Aware salespeople are the greatest asset to any successful business; they will naturally display all the attributes we associate with success. Whether selling complex solutions or simple transactions, an aware salesperson will always stand out.

I'm reminded of the quote 'All know the way; few actually walk it' (Bodhidharma). We're all guilty of not doing the stuff we know we should be doing. So if you're procrastinating on ACTIONS that you know will better your results, this exercise could really get you moving...

Well then -- are you ready? Have you got what it takes? How motivated are you? What state are you in? Where will you be when the gold rush starts?

When a company fails, the usual reasons get trotted out; "unfavourable market conditions" "the longest recession since xxxx" "fashions have changed" "the internet". Maybe it's the same if you don't reach your sales targets?

I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN YOU GET WHAT YOU EXPECT, NOT WHAT YOU HOPE FOR. DO ATHLETES WORK ON BUILDING THEIR POSITIVITY BEFORE A PERFORMANCE? DEFINITELY. How do you put yourself in a positive state? What about your team?

Why you need more I.P.A For most of us, after our summer holidays, we share that foreboding as we crack up our laptops wondering what 'the figure' of emails will be. Then there are the bragging rights. I reckon most people share their inbox total with their immediate colleagues within 30 minutes of discovering it (go on -- be honest!). And there's that tinge of disappointment if a colleague has a higher total than you! Not that I've got involved with any of that nonsense myself :) Seriously...

Why are Selling Techniques so bad? You will know by now I'm on a mission to improve the nation's selling techniques. It seems every day I collect more evidence of just how big a challenge that is going to be! On the other hand a bottom less pit of potential work it seems. Take my colleague Jonathan's example from a while ago...

What Language are you Speaking? The language you use has a massive impact on your results. That goes for the language you speak, and the language that meanders around internally in your head. If you keep saying things are hard...guess what, it will be hard! You're instructing your brain to expect hard, expect tough...and so that's what it will deliver for you.

Most companies I help receive incoming enquiries -- via the telephone line, emails, exhibitions, the list goes on. None of these companies convert 100% of those enquiries into a sale. Of course, 100% conversion is pushing it a bit! However -- there's no doubt that all of these companies had potential to increase their conversion rate, in many cases by a considerable amount.

Despite the onslaught of social media and on line networking, 'real life' networking is still a crucial element of many companies' sales and marketing strategies. Quite right too -- there are massive benefits to be had from attending networking events. Providing you're at the right event for you. Providing you do it well.