People Hate Being Sold. So Don’t Sell Them

People hate being sold. Of course, people want things. If they are in the business of buying and using PCBs for example, they need to buy them. But they want to feel they are in control. They want to “decide” on their own, (or so they think) without someone chattering in their ear about how […]

10 Ways To Bring PCB Business Back To America

The winds of globalism seem to be blowing in our direction; and I see indicators that we can bring at least a significant portion of the PCB market back to America in the next few years. That is if we stick together and do things right. Here are 10 ways we can bring the PCB […]

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

  As we do every year on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving we watch the old classic Trains, Planes and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy, and just like we do every year we all end up shouting suggestions at the characters, ideas  for making better choices. This movie came out in the late […]

Real Leaders Care

Continuing our series about leadership this week. I went to my library to find a book about leadership. Perusing one of those books I came across this. I read a story about General Earl Hailston, the commanding general of Marine Forces Central Command. The general was interviewed while he and his troops were a few […]

Salesperson: Brand Thyself

It’s a new day out there. For years we have been urging companies to brand themselves, to establish their own brand identity that will make them stand out from the rest of the pack. But now it’s time for individuals to brand themselves, especially salespeople. Whether you are an independent sales representative working for yourself, […]

How To Increase You Creativity

Why Aren’t You Creative? A few years ago, I did a column where I talked about how companies were scared to get creative, to try something new. I even came up with  a list of 50 reasons  “Why it Won’t Work.” I’ve been flattered over the years since then that people not only remember that […]

Winning In A World Of NO!

There is an old saying that goes, “people don’t fail, they just quit trying”. And I believe that this saying is especially appropriate in sales. There are so many times that salespeople will just stop trying rather than stick to it until they get the answer they want. Now I’m not talking about pestering or […]

Enough Already!

Okay, have you had enough yet? Do you feel like this is never going to end? Have you exhausted all of your resources, including your calmness, and patience, to the point where you are ready to scream? Are you at a point where you don’t really care anymore, you just want to escape to the […]

The Story Behind A Great Story

We all know that behind every great company is a great story. We are all completely infatuated with stories, we love hearing them and we love telling them. I think it goes all the way back to when we were kids and got to listen to a story being read to us every night. Then […]