The secret to our success!

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Today my daughter Claire filled her first official gig as a Balloon Distractions Entertainer at a local restaurant. At the end of the booking I drove over to take her home. Claire is 16, she’s working with Balloon Distractions in order to save up enough income to buy a used car. I’m not buying her a car, I want her to EARN it.

In this pic she’s making a flower for one of the restaurant workers at the PDQ in Wesley Chapel, I took the picture at the end of the shift.

Claire made some neat shapes and did a great job engaging with the customers at each table. I got to watch her at 3 tables and she was doing what comes naturally to any talkative extrovert; smiling at the guests, having a conversation and just being friendly in general. I was very proud of my little girl!

We can teach anyone how to twist balloons, but you CAN’T teach personality. I’ve known that Claire would be well suited for this since she was five years old, her success today confirmed that.

Over the last few years we’ve had over 5,000 outgoing folks join our team and benefit from our business model across the United States. We’ve focused on finding engaging and charming people and THEN teaching them how to twist 30 clever and original balloon shapes before we send them out to a restaurant.

Filling a gig with excellence is 25% about the balloons, and 75% about the conversation with the guest and the personality of the entertainer. When we interview applicants we look for that native charisma and charm that has to already be there before we add them to the team.

If you are talkative and extroverted you might be a great fit for our team!

If you would like to join us as an entertainer please go to this link and fill out this form:

http://www.bdonlineschedule.com/forms/balloonArtistForm.aspx

Happy Twisting!

Ben Alexander

September, 2014

Gardening and Business.

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written by Ben Alexander, BalloonDistractions.com

When I moved to Florida back in 2003 there was minimal landscaping around my home, since then my wife and I have planted several small flower gardens around the house. The growing season here is from February to November, so if you don’t get out and weed things a bit you get a jungle rather quickly.

The picture above is our front garden in the full heat of summer.

In December and January it might get down into the 40’s at night, so everything goes a bit dormant and slows down or stops growing. During our “winter” I still have to mow the lawn every 3 or 4 weeks. The rest of the year everything grows at an accelerated rate, especially if the rainfall is consistent.

My parents are visiting for Christmas next week so I’ve been sprucing things up, weeding the gardens and even planting a few flowers around the base of the mailbox. I removed about 4 trashcans full of weeds and clippings from all our gardens…. this got me thinking about weeds,  gardening, and how it all relates to business.

We have several rose species in our gardens, they’ve established deep roots and seem to weather heat and cold equally well. If you cut our roses down to a mere stalk they rebound and put out shoots, within a month or two you can’t tell they were ever pruned. The weeds, on the other hand, only have roots near the surface and you can rip them out easily, some species will wither when the temperatures get a little colder.

I’d like to think Balloon Distractions is like those tough roses in my garden, we’ve established some pretty deep roots in markets across the USA, and even though our numbers might fluctuate a bit we always rebound and survive. 

We’ve also had some weeds that needed to be removed over time, and we had to do that to keep the core business strong and vital.

Moving forward the key is to establish strong roots in as many markets as possible, when we appear on Shark Tank on January 17th it will (hopefully) help us find a bunch of good people who we can develop into successful Regional Partners in many markets throughout the USA.

Let’s grow some roses!