Sales tips from LeBron

Sales tips from LeBron ?

I admit I do not know much about him; I have heard his name but unlike Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or the Shaq I would not know him by sight.

Probably a generational thing!

Yet he has just become the highest points scorer in all of NBA history, 38 390 as I write this blog and still going strong.

What an amazing feat of talent and endurance.

But if we were to get some sales tips from LeBron what would they be?


Sales tips from LeBron


Since he was drafted in 2003 Lebron has demonstrated a high degree of consistency voted Rookie of the year in 2004 with his career record littered with NBA championships, Championship MVP and league MVP awards, the list is impressive.

And what is more impressive is these awards and victories are not concentrated in a small block. They are spread out over what is now a twenty-year playing career.

And if you look at all champions that are at the top of their games, consistency is crucial.

Sales tips from Lebron would include

Consistently turning up, making the calls, following the process, pitching, and closing even on days when you didn’t really feel like it or want too.

Consistency in sales is a superpower, tasks become habitual, and you do them anyway.


Failure is part of the journey.

sales tips from LeBron

Sure Lebron is the highest points scorer in NBA history, look at his stats.

  • 27.2 points per game
  • 7.5 rebounds per game
  • 7.3 assists per game
  • 1.5 steals per game
  • 0.8 blocks per game
  • 3.5 turnovers per game
  • 38.1 minutes per game
  • 50.5 percent shooting
  • 34.4 percent 3-point shooting
  • 73.5 percent free throw shooting

Lets drill down on 3 statistics that show Lebron failed over and over.

50.5 percent shooting percentage – he missed 49.5% of the time.

And from 3 point range he missed 65.6% of the time.

Even from the free throw line he missed 26,5% of the time.

By any measure Lebron failed, a lot.

Salespeople also fail a lot.

The difference between elite athletes and salespeople, is the salespeople tend to take it personally, as being rejected, they get down on themselves.

Sales tips from LeBron would include accepting that failure is part of the journey, you know you will fail more often than you win.

But in each failure, there is a lesson.

A way to improve.

And this is why a majority of salespeople do not reach their full potential – they fail to learn a lesson and seek ways to improve.

Learning from failure

Sales tips from LeBron


Lebron and his team would have embraced failure and learned from it.

They would watch back every game, they would debrief their offensive and defensive plays

They would be critical of their own performances.

They would practice, get coached, and practice some more.

If your sales team is not following a similar process, they will not learn from failure

Sales tips from LeBron would include


  • Know the stats – Lebron does, and you should too. Your sales team and each member in it need to know their numbers, their conversion rates at step of the process.
  • The stats should be in full public view weekly, Lebron’s is. Although unlike a sales team his stats are in the press and being analysed by commentators.
  • Every pitch should be debriefed, Every game of Lebron’s is – how can anyone improve if their performance is not reviewed.
  • If possible, every zoom sales call recorded. You guessed it, Lebron’s games are, not only for entertainment but for coaching and quality control reasons!
  • Calls should be viewed by sales leaders and coaches. Lebron and his team are surrounded by coaches who cast an eye over everything they do.
  • Every week feedback on how to improve their process should be given. Lebron and his team are coached constantly. Techniques are improved and at that level, a 1% gain can be worth millions and an NBA championship ring.

Sales tips from LeBron can be implemented in your business today – what is stopping you?


If you are unsure how to implement these lessons with your team, jump on a call with Martin.




You may also like to read this recent blog The process of selling and what we can learn from elite athletes.

What can we learn from Novak?

Novak Djokovic is a polarising tennis player.

Not as loved as Roger Federer nor as Flamboyant as Rafael Nadal.

But there is a high probability that in 2023 he will overtake Raffa as the most successful men’s player in history.

And he has achieved this all in an era where Feder and Nadal were dominating.

It has been no easy road.

Throw in the fiasco that was his expulsion from Australia over his Covid stance in 2022 and lack of match fitness from his withdrawal at other tournaments for the same reason, it appeared his hopes were over.

What can we learn from Novak?



Novak had three key elements he relied on to make his way back, three things that are also the foundation of a top salesperson.

His mind

His heart

His process

Armed with just these three things he thumbed his nose at the worlds tennis authorities and won his 10th Australian open and 22nd Grand Slam title in January.



What can we learn from Novak?

Selling can be an unforgiving profession, there is an adage “you are only as good as your last sale” and in Novak’s case “you are only as good as your last Grand Slam”.


What can we learn from Novak ? – Mindset

Mindset is the most important aspect of selling, without a strong mind, a determination to succeed, and ability to not see defeat as fatal, but an opportunity to learn and improve is essential.

When selling the client will throw everything at you, that’s what makes it worthwhile, that’s what makes it fun.

Few can imagine what Novak’s would have felt when he was deported from Australia in 2023 but his mind was strong, he knew he would be back.


What can we learn from Novak ? – Heart

The ability to get back up in sales after you have lost a big deal, you go though a slump, your targets are hard to reach takes heart.

Heart is the ability to keep going, to stay authentic and to speak your truth no matter what.

In selling authenticity is a superpower as you are one of a kind. Pretend to be someone else, act differently to get your numbers up – that never ends well. Clients can sense something is NQR and they resist.

Agree with his stance or not, you cannot help but admire Novak’s unwavering belief.


What can we learn from Novak ? – Process

A process

A logical series of next steps constantly repeated until it is second nature is the game plan of any high performing salesperson.

You rely on your process to get you to the top, and you rely on your process when things go wonky.

If you do not have a sales process, you are relying on luck.

And luck always runs out.

Novak knew his process was strong as he had won many grand slams before, it was just match fitness he had to get and the more times he practiced his process in match conditions the better he got.

Same in selling.

The more times you follow your process the more successful you will be come and importantly, if things don’t go to plan you can debrief and figure out why.

I guess anything is possible when you start believing and follow a process!


If you would like your team to learn from Novak, Chat Sales Cardio with Martin.



You may also like to read this recent blog The process of selling and what we can learn from elite athletes.

The process of pitching and what we can learn from Hollywood

The process of pitching (and what we can learn from Hollywood)


  • A  Hollywood movie, the Shawshank redemption
  • A top selling novel – The DaVinci Code
  • An awesome comedian – Jerry Seinfeld
  • A musical extravaganza – Phantom of the opera

Between them they generate 10s of billions of dollars each year by following a formula, a formula that has remained successful since the dawn of time.

Ask someone what their favourite movie or novel is, and they will likely struggle to choose just one.

And for most the reason the movie or novel is so memorable is the story that is being told.

How the characters are brought to life, the unexpected twists in the storyline.

All leading to the final action sequences where everything is revealed.

While Hollywood producers, script writers, authors, composers are paid handsomely to get it right, there are a high proportion of creative ideas that never see the light of day or bomb spectacularly.

And the reason?

Usually a poor story, the characters were weak, I knew what the ending would be, it was boring.

The difference between a blockbuster and a bomb

The story and how it is told.


We business owners and salespeople could learn a lot from Hollywood if we listened but for the most part we don’t.

We are blissfully unaware that the secret to our sales success we are watching most nights on Netflix, at the movies or in reading in  a novel before we go to sleep

The process of pitching is easier than you may think.



The process of pitching your business your product your service is all about telling a story.

