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How do you grab market share in a down economy? Easy, “WOW” your customers.

When times are tough, one of the first things people cut back on is eating out. You’re competing with the same number of restaurants for a shrinking number of diners. Your competitive advantage is in the service you provide. The “customer experience” is more important than ever.

Creating a great customer experience is easy if you’ve embraced the Bada-Bing Philosophy. This is my own simple philosophy for providing great service. It’s like the Fish Philosophy but without the smell of dead mackerel.  The Bada-Bing incorporates one maxim, 2 steps and 3 simple tools.

THE MAXIM: “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” Now, I’m not saying, “If you’re not having fun, don’t do it,” because that’s quitting. I’m saying “find a way to make it fun”. No matter how boring or distasteful a task may be, there is always a way to make it more Fun. The 7 Dwarfs knew that; they whistled while they worked – even Grumpy.  But I understand he was heavily medicated. I’m not judging.

To make slinging omelets fun, one of the things I used to do when I was the only cook at the Elephant & Castle in the Village was to do a Play-by-Play.  You’ve done it; you take some mundane or repetitive activity and you raise it to the level of epic proportions. When I looked up and saw a long row of dupes, I wasn’t stressed; it became an Olympic event – and I did the Play-by-Play.

Funny Speaker Vinny Verelli worked here in 1979

The Elephant & Castle in Greenwich Village

“Vinny Verelli is now the U.S.’s last chance to get the gold medal. He takes a deep breath and … there’s the bell!  He quickly surveys the slips of paper hanging in front of him, scanning for any burgers hidden among the omelets. There’s one, there’s another. With blinding speed he’s got the two patties on the grill and turns his attention to the stove. Look at him go.”  This would go on and on until the tickets were whittled down to size. This was something I would do to keep a positive attitude, to manage the negative effects that can turn overworked into overstressed.

Of course having fun at work is a direct relation to management. If the overall environment is oppressive, it’s more difficult to have fun. Having fun is an attitude that can and should be taught and encouraged.

We can’t control all the things that happen to us, but we can control how we react to them. We hear that all the time. “We choose our attitude.”  It’s such a cliché. But it’s true. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I say make up your mind to be happy; make up your mind to have Fun.

The following quote is one of my favorites and has become an affirmation for how I approach the day: 
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”  Groucho Marx

In my next post we’ll look at the 2 steps in the Bada-Bing.

Vinny Verelli is actually character actor Jonathan Schwartz with over 40 years of professional experience. Although he was a “frustrated” actor, he spent 15 years working in restaurants giving 100% and having fun. Vinny is a humorous motivational speaker and conference host. Vinny also has fun making cooking videos and Blogging at CookingWithVinny.com.

* When I worked at the Elephant & Castle in the late 70’s, early 80’s, they were known for omelets: 23 varieties. Today there are only 6 omelets on the menu.  The kitchen was so tiny I could flip burgers with one hand while flipping an omelet with the other.


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Muammar Gaddafi Duck

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi entered the Libyan military academy in 1961, and graduated in 1966. Three short years later, he took over the government of Libya in a bloodless coup d’état.

At the time Gaddafi ceased power he was only a lieutenant. As dictator he made himself a Col. Which begs the question, during his 42 years as a dictator, why didn’t he make himself a General? And it’s my guess that he won’t be promoted in the after life.

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If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong. 

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The United States Postal Service announced Monday September 26 that it would for the first time be putting people who are still alive on postage stamps.  Had they listened to me in 2005 the USPS may not have been in such bad shape today. Here’s a clip from my 2005 keynote in Washington DC.  It’s obvious that some of my references are dated but then again, some people have a way of staying in the spotlight.

The USPS has taken all sorts of flack from all sorts of people for a long time. Yes, they don’t have the best business model and they loose billions every year, but there closest competitor delivers a letter for you for $16. I don’t care how efficient you are and how much you cut waste and workers benefits, you can’t make a lot of money delivery mail at 44¢ a letter.

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Is your desire to be liked, followed or connected, driving you to make some poor choices?

Do you say, “Yes” to all friend and connection requests? How many of your “friends” on facebook would you actually recognize if you saw on the street?  How many connections do you have on LinkedIn because you accepted a connection based on that person’s status with people you already knew? And when you accept that friendship or make that connection, do you know what/who you’re getting?

Recently I got a request to connect with someone on LinkedIn.  There was a very impressive list of people I knew who had already connected with this man. And yes, I do have friends who are well known and respected in the speaking industry.  Well, if this guy is good enough for this, CSP and that CPAE (designations of distinction from the National Speakers Association) he should be good enough for me.

But then I looked at his company name, “EF.” (I’m using “EF” instead of the actual name) Okay now I’m curious. I go to the person’s profile page and see that “EF”, “provides creative products and services so couple can discover and enjoy new experiences of erotic ecstasy.” That seems like an admirable goal.  But I couldn’t see many of the people who had connected to the CEO of this company having a real interest. Did they even look at his logo?

Looking at what groups a person belongs to can give you further insight into that persons interests.  This man was a member of: Adult Entertainment Group, Adult Industry Professionals and Fetish Anything and Everything! Are you still anxious to “connect” with this person?  Not that there is anything wrong with that. But do you want all of your business connections to know?

