Many professionals haven't clearly defined why they are getting on social networking sites. It's more important than ever to understand your reasons for showing up. As you add value and gain credibility on these sites, you'll activate trust in your followers. Value, credibility, and trust are the main components that turn an observer to a follower, a follower to a fan, a fan to a lead, and a lead into a client.

Gone are the days of the fast taking, hard closing sales rep. If you haven't changed with the times, it's high time to take a long look at your career and to decide what is best for the rest of your sales career.

Prospecting calls empower sales people to take control of their destiny. Cold calls done well perpetually generate new business. Combine networking with prospecting calls and watch your sales multiply!

In order to help your referrals sources to give you good, qualified referrals, you need to get crystal-clear about what you are looking for. Who is your ideal prospect? Create a customized plan for each referral source. One important aspect to remember is, what does your referral source gain by referring people to you? People want to know what's in it for them.

Don't let the post office and media increase your marketing costs. You cannot stop marketing to your customers and prospects. What you can do, in fact I think what you are going to have to do, is use one of your most valuable assets to market for you. Your asset of customers.

Which would you prefer, to recommend me to 3 or 4 of your colleagues this week by telephoning them or by writing them a short note that I will mail for you to save you time?" Increase your sales and profits by simply asking for referrals. After all, referrals influence what people buy more than anything else.

Too often the difference between your business moving at the speed of molasses versus the speed of light is failing to ask your customers certain questions that will make a big difference in your business. Here are 5 important things all business owners should ask their customers.

Many sellers do the exact wrong thing in decreasing service when the economy is slow. Now is a great time to win new customers and sell more products and services and sell them more often to your present customers.To outrun the Bear, you do not have to be an Olympic champion. All you have to do is out service your competition.

Attracting and maintaining a solid sales network today is the foundation to tomorrow's success. Your net worth is interdependent on your sales network. The more people you know, or who know you, the bigger and more solid your sales network will be. What can you do to attract and maintain a solid sales network?

The most reliable revenue growth comes in two forms: repeat sales and referral business. To earn the reputation as the "go-to person" in your field, learn more about your product or service than anyone else in your market. Stay ahead of the curve for your industry's trends by obtaining the appropriate credentials and certifications. If you take the time to build your reputation as an expert in your field, new clients won't need to be convinced; they'll already be sold.