Whether your job is selling, or managing those that do sell, or a combination of the two, there's a fair chance you're working long hours. Maybe too long?Are you spending long hours on motorways way after 7pm driving to and from meetings? Are you burning the midnight oil draped over a laptop with a strong coffee trying to get everything done? Maybe both?

The best way you could spend this coming Friday afternoon?... It's Time for action Time to get busy. Not to work super hard. Time to be super smart. Give yourself two hours. ...

I'm reminded of the quote 'All know the way; few actually walk it' (Bodhidharma). We're all guilty of not doing the stuff we know we should be doing. So if you're procrastinating on ACTIONS that you know will better your results, this exercise could really get you moving...

Well then -- are you ready? Have you got what it takes? How motivated are you? What state are you in? Where will you be when the gold rush starts?

When a company fails, the usual reasons get trotted out; "unfavourable market conditions" "the longest recession since xxxx" "fashions have changed" "the internet". Maybe it's the same if you don't reach your sales targets?

Brilliant sales results do not happen by accident. Of course there'll be an occasional fluke -- but on the whole, sustained sales success certainly does not happen by chance. To be relaxed, confident and in control -- and ultimately successful in sales -- takes some level of preparation.

I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN YOU GET WHAT YOU EXPECT, NOT WHAT YOU HOPE FOR. DO ATHLETES WORK ON BUILDING THEIR POSITIVITY BEFORE A PERFORMANCE? DEFINITELY. How do you put yourself in a positive state? What about your team?

Why you need more I.P.A For most of us, after our summer holidays, we share that foreboding as we crack up our laptops wondering what 'the figure' of emails will be. Then there are the bragging rights. I reckon most people share their inbox total with their immediate colleagues within 30 minutes of discovering it (go on -- be honest!). And there's that tinge of disappointment if a colleague has a higher total than you! Not that I've got involved with any of that nonsense myself :) Seriously...

What Language are you Speaking? The language you use has a massive impact on your results. That goes for the language you speak, and the language that meanders around internally in your head. If you keep saying things are hard...guess what, it will be hard! You're instructing your brain to expect hard, expect tough...and so that's what it will deliver for you.

Most companies I help receive incoming enquiries -- via the telephone line, emails, exhibitions, the list goes on. None of these companies convert 100% of those enquiries into a sale. Of course, 100% conversion is pushing it a bit! However -- there's no doubt that all of these companies had potential to increase their conversion rate, in many cases by a considerable amount.