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The Pumpkin Plan

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a  Hardcover  edition of  The Pumpkin Plan

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The Pumpkin Plan is the latest book by serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

The Pumpkin Plan was published on July 5th and I’m giving away a hard copy of the book  (worth $26.95) – no strings attached. All you have to do is follow the clues in my scavenger hunt to work out where the book was physically on July 5th.

Yes, if you’re the first person to figure out where the book is I’ll send it to you wherever you are in the world. The rules are further on and also the first clue.

The Pumpkin Plan is as thought provoking as The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. You see it’s all in the imagery and the style. There are loads of books on starting a business  and on business success – I should know I’ve read lots of them – I’m even writing one but where Mike has the edge is the style and the imagery. Everyone knows in their heart of hearts what they need to do to make a business venture successful but it’s easy to gloss over it however when you think about toilet paper or pumpkin patches not to mention the one nut guy then it makes you more likely to do what you must do to make your business a success. Mike also gives you the processes you need to follow – processes he used to grow various business ventures to multi-million dollar businesses.

So what’s The Pumpkin Plan all about ? Well, using the analogy of the pumpkin farmer it gives the reader a simple but really effective strategy for growing a business in any industry. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Plant the right seeds: Don’t waste your time with lots of ideas that may or may not work – identify the one idea that has the best chance of success and focus all your attention, money and time on it.
  • Get rid of the losers: In any pumpkin patch, small, rotten pumpkins stunt the growth of the more robust and healthy ones. The same is true of your clients. Identify the ones who add the most value and provide the most opportunities for sustained growth and then fire the others – especially those who suck your time and energy, who struggle to pay on time (you know the one’s I mean!). There’s even a tourniquet method to cut them off before they start to stunt the growth of your business.
  • Nurture the winners: Once you’ve identified your best customers you need to take good care of them. You should regularly ask them for feedback so that you know how you can serve them better. Mike also recommends that you under promise and over deliver.

In his chatty, occasionally kick ass style Mike takes us on a trip through the pumpkin patch, explains the pumpkin plan and shares case studies that demonstrate just how the Pumpkin Plan can be implemented in almost any sector.

So how can YOU get your hands on a FREE copy of the hard back edition of The Pumpkin Plan ?

From June 29th through to July 5th when The Pumpkin Plan was launched I posted a clue each day to help participants discover where I hid the book on July 5th.
So far no-one got the right answer so the book is still there waiting to be won. All the clues are below.

Clue # 1

On July 5th the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was in one of the towns where I spend my time – maybe where I live, or where I teach, or where my mum is or…  Well – I’ll leave you to do some research on my websites (www.TheBusinessLaunchpad.com, www.SocialMediaEverything.com, www.GSPConsult.com) and on Google.

Clue # 2

 On July 1st  the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was tucked up in my suitcase and make the first leg of a long journey that continued on July 2nd.

Clue # 3

 On July 5th  the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was in a town with a subway system that has an orange line.

Clue # 4

 On July 5th  the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was very near to the entrance to a subway station on the orange line – the station begins with an S.

Clue # 5

On July 5th  the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was in a town that has hosted the Olympics.

Clue # 6

On July 5th  the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was in a town that’s hosted the Olympics. I spend a lot of time there and teach on an MBA programme. It has a subway system with an orange line with at least one station beginning with  an S. Tomorrow – July 5th – the book will be very near to the entrance to one of the stations beginning with an S.  It’s the entrance that’s opposite a place that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge visited last year. A place where they didn’t do a walkabout (so I waited 3 hours to see them for nothing…. )

Clue # 7 – the last one

On July 5th the hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan was at a Patisserie in the entrance to a subway station beginning with S on the Orange line. The entrance is opposite somewhere that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge visited last year in a town that’s hosted the Olympics. This is a town where I spend a lot of time and teach on an MBA programme.


RULES

To be eligible to enter the contest you need to go and Like my Page Facebook (www.facebook.com/gillianpritchettpage)

 

and then send me a direct message with the name of the shop where I put The Pumpkin Plan on July 5th.

 

If you’re the first person to send me a DIRECT MESSAGE (don’t post on the Wall !!!) with the correct name of the patisserie I’ll send you a free hardback copy of The Pumpkin Plan. I just ask that you cover shipping costs.

When you get the book you need to take a photo of yourself with it, post it on your Facebook wall, tag me and Mike Michalowicz and also share it on our Facebook Walls.