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#TBT – A dream that will take all the love you can give

rsz_alpine-1180066This post dates W-A-A-A-Y back to January 2012 – Enjoy our Throwback Thursday Irreverent Article.

“OK.

I know it maybe corny, but that song from The Sound of Music – “Climb Every Mountain” – turns out, it’s right on the money! Look it up!

But, the most important thing to remember…..when you’re moving through molasses…..working to get to your dream…..remember, it’s going to require every fiber of your being – the big dream. Often, it’s easy to get trapped in, “Well, this life is just great enough, I’ll take it” (and that’s valid).

But, the BIG ONE takes all of you, leaves nothing wanting — and the Universe will align in mysterious ways when you give it all you’ve got. Anyone tells you something else? Well, don’t take any wooden nickels!

I know you’ve got it in you, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now!

Love,

The Irreverent Sales Girl”

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I’ll have some Tortoise with my Hare please! (On the side).

We all know that slow and steady wins the race, right? That tortoise story is ingrained in our psyche. The Hare LOOKS like he’s hot stuff, but it’s the Tortoise who crosses the finish line and leaves the Hare looking like a big fat blow-hard fool.

That is all well and good.

Unless you’re the Hare. 

How about adding some Tortoise to your Hare?

What if you are the one who makes big things happen from time-to-time? Like breakthrough things? Things that open new markets? Things that make people say Ooooh and Aaaaah? Where does that leave you?

Or, what if you are more like the Tortoise when it comes to delivering your service, but you are more like the Hare when it comes to selling your service (as many small business owners are) – on again and off again as the mood strikes?

Maybe, just maybe, you can have both! I am discovering that you absolutely can. And it requires just one little magical thing…

Consistency

I’m not so sure WHY it works, but I am finding that it absolutely DOES WORK. And, I’m learning over-and-over that it doesn’t just work for me. I am hearing that putting this magical power to use is the key to many professionals’ success.

The Paradox of Consistency

The crazy thing about consistency is that quantity plays almost no role in it and quality plays less of a role than you would think.

In other words, if I want to reach a particular sales goal or business goal or financial goal, putting even a small, consistent practice in place makes a surprising amount of difference.

Continue reading I’ll have some Tortoise with my Hare please! (On the side).

Fill the emotional gap and you are unstoppable!

Emotional SellingEvery real estate professional knows that a property is much more likely to sell if it is “staged” – all set up with sofas, pictures, flowers, accessories – like someone really cool already lives there. Somebody THEY want to be.

It makes their buyer RELATE emotionally to the house.

You can do the exact same thing! In every presentation, meeting, proposal, bring the magic of “THIS is who you want to be”.

Continue reading Fill the emotional gap and you are unstoppable!

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me!

If that’s you….then GOOD!

Salespeople (and great people) almost ONLY perform when someone is WATCHING!

Who’s watching?

If you have a sales manager who is “hands off” –  to them, it doesn’t matter how you perform – you aren’t asked to account for how many meetings you are setting or how you are doing on those meetings… then you may be in BIG TROUBLE!

Scientists have even seen the phenomenon that all particles and organisms behave differently when THEY ARE BEING WATCHED!

Continue reading I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me!

Three Things That Could Be Keeping You From Closing

I was speaking with a completely lovely salesperson the other day. She is awesome. Self-aware, hungry, dedicated. Ready to be a true pro.

She is smart, loves her product, KNOWS her product, but seems to have trouble when it comes to making the final close. In a short Coffee's for Closersconversation, we revealed 3 of the top reasons that she may be stumbling over making the close with clients who should buy.

Her issues are not unusual… perhaps the conversation will sound familiar to you, too.

First obstacle to making the close: Feeling defensive.
When a customer comes in who is wary of her, and tells my salesperson that she is “just there to make a sale” or “just there for the money”, she wants to set them straight, defend herself. It is true that our dear salesperson is interested in her own success, but it is even clearer to me that she is interested in people understanding that she is there for THEM. So, when a person accuses her of being out to take advantage of them, she backs off and wants to defend.

