How to Recover From a Massive Screwup

Lessons for Salespeople from the United Airlines Debacle

Something bad is going to happen. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or next week. But if you sell advertising for a significant length of time, somebody will screw up and you’ll have to clean up the mess. The dust has finally settled on the United Airlines “doctor dragged off the plane” affair of April 2017. […]

salespeople have to mop up the mess

How to Pack Your Briefcase for a First Sales Call

5 Things You Must Bring... and One to Leave at Your Office

It’s finally time to leave the office and head for that first meeting with a direct prospect. You’ve done your research and confirmed the appointment. What should you bring to the call? There are five things you absolutely must have at the first meeting. And one thing you probably have with you that belongs back at the office.  […]

Choose sales materials for your briefcase carefully

What’s Your SALES Call-to-Action?

Have you told the client what they’re supposed to do next? At the conclusion of a needs analysis meeting, I often ask the client to email me something. Usually it’s an example of advertising they’re doing elsewhere. Sometimes it’s a copy of a brochure or flyer. I do this for two reasons: The obvious reason: […]

Sales tip -- always have the client take an action

Geoffrey James Has Some Really Bad Sales Advice For You

How do you handle a rude customer? Some of the worst advice I’ve ever seen on this topic showed up in an unexpected place recently. I’m a regular reader of Geoffrey James’ “Sales Source” column in Inc. Magazine. I agree with his advice sometimes, and disagree at other times. When I disagree, it is usually […]

Sales Advice: do not be rude to a rude customer