How to stand out from the Crowd

The longer I live the longer I come to this conclusion on how you can stand out from the crowd and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Whether in your business or personal life.

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And it amazes me how simple this concept is.

It is something that everyone can do.

It is something that doesn’t add anything to your expenses.

It isn’t even something that requires a ton of intelligence.

But yet, the number of people who are doing it is surprisingly low.

So what is it?

Do what you say you are going to do when you said you were going to do it!!!

Sounds like an easy concept to grasp. But it is not often practiced.

Think of it this way, when someone promises to do something and fails to follow through on that promise we get frustrated.

Why is this?

I believe Paster Dave Ralph (Lakeside Church) said it best when he said,

“Frustration happens when we have a gap between expectations and reality.”

Let me explain; When you promise to do something, you set an expectation in the other person’s mind (whether it is your prospect, your customer, your spouse, your kids, your boss or even yourself).

When you don’t live up to that promise and come up short, you have let that person down. They will trust you a little less and you have damaged the relationship.

But when you live up to your promise, you built that trust and enhance your relationship.

“When you exceed your customers expectations your customer will be delighted.”

– Jim Clemmer, Author, Speaker, Leadership Guru

The reason for this is that they can now count on you and when they can count on you, you become less of a risk. The cool thing is that most of the time you get to choose.

Choose wisely and stand out from the crowd, enhance your relationships and increase your sales.

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The Benefits of External Focus in Business

Your Customers needs“If you focus on solving your customer’s needs first, they tend to help meet (or exceed) your needs.” – Richard Elmes

How Communication is like Football

With the Super Bowl 50 coming up this weekend, I thought I would explore how throwing a football (sorry American football to soccer fans outside of North America), is like the communication process. Enjoy.

You may be the smartest salesperson in your industry. You may have a great product, and your product knowledge may be outstanding, but if you can’t communicate this to your customers in an easily digestible manner, you won’t be very successful.

“The thinking human being, not able to express himself, stands at the same level as those who cannot think.” Pericles

Communication is vital!

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One way to think about the process of effectively communicating with someone, is to think about Football.

So how are Football and Communications alike?

  • The quarterback is the sender of the message
  • The football is the message
  • The pass is the medium (or delivery mechanism) of the message
  • The defence, the crowd noise, the cute cheerleaders,  the sun (or stadium lights) in the receiver’s eyes are the barriers that get in the way of the message being delivered
  • The Wide Receiver receives the message.
  • What the Wide Receiver does after catching the ball provides feedback

In football, you can have a quarterback (Peyton Manning / Cam Newton) who can throw the ball 60 yards down the field, but if the receiver doesn’t catch the ball, the team doesn’t advance.

While communicating, if the message is delivered, but not received as intended, communication breaks down and the relationship doesn’t advance.

“The only way he could have said less would have been to talk longer.” Charles Jarvis

Seven key ways to improve your communication with your customers are:

  1. Reduce technical jargon
  2. Unless you are 100% sure they know what the acronyms mean, use the long forms (i.e. C.P.S.A – Canadian Professional Sales Association , N.S.A -National Speakers Association or N.F.L – National Football League)
  3. Get to the point quicker
  4. Tell a (short) story that makes your point
  5. Try to reduce distractions (i.e. noise in a crowded room)
  6. Check for understanding
  7. Use analogies that they are likely to understand (i.e. Communication is like Football)

So next time you are want to communicate think of football because it can help you score with your customers or anyone you want to connect with.

 

 

Motivational Quote: Suspicion

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“You can’t go through life and assume people are not trustworthy. I find if you are straight forward with people. most people reciprocate.” Frank Hasenfratz, Founder, Linamar Corporation

Mike Babcock’s Perspective on Winning

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Frustrated Leaf fan after loss

“I’m not happy,  because I like winning! That’s how I measure my enjoyment.” -Mike Babcock, Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club (after a loss)

 

Motivational Quote: First step

Your Destiny Road SignOne small step toward your dreams is really one Giant leap toward your destiny.” -Richard Elmes