No matter how you earn a living, you are in the selling business. In fact, your ability to persuade is central to your success.
That’s why you must know how to deal with objections.
They don’t teach it at colleges or universities. They don’t teach it at most companies. Few businesses purposely teach it. Most people learn to be professional by trial-and-error. Tweet This Here are some tips for being professional. The late, Joe Gilliam, one of my early mentors, said that “professionals constantly need to take in good information.” […]
Anytime is a good time for resolutions. The most successful resolutions offer anticipation of reward or the avoidance of pain. Freud wrote that pleasure and pain are terrific motivators. Here are 5 Cool Ideas for New Year’s resolutions.
1. Be purposeful in everything you do.
You can become much more efficient by striving for purpose in your daily activities. Do you just eat lunch or do you enrich relationships while you eat? What purpose do those two sitcoms serve you every night? What is the purpose of eating that bag of chips? More importantly, what types of consequences await you now that you’ve indulged? Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose and people will be more likely to respect your time.
2. Resolve not to be mediocre.
Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity. This can be a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator. Junk food is marketed to the lowest common denominator. Fast food, for example, is produced cheaply and sold cheaply. Sitcom television is geared toward the masses. The people who produce sitcoms even provide a laugh track so that you’ll know when most people laugh. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from the lowest common denominator.
Every business has a customer service problem.
I’ve yet to work with a client who didn’t need help improving their service model.
In many cases, the people providing the customer service are the last to become aware of the problem because they are used to the way things are. A good consultant can spot such problems almost immediately.
It’s cheaper to keep customers than to find new ones
I’m speaking in Jamaica and brought some reading material on the trip.
My September/October issue of AAA Living magazine features an interesting article on the dangers of “deering while driving.” It got me thinking about how humans handle problems.
Apparently, there are 1.5 million car-deer collisions annually. The magazine states that the crashes kill some 150 people. These accidents aren’t healthy for the deer, either, as hardly any of them are wearing safety belts.
Here’s a surprising driving tip
The article lists three ways to avoid an unwanted wildlife encounter:
1) Stay alert. Deer are the most active at dawn and dusk.
2) Deer travel in herds. If you see one animal, there are probably many more nearby.
The third piece of advice is rather surprising:
3) Don’t veer for deer. Experts say that swerving is much more dangerous than hitting the animal. Veering could easily introduce oncoming traffic or an unforgiving bridge abutment into the equation.
Sales are the lifeblood of every organization, right?
Even non-profit businesses and Rotary clubs must generate revenue in order to survive.
And yet, it seems to be getting harder and harder to sell. The government instituted a “Do Not Call” list in 2008. Savvy prospects are often one step ahead of the salesperson. Sales expert Jeffrey Gitomer is right when he says, “People don’t like to be sold to.”
Have you ever noticed that when a photographer says, “Smile!” that people in the photograph look a little fake?
Smiling, although natural, can be complicated. That’s probably why we don’t do it more often, even when we’re being photographed.
But there are other reasons people don’t smile. The list is extensive and includes, insecurity, lack of self-awareness, discomfort, low self-esteem, fatigue, and unhappiness.
Once in a while, I’ll accidentally catch a glimpse of my resting face when I use the reverse lens on my cell phone to do a selfie. Us self-promoters do a lot of selfies.
Peter Falk, who played one of television’s greatest characters, passed away last week, but not before giving salespeople one of the greatest closing techniques of all time.
Falk played Lt. Columbo, a bumbling police detective so unusual, he didn’t need a first name. Columbo was a true original, a slow-moving, hunched over man wearing a rumpled raincoat and carrying a stogie.
Columbo never seemed to know which way was up—until he solved the crime, usually by tricking the perpetrator into talking too much.
Professional speakers get tons of feedback.
MAC green purple speak 300 dpi crpd We may get formally evaluated more than almost any profession. Conference chairpersons, meeting planners and Human Resource executives love to collect exit evaluations after every program. This data is then analyzed and computed before it is shared with all concerned.