Category Archives: Business Development

Profits In Panels

  Who has close, revenue-generating, business contacts that they have only seen from the waist up? A generation ago, relationships developed over the phone; not just business contacts or referral partners, but genuine relationships. The magic is the human connection! … Continue reading

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My Brand New Old Friend

Old friends are simultaneously common and unique. A buddy from the playground, relationships based on college mischief, young mothers crying together at the kindergarten bus on the first day of school all become old friends! Longevity ultimately strengthens these personal … Continue reading

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Networking In the New Normal

“How do we know who to talk to if we only see everyone on the other side in little bitty squares?” With customers’ offices closing and the remaining staff tele-commuting, the old school VP of Sales is probably reluctant to … Continue reading

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Non Verbal Networking

Confidence communicates competence. Forget about weak handshakes, a weak personality kills business possibilities before an individual approaches! Just like wild animals smelling fear in its prey, polished business professionals recognize weakness from a distance. However, power and prominence communicate extremely … Continue reading

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Branding: Many Relationships, One Character

Like big corporations, solopreneurs and small businesses can generate disproportionate value by leveraging their brand. Brands represent businesses in busy, noisy, crowded marketplaces.Successful brands introduce a company’s personality and reputation even in the entity’s absence. Aggressive and clever entrepreneurs benefit … Continue reading

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Personal Branding – Know Who You Are!

“I need to see Mr. Big! He is NOT expecting me!”, the loud visitor announced to an appalled administrative assistant. A well-polished gentleman had just exited a downtown high-rise’s elevator and glided toward the reception area. His untucked fitted shirt … Continue reading

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Eccentricity of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are eccentric ranks slightly below elephants are large among obvious observations. The opportunities that they pursue, as well as the businesses that they run, singularly point toward an unconventional world of risk, reward, value, and victory! Essentially, they see … Continue reading

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Story-Listening To Sell More

A win-at-all-costs Operations Director summons her business manager into her office. She pointedly explains, “I have just negotiated a budget exception from the vice-president to upgrade our key production equipment. I need you to negotiate the most effective technology solution … Continue reading

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Selling Experience, Buying Creativity

“Relationships drive business!”, according to the crusty sales veteran! The young sales leader rolls her eyes. The old fundamentals are true to the point that buyers acquire goods and services form sources that they like and trust. Nevertheless, in an … Continue reading

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Second Mover Advantage

The first rat gets the trap. The second rat gets the cheese. While entrepreneurs love touting their success when deploying first mover advantages, they typically overlook the established foundation that permitted early success. Before establishing a business relationship, responsible parties … Continue reading

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