How To Make Your Sales Pitch Sound Professional

How To Make Your Sales Pitch Sound Professional

Many sales professionals are confused about the usage of technical terms in their sales pitch.
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When are you asked which department plays an active role in your business? Within a fraction of a second, you will utter the phrase sales team. It is true because, without the efforts of this department, a business cannot generate revenue whether it is related to business to business data industry or any other. How often do you analyze what your sales team says while interacting with the prospects? This is important for maintaining cash inflow for your business.

What Happens In Reality?

You might have noticed that if you develop a habit of doing something, you will do it at any cost. You will not take note of time, place or situation. You will just do it.

Sales people also undergo similar psychological reactions. These professionals develop the habit of using sales jargons when they are inside boardrooms. However, the old habit dies hard. The effects of using sales jargons get reflected when they communicate with customers. What happens is that message gets delivered, but the importance is lost, as that is not understood by the prospect properly.

Does Using Technical Terms Make You Win the Race?

Many sales professionals are confused regarding the usage of technical terms in their sales pitch. Most of the time they make guesses regarding the outcome. A specific conclusion cannot be drawn. However, you have to note that a person who loves using complex words without knowing the exact meaning, always leads to distraction.

Here also you need to be careful. You need to careful while using trigger words. There are some words that can hurt sentiments or emotions of buyers. If the customer cannot control emotions, then you will be at a loss.

Words To Be Avoided While Delivering Sales Pitch:

  • Proud - Many sales professionals commit a mistake by using the word “proud” while delivering presentations or meeting with clients. "Proud" refers to one’s own achievement. People do not like the person who boasts of himself or herself. Instead, you can use the term “pleasure” or other suitable words.
  • Cheap- Many sales professionals use the word “cheap” in their sales pitch. This is a blunder, which they commit. When a person speaks this term, it means that he or she is not concern about the prestige of the company. It can also mean that your product or service is inferior in quality. Instead, use words like viable or economical.
  • Hope- When you use the word “hope”, it means that you are not confident of yourself.
  • Forbidden- Do not use this term while communicating with your clients.
  • Prospect
  • The term “prospect” sounds technical. This word should be used during meetings only. No person likes to be recognized as a prospect.
  • Competitor- Avoiding using the word “competitor” while conversing with clients. You can use the name of your competitor while delivering a sales pitch.
  • Otherwise- Avoid using this word as it demotivates your clients.
  • Other words that should be avoided are a challenge, maybe, turnkey, obviously and much more. Next time take care while delivering the sales pitch.

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    Operations

    Operations cast members help ensure our guests have enjoyable experiences while visiting our theme parks, Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort or Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether directing vehicles in the parking lot, advising guests on which ticket packages to purchase, operating our rides/shows/attractions, or ensuring guest areas are clean and show ready, Operations cast members have a direct impact on our guests’ experiences

    Disneyland

    Attractions:

    • Operating attractions while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for Guests and Cast
    • Dispatching ride vehicles, also safely loading and unloading Guests
    • Providing direction to evacuate rides
    • Reciting memorized spiels to large groups
    • Multitasking and solving problems quickly
    • Answering questions and being responsive to special requests
    • Assisting with Entertainment Parade Guest Control
    • Working environment may include being exposed to exhaust fumes
    • Physical demands include standing and walking for long periods of time, constant hand use and repetitive wrist movement

    Custodial:

    • Picking up debris, emptying trash cans, cleaning restrooms, sweeping and general area cleaning
    • Exhibiting strong communication skills
    • Answering Guest questions and constant interaction
    • Working indoors and outdoors
    • Physical demands include constant walking, standing, pulling/pushing, repetitive sweeping motion, and lifting trash can liners that may weigh 30-50 lbs

    Resort Transportation & Parking:

