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Mike Koehler Believes Great Ideas are Born out of Necessity

Mike Koehler Believes Great Ideas are Born out of Necessity- ZLV episode #13

mikekoehlerIt was my joy to interview Mike Koehler, one of the latest Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainers. Join us Today as we talk Financial Services and Sales, along with NASCAR. Mike brings a perspective of an engineer along with the ethical sales techniques of a master sales person to all that he does.   Learn why he entered the world of Professional Selling after observing the sales Lifestyle from the outside. Discover how he lead his team to multi million dollar success. Gain insight into what Mike feels is the greatest challenge to small business today. Mike has been a long time Goal Setter and Goal Getter, now he brings the proven Ziglar Goal Setting program to businesses and individuals.

Imagine setting the Goal to do something ” Fun” then leaving the lucrative Financial Services Industry to go work on the NASCAR circuit. Dreams to Goals to Reality, come listen how Mike achieved all this.

Mike can be Reached at: 614-581-7701  or at Mike@ResultsbyMike.com and on the Web at:   ziglarcertified.com/MikeKoehler

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More Contagious Encouragement with Phillip Hatfield – Part 2

More Contagious Encouragement with Phillip Hatfield- Bonus ZLV Session 2

Contagious Encouragement_final Book CoverToday is the second of a series of Bonus Episodes where I get to interview Phillip Hatfield about his NEW book called “Contagious Encouragement”

Phillip is a Successful Businessman and he speaks to businesses and Organizations all around the World. Phillip is a certified Zig Ziglar Keynote Speaker, with a message of Transformation and Hope.

Phillip’s New Book is called Contagious Encouragement. Join me now as we discuss using these principles in large corporations and small businesses. Phillip talks about working on growing and building your people while your growing your revenue.  Is that possible?  Listen today and find out the answer.

This is the second conversation I had with Phillip where we dive into the details around the philosophy of his new book. I will continue to release bonus episodes over the next few weeks. Phillip’s book Contagious Encouragement will be available shortly on his Website-PhillipHatfield.com and on Amazon.com

I will wrap up this episode like I have done in the past. First of all Thank You for your support in making the Ziglar Legacy Voices Podcast a success, you can continue to help others find this great content by going over to iTunes and giving us a great rating and writing a quick review about the show. This helps others discover the ZLV podcast. Would you do that today?

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Thinking Influences Performance By Zig Ziglar

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Thinking Influences Performance

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One of the better-known quotes is, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”  For a long time it’s been accepted that your attitude plays a significant role in your success.  Documented studies, time after time, have proven that attitudes are more important than facts and it’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.  Fortunately, attitude is one of those things which can be substantially influenced and controlled.

Perhaps the most bizarre choice of attitude I have ever heard given in a motivational speech was the one delivered by Coach Bulldog Turner before the final game in the history of the New York Titans.  The year was 1962 and this ill-fated team was playing in the now-defunct American Football League when the coach gave this “motivational talk”: “There won’t be any New York Titans next year, so most of you are playing in your last pro game.  Most of you aren’t good enough to play anywhere else.”

Any of you who have played on a team would agree that hearing words like that before you took the field to do battle would undoubtedly result in a less-than-stellar performance.  When the person who is supposed to inspire you to give your best effort tells you that he knows you’re going to lose and that you’re not good enough to play elsewhere, it is demoralizing.  We’re supposed to be encouraged by those in authority – not discouraged.  Incidentally, after that magnificent send-off to play that final game, the Titans went out and got clobbered 44-10.  I’m surprised it wasn’t worse.

Build positive expectations.  Encourage those around you and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Nikki Ivey wants you to “Tackle the Week”

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Nikki Ivey wants you to “Tackle the Week”- ZLV Episode #8

Find a Need and Fill It by Zig Ziglar

Find a Need and Fill It

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When I was in the seventh grade I was on the boxing team and later I boxed while in the Navy.  I don’t want to sound boastful, but it’s a matter of record that the worst I ever finished was second.  I finally quit boxing because of my hands—the referee kept stepping on them!  As a boxer, the coach would always instruct us in the early part of the fight to feel our opponent out, probe and discover his weakness, and then exploit that weakness.  The same basic procedure is followed in all athletic endeavors.

In the world of selling and business, a similar approach is taken but for a very different reason.  In sales, we explore by asking questions to find out where our prospect (“opponent”)  is weak, that is,  needs help of some kind.  Only then are we in position to offer our goods and services designed to “strengthen their weakness.”  To be successful, any business must provide goods or services that meet the weakness—that is, need—of the potential customers.

