List member Kai Davis had this to say about the “are 66% of jewelers jerks” question (shared w/permission):
I’d look at the Jeweler that was positive in his communication with me. Is there something different about his :
– Business?– Market?– Marketing?– Services?– Clientele?
That stands out and that I can use to attract more of him and less of the others.
I’d expand my radius and see if I could have conversations with another 5-10 Jewelers. How do they treat me when I call up with a question about repairing my broken belt buckle, a family heirloom that has immense personal value?
Are all of those jewelers jerks? Are some of them? Maybe just a few?
From that, I’d have a better idea if, for some magical reason, the jewelry business attracts a disproportionate amount of jerks (or if my phonebook is cursed with bad jewelers!)
In the end, if I was still interested in specializing in jewelers (even though most of them are jerks!), I’d put up a very strong qualification / lead intake process with an extensive application form. Why?
1) The jerks will get pissed off and either rage-submit or just not apply at all2) The non-jerks will fill out the form because they’re polite and professional
I love Kai’s systematic, research-based approach to answering that question.
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