Possible way to overcome the first obstacle: When we explored ways that she might behave – other than being defensive – we discovered that a simple question like “Has that happened to you before? Someone has taken advantage of you?” gave her a TON more confidence and made her feel like she could get on her customer’s side – rather than trying to prove that she was a nice girl! Great move in the right direction.

Second obstacle to making the close: The Price is Too High…
in HER mind! It’s no wonder she is having a hard time closing…she doesn’t understand why or how people pay so much for her product. When we dug into this, she realized ways that she could find out from current customers (and salespeople) why people pay what they pay for their product. Just because it seems like a lot to her, doesn’t mean that it seems like a lot to the customer.

Possible way to overcome the second obstacle: She started walking around her house saying the price to herself out loud – over and over. Just practicing getting the price out of your mouth will make a big difference. Also, asking around to find out from other salespeople or happy customers why and how they paid so much will make you convinced that you are creating a great value.

Third obstacle to closing: I Don’t Want to be Pushy
Other successful colleagues  seem to guide a conversation, but she feels uncomfortable with controlling or exerting authority. Conversations tend to get uncomfortable and she is reluctant to look too manipulative or pushy.

Possible way to overcome the third obstacle: When I asked her what her colleagues were doing that she wasn’t – she saw it right away. They talk straight to their customers. They answer questions directly. They make recommendations succinctly. They ask questions and wait patiently for answers. They are powerful and deliberate when they speak – which instills confidence and more often leads to a sale! She is practicing these ways of speaking and already called a prospect back and made a sale!

Of course, these aren’t the only three things that can keep a person from closing! What are your obstacles? Let’s talk!

Love ’em all UP!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

3 Compelling Reasons to Break Up – NOW!

The song says “Breaking up is hard to do!” And, it certainly can be.

Let’s Break UP!

But, here is how breaking up will free you up!

A very dear friend of mine. A tippy-top producer who has earned a penthouse overlooking one of the most famous (and expensive) avenues in America, shared this recent story with me.

Her pipeline has been a teensy bit stagnant of late. So, she took a BOLD ACTION. She carefully crafted a gracious break-up script and shared it with her prospects who were just not getting back to her.

Generously, she has agreed to let me share her message and her results.  Here is the message she left for her prospects with whom she had met, but received no activity:
Wanna see the script?

Do you KNOW who you REALLY are?

I can’t help myself. Jim Keenan wrote the most brilliant article on Forbes.com about finding the perfect sales person.Jim-Keenan-300x300

I think you will love it!

Bottom line: “Who cares about what people have done? The only thing we should be focusing on is: Can they do what we need them to do? What we need to get done?”

If you can answer that, then YOU are the killer candidate!

Read his more-than-awesome-post here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimkeenan/2014/09/02/why-youre-missing-out-on-the-best-sales-people/

And then, remember who you REALLY are, get ahold of Jim Keenan, and CRUSH IT!

Love yourself UP!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Play or Not to Play – 3 sane steps to deal with RFPs

RFP ImageIt is a dark and stormy evening.

I am tired.

I have been on the road for two weeks.

I just received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from a GIANT company who I have never spoken to. What do I do?

OK. This may be a “bit” dramatic. Still, you’ve been there, right?

The first thing I want you to do is…breathe…

Now, let’s take a look.

Salespeople have been trained to create physical and emotional reactions from their buyers. We know them as “finding the pain points”, “creating urgency”, “challenging assumptions”, etc.

Buyers at big companies have been trained to do the same thing to you. Continue reading To Play or Not to Play – 3 sane steps to deal with RFPs

VaVaVaVoom Interview! Success is NOT for the weak of heart!

BE WARNED!

You are about to read an extraordinary interview that might REALLY shake you up!

If you are committed to being successful – you may have found books and conferences on success intriguing, but they don’t  get you there…Dan upsets that applecart!

BEWARE – Dan’s message can be confronting. It is the TRUTH about what it takes to be a top performer. Not a guide on how to shortcut your way to the top.

(Notice how that hasn’t worked for you?)

If you can handle the truth, READ ON!

I can handle the truth