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Can’t We All Get Along?

I thought this was pretty funny, and sadly true some times. Can’t we all just get along? 🙂

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Are You Being A “Business Robot”?

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They say that insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results!

• Things not go your way last year with respect to your business or sales territory?

• Have your tried and tested systems brought consistent lack-lustre results?

• Are you becoming less motivated every day, and need some new perspective?

• Have you been diagnosed with the “February Blues“?

Or….

You had a great year, but still want to take your success to another level?

 

GREAT NEWS!

You have come to the right place for inspiration and new perspective for 2015!

 

Check out these sales resources:

• Your Sales Playbook  http://yoursalesplaybook.com/

• Bob Burg  http://www.burg.com/

• Sales Playbook LinkedIn Group (40,000+ members strong!)  http://linkd.in/1dbrsU8

 

Incredible Podcasts

• Michael Hyatt http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife

• John Lee Dumas  http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/podcasts/

• Pat Flynn  http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/

 

A fantastic social media book!

• Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk  http://garyvaynerchuk.com/jjjrh/

 

If you need any other resources in sales, leadership, networking or social media, feel free to leave a comment or email me at: TimMushey@gmail.com

Let’s make 2015 the best year ever!

Oh yeah! If we have not connected on Facebook yet, why not stop by and “like” me?

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Unexpectedly Providing Value At Age 19

When you are a teenager, working for the first time, it is truly all about the money. Finally, you have some independence from your parents, and can start to buy things for yourself!  As you make a little more money and get different jobs through high school, earning money gets even more exciting. The thought of providing any value to others as a teenager does not even register for most. I was part of that group. Then there was a real shift for me when I was 19 years old, thanks to my dad.

I was making $5.25 per hour working at a buffet restaurant in the summer of 1992. I was working a lot because I was off from university for a few months, and the “money was rolling in” (or so I thought). My dad was teaching an adult education class in the evenings, and connected with a man who needed some math upgrading. He was involved in an accident, and had to pursue a new career due to his injuries. The kicker was he needed his high school diploma to qualify for most jobs.

My dad could not commit to doing all the tutoring himself, so he asked if I would help at a rate of $30 per hour.

“$30 PER HOUR?” I said.

“You bet”, said my dad back.

“WHEN DO I START?” I hastily replied.

I was excited because I was going to make more money working with him in two hours a day, then I would make in eight hours per day at the restaurant!

As I started to work with the man, it soon became very clear that it would not be as easy as I thought. Just because I understood math very well, did not mean that my knowledge was going to “rub off on him” as quickly. There were some difficult days at the beginning of the process, but by the end, we were working well together. We gained a mutual respect for each other as time passed. I often caught myself thinking that this guy must have thought that I was a “know-it-all young punk”, but realistically that was not the case. He was in a jam, and I was there to help.

This was a life changing experience for a 19-year-old kid, to realize the value that I provided was much more important than the money I was receiving. It did take a while to get to that place, because all I could think about was the $60 that I made each time I saw him!

In retrospect I would have done it for free, because I changed a life. As I look back now, that is what I remember the most. The memory of the money is only for story telling purposes. I helped him get back on his feet when something terrible had happened.  As a 19 years old kid, $30 per hour to me then was like $200 per hour today!

In the end, my “compensation” was that he got to start over again, and I played a small part in that.

You are not going to get paid for everything that you do in your life, that is a fact. When you realize that helping others, providing value and not always expecting something in return is a great way to live your life, it will be a real game changer. It was for me!

  • When have you provided value for someone, and not even realized it at the time?
  • Do you have the mindset of “what is in it for me?” before deciding if you should help somebody?
  • Is it time to start giving unconditionally?

Have A Laugh Fridays – DO NOT Sell Like This!

This is pure gold! DO NOT do this on a sales call. Have a great weekend!

Getting coffee is not a sales strategy

I enjoyed reading Lloyd’s take on sales strategy this morning. Have a great day!

The Business of Social Media

One issue I find perpetually frustrating is how often companies neglect the goal of their sales efforts: Getting a deal. As someone who has been on both sides of the fence—initiating partnerships and being sold to –—I am particularly sensitive when I see people making fundamental mistakes.

Focus on the goal

The first manifestation of this problem is when people focus on arranging meetings (or calls), rather than qualifying potential partners and seeing if there is a reason to meet. There is no value in a meeting just for meeting’s sake.

Trade shows are a great example of people losing track of the goal. Prior to a major trade show, even if I am not attending, I got multiple meeting requests. Very rarely do people try to qualify whether or not it is worth their time meeting. Given that everyone has a limited schedule, they are potentially not only wasting 30…

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Have A Laugh Fridays – My Funniest Career Moments!

I had not read this in a long time and enjoyed a few laughs last night enjoying some old work memories. Hope you like it too!

As I was driving to a sales call yesterday, my thoughts suddenly turned to some of the funniest moments during my career! There has certainly been a lot of hard work along the way, but thankfully many laughs too.  Here is a short list of some of the best moments.

#1  “Hey look, it’s Captain High Liner!” – I pulled up to an elite golf course in the Rocky Mountains on a very rainy day. As I approached the pro shop with my yellow rain suit on (including suspenders) one of my co-workers yelled the above mentioned quote in front of many strangers.

#2 I pulled up to the valet parking area in my work van at a 5 star hotel in Calgary. I had just come back from setting up for a trade show, so I looked very casual, messy and tired. I hastily grabbed my suitcase and was going to take it with in to the lobby. Unfortunately I had opened the zipper on my suitcase earlier, and I spilled all of its contents on to the ground!