    • Directing traffic
    • Operating passenger—carrying trams and memorizing and reciting safety spiels
    • Cash handling
    • Assisting Guests with loading/unloading of strollers, wheelchairs and other personal items
    • Constant Guest interaction
    • Physical demands include standing and walking for long periods of time, arm movements to direct vehicle traffic, and working outdoors in a wide range of environment elements
    • This role requires a valid driver’s license

    Photopass Photographer:

    • Capturing Guests’ experience at the Disneyland Resort with high–quality photos taken with the latest in digital photography technology
    • Proactively approach Guests to offer photo opportunities
    • Inform Guests of the variety of Photo Imaging services available
    • Take and fulfill orders
    • General cleaning, stocking items and keeping inventory
    • Physical demands include continuously holding, carrying and lifting up to 15 pounds of photography equipment, frequent walking/standing, and frequent bending/twisting/kneeling
    • Working outdoors in extreme heat and/or cold

    Park Greeter:

    • Greeting Guests at the turnstiles and processing Guest ticket media
    • Checking Guest bags before they enter a theme park
    • Performing crowd control
    • Physical demands include constantly work outdoors, stand for long periods of time, and may lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs

    Walt Disney World:

    Attractions:

    • Working in one or more of the following areas:
      • Working at one or more of the “rides” or theater shows
        • Loading and unloading Guests from an attraction
        • Operating sophisticated ride systems
        • Memorizing and delivering lengthy narrations (spiel) on a microphone to large groups
      • Monitoring Guest flow and providing a safe Guest experience
      • Assisting with audience control, including during parades
      • Maintaining safety standards
      • Cleaning areas surrounding attractions
      • Working with working with Disney FastPass+ service, which allows Guests to reserve access to select Walt Disney World® Resort theme park attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings in advance
      • Facilitating themed events-within-an-event, such as culinary & wine demonstrations, children’s activities, and playgrounds
        • Event opportunities where this may occur include Youth Events, runDisney, and/or events at the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, and Disney Springs
      • Working in parking or staffing outdoor Toll Plaza areas
      • Operating a large motorized parking tram and delivering narrations on a microphone
      • Working as a Park Greeter operating turnstile areas
        • Greeting all Guests who enter the park and validating their tickets
      • Working at Ticket Operations selling various ticket media at our water parks, Disney Springs™, or ESPN Wide World of Sports™
        • Using computerized ticketing systems
        • Strong knowledge of Walt Disney World® Resort ticket media
        • Cash handling — both manual and using computerized registers
    • Standing for extended periods and working outdoors
    • Valid driver’s license is required for certain Attractions roles

    Bus Greeter:

    • Greeting and interacting with Guests in the Resort Bus load zones
    • Tracking bus intervals to various locations around the Walt Disney World® Resort
    • Keeping bus load zone areas clean
    • Assisting Guests with boarding and exiting vehicles
    • Using a radio and understanding radio communication
    • Answering Guest questions about Walt Disney World® Transportation
    • Assisting with audience control
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • Providing exceptional guest service

    Convention Guide:

    • Working in one or more of our theme parks, water parks, or Disney Springs™ assisting with events such as:
      • Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
      • Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival
      • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
      • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
      • Other events across property
    • Guest crowd control
    • Escorting large groups of Guests through a park from one venue to another
    • Food handling
    • Securing roped off areas while keeping Convention Guests inside their venue
    • Maintaining safety standards
    • Standing for extended periods of time
    • Walking long distances
    • Working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
    • Heavy lifting

    Custodial:

    • High Guest interaction while working independently
    • Extensive cleaning — including restrooms and toilets
    • Working with cleaning chemicals and equipment
    • Bussing tables in restaurants and outdoors
    • Sweeping and mopping
    • Emptying trashcans, lifting heavy garbage bags
    • Driving pargo carts
    • Vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning pool decks
    • Providing information to Guests
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Monorail:

    • Assisting Guests with boarding and exiting vehicles
    • Using a radio and understanding radio communication
    • Answering Guest questions about Walt Disney World® Transportation
    • Assisting with audience control
    • Speaking to large groups of people over a microphone
    • Standing for extended periods
    • Working both indoors and outdoors
    • Providing exceptional guest service
    • Valid US Driver’s License is required for this role

