What are you avoiding today? Avoidance played a big part in my failure to write last week’s blog. You see, I was busy with client work, and there was the holiday weekend, and I had writer’s block… and yes, I am making excuses. Usually, I get motivated by the big idea, and when I don’t have a … Continue reading Avoidance—What Keeps You from Success?
Have you ever heard successful salespeople say they do very little marketing yet business just comes to them? Everyone wants to increase sales and impact their markets, but not everyone has uncovered the key to making that happen: calling on the right customers. The old axiom “You can’t be everything to everyone” is as true … Continue reading How to Increase Velocity and Sales with Less Effort
This past Sunday the New York Yankees retired their remaining single digit number, which belonged to their former captain Derek Jeter who played with them for twenty seasons. For most of his career Jeter was consistently among the leaders in the American League in hits and runs scored, and he served as the Yankees’ team captain from … Continue reading Impact the World Like #2
This past Friday I had the privilege of attending my daughter’s graduation from Northeastern University where CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour spoke to the graduates. In her commencement address she quoted a civil rights activist who once said, “Give good trouble,” and implored the graduates to “make a hell of a lot of good trouble.” In sales, you’re … Continue reading Be a Troublemaker and Increase Your Sales
This past Sunday on a flight to San Francisco, I had the privilege of sitting next to Jim Plunkett, who led the Raiders (first Oakland, then LA) to two Super Bowl wins, and who also played for the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots during his career. I remember watching Jim play in the ‘80s … Continue reading A Super Bowl QB Formula for Winning at Sales
If I were to ask about the biggest issue preventing you from ImpactING your markets and closing more sales, most of you would say low-cost competitive pressures—and you would be wrong. The biggest issue that prevents us from ImpactING our markets is actually…us! By us I do not just mean sales execs, but all of … Continue reading The #1 Obstacle Preventing You from ImpactING Your Market
Last week I had the privilege to have Todd Davis, the founder and CEO of the publicly traded company LifeLock, speak at the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) Mastermind dinner in Scottsdale. This is a group of CEOs from high-growth companies who get together with me three times a year for peer-to-peer mentoring and coaching on … Continue reading The Success Differentiator
If you want to make money, you can only do so much through your own efforts. As a sales and leadership expert, I often remind people that we are stronger together. You can make a lot more money when you build alliances, and this is something that all top producing sales executives do. There are two … Continue reading Supercharge Your Sales through Alliances
I love sports, and as a sales and leadership expert, I find there are a lot of lessons on the field that apply to sales. As a Yankees fan, one player in particular stands out to me, and it’s not Mickey Mantle —one of the Yankees’ most revered players of all time. I admit he had incredible raw power and skill, but because of his drinking and carousing, he didn’t use that raw talent to its full potential. I think Mickey Mantle probably only achieved 70 percent of what he could have in life. Not all of us are blessed with such raw talent, but we all have the potential to achieve greatness the way Don Mattingly did.
In 1988 before I launched my speaking and consulting business and become known as a sales and leadership expert, I was a regional manager for a computer company. In that capacity, I learned a critical lesson about sales that has served me—and my clients—ever since. In my region I was responsible for several distributors, and … Continue reading From Trusted Advisor to Exponential Sales Growth