We’re all dandelion kids now.

“From an evolutionary perspective, the developmental plasticity of the stress response systems, along with their structured, context-dependent effects, suggests that these systems may constitute conditional adaptations: evolved psychobiological mechanisms that monitor specific features of childhood environments as a basis for calibrating the development of stress response systems to adaptively match those environments.” —Biological sensitivity toContinue reading “We’re all dandelion kids now.”

VUCA demands a new type of salesperson.

VUCA: “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous”  Source: Army War College Strategic Leadership Primer, 1st edition. Considering the many adaptations that we have had to make in order to continue serving our clients (which in turn means adapting to their equally changing demands) it is important that we re-evaluate the characteristics and aptitudes that sales professional willContinue reading “VUCA demands a new type of salesperson.”

Frosty Freeze Air Conditioning Goes ‘No Contact’

At Frosty Freeze Air Conditioning we believe that our customers’ safety and well being is our number one priority.  Therefore we have implemented the following best practices in order to ensure the highest level of protection.  Beginning immediately:  Every member of our team will take a temperature reading before coming to work.  Thermometer readings willContinue reading “Frosty Freeze Air Conditioning Goes ‘No Contact’”

In order to grow older we have to get younger.

I’ve spent hours and hours this week on Zoom, WebX, FaceTime, Skype.  I’ve also had to learn how to use Adobe, update my website, start a Facebook page, manage on-line payment applications, distribution lists, edit podcasts and video, build newsletters and host on-line chats.  Every one of these rogue waves has either exposed a blindContinue reading “In order to grow older we have to get younger.”

Podcast: E-Commerce for the home service industry–a growth and survival strategy. My interview with Justin Riley.

I interviewed Justin Riley in 2018 when his on-line/e-commerce platform was hitting a stride.  Since then it’s grown exponentially in both scale and profitability.  While many contractors are limited by social distancing Justin’s technology provides limitless sales and service opportunities.  This is a fantastic podcast for any business owner who is tired of cancelled serviceContinue reading “Podcast: E-Commerce for the home service industry–a growth and survival strategy. My interview with Justin Riley.”

A time management exercise for salespeople.

Let’s assume that you spend your time on three separate types of activities with three corresponding outputs. Activity/Output #1: Low leverage, low output.  These activities include disseminating information, updating clients on topics that may or may not improve their output (trip points!), and content that can be emailed, downloaded, or included in a newsletter. Activity/OutputContinue reading “A time management exercise for salespeople.”

How to Optimize Your Schedule in 99 Words.

  You have to distinguish between activity and output.  As a salesperson your activities do not always improve output.  Some activities actually impede your output.  Spending time with low output/low loyalty clients, clients who ask you to give 100% of your effort without reciprocity, or simply disseminating information are bad time management decisions.  Every hourContinue reading “How to Optimize Your Schedule in 99 Words.”

How to protect your price and improve customer loyalty in 99 words.

You can protect your price position only if you establish a value-based difference that is sustainable.  The essence of your difference must be predicated on the things you will and won’t do (your strategy requires “yes” and “no” binaries such as  ‘Yes, I will work with people with an appetite for change.’ or ‘No, IContinue reading “How to protect your price and improve customer loyalty in 99 words.”

12 Ways to Sell More in 2020 in 99 Words.

 Reduce the number of opportunities you pursue. Increase the amount of time you spend selling versus the amount of time you spend doing busywork. Improve your presentation skills. Sell the things your customers demand rather than what you supply. Treat selling as an opportunity to serve, not an an opportunity to convince. Terminate weak engagements.Continue reading “12 Ways to Sell More in 2020 in 99 Words.”

Improve your prospecting results: Pattern recognition.

The world’s best chess players don’t play move-by-move chess.  There’s no “10 moves ahead” aspect of their games.  Chess, like life, is too organic and the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.  Instead, the world’s best study patterns and use their prodigious gifts to memorize the most successful responses to theseContinue reading “Improve your prospecting results: Pattern recognition.”