    Photopass Photographer:

    • Assisting Guests in photographing their vacation memories
    • Operating digital technology including: digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, PDA, and image fulfillment stations
    • Carrying camera equipment for extended periods of time
    • Approaching Guests and engaging them in conversation
    • Answering Guest questions
    • Suggestive selling; explaining features and benefits of Disney PhotoPass product
    • Achieving monthly goals
    • Partnering with Character Performers and Character Attendants
    • Working in multiple locations - potentially all four Theme Parks in any given week
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Watercraft:

    • Operating watercraft vehicles, including using on-board computers
    • Assisting Guests with boarding and exiting vehicles
    • Delivering narrations via microphone during trips
    • Using a radio and understanding radio communication
    • Answering Guest questions about Walt Disney World® Transportation
    • Assisting with audience control
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • Providing exceptional guest service
    • Valid US Driver’s License is required for this role

    Entertainment

    Entertainment cast members help create and maintain the show, whether through performing in our various parades and shows, facilitating character meet & greets, or supporting our performers and other cast members through supplying/maintaining costumes.

    Disneyland

    Cast Costuming:

    • Interacting with other Cast Members by answering questions and providing directions concerning the location and proper wear of over 200 types of costumes
    • Sorting and organizing costumes
    • Sorting soiled laundry
    • Operating a computerized costume issue system
    • Working in a warehouse environment
    • Physical demands include walking, standing, climbing tall ladders, and working at heights, as well as lifting/pushing costume inventory that may weigh 25 lbs. or more

    Entertainment Costuming:

    • Issuing costumes to Cast Members performing in shows/parades.
    • Assembling and pre-set costumes for performers in shows/parades
    • Assisting performers in dressing and inspecting costume pieces for potential repairs, including occasional sewing
    • Physical demands include constant walking, standing, pushing, pulling and lifting costumes/costume pieces that may weigh 25 lbs. or more

    Walt Disney World

    Character Attendant:

    • Providing Guests with information about show schedules, Character locations, and visitation times
    • Providing audience control, including handling challenging Guest situations
    • Ensuring the safety of Character Performers and our Guests
    • Partnering with Photopass photographers
    • Maintaining show quality and Character integrity
    • Setting up and removing stanchions, ropes and poles
    • Assisting Character Performers with putting on costumes
    • Retrieving and arranging strollers
    • Maintaining cleanliness and order in work location
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Character Performer (Audition Required):

    • Portraying specific costumed character roles
    • Working in hot, confining, heavy costumes with limited range of vision
    • Communicating non-verbally to Guests
    • Signing autographs and posing for photographs
    • Interacting with Guests outdoors and in dining establishments
    • Potential to perform in parade and/or puppeteer roles
    • Due to costuming requirements, special consideration will be given to individuals 4' 8" - 5' and 6' - 6' 3"

    To be considered for a Character Performer position, you must attend an audition.

    For information about upcoming auditions visit https://disneyauditions.com

    Note that this position is only offered at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

    Costuming Operations:

    • Issuing costumes to fellow Cast Members throughout Operations and Entertainment Locations
    • Operating a computerized costume checkout system
    • Working around performers in various stages of dress
    • Operating basic laundry equipment
    • Repetitive overhead reaching, bending, and heavy lifting
    • Moving heavy costumes from location to location
    • Handling and laundering soiled garments
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • Working independently, with minimal to no Guest interaction

    Lodging

    Lodging cast members help ensure guests have a memorable stay at our world-class resorts, whether through an expedient check-in process, a clean and well-maintained guest room, or assistance with transporting luggage.

