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Franisms: Sales Quotes for Real People
If you think you are no good at selling ~ then this is the page for you.
Quotes and ideas on Sales Mindset, Activity and Results aimed squarely at real people!
Article: How to Follow Up and Get Through
How to follow up must be easily one of the most frequent questions I get. I wanted to explain why you hate it so much and what to do about it.
Why you hate following up:
I'm going to be a little brutal here... It is your fault that you are in this situation of not wanting to pick up the phone. You hate following up because you havent organised the next contact with your potential client.
So ... when you go to call ... you feel like you are intruding, you worry that they won't want to hear from you or they will think you are a pest.
Article: Connect with Clients by Telling Sales Stories
There is a very good reason that we tell our children stories. If you review childhood stories they are used to educate our children on things they should and shouldn’t do. They are memorable because they put us at the centre of the story and take us on a journey of what might happen if we choose a particular path or option.
Storytelling is also a great way to promote your business. Here’s why.
How To: Successful Discovery Calls
Discovery Calls ... Here you are ... you have a lead, someone to talk to ... someone to potentially work with ... someone to see if you can help and see if they will buy from you. Great!
Now ... where to start. How do you structure a discovery call with your potential client so that you really understand what they want and get all the information you need to wow them and win them.
Learn how to successfully structure your calls to get everything you need to win your client.
Article: Successful People Ask Better Sales Questions
Successful people ask better sales questions, and as a result, they get better answers. Tony Robbins sums this up so well!
So HOW do you ask better questions and what questions should you ask in a sales conversation.
Learn more about asking better sales questions!
Article: You can love objections
This might sound controversial - but objections are your friends! Why? Because they tell you that the person is actively thinking about buying from you.
Find out how to rethink this, the common objections and what to do with them.
Podcast: The Art of Authentic Selling with Frances Pratt
Listen to my podcast with Petra Jones from The Mumpreneur Show where I talk about the art of authentic selling and much more.
Article: What Charlie Chaplin Can Teach Us About Sales
“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness”
Is it too harsh to say that what is stifling you and your business right now is that you think too much?
Well the reality is that how you feel about what you are doing and what you are choosing dictates what you do and how you choose to do it and so how people perceive and react and even how you interpret their responses.
Let’s break down how this works (or doesn’t work) and then look at how to do it differently.
Video: Action First. Results Second
VIDEO: The truth is that sales results come from consistent and dedicated activity ... this makes perfect sense and we know this ... but we act differently.
We feel lost and we choose not to lean in, we won't really try until we see some results.
Watch this video to find out more.
Article: Actioning Know, Like and Trust in your Business
People buy from people they know like and trust.
This is one of the those sayings that everyone knows and says … and we all agree it's true ... but do you know how to apply it your business? Just saying it isn't enough. In order to use this valuable tool, we have to do it!
I have been thinking a lot about this lately and have come up with some great ways to help you rethink and apply this in your business. Let’s get into action!
Video: New Pricing for KISS To Sell 8 Week Online Sales Training to Grow Your Sales Confidence
A quick video to launch my new pricing for KISS To Sell 8 Week Online Sales Training to Grow Your Sales Confidence
Article: Sharing My Journey of Discovery
I feel like I have to apologise for being absent from your inbox for so long. But there is a good reason and I want to share that with you. I have been rethinking how I deliver KISS To Sell to you.
As you all know I LOVE SALES and the reason KISS To Sell started was to uncover for people the hidden rules of sales so they can apply them and use them to confidently talk about and build their business in a way that makes them feel proud and comfortable.
That isn’t changing. But I had have had to re-think my business and realign it with what people REALLY wanted!
Article: #saleshack ~ Give Yourself Permission to be Great at Sales
I have been speaking with lots of people recently who are smack bang in my target market … that is ... people who don’t like sales and want to be better at it.
Something struck me ... there was one MASSIVE central theme that stood out for me from these conversations.
Here it is >>> Most people think and act like they are rotten at sales … and you know what – they are right! Because what you think ... you do ... and you see.
Here's how to change it !
Article: 3 Key Steps to Ignite Your Business Success
Business is about growth and change. You are the engine in your business and you get to decide in which direction you grow, right? Well actually now … you aren’t the engine … you are the captain, but the engine room of your business are your clients.
Clients decide the rate at which your business grows, or slows.