The oldest success advice going is, “Find a need and fill it.”  It is more true today than ever.  Not only must we find the need and fill it, but we must find more needs and fill them better.  That’s one of the prime reasons more and more businesses are maximizing their people.  Each one is crucial, from the lowest-paid member of the staff to the Chief Executive Officer.  Businesses must encourage all their employees to find the needs of their customers, whether internal or external, and fill them.  Each employee must have an attitude of responsibility for the company, its goods and services.  This enhances the company’s competitive edge, increases sales, and ensures employment for employees.

The rule today is keep your eyes open and think about solutions to problems.  Your value to your company will grow immeasurably.  Keep your eyes open and keep offering those suggestions.  Who knows?  Maybe the next one will be the magic one!  Buy that idea and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar was known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Reward Yourself By Zig Ziglar

Reward Yourself

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Motivation

The late William Arthur “Bill” Ward was and is one of my favorite writers.  His insights and ability to put a philosophy of life into a few words were truly remarkable.  Here’s a sample from his book, Reward Yourself.

A man phoned his physician and excitedly exclaimed: “Please come at once, Doctor.  My son has swallowed my fountain pen.”

The doctor replied, “I’ll be right over.  But what are you doing in the meanwhile?”

“Using a pencil,” answered the father.

What we do “in the meanwhile” is of vital importance to our lives – and to the lives of others.  What we do with our leisure time can build our character or destroy it.  It can make our fortune or mar it.

While we wait for a traffic light to change, we can pray for our president, our nation and the world.

While we wait for an elevator we can be still and know that God is, and that He is still in charge of the universe.

While we drive or ride to work, we can affirmatively and joyously meditate on that which is true, pure, lovely, and positive.

While we wash dishes, mow the lawn or perform other tasks that require less than our complete attention, we can sing, whistle or hum the tunes of great songs and hymns that inevitably make life more beautiful for us and for our fellow man.

While we sit in the waiting room of our physician or dentist, we can thank God for dedicated professional people, and we can pray for those patients who might be anxious, fearful, despondent or in pain.

What we do with our golden “in the meanwhile” moments can enrich and inspire, encourage and uplift, bless and brighten our important corner of the world.

Those are more than words on a piece of paper – that’s a philosophy of life.  Adopt it for your own and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Words Have Power By Zig Ziglar

Words Have Power

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Motivation

The way people talk is the best indication of how they think, and the most powerful instrument for influencing a person’s thought process is the spoken word.  This is especially true if the word is delivered with passion and conviction.

When your words are delivered one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball and heart to heart, their impact can literally change or influence a person’s life. C. J. Ducasse put it well: “To speak of mere words is much like speaking of mere dynamite,” and Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said “The right word, spoken at the right time, is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.”

When you think of the power of some words, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” inspired a nation to win its independence. Churchill’s “There will always be an England” lifted a nation by its bootstraps and they held firm against the Nazi onslaught.  John Paul Jones’ “We have just begun to fight” was a rallying cry that helped us win our independence.  Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” put a million feet to marching and moved people forward in a meaningful way.

Yes, it’s true, words can lift us up or put us down, they can make us laugh or make us cry, they can give us hope and encouragement or fill us with despair; they can inform, inspire, intimidate, degrade – in short, they can change lives by inspiring or do just the opposite.  With that in mind, I encourage you to be careful with the words you speak and the words you listen to. Think about it.  Use the right words, hear the right words, and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Ask These 3 Questions for Daily Sales Productivity By Mike Rodriguez.

Ask These 3 Questions for Daily Sales Productivity

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As a sales professional, the biggest challenge that you will face each day is consistent performance. (If you don’t believe me, ask your boss or a stakeholder.)

In sales, it is easy to get caught up in the “routines” of each day. You might even start to believe that the activity-driven items that you are focused on are actually getting you somewhere. This includes office and admin time, email, working on proposals, travel, on-line time, office conversations, and the list goes on. These are all requirements of our job, BUT they are not directly “sales impacting.”

To measure your performance, simply gauge your sales numbers and metrics. See if you are above your targets AND check to see that you are “consistently” above your targets! (You cannot have one without the other.) If you hit quota once in the last twelve months and are still bragging about it or if you are consistently performing at 70% and you are walking proud, then this applies to you.

The ASK 3 strategy is a simple approach that can have tremendous benefits. It keeps you accountable and allows you to prioritize and lead with the key tasks that are sales impacting. You can run the ASK 3 strategy with yourself or you can run it as a team in a group setting.

It is a 3-step direct questioning process to identify and start talking about, with clarity, the core sales impacting opportunities that will drive your performance each day. When you ask each question, you must answer it clearly and definitely. There is no grey area here, no long stories or excuses. It simply and effectively lets everyone know where they stand.

Every morning start with these three questions. You ask and then answer them one at a time. You cannot move to question 2 until you (or everyone) answer question 1. You must be specific and measurable when answering. You cannot use generalizations (“I’m supposed to call them”) nor can you use emotions to explain (“I think,” “I hope,” “I feel,” etc.).