    Disneyland

    Disney Desk:

    • Working independently in remote locations, including Good Neighbor hotels, shopping centers and the Disneyland Resort Welcome Center
    • Providing excellent Guest Service
    • Having a detailed level of knowledge about the Disneyland Resort and its ticket options
    • Ability to customize a ticket option that is right for Guests based on their needs
    • Working with cash and managing daily ticket inventory
    • Using highly technical computer systems
    • Memorizing resort information
    • Making reservations for Guests as needed
    • Physical demands include constant standing and walking for up to 8 hours
    • A valid driver's license and reliable personal transportation is required for this role

    Front Desk:

    • Checking-in Guests to the Resort
    • Operating highly technical computer systems
    • Providing information for the Resort and surrounding areas
    • Answering Guest questions regarding the Disneyland Resort
    • Strong cash handling skills
    • Memorizing multiple types of rooms as well as other information
    • Maintaining high attention to detail in a fast paced environment
    • Physical demands include walking/standing, constant pushing/pulling up to 10 lbs, frequent bending/twisting/kneeling, and constant use of hands

    Guest Services:

    • Assisting Guests with questions, directions, event schedules, and other information regarding the Hotel/Resort
    • Using computerized reservation systems
    • Frequent cash handling, including large amounts of money
    • Maintaining calm during complex and fast-paced situations

    Walt Disney World

    Bell Services Dispatch/Greeter:

    • Assigning luggage deliveries, including directing bellmen
    • Greeting Guests upon arrival at resorts
    • Handling and storing luggage, which requires heavy lifting (including overhead lifting)
    • Using a computerized dispatch system, multi-tasking
    • Answering Guest calls and responding to service requests
    • Taking luggage off buses, vans and cars
    • Tagging luggage
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • Valid US Driver’s License is required for this role

    Front Desk:

    • Must be willing to work in all of the following areas but might only work in one: Front Desk, Luggage Services, Dispatch or Telephone Room
    • Checking Guests in and out of resorts and processing payments
    • Assisting Guests with itinerary planning and ticket sales
    • Handling complex Guest situations, problem solving
    • Operating computer-based reservation and ticketing systems
    • Lifting, tagging, and delivering luggage
    • Handling large amounts of cash
    • Answering Guest telephone calls
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Housekeeping:

    • Cleaning multiple Guest rooms including toilets, showers, sinks and tubs
    • Working with cleaning chemicals
    • Replenishing linens
    • Making beds, requiring repetitive bending and pulling
    • Pushing large carts
    • Dusting and vacuuming
    • Emptying trashcans
    • Responding to Guest requests for items or directions
    • Heavy lifting, standing for extended periods
    • Working independently with limited Guest contact

    Food & Beverage

    With more than 300 food and beverage locations throughout our parks and resorts in Florida and California, Food & Beverage makes up an important part of our guests’ experiences. Food & Beverage cast members in these areas provide guests with memorable dining experiences from outdoor vending to counter service to signature restaurants.

    Disneyland

    Custodial Busser: Responsibilities include greet/welcoming guests, arrange, clean, sanitize and maintain tables, chairs, trash cans and liners. Sweep and mop dining areas, server areas and kitchen floors. Bus tables, maintain the cleanliness and replenish the stock at self-service beverage and condiment stations, dispose of trash, gather and transport dirty trays, dishes and silverware and plates to dish room area.

    The position also includes constantly standing, frequent walking, working both indoors and outdoors and pushing/pulling and lifting. Gloves are required when working with food.

    Food Cart Cashier:

    • Selling product outdoors on wagons while constantly interacting with our Guests
    • Strong cash handling with or without a cash register
    • Working independently
    • Preparing and delivering food and merchandise products
    • This role involves frequent walking/standing, pushing/pulling, and bending/twisting/kneeling, as well as working outdoors in extreme heat and/or cold

    Food Prep:

    • Preparing, washing, and cooking items such as appetizers, salads, pasta, waffles, sandwiches, vegetables and hamburgers
    • Assisting Guests as an attendant at a carving station
    • Ensuring food is cooked to proper standards
    • Cleaning kitchen equipment and practicing proper sanitation procedures
    • Practicing all required HACCP procedures
    • This role involves minimal to no guest interaction
    • Physical demands include standing, frequent walking, pushing/pulling, lifting, bending, twisting, and kneeling, as well as working with cleaning supplies. Latex Gloves are required when working with food products.