Today I wanted to share with you a recent experience that I have had in navigating the client engine and allowing them to dictate the direction of my business.
Article: Find Your Sales Goodness: Get more clients you love
“You had the power all along my dear.” Glinda the Good Witch of the North, The Wizard of Oz
Glinda the good witch of the North is my favourite character in the Wizard of Oz. She knows so much and yet she allows Dorothy her journey so she can discover it for and of herself.
Selling is very much the same. It is not our job to tell others what to do, merely to suggest solutions to their problem.
Learn how you can get your Good Witch of Sales working for you.
Article: Sales Confidence: How to Ditch the Wizardry and Be Yourself
To have sales confidence there aren't tricks to learn , other than to be yourself.
The truth is you need to learn how to be comfortable and confident being you in your sales role and then … being you talking about your business and being you asking people to buy from you. Once you find a way to walk and talk your way through business … then the right people will be attracted to and say yes to you.
Article: The Lion . . Have Sales Courage
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”
? L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
To be fearful is to be human. It is how we choose to describe and react to that feeling in your gut that makes the difference in how we perceive and react to a situation.
You already have the confidence ... let me help you find it.
Article: Be Like the Tin Man & Have a Heart
Selling is a most human activity. We all sell every day, we just don’t call it sales. Today if you have negotiated with a 4 year old on what to wear or convinced someone to go the restaurant you want or get takeaway instead of cooking – you have been a sales person. Congratulations!
Learn more about how to sell using your heart, just like the tin man.
Article: The Scarecrow Your Client Doesn't Have a Brain
“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?” Scarecrow Wizard of Oz.
I have sold lots of things to many different people. There is a common theme, your client doesn’t understand what you sell. More than that, they are very often scared of what they don’t know and certainly worried that others might know that they don’t know.
All sounds a little complicated … that’s because none of it is logical, it is based on emotions. Mostly fear.
If you can successfully hold your client's hand, get them to be honest about their fears then you have a fighting chance of helping them to address these and buy from you. Let’s unpack how this works.
Article: Meet Dorothy ~ Your Client
There is nothing more sacred than when someone trusts you and they agree to walk with you through finding a solution to their problem. That’s what selling is all about, allowing the person to walk their journey.
So if we are going to walk with them, then it is worth taking time to understand where they are and how to help them.
Article: Sales A Sacred Journey
Sales is a very misunderstood art form. My mission in life is to help people understand that there should be nothing dirty or awkward about the art of sales. It is a sacred transaction that has been happening since time immemorial.
There is nothing more sacred than when someone trusts you and they agree to walk with you through finding a solution to their problem. That’s what selling is all about, allowing the person to walk their journey.
Article: Shit Happens ~ How to Apologise to a Client
We’ve all had things go wrong. It is how we choose to deal with it when it does that is the important part. But how do you do that? The first advice I have is wherever possible do this face to face. It is important from a relationship perspective that you take the time, but more importantly people are less angry and irrational when you meet them face to face. It also gives you a chance to read body language and understand more than just what their words are saying.
The best way to do this is to tell a story, tell them what happened from your perspective. Too often we wrongly assume that the other party is aware of details or facts. This is often the cause of the issue in the first place.
Article: Show your Clients that you LOVE them!
February is the month for love. So I am using that theme to show how you can improve the sales in your business by loving people more.
Learn why showing your clients some love will improve your business.
Learn how to show them love and lastly how to build an ongoing love affair with your clients.
Video: Sales an Obligation or an Opportunity?
VIDEO: How you approach your sales call changes EVERYTHING. Stop thinking of the obligation and start exploring opportunities. Here's why and how xxx
Video: Project MARS: Kick starting your Sales in 2016
VIDEO: Project MARS covers the three essentials for sales success. In each part, I help you understand it, think about new ideas and then apply that to your business. This includes a 1:1 coaching session with me to answer any questions and make sure you get the MOSTEST out of your trip to MARS.
Article: Project MARS: Kick starting your Sales in 2016
Project MARS covers the three essentials for sales success. In each part, I help you understand it, think about new ideas and then apply that to your business. This includes a 1:1 coaching session with me to answer any questions and make sure you get the MOSTEST out of your trip to MARS.
Article: Feelings ... nothing more than feelings
How you feel about sales drives your behaviour. If you are going to be a confident sales person - then you need to explore and change some of the beliefs and assumptions you have about sales and selling. Learn why and how here.
