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How long have you been running your operation?

Years?

Decades?

Would you say you’ve seen it all?

We bet you’ve seen a lot.

But, what about the issues or incidents you haven’t seen?

You’re probably saying to yourself: “What are they talking about?”

We’re talking about the things that have occurred under your watch – that you didn’t even know were happening.

The things that “slip through the cracks” without any warning or heads up.

The unfortunate news is that you couldn’t know what your team is missing.

Why?

You don’t know what you don’t know! And, we bet you’d agree with that.

Have you acknowledged this deficiency in your operation? What have you done to counter this big problem?

It’s got to be overwhelming – we can feel your anxiety and the ongoing stress. It has got to be crippling your ability to be a proactive leader.

You need a change, fast.

It’s time for you to step up your situational awareness, so nothing gets past you and your team.

Are you ready?

“France's education chief says that when students go back to school next fall, all mobile phone use will be banned in schools for students roughly 15 and younger,” writes Laurel Wamsley in their recent NPR article entitled “France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools.”

Wamsley’s article explains that "these days the children don't play at break time anymore; they are just all in front of their smartphones, and from an educational point of view, that's a problem,’ Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, according to The Telegraph.”

"We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms,’ Blanquer said. ‘You may need a mobile phone, for example for educational purposes, for emergency situations’ so perhaps the phones can be confined to lockers,” Wamsley continues.

According to the NPR piece, “The French educational code has banned using phones in class in elementary schools and secondary schools since 2010. As a result, phones are supposed to be kept in students' backpacks.”

“But apparently that's not what happens,” she writes.

We understand the frustration France’s education chief and faculty face.

But, this message also frightens us.

A cellphone confined to a locker; that only helps in minor emergencies.

What about the severe emergencies that require real-time communication? You know, active shooters, BOLOs, and all other that need proactivity.

It’s 9:00 AM and you've been on your property since 6:30 AM.

Today’s tasks are already taking a toll on you mentally and physically.

You’re tired and stressed out.

Now, you’re shifting your focus to delivering a break-even customer experience.

Wait, break even?

Yes, you’re working tirelessly for the hope that nothing goes wrong.

That nothing happens your customers will notice.

That’d be a good day for you.

That’s not what we like to hear.

We understand that delivering an extraordinary customer experience might not always be at the top of your list.

We get it; you are overwhelmed with all of your responsibilities.

But, here’s the thing – your customers keep your lights on and doors open.

Customer experience should always be your #1 priority.

Today, we want to help you improve your capabilities, so you can focus on your customers before anything else.

“E-cigarettes and vaping are being banned in indoor public areas in New York, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will place the same restrictions on new and old nicotine delivery systems,” writes Bill Chappell in their latest NPR article entitled “New York Bans Vaping Indoors In Public: State Law Classes E-Cigs With Cigarettes.”

According to Chappell’s article, "These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them,’ Cuomo said, in a news release about the signing. ‘This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all."

“Citing the lack of broad regulations on what chemicals e-cigarettes can contain and how much nicotine they deliver, the governor's office says, ‘These factors could lead to long-term adverse health effects for e-cigarette users and bystanders," the NPR piece continues.

Chappell comments in the article that “When it takes effect next month, New York's new law will cover vaping under the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. The blanket restriction will not apply to people who want to use e-cigarettes in private homes, in hotel rooms, or at retail tobacco outlets.”

Smoking cigarettes might already be prohibited on your property.

But, what happens if your state decides to pass a similar Clean Indoor Air Act? Do you struggle with cigarette smoking offenders as it is?

Now, you’ll have to add another prohibited item to the list. What a headache, right?

You hang up your phone.

As you turn to your operations manager, Kelsey, she can tell you’ve got bad news.

“John called me about this quarter’s revenue numbers,” you tell her.

“Our numbers are still declining,” you continue.

Kelsey isn’t sure how to respond, but she’s been proactive since she started this month, so she starts asking the right questions.

One after another, the questions are rolling, and you’re able to answer them quickly.

Six questions in and answered, you stop her.

She stumped you.

“What guest feedback have you received over the last several months or years to determine whether the revenue decline relates to experience,” she asks you.

But you don’t have the right answer.

Providing first-rate guest services is paramount.

We know it’s one of the top goals on your list.

We also know it is the top goal on your boss’s list.

The fan experience is essential to everyone’s livelihood.

You certainly can’t guarantee a win, perfect weather, or prevent car trouble on the way.

But you can and must deliver the highest level of service.

Face it.

You’re in the business of creating memories as much as your star players.

Preparing for and delivering to your guests a safe, clean and friendly environment is fundamental to the fan experience and that’s the stuff that leaves guests wanting to return to your stadium for more events.

With your well-trained and dedicated team members, you can ‘make things happen’ at every point of contact with your guests.

For every location, every person on your team can affect a fan’s experience, positively or negatively.

Every impression, every interaction, they all count.