means people are seizing potential opportunities and taking action. Try it yourself if you haven't already. Stop reading up on things and put what you know to use.
Again, this wasn't the exact conversation as I obviously do not remember the dialogue perfectly. It went directly along those lines, though.
ALSO, If you don't have some business cards yet you NEED to get on that. They're still a valuable tool and it's great to carry some with you in your wallet. You never know when they may come in handy.
THIS EVENT DID 3 THINGS FOR ME:
- It provided me with what might become a solid sale.
- It validated my reasoning for buying business cards.
- It gave me something to do while waiting in line. Lol!
Looks like luck is on my side today! Hope you enjoyed.