Archive for the ‘Selling Tips’ Category

Seemingly Impossible to Possible

Have you reached a certain level of success and then found a lid that you couldn’t lift to reach the next level? These clients share their stories; sound familiar? Accountability is why Deborah Johnson signed up for Top Producer’s Edge. She had been a successful headhunter for 15 years, making good money and sort of floating along. She found that […]

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Create Your Ideal Schedule

Effective self-management begins with a well-planned schedule. The strategy is to create a schedule for the entire week which includes both professional and personal activities from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed. The idea is to treat this like you’re back in high school and schedule your activities in blocks of time.  I understand […]

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From Personal Chit-Chat to the Sale

The following question was recently asked of me: “How do you move from ‘personal chit-chat’ into your sales presentation?” That’s a good question. My advice: don’t start a sales meeting with “personal chit-chat.” What? Have I lost my mind?!? This is how everyone does it! Yes, but is everyone a Top Producer? Here is how the Top Producers do it: […]

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The Close- a Dark Cloud or Bright Light?

Let me ask you something. Have you ever had a client going along with you and seeming to enjoy your presentation, but when you get to your close, a wall suddenly goes up and you lose them without even knowing what happened? Do they even seem to be with you and even interested through the close and then you hear […]

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Mr. Mediocrity and the Mean Sales Coach

Okay, so you’ve hired yourself a sales coach.  Did you think you hired a sales coach or a magic wand? Let me explain… When I was a personal trainer, people would hire me to help them lose say 30 pounds.  At our first evaluation, they were excited!  They were ready to go!  They said they would do whatever it took to […]

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The Power Presentation

Do you ever wonder how you can do your presentation to one person and the sale is easy? Then you repeat that exact same presentation to another and it falls flat? This baffles salespeople every day. Often the average producer will attribute it to the fact that the non-buying prospect is just dense (that never happens!). Or they blame the economy. […]

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Are You a Manager or a Great Leader?

One of my favorite pieces of leadership advice when running a 1,000+ team was: “You can’t do for one what you can’t do for 100.” Think about that. Think about your business and what you are doing for your team members today. Write out that list and now put on your thinking cap. What can you do to systematize this […]

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Stop Doing it For Them!

Often, we as leaders, feel that we get our value from doing everything for our team members. Oh! I’ll go to that meeting and close that sale for you. Oh! Ask me any question you have about how to do something and I’ll answer it right away. I know how it is. We feel that this is the reason we […]

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The Ninth Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 9 of 12)

Are you running specific contests for your team with incentives attached to them on a regular basis? As a sales manager, we always get what we promote. When you’re creating a contest, you want to think about what sort of activity or behavior do you want to promote? At Southwestern Consulting we teach our clients to structure contests around things […]

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My Number One Time Management Tip For Sales Leaders

I want to share with you probably the most impactful thing you can do to get more time back in your day and to empower your people. If you’re a leader with an open-door policy, start scheduling regular one on ones with each of your team members. At Southwestern Consulting, we call these “personal conferences”. They are scheduled regular one […]

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How to Build on Your Victories

Maybe you have heard the age-old saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I see this time and time again in the workplace especially when it comes to goal setting. Goal setting can either make you feel: 1. Fired up- eagerly anticipating tackling the goal and exceeding expectations 2. Discouraged- why haven’t I achieved this yet? I am so far […]

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How this Southwestern Client Doubled His Referrals (Featured Interview with Jeff Goodman)

You are amazing with clients, you have a great product, your offer a great service, but you just can’t seem to ignite a fire in your sales- at least not like you should be. You feel powerless- why am I working so hard and not seeing the results I should be? You feel hopeless, and self-doubt starts to creep in. […]

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Help! I’m Drowning in Work and I Can’t Afford to Hire an Assistant!

So often busy sales professionals know they need a rock star professional office assistant, but because of bad experiences in the past, they often decide it is just easier to do it all themselves than to hire and train someone who may, once again, disappoint them. But can there be hope?  Absolutely! Let’s face it, most top producers can’t work any more hours […]

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Sell the Sizzle Not the Steak

When responding to a presentation script from one of my amazing clients, I am reminded that often, to the sales person’s detriment, not every sales presentation is written around the time-tested idea of remembering to “sell the sizzle, not the steak.” In other words, people buy benefits. Think of it like this: A car salesman wants to promote the great […]

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