Talking Business

In which we learn to ask questions about four business drivers to understand our clients’ businesses. As your clients are reviewing their plans and budgets for the year…. now’s the time to raise the level of your conversations with them to a level above “we’d really like the opportunity to work with you.” All business … Read more »

Internal Issues

In which we learn to ask about “internal issues” that buyers may not tell us about. Airport bound last Tuesday, I stopped briefly at my office. Starting down the basement stairs, I noticed … water…ankle deep… lapping gently around now saturated boxes of financial records, project deliverables, and family heirlooms. Silent scream …. I left … Read more »

Tic, Tic, Tic

In which we are reminded to clean up distracting physical habits. I frowned. Multiple times, I guess. Afterwards, a few of the people in the meeting I was leading commented, “When I asked questions, Nick frowned. I felt like I was asking dumb questions.” Read more »

It's Just a Phase You're Going Through

In which we’re encouraged to acknowledge our clients’ stories so they’re sure we’ve heard them. As last week came to Friday, many conversations ended with the suggestion, “Have a happy Easter.” Several of us announced that we were headed to dinner tables set by our mothers or mothers in law. Celtic Grammas, it turns out, … Read more »

It’s Just a Phase You’re Going Through

In which we’re encouraged to acknowledge our clients’ stories so they’re sure we’ve heard them. As last week came to Friday, many conversations ended with the suggestion, “Have a happy Easter.” Several of us announced that we were headed to dinner tables set by our mothers or mothers in law. Celtic Grammas, it turns out, … Read more »

Simple….. Not!

In which we’re encouraged to ask enough questions to understand whether our prescribed solution to a client’s problem will really work in the client’s environment. Watching classroom sales training role-plays is a little like watching football teams practice without pads… Low intensity. Move through the motions. Nobody trying too hard to take anyone else out. … Read more »