The Bada Bing Philosophy teaches us to take time to do the research. It only takes 45 seconds to see what a person does and what their interests are. Are they in line with your interests?  All I have to do is see that a potential friend on facebook is inspired by Brittany Spears, deal breaker.

Social Networking or Social Disease?

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I Don’t want to be judged, on my ability to multitask.

Yes, I can walk and chew gum, just don’t ask me to walk in step and chew gum. I like to think that I can do more than one thing at a time, but the truth is I can’t. And is multitasking a good thing? When you are doing more than 1 things at the same time, you are dividing your focus.  Research shows the brain is actually more efficient when focusing on one task at a time. 1 And if you want to give 100 percent, you have to focus like a laser. Let me say up front that drinking beer and watching football, is not multitasking.

There are times when your focus can be less laser-like. That is when the purpose is just to have fun like the example above. But get this. Focusing like a laser on your fun… wow, that’s what you call a, “win-win.”  2

Although there’s a lot of laughing going on when I do a keynote, I’m not a comedian.  And although people have told me they have been motivated by what I say, that is not my goal. My goal is to keep the audience engaged, by that I mean, keeping them from using a handheld device.

As a speaker it can be distracting, animated bodies just typing away. I preferred the good old days when people just went to sleep. They would simply check out. Today, people have found that they can check out and still check in to just about anything.

Whether it’s God, or evolution, intelligent design, or alien DNA, we were not given opposable thumbs so we could tweet.

I’ve had people tell me that, they’re actually tweeting to their followers how good I was.   Really?  You don’t worry that if you are tweeting about something funny or profound I just said, you might miss the next funny or profound thing I say?

“Oh, I can do both.” People say they can pay attention to everything I say while they type in what I just said, with comment, to their followers.  Even if you use very inventive shorthand, the motor skills needed to type 40 characters has got to take some of your focus capacity, thus dividing your focus.

There are those living amongst us with a higher brain function.  They are able to process more, multitasking for them is easy. But usually the people with these gifts keep it secret. Most who say they can do both are just trying to show off.

I Don’t want to be judged, on my ability to multitask. At my age, I have trouble doing one thing right.


•         Focusing on Fun is really fun
•         Our thumbs have a higher purpose
•         Focus like a laser.

If you “Focus like a laser,” you can achieve just about anything. 3 Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” You can’t fail at something that much and continue to work and not be focused, unless you’re high or something.

.1 Research shows the brain is actually more efficient when focusing on one task at a time. And there is research that suggests that we can do 2 things but not three. For example, someone who is writing a report might be able to take on a second task, like checking e-mail, without losing their train of thought. But if that e-mail asked for a decision about something, that would amount to a third task, and the brain would be overwhelmed.
.2 Focus is one of the simple tools in the F-Factor
.3 There is no real scientific proof of this statement.

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Funny motivational speaker, Vinny Verelli is starting the anti-social networking movement.  This clip was recorded at the 2010 NSA Georgia year end gala on August 20. The full text is in the previous post.  

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A Google search for “social networking” will get you 35,600,000 results. Everybody is hooked on social networking and social media! Everybody is wired.  Big deal. In my youth, I was wired all the time. But, now it seems it’s a good thing.

Growing up, I was always told to be sociable, and by sociable, my parents meant be nice around other people. The “or else” was implied.   Back then, social behavior was how you dealt with other people, interacted with them, face to face. Anything else was moving away from real social behavior.

I’m tired of people putting me on hold to answer a cell phone, receive a text or send a tweet. If there is a lull in the conversation, a person will send a tweet saying that there is a lull in the conversation, rather than actually saying something to break the lull in the conversation. And, I’m sorry, tweeting sounds like something I shouldn’t be doing.

Do you know what is the most frequent text message I get? “Call me.” What? You text me to tell me to call you when all you had to do was pick up the phone and call me.  No, you had already picked up the phone.  All you had to do was punch in a couple numbers, because if I’m not in your speed-dial or your favorites, you have no business calling me.

Do you see where I’m going with this? I didn’t think so. I can’t be the only one who sees the irony in this. Social networking is about as antisocial as you can get.

I never really got into this Web 2.0. I never got past Web 1.7.1.  I was happy when the internet was just porn.  Although, if you go to Google images and turn SafeSearch off, you can see some pretty amazing things.  But, now everything is 2.0.  It’s big business. “I can help you leverage your Web 2.0 strategy. I’m an expert on Web 2.0.” No, you’re a jerk 2.0.

Here’s the thing, if everyone is into this social networking, what does that tell you? It tells you it’s passé.  So I’m leading the Revolution into antisocial networking.  Not Facebook, but “In Your Facebook.” It’s not Linkedin, it’s “Tapped Out.” And, it’s not MySpace, it’s “MY SPACE.” Not your space; your space is over there.  “MySpace, capice?”

It’s time for a good old-fashioned sit-down, a little one-on-one time with no cell phones. No calls, no tweets, no e-mail, voicemail or texting. It’s you talking to me and me talking to you. Let’s see, what can we call this? Oh, I don’t know, conversation!

THE BADA BING: So, what is the message here? It’s time to really connect. Not through handheld devices, but face-to-face, and that takes some effort. But, remember the two steps to the Bada Bing, “get off your butt and do something.”  Social networking is the lazy way to keep in touch.  That’s why facebook and twitter are written in lower case on their websites; too frickin’ lazy to press the shift key.

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