To sell means showing up everyday, without fail

After over a million titles (books, articles, podcasts, videos, training programs and everything in between combined) on sales and business development, it’s an established fast that everyone’s into sales. And yes, that includes you and me! How we utilise our opportunities to represent our work or our company is an entirely different argument. Most freelancers, […]

A ‘yes’ is great, a ‘no’ is okay too… what’s not is a version of “I’ll think about it”

It’s the worst place to be in particularly if you’re into sales, recruitment or staffing. Nothing wastes more time than being “in-between” a decision when one has all the information that’s needed to make one. (I’ve spoken about it at length previously but this keeps coming back to me every now and then.) No, I’m […]

You’ve got to change that damn script!

If you have an idea or a thought that’s worth share, believe it, people have already heard it. Even if you think you’re a special snowflake or you have unique talents nobody else in the company has or you’re selling a world-class product that’ll save your prospect millions of dollars! If that’s too difficult to […]

Getting to world-class is useless!

Because everyone wants to be the best in the world but nobody wants to do anything about it. Why? I don’t know why perhaps everyone likes to dream? Or it’s just easier said than done and people seem to have accepted it. Sure everyone’s entitled to their lives and the choices they make, if only […]

Do online social groups really work?

Been pondering over this for the past few days now. I am a part of several groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and even a few online (reddit-style) forums. And I’ll be the first to say that I get immense value from the forums and a couple of Facebook groups that I’m a part of, probably because […]

Leveraging your team and strengths to grow your business

If you’re a small business owner or an agency owner you’re mostly playing defence… waiting for the next project, the next client or the next pay cheque to come through. It’s tough. And at times even your business’ survival becomes a question. Of course, the simplest way to resolve this challenge is to keep your […]

The buyer’s process

If you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer or a business development expert you’ve been shown the door, brushed off, asked not to contact again or worst, been told: “they’ll think about it and get back to you.” Right? If that’s you, then let me tell you one thing — I’ve been there myself and can […]

Rejection proof!

If you’re hesitant to ask or answer a question, even if your life depended on it, there’s ought to be a reason for that. And we all know what it is — the fear of rejection. Although rejection is almost never personal (I said, “almost”) it sure does feel like it. Now, I don’t want […]

How will you make this work, Sunil?

That’s how my prospect responded when I asked his whereabouts! We were scheduled for an appointment and I was right outside this person’s office in New Delhi. I walked into the building, asked the receptionist to convey (to the contact) that Mr. Nair has arrived. She danced her finger on the keyboard and unemotionally blurted […]

The I/R Theory

Found this excellent resource on the I/R Theory. Something I deeply believe in. In fact, I just spoke about this in a mastermind session I concluded like 15 minutes back! The concept has been instrumental in shaping my beliefs about who I am and what my roles are. One of the biggest learning was to […]