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Storytelling For Speaking & Selling (Video 3)

Thousands of people have watched the first two videos in my free video series on Storytelling for Speaking & Selling and video #3 is now up. You can watch it by clicking here. This series is for anyone who is involved in speaking, selling, leading or teaching. If you haven’t seen the first two videos – register at the link below. www.influencethroughstories.com

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Storytelling for Speaking & Selling (Video 2)

The feedback on the first video in my free series on Storytelling for Speaking & Selling has been tremendous. Video #2 is now available. Click Here To Watch In the second video I will teach you the step by step blueprint on how to craft an influential story. Have you ever wondered why some people’s stories are so relatable, engaging and compelling? After you watch this video – you won’t wonder anymore. To register for all of the videos – go to www.influencethroughstories.com

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StoryTelling For Speaking & Selling (Video 1)

If you are involved in speaking or selling then you know how important it is to engage your audience/prospect emotionally to get them to take action or respond to your message. In an effort to help you be more effective at this I am putting out a free video training series on how to tell stories that move people. You can access the first video by clicking on this link.

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What Are You Really Selling?

I’m sure that many of you who speak, lead or teach don’t view yourself as being in sales. The truth is, however, we are all in sales. Whether its a product, a service, a vision, an idea, a strategy or ourselves that we are trying to promote, it is all sales. I think we would do better to embrace that principle and learn to sell effectively. With that in mind – what are you selling? Your answer may be a specific product or service, but what are you really selling? As an influencer you need to recognize what people are

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Influence Comes Down to The Three C’s

Have you ever wondered what makes someone influential? Why did people follow Gandhi? Or Martin Luther King Jr.? What makes leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians or salespeople influential? These are the questions I have asked myself for years. In my career I have had a chance to work with and share the stage with some of the greatest influencers in the world and I’ve studied them. I’ve watched their way of being, their interactions, the way they treat people and I’ve tried to understand this elusive quality we call influence. The great thing that I’ve discovered about influence is that it comes

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Should You Give Sales Presentations or Have Sales Conversations (Part 3)

Welcome to part three of our look at sales presentations vs sales conversations. If you haven’t read part 1 and 2- you can access them by clicking on the earlier posts below. I have received a ton of great feedback from Part 1 & Part 2 – thank you for that. I want to talk today about a conversational voice. I think we all recognize that we should move from sales presentations (monologues) to sales conversations (dialogues). After all – it is about them and we need to engage them if we want them to buy from us. So we

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Should You Give Sales Presentations or Have Sales Conversations (Part 2)

Let’s continue our conversation on sales presentations vs sales conversations. If you didn’t read part 1 – you can do so by clicking on the previous post below. Before we dive into particulars – I want to continue to discuss the mindset of this approach. I had an interesting conversation last week that will help you understand my thought process toward this. Last week I was at the National Speakers Association Conference. While I was there I met many other speakers and the typical conversation started by someone asking – what do you speak on? I was asked what do

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Should You Give Sales Presentations or Have Sales Conversations? (Part 1)

Interesting question: Should you give sales presentations or have sales conversations? Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share my thoughts around this subject and in the spirit of the post I will ask you to participate in the conversation. Feel free to comment, send me your thoughts and pass this on to others to join in the conversation. So here is the starting point – if you are in sales, or involved with people for that matter – you are an influencer. I believe influencers should have one focus and that is on the other person.

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Care: A Great Investment

As a leader it is imperative that you invest in your people everyday. You’ve heard about going the extra mile, reaching above and beyond. If you want to be a person of influence, going the extra mile is exactly what investing in people is all about. Let me give you a great example of that. In 2003 on “Good Morning America,” Charlie Gibson was interviewing General Earl Hailston of the United States Marine Corps. General Hailson and his Marines were stationed a few miles outside of Iraq waiting to go to war. Throughout the interview they discussed the morale of

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A Networking Observation

Yesterday I went to a networking event for lunch. There were about 80 people there and we were assigned to tables with 8 at each table. The conversation was good, but superficial throughout the lunch. The typical question was directed at the name of the company on the name tag. “Tell me about XYZ company?” or “What do you do at XYZ?” Then the event director introduced an activity. We went around the table and each of us had two minutes to answer a personal question and then 2 minutes to talk about what we do professionally. The personal question

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