Lots of people have been sharing their #firstsevenjobs on Twitter recently, so I thought I'd chip in. I initially started with short stints working as a babysitter (not my thing), helping in a bakery (fattening) and selling snow cones at the state fair (fun).
My sales career really kicked off, however, when I landed a job as a server at Uncle John's Pancake House. Three restaurants and seven years later, I capped off my waitressing career at the Ground Round. (Yes, that's me on the left. It was on the front page of our local newspaper when I was 21 years old.)
The theatre at the Sundance Film Festival was packed. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt that NUTS!, the documentary we were about to see, was probably overrated. I feared I’d be soon be squirming in my seat.
Recently I had a chance to interview Mark Hunter, author of new book High-Profit Prospecting. I’ve known him for years. His stuff is good.
If you're looking for ways to be more effective at prospecting and to get better sales leads, listen in on our recent conversation. I promise you’ll learn something!
How many "stuck" opportunities are you struggling with right now? If you're like most sellers, these prospects drive you nuts. They don't reply to your emails. They fail to return your calls. You even begin to wonder if you misjudged their interest.
Several weeks ago I keynoted an actuarial conference at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. These really smart people spend their days analyzing data and calculating risk.
Just the thought of “selling” makes most actuaries cringe. They view people who do it as slimy, manipulative and disgusting—not at all like them. Yet their leadership team very wisely realized that future growth depended on them acquiring these skills.
How was I going to change the actuaries’ perception of sales?
Anyone who has ever taken a nightmare sales job can, in retrospect, detect some warning signs. But they didn’t pay attention to them. Or, they hoped they were wrong. Or, they were scared to not have a paycheck. Desperation and seduction can easily override good sense.