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Lighten up, Francis! (And do more business, too!)

Ever notice how SERIOUS you are about your business?

Ever notice how much you LOVE to do business with people who are fun?

Have some fun and STAND OUT!

I got this Out Of Office message today and just HAD to share it with you:

“Hello!
Is it me you’re looking for?
’cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do

Yes, Lionel Richie said it best.

I am on the road until the 11th and will have limited access to email. I will reply  you as soon as possible. And remember to have fun.”

Now, THAT is a guy I want to do business with!

How can you add more fun, personality, and plain old STAND-OUTNESS to your work?

It will make you look like a rock star and have people want to play with you. Which turns into money and friends. Both of which are good things.

Go out and…

Love ’em UP!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

Being Two-Headed In Sales – You Must Win Both Games

If you’re going to be truly great in sales, you are going to have to master the fine art of being two-headed about your work.

Let’s pause for a moment to let the 15-year-old boy in each of us have a good snicker – “She said two-headed, dude!”

Being Two-Headed In Sales

Back to our regular programming.

The thing about great salespeople is they have their head completely in the game.

But, they are playing two games simultaneously – each at 100%. 

GAME #1
Truly great salespeople are in it to win it! They are ambitious and strive to be #1 – no matter what. They are going to crack the code, find the secret sauce.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Who’s the greatest of them all?

An all-time favorite tip to being wildly successful in sales – on the phone – is “Sell to the Mirror”. 

Be the greatest YOU in the mirror!

When you are selling to a mirror, you sound like an actual human being – because you are relating to the person in the mirror as another human being.

You can see when you’re smiling – which comes through on the phone.

You can see when you’re sitting or standing (prefer standing) in a confident manner – which comes through on the phone.

You can relax and be yourself – instead of all stiff and weird – and that comes through on the phone!

I urge you to get a full-length mirror (if you have an office set up for that) – or at least a small one on your desk. You will see gi-normous results!

And, if you happen to be in a setting where you are selling on an open floor – and this just doesn’t work for your office environment – print out the article below and take it to your manager!

http://blog.bridgegroupinc.com/sit-your-team-up-for-success

When you sell into the mirror, it is much easier to Love ’em ALL UP! (Which comes through on the phone).

Now you can be the greatest salesperson of them all!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

Very Superstitious – Cracking the Activity Code

Are you a salesperson with a superstition problem? You are not alone.

It happens to all of us. You are dialing and emailing and socialing and then, seemingly RANDOMLY, a deal pops up out of the blue.

Nothing’s been closing. Nothing’s been moving. Nothing seems to work, and then – BOOM! Deal closed. 

Crack the Sales Code – Lose the Superstitions

How did that happen?

What were you wearing? What did you have for lunch? What cup were you using for your coffee? Should you do more of that?

Let me offer you some freedom.

What happened was that you were in action. 

You were committed.

You weathered all of the “no’s”. You did the dialing.  You did the emailing. You did the socialing.

It was not clothes, the tuna sandwich, or the cup.  It was YOU!

As much as it seems like things fell out of the blue, they didn’t. You were in action. It created activity. Activity breeds activity.

Stay in action. Don’t make things up – that will just distract you. 

Go and Love ’em ALL UP!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

Wonder why you’re not in the zone?

“Why is your life so hard?” Shirley MacLaine asks her granddaughter in the movie Carolina. “Makes me think you’re living somebody else’s instead.”

Made me think of you.    

Are you in the zone in your life, your business, your sales?

Does it all seem like a great, big struggle?

I invite you to look.

Are you living somebody else’s dream? Somebody else’s version of what a salesperson should look like? Somebody else’s idea of what your life should look like?

Try going off-script for a day or two. It takes a bit more thinking, and maybe even uncomfortable choices, but it’s the fastest way to the zone and to the success you know you deserve.

Love your bad self UP!

The Irreverent Sales Girl

If you’re anything like me…you will LOVE this secret sales weapon!

I have a secret sales weapon.Secret-weapon

It is a sure fire way to get on the same side of the table as your prospect. Especially those who are resisting a sales conversation with you.

The secret weapon? A few simple words.

“If you are anything like…”

This is one of the most dis-arming comments you can make in a tense sales conversation. It immediately makes your conversation personable.  Here’s how it works:

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One More Call

I was reading Jeb Blount’s book last week. Fanatical One More CallProspecting.

And, if you know anything about me, you KNOW that I abhor most business books.

But, this one grabbed me. It made me think…HEY! I had NO idea I could do this stuff. I have never even thought this way. NO WONDER this guy’s a millionaire!

Seriously.

That’s what I thought.

Then I got excited. I have always KNOWN I could do better, I just didn’t know where to look to find the flaws in my performance (yes, *sigh*, even The Irreverent Sales Girl has flaws in her performance – until NOW *grin*).

One of the challenges Jeb puts to you is to make just ONE MORE CALL. So, it was Friday afternoon and I was cold calling my list. Yep, successful people still cold call. And I was tired, but I challenged myself to observe Jeb’s rule. Make ONE MORE CALL.

Guess what happened? Continue reading One More Call

Vampires Can’t – Neither Can You. Get Invited In.

VampireI was recently talking with a friend of mine who does phone sales and she told me that her company says they are NOT ALLOWED to ask the prospect on the other end of the line if it is a good time to talk.

CAN YOU IMAGINE?

She tells me her team is getting clobbered and is truly underperforming and that the job is demoralizing (I think she’ll be leaving soon), but her management INSISTS that they should never ask this question.

So, it’s time for the Vampire article.

VAMPIRES AND SALES? WHAT?
Yes. Indeed.

In the time-honored tradition of Vampire-lore, it is well-known that Vampires cannot cross the threshold into your home, until they get invited in. The barrier is considered “sacred” and “holy”.

It is the SAME THING with your prospect’s time! You MUST be invited in before you are allowed to start selling – or you will be left bleeding out of your eyes (the sales equivalent is BEING SHUT DOWN and demoralized).

What does this look like?

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What’s the Plan?

What’s your Plan?

You want to be a success in sales?

There is absolutely NO WAY around having a plan.

Your plan does not have to be perfect. In fact, if you wait for it to be perfect, you will miss wild opportunities.

But, make one.

Here’s the Irreverence: If your plan doesn’t completely light you up – and you feel clear you can’t achieve it – DUMP IT! It isn’t yours. It’s someone else’s idea for you.

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Let’s Go All The Way!

Take a little ’80’s Break!Lets go all the way

Remember when you really hit your stride as a salesperson?

Maybe you only have one memory of it. Maybe you have had many.

What was it that made that time so magical?

Perhaps you would say that you were lit up by the product you were selling. Or the challenge. Or you had a great team around you. Or that people really wanted to hear about what you were selling.

One or all of those things might be true.

I want you to consider something. Look and see if this resonates.

Continue reading Let’s Go All The Way!