The #1 Thing Your Team Should be Doing

There’s a crucial secret that they never teach us in school. 

I’ll tell you right away – business is a team sport.

But, schools have been telling us from a young age that individuality is the way to go. 

What happens if we try to cooperate and do something together in school?

The teachers say, “That’s cheating!” 

So, we can’t lean on others and we mustn’t help anyone or else we’re cheaters too.  

But, then you step into the world of business, and voila! It’s not cheating anymore. It all becomes cooperation and teams. But, rarely is anyone prepared for it. 

What’s the consequence?

The employees have no idea how to act as a team. Except for those, who in rare cases, played team sports in their youth. 

In fact, companies that pay their salespeople well always look for this. That’s because team sports are sometimes the only way to learn the essential aspects of business:

  1. Camaraderie
  2. Competition
  3. Discipline
  4. Team play 

When playing in a sports team, these factors are critical for developing a winning mentality. That’s the spirit that takes you to the top of the game. 

Likewise, if you have a team that doesn’t operate as a team, your business will suffer.

I’ve noticed this much, if the team is happy, the business will flourish. It doesn’t matter if I’m working with a huge brand like IBM or L’Oréal, or the guy with a yogurt shop down the street. 

A good team will make it work. The energy goes up and the tide rises for all the boats.

To have a good team, however, you have to define a list of values. And, all your team members need to go by the law of these values.

For example, my team follows our Code of Honor. It’s a set of rules (like our own Ten Commandments) which everyone needs to respect.

And, all great teams have their own set of values.

If you still don’t have a team, it’s time to start thinking about one. Along with the values that they’ll represent. 

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The Game Starts With You

I’ve been doing this for a long time. And if there’s one thing I’ve noticed it’s that the word “sales” tends to freeze people up.

I hear a lot of people say that they don’t like sales. 

They say stuff like, “I don’t like to sell” or “ You know, Blair, I’m not made for sales.”

The main reason why people say all these crazy things is…

That’s right. Fear of rejection.

But in reality, it’s not so much “rejection” that you get in sales. It’s “objection.”

In sales, you may get people who object to certain things. But, your mind turns those objections into rejections.

It’s what the little voice in your head thinks.

The real issue in rejection, objections, and all that stuff has very little to do with the content of what you’re trying to sell. Or what they’re objecting to…

The real issue is what’s going on between your right ear and left ear.

If you can get past those little voices, you can turn those “nos” into “yeses.”

Imagine if you could just turn 20% more. That’s 20% more income without doing any extra work.

But you’re like many businesses, you’re leaving a lot of money sitting right on the table. 

Why?

Your conversions aren’t where they need to be.

Whether you’re going from call to appointment or presentation to close, you’re leaving money behind.

It’s the same thing online.

The only difference with handling objections online is that you have to anticipate what the objection would be. Then you can address it upfront in your marketing copy or your video.

But, the game starts with you.

If you’re afraid that you can’t deliver. Or, you have reservations about overpromising, you have a couple of big problems.

The first involves you going back to your business. Fix whatever it is that bothers you and gives you reservations so it’s not a problem anymore. You need confidence in your business.

More importantly, though, you have to get rid of that little voice, because the objection starts with you. And, you project it onto your customers.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Your fear is something of your own making. And, one of the main ways to combat that fear is to address that little voice in your head.

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The #1 Reason Why Objection in Your Head Is Ruining the Sale

You’ve got to get rid of the objection – because the objection is starting with you, and you’re projecting it onto your customers. If you’ve been in sales for a long time, you know exactly what I’m saying. A lot of times you can see rookie sales people on the phone or dealing with prospects, and they are creating themselves at the other end of the phone. They’re taking their objections and putting them out there in other people’s minds.

For example, if you’re sitting there going, “Oh, I hope they don’t object to price, I hope they don’t object to price…” Guess what’s going to come up in the first two minutes? Price! It’s going to come up as an objection. Or “I hope they don’t think that we’re a pyramid scheme.” You are doing network marketing, what’s going to come up? Pyramids – almost magically. If you’re thinking about it, it’s going to come up. But, if you get it out of your head first, it may show up, but a) rarely is it going to show up and b) if it does, it’s going to be no big deal.

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3 Stupid Things That I Do… and How To Correct Them

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How to Recruit the Best People for Your Business Team

I have received a lot of requests from my readers to talk about teams — more specifically, how to build and recruit for a team. If you want to be a solopreneur, work 24/7, and not reach massive sales growth, then this video isn’t for you.

However, if you want to grow your business into a successful empire, you’ve got to build a team comprised of the best people. So, how do you that? Where do you find these people? How do you attract them? Watch this video for more of my insight!

You can also pick up my bestselling book on this very topic, Team Code of Honor, where you learn how to create a team that’s effective, efficient, and high-producing. https://amzn.to/2TgYH4Y or on RDA Press https://rda-press.com/rda-bookstore/

Team Code of Honor: The Secrets of Champions in Business and in Life

Every great team, culture, society, religion or business that has endured time, adversity and challenge has always had one thing in common: a set of simple but powerful rules that govern the internal behaviors and expectations of that group. It is called The Code of Honor. We hear of these Codes when we think of things like The Ten Commandments, the Marine Corps or the Constitution.
Yet if sales is the number one skill in business, number two has to be the ability to bring ordinary people together to build a championship team. This does not happen by chance or by the simple accumulation of talent. The Code is the core ingredient to creating winning organizations.

The book is a step-by-step guide for any individual, group or company to actually create a Code of Honor specific to their team. The Rich Dad Poor Dad Advisor series was designed as a “how-to” series to empower individuals to succeed in the world of business and finance. “Team Code of Honor” is critical to this series because its processes bridge all facets of business, investment, entrepreneurship and even personal life. The book explains through graphic examples, stories and numerous case studies how a Code or set of rules is created, maintained, enforced and used for rapid and controlled growth of any entity.