And every business has a great story, a masterpiece and how you craft and deliver that story is critical to the success of your sales process.

How well crafted and delivered is your story?

And what happens when we put your story, your pitch in a busy world, in a competitive post Covid marketplace, how does it stack up?

What makes you stand out?

Does your story have clients paying attention and wanting more like a good movie or is it straight to video, no one really cares?


Every great story has these three ingredients, and everything starts with a setup, the foundations of the story, the structure.

Then intrigue is created to hold the attention of the reader, what will happen next, the hero is in harms way, you want to know more.

And then at the end, the big reveal.


Let me ask you all this, when you choose a new movie to watch do you Fast forward to the end and watch the last 15 minutes first?

When you purchase a new novel do you read the last chapter first


Because if you know the reveal at the end, why would you pay attention to all the rest?

AND THIS is the biggest issue that I see with company pitches and presentations, they are all presenting the last chapter first, it is all reveal and once you have revealed everything the buyer is no longer paying attention.


The process of pitching – Creating your content.

The set up

A Hollywood movie or a bestselling novel story starts with a set up

When a story or a pitch starts, and you are talking about you, wrong way, go back, not interested.

So Start with a big change in your industry

Technology, consumer behaviour, regulations, supply chain, interest rates, labour shortages, fashion, colours, environmental,

What is the big change in your industry and how is it relevant to the buyer

The process of pitching starts here.


The Hero

In the novel I wrote one of my favourite parts was the character development. I just loved creating a character. But any great character does not just start there right.

Each character has its origins.

It usually starts out when they are a kid.

And all heroes generally find themselves in a situation, something out of the ordinary occurs, they have a situation that they have to confront.

Maybe it involves a quest and at some point, in the movie the hero is tested, things go wrong and the hero is force to confront his demons and overcome.

No rise is ever complete without a redemption story, a metamorphosis occurs, and the change is apparent.

The hero triumphs over adversity.

What’s your story?

If you are a business owner, CEO, salesperson you have all have overcome challenges in your life, sometimes seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against you.

Every one of you has overcome adversity

What’s your story. Where did you originate

I love working with clients on their origin story, go back, all the way back and make it compelling.


The big idea

What else do you need to create a good story a good pitch?

Well, you need a big idea, what’s yours?

All stories start with a big idea.

A great movie starts with a big idea and not many ideas are bigger than Star Wars

The novel I wrote started with a big idea.

A big idea is actually not about you, your company or your products, it is an actual high stakes idea.

The Big Idea is an actual high stakes idea, it provides insight, simplifies something complex and captures a changing world

What is your big idea.?


While there is a lot more to a pitch than a set up, a hero and a big idea if you can write a pitch that encapsulates these basic pillars your pitch will be a lot better than 80% being delivered today.


How can you improve ?

If you are a business owner, CEO, salesperson of manager, what you are doing now is already successful. You would not be  in business if you did not have a basic framework.

But just how tight is it.

How well scripted are the stories you are telling your clients about you, your origins, your big idea, what is changing?

And can everyone in your organisation deliver your sales pitch, your story, your big idea with the same degree of confidence and surety as you can?

If the answer is Meh, no, hell no or I cant even do that then it is an indication there is work to do.

And no matter how successful you may or may not already be at sales, just by investing a little time and effort in your process and your scripting , it will yield big results to your bottom line.



I work with clients every day helping them construct their pitch which allows us to create pillar pieces we can insert into their sales process that has clients engaged, intrigued, and wanting more.

If you would are unsure how to get started, would like some feedback on your current pitch or just want help, click on the link and lets chat.


You may also like to read this recent blog The process of selling and what we can learn from elite athletes.

The process of selling

The process of selling (and what we can learn from elite athletes)

If you are an elite sportsperson, you have a defined passion and purpose, you have trailed and proven routines, a focussed mind, you have committed to continual training and coaching, have a high pain tolerance, and have demonstrated resilience.

If you are striving to be the best Gymnast, golfer, sprinter, tennis player or swimmer, name your sport, your technique, your process is one of the most important elements.

A slight deviation at that level has dire consequences.

Some may be more gifted, think Michael, Jordan, tiger woods, some may be more flamboyant, Usain bolt, some may be dour but get the job done, Novak Djokovic.

For me my sport was rowing

Rowing is a highly technical, you require strength and endurance, and I had the good fortune to be coached by some of the best in the world.

Rowing by its nature is about process and then you layer on top strength, cardiovascular fitness, mindset, diet.

Did I ever row the perfect stroke in the hundreds of thousands I rowed?

Probably although during the 6 minutes of a 2000m race there would likely only be a handful as the conditions, fatigue, and other factors contributed.

But what has this got to do with the process of selling?


First you need a sales process.

Think of it as your golf swing, your tennis serves, your free throw, your floor routine, your rowing stroke.

We would have all either swung a golf club, hit a tennis ball, or tried a free thrown in basketball

And to start with we would have been pretty shit at it.

We had no process we just did what came naturally.

But the more we practiced and learned, the more we followed a process and got coached the better we became.

As you get better the basics become second nature, you do it without thinking, your highest level of ingrained learning kicks in enabling you to perform on bigger and bigger stages.

Closing the multi-million-dollar deals, competing at the Olympic Games.

Anyone competing at this level will tell you, if you deviate from your process your goose is cooked, your deal or game is over.


So what did I know about the process of selling?

I was fortunate in that I competed at World championships and commonwealth games at the same time I was starting to sell.

And back then no one showed me how to sell, I was thrown a set of car keys and had to figure it out myself.

So what did I know?


  • I knew the power of a process, so I started developing one
  • I knew the power of a winning mindset, so I used it
  • I knew you learn more from loosing than winning so every rejection made me stronger
  • I understood perseverance so I never gave up
  • I had an abundance of confidence, so I believed.
  • I knew I needed coaches, so I searched for and found then
  • I knew I needed to learn so I read as much as I could (which wasn’t much back then)
  • And I kept showing up, day after day
  • I never gave up
  • And eventually I started winning more deals than losing them
  • I was never satisfied, I always wanted to improve so I sought out bigger and bigger challenges


Elite athletes from all sports follow a similar recipe for success.

And they all understand that their process always needs to be put under the microscope as when you are at the top of your game the one percenters are not little.

They are the difference between an Olympic gold medal and failing to even qualify.

Can your sales process compete at this level?

I was recently invited to facilitate for 90 days with one of the worlds most recognisable equipment brands, in Australia a sales team of over 60.

And as you would expect with a multi-billion-dollar multinational their process of selling was tight.

But as I dug deeper it was obvious that this high performing team needed some assistance.

What I was seeing from their sales process was incongruent with the brand they represented.

I started coaching them to make some small changes and to their credit the management and team embraced fully the techniques and changes I was asking them to make.


  • Ninety days later discounting which was standard practice had reduced to a trickle
  • They were getting better at selecting their clients
  • The salespeople started getting time back
  • Lead conversion rates started to rise.


As a specialist sales coach I was able to see things they could not.

Just like an elite athlete they needed an extra pair of eyes who is trained to pick up on the little things that make a big difference.

To improve their golf swing, their tennis serve, their sales process

What can we learn about sales from elite athletes?

Turns out quite a lot.


If you can see the benefit in having a professional coach look over your sales process, step 1 is to book a call.


