Archive for the ‘Sales Tips’ Category

Why OHIO is Key to Better Time Management

Raise your hand if you have ever been completely drowning in your inbox. I am going to assume that everyone’s hands are raised. If they aren’t well, we all could use your strategy. Email, mail, social media DM’s you name them, they can own us. They own our time, attention, and schedule. Having many emails in your inbox isn’t necessarily […]

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Ever Feel Like You’re Just Putting Out Fires?

Every business owner and manager struggles with being reactive vs. being proactive. With so much coming at us constantly, it’s often difficult to get out from under the pile and move your business forward. You know that feeling. You know the stress and strain of knowing you can be doing better, but you just don’t have the time. Well, there […]

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The First Question You Always Must Answer in Sales and Marketing

There’s a really important question that you need to ask first in your marketing or sales. If you don’t, you miss out on converting prospects into new customers. You’re missing out on a chance to impact people and change their lives. Many marketers and salespeople don’t ask this question though, because they don’t even know they should be asking it. […]

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After Hours Voicemail

This is a prospecting technique that is completely out of the blue and totally effective! This scenario might have happened to you…Your prospect all of a sudden cancels a meeting, or there’s no excitement in their voice when you talk to them, or the connection that was once there has vanished. This leaves you feeling confused, anxious, and quite frankly […]

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Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast Interview with Dustin Hillis

Checkout this podcast interview with John Lee Dumas the host of Entrepreneur on Fire and Dustin Hillis Co-founder of Southwestern Consulting. 3 Key Points: You cannot teach what you don’t know, and you cannot lead where you won’t go. Selling is the transference of emotions and expectations. Keep your principles. Stay focused on your principles. Enjoy! (Click here to listen […]

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Unconditional Confidence

Do you believe confidence is something you are born with or not? At Southwestern Consulting, we found that confidence can be developed and strengthened through awareness and training. There are 3 Types of Confidence. We all have experienced all 3 types in some form or fashion in various ways. Our goal is to progress through the 3 types of confidence […]

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Being Positive vs. Positive Self-Talk

The wealthiest man I know once told me the key to success is having amazing self-talk. I remember feeling disappointed when receiving this advice over a nice dinner. What a conundrum that I’m getting advice from the a man who was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the most successful people alive and I’m having a negative response to […]

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How to Use LinkedIn to Generate Leads

LinkedIn can be used as a huge resource to find leads and build professional relationships. Today we’re going to talk about how to use the Advanced Search function to help you “sweep” LinkedIn to find the necessary leads and referrals you want to be connected to in your local markets. On the LinkedIn home page, right at the top, there’s […]

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Third Party Selling

Third-party selling is a big key to successful selling. It gives you the opportunity to have your clients sell you, for you. Your customers and prospects, they know you’re biased to your product/service because you’re the one selling the product. The power of third-party selling is allowing your clients, and the other people you’ve worked for presently or in the […]

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The “Boomerang” Sales Technique

One of the most common objections in sales is typically one that can easily throw off your sales presentation entirely. This is because when you hear it, you’re not prepared to answer it…. Yet. You’ve all been through a process where you’re just getting started, you’re just asking questions about the potential client’s needs, you get to your presentation, and […]

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Three Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Selling

Something that most people don’t know is that our company, Southwestern Consulting, is actually the training and consulting arm of a much larger corporation known as The Southwestern Company. In fact, The Southwestern Company is the oldest direct selling company in the entire United States. We’ve been around for just shy of 160 years. I’ve been selling for almost a […]

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Discover Your Prospect’s Personality Just by Listening to Their Voicemail

Knowing the personality of the people you’re cold calling is a unique but important skill set that you need to know. You may be thinking, “How can I know the personality of who I’m calling if I’ve never met them before?” That’s one of my favorite questions to be asked, because I believe that you can figure out someone’s personality […]

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3 Things You Need To Stop Doing While Cold Calling

Cold calling can be tedious and sometimes discouraging. Here are three simple tips to help increase your success rate while cold calling. Don’t lead with your company name  – Regardless of who answers the phone (the decision maker, receptionist, or their executive assistance) do not lead with, “Hi, this is Amanda Johns Vaden from Southwestern Consulting.” That screams salesperson. You don’t want […]

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3 Reasons Why Follow-Up is Important

The most inexpensive way for you to get more business is to sell to existing clients. Existing clients are more likely to give you referrals to more potential leads. And it’s easier upsell an existing client. How do we do that? Well, there’s an art to being very good at following up with your customers. In fact, studies have shown […]

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