The book is designed as an operating manual for putting any business team together. It steps you all the way from properly choosing players, to creating the Code, to increasing performance and to winning. Each chapter gives the team-specific assignments and examples so that by the time you have completed the book, your Code is in place and your team is operating at a true championship level.

It’s all about leads, leads, leads!

No matter how many audiences I’m in front of, it seems like everyone has the same concern.

It’s all about leads, leads, leads!

Audiences ask me, “Where can I get them?” or “How can I get more?”

Everybody wants to know how they can generate more leads.

I am a firm believer that you just need to build, harvest, and convert the ones you have.

Remember, it costs six times more money and time to generate a new lead than it does to talk to somebody in your pipeline.

So, keep that in mind as I tell you about this lead generation strategy…

It’s amazing how many times a pit bull personality will go out and call on people without ever calling them back. All they hear is “not interested” and the pit bull salesperson is out the door.

It seems like they forget the rule:

Just because you’re ready to sell doesn’t mean they’re ready to buy.

However, if you can maintain some follow-up and follow-through, you may eventually get the sale.

This strategy doesn’t involve generating new leads. It’s more about reviving the previously dead ones.

So, how do you go about reviving leads that said no?

It goes to your follow-through and frequency of interaction.

What systems do you have in place to keep in touch with prospects that said, “not right now?”

If you don’t have any, you’re leaving a lot of potential money on the table.

So, get out that list and set up a system.

Use newsletters to reach out to prospects or let them know about upcoming webinars. Try to schedule callbacks to follow up with them and see if their situation has changed.

You just need to put a system in place to stay in continual contact with all the people on your list.

Facebook and other forms of social media make staying in contact a little easier. But, don’t rely on social media alone.

Why?

There are 100 other people vying for space on Facebook, too. You have lots of competition for their attention.

Instead, try to couple your social media posts with other strategies like a newsletter blog. Post something on a regular basis and keep them informed. 

If you keep that up, there will come a day when they’re ready to buy. And, you’ll get calls out of the blue!

But, you must maintain a system of follow-up and follow-through for that turnaround.

Different Ways to Generate More Leads

In all the years I’ve travelled the world and spoken on stage, audiences ask me the same question:

Blair, how do I find people with money and a need?

Those are the leads that you want. But, it may be a struggle for you to pinpoint which way works best.

I can take you through different ways to generate more leads. 

Pick out the one that works best for you and your target audience:

  1. Serving First

I’ve used this method in every business I’ve ever been with.

It works like this…

I find a customer or a few customers that I could work for. I do it for free if it’s a service or at cost if it was a product. This helped me get established and also get a testimonial.

This is a powerful strategy to use to get yourself started. You get a testimonial, referrals, and that free customer could be a better paying customer later.

  1. Cold Calling

I have friends in the business that still maintain that cold calling is the most efficient way to generate leads, in terms of time and money.

There are a few caveats to make this work, though.

You need to:

  • Organize
  • Know what you’re doing
  • Practice what to say
  • Understand your selling cycle

Also, remember that the purpose of cold calling isn’t necessarily to sell. It’s to get an appointment if your business lends itself to that.

  1. Poodle Strategy

You may be familiar with our SalesDog personalities. If you are, you know that the poodle type schmoozes and networks.

Just remember that introductions from someone else lend more credibility. So, get someone you know to introduce you to the other person.

  1. Retriever Approach

Following the dog selling personalities, another strategy you can take is the golden retriever. With this strategy, you find leads by association. That means your network, any group you belong to, whether it’s a parent-teacher group or the Chamber of Commerce. 

Also, you can join groups associated with big international business networking organizations. These groups are there specifically to network with other professionals.

There are a variety of ways to approach lead generation. The key is to choose the one that works best for your business and your target audience.

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How to Get the Money You need when I Close?

I’ve been on countless stages and one question I hear a lot is:

Blair, how do I get the money I need when I close?

The answer is simple if you’ve followed my techniques so far.

You got through the basic elements to close a deal. Now it’s time to deliver.

If you asked trial close questions throughout your conversations, your client may already be on board. But, now you need to arrange the delivery and payment part.

First, you’re going to talk about pricing. Especially if you haven’t worked out a deal beforehand.

Your business or product costs money. And, this is where a lot of salespeople get hung up.

I always bring up two prices when closing a deal. The first price is your competitor’s pricing or pricing that’s not yours. Choose a price that’s more expensive than yours and bring it up first.

For example, I did a deal with an airline company a few years back for some team development training and a little bit of sales training. I knew that they used a very big global consulting firm at the time. 

The firm was very good and very professional. And they were also very expensive.

So, when I got around to pricing, I broached the $100,000 per month they were paying for the firm’s consulting service. I also brought up the value of my training, but I wasn’t charging $100,000 per month.

When I mentioned my pricing, it looked cheaper in comparison.

What happens if you just throw a number out there without the comparison?

Many people don’t understand the value of what you have in a monetary sense. So, it’s a good idea to offer a comparison price before you tell them what your prices are. Otherwise, your pricing looks expensive without the comparison. 

Sometimes you may have a third price or discounted price. If you have the ability to give a discounted price, offer it last. Don’t say it upfront, though.

Talk about the discounted price at the very end once they’re already sold on the whole deal.

Also, give a limitation on the deal by quantity or by time. If you don’t put limitations on it, the deal has no validity. Plus, it sounds like you’re just trying to schmooze people.

Remember, it’s all about how you frame it. 

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