Most of us have experienced the humor of Monty Python over the years via their movies and TV shows. I am a big fan, so when I saw that one of the group’s preeminent members, John Cleese, was coming to town for a one man show, I jumped on the opportunity. I am glad I did, because he reminded me of some very important lessons on presenting and selling.
The stage was empty except for a stool. The lights dimmed, a voice announced Cleese and he walked out to the center of the stage. He let the applause die down and then he said . . .Read more
Have you ever wondered why some people are so darn likable?
You know the type . . . you are at a party meeting new people, everyone is a little uptight, and along comes someone who you immediately relate to, who makes you and others relax, who you walk away and later say to your husband/wife/date . . . “I really liked that Bob. He was really nice.”
What’s going on here? It could obviously be very helpful to us as salespeople to understand as much as we can about this phenomenon. So let’s see what makes someone so likable. Read more
Psychologists have long known that small commitments can lead to big commitments. In one research study they asked homeowners to place a big campaign sign in front of their houses. Most of the homeowners who were being asked for the first time declined. However, most of the homeowners who already had said yes earlier and had small signs on their property agreed to place the big signs.
The idea is that when buyers begin to make small, positive commitments throughout the selling cycle, it is enormously helpful when the time comes to close the deal. Read more
I am a big proponent of sales training. It goes without saying that a salesperson must have absolute command of the pivotal benefits of his products and services to be credible and compelling when communicating with buyers. And to the extent he can pick up some new ideas and selling techniques from a training platform, all the better.
But after many years in and around the selling profession, do you know what I have found to be the most powerful developmental platform of all? Read more
People often ask me when it is best to present when competing in a proposal process . . . first, middle or last. The answer, if you can arrange it, is last. The reason is based on something psychologists call the “recency effect.” Read more
The other day I walked into a burger joint after working out (figured I had earned it). I still had my workout clothes on and the kid at the counter said, “Do you play basketball?” I said, “I played in college a thousand years ago.” He said, “Well it looks like you are still playing . . . you are in great shape.”
Bam! I don’t know whether the kid had been trained to find a way to make a compliment or was being spontaneous but guess what? It didn’t matter. I skipped out of the restaurant feeling better than when I had walked in. From one simple sentence.
Dale Carnegie has sold over 10 million books on winning friends and influencing people. Do you know what he recommends if you want to be the most popular person in the world? Read more
The many people who are involved in our Mr. Shmooze community are interested in dynamic customer relations. Most of you spend a lot of time trying to enhance those relationships both personally and as a smart and enjoyable way to do business. But how do we know we are actually making progress with our customers for all the energy and activity we are putting into it. Here is something we like to do to add some discipline to the process.