Would you like to know how John Ruhlin, the undisputed king of professional giving, used just one gift to win millions in business?
John shared a story that sums it all up during our recent conversation; it all starts with John waiting over an hour to meet Cameron Herold, COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK and renowned business coach.
When he finally got to talk with him, John discovered Cameron would be coming to his neck of the woods in Cleveland and hoped to do some clothes shopping on the trip.
Thinking on his feet, John asked Cameron for his shirt size so he could send him one of his favorite shirts, and then offered to take him to dinner and a Cavs game.
Cameron said yes, and John was thrilled. But a little problem came up on the day Cameron was set to arrive: his flight got delayed and it was going to throw off their whole evening together.
Since he knew the delay would keep Cameron from doing his shopping, he went to Brooks Brothers, and bought one of everything – about $7,000 worth of clothing. Then he went to the Ritz and had his suite outfitted like a mini Brooks Brothers!
Cameron was blown away. “Whatever you want to talk about for as long as you want to talk about it, I’m all in,” John recounts Cameron’s response. “I’ve never had anybody treat me this way.”
“Fast forward nine years, I’ve been invited to his 50th birthday party and his wedding,” John says. “He’s mentioned me from stages all over the world. He’s opened up doors with the president of Starbucks and some of the biggest companies in the world. He’s done things for me that I couldn’t have done with 10 million dollars of advertising.”
This story shows that the power of a properly executed gift can never be underestimated. Thankfully, John was gracious enough to sit down with me to discuss where most professional gifts go wrong and what people like you and me should be doing to fix it.
1. Never Use This Word to Describe Your Gifts Again
You’ve heard the expression token of my appreciation a million times. But there’s a big problem with it. If you’ve been using it in your communications, John wants you to stop immediately.
Describing your gift as a “token” implies that it’s petty, obligatory and routine. It deflates the impact of your gift before your recipient even uses it!