You may also like to read this recent blog on the steps you may choose to take once you have identified underperforming sales talent

The twelve symptoms

The twelve symptoms that indicate your sales process may be sick.

As an elite sportsman in the late 1980s I was 10 feet tall and bullet proof until one day I felt a lump.

I was aware enough to go to the doctor, the diagnosis,

Testicular cancer.

Saw a specialist and within 24 hours of me noticing, well, feeling the symptom that presented, I was undergoing surgery.

That was followed up with five sessions of radiotherapy every week for three months before I finally got the “all clear”

A potentially life ending illness cured.

Now over thirty years later I am fitter than ever but maintaining my health and wellbeing takes work.

You cannot take it for granted.


What your personal health is to you, your sales health is to your business

And it is the same in business because like you, your business is a living entity, its health can be adversely affected by a myriad of issues.

As a professional sales coach, I see symptoms of ill health being ignored every day,

And I understand why.

Business is not for the faint hearted, it consumes your time, your energy, your focus, and many I interact with are just busy getting through each day.

And a large chunk of time is invariably treating the symptom, not the cause.

A tight cashflow, margin erosion, increased marketing spends, lead conversion rates falling.

All symptoms of a larger problem that if diagnosed can be worked on and cured.


Sales is the heartbeat of your business

Every business understands that sales are important.

And if you are in a business reading this then your sales process is working, it is generating income, so you are already successful at selling.

But just how healthy is the heart of your business?

Has it been showing and symptoms of fatigue or ill health?

The top 12 Symptoms that indicate your business could use a sales health check include:

  1. A tight cashflow
  2. Sales teams not hitting KPIs
  3. Margin erosion
  4. A softening of sales conversions rates
  5. An increase in marketing expenditure
  6. Continual buyer objections
  7. A blocked sales pipeline
  8. Customers Ghosting your outreach
  9. Discounting
  10. An unclear sales process of logical next steps
  11. A sales pitch that is not replicated by everyone in a client facing role
  12. A lack of daily / weekly / monthly meeting rhythm’s


Sales Cardio Tip

When going through this list pause on each point and write down why you believe this is not an issue in your business.


A tight cashflow

Response – our cashflow has remained healthy and positive for the past 6 months

Sales team not hitting KPIs

Response – Every sales team member has met or exceeded their KPIs for the last quarter

The temptation will be to mentally flick through this list but if you dedicate just 15 minutes to this task it could very well be the 15 minutes that, just like when I felt a lump all those years ago, will save your business from serious ill health or worse.


So, you have identified a symptom or two?

First thing to understand is its not fatal but now it has been drawn to your attention it is time for you to act and drill down to find the underlying cause, not symptom

The underlying cause of tight cashflow could for example be a rise in expenses or market conditions beyond your control.


However, I would strongly recommend jumping on a call with one of our team to guide you through the process in a complimentary 30-minute Sales Cardio session.

Just like with your own health, I would not rely on self-diagnostics or Dr Google.

Here is the link to book your free session.


You may also like to read this recent blog on the steps you may choose to take once you have identified underperforming sales talent

Effective sales pipeline management

How effective is your sales pipeline management?

According to a 2021 study 64% of business admitted that their sales pipeline management was ineffective.

I personally thought it would be a lot higher as of all the businesses I help performance manage and coach there are only two I would identify as effective in this area.

And it confuses me as to why businesses do not take it more seriously!


Why is pipeline management so important?

sales pipeline

If a sales process was a living organism the sales pipeline would be its beating heart.

An effective sales pipeline allows CEOs and CFOs to forecast monthly and quarterly earnings, manufacturing businesses can rely on its accuracy to procure raw materials, business owners can predict when to scale up or down, and it can even measure market trends.

The sales pipeline, this beating heart is constantly filled with prospects.

Consider for a moment that the prospects are the blood and one thing we all know is that the heart pumps the blood, it is constantly on the move.

If it is not there is a problem,

Any slowing down will result in a change to blood pressure and if there is a blockage, a clot, things can get serious quickly.

And this is the root of most businesses issues when it comes to their sales pipelines, they are clotted.

Clotted with stalled deals and prospects who are not going anywhere.

They are a slow-moving toxin that poisons the businesses sales pipeline to the point that it is, for the most part, useless.

Businesses ignore sales pipeline management at their peril.


How do you keep your pipeline moving?

sales pipeline management

  • First hold your sales team accountable for their own sales pipeline and monitor it with them monthly
  • Tracking the larger deals individually and setting an expectation, based on length of sale metrics how fast each prospect moves.
  • Train your team to identify and remove bad leads quickly. It is all part of the client selection criteria.
  • Every business will have prospects that are WOFTAMS (Waste of freaking time and money). Identify them early and move them on.
  • If deals stall or go dark (ghosting is a real thing these days) invite your client to tell you NO, that they are not interested, it is amazing how often this re-engages customers.

I have an email template I use for exactly this purpose; send me an email and I will share it with you.


The benefits of a CRM in sales pipeline management

Sales pipeline management

With so many alternatives available to businesses at various investment levels there is no excuse for any business, even a start-up not to have a CRM.

I do not endorse one CRM over the other but a few I see in regular range from Salesforce and Hubspot to active campaign, Pipedrive and Odoo.

When I first started in sales computers were only just starting to be used and in the late 80s, they were the days of rolodex, tracking your leads manually by cards (I had this massive manual filing system supplemented with notes) and eventually started using a computer programme called Lotus 123.

The fact is today with the amount of leads being generated there is NO WAY any company can manually track leads without losing or forgetting them but more importantly, there is no transparency in the daily, weekly and monthly activities of your sales team.

A great CRM helps you manage your business and your team.


Take sales pipeline management seriously

I work with a large number of businesses in their sales pipeline strategy, from start ups to billion dollar multi-nationals. No one is immune from a clotted pipeline so the secret is taking action, sometimes drastic action to get things moving again.

If you would like to talk sales pipeline management just click the link below

Book a strategy call with Martin


A CRM will help measure your sales conversion rate – read the blog here


Sales superpower

Does your team possess this sales superpower ?

If you are competing at a chosen sport, about to deliver a speech, perform surgery, or attend a job interview one thing has a major impact on your performance.

Self-belief, a prize frame mindset, it is a sales superpower.

Does your team have it?

A successful sportsperson thinks they are going to win

An engaging speaker knows they are going to crush it.

A skilled surgeon believes the most difficult operation is achievable.

An outstanding applicant knows they are the best person for the job

Most of us would be exposed every day to at least one post, email, conversation, or program that mentions the power of mindset.

Yet in sales, the largest single profession on the planet, self-belief is lacking across the board from sales novice to thirty-year veteran.

This sales superpower is one thing every one of us has the ability to change and the one thing that will improve the performance of anyone who sells for a living.

And there are over a billion of us!





This is an interesting question that I have thought about as I have witnessed it in every business I performance manage and coach from single person solopreneurs to billion-dollar multinationals.

Firstly, we have the young who have just joined the workforce, and in my experience anyone under the age of around 25 falls into this category.

They have been told what to do all their lives, by parents, teachers, university lecturers, they have likely had a few poor buying experiences and have a less than positive outlook on sales.

Companies give their team some basic training and set them loose.

They are timid, shy, not confident, don’t want to appear arrogant and fear rejection.

