Doing it Right

6 Attributes of the Best Salespeople Folks who work in specialty tend to eschew the moniker of salesperson. Many managers even re-title the staff to hide the truth. They call themselves specialists or experts, professionals or associates. Apple’s no stranger to such retail smoke and mirrors—their employees are deemed geniuses. Sheesh. Sort of pretentious, but pretty genius, too. Gulp. But make no mistake, every last one … Continue reading Doing it Right

Train Like a Classroom Teacher

The 7 Steps of Quality Retail Training Before I worked in specialty retail, I was a classroom educator. Straight out of the military I took a job as a non-credentialed physical education teacher. I lined kids up like they were in basic training and had them shout a call-and-response while I guided them through stretches and calisthenics. They loved it, I loved it, but the … Continue reading Train Like a Classroom Teacher

5 Minutes of Gratitude

Stop looking for the credit—we’re supposed to take care of each other. -Prince Sometimes I get so caught up in my day-to-day that I miss the small things most responsible for my happiness. Right now is one of those times. Early summer is a busy time in retail. And in my world as a consultant/trainer, it marks the beginning of my “season” — the span … Continue reading 5 Minutes of Gratitude

YOU Are the Action Plan

If retail’s your thing, like engineering’s an engineer’s thing or fixing cars is a mechanic’s thing, then most days your nine-to-five is pretty easy. There may be aspects of your job that make people see what you do as tricky or adventurous, but to you, for the most part, it’s a cake walk. Various reasons make you the right person for the job. To try … Continue reading YOU Are the Action Plan

6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter

6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter (Help Folks Adore You) Tesla believes their intrinsic value far exceeds the value of their inventory. This basically means that why and how they exist towers above what they do. This isn’t some esoteric, soft fact, either. And proof is in the numbers. Just take a look at their stock value—it’s much higher than would be expected based on actual … Continue reading 6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter

14 Ways to Sell More Today

14 Ways to Sell More Today (Let Feeling Be Your Guide) You probably think products or services are what you sell. Bikes, shoes, software, tents, beer, americanos, refurbished axes, therapy sessions, or whatever. Sure, all day long you trade these things for pieces of green paper, but these goods are not the most important thing in your inventory. Your fastest turner is not what carries the weight … Continue reading 14 Ways to Sell More Today