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6 Great Questions That Will Help You Find Your Focus

the importance of finding your focusOne of the most important things you need to do when looking to start and work your own business is to find your focus. It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed and lose yourself in the amount of work there seems to need to get done.

If you’re feeling that there is a ton to do and you have no idea where to start, would you like to know that each step you take leads you in the right direction? Would you like to narrow your “to do” list down to a few key items and Continue reading

Networking In An Effective Way

networking in an effective way is smartIt has been said that networking with strangers can be seen as wasting your time. Effective networking is all about building relationships so start slowly and work up. Why? A friend of mine was complaining, “I’m doing 2-3 networking events a week – and I’m worn out.” I then asked why they felt doing so much networking was important and they replied, “One of my marketing goals is to do at least 1 networking event a week.” I then told them that their goal was just 1 each week, so why do more than that? The point is to build business relationships and gain trust. This means less is better, rather than Continue reading

The Power Of Listening And Building Rapport

build rapport with the power of listeningOne of the most vital skills for any effective communicator is the have the power of listening. The skill of listening isn’t taught in school, and it’s something that should be developed more. Listening is a powerful skill that can be learned effectively and practiced. It’s amazing how much more respect and esteem you will get by listening rather than talking constantly.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can link a specific phrase to someone? I once knew a guy called Ray kept saying “I hear you” when he was listening to me talking. Even though I liked this characteristic, I often wondered whether he was saying that because he actually heard, or that he maybe disagreed with what Continue reading

Having Laser Focus Drives Your Passion.

passion is driven by focusIt’s actually quite obvious that without focus, it doesn’t really matter what your passion, there is no substance to carry that passion forward. Focus drives passion in such a way that it helps you to define goals. Goals need laser focus and passion needs to create the goal, so each is intertwined to be sure. Knowing what your passions are should therefore help to create the focus you need to reach your goals and be happy in your life. And that happiness is because you’re doing what you are so passionate about.

Certainly lots to think about.

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Don’t Argue: Ask Questions

don't argue, ask questions insteadThey say “It takes two to tango”. Well, it also takes at least two to argue. It’s not possible to have an argument with someone if there is no reaction. My advice is don’t argue. If you need to find solutions to create a win/win outcome, then arguing isn’t going to serve you. The best way to reach a reasonable and acceptable outcome is to ask questions.

In coaching it’s normal to encourage people to ask questions so the other person can hear the potential solution in their own words. It’s said that coaches don’t ask questions to hear the answer themselves, but Continue reading

Six Steps To Successful Selling – Step 6 – Objections

successful selling - dealing with objectionsIn the final step of the 6 steps to successful selling we will go over dealing with objections. But first, a brief summary of what we have already discussed.

If you have been following the series, you will know that step 1 is all about building trust and rapport with your prospect. Step 2 is about asking relevant questions. Step 3 finding out everything you can about your prospect’s values and buying preferences. Step 4 about matching the product to the customer and step 5 about going into a “conditional close”.

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Six Steps To Successful Selling – Step 3

Step 3 of 6 in selling successfullyHaving been through step 1, talking about building rapport, step 2, asking relevant questions, we venture into step 3 of the 6 steps to successful selling. In this step, it’s all about working with the prospect’s values. Having created the rapport and asked those questions, you should now know a lot about your prospect and their view of the world and some of their buying strategy. Now you need to move on to knowing what those values are.

To find out more about their “value system”, it’s a good idea to Continue reading

Six Steps To Successful Selling – Step 2

The key to selling successfully, stpe 2 of 6Welcome to step 2 in the 6 steps to selling successfully. In step 1 I talked about rapport and the importance of building that rapport and trust from the outset of any relationship with a potential client / customer. Step 2 is another vital step and it’s surprising how many people don’t use this effectively, if at all.

Step 2 in the process of effective selling is: Continue reading

What About Tomorrow? Do It Today!

Don't even think of what about tomorrow?If you’re prone to procrastination as I have been known to in the past, it’s all too easy to say “what about tomorrow?”

Tomorrow is a nightmare because it’s always ahead of us. The best way to deal with anything “tomorrow” is to ask yourself “what can I do TODAY?” Then, make sure you go do it!

It may be that you like to schedule your tasks, but there are times when you should forget about tomorrow and make sure you focus on it in the moment – being right NOW! It may be that you have no leads or enquiries for sales, but complaining about it doesn’t help. The thing to do is Continue reading

Is It Wise To Convince And Sell?

is it best to convince and sellNone of us like selling, but so many of us have to. The question that is on my mind for this post is one that is relevant for most circumstances. Is it really wise to “convince and sell” or is it better to just sell to people who truly WANT what you have to offer rather than trying to convince them they want it?

This “convincing” is fed by desperation. How often do you see or hear “buy my stuff” or “join this fantastic money maker” or “you NEED this”? So many are DESPERATE for a sale. Too many people have the message you NEED this or that shiny object and this is where to get it. Why is this? Because they have not Continue reading

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