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Jerry Bellune July 2, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJuly 2, 2013Are you in danger of failure?All of us can fail, and most of us eventually do.Our failures are largely self-inflicted but . . .If we never fail, we aren’t taking enough risks. Technology giant IBM hires lots of MBAs.One young MBA grad had a new product idea.He talked IBM into investing…

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Jeffrey Gitomer June 27, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerJune 27, 2013   With all the dumb laws on the books these days, you’d think they’d have one smart one for taking responsibility. Wouldn’t it be cool if every politicians weren’t allowed to blame anybody else,and had to take full responsibility for their own actions and results? Well, the same is true…

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Paul Cline June 27, 2013

 

By L. Paul ClineJune 27, 2013 Perhaps you’ve heard the following, I hear it almost daily   The days of wearing a suit are gone. Casual Friday? It’s casual week around here. No one cares how you dress. Appearances are irrelevant, only results matter. All of these statements ignore the fact that people have and will continue to judge…

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Brian Maynor June 26, 2013

 

By Brian Maynor June 26, 2013   “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”  We have all been there.  Standing in front of the closet, rummaging through every item we own trying aimlessly to find an outfit. Whether it stems from creativity and the desire for something new or boredom with the monotony from wearing the same…

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Brian Maynor June 26, 2013

 

By Brian Maynor June 26, 2013   “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”  We have all been there.  Standing in front of the closet, rummaging through every item we own trying aimlessly to find an outfit.Whether it stems from creativity and the desire for something new or boredom with the monotony from wearing the same things…

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Jerry Bellune June 24, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJune 24, 2013Pro golfers play in a tough league.Lots of pressure and big money at stake.Have a bad day as a pro golfer?You have a bad pay day, too.Golf pays solely for performance.Most team sports don’t.You have a bad day, you’re still paid. In business, we can’t afford bad days.No sales, no money.Sell…

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Jerry Bellune June 24, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJune 24, 2013Pro golfers play in a tough league.Lots of pressure and big money at stake.Have a bad day as a pro golfer?You have a bad pay day, too.Golf pays solely for performance.Most team sports don’t.You have a bad day, you’re still paid. In business, we can’t afford bad days.No sales, no money.Sell…

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Deborah OConnor June 24, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 24, 2013 One of the most complicated and misunderstood aspects of business or home entertaining is proper seating. Many business deals and friendships can be at stake, therefore it is of the utmost importance to understand this fine art. Whether you are entertaining at home, at work, or in a restaurant, you…

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Deborah OConnor June 24, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 24, 2013 One of the most complicated and misunderstood aspects of business or homeentertaining is proper seating. Many business deals and friendships canbe at stake, therefore it is of the utmost importance to understand this fine art. Whether you are entertaining at home, at work, or in arestaurant, you need to know…

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Brian Maynor June 20, 2013

 

By Brian Maynor June 20, 2013   A lot of people work in offices that do nothave a defined dress code or the rule is ‘business casual’ without anyfurther definition or explanation.  Dressing for an office without parameters or guidelines takes a lot more work and focus than following an express dress code.  When there…

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Do your clothes fit properly?

 

By L. Paul ClineJune 20, 2013 1.  Contrary to popular belief, men’s dress clothes should always be comfortable.   2.  Your clothes send a message if they fit well.3.  That message is a good impression, attention to detail, it says you care.   SO, why are most men wearing poorly-fit clothing? Men’s wear sold in stores today are…

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Getting a Great Job June 19, 2013

 

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBoseJune 19, 2013 “I sent out 200 resumes in the last month and haven’t heard anything!” “I’ve been trying for so long, I’m about to give up on ever finding a job.” “My job makes me miserable. I do the work of two employees and they still treat me like…

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Getting a Great Job June 19, 2013

 

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBoseJune 19, 2013 “I sent out 200 resumes in the last month and haven’t heard anything!” “I’ve been trying for so long, I’m about to give up on ever finding a job.” “My job makes me miserable. I do the work of two employees and theystill treat me like dirt,…

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Jeffrey Gitomer June 20, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerJune 20, 2013   The two least understood words in sales are also the most powerful. Both of the words are related. Both of the words have nothing and everything to do with the sale. Both of the words have more power than any other fact or figure about your product or service.…

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Brian Maynor June 20, 2013

 

By Brian Maynor June 20, 2013   A lot of people work in offices that do not have a defined dress code or the rule is ‘business casual’ without any further definition or explanation.  Dressing for an office without parameters or guidelines takes a lot more work and focus than following an express dress code. …

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Jeffrey Gitomer June 17, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerJune 17, 2013   I am on it.I am into it.It’s attracting customers.It’s making sales.It’s free! What is it?It’s almost social media.It’s BUSINESS social media. It’s your ticket to customer and prospect awareness – who you are, howyou think, how you serve, what you believe, what your value messagesare, and what others think…

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Deborah OConnor June 17, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 17, 2013 Last week I was teaching etiquette to a group and was asked the question, “Why do we need etiquette anyway, and how did it start?” Here is a brief history of etiquette and why it is essential to our lives today. As prehistoric people began to interact with one another,…