Then we have those entering the sales profession from another role or at a more mature age and by and large they have the same issues as listed above but let’s throw in the fear of failure, the pressure and expectation of performance and some basic training if any.

They are uncertain, lack authority and expertise

And then we have the experienced salespeople, and they can range in experience from 5 years to many decades.

They have been in the hustle and bustle of sales for many years, and it is relentless.

Sales is not for the fainthearted, KPIS, budgets, cold calls, reporting, the constant monthly pressure of bring in the revenue for the business they work for.

And over time the prizing mindset, their sales superpower has been eroded without them knowing.



A women and man preparing their hands for boxing in a boxing gym with boxing bags in the background
A women and man preparing their hands for boxing in a boxing gym with boxing bags in the background

The thing about sportspeople is every time they enter the arena to compete, they have worked on their mindset, they have visualized victory, they have imagined success and have prepared through constant training so every time they turn up, they are at their peak.

Sales is a contact sport.

Constant training both in technique and the mind is essential.

It is a rare breed that have a successful career in sales as you always lose more than you win

You are always having to make cold calls, to handle rejection, to navigate through sales slumps.

That is why constantly providing your sales team, novice or professional with an awareness and training on the mindset of prizing is so important.



A soccer team celebrating on their needs in the middles of a field with a soccer ball in front of them

In every new facilitation I conduct I give myself a superpower and transport my attendees into the body of a super successful entrepreneur.

I ask everyone to imagine how the way they sell, the way they enter a conversation would change if they were Elon Musk?

(If you are not an Elon fan, think Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Opera Winfrey, Gina Reinhardt)

The answer is A LOT

And then I ask ‘So why are you not being Elon right now? You have the ability; it is just a choice”

And for the next 90 minutes we embark on a journey into the prize frame mindset.

If you want to change the sales game in your business work with your team on self-belief, on the prize frame mindset



Want to talk about a mindset facilitation for your team?

Book a strategy call with Martin


Underperforming talent – Do they stay or go

Underperforming  talent – do they stay or go?


With a double tonne at the Boxing Day test Australian cricketer David Warner ended a form slump.

Most elite athletes contend with a slump during their careers.

Even the great Michael Jordan had one, but think of any sport and any sports team and chances are they have been in a slump.


Having been in sales for over 40 years I too have been through my share of slumps.

Sales slumps, where you just cannot seem to sell your way out of a paper bag.


Chances are your business has been impacted by sales slumps.

But how do you manage your team when they are going through one?


I have been performance managing and coaching sales talent for forty years and this is a question faced by sales directors and CEOs on a regular basis. Do I sack the underperforming sales talent or do they stay?

Now remember this article is about “Underperforming” sales talent. There will be a myriad of reasons why you should immediately deselect sales talent. High on the list would be bad culture fit, dishonesty, theft, or representing the business in a bad light. We are discussing here a member of your team who you think is a good culture fit, knows your product or service, is punctual and tries their best. But when KPIs are reviewed each month, is constantly underperforming.

You as a senior manager you are faced with a decision, underperforming talent – do they stay or go ?



So, you have made the decision to let them go.

In the pro column

You have shown the rest of the team that poor performers are cut – no hesitation. The high performers in your team will be happy, those in the lower echelon will start feeling nervous, not a bad thing. Complacency is a sales killer. You can now onboard a new high performing talent member with a fresh and vibrant energy. If you select well from an aligned industry, may be able to bring some business with them or some insights as to how a competitor operates. Winning.

And now the Cons?

You contact HR who tell you they will get right onto it, the search fee for that position will be between $20 and $25K, You will have interviews set up within 3-4 weeks. On average new talent has to give at least 14 days’ notice. You should have someone through the interview process and onboarded best case 8 weeks, 12 at the outside. 2-3 months without a salesperson in a key role, not ideal.

Once onboarded their initial 30-day training commences taking you and your team away from front line activities. Everyone is under the pump, but the lost time is calculated by HR at around $10K. Now the new talent hits the road and on average, new sales talent does not start performing and hitting key KPIs for 6-9 months. HR has calculated on an incremental scale this gradual upskilling to be around $30K. Total investment so far, 60 to 65K. HR comes to you in 90 days, probation period is up, does the new talent stay or go? Have they done enough?

The future though is uncertain with any new sales talent.



So, you have made the decision to let the underperforming talent stay.

You bring them into your office for a performance review, tell them that they need to start hitting their KPIs, offer extra training, whatever they need, you want them to succeed. You give them a written notice that will be on file with HR. Their daily and weekly activities go up, sales rise but only marginally, the pressure intensifies.

Over the next 90 days their performance has improved, but it is still not where it needs to be, you are frustrated. Do they stay or do they go? You make the decision to terminate their employment, kicking yourself you did not act earlier, now the employment process starts, add to the start-up of 60-65K three months of lost revenue and margin. This type of scenario I have seen play out countless times over forty years, yes, even in my own organisation.

  • What if there was a better option?
  • What if in 90 days you could turn that underperforming salesperson around?
  • What if they were on an upward trajectory.


If you have been in sales long enough you would have been through some slumps, cricketers have them, footy players have them, salespeople have them.

Or maybe you have a skilled sales team, and one talent member needs to hone their skills. What is it the sporting profession does that for the most part we in business do not? Call in a specialist coach to work one on one with the underperforming talent. The big investment has already been made to get them to the pitch, on the field, or in your business. You have invested heavily, they have the talent, past performances tell us this. How to unleash the potential or identify the roadblock. You have done all you can.



There are now specialist sales coaches who work directly with a company’s sales talent to upskill with new ideas and disciplines. Just like in a sporting team, the weakest link is individually performance coached and mentored, the objective is simple, to identify, work on and solve the biggest sales challenges faced. To increase customer engagement and conversion rates. To empower the individual to exceed monthly KPIs and quotas. For a fraction of the investment or inconvenience it would take to replace them.

Your team notices that when the going gets tough, you care for your team. Instead of discarding them, to give them every opportunity to succeed. To reach their potential. Sales improve but so does moral. All within 90 days, about the time it will take to onboard new talent.

The next time you are faced with a difficult choice: Do we let them go or do we let them stay. Consider another option – Do we let them succeed?


If you have underperforming sales talent and are unsure as to your next move,

Book a strategy call with Martin

Or read more about selecting and onboarding new sales talent

Hiring sales talent step 1 – Interview process

In the interview process, salespeople can sell!

Let me be clear.

You are about to start an interview process that is right in the candidates hitting zone and possibly not yours.

A salesperson sells for a living and the product they can sell better than any other is themselves.

You normally don’t come up against this when interviewing talent as most non sales employees feel tense and nervous in an interview process, you have the upper hand.

Sales talent by contrast will be in their element.

Whether you are identifying talent yourself or utilizing the services of a recruitment agency you must get the interview process / selection process right or the talent walking in your door may not be there for long.

Thousands of dollars and countless man hours wasted.


I have created an e-book that encapsulates all my learnings over 30 years which is yours free by clicking the link


I have been selecting and hiring sales talent for over 30 years and initially i sucked – check out this recent blog  and video.



Hiring new sales talent – how I f#@ked it up.


So you are considering hiring new sales talent ?


I have been employing sales talent for over 30 years and initially I was not great at it.