Video: Turn your pitch upside down
Get some great sales tips on how to talk about your business so people will want to listen!
Story: Sales A Tale of Woe and a Tale of Joy
This is a story of a Sales Loser and a Sales Champion and how they approach their world and sales. Enjoy :)
Share: 37 Convincing Words and Phrases to Adopt Immediately
We are all three years old at heart - and all want to learn how to convince others to do get what we want.
You don't want to miss out on reading this amazingly simple and powerful piece from inc.com
Video: Sales It's ALL About VALUE!
The new ABC of sales Is all about creating value ... listen up to learn more ... and get out there and create fabulous shining value for all !!!!
When you focus on value ... that's what everyone will get :)
Video: Don't ask me ... talk to your clients!
If you are wondering what will work best in your business.... don't ask me (or your mother) go out and connect with your clients and understand what they really want to buy from you and how you can help them do that.
Article: How to: Listen Like a Sales Champion!
Everybody listens … right?
Everybody can hear but not everybody listens.
Here's your guide to how to get your listening skills working for you.
Listen in and learn ....
Article: The Five Whys of Sales Success
Do you struggle to improve your sales? Guess what ! The answers are literally right under your nose.
You are in business and so by definition you have had sales success. Don’t go looking to some sales guru (except me of course) for the answer. The answer lies within you and your business. Here are some simple (but powerful) questions to gain insight into how you can improve your sales.
Learn how and WHY here ...
Article: Why People Don't Listen to You
Tell me if you have been here .... you are talking and you are sure the other person just isn’t interested in a word you are saying? Chances are you are right! They aren’t. I am sorry if that sounds a little harsh … but that’s the world of Sales.
People don’t listen to you for the simple reason that you aren’t talking about anything that interests them.
OK... now what you can do about it.
Video: Sales It's ALL About YOU!
Here are two great and simple tips to get YOU to be a Sales Champion.
It's not about being an extrovert or a free set of steak knives. Just be you ... listen to this video to learn more.
Video: Eat Your Greens
We know greens are good for us ... but we don't get around to doing it. We know that we will feel and be better if we do it.
Sales is no different, and the greens in sales is new clients coming into your business.
It's vital for a healthy business!
Article: 3 Hot Tips to Get More Referrals
Would you love it if you could run and grow your business based on referrals? Me too.
Sales to people who are referred to you are cheaper, easier and faster than from other sources. Cheaper because they require no advertising; easier and faster as they start with some trust in you and your company.
Learn more on why this is and more importantly how to get more referrals into your business today!
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Follow these Keep It Simple Skills for doing just that.
Article: The 3 Steps of Intelligent Networking
Many people think that networking is a waste of time and you know what, they are right! The problem is that people ‘do’ networking the wrong way.
Kerryn Powell of Your Time Matters is The Networking Whisperer. She explains that the main reasons that people approach networking by focusing on themselves is that they lack confidence! She has worked out how to help you overcome this lack of confidence by following this successful 3-step networking process:
Article: Hate Sales? Perhaps you're doing it the wrong way
People hate to sell because they think it is about manipulating people into buying something from you … something that they don’t need / can’t afford and don’t want. We conjure up a picture of the dodgiest, slimiest sales person in the world … and we would do anything for people NOT to think of us in that way. We are so scared that they will think we are being pushy and manipulative that we forget that we actually might be able to help them.
Article: Refining Your Sales Pitch
A pitch is simply how you tell people what you do.
The purpose of a pitch is about getting people to listen and engage with your idea.
This needs to be worked on and refined as you engage with your customers.
Learn how to do just that with this sales article.
Article: 2015: Your Sales Numbers: EXPOSED
Sales is a numbers game. In order to win at the numbers game you have to know the numbers you need to put in to get out the results you want. Simple – right? Well yes ~ but so many people fail to do this … you know the saying about common sense not being so common!
Read on to learn what you need to do to get the sales numbers you want!
Article: Sales Fact: People Buy Emotionally
Whether you think you buy emotionally or not … you do! And so does everybody else.
Everyone buys emotionally and then wraps it neatly in logic.
Learn more about this and how it can help you to get people to buy from you.
Article: Secret Sales Ingredient ~ Your Lean-In Factor
What if I told you there was a secret ingredient that would make it more comfortable for you to talk about your business AND get greater results? Read on … because the truth is out there (oops I mean in here).