ASK 3:

What do I have to CLOSE TODAY? The closing meetings already set for “today.” The correct way to answer this question is to say an “account name” with “a meeting time” and “the closing revenue.” If you cannot talk specifically to this criterion, then you simply say “Nothing.” If “Nothing” is said, then you must go to Question 2. (Teams: Only after everyone answers question 1.)

What do I have to PROGRESS TODAY? The legitimate accounts you are working, that you can progress TODAY, towards closing in the near future. These accounts should have meetings that have already been attended. They should be qualified, with a specific follow-up call to action: Planning Meeting, Proposal, etc. You should be able to identify what you need to progress the sale and the date, time, and specific action of the next meeting. If you cannot talk specifically to this criterion, then you simply say “Nothing.” If “Nothing” is said, then you must go to Question 3. (Teams: Only after everyone answers question 2.)

What can I FIND TODAY? If you have nothing to close and nothing to progress, then you will need to find prospects to progress and close! The bigger question is why are you at #3?

ASK 3 is a solid starting point approach that, when used properly, will identify the weak areas, improve your forecasting, and directly impact your results.

To better understand the proper and strategic way to properly and accurately implement this and other sales strategies, consider scheduling a training session with your team or setting up a personal coaching call with Mike Rodriguez.

Want to learn more from Mike?  Call 1-800-527-0306.  Book Mike for your next sales training or event.

This article is an excerpt from the book 8 Keys to Exceptional Selling by Mike Rodriguez. Mike is a Motivational Speaker and Strategic Sales Trainer at Ziglar, Inc.

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp with Mike Rodriguez

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp with Mike Rodriguez

“Lead, Influence & Sell”

U.S. Tour Dates – January – April, 2015

With over two decades of sales and leadership experience in business and corporate sales, Mike has professionally trained and motivated hundreds of people on sales process management and life strategies learned from Ziglar training. Mike Rodriguez dedicates his time helping people of all backgrounds to step into their potential through proven key Ziglar principles that are life-impacting.

We are coming to train you in how to influence others. How to authentically care and communicate value to them. Whether it’s your Prospects, Clients, Congregation, Family or any relationship you want to have influence with, we can help!

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Zig Ziglar said, “If you believe your product or service can fulfill a true need, it’s your moral obligation to sell it.”

Whether you carry a ‘sales’ title or not, if you want and need to influence people, then you are in sales; regardless of your profession.

For the past 40 years, Ziglar Performance has trained tens of thousands of people just like you on timeless sales strategies and techniques. We provide the sales training necessary for those who are seeking to improve or who simply want to outperform the competition. At the same time our goal is to provide motivation to achieve outstanding results, while interacting in a win-win environment with your clients and staff.

Learn the skills to help you increase your closing ratio and raise your sales mentality.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The Four Selling Principles and how to apply them
  • The Five components needed to close every sale

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp Program Goals:

  • Sell to more people, more effectively, more ethically and more often
  • Increase your existing skills and knowledge
  • Build better sales relationships with prospects and customers
  • Interpret the value of your products and services
  • Implement a client-centered sales process
  • Manage and overcome objections in a professional manner
  • Develop greater confidence as a person and as a sales professional

THOSE GIANT SEQUOIAS By Zig Ziglar

THOSE GIANT SEQUOIAS

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Character

One of the interesting phenomena of nature is the Giant Sequoia tree, which is the largest living organism on earth, reaching into the heavens nearly 300 feet.  One of them can produce enough lumber to build thirty-five five-room homes, and you can drive an automobile through the trunk of one.

Most of us would suspect that anything of this size would have roots that would extend halfway to China, but such is not the case.  Many of the roots are above ground and others extend only a few inches beneath the surface.  Interestingly enough, you will never see a Giant Sequoia growing in isolation – they’re always in groves.  Their roots are intermingled with the roots of other Giant Sequoias, so each one draws strength from many others.

That’s “team work,” which is the key to success in virtually every field of endeavor.  Even the superstar athletes need coaches and support people.  Singers and dancers need choreographers, writers, musicians, managers, staff, etc.  Any business, from the receptionist to the shipping department, must function as a team for maximum results.  Tweet this article!

As a child I read a story of a father who called his six sons together and gave each of them a relatively small stick to break, which they easily did.  Next, he took six sticks, wrapped a piece of cloth around them, and asked the sons to break all six at the same time.  They could not break the bundle and the father said to them, “That’s the way it is with our family.  Individually, you have a limited amount of strength, but when all of you pull together, stay together and work together, you will be able to draw from one another’s strength and collectively do much more.”  Follow that philosophy with your team, whether the team is the family, an athletic team, or a business, and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.