Follow your passion. Always be hustling. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Every new and aspiring entrepreneur has likely heard common pieces of business advice like this repeated over and over again. The problem is that these types of tips are rarely universal; each business is unique and needs to find its own path to success , regardless of what has worked for other entrepreneurs.
I came across this brilliant article some time ago on Life Hack
Celestine Chua writes “…Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek self-improvement through any means necessary? There is always something about ourselves we can improve on. The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth…..”
The more talented and focused somebody is, the less they need the “props”.
Abraham Lincoln wrote The Gettysburg Address on a piece of ordinary stationery that he had borrowed from the friend while staying in his house. James Joyce wrote with a simple pencil and notebook. Somebody else did the typing, but much later. Van Gogh rarely painted with more than six colours on his palette.
Which is why there are so many average authors with state-of-the-art laptops. Which is why there are so many awful photographers with state-of-the-art digital cameras. Which is why there are so many unremarkable painters with expensive studios in trendy areas. All hiding behind props and tech.
Keep asking the question, “Is this a prop?” about every aspect of your selling process, your business, your passion, your reason for being alive, etc., and go from there.
The more we ask, the better we get at spotting the props, the more quickly the props vanish. The next time you are devising a presentation or preparing to contribute to a key meeting, ask yourself a question – what should be the focus of my thinking here – props? Body language? Paraverbal? Word content? – I will explore that process in more depth later. Keep asking yourself – how much do I rely on “props”? And then ask yourself again.
The fall of clothing retailer Bonmarché shows how bad debt can ripple through supply chains. Financial monitoring allows suppliers to spot high-risk clients and take precautions.
You are welcome to download this free. It outlines some questioning techniques you can use on a sales call. Interim Selling Solutions Questioning techniques Module
Your ability to effectively communicate with your employees is key to success as a leader . But to motivate and inspire people with words takes a very human approach in the way you speak to them. For example, do you compliment your workers for doing good work — for going above and beyond?
Improving the performance of a sales team, or a specific seller on the team, is a top focus for any sales leader. Often, we hear sales managers say they just need more activity or need to add more into pending, but the answer is rarely that simple.
A thought leader is an informed opinion leader and the go-to person in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.
This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria. The Accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.
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I see the All-Ireland Business Foundation’s Thought Leader Accreditation as an external validation and recognition of what I have focused on my entire career, with anyone I have worked with, and for my clients. That being, the development of long-term sustainable and profitable relationships that provide a solution to a challenge.
My career has spanned 3 distinct, yet overlapping areas i.e. business development, data and business process outsourcing. It is extremely important to me that I use this Accreditation as a stepping stone to simplify, provoke, stimulate and focus discussion on the basic principles of sales and selling. This type of discussion will strengthen business development as a profession and focus on achievement at a crucial time.