Archive for the ‘Sales’ Category

How to Leave Out Negative Words in Prospecting

Think of a time you were on the phone with your prospect, and you could tell that a negative response was coming in hot. You’ve done those calls enough that you can feel it, and the pain of waiting just takes over. The time has come for you to step in. Take charge, and interrupt that negative response! When you hear it coming, […]

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How to Influence Using Your Own Story: An Interview with Mark Brown

“We don’t need another hero.” -Tina Turner I sat down for an hour with one of America’s story masters, Mark Brown, and here are some of my thoughts. Do you want more influence? Our influence comes from our ability to connect. Our ability to connect comes from what we share in common with others. We all have some things in […]

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How to Make Use of Testimonials

Many times the best stories you could ever tell someone are from the experiences from your own client base. We must be effectively planting and harvesting testimonials to handle every type of objection that could ever come up in our selling career. So many of us get caught up in…us. Whenever we are trying to talk someone through an objection, we talk about our experiences. How “I’ve […]

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Goals

Goals. Why do we need to have them? I’ve done roughly 250+ workshops all across the country. Each and every time, I ask how many people in that room have their goals written down. Note that these are mostly salespeople. I would say when I ask that question, there’s truly about 25% of the room that actually writes them down. […]

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Live by the Prospecting CODE

Whenever you’ve gotten to a place in your career where you may not have as much mental structure, where the rejections and every day uphill battles can get to you, you have to look at how you can improve. What you can add, remove, or change about your everyday life will make a positive difference for you professionally and personally. If you […]

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The Emotions of a Salesperson

“When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” Those are the words of a children’s song, sung by Daniel Tiger. He’s the main character in a show produced by the Fred Rogers Corporation. Mr. Rogers believed that if we teach children what to do with their feelings—in other words, how […]

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15 Minutes to Greatness Part 2: The Psychology

I recently heard a great talk by John Bumpus, the CAO of LifePoint. He walked us through his philosophy of building a great organization. #1 was mission. #2 was vision. #3 was individual goals. #4 was INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT! Incremental Improvement is a cornerstone philosophy of all great organizations. These organizations strive daily to build this muscle with their teams. They […]

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The Art of Finishing Strong: Part 1

I recently had the opportunity to address some hard-working college students who were entering their final two weeks of summer sales with Southwestern Advantage. Southwestern has long been a breeding ground for sales and leadership skills for motivated young people. The students participating in running their own business this summer are in the company’s 150th consecutive year of the program. […]

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Three Words to Eliminate in Prospecting

This is a whole new way of thinking about prospecting. Take a minute to think about how many times you use the words “I,” “me,” or “my.” How many times a day? You tell a story. You talk about something you did. They are probably some of the most commonly used words in the English language. Guess what? They sure […]

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Celebration, Not Just Confrontation

If you tell yourself, “Accountability is really uncomfortable for me. I just don’t like doing it,” then you probably don’t understand what accountability is. Many sales managers they think that accountability is synonymous with confrontation. They think that what it means to hold someone accountable is to get in that person’s grill, to call them out about something, or to […]

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8 Habits to Increase Joy in Your Life

The consistency of joy is an ultimate measure of personal success. Spreading joy and serving mankind is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others joyful if you’re not yourself. Literally any goal somehow comes back to the ability to feel joy and live a fulfilling life. With that in mind, here are eight modifications that […]

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Up-Shift: Transitioning with Flow

I am writing this just before “transition week” for our family—where we change locations.  For me, this part of my life preaches the importance of transition. That period of “in-between.” How I transition makes all the difference. Mind shifts, activity changes, and motivation can reverse. This is the place of momentum or directional disintegration. Our travels show this on a […]

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A Conversation about Productivity: Dave Brown on the Mark Struczewski Podcast

I was recently featured as a guest on the Mark Struczewski Podcast where he talked about his ideas on productivity. Mark is a self-proclaimed Productivity Problem Solver. This podcast launched on July 7, 2017 with a single mission: to help you to become a more productive you. Whether Mark is doing the podcast solo or interviewing a guest, the mission […]

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