It Isn’t Easy to Succeed. Last week my company hosted 20 of the most talented sales leaders I have ever met, as they attended our two-and-a-half-day Coaching Catalyst program. Their National Sales Director is an incredible leader, and their passion for what they do and their commitment to excellence is crystal clear. During one of [...]
You’re shy. You’re an introvert. You want to sell. But how? Often, when I speak to groups about being great at selling by "thinking like a customer," I end up mentioning how great introverts are at selling. Afterward, I’m almost always approached by people who are proud, self-proclaimed, card-carrying introverts. They wonder why they’ve had [...]
Small tweaks create huge impact. That is a foundational philosophy of great sales people—who continually search for a gem or nugget, some great idea, that can make a difference. Good sales representatives are skilled in the basics. However, the truly great ones never stop searching for an idea they can use to get even better. [...]
Last week I had the pleasure of finally meeting Gary Pittard in person. Gary is a sales guru who lives in Australia where he owns and runs a highly successful real estate consultancy that helps realtors excel in Australia, New Zealand and in Southeast Asia. He has had me as a guest on his [...]
I spend a fair amount of time with college football and basketball players and sometimes their coaches. I played football in college and our team won only 2 games in all 3 years that I played. In fact, one year we did not win a game. I learned a lot from that experience and my [...]
I see myself as a pretty positive, future-focused guy. I love to laugh and have fun at what I do. And I have been blessed to be doing something I love for many years with people that I genuinely enjoy working with. So the vast majority of the time I am one happy guy! But [...]
One of the newsletters I receive and love is from Sims-Wyeth. They are a terrific resource for learning about presenting information to others. Last week we discussed the challenges of applying what we have learned. Here is a great excerpt from today's Sims-Wyeth newsletter (https://www.simswyeth.com/20170207-secret-good-corporate-training/) that hits the nail on the head. It is a [...]
They say that an elephant never forgets. Well, if that is indeed the case, it’s Elephants 1 – Humans 0 when it comes to the Memory Game. In the late 1800's Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered a concept he called the "Forgetting Curve". Ebbinghaus was interested in studying how long individuals remembered information and his findings are fascinating. He found that within 20 minutes of being presented with new information, individuals had forgotten over 50% of that information. Within 24 hours, individuals would typically forget 2/3 of the information, and a month later, these same individuals had forgotten 80% of the information presented just 30 days prior.