Is The “Thank You” Extinct?

Has the art of the “thank you” become extinct?  Has it become a casualty in our insanely over-connected, rushed and reactive world we live in?  I fear so, and I hope that we can save the “thank you” from extinction!  As a keynote speaker I am often asked to do a presentation “pro-bono” and when

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Three Words to Avoid!

There are three words that are absolutely deadly to sales, our careers and our very psyche. These three words when uttered send a very negative message  to everyone around us.  These words  – just nine letters and one apostrophe can have an incredibly detrimental effect on our ability to create new relationships, establish credibility and

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2016 is The Year of the Ask!

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. – Maya Angelou Let’s consider where you are as we begin 2016.  Hopefully you had a great 2015 and you some newfound passion and our confidence. You polished your value propositions until they shone like fine silver. You built relationships, built trust, built understanding,

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Increasing your value to clients

Do you know how valuable you are to your clients? Recently, I did a survey (very informal and decidedly unscientific) and asked everyone I knew if they knew how their clients viewed their value. Everyone answered somewhat differently, but I never got the sense that anyone was truly aware of how valuable – and hence

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Sales Culture and Accountability: It’s About the Behavior

As a sales professional who’s developing a sales culture, what do you expect from your colleagues? Are they shaped by your expectation that they are part of a sales culture and accountable to the client and to one another? Do you engage, motivate, and inspire others in the organization to be part of sales campaigns?

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5 Laws for CRM Success

1. One individual stepped up to the plate. Every project needs an internal champion. The projects that succeeded had one. I’m not talking about a Microsoft-Trained-Dungeons-and-Dragons-IT-Propeller-Head either. They’re good only for backups and security. I’m talking about a really good administrative person. Someone who has a brain and isn’t afraid to use it – or

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Are You a “Class Act”?

When I was growing up, I occasionally heard my father use the expression “He is a class act” when talking about someone he had encountered or done business with. I always found it an interesting and thoughtful expression, and I usually asked my dad what that person did to earn his term of high praise.

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