The lean-in factor is that ‘thing’ that makes people lean in and want to know more.
Gangway - Sales Tips for Pirates - Blimey!
Ahoy there me matey ... batten down the hatches, it is International Speak Like A Pirate Day ... and here arrrr some sales tips for ya! To help you find your own pieces of eight.
Keep It Simple Skills -- Q&A
Article: 5 Power Tips for Writing Winning Sales Proposals
You write proposals to win clients and so it should be tailored to persuade your potential client that you are the best company to help them solve their problem. Keep this top of mind as you read on … Learn how to write winning sales proposals.
Article: Build Sales Success > Know Your Strengths
Great businesses, just like great relationships, are built on flexibility around a core idea or value. As the owner or founder of your business – this strength of purpose comes from you!
Learn how to use this to build sales success.
Article: In Sales Intention is Everything!
Before you do anything … before you pick up the phone, write an email, pat the dog good morning … you need to think about where your head is at right now.
Why I hear you ask! Well the answer is simple, it will have an impact on how you approach your tasks and people. The people that you talk to, write to and even the dog will get a sense of your intent from the words, tone and things that you choose.
Article: Sales Secret: Have A Plan
With sales – as with everything in life, you perform better when you have a plan. As the late great Stephen Covey said ‘Start with the end in mind’ or my version … ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.’
Article: Sales Tips for the Phone
What to do to make using the phone in sales easier.
The phone doesn't have to be a scary beast! Here are three simple things that you can do to improve your phone sales techniques.
Article: TOP SECRET: The 3-Step Sales Success Plan
There are only three things you need to do for sales success. Sounds too simple? Well it is simple and common sense.
Here is your TOP SECRET The 3-step Sales Success Plan.
Article: It's True - Your Clients Don't Want Choice !
A common mistake that people make is to give clients too many choices or options.
Clients really want to know the simplest way to solve their problem or meet their need.
Article: Why and How to Sack a Toxic Client
Some clients are just plain toxic!
You know who they are and you can see the effect that they have on the people in your business … and yet … we still work with them. Why?
Here are some business tips on how to think about and to sack a client!
Article: Sales Follow Up Etiquette II – A nice person’s guide to connecting with people
A nice person’s sales guide to connecting with people ... how to follow up on a sales opportunity.
Last week we looked at how to organise a follow up while in a meeting or on the phone.
Article: Sales Follow Up Etiquette – How to do it without feeling pushy!
Following up is probably the thing that most people (sales people and non-sales people) struggle with … and don’t do. It goes in the too hard basket and the result is you leave clients not helped and money on the table!
This post covers why and how you should follow up.
Article: Don't Kill Trust - Have Your Client Goggles On!
If you want to kill trust with a client - focus on you!
Client goggles help you focus on your clients and helps you to avoid focusing on yourself!
Here are some sales tips on the things that destroy trust - and how to avoid and navigate them.
Article: Help Your Clients Buy - Sales Roadmap
The Sales Roadmap is a simple and effective sales tool that helps keep you in control of the sales process with new clients. Its job is to help your client understand what a typical engagement is like with your company.
Article: Trust & Intimacy - Walk With Your Client
Intimacy is the most important element on the top of the Trust Equation.
Intimacy is when your client is happy to talk to you about sensitive issues or personal ideas. This can be the problem or an emotional connection that they have with the problem they are trying to solve.
Article: Want to Build Trust? Be Reliable
Reliability shouldn’t be delivered by chance in your business. This article looks at how you can understand how people perceive your reliability and what you can do about it.
Article: Credibility & Trust - Don't Leave Home Without Them!
In sales – trust is everything. If they don’t trust you, your product and your company, they simply won’t buy from you.
The good news is that trust has an equation so you can better understand how to build it in your business. Here is my sales take on the trust equation, what each component is and how you can use these assets to build trust.
Article: Sales - It's a Con!
Let’s face it, sales is about confidence! If you have to be the sales person for your business then you have to build your confidence, in yourself and your business. Once you have done that, you can show confidence in your business, what you do and how you do it, that’s sales.
Article: How Mistakes Help you Sell
People often ask me what to do about mistakes that they make in their business. My answer is always the same, use this to tell positive stories about your business.
That might sound counter-intuitive … but it isn’t … let me tell you how this sales technique works.
