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RiverCat Journal : Unpaid Training

Posted by on August 27, 2013

Current Venue: Pueblo, CO
Campground:   Haggards RV Campground

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Haggards RV is a really neat park.  The owners are so nice, the residents very active (there will be two big cookouts during my stay), and the tourists usually stay longer than they planned — it just has a nice, homey, ranch-style “feel” to it.  Here are a few more images, including my first-ever “front-porch.”

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haggards rv, book

haggards rv, basketball

haggards rv, horse

haggards rv, horses

haggards rv, moon

I did manage a little sightseeing on my errand-day before training began.  This is Pueblo’s river walk alongside the Arkansas River.  It’s one of the strangest attractions I’ve ever seen.  It’s only 1 mile long and yet it has a boat tour!  It also has quite a few drab office buildings and industrial intermingling with the more “modern” buildings, but I do like the park benches under the overpass…

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The financial adventure continues.  My training at the trade show is shaping up to be a bust.  The 2-hour presentation that I’d rehearsed for over 50 hours prior to the Colorado State Fair is a completely different demonstration than the one my trainer uses.  This makes for a very difficult situation — he can’t even help me with my presentation!   Additionally, our corner of the show is sort of a dead zone, and for me to actually perform even an occasional show would severely limit my trainer’s opportunities to make a profit.

In order to finish my training and get my own exhibit, I must sell over $10,000 in product.  My trainer, who is very good at what he does, will probably reach that today or tomorrow (5 sales).  With limited opportunities, and the fact that I probably won’t even do my first demo for a couple more days, I would need a miracle to reach my quota.  We discussed this at length last night.  He assured me that as long as people give my supervisor good progress reports — which he will — then I can take as long as I need to train.  I can train intermittently for 6 months if I need to!

So, while initially this was a big letdown, it may work out well.  It will allow me more time to develop my skills and re-write my own presentation before I take on those first events on my own.  It will also give me an opportunity to get back “in the loop” as a poker dealer next spring and give me a better chance at a big promotion at next summer’s World Series of Poker.  And, if all goes well, I can find an affordable pre-owned extended cargo van with some horsepower to make this a more reasonable venture.

Well, the pressure is off!  There is nothing to prove here or strive for.  I may have one more trick up my sleeve, but it’s a long-shot.  Outside of that, I’ll just learn the handling of the product, food, and the booth — and perhaps take in some of the festivities of the fair!

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One Response to RiverCat Journal : Unpaid Training

  1. Sandie

    We stayed at Haggards. They had a daughter’s (I think) graduation party going on while we were there. Nice folks. Too bad about the training situation. Hope things pick up for you guys. We took the gondola ride down the riverwalk. It was fun because the gal who took us was really funny.

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