Serious – Looks at the CVs and puts one maybe two CVs on the desk of their client, each of these potentials has been thoroughly vetted, and (shock horror!) they have actually met the contractors before attempting to place them.

The Kitchenaid KSM150PSER stand mixer is fitted with a slide control that allows you to adjust its speed. There are a total of ten speeds for you to choose from. You can have the unit mix ingredients very slowly or super fast.

The water ride accident at Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids injured seven when a boat on the popular water ride malfunctioned while on the lift hill. Instead of making it over the hill, the boat went backwards into the entry trash chute doors, flipped, and trapped the passengers under water. Other park guests jumped immediately into the water to free the trapped riders. Only one of the water ride accident passengers had to be taken to the hospital. All other Cedar Point Shoot the Rapids passengers were taken care of at the park.

To me the lesson is clear. If you aren’t involved in discussions with the buying organisation before the RFP arrives your chances of success are so very small that you should ‘no bid’ and save the time and expense. But not before you have tried this. Insist on meeting at least the RFP’s gatekeeper to understand the drivers for the RFP. Ideally, you want to meet with the sponsor and the people who would be using your product or service. If these requests are denied you are probably going to be what US sales guru Mike Bosworth, calls “column fodder” – the buyer wants to have multiple firms responding so they can demonstrate that they have done a thorough job of gathering competitive bids.

Go home and call another cruise agency and ask for their cruise specialist. Give that agency the same information along with the price quoted by the first agent. See if this agent can beat the price. If she can, go back to the first agent and tell her your mother, sister, friend, was able to get a better price and can she meet that price. Chances are she will, especially if she has placed you on a chutes parts. Don’t feel bad about this. You will probably book with the first agent, and the second agent did not do any work except make a phone call. This will also let you know if the first agent did a good job. If agent number 2 can’t beat the price or quotes you a higher price, bingo, you’ve got yourself a great agent in on the first try.

Lilly Scott did better with the Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole,” playing her guitar and bringing an indie vibe to the song. Ellen liked it a lot, praising her stage presence and unique voice. Simon said Lilly was “the best we’ve had so far,” although he thought she lacked star power. Kara termed her believable and comfortable on stage. Randy also liked her persona.

It never hurts to learn as much as you can about a product you are thinking of buying before you actually buy it. Who knows – you may end up falling in love with the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and become convinced that it is the best deal for your juicing needs. If not, then you will have no regrets when you say that this juicer is not the one you are looking for.