In fact I was a bit S#@t.

I would employ new salespeople and expect they knew how to sell.

I would give them some basic training and set them loose.

Then get frustrated at the lack of effort, the failure to get results.

Then a moment of clarity.


I realized that I was the problem.

I was selecting the new talent

But then I was setting them up to fail

Through a lack of training,

A lack of direction

An absence of accountability and leadership


Lesson learnt


Fast forward twenty years and do I always get it right?

Hell no

But my successes now far outweigh my failures.

And as my process improved so did the new talent that I onboarded.

And my selection and onboarding process is tight


It is important to note I am not a recruitment company

I am a business owner and sales professional who has been involved in employing and onboarding sales talent for thirty years.

I am not suggesting this is the only process to successfully employ and onboard great new team members.

Employing  sales talent is not an exact science!


But hopefully you can learn from the mistakes I have made avoid F#@king it up !


I have created an e-book that encapsulates all my learnings over 30 years which is yours free by clicking the link




What do Pilates and Sales have in common ?

What do Pilates and sales have in common?


Well more than you may think.

I recently got to spend time with the amazing team at Village Pilates in Sydney.

I worked with them to develop a prize frame mindset and create a more effective sales process.

During our time together I was also learning.

And I mean “wow” I had no idea that Pilates could treat and assist so many with a wide range of health issues.

From ACL tears to Sciatica, Knee replacement to Osteoporosis or bowel and lung cancer to conditions I have never heard of before.

The team listed over 40 conditions and they were just getting warmed up!

All this in addition to the health and wellbeing benefits that come with exercise and fitness.

One of the team summed it up:

She said “Martin, Pilates is an education in movement”

Thanks Monica.

That is what Pilates and sales have in common: movement.

Pilates is all about movement and so is sales.

If you are attempting to live a life without pain from a condition or improve your quality of life after an injury it is all about educating yourself to move, forward motion

Sales is the same as it also requires movement, forward motion, a logical series of next steps that will get you to your goal.

In Pilates if you don’t do the reps, if you don’t follow the structure, if you are not constantly seeking forward motion you don’t get better, fitter, stronger.

And in sales, in every deal if you are not always seeking forward motion, a meeting, a call, a logical next step a micro commitment from the buyer then it stalls.

The buyer goes dark, wont return your call.

All because you did not do the reps, did not follow the process, the structure the logical series of next steps.

So what do Plates and sales have in common?

Just like Pilates, Sales is an education in movement.

What forward movement are you taking today?


Interested to do some reps with your team ?


How sales fit is your business ?



Neediness – The biggest killer in sales

Neediness is the biggest killer in sales


More deals are lost and bad deals signed through neediness than any other single reason.

The buyer is seen by the seller as “the prize”.

They have the ability to generate a purchase order or sign a letter of intent, they have money and the salesperson or business wants it.

And businesses will do what it takes to get it.

The sales person is the dependant party in the negotiation.

Prepared to give, to compromise while the buyer takes everything they can.

And tough negotiators are expert at recognising neediness and creating it

and once they have… BAM! They swing the axe with changes, exceptions and demands for concessions.

Neediness is the biggest killer in sales today.


So how can you eliminate neediness from your business?


Be willing to walk away

Walking away from a business deal is extremely powerful and shows your potential client that you are only there to do a deal that works for you.

Human psychology is interesting in business as people tend to chase that which moves away.

To desire that they cannot have.

Get comfortable with walking away when the situation arises.


Avoid discounting

If neediness is the biggest killer in sales the biggest sign of neediness is discounting.

It is like a blinking neon sign you wear around your neck that is highlighting for all to see “I am desperate”

A business deal is never usually about price (there are a few exceptions but not many).

But price is how buyers have been trained to buy. Because no matter what you say it is easy for them to shut down, its too expensive, cannot afford it.


Instead of discounting stand your ground and be willing to walk away.


Master frame control


Frame control is a sales persons most powerful skill which eliminates neediness and puts you in the driving seat in any transaction.

Check out more information on frame control


Have a full pipeline

It is hard to walk away when you have an empty sales pipeline and you actually have to make the sale to pay for the rent or the wages that are coming due in a few days.

Sometimes in these situations you have to do whatever it takes but don’t expect it to be pleasant.

There will be blood on the walls and it will be yours.

You are at the mercy of the buyer and their charity.

So ALWAYS ensure you have a strong healthy pipeline which gives you the assurance that if you walk away from this deal, you have plenty more to choose from.


The discipline of prospecting


A failure of your business to prospect, to generate leads today will impact your business in 90 days so no matter what you do, get disciplined around prospecting in whatever form that is right for you.

Block off time to prospect daily or multiple times a week

I call it the “hour of power”

No interruptions, just pick up the phone and call.

Set your sales team KPIs around bringing in new leads each week make it a focus and a minimum expectation of the role.

All successful businesses and sales team are disciplined when it comes to prospecting.

The prize frame is super powerful when it comes to combating neediness.

what is the prize frame ?

Empower your team

You have the ability to empower your team.

When I started out selling there was no qualification in sales.

Apart from listening to those around you, you had to figure it out on your own.

Only the strong survived.

The sad thing is 43 years later there is still no qualification in sales and you are still left to figure it out on your own, and everyone in your business sells.


Imagine if you could empower your team and everyone in your business had the skillset to start a sales conversation, handle a customer complaint, talk with clients.

Imagine if you could empower your team so the anxiety many of them have around sales and negative customer feedback was gone.

Imagine if it was replaced with certainty and confidence.

I get asked all the time if I could create an event that will empower your team (for those attending who may be new to the business or starting out in sales).

An apprentice, a builder, an electrician, a hairdresser, a fitness instructor, a receptionist, a trainee.

Something engaging, something fun.

Something for those who occupy “non selling” sales roles.

Accounting, logistics, manufacturing, marketing who are all equally essential to the client experience.


Imagine they could talk with a prize frame authority that created certainty in the mind of the buyer they were in the right place.

When collecting outstanding accounts, advising buyers of delivery or project delays, engaging them in the manufacturing process or asking for referrals,

Imagine if everyone in your business could sell


Introducing what business owners have been asking for.

Sales Cardio “walk before you run” program is for the 95% of all sales people, future leaders and business owners who, like I did, start out with no sales training at all.

This 90 day facilitation starts with a 90 minute workshop where your team will learn:

  • How to have fun when selling
  • How to talk with buyers without feeling anxious or nervous
  • How to present themselves and your business as the prize
  • How to handle “what’s the price”
  • How to handle common objections
  • How to deal with a customer complaint
  • How to instigate and look forward to challenging conversations


And above all, how to become part of your sales team.


Like all Sales Cardio events this is more than just the initial 90 minute workshop.

Included is 90 day access for all participants to the Sales Cardio Training hub, a private facebook group where questions and asked and feedback given.

Participants can also attend live group coaching calls where they can interact live with Martin and workshop real life situations as they occur.


And the investment required to empower your team ?

Sales Cardio “Walk before you run” 90 day event is only $90.00 Per Person plus GST

Or for multiple attendees

1-5 team +$90.00 PP +GST

6-11 team $82.00PP +GST

12 + Team $75.00PP +GST


Events take place on the first Monday of every month.


Private events for teams of 10+ are available by request.