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Jerry Bellune June 17, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJune 17, 2013 How to create deliriously happy clientsConsumers are happier making irrevocable decisions.And they suffer less buyer remorse.That’s from the Journal of Consumer Research.Who knows this better than almost anyone else?Car dealers, bankers, real estate and insurance agents.They use this buyer strategy every day.They may not know why they are doing it.Maybe…

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Deborah OConnor June 17, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 17, 2013 Last week I was teachingetiquette to a group and was asked the question, “Why do we needetiquette anyway, and how did it start?” Here is a brief history ofetiquette and why it is essential to our lives today. Asprehistoric people began to interact with one another, they learned tobehave in…

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Deborah OConnor June 13, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 13, 2013 More and more business is being conducted today with only a mobile phone. In fact, almost half of all people in the US have only a mobile phone. Because of the casual nature of mobile phones, telephone etiquette is slipping through the cracks. If you are not conducting business properly,…

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Deborah OConnor June 13, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 13, 2013 More and more business is being conducted today with only a mobilephone. In fact, almost half of all people in the US have only a mobilephone. Because of the casual nature of mobile phones, telephoneetiquette is slipping through the cracks. If you are not conductingbusiness properly, it can be costly…

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Style: Brian Maynor June 13, 2013

 

By Brian MaynorJune 11, 2013   You know it’s possible to dress too young for the office, but did you also know you could dress too old?  After working for a majority of your life it is easy to let your image fall into a rut, but wearing the same clothes you wore 5 years…

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Style: Brian Maynor June 13, 2013

 

By Brian MaynorJune 11, 2013   You know it’s possible to dress too young for the office, but didyou also know you could dress too old?  After working for a majority ofyour life it is easy to let your image fall into a rut, but wearing thesame clothes you wore 5 years ago is more…

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Jerry Bellune June 10, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJune 10, 2013 Break your bad selling habits Do you get a lot of pest sales calls?I sure do, trying to sell me stuff I don’t need or want.Whoever trains these people sure lets them down.Sales trainer Kelley Robertson sees this frequently.These bad habits destroy sales.Here are five blunders Kelley and I see…

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Jeffrey Gitomer June 5, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerJune 5, 2013   Hello Mr. Gitomer, I read your article on LinkedIn in the Daily HeraldBusiness Ledger here in the Chicago Suburbs. I am a fan. You make greatpoints and observations that many people miss. I’m in the process ofretooling my profile. I can’t help but to ask if you have ever…

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Brian Maynor June 6, 2013

 

By Brian MaynorJune 6, 2013   You have taken all the right steps toward earning a promotion: workedhard, put in the hours and impressed the bosses, yet nothing seems to be happening.  Time to consider another crucial element to workplacesuccess, dressing for the part. See the outfits below. We have all heard the adage, ‘dress…

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Deborah OConnor June 4, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 4, 2013 People do business with those they know, like and trust. They will goout of their way to deal with someone if they know that they will betreated well. People that maintain a culture of respect, tolerance,goodwill and professionalism are always sought out. There is no doubtthat your manners, behavior, and…

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Brian Maynor June 6, 2013

 

By Brian MaynorJune 6, 2013   You have taken all the right steps toward earning a promotion: worked hard, put in the hours and impressed the bosses, yet nothing seems to be happening.  Time to consider another crucial element to workplace success, dressing for the part. See the outfits below. We have all heard the…

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Deborah OConnor June 4, 2013

 

By Deborah O’ConnorJune 4, 2013 People do business with those they know, like and trust. They will go out of their way to deal with someone if they know that they will be treated well. People that maintain a culture of respect, tolerance, goodwill and professionalism are always sought out. There is no doubt that…

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Jerry Bellune June 2, 2013

 

By Jerry BelluneJune 2, 2013 How to sell to women and menThis is not Mars-and-Venus feel-good stuff.It is based on scientific research.It will help you become more effective.Your purpose may be simply to communicate ideas.Or to influence someone’s decision.More important, it’s probably to make a sale.Selling to women differs from selling to men. Human behavior studies…

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Brian Maynor May 29, 2013

 

By Brian MaynorMay 29, 2013   We have all felt the rush of excitement that follows landing a jobinterview.  The optimism of what could happen, the hope that it does and realization that you have no idea what you are going to wear.  While image standards vary dramatically between industries there arecertain “dos” and “don’ts”…

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Jeffrey Gitomer May 29, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMay 29, 2013   Most people reading this have never tweeted. (You included?) On the offchance that you have tweeted, my guess is you have less than 5,000Twitter followers – maybe less than 500. Whatever your situationis there’s no denying that Twitter is a major force in business socialmedia. The next few paragraphs…

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Brian Maynor May 29, 2013

 

  By Brian MaynorMay 29, 2013   We have all felt the rush of excitement that follows landing a job interview.  The optimism of what could happen, the hope that it does and realization that you have no idea what you are going to wear.  While image standards vary dramatically between industries there are certain…