    Quick Service Food & Beverage Cashier:

    • Greeting and taking Guests' orders
    • Entering orders into a computerized register
    • Verifying the Guests' orders by repeating total orders back
    • Receiving and processing payments
    • Selling product outdoors on wagons while constantly interacting with our Guests
    • Cleaning and maintaining work areas
    • Replenishing food and other serving items as necessary
    • Receiving and preparing orders according to established guidelines
    • Physical demands include repetitive wrist motion, bending, lifting and pushing/pulling

    Food & Beverage Quick Service Restaurants:

    • Working on one of the following positions: Dish-up/Presenter, Greeter, Runner, Food Preparation, and Drink/Beverage Pourer
    • Answering Guest questions
    • Taking and assembling Guest orders
    • Serving salads, entrees and beverages
    • Stocking and replenishing food.
    • Role requires frequent pushing/pulling & lifting, and constant walking /standing

    Walt Disney World

    Seater:Seater is a non-tipped role.

    Responsibilities may include:

    • Greeting and seating Guests in restaurants
    • Managing a seating chart and resolving Guest situations
    • Utilizing a computerized reservation/seating system
    • Cash handling — both manual and using computerized registers
    • Rolling silverware, folding napkins, and keeping area stocked
    • Light cleaning, multi-tasking
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Quick Service Food & Beverage:

    • Selling food and beverages at outdoor carts and/or indoor restaurants
    • Taking and filling orders, multi-tasking
    • Preparing and assembling food items in a kitchen area, including the use of a fryer, grill, broiler, and other industrial cooking equipment
    • Cash handling - both manual and using computerized registers
    • Bussing tables, cleaning kitchen and counter equipment, and emptying trash cans
    • Dispensing and selling alcoholic beverages
    • Setting and stocking tables, outdoor carts, and restaurants
    • Heavy lifting, pushing heavy carts
    • Working with cleaning chemicals
    • Working independently or as part of a large team
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Retail/Sales

    Cast members in retail/sales areas help guests have enjoyable vacation experiences, whether selling ticket packages, magically transforming little girls into princesses at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, or helping guests find the perfect mementos of their vacations in our various merchandise locations.

    Disneyland

    Retail Sales Clerk:

    • Operating a computerized point-of-sale system (POS register)
    • Frequent cash handling
    • Greeting Guests entering and exiting the location
    • Stocking and counting inventory
    • Assisting Guests with their merchandise selection
    • Sharing Resort information and answering guests’ questions
    • Physical demands include lifting stock/inventory, pushing/pulling up carts and dollies. This position requires walking or standing in both indoor and outdoor locations.

    Vacation Planner:

    • Operating a computerized ticketing system
    • Informing Guests about ticket options
    • Cash handling
    • Providing information, answering questions
    • Handling Guest situations, and accommodating special requests
    • Cast Members are required to multi-task, answering Guest questions while processing transactions on computer
    • Memorization of multiple types of media needed
    • Strong communication and listening skills are also necessary
    • Computer skills and cash handling or comparable experience are required
    • This position involves constant pushing/pulling up to 10 lbs, frequent bending/twisting, and constant use of hands

    Walt Disney World

    Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/ Pirate League:

    • Performing all duties in character as a member of the “Fairy Godmother in Training” or “Pirate League”
    • Interacting with children of all ages, including small children
    • Performing a variety of hair techniques including braiding, teasing, shaping, finger curls, and twists
    • Applying facial makeup; painting nails or applying press-on nails or facial art (temporary tattoos)
    • Utilizing a computerized reservation system to check guests in for their scheduled appointments
    • Calming upset children
    • Working in a high-volume, fast-paced environment
    • Receiving shipments of products, monitoring stock levels, restocking work areas, cleaning and dusting surfaces with cloths, brooms, cleaning agents and brushes
    • Responding to special guest requests and standing for extended periods