To register your interest email us at

The most powerful 30 words in sales.

The most powerful 30 words in sales


I have always sold premium products but it was in 2005 that I knew I had to create a script that would help me navigate the buyers initial question.

“what’s the price”

I was selling $70K product and my nearest competitor was $30K.

I got a lot of hang ups.

Over the years the script has been modified, tested, changed, and evolved into what it is today

In my view the most powerful 30 words in sales.


30 words that can change your business

30 words that will enable you to increase prices, eliminate discounting and increase your lead conversion rates.

Now when a buyer calls and asks that age old question “what’s the price” you cannot ignore it.

But you cannot answer it either as doing so gives the buyer frame control, the discussion then revolves around the price, the sales process is de-railed.

“Hey Mr buyer that is a great question and I will answer that no problem, before I do though I want to let you know”

And now come the 30 words

We are a premium product (or service)

We understand we are not for everyone

To see if we may be a good fit

I am going to ask you some questions


30 word script
30 word script


This 30 word stretch may seem innocuous but there is a lot going on, it is all about frame control.

You are telling the client up front you are not cheap, that you are prepared to walk away, that you are selecting them as much as they are selecting you and that you are in control of the questions.

If you use this 30 word script as part of your overall sales strategy in your business, in the first 60-90 seconds of all new incoming sales inquiries watch discounting reduce and lead conversion rates rise.


There are a number of frames that businesses need to understand, check out the blog on Frame control

The prize frame

What is the Prize Frame?

What is the prize frame?


If you are in business you have likely heard the term “prizing”.

You may use the term yourself. You may even encourage team members to “prize” themselves.

But what does prizing actually mean?

What is the prize frame?


The prize frame is a mindset and in sales it is one of the most powerful and significant shifts a business can make which has an immediate and “forever” impact on everything you do.


In sales invariably the buyer sees themselves as the prize.

They have the money, they have the power to do a deal, write a purchase order, sign a letter of intent, pay a deposit.

And most businesses, most sales people will act supplicant and do anything to get it.

This will then come across to the buyer as desperate and needy and then the buyer will only do business with us if it suits them.

They will negotiate on price, terms, they will seek concessions and only deal with us based on their charity, if the deal is good for them.

And this is no way to run a successful business

To start with its not fun

Nor is it profitable.


The prize frame mindset starts with the self belief that you, your business its products or services are the prize, not the buyer.

That you are the prize

That the buyer has a pain point or problem to solve and that they need you to solve it, you don’t need them.

That you are the prize

That you are an expert in what you do, in solving the buyers pain or problem with your product or service and without you, the buyers pain will remain.

That you are the prize

That you will decide, not the buyer if they are a good fit to welcome into your business

Because you are the prize

A black and white image of an African American boxer with a blue line behind him representing a heart line with a title 'I am the prize'
I am the prize


And once you and or your team develop this mindset, just watch the changes that occur.

  • You start attracting and doing business with the quality buyers.
  • The buyers who understand value and don’t constantly negotiate
  • Discounting will become a thing of the past
  • You will engage buyers that are committed to work with you
  • Revenue rises
  • Profits increase

All because of a change in mindset

That YOU are the prize.


There are a number of frames that businesses need to understand, check out the blog on Frame control



“Let’s generate more leads”


I hear it all the time.


Sales are slow lets generate more leads

Our conversion rates are going down, lets generate more leads

We are not achieving our revenue numbers, lets generate more leads.


So off you go to the Marketing or advertising company and pay them to generate more leads, and they can do that, they are expert at it, you want to generate more leads, you are in the right place.


But do you REALLY need to generate more leads?


Most businesses I engage with have a lead conversion rate, the number of deals won from the number of leads you generate that is under twenty percent.

Sure some are lower (as low as one percent) and higher (I have a client over ninety percent) but on average under twenty percent is a fair reflection,


This means they are EIGHTY PERCENT ineffective !


They are generating enough leads, they just cannot close them.


And there is a simple low cost yet highly effective solution that may even mean you can reduce your advertising and marketing expenditure.


FOCUS ON LEAD CONVERSION not generating more leads.


Here is an example of the impact that can be made when a company works a little on their lead conversion and I worked with this team for nine months and the goal, to increase lead conversions from eight percent to 15%.


Fig 1
Fig 2
Fig 3


So this business was generating three hundred leads per month and converting at eight percent, pretty simple maths which shows they convert 24 into sales each month.
On average the buyer spent $4000.00 and this company made an average margin of thirty percent so in example 1 the business was generating 96K or revenue and 28.8K of margin each month.
Initially as you can see, within 6 weeks a bump of two percent was recorded which may seem small but see how the revenue and margin jumped by twenty five percent?
A few months later we had the conversion rate at the desired fifteen percent but look at what had happened to the revenue and margin numbers.



By spending a little effort on converting the leads they already had – wow
But wait – this business on average sold to these buyers twice a year, so lets look at what happens when we figure that in.

That is not a typo, revenue and margin up a staggering


Just by putting effort into lead conversion.
So the next time you hear yourself or someone else say “lets generate more leads”
Ask “Why”
Check out this blog for more.

What is frame control?

What is frame control?

Frame control happens below the surface of every business meeting you attend, every sales call you make, and every business interaction you have.

If you don’t have frame control you will be at the mercy of the buyer and then your success and the success of your business will only depend on their charity.

While many businesses have heard of frame control very few understand its power.

So what is frame control?


Point of view
A frame is a point of view.

Another person can look at exactly the same thing you are looking at through their frame and see something completely different (see image above)

There are millions of people in business and each brings a unique perspective, a way of looking at things, a frame to every encounter and when your frame and that of the buyer come together one will dominate the exchange, the weaker will subordinate.

And when these two frames come together they collide

And it is not a friendly contact it is a death match, when frames come together the stronger frame completely dominates the other and absorbs the weaker frame. That’s why it is called frame control !

If you and your partner have differing views on the importance of valentines day .. lets say you think it is a waste of time but your partner doesnt..

Frames collide and ask yourself who will win that encounter ?

And so much going on in the world right now.. vaccinate Vs anti vax two frames collide?

And in business what you may see as a 5 million dollar deal the buyer may see as two million of you are lucky.

When you have frame control people are playing by your rules, they accept your frame, your morals your pre suppositions and they accept your leadership

Frame control is the basis for all business discussions and interactions


There are DOZENS of frames in business but these are the most common.


7 frames

The 7 most common frames to be aware of

I will be posting a weekly BLOG on each of the 7 frames above, stay tuned.




How sales fit is your business ?

How sales fit is your business?

“How sales fit is your business?” is a question I asked over 350 small to medium sized businesses last month. Between them, they invest around $7 000 000.00 a year on marketing:

web sites, SEO, Google AdWords, social media marketing, advertising, video production.

All this money is invested to generate leads, to get the phone to ring, their website visited, inviting people into their business.

In this group marketing is their super-power.

Yet after all this money has been invested in lead generation, and buyers are contacting their business how sales fit are they?

How much is being invested in converting these leads into revenue, into sales?

Fifty-one cents a day!

Less than 1% of their marketing investment, 0.0093% to be precise, an average of $186.00 a year.


At a time in human history when business is the most competitive it has even been, when buyers have more power than ever before.


TODAY in 2021 seventy percent of the buyer’s purchasing decision is being made before businesses get a call.

