09 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Wrong vs. Different

I read a post from a business friend the other day in which he outlined the “right” way to apply for a job, the “right” way to outline and explain past positions on a resume, the “right” way to speak to the interviewer, etc.  All I came away with from his advice and perspective was that this place […]

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08 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The “So Now What?” Manual

Are you providing support materials to your new clients? I don’t mean Sales support materials, I mean doing-business-with-us-after-you-buy support materials. Smart salespeople in the world of traditional Media (Radio, TV, Print) will sometimes warn their clients (especially clients who are first-time advertisers) that as soon as their ads begin to run, they should expect to get […]

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06 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Breaking Trust and Losing Permission

The number of holiday sales emails this year is ridiculous! In past years I received one or two extra emails per list. Three was “aggressive”. But this year I’m getting three per day from some retailers and they simply don’t seem to care that their practice is annoying their list members and current customers. After all — we can just […]

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20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A List of Could’ves

You just had a lousy interaction with a prospect and didn’t get the order. You may have even missed the opportunity to sell the next appointment. Or maybe you just fumbled the ball or simply know you weren’t at your best. The call ends or the meeting is over, and just like the old V8 juice commercial, you […]

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17 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Want the credit? Take the blame.

Everybody wants to take the credit for a great idea, but nobody wants to take the blame for the bad ones. The trouble is, you’re never going to get that great idea put into action unless you take a chance on a few bad ones. Most other people don’t want to get blamed when a […]

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08 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Queasy Concepts

How you personally feel about an idea has a direct effect on your ability to put it into action. If you don’t believe the idea will work, it won’t. If you don’t believe the concept is in alignment with your own personal principles, your actions will be out of alignment with your intent to implement. If you don’t […]

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16 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

You’re incredibly smart and handsome

Most (if not all) major brands add you to an email marketing list after you buy and register a product with them.  Such is the case with Toshiba.  I was forced to buy a new laptop when the one I owned was damaged in a car accident (I looked like I got hit by a truck, […]

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12 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Relationships are inefficient

Relationships are incredibly inefficient. You have to identify a likely potential candidate, present yourself in a way that you hope they will find compelling and attractive, if they agree to the possibility of a relationship you have the whole let’s-hang-out-together-trial-runs, and if the other party finally decides that YES, you are the one for them — you have […]

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04 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Make Your Presentation A Performance

A major part of many people’s sales process is presenting formal proposals to audiences comprised of one or more decision makers. The fact you’re even in the room and at the table with these prospects speaks to the fact they are interested in what you have to offer and what you have to say, the […]

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20 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Empty Tank Full Mind

Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?” First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is. As is […]

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