Agent Newsletter April 2017
CE Classes in 2017
Classes for 2017 begin this month in Willmar and St. Cloud. Check our website at https://www.svmps.com/ce-classes/ for the latest information.
Jokes of the Day
When I asked my friend if she was planning to attend church, she just shook her head. “I haven’t gone in a long time,” she said.
“Besides, it’s too late for me. I’ve probably already broken all seven commandments.”
Kathy was shopping in the mall with her two children and a display in the window of a lingerie store caught her eye.
“Do you think Daddy would like this?” she asked the kids, as she pointed to the lacy pajamas with matching robe.
“No way,” four-year-old Rian replied. “Daddy would NEVER wear that!”
Found Cell Phone
When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed send. His mother answered, and I told her what happened.
“Don’t worry,” she said, “I’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.”
“Martin,” she said, “you left your cell phone at the convenience store.”
Life After Death
“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees.
“Yes, Sir.” the new recruit replied.
“Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”
Get Ready for Spring by Aaron Teschner
After being cooped up inside through the winter months we Midwesterners value the feeling of rejuvenation that spring brings us and giving your life a spring deep cleaning is a great way to kick start summer.
The common approach to spring cleaning is to pick up the yard, clean the gutters and garage. That is a great start but deeper levels of cleaning will result in helping you really get ready for summer.
Start inside if the weather isn’t cooperating. Addressing the areas of the kitchen only touched sparingly like the refrigerator including behind and underneath, the dishwasher and oven is a good start. Then move room to room decluttering and organizing to relieve the old stuff weighing you down. Once you are there revamp your wardrobe with some fresh styles for the season.
Once the weather is ready to cooperate power wash the house, sidewalks, driveway, and deck. Now you are ready to get outside and get some exercise as the long summer days quickly approach.
I Look Forward to the New Challenges by Rose Haag
I had a bitter sweet feeling within me when I exchanged my PPE (personal protection equipment) tote and HEPA vac. I relied on my equipment and supplies for over two years as a Disaster Technician. But now they are exchanged for an iPhone and laptop to begin my travels in a new direction into Marketing at ServiceMaster. It is a new opportunity to serve our customers in their time of need.
Transitioning within the workforce can be challenging for those of us that have been in the game for over thirty years. However, there has been a unique and valuable asset that has followed me through my careers. I’m referring to the Great Team Members (GTM). These are the people facing the same fork in the road as me each day.
We could settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or take the road less traveled and chase greatness. We chose the path that hold each other accountable to the high standards and excellence our culture expects and demands.
When we work hard to be a great team member we make everyone and everything around us better.
5 Places That You Forget When Spring Cleaning
The time for spring cleanup is here again! Even if you vacuumed, mopped, dusted and organized each room of your home already, are you sure you cleaned every nook and cranny you can? Uncover five areas you might have missed when decluttering and clearing out your home this season by using the spring cleaning checklist for overlooked spaces from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.
Curtains and Upholstery
People hang curtains, and then completely forget about them. Even if you open and close them every day, your curtains will collect dust and other particles that, if left unchecked, can damage your décor and even your health. The same theory applies to upholstered furniture pieces, which accumulate germs from the air and from the people or pets who use them.
How you wash your curtains will depend on the material they’re made of. Consult the label or manufacturer for instructions. Like curtains, your approach to cleaning upholstery should depend on the fabric. Browse the ServiceMaster Clean® blog to learn how to clean drapes like a pro and get tips on cleaning suede, velvet and other materials.
You walk through them every day, but do you ever stop to wipe them down? Dust and other particles will settle on top of your door frames, and one solid slam of the door can make the dust go flying. At the same time, germs and smudges from dirty hands might start staining the sides of your doors. Keep the unsightly filth on doors and door frames to a minimum by wiping them down with a wet cloth or feather duster.
Dust accumulates on fan blades and arms, and if you don’t pay attention, that layer of grime can quickly become a giant pile of gray fuzz – especially in winter when fans get less use. When it comes time to turn on your fan for spring, whoosh! The dust will scatter across the room. To clean your ceiling fans and avoid the mess, grab a handle extender or long-handled duster that can reach the fan blades.
Pro tip: Magnetize a static duster before use by wiping the fibers with a plastic bag. The charge will help the duster attract and retain more dust.
Dishwasher & Washing Machine
Everyone remembers to clean the refrigerator, but it’s easy to forget that your cleaning appliances need cleaning, too. Check your dishwasher and washing machine to see if they have automatic cleaning buttons. If so, follow the directions for your model. Otherwise, give each machine a good wipe down, and run a cycle with a cup of white vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda. You can also use this time to wipe down and clean other overlooked appliances, like the dryer or oven.
Remotes, Door Knobs and Handles
You’ve tackled all the big things, but sometimes it’s the little ones that get the filthiest. Remotes, door knobs and handles all harbor germs that can transfer to your hands every time you touch them. As you check off each of your overlooked spring cleanup tasks, don’t forget to disinfect these smaller items with sanitizing wipes as you pass by.
After you clean these five areas, your home can truly shine for spring. Remember to follow up with daily, weekly and monthly cleaning checklists to ensure your home sparkles all year long.
Now a Word from our Customers
The following are quotes from our recent customers:
- The gentleman who came was respectful of my time and home. He was very detail oriented. We definitely use this company again. N.
- Great communication!!! You called ahead of time and kept us in the loop on the next plan of action. Every tech had a very professionalism manner. B.
- He was neat- and helpful and interested in getting cleaned up and there when we needed him. H.
Book to Read
The War Letters
My dad, Reg Beckett, was a soldier with the Canadian army in WWI. Recently we discovered letters he wrote home. They are a remarkable window into the challenges faced by a teenager who enlists, survives and returns a man, ultimately founding the company that bears his name, the RW Beckett Corporation.
Free E-Book: https://beckettpress.com/product/war-letters-ebook
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