Purchasing decision
Purchasing decision

And that is up from forty percent in 2015.

And this is forecast to rise to ninety five percent by 2025

I say that again by 2025 95% of the purchasing decision will be made before we as businesses get a call

And these are number business just cannot ignore, they will scare many.

And rightly so, because you will get once chance to pitch to these buyers so it better be engaging, because when the phone rings, the email pings or the door swings open and your sales team is not ready.

Another deal lost or a buyer bullying you to get a better price or longer terms.


And today in a covid / post covid market look at what is happening..

  • Competition up
  • Pressure on margins is intense
  • Spending on lead generation up
  • Lead conversion rates down
  • And when you do close invariably it’s a discussion about price


The biggest challenge facing businesses long term survival today is not a global pandemic or a crowded marketplace or how often you post on social media.

The biggest challenge to business today is how sales fit you are, how you pitch, persuade, influence and sell a 2020s buyer.

In a market where buyer has all the power, has seen the same sales technique thousands of times before and knows how to shut you down.

Being Sales fit will be the difference between a business that thrives and a business that struggles to survive.

Which one will you be?

Being sales fit is crucial, because without businesses knowing it the way buyers buy has changed quickly.

The buyers have been in the gym lifting weights and pumping iron for the past 10 years getting stronger, more dominant and businesses have by and large been sitting on the couch with ice packs on all the bruises they get when the buyers come and beat them up wondering, what just happened.

So how sales fit is your business?


Empathy – a sales superpower

What does empathy mean to you?

You will have your own response and when I ask in my Sales Cardio workshops “What does empathy mean to you” the answers are usually similar.

Standing in someone elses shoes, feeling what they feel, understanding their situation.

All great answers and all correct but how do you demonstrate empathy in Sales?


A Greek philosopher Epictitus once said

“a man has two ears and one mouth so that he listens twice as much as he speaks”

Empathy in sales is asking questions and keeping your mouth closed, it is about drilling down to find out what the clients problem is and getting clear on it.

Its about understanding and then, communicating back to the client what they have just said.

So what you are saying is?

And then just for a moment you are standing in the clients shoes

listening is the cheapest and most effective concession we can make in any negotiation.

By listening intently you demonstrate empathy and show a deep desire to understand what the other side is feeling..

In addition the client tends to become less defensive and more willing to listen to other points of view when they are calm and logical.

Listening is not a passive activity.. it is the most active thing we can do.

We were taught to read and taught to speak.. listening is not waiting for your turn to speak!!!!


Empathy  in life is often described

In life never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.

Empathy in sales

Never sell anything unless you can improve the life of the client or make the world a better place.

VIDEO LINK – Empathy in 60 seconds


Honesty – The secret to sales success

Honesty – The secret to sales success

Honesty is the secret to sales success and here is why.

If you have ever been trying to buy a product or service and you encounter a dishonest sales person you know it, you feel it.

They are trying to manipulate you in an attempt to get your money so you either get out of there, fast, or you fight back, only agreeing to terms if it suits you.

However in sales if you are honest, if you tell the truth it will not be perceived as selling, manipulative, conniving or needy.

The truth can only be known as one thing.. the truth.

The buyer will then respond to you as your only goal is to find a solution to their problem.

Being honest in sales is about speaking your truth.

If you think your client is off track or is incongruent be honest and challenge them.

If you do not believe the client will be a good fit for your business, be honest, let them know.

If you don’t think your product or service will solve their pain point or problem, be honest, advise them why.

Being honest is the ability to speak your truth and walk away from any business deal as Just because the client is not a good fit today does not mean they won’t be next time.

I have experienced this countless times over the sales journey as the times you say no to the client, this is not for you, there are better solutions available, you are not ready for this solution yet, when you are honest.

The next time they are interested in a product or service guess who they call?

Because they can trust you to be honest, to tell the truth even if it is not in your best interest.

And that is the true power of honesty.


VIDEO LINK – Honesty in 60 seconds

What is sales cardio?

What is sales cardio?

What is your passion, your driver?

Chances you have more than one?

Perhaps you love creating and building, inspiring and leading?

Maybe your passion is for marketing, for numbers, for beauty or fitness, maybe you are driven to raise a family, to teach.

No matter what your inspiration whatever it is you do, you will either be an expert in your field or on your way to becoming one.

But you certainly did not start out as an expert.

It took time and dedication, you had to constantly use and flex those muscles you were building so things became second nature, you were constantly improving.

Constantly resetting your highest ingrained level of learning.

Now, Just like an athlete at the Olympic games, when the chips are down and when you are under pressure things come naturally, you don’t have to think about it, you just do it.

And selling is no different

I can pretty much guarantee that when you established your business your thought process would have been bringing your skill-set and passion to the world and then you realise..

‘oh really, now I have to sell’?

The selling profession is the largest in the world, it is estimated ten percent of the global population, that’s over eight hundred million people!

All in direct selling roles and the irony is there is no recognised qualification in sales.

There is no bachelor of sales, no degree in persuasion or masters in pitching so, you are left to figure it out on your own.

You attend a few courses, check out some online advice and you are selling.

And some of you are naturals, like a duck to water but for a vast majority of business owner’s selling is a challenge.

It need not be

Sales Cardio is all about making what may seem challenging simple and effective and a word many do not associate with sales, fun.

It does not matter what level of selling skills you already possess,

It all starts with a sales cardio workshop.

A workshop for the business owner and as many of your team as you would like to bring along.

An inclusive workshop where you can learn and engage together.

You workshop your own business and work on your own sales challenges during the event.


Like any cardio program just flexing that sales muscle once is not improving your highest ingrained level of learning so the Sales Cardio workshop is a thirty day commitment.

  • An initial three hour live interactive workshop
  • Two live follow up group zoom calls to debrief your progress
  • Access to a private facebook group for facilitation feedback and
  • Direct email access for input into the KPI’s you have set yourself.

For maximum interaction with your sales cardio instructor, the workshop is limited to ten attendees or a maximum of five business units

(for example if the workshop has 5 different individual business owners the workshop is capped at this number)

By the end of your thirty day sales cardio program, if you have engaged in all the follow ups you will have increased your sales skills and your highest level of ingrained learning.

You will have already noticed an improvement in lead conversions on how you liaise with clients and how you respond in a way that prizes you.

After thirty days your sales cardio journey can end but for most who engage in a workshop and are already seeing results a transition into a more specific sales cardio program is the logical next step.

But that is a discussion for another day, first step is to get that sales heart pumping with a sales cardio workshop.

Features and benefits selling is dead.

Features and benefits selling is dead


Features and benefits selling has been around for decades and we are all familiar with the script.


  • Build Rapport
  • Talk about product features
  • Enthuse about product benefits
  • Try to close
  • Overcome any objections
  • Now close


And it worked well, until it did not

There are many reasons features and benefits selling longer works. For starters it is all about the seller, not the consumer.

“Look at me, look at my product or service that has almost magical qualities and just try not to buy it because I can tell it is perfect for you. Oh and even if you don’t think you want it, I can overcome any objection, just try me”

It is a script that we the consumers have seen thousands of times over the course of our lives (depending on your age of course) it is not fun, it is not interesting and we know how to shut it down.

Features and benefits selling is dead.


