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#MotivationMonday – From the Best Salespeople of All-Time

On Monday mornings, we all need a little bit of get up and go. Sometimes it helps to hear it from some of the best business minds of this generation and past. Get geared up for the week this morning!


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Steve Jobs

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Perhaps one of the most famous and influential people on our list, the man who changed the technology sector forever; Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs was probably best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman and CEO of NeXT Inc.

He is widely recognized as the pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970’s along with business partner, Steve Wozniak.

Jobs spawned the “Think different” advertising campaign in 1997, developing a line of products that would later have larger cultural ramifications than anyone could have imagined. This campaign introduced the iMac, iTunes, Apple Stores, the iPod, the iPhone, the App Store, the iPad, and the reintroduction of Mac OS X.

At the time of his death in 2011, Jobs was widely regarded as one of the leading influencers of our generation and had a net worth of $6.7 Billion.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Nadine Rowlands

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Nadine Rowlands is a direct selling expert working with Avon cosmetics. Her enthusiasm pushed her to be one of the firm’s most celebrated salespeople.

After leaving a secretarial job that was not helping her reach her financial goals, Nadine joined Avon with the ambition to pay off her debt, which amounted to about $47,000. Her own hardwork, as well as the help of her husband had her bringing in almost $193,000 a year.

After living in debt, the 44-year old managed to build an Avon sales team that has her making almost as much annual as the British Prime Minister, affording her family the lifestyle they have always dreamed about.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Jill Konrath

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Jill Konrath is an American sales strategist, speaker, and author who is best known for her writing.

After leaving her career as a high school teacher, she got a job in sales at Xerox. This moved her into computer sales, before starting her own sales consulting firm Leapfrog Strategies in 1987. She has also been a leading online resource for women who pursue careers in sales and marketing.

Konrath was named to the Sales Lead Management’s Association’s lists of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management from 2009-2012. She is considered a thought leader in the Sales and Marketing industry. Her stellar track record with clients like IBM, Microsoft, and Staples, paired with her unwavering passion for building business has made her an internationally recognized expert.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Donald Trump

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Regardless of whether you like this man or you hate him, admire him or despise him, you know who he is and what he does. Donald Trump is an American real estate developer, television personality, business author and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump’s career, branding efforts, lavish lifestyle, and of course, his outspoken, brash nature has helped catapult him to celebrity status in the United States.

After taking over the family real estate business, Trump renamed his father’s firm the Trump Organization and has since branched out into almost every aspect of business from real estate to entertainment. Trump has licensed his name and likeness for the development of many real estate projects.

In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth at $4 Billion, but a financial statement from Trump places him at a comfortable $8.7 Billion. Of that, $3.3 Billion is represented by licensing deals and branded developments.

After stepping into the 2016 Presidential Race, Trump has solidified himself as a front runner as the Republican Candidate according to public poll for his outspoken nature and determination to make America great again.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Zig Ziglar

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Zig Ziglar is best known for his rousing speeches and motivational messages. Ziglar was successful in sales because he not only sold his own form of inspiration, but also aspirations of success to his customers.

Ziglar revolutionized modern sales with rousing messages and used his aptitude to motivate the masses to encourage sales in prospective customers. He encouraged others to embrace a lifetime of learning in order to find the triumphant success that they were looking for.

Ziglar started his career working as a salesman in a succession of companies. By 1968, he became the Vice President and Training Director for the Automotive Perfomance company in Dallas, Texas.

At the age of 86, the World War II veteran, motivational speaker and world renown author was worth upwards of $15 million.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Ron Popeil

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We’ve all heard or used the catchphrase, “But wait there’s more!” never knowing the man who started it all. Ron Popeil is an American inventor and marketing personality, probably best known for his appearances in infomercials and his direct response marketing company Ronco.

Coming from a family lineage of inventors, Popeil started his career selling his father’s kitchen gadgets before branching out on his own in 1964, when he became a direct competitor to his father Samuel in the same retail stores.