#3 “She had one of those stay-away-from-me-papers” – A manufacturing plant worker describes a scenario where a woman had a restraining order against him.

#4 “Hey boss, why did you fax me a copy of the weekly sales report and write SWEET month on it?” Well (he laughs), I actually wrote 5-WEEK month on it, but the way you are selling, it is a SWEET month too!”

#5 Manager to sales rep (after hitting a deer on the highway), “Why did you not slow down when you saw that deer on the road?”

Sales Rep to Manager, “I thought it was going to move.

#6 “If you hit that intercom button one more time, I am going to call the cops” – A customer’s response to the third time I hit the intercom button at their gated house in Australia. This was the one and only time I pushed too hard trying to get in somebody’s door to discuss the encyclopedia program I was selling.

#7 Back in the day, a co-worker was out a little late one night during a trade show on the road and had a few too many refreshments. When his “wake up call” came,  he picked up the phone, quickly hung up and struggled to the shower. One problem.. it was the middle of the night, and the phone call was their mother-in-law saying his wife had gone in to labour late that night and had the baby.

#8 I had a “communication breakdown” with two experienced reps that I called “My Two Dads” about picking them up for a trade show. I called their hotel room a couple of times – no answer. They were not down in the lobby either. So I left them at the hotel. I can still vividly recall one of them glaring at me intensely as the President of the Company commented on their tardiness!

Wow! I could probably have Part 2 & 3 of this later. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend everyone!

The Five Star 5 – My Favourite Words

These words were once spoken to me by an executive manager, who became a friend I respect greatly to this day:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Loyalty
  • Passion
  • Inspiration

I will never forget where the conversation occurred, and how it affected me going forward. They were “stamped” in his memory, and the commentary came straight from the heart:

An organization and specifically a sales team “achieving” these five words can mean great things are currently happening or are coming soon. On the flip side, if any or all or these words are “breached” by team members, well let’s just say things may not go as planned!

I have tried to write something very insightful utilizing these five words for at least four years now, but always have trouble.

I will leave it open to your interpretation.

What do these five words mean to you?

I just know that I get to a very good place in short order when I see those five words all in a row!

Getting To Know Tim!

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This is a repost of my first blog entry on January 23, 2012! I have many new followers, so this is a great opportunity to get to know me a little better!

My name is Tim Mushey, and those who know me well call me “Moosh”. I have decided to start this blog with a “Get to Know Me” post so you will be able to understand where the inspiration for this content came from!

I have loved to lead, motivate and inspire others for as long as I can remember. I have often been told that I have the gift of gab, and always have something to say. One of my groomsmen described me best to the guests at my wedding,

“All you have to do is say hi to Tim on the phone or in person, and next thing you know, you have all the updates on the latest TV shows, sporting events, bands and current events. Speaking to him is like flipping channels with a remote control.”

And he’s right! I’m passionate about many things in life – music, sports, my family, friends and work – and I love to share information with everyone! I believe that if I had not battled a stuttering problem all of my life, I would have a career in TV sports broadcasting in some capacity. I often envisioned myself as a sports anchor growing up!

As the son of two teachers, education has always been important to me. I achieved a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree at the age of 22, and with my first “real job”, was managing a car rental branch by the age of 24. I took a little break after two and a half years in that fast paced business to travel to Australia and New Zealand. I was nervous leaving my family and friends, but a good friend of mine quit his job to do the same thing a few months before, and I thought that was an incredible idea! I ended up travelling for over 7 months, and the experience was better than I could have ever imagined. I made many life long friends from all over the world on that journey, and even managed to squeeze in some work experience selling encyclopedias – true story!

When I returned home in 1999, my career path lead me to outside sales and I have never looked back. It did not matter if I was selling mattresses, credit reports, electrical products, corporate parking programs or photocopiers, there was one commonality – I loved to sell! I had an exciting opportunity to manage a team of 10 reps and support staff with about 40% coverage of Canada in 2007, but changes occurred simultaneously within the organization, and I ended up declining the offer. To this day, I think back to what might have been, but deep down I know I made the right decision for my career and family. Being a Sales Manager was my dream job for many years.

Throughout the years since I completed my degree, I’ve realized that university was just the beginning of my education. So much of my success in sales didn’t come from what I’d read in text books, it has come from what I have learned in the field. Each role, and each account specifically has challenged me to grow each day. I have a wealth of knowledge, tools & systems that I am eager to share with others in sales, and those considering it as their profession in the future.

The internet has provided me with the ability to broadcast all over the world now. If I had affected lives in my own communities over the course of my life, why could I not affect lives everywhere in the future? I have learned to manage my stutter, and even though I still have to work on it daily, I am now ready to get in front of the camera, feel confident, and once and for all lose the words “self-conscious” from my vocabulary!

I hope you enjoy this blog. It truly comes from the heart, and was an absolute pleasure being involved in all aspects of its creation and its ever-changing content going forward!

Let’s Connect!

Have A Laugh Fridays – Can’t We All Get Along?

Great video discussing the “differences” between sales and marketing!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Have A Laugh Fridays Uh-Oh New Sales Comp Plan!

Under two minutes for a great laugh today! When compensation plans change, sometimes sales rep feels like they are being treated unfairly.

Check out this humorous take!

Have a fantastic weekend!