Article: How to Spot & What to do with Tyre-Kickers
A tyre-kicker is someone who asks you for information but has no intention of buying. Their intention is to get information from you -- so unfortunately the more you give them, the more they will hang around. It’s kind of the same as seagulls when you have hot chips.
Article: Sales Lessons from "The Gambler"
Sales is gambling.
Learn the rules of the game and how to win with help from Kenny Rogers.
Article: How to Sell: Inspired by Walt Disney
For non-sales people learning how to sell, they often get stuck with how to get to know their client better and understand what really drives them. Here is how a Disney Sales Process would help with that.
Article: Relationship Selling is Great Selling!
The world of transactional selling is closing as companies and people continue their search for relationships. “Good selling is about transcending the customer-facing role and becoming an internal change agent as well.”
Article: Six Sales Tips for Beating Sales Meeting Nerves
I know plenty of people (including myself) who get a little nervous before an important meeting with potential new clients. For people who hate selling or non-sales people, it can be daunting!
Article: Want a Yes? Get Fuzzy!
A sales person’s primary job is to give the prospect the right type and amount of information to get them to say yes to move forward with the proposal. Does it have to be correct yes! Does it have to be precise? No!
Article: Don't blame the buyer!
Stop it! Your job is to help people buy … so blaming the buyer for not buying from you isn’t addressing your problem, it’s part of the problem. Here’s 4 things to help you fix the problem.
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Article: 6 Rules for Sales Success from Warren Buffet
I am in love with Warren Buffet … shhhh don’t tell him, or my husband! But it’s true. He is a genius! And the thing I love the best (like all geniuses) it isn’t those light bulb moments that make the difference, although they are great; it’s the choices that we make every day that really matter.
Article: How to Avoid these 4 Dumb Sales Traps
Here are 4 common sales traps, why they happen and how to avoid them !
Article: Once Upon A Time ... I Ran A Business
Storytelling is a great way to promote your business. They are an especially important sales skill for people who hate selling because they are much easier to use.
Article: How to Make Clients Love You
So you want your clients to love you ... here are some great tips on how to do that.
Article: What Clients Want
Want to learn to sell in a way that your clients want? Here are a few sales tips that are right down your alley.
Article: Sales Tips from a Self Confessed Introvert
The highlight for me at the recent Problogger event was hearing from Chris Guillebeau. He probably doesn’t see himself as a sales mentor. Many of his wise words were so applicable to how to sell that I thought I would convert them to sales tips for my blog.
Article: 7 Sure Fire Sales Tips for People Who Hate Selling
You hate selling and the very idea of using the word sales and telling people that’s what you are doing in your business … well sales isn’t a word that you use – right? You might use other words like ‘meeting new clients’, ‘telling them about what we do’, ‘business development’ … and there are many more.
Article: Selling Technique -- Feel Your Way to Success
We all buy with emotions first - here is how you can uncover and overcome fears with your customers.
Article: In Sales Attitude is Everything
Lots of sales helpers tell you about this and why it is so important and I will cover that too. But first we have to start with why business owners often approach sales with a bad attitude.
Article: How Deming Can Help You Sell
Deming is the father of what we now know as Continuous Improvement. He was a US professor who went and worked in Japan to help them improve design, product quality … yes and sales !
Article: Why Selling is Just Like Dating
Ok now I have your attention … what do I mean it’s like dating?
If you want to ask someone out on a date, what’s the first things you would do? Let’s explore that.
Article: 5 Essential Sales Tips I learned from Ita Buttrose
Recently I had the great fortune to see Ita Buttrose speak at a Business Chicks event (thanks to Women in Focus). I felt so inspired by her … and she left us all (there were 895 women in the room + 5 men) with some great tips on life and business. So I thought that I would share some of these with you and how they I would relate them to your sales journey.
Article: How to Sell: You, Me & the Next Step
When people ask me how to sell in various scenarios, I often come back to this is a simple sales structure. It’s a sales technique that I use for sales meetings, phone calls and everyday life.
Article: Sales Tips from Bob Dylan
I hear business owners and others talking about how they deal with tricky customers or bring in potential new customers. One of my first questions, on both of these fronts is ..... 'How many times have you spoken to them?'
Article: Striking GOLD with referrals to your business
They are GOLD because you have a higher chance of closing sales with them, and this means you have to do less sales calls in order to reach your targets.
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Here are some twitter chats on sales tips for non-sales people.
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