He is best known for his gadgets such as the Chop-O-Matic, the Electric Pasta Maker, Beef Jerkey Machine, and the Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ. Upon his retirement in 2005, he sold Ronco for $55 million, while still staying on as an inventor and spokesman.

Popeil’s success in marketing and infomercials has led to many pop culture appearances on shows like Sex and the City, X-Files, and even King of the Hill. He has been referred to as one of the Top 25 People Who Have Changed the Way We Think About Food.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Ruth Handler

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Ruth Handler was an American inventor and business woman. Her most famous invention is something that is in almost every home across America, the Barbie.

Ruth’s husband and his business partner formed a small company manufacturing picture frames, calling it “Mattel”. This was the basis for the popular toy company today after they began using the scraps from the manufacturing process to create dollhouse furniture. They found this more profitable than the frames, and concentrated on toy manufacturing.

When on vacation in Germany, Ruth noticed a gag gift that she later reworked into the original Barbie design after noticing the limitations that young girls had playing with paper dolls. While the Barbie doll was not an immediate success, Mattel invested heavily in TV commercials and ad campaigns, launching both the product and the company into fame and fortune.

Today, Mattel has over 28,000 employees with a net worth of $5.9 Billion commanding a dominant 17% share of the Toy market.


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How to Prepare for a Sales Call – The Right Way!

I’ve said this in a previous blog, but success is all about how much effort you put into your preparation. When it comes to sales success, it’s all about how much homework you do before getting on the phone with a prospective customer.

But when you have a whole world of information at your fingertips, it’s easy to get lost and miss what is actually important when researching your prospective clients.

So what exactly should you know, and what isn’t important? What should you prep on your end to be ready for the call?

Did you research the account? Sometimes you have an already existing client who you’re looking to up-sell, or maybe you want another order from them. It’s important to make sure that you know the complete history on the account and what they’ve needed in the past. Do you know the hiring manager? Do you have a relationship with someone over at that organization? Make sure you know everything there is to know about the account.

Have you learned something about the person with whom you’ll be speaking? Sometimes it helps to know a person tidbit of information about the person you’ll be speaking with beforehand. Nothing too creepy, but maybe they have an affinity for Golden Retrievers just like you. Maybe you share an alma mater. It’s small things that give you a friendly way to break the ice with you prospective customer.

Do you have a goal for this call? Whether you’re marketing candidates, trying to grab a new job order, or selling a car. Every sales conversation needs to have an end goal. If you don’t have an overall goal for the conversation, then do you really have anything to sell? Not having a point to the call will just waste your prospective client’s time.

Clean up your social media and update your website. Everyone these days is sitting in front of a computer while they’re on the phone in their office. If you call someone and tell him or her your name, you better believe that they will do a routine social media search while they’re on the phone with you.

I have asked my social media manager many a time to do some quick research on someone while they’re pitching to me and yes, it does affect how I react to them or their product.

Remember it’s not about you. If you ever hear yourself making the conversation about yourself, or how you really need this deal to come together, know that you’ve already blown the pitch. A sales call is never about what you need, or what you have, but rather what you can do for the prospective client.

Sales calls can be tricky but they don’t need to be with some simple preparation. It’s remembering that everyone you talk to is a human being with emotions, and likely a professional that is trying to fit you into their already busy day.


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Dale Carnegie

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Dale Carnegie was an American writer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Born into a lower class family farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People which is a massive bestseller that remains popular and relevant today.

One of the core ideas in Carnegie’s books is that it’s possible to change other people’s behaviour by changing how one’s behaviour toward them.

After finding little success as an actor, Carnegie returned to New York City broke and living at the YMCA. It was there he got the idea to teach public speaking, and persuaded the manager of that particular YMCA manager to allow him to instruct a class for an 80% return of the proceeds.

Carnegie had tapped into the American desire to have more self-confidence, and by 1914 he was making $500 a week, which equates to almost $12,000 with today’s inflation. One of his most famous and successful sales moves was to change the spelling of his name from “Carnegey” to “Carnegie”, which at the time was an influential name because of Andrew Carnegie.


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