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Jeffrey Gitomer May 27, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMay 27, 2013   When The Who recorded the song Going Mobile in 1971, they had no idea whatthe future held, nor that they were the predictors of it. Theythought going mobile was all about being on the road, and maybe flyingon an airplane. But today, going mobile means a whole lot more.…

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Jeffrey Gitomer May 20, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMay 20, 2013   How much of your presentation is “standard”? Whether you sell a product or service, whether it’s simple or sophisticated,how much (what percentage) of your presentation is the way you usuallypresent it? Void of personalization? Void of customization? Void ofinteraction? And all about you. What kind of presentation do you…

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Jeffrey Gitomer May 8, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMay 8, 2013   I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Count your blessings.” I wonder howyou interpret that. I wonder how you count them. I wonder how you takeadvantage of them. My biggest wonder is how grateful are you for your blessings. HERE’S AN IDEA: Re-look at your blessings from a different perspective.…

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Jeffrey Gitomer April 30, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerApril 30, 2013   PERSONAL REALITY: You wake up, shower, shave (M), put on makeup (F), brush yourteeth, and comb/fix your hair (if you have any). Every day likeclockwork. Those are personal habits. Rarely (if ever) missed.What about business habits? Personal, business habits? BUSINESS REALITY: Do you have the same consistency in your…

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Jeffrey Gitomer April 25, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerApril 25, 2013   I get a ton of emails from people seeking insight or asking me to solvetheir sales dilemmas. Here are a few that may relate to your job, yourlife, and (most important) your sales thought process right now. Dear Jeffrey, I have cold called in the past and didn’t have…

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Gitomer April 17, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerApril 17, 2013   I am NOT a LinkedIn expert, but I do have more than 15,000 LinkedIn connections. Do you? I may have more visibility and notoriety than you do, but we are equalin exposure and linking possibilities. And 98.5% of my LinkedInconnections are the result of people wanting to connect with…

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Jeffrey Gitomer April 10, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerApril 10, 2013   What’s in a tweet? For most people it’s a post and a prayer. For me, it’s value, information others can use, followers, reputation,image, re-tweets, customers, referrals, sales, and money. Is thatenough? Twitter has the power to generate awareness, create value attraction,keep you or your brand at top-of-mind status, and build…

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Jeffrey Gitomer April 1, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerApril 1, 2013   Dear Jeffrey, I’m a big fan of your weekly column, especially the one aboutmaking sales vs. measuring sales activity. Brilliant! It describes mysituation to a tee. I’m an outside salesman who spends countless hoursfilling in itineraries, CRM notes, and reports. I had the biggest everincrease in sales last year…

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Jeffrey Gitomer March 26, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMarch 26, 2013   How do you communicate? How good of a communicator are you? If you want to make a winning sales pitch, it takes a combination of yourpresentation skills and your communication skills. It’s the little known sales skill: How to get others to listen to you. Or better stated, WANT…

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Gitomer March 20, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMarch 20, 2013   QUESTIONS: Who’s going to win the next Super Bowl? Who’sgoing to win the next World Series? Who’s going to win the next MastersTournament?  ANSWER: The team or the player that’s best prepared. Theteam or the player that makes the fewest mistakes. The team or the player thatstays steady and…

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Jeffrey Gitomer March 11, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMarch 11, 2013   When you’re asking an existing or prospective customer a question, the object is to get them to think and respond emotionally. To most salespeople this strategy sounds like a foreign language. START YOUR THINKING HERE: The sale is made emotionally and justifiedlogically. Once you understand that fact, it makes…

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Gitomer March 6, 2013

 

By Jeffrey GitomerMarch 6, 2013   Last week I promised the answers to why lousy service occurs and how to fixit. If you didn’t read part one, stop now, and go here: http://www.upstatebizsc.com/gitomer/gitomer_february_26_2013/ The answer revolves around four words you already know: positive attitude and personal pride. Let’s start with a little background… Here are…

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Is the sky falling, or just the weather changing?

 

It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will. (Written and performed in 1964 by Sam Cooke.) Change is not in the air, it has hit the ground running, or should I say running rampant. If it hasn’t affected you or your business in some way, you…

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Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise? YES!

 

Small businesses comprise more than 99% of all businesses in the U.S. according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The success of a small business rests on the owner’s ability to sell. Business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales…

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The price is…er, ah, the price is ah…

 

The price of whatever you sell carries with it a discomfort for most salespeople. They’re hesitant to bring up price because it’s the final element in completing any transaction – or so they think.   Actually, price or fee or rate is a logical progression of a presentation. If the rest of the elements of…

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Sales are down. I am down. People will not decide.

 

I get a ton of emails that start out something like, “My sales are off,” or “The market is down,” or “I just can’t get motivated like I used to.” Times are a bit tough. What’s your point? Well, as much as I’d love to tell you to quit whining and get to work, I’d…

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Making the sale is easy, now for the hard part.

 

Make a sale – that’s the easy part. Now comes the hard part: Doing everything else.   That’s why it’s IMPERATIVE that salespeople look at the sale as ONE SMALL PART of the selling process. The easy one.   Thanks for the order, Bill. I’ve given the details to our installation team, your deadlines to…

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