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3 Habits You Need to Cultivate to Succeed in Sales

When it comes to sales, you are the most important asset you have. 

Let’s face it, sales is tough. You are going to get rejected. You’re going to be outside your comfort zone. You’re going to hit your goals, but then have to start from scratch. Month after month. Quarter after quarter. Year after year.

It’s a sisyphean task.  And in order to succeed for the long term - you need to cultivate habits that will help.

In this episode of Sales Fiction, I highlight the top 3 habits that will help to show up healthy, happy, and ready to sell and serve your customers every single day.

Pay special attention to:

<2:50>  Why you can’t rely on willpower to succeed

<8:30>  How to pick and...

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Sales Fiction Podcast Ep 13: Sell something you believe in!

If there is one thing that makes a huge difference in sales - it’s the ability to find out what people care about and give it to them. 

But it’s not as simple as just giving them what they want. It’s about showing up with an attitude of service, bringing solutions to bigger problems, and being willing to do what’s uncomfortable to help your customers. 

In this episode of Sales Fiction, guest Jon Patterson, owner of JPI Insurance Solutions, who leads a team of 20, shares his wisdom including how the power of passion can propel you forward and serve your customers.

Pay special attention to:

<5:50>   What sales is really about

<13:45> The most overlooked aspect of sales

<21:00> What...

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Why you should never be closing

“Closing!”

This is by far one of the cringiest sales terms, for salespeople and customers.

But no matter how cringe-worthy it is, it remains a sales staple. I mean if you don’t close, you won’t win more customers. 

But what if it’s not true? What if closing is actually making it harder for you to win more customers. 

In this episode of Sales Fiction, I share why you should never close a sale and what you can do instead to win more customers. 

Pay special attention to:

<4:00> Why closing customers is bad for your business

<7:30> What you need to be doing in every single conversation

<9:40> One phrase that can help you increase conversions 

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How hustling is hurting your sales

 By now, I am sure you’ve heard, more than once, that in order to be successful in sales you need to hustle. 

I mean, when I google hustle + sales I get 20 million hits. That’s a lot of hits.

But what if hustling is actually hurting your sales and your team?

In this episode of Sales Fiction, guest Mindy Miley, a sales professional with 20 years of experience, shares her insights including, why hustling might be hurting your business and what to do instead. 

Pay special attention to:

<6:45> How shifting her thinking from sales to service changed her approach to sales

<11:00> The best sales advice she’s ever received

<12:40> A new approach to cold calling

<14:30> Why hustling might...

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Stop selling your customers what they want

                                   

Sell them what they want, give them what they need!

If you’ve been in sales for more than a year - you’ve probably heard this advice more than once.

On the surface, it sounds brilliant. Of course, if you make it easy for people to get what they want they will buy it. 

But what if selling people what they want is actually making it harder for you to succeed in sales? 

The truth is most of us spend a lot of time being unsure about what it is that we want and once we know what it is, solutions are readily abundant.

On top of that, what people really want is simple. Peace. Love. Belonging....

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Sales Fiction Podcast Ep 05: Don't let your team stagnate

 As a leader, it's your responsibility to help your team to develop resilience.

My “favorites bosses” were the ones who let me coast and didn’t challenge me, but looking back I realize that working for bosses who recognized my talents, but continued to push me to continue to get better, led not only to better results, but more fulfillment. 

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn like snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor, maybe it’s painting in Italy, but didn’t feel like you had the skills or the know-how?

It’s easy to think the reason you’re not embracing these goals is because of time or money, but when you look deeper, I’m guessing there’s an element of...

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Sales Fiction Podcast Ep 04: How to teach your team new skills

5 years ago I decided to become a writer.  It started as a casual hobby. I’d go for a run down by the Columbia River and then I’d write a short story about that run. I’d write about how I struggled but kept going and then eventually found a rhythm. I’d share some insights about how that experience relates to life.

Shakespeare, it was not. 

I mean I was typing words into a document and creating sentences. But my writing didn’t really engage the reader or pack a punch. 

So I signed up for a writing workshop in Taos. I went to that workshop and then another. Then I hired a writing coach. I took some writing classes online from Creative Live and from various copywriters. 

But my writing...

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Sales Fiction Podcast Ep 02: Keep the best people on your team

When you have a small but mighty team, everyone matters – and when even one person leaves, it can have a huge impact. 

More often than not on a small team, everyone is doing the work of at least three people, so the ripple effect of someone leaving at a small company is much bigger than at a large company. 

So, how do you keep people happy and engaged, and most importantly, on your team?

In today’s episode of the Sales Fiction Podcastwe’re kicking off the first of a 3-part series on developing your team and keeping them happy. 

There’s a common fear when it comes to investing in your team as a small business owner, and that is that if you spend time and energy developing talent,...

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Sales Fiction Podcast Ep 01: What separates star agents from average ones?

business podcast podcast Jul 21, 2020

When trying to grow their business, a lot of agency owners are looking to bring on the best talent. Their teams are often devoting a lot of time to recruiting high-performing agents and brokers within their communities. 

It makes sense – if you have great talent, your agency will be successful.

Or will it?

Is talent really what separates great agents from the average? Or is it something else entirely? 

In this episode of the Sales Fiction Podcast, I break down the three key things that separate star performers from average ones, and what you can look for in the hiring process to set your agency up for success in the long term.

If you've been in sales for any amount of time, you've likely heard this a
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