Fast forward to 2020

Thankfully there is a growing movement, a rebellion of business owners who are embracing heart based selling which flips the script and makes each transaction about the buyer.

About the consumers pain, about the consumers problem and if there is neither a pain or problem the salesperson

A sales process that is all about us, the consumer and involves honesty and empathy, two qualities mostly bereft of sales processes for decades.

Features and benefits selling which is all about the triumph of the seller over the buyer has given way to the heart based selling revolution engaged by business who understand.


  • Stop selling
  • Start listening
  • Start putting the needs of the consumer ahead of the needs of the business
  • Start selling with empathy

And with each transaction improve a consumers life and make the world a better place.

Do you know your lead conversion rate?

Do you know your lead conversion rate?

Your lead conversion rate in my view is a number that is equally as important as revenue and profit.

It should be reported right along side these numbers monthly


What is a lead conversion rate?

It is the calculation of how many leads that were generated by your marketing efforts.

Social media, advertising, tradeshows, cold outreach  versus how many sales you make.

And it is important as without it you have nothing.


If you are not sure of your conversion rate read this


By monitoring your conversion rate you develop an insight into

  • Your business performance

  • The performance of your sales team

  • The performance of sales team individuals

  • The effectiveness of sales training you engage in

  • The effectiveness of your marketing efforts at providing quality leads

  • The ability to track which lead source is more effective in providing conversions

  • The ability to track industry trends that may effect performance


If you spend a little time getting clear on your  conversion rate it can have a double impact or reducing expenses and increasing revenue.

Reducing expenses by calculating which lead generation sources that you are paying for that may not as effective as others.

For example if you have a 5% conversion rate from leads generated on social media and this is costing you $1500.0o per month, versus a paid for advertisement in a trade publication that is costing $2000.00 per month with a conversion rate of 20% its easy to see where extra funds could be channeled.

Knowing your conversion rate is an excellent way to hold your sales team accountable and set reasonable and realistic KPI’s, and sets benchmarks for others to aspire.


If you are not clear on your lead conversion rate, get clear.

Why would I ever sack a client?

Why would I ever sack a client?

Why would I sack a client ? That is a common question I get from businesses I work with when I raise this and a process is detailed in a recent blog what is your client selection process

And the philosophy is the same.

Sometimes you need to remove or sack employees who are not a good fit for your business, who wont operate within the framework you have set, are difficult or are culturally destructive.

Clients can be the same.

And this is why you should always be ready to sack a client.

When you choose any client your basic premise is “I wont do it for you, but I will do it with you”

This means we are in it together and no-one will work harder on your business than you.

But I will work as hard as you.

If you have set the framework from the start the client knows exactly what to expect so there should be no reason to sack a client.

However if they constantly miss deadlines, don’t do what they say they are going to do, fall outside the framework you have set then they are already saying to you “I am not as invested in this deal as you are”

They then get a verbal warning

“Hey look, we agreed on a strategy and a timeline and you are not living up to what you said you would do. I am considering terminating our agreement is there any reason we should continue to be working together?

Ninety percent of the time this assuredness and certainty will get the client back on track and, just like when you warn an employee they get the message.

Your business, your rules.

The client is thinking “You don’t need me, but I need you”

“I need you to solve my problem or pain and if I now don’t do what I have agreed to I will no longer have access to this expertise”

And that is why you would  sack a client

What is your client selection process?

What is your client selection process?

Most businesses I work with have no client selection process.

It is normally, oh you want what we have, you then negotiate a price, and the buyer becomes a client.

Let me ask you this, when you employ a new team member do you have a selection process, a series of interviews and questions? do you have a probation period after which time you can both go your separate ways without reprisal?

Of course.

So why dont you have a client selection process?

If you have been in business for a while you will have had those bad clients, the ones that didn’t fit and you knew it right at the start. You signed them up anyway, why? Because they had money.

And then the client started being difficult.

Then you realise a bad client can be equally as destructive to your business and its culture as a bad team member.

In sales the simple premise is this.

  • I am the prize

  • I choose who I work with

  • I decide

Not you, I don’t need you Mr client you need me.

And for me to even consider working with you, before I contemplate solving your pain or problem as only I can, we have a client selection process.

(you don’t actually say this, but this is your mindset)

Now you allow the potential client to see your framework, under what conditions you choose to work with them, why?

Because it is successful, because you are an expert and to solve your problem this is the way I operate and if it does not suit you, that’s ok, good luck.

You are the prize

The client now knows they are in a process, working with a professional and you have created certainty in the clients mind they are in the right place.

If you do not have one, start developing a client selection process.

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How do I overcome a price objection?

Looking to overcome a price objection?

How do i overcome a price objection is the most common question that sales people around the world would ask And it is as a result of the most common question buyers ask, and  it would be asked millions of times each day. Its almost the mating call of the buyer!

“What’s the price”

Answer the question and you are left trying to overcome a price objection before you even start. Sales Workshops, sales seminars and sales training courses will then arm you with a bunch of techniques to overcoming the price objection but by then it is too late.

If your buyer is talking price then you have not created enough certainty in the buyers mind that you are a good fit for them, the process then becomes transactional.

The buyer now has all the power, the result normally being heavy discounting, extended terms, reduced margins or all three.
The price objection has now hit your business where it hurts.

Business owners it is time to take your power back.
The simple premise is a mindset and a way of communicating that filters through every sales discussion you have with a client.

I choose to deal with you, you don’t choose me.

“If low price is what you are looking for, great, tell me, I will help you find it”

“If you want cheap that is not what we do, let us know how that works out for you”

“If price is your most important selection criteria we wont be a good fit for you”


The Psychology of selling is more important today than ever in human history as if you know how to communicate you know how to sell.

A sales workshop, sales seminar or sales training course that can assist you with your pitch, to see yourself as the prize and that will create certainty in the buyers mind is far more effective that a bunch of pre canned responses to a price objection.

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How can I increase sales?

Looking to increase sales?

How can I increase sales is a common question that is tackled by sales workshops, sales seminars and sales training courses around the world.

There is a whole industry, of which the Sales Strategist is a part of that sets about assisting businesses to increase sales.

And no matter which company or facilitator you choose, investing in sales training is a heck of a good start.

The question of how can I increase sales will vary depending on your business, your market, your product, the sales skill level of your team and many other factors but the biggest thing I see is….

A lack of a sales process

So many companies will pick up the phone, visit a client or have an interaction without a sequence of “next steps” that you take your client through that involve micro commitments from your client to advance them through your funnel and sales process.

A sales process that from the initial phone call only focusses on the sale, with a bunch of activity in between is no way to increase sales.

Depending on what product or service you sell, your sales process will look different, selling a $150 000.00 piece of capital equipment will have a different process to a $2.0 million dollar luxury home or a $300.00 skin care treatment.

But they will all have a process that could be from 4 to 20 steps for complex deals that take months to close.

And if you do have a process and deals fall apart, you know exactly where the buyer disengaged that during the de-briefing process can be addressed and fixed.


A sales process, if you do not have one is a great place to start when you are asking yourself how can I increase sales.

I would choose a sales workshop, sales seminar or sales training course who can work with you post event (and there will be many of them) as perfecting a process will require work and commitment from you and direct one on one facilitation from the Sales Strategist you work with.

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