    Floral:

    • Requires a Driver’s License from any state.
    • Balloon Bouquets
    • Delivery Driver – Floral & Gift Baskets (driving Box truck/van)
    • Embroidery/Engraving (using a computerized machine)
    • Event Set/Strikes (heavy lifting, fast paced)
    • Floral Processing (cleaning coolers and flower prep)
    • Forklift/Pallet Jack Tasks
    • Gift Basket Production
    • In Room Celebration – Driver/Sets (driving box truck/van)
    • In Room Celebration – Order Prep
    • In Room Celebration – Wedding Box Prep
    • Merchandise Pulling/Stock (heavy lifting)
    • Resorts Team Support – Change outs/Watering
    • Special Event/Weddings Pulling/Stock (heavy lifting)

    Merchandise:

    • Demonstrating and selling merchandise in indoor and outdoor areas
    • Cash handling - both manual and using computerized registers
    • Stocking and cleaning shelves and carts
    • Receiving/putting away stock and deliveries
    • Stroller/wheelchair rental — including repetitive lifting, stacking, and pushing strollers and wheelchairs
    • Preparation of food/candy
    • Selling of alcohol and tobacco
    • Providing information to Guests
    • Approaching Guests and engaging them in conversation
    • Preparing packages for shipping/delivery
    • Working independently or as part of a large team
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors

    Vacation Planner:

    • Selling ticket media to Guests
    • Achieving monthly sales goals and maintaining minimum sales requirements
    • Working with a computerized ticket system, offering Guests tickets from a menu of over 128 different ticket configurations
    • Having a strong knowledge of the Walt Disney World® Resort and its ticket media
    • Handling large amounts of cash
    • Understanding the Guests' needs while helping them select the right-fit tickets for their vacations
    • Being able to work under pressure and overcoming Guest objections
    • Assisting with audience control, including during parades
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • Working at multiple locations - potentially all four Theme Parks in any given week

    Recreation

    Whether at our water parks, resort swimming pools, golf and mini golf courses, children’s activity centers, or guest arcades, Recreation cast members help our guests enjoy their vacations.

    Disneyland

    Lifeguard:

    • Ensuring the safety of our Guests
    • Keeping pool areas clean
    • Answering Guest questions
    • Enforcing policies, rules and regulations of Recreation locations
    • Detecting and responding to noises and distress signals in an aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility
    • Observing all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility
    • Physical demands include ability to swim 200 yards, and performing work that may involve lifting Guests in and out of the pool up to 100 lbs or more with assistance.
    • This role involves frequent walking/standing, pushing/pulling, and bending/twisting/kneeling, as well as working outdoors in extreme heat and/or cold

    Each individual must be evaluated and certified at the Disneyland® Resort. All lifeguards must pass a swim test and a vision screening with at least 20/25 corrected or uncorrected. In the event you do not pass the swim test described below, you may be placed in another role based on availability.

    Lifeguard Swim Test

    • Swim 200 yards (183 meters) freestyle or breaststroke
    • Retrieve a 10-lb (4.5 kg) brick from the deepest section of the pool (minimum 8 feet / 2.4 meters)
    • Tread water with hands out of the water for two minutes
    • Demonstrate 20/25 vision with or without corrective lenses

    Walt Disney World

    Children's Activities:

    • Working with children visiting our Resort Hotels
    • Facilitating a wide range of supervised activities:
      • Reading stories
      • Providing refreshments
      • Playing games
      • Teach line dancing and other high energy programming
    • Work could be both indoors and outdoors
    • Prolonged standing and heavy lifting
    • Providing first aid and basic life support in the event of Guest injury or illness
    • Maintain a safe, clean and well organized environment
    • Maintaining safety standards
    • Answering Guest questions

    Lifeguard:

    • Monitoring Guests’ safety in water and on slides/attractions
    • Physically challenging work and prolonged exposure to outside elements
    • Providing first aid and basic life support in the event of Guest injury or illness
    • Ability to detect and respond to noises and distress signals in an aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility
    • Must be able to observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility
    • Strong swimming skills
    • During off-peak seasons, assisting other operating areas throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort, including performing roles other than lifeguarding

    Each individual must be evaluated and certified at the Walt Disney World® Resort. All lifeguards must pass a swim test and a vision screening with at least 20/25 corrected or uncorrected. In the event you do not pass the swim test described below, you may be placed in another role based on availability.

    Lifeguard Swim Test

    • Swim 200 yards (183 meters) freestyle or breaststroke
    • Retrieve a 10-lb (4.5 kg) brick from the deepest section of the pool (minimum 8 feet / 2.4 meters)
    • Tread water with hands out of the water for two minutes

    Recreation Attractions:

    • Assisting Guests in one or more recreational areas such as waterslide operations, towel rental, watercraft rental, marina operations, arcades, resort recreational facilities, Spa, Salon and/or Fitness Centers
    • Prolonged exposure to outside weather elements
    • Strong swimming skills
    • Providing first aid and basic life support in the event of Guest injury or illness
    • Maintain a safe, clean and well organized environment through consistent monitoring and cleaning of the locker rooms, showers, kitchen and lounge facility areas
    • Cash handling – both manual and computerized register systems
    • Accurately book, change or cancel Spa, Salon and Fitness Center appointments
    • Maintaining safety standards
    • Clean and stock fitness centers on a regular basis throughout the shift
    • Answering Guest questions
    • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors
    • During off-peak seasons, assisting other operating areas throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort, including performing roles other than recreation


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    I would consider myself an entrepreneur. In addition to being a college student and working a regular part-time job, I am a photographer and loctician (someone who does dreadlocks). I even started up a clothing brand last year, but sold it this past summer. I love what I do. My friends do too, and are willing to support me, as long as it's for free or at a severely discounted price. PSA: this isn't support at all! I get it, you're a broke college student, but hey, me too! Being my friend doesn't negate the time and effort I pour into my craft. It doesn't erase the hours I spend editing a photoshoot I only got paid $30 to do. Knowing my boyfriend doesn't mean I can or should do your hair for next to nothing.

    If you truly support your friends and their hustles, you will be willing to pay full price, maybe even extra for their products or services. Not only will they be extremely grateful, but it will also take the awkwardness out of the situation for you. I imagine it might get awkward asking for free things from your friend or that girl in class you know does photography.

    Most of us entrepreneurs love what we do, so money isn't everything. Like I mentioned above, it is important, but it's not the end-all. I know as a photographer, I appreciate other types of support as well, such as word-of-mouth references, social media shoutouts, or even just tagging me in a picture I took. These are things that are totally free to give, at no loss to you but incredible gain to me. In the past, I used to do free shoots if the model I was shooting was popular on campus or had a decent Instagram following. I stopped this tactic of gaining exposure after a less-than-satisfactory experience. The model, we'll call him "Chad", was someone I'd shot a few times prior. He recently had a birthday and for some reason thought that meant he deserves a free photoshoot from me. Chad isn't really someone I talk to or am good friends with, but I was like, "Whatever" and told him I'd shoot him anyways. Anyways, after the shoot I spent tons of time editing the photos and actually edited them two completely different ways. I have my normal style, but he also wanted the pictures to match his Instagram theme. So, I did both. I put them up on my website under his personal sub domain. And what did I get in return? "Thanks." That's all, just "Thanks." I can't remember, I may have gotten tagged in his Instagram post, but it was nowhere near the gratitude I expected, especially for all the work I put in. Unfortunately, this situation is all to common for entrepreneurs.

    All this to say, your entrepreneur friends would love your support. Supporting your friends means being an true customer and showing sincere appreciation for their work, not just looking for freebies.

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