Several years back, I began talking with a customer who at first appeared to be my dream client. We met with Jason, the founder and CEO, two or three times by phone and the fourth time for lunch. He asked me to talk with two
Just as many around the world were feeling the impacts of impending shutdowns, my business was rocked with a major shift. Within the first weeks of the pandemic, a year’s worth of live keynote speeches and seminars were suddenly canceled. Like an earthquake, the reality
We’ve all heard it, "It’s not in our budget;" "The timing isn’t right;" "We’re looking at many different options;" "I’ll run it by the board;" "It’s not a priority right now;" "My brother’s in the business…" Sometimes customer excuses and objections seem endless. I know
People often ask me; “What are the attributes of top salespeople?” Many traits are critical to selling like empathy, resilience, strategic thinking, and practiced optimism, to name a few. But the one trait that supersedes them all is discipline.
What lies at the root of every great invention, transformation and friendship, is curiosity. Unless salespeople are truly curious, they fail to: engage prospects, master new products offerings or grow from constructive feedback.
For as long as humans have inhabited earth, we have struggled with the tension between how we want our lives to be and how they really are. Where I went to be versus where I ended up. After studying top performers for over 30 years,
In his book The Road to Character, David Brooks discusses the difference between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” Resume virtues are those skills you bring to the marketplace—qualities like drive, competition, and gregariousness. The Eulogy virtues are the ones people will talk about at your
Many salespeople share how others have used their product, but they fail to think about why they’re telling the story or how it will benefit the customer and the sales process. Before telling any story, ask yourself these questions.