Am I More Comfortable Now? (Issue 414)

In which we learn to not to assume that clients want to fix their problems. I married a nurse. I’ve developed a taste for stories that capture staff and patient life in hospitals. One of my favorites: Read more »

Leadership (Issue 413)

In which we discuss a difference between “consultants” and “needs satisfiers.” I was sharing stories with another business owner this week, discussing succession planning. At one point he said, “I hired a guy, thinking he would develop into someone who could eventually lead the firm.” Read more »

Errands (Issue 412)

In which we are urged to protect our profits in escalating negotiations. My wife (who expertly manages our household day to day) sometimes asks me to run errands for her on a Saturday morning. Typically, we discuss her list and I head out the door. Then the most amazing thing happens. Read more »

Knightly Tales (Issue 411)

In which we are encouraged to hear our clients stories as guidance toward the solutions they need and want. I could not stop myself. I had to tell my company’s story. Last Wednesday, I sat with Clarity’s Practice Manager, Maureen, at our conference table in the company of the very wonderful Susan, an expert in … Read more »

Spoons

In which we are reminded, focus first on people and relationships before moving to task and business. “Don’t talk business until the spoon hits the ice cream.” This single, crisp sentence stands out from a six hour  seminar through which Somers White led me and other consultants … 25 years ago. Why, that’s … an … Read more »

More Directly to the Point

In which we are urged to get right to the point in written correspondence. A letter received this week. From an investment company.  Playing the “fear” card boldly. Read more »

Their Story

In which we learn the value of “putting people in their story” when selling. She was crisp, smart, blonde, and she left with a check. A  V E R Y  big check.  After she left, my wife looked at me and said, “I wasn’t planning to buy this morning, were you?” Read more »

Three Minutes

In which we’re reminded to give a BRIEF introduction to ourselves and our companies when starting a conversation. You would never do this. It was probably my fault. Maybe I just set him up the wrong way. Read more »

It’s All About Them

In which we are reminded, when prospecting, on whom to focus. My daughter the high school junior receives ten to twelve letters a week from colleges seeking her attention and our money. The colleges are the sellers. My daughter is their prospect.  Read more »

Figuring It Out … Up Front

In which we discuss the preparation needed before calling a prospect. I’m holding a document whose title screams “Get Rich Quick in Real Estate… NOW!” A more careful reading yields a more subdued, “no-money down strategies for today’s down market” and provides a critical lesson for us